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Please ensure that you have read the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) before contacting us. We are a volunteer administrated organisation and may not have time to answer all correspondence that ask questions which are covered below.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will I learn in class?

What you will learn will vary significantly depending on the kind of class you go to… Everything from fundamental techniques to advanced movements, and the philosophies and principles behind parkour. Most classes will include some kind of strength and conditioning training and stretching.

Who can attend a class?

Parkour is an inclusive discipline in respect of age, gender, ethnicity, religious/political beliefs and ability. We have a range of classes available, including:

  • Kids for ages 7-11.
    Kids are not required to attend a First Timers class.
  • First Timers for ages 12 and up.
  • Fundamentals for ages 12 and up.
    First Timers class is a prerequisite for Fundamentals classes.
  • Progressions for ages 12 and up.
    Prior regular attendance at Fundamentals classes is a prerequisite for Progressions classes, as well as the discretion of BPA instructors in terms of suitability for the class.
  • Adults for ages 18 and up.
    Limited programs subject to interest and instructor availability.

Do I need to book or register before I come to a class?

Yes, our regular classes require bookings. Only some specially organised workshops and periodic events may not require indivdual bookings. Please check the class/event details to be sure.

Who will be teaching me in a class?

The Brisbane Parkour Association (BPA) is proudly and exclusively staffed by Australian Parkour Association (APA) qualified instructors. APA instructors are amongst the most experienced practitioners and instructors in Australia. Our instructors use methods shared throughout the parkour community in Australia, as well as knowledge and techniques sourced from around the globe.

What else do I need to know about classes?

You will need to wear comfortable clothes and suitable, athletic shoes (e.g. Running shoes). Bring a bottle of water – More if the weather is hot. Classes are held outdoors, so bring sunscreen if you need it.

Please arrive on time. If you cannot arrive on time, notify an instructor. If you do not notify the instructors of your late arrival, the class may move from the meeting place without you.

Will we be learning flips and aerial rotations in your classes?

Flips and ‘tricks’ (i.e. Martial arts tricking) are not strictly part of parkour. Also, while some instructors may be capable of acrobatics, few are qualified to teach them. For these reasons, they are not covered under our insurance policy and they will not be taught in classes. If you wish to learn about the ‘sibling’ disciplines of parkour which utilise and encourage acrobatics, please investigate the following: Art du Déplacement (ADD) and Freerunning.

Should you wish to learn these other disciplines, an effective way to achieve this goal is to learn parkour initially. Your grounding in parkour will give you a good spirit and appropriate training techniques for your further training. From there you can go to a gymnasium and learn aerial rotations/acrobatics/tricking in a safe environment, from instructors who best know how to teach them.

I’m really sore after class. Is this normal?

It is perfectly normal to experience muscular pain after classes. The pain is caused by sudden changes in physical activity and muscular loading and usually lasts for 3-7 days. As your body adapts to the training and becomes stronger and your conditioning increases, you will feel less and less discomfort after classes.

The intensity of this muscle soreness, sometimes referred to as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (‘DOMS’), can be reduced with a thorough warm-up and warm-down before and after activity. This pain most likely reflects that your body is adapting and getting stronger.
However, if you experience pain that feels unhealthy/resulting from injury, or you are otherwise concerned, please see a medical professional.

How do I treat this Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness?

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (‘DOMS’) generally subsides in less than a week (and up to two weeks), but there are several ways to reduce the discomfort:

– RICE treatment (Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation) of the affected area.

– Gentle stretching, gentle low-impact exercise, and gentle massage.

– Some anti-inflammatory medications can temporarily reduce discomfort. Please check with your medical professional beforehand, especially if you are taking other medications. If pain does not show signs of improvement in 7 days, consult a medical professional.

I’ve seen people doing parkour on the internet. Will I be running across roofs and jumping from building to building?

The Australian Parkour Association (APA) discourages dangerous drops and jumps. The classes will not take students to do rooftop jumps, or other dangerous activities. The classes are about teaching you the basics, not putting lives at risk. The APA does not endorse dangerous behaviour and will not tolerate it during classes. If you insist on performing dangerous stunts, you will be asked to leave the class.

Should I train outside of classes?

Yes, we strongly encourage this. If you isolate your training to classes, you will take a long time to learn and improve. Classes are here to guide you and give you a strong foundation from which to start. Ideally we want you to reach a point where you no longer need classes and have learnt to teach and train yourself. The best way to do this is to train as much as possible – progressively – outside of classes.

Training with friends is a great way to have more fun, be introduced to challenges you may not have thought of on your own, and help to keep you safer.

I’m very unfit and/or older. Should I come to a class?

Yes you should! We have had people in their fifties and older who attend classes and enjoy themselves, and excel in some areas. People with wide-ranging levels of fitness also attend.

We adapt each session to match the fitness levels of the participants, providing challenges that do not inappropriately exceed your current capabilities. Initially you may find some difficulty with feeling unfit. But if you persist, take what you learn and train outside of classes, you will become fitter and more confident. There is no starting point ‘baseline fitness’… The best way to get fit for parkour is to do it!

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