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Frequently Asked Questions
What will I learn in class?
What you will learn will vary significantly depending on kind of class you go to. Everything from fundamental techniques to advanced movements; the philosophy behind Parkour; and every class will include some kind of strength and condition training and stretching.
Who can attend a class?
Parkour is a discipline that is not limited to a gender, race, age or ability. We have a range of classes available, but if you want something specific we can develop a workshop or personal training program that addresses your needs.
Do I need to book or register before I come to a class?
Most classes require bookings. Check the class 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 talented and experienced practitioners 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 or two – more if the weather is hot. Some classes are held outdoors so bring sunscreen if you need it. 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 class?
Flips and tricks are not part of Parkour. For this reason, they are not covered under our insurance policy and they will not be taught in classes. Secondly, while many instructors are capable of acrobatics, few are qualified to teach them. If you wish to learn about L’art du Deplacement or Freerunning read this in the Parkourpedia.
Should you wish to learn these other arts your most effective way to achieve this goal is to learn Parkour initially, your grounding in Parkour will give you the right spirit and training techniques for your further training. From there you can go to a gym and learn flips in a safe environment from people who best know how to teach them. You can then combine the two out on the street.
I’m really sore after Class, is this normal?
It is perfectly normal to be 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. This muscle soreness can be reduced with a thorough warm up and warm down before and after activity. Remember, this pain signals that your body is adapting and getting stronger.
How do I treat this post-activity muscle soreness?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness 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, if you are taking other medications. If pain does not show signs of improvement in 7 days, consult a physician.
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 discourages dangerous drops and jumps. The classes will not take students to do big 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?
This is strongly encouraged. If you only 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 base to start from. 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 train as much as possible outside of classes.
I’m very unfit and/or old. 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. Unfit people attend as well. Initially you may find some difficulty with being unfit but if you persist and take what you learn and train outside of classes you will become fitter and more confident. The best way to get fit for Parkour is to do it!