Training & classes is the keystone of our three workspaces. The evolution of TRuST and the ParkourONE Academy can be directly affiliated to our involvement in the youth, culture and leisure sectors. Since 2007 we enable diverse target groups to learn Parkour through our training classes, courses, workshops and personal trainings.
The ParkourONE Academy uses the philosophical and educational potentials of Parkour within the context of TRuST. As a result we developed Parkour to a highly effective educational tool for youth, culture and leisure activities, adult education, tertiary teaching, social work, inclusion and integration courses, holistic health promotion as well as therapy and prevention.
Parkour is not about a destructive competition, but rather about mutual willingness to help, through which the practitioners recognize their physical and mental limits and refine their weaknesses. Self-confidence, sense of self-worth, self-reliance and personal responsibility are strengthened through the recognition of one’s own weaknesses and strengths. Parkour is most inclusive and social due to the egalitarian companionship. The training together promotes mutual approval, tolerance and respect. It offers the opportunity to remove prejudice and fully unfold – no matter what cultural or social background, age or origin. The training in urban areas or in nature will sensitize the students. They learn to creatively use the resources of their environment and to think and act solution-orientated.
How does Parkour appeal? - or: Why should I practice Parkour?
Nowadays escalators, elevators and sidewalks dictate exactly how we should move. However more and more people find their liberty therein, to override these standards and pursue their own path through their surroundings – over rails, walls and other obstacles. There is no doubt – Parkour is spreading worldwide at a dashing pace.
Parkour changes the perception of one’s environment: the city and nature are suddenly full of new challenges waiting to be mastered. The approach to public space changes: people learn to treat their surroundings respectfully – it becomes a practice area at which you train responsibly.
Parkour is genuine
Many escape into the virtual worlds of television and computers. Parkour however creates a direct connection to reality: the Traceur must be well aware of his own abilities, a decision has to be made ahead of every obstacle: do I jump and carry the consequences or do I not jump?
Parkour is social
There are no winners or losers in Parkour, it is clear of competitiveness. The aim is not to be better than someone else, but to improve oneself. An ambience of mutual helpfulness prevails, instead of destructive competition. One is motivated to go their own way, thereby being supported by others – and in turn they will someday help others pursue their path.
Tracers hit their mental or physical barriers at Parkour practice. Mutual experiences such as sustaining a strenuous strength training, bolster a common identification stronger than differences in age, gender, derivation or social categories.
Parkour permits all individuals to live up to their natural desire for movement. The training provides them an opportunity to leave their work and everyday stress behind for a few hours, so they can subsequently master the challenges of everyday life with a clear head.
The personal success stories at Parkour practice motivate and excite so much, that many people take pleasure in burning off energy physically and mentally. Positive drive suddenly emerges where in some circumstances lack of perspective, inactivity and consumption predominated: Problems, which were previously repressed or met with violence, turn into challenges that must be solved.
Agility, strength, endurance, coordination and speed are bolstered through Parkour and considerably affect one’s own fitness. However the benefits from training Parkour are not only physical: You rise to the challenges of your environment every time you practice and learn to take responsibility for your actions. This fosters growth in self-confidence, since the success of training isn’t precipitated externally but rather originates from the tracers own motivation.
Parkour is demanding
Parkour constantly puts the physical as well as mental resilience to the test. Achieving progress at your own training demands self-discipline and perseverance. Attention and concentration are essential during practice and in this context can be bolstered noticeably.
Self-esteem,self-efficacy, self-reliance and personal responsibility – even the personal development of Parkour practitioners can be significantly fostered by the experiences made at practice. Creativity and solution-orientated thinking benefit from Parkour training.
Parkour is profound
Parkour is more than a sport. After a period of training time a lot of practitioners notice a change in their line of thinking: Modesty, honesty towards oneself and others, decisive action and respect towards oneself, fellow human beings and the environment are skills constantly demanded from tracers during practice. Over time these skills become a part of everyday awareness – Parkour is “lived”.