The American Parkour Instructor Certification Program is a comprehensive 3-day training program designed based on the longest-running parkour curriculum in the US- APK Academy! The program is administered by Travis Graves, lead trainer and Program Director at APKA and one of the most experienced coaches in the country.
Benefits of holding the APK Certified Instructor certificate include:
Official recognition of teaching ability in parkour which is useful for parkour instructors looking to teach in an official capacity such as college clubs or gyms, and other situations that requre certification, personal trainers looking to add something unique and fun to their arsenal.
Come away with the confidence that you can design and instruct classes for a wide variety of situations.
Spark and keep interest in parkour with training knowledge and drills to take back to your parkour community.
A direct line of communication with APKA HQ; including a certified instructor's forum, training resources for on-going classes and drills, assistance in training matters such as building attendence, gym management etc..
Familiarity with basic parkour techniques equivalent to one year of consistant, dedicated training. Video demonstration of skills will be considered as substitute for training time at the discretion of certification administrators.
Some coaching experience in a movement discipline, parkour or otherwise, is recommended.
Hands-on learning that includes lots of movement to demonstrate proper form and corrections, and co-instructing classes held at APK Academy DC.
"Classroom" learning inlcuding basics of anatomy and biomechanics relating to training, principles of exercise science and programming, how to spot and treat injuries and physical inefficiencies, parkour history and philosophies, and much more.
A physical movement and written exam to test candidates in their understanding and mastery of the material. Attendance of the program does not guarantee certification, but all aspects of the exam may be made up at no charge if the initial exam is failed.
Cost is $600 and only 6 General spots per session are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
There are 2 Reserved spots avilable for those leading College or University parkour/ freerunning clubs. Contact Travis for details-
Jereme Sanders, graduate of the inaugural program says:
“The APK Instructor Program was an invaluable experience to me. Even though I have been teaching formally prior to taking this course it still offered a good amount of information that I could add to my classes, reinforce the things that I was doing well and adapt the things I had trouble with teaching. It also helped rekindle my interest in learning about teaching as I feel like I had gotten a little complacent with my teaching. It's definitely a great experience and I suggest it to anyone interested in stepping up their teaching abilities.”
Chad Zwadlo, owner of Fight or Flight Academy in Minnesota says:
"Tons of good info and I look forward to using a lot of it in our classes at Fight or Flight."
Keith Mylett , Parkour instructor and school teacher in Hawaii:
"Everything I Ever Needed to Know About Teaching I Learned from Parkour. That's right, in just three days under the tutelage of Travis Graves of the American Parkour Certification Program, I came away with an understanding about not just parkour instruction, but teaching in general that is more valuable than both my degrees in education."
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