What is parkour to me?! That’s a very hard question to answer. That’s like asking what is the meaning of life? Spoiler alert, the answer is parkour and love! Well OK that one was not that hard. But to answer the first question lets start at my background with sports and the arts.

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I have always been a very active kid on the playground. Always finding new ways to climb and flip off the equipment. It was my natural state, in motion. My father was huge into karate and I always play fought with him. I did gymnastics in my young teens but it did not fit my personality. Then I got older, my attention shifted towards the arts. Most of my high school career was art classes and the same with my college classes.

Like a lot of people I first experienced parkour through TV and the internet. All these people moving around and with their environment. It blew my mind that someone was capable of moving so fluidly and with such precision. I have seen circus acts and gymnastics before but this was a whole new level. I was hooked! I felt the need to move, I felt inspired.

The beginning of my parkour career was just me moving around aimlessly. I did not even know it had a name or that there were techniques to land safe and climb correctly. Just me and my environment. I then found tutorials on YouTube. Most internet tutorials just did enough to get the point across but, I had to figure out what worked for me. Not everyone has the same body or mindset. I began breaking down skills so I could understand the ins and outs of them. I eventually turned that skill into coaching parkour and free running at a family owned gymnastics facility.

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This is when I could see the benefits of parkour. My students started to see the beauty in everyday objects, and so did I. The world began to open up, nothing was just as it was. A wall became a challenge, the park bench next to it became a launch pad. When my students began to level up and grow as athletes, so did I. My coaching continually evolves with my students and their needs and goals with in parkour or free running While helping my students find their own paths, I was actually finding mine.

Only recently have I felt what parkour is to me and I have my students to thank for that. They have shown me that there are many ways to participate in a sport. You can be the starting quarterback, the goalie, the cheerleader, or the coach. They are all important, but for me being the coach is endlessly rewarding. Not only am I helping shape the life’s of my students but I am helping them paint their environment with their movements. I like to think of art as how we decorate the space around us and I feel that when we do parkour we are painting a masterpiece. I want to help everyone become an artist.

So what is parkour to me? Parkour is where I belong. Parkour is where I do not have to be the best athlete or the most inspiring, but I can still help mold the future of the sport. It’s art in motion.

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We're very excited to announce that we will be presenting at the Worlds of Work Expo where over 3,000 kids from 7 counties in Virginia will get to learn about career choices.

We'll help display careers related to:
Health and Wellness - Coaching, Physical Education, Sports Physiotherapy
Design and Manufacturing - CAD, CNC Work, Metal and Woodworking
Professional Athletes - @worldchasetag and Parkour

We'll have a fully interactive 20X20 Booth featuring our Middle School Parkour Kit, plus a Parkour Rig and other equipment on display in various stages of manufacture.

We'll also have videos showing our Parkour in Schools Program, some of the Television shows we've made and Performances from Madonna to Mercedes Benz, World Chase Tag, and Parkour Gyms.

We're grateful to Jenna French, TMP of Shenandoah County for this opportunity!

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We're very excited to announce that we will be presenting at the Worlds of Work Expo where over 3,000 kids from 7 counties in Virginia will get to learn about career choices. We'll help display careers related to: Health and Wellness - Coaching, Physical Education, Sports Physiotherapy Design and Manufacturing - CAD, CNC Work, Metal and Woodworking Professional Athletes - @worldchasetag and Parkour We'll have a fully interactive 20X20 Booth featuring our Middle School Parkour Kit, plus a Parkour Rig and other equipment on display in various stages of manufacture. We'll also have videos showing our Parkour in Schools Program, some of the Television shows we've made and Performances from Madonna to Mercedes Benz, World Chase Tag, and Parkour Gyms. We're grateful to Jenna French, TMP of Shenandoah County for this opportunity! Virginia Department of Education Virginia Economic Development Partnership #health #education #work #school #wellness #parkour
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Are you interested in playing Chase Tag Professionally? If so APK is hosting an online tryout for the 2022 @worldchasetag season! For More Details check out the LINK IN BIO! #dontgetcaught
In the meantime enjoy a great Chase with @ethantwistz hunting down @brother_pk
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Are you interested in playing Chase Tag Professionally? If so APK is hosting an online tryout for the 2022 @worldchasetag season! For More Details check out the LINK IN BIO! #dontgetcaught In the meantime enjoy a great Chase with @ethantwistz hunting down @brother_pk . #apkblue #apkgrey #apkwct #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
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Good luck to all of the athletes competing in the WFPF USA Parkour Cup this weekend!

American Parkour is going to equalize the prize money for men and women. 

APK will award the winner of both Speed and Freestyle Women's division $200 each. No strings attached.

#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
#sportswomen #sports #sport #womeninsports #athletes #fitness  #sportlife #gym #motivation #makeitright #integrity #equity #sportsequity
Good luck to all of the athletes competing in the WFPF USA Parkour Cup this weekend!

American Parkour is going to equalize the prize money for men and women. 

APK will award the winner of both Speed and Freestyle Women's division $200 each. No strings attached.

#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
#sportswomen #sports #sport #womeninsports #athletes #fitness  #sportlife #gym #motivation #makeitright #integrity #equity #sportsequity
Good luck to all of the athletes competing in the WFPF USA Parkour Cup this weekend! American Parkour is going to equalize the prize money for men and women. APK will award the winner of both Speed and Freestyle Women's division $200 each. No strings attached. #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks #sportswomen #sports #sport #womeninsports #athletes #fitness #sportlife #gym #motivation #makeitright #integrity #equity #sportsequity
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At APK we strive to support all Athletes, and so in honor of National Women in Sports day we have our own @mel2toes working hard in the gym as always 💪
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At APK we strive to support all Athletes, and so in honor of National Women in Sports day we have our own @mel2toes working hard in the gym as always 💪 . #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
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APK is holding tryouts for the 2022 WCT Season! If you're interested in trying out, you'll need to do the following.

Create a Tryout Video (Details for that are on our YouTube LINK IN BIO)

Upload that Video to Google Drive and Share that video/folder with apksubmission@gmail.com

The deadline for submissions is the Ides of March (if you don't know when that is, better find out)

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This does NOT mean we are scrapping all our previous athletes, in fact you'll most likely see most of them again (because we have some BEASTS on our team) but we do want the best athletes for our teams (as the brothers say, they want to see the best people chase). So holding tryouts opens the doors for new athletes to enter the sport 

Now Good Luck! And remember, Don't Get Caught

#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
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APK is holding tryouts for the 2022 WCT Season! If you're interested in trying out, you'll need to do the following. Create a Tryout Video (Details for that are on our YouTube LINK IN BIO) Upload that Video to Google Drive and Share that video/folder with apksubmission@gmail.com The deadline for submissions is the Ides of March (if you don't know when that is, better find out) QUICK CLARIFICATION FOR OUR APK FANS This does NOT mean we are scrapping all our previous athletes, in fact you'll most likely see most of them again (because we have some BEASTS on our team) but we do want the best athletes for our teams (as the brothers say, they want to see the best people chase). So holding tryouts opens the doors for new athletes to enter the sport Now Good Luck! And remember, Don't Get Caught #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks @worldchasetag @wctfans
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Check out American Parkour Founder Mark Toorock's talk "Individual Together: Building Parkour and Movement Communities" as part of the Embodied Movement Summit. Please use APK's affiliate link (LINK IN BIO) to get your free ticket to this incredible event with over 27 expert presentations including Sebastien Foucan and Kelly Starrett
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#parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
Check out American Parkour Founder Mark Toorock's talk "Individual Together: Building Parkour and Movement Communities" as part of the Embodied Movement Summit. Please use APK's affiliate link (LINK IN BIO) to get your free ticket to this incredible event with over 27 expert presentations including Sebastien Foucan and Kelly Starrett . #parkour #freerunning #apklife #apkparkour #precisionsticks
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