Parkour for Children Explained

Keiki Parkour's Mission is to:

 -promote/educate parkour awareness and benefits to Hawaii's youth
-increase childrens' strength, endurance, speed, agility, precision, power, creativity, courage, and health
-create a playful, non-competitive environment in which children can learn to overcome physical obstacles, and thus gain the confidence to overcome other obstacles in their lives.

Keiki Parkour will provide parkour, fitness, and conditioning instruction to 5-10 year olds.  Classes will be held in public parks, schools, and gyms.  Depending on skill level and age, Keiki Parkour classes will be 45 minutes to an hour.  Each class will include a warm up, parkour skill instruction, games, conditioning, and stretching.  It is the goal of Keiki Parkour to promote healthy living, which will entail a short discussion/activity at the end of each class that will focus on student's mind/body/spirit.  Through promoting parkour to future generations, Keiki Parkour hopes to change the way we view health, diet, fitness, the environment, and the importance of play.

Keiki Parkour is not a daycare service and parents or guardians must be present for the duration of the class unless otherwise arranged with the instructor.

The company was founded by American Parkour Certified Parkour Instructor, Keith Mylett in September of 2012.

WHAT IS PARKOUR?

Parkour is the physical discipline of training to overcome any obstacle within one's path by adapting one's movements to the environment.

  • Parkour requires... consistent, disciplined training with an emphasis on functional strength, physical conditioning, balance, creativity, fluidity, control, precision, spatial awareness, and looking beyond the traditional use of objects.
  • Parkour movements typically include... running, jumping, vaulting, climbing, balancing, and quadrupedal movement. Movements from other physical disciplines are often incorporated, but acrobatics or tricking alone do not constitute parkour.
  • Parkour training focuses on... safety, longevity, personal responsibility, and self-improvement. It discourages reckless behavior, showing off, and dangerous stunts.
  • Parkour practitioners value... community, humility, positive collaboration, sharing of knowledge, and the importance of play in human life, while demonstrating respect for all people, places, and spaces.
(This is American Parkour's definition from http://www.americanparkour.com/whatisparkour)

BENEFITS OF PARKOUR

  • Increased physical fitness - In this day and age of obesity, diabetes, junk food, and lack of vitality, parkour can offer a way to gain a healthy body.  It is a physical outlet for those looking to augment athletic skills, or for those interested in a non-competitive, fun, and creative way to get physically fit.
  • Increased confidence and courage - Parkour can challenge both your body and mind to overcome obstacles and move your body in a way that you wouldn't have otherwise.  This overcoming physical fears and limits definitely transfers into other obstacles one encounters in daily life.
  • To have fun, play, and be creative - Parkour is a safe outlet to let out the playfulness and creativity that we all have inside of us.

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