Since our inception, Breathe Parkour has always been committed to being at the cutting edge when it comes to our curriculum and the ways our athletes progress safely into world class athletes. As the sport continues to evolve, we will continue to update our curriculum to meet those changes head on.
We're excited to announce the latest, and largest, evolution of the Breathe Parkour curriculum with the integration of two new branches, "Traditional" and "Freestyle", starting at level 4. The Traditional branch focuses on the origins of Parkour, and it's history in efficient movement, while the Freestyle branch takes you down a more aesthetic path including less efficient movements such as twists and flips. This split will allow athletes to concentrate their training on the aspects of Parkour that are best suited for them. However, true mastery will require walking both paths, so we have rejoined the paths starting at level 7, which focuses on your environment, community, and advanced theory.
We strongly believe this update will give Breathe members the best possible Parkour training options.
Thanks for growing with us!
Skill reference sheets and level descriptions
Level 1 is an introduction to fundamental falling, jumping, and landing skills. Students will be taught safe techniques on a variety of obstacles while building specific motor patterns for Parkour. Students who complete this level should have a basic understanding of how to land properly as well as safely use walls, bars, and vault boxes.
Level 2 introduces basic vaults and rolls as well as wall landing and ascending skills. Students will build upon the fundamental skills learned in level 1 and further expand their Parkour movement vocabulary. Students who have completed level 2 should be comfortable with shoulder rolls, multiple vaults, and a variety of wall and bar skills.
Level 3 introduces an increased level of complexity with advanced vaults and rolls as well as wall climbing and dynamic bar skills. Students will build a solid foundation of multiple skills resulting in large movement vocabulary. Students who have completed level 3 should be competent and confident traversing various obstacles in a variety of different ways.
level 4 traditional
Level 4 Traditional is a continuation of the roots of Parkour based in efficient movement. Students will expand on their current movement library with a focus on advanced skill variations tied together with ascending and descending skills. Students who have completed this level can competently and accurately traverse a wide variety of high walls and taller obstacles.
Level 5 TRADITIONAL
level 6 TRADITIONAL
Level 6 Traditional introduces double vaults and advanced ascending and descending skills. The focus in this level is on the covering of distance as efficiently and accurately as possible, both vertically and horizontally. Students who have completed this level have the ability to cover distance quickly, efficiently and in environments demanding a high degree of accuracy.
level 4 freestyle
Level 4 Freestyle is an introduction to the creative and acrobatic side of Parkour. Students will acquire a basic understanding of acrobatic movements as well as building aerial awareness. Students who have completed this level should be comfortable performing the 3 basic flips as well as fundamental acrobatic movements.
level 5 FREESTYLE
Level 5 Freestyle expands on the foundational acrobatic skills in level 4 by introducing twists and wall acrobatics. Students will learn the fundamentals of incorporating walls and twists into their creative movement repertoire. Students who have completed this level will have an expanded acrobatic movement library and have the ability to creatively utilize the environment in their movement practice.
level 6 FREESTYLE
Level 6 Freestyle builds upon the acrobatic foundation of the previous levels to introduce students to advanced flips and twists. Students will learn advanced tricking skills as well as more complex and demanding flips. Students who have completed this level will have large and complex acrobatic movement library with the ability to confidently utilize these skills in the creation of freestyle lines using multiple obstacles.
Level 7 is the culmination of the skill based portion of the curriculum. A student who has made it to level 7, has completed both the Traditional and Freerunning branches, resulting in a well rounded and physically capable Parkour athlete. The focus of level 7 is on the soft skills required of an exceptional athlete ready to take his practice beyond the gym. While the soft skills listed below are addressed in the previous levels, they are now the core principles of Parkour practice. Athletes will learn to apply their physical skills to a large variety of situations and challenges in their journey to becoming a self sufficient practitioner who is a positive role model in the Parkour community and a potential future leader or elite athlete.
Level 8 is a very open-ended level. As the final step in the curriculum, it mimics the open-ended nature of the discipline itself. Parkour is ever-changing and always adapting. New movements are created and old ones are improved. When a student obtains this level, they’ve shown the diligence and persistence necessary to step outside of their comfort zones, and to begin to learn more about themselves. Level 8 is also where your training becomes a little more self-directed. There is no longer a complete list of skills to learn, as new things are being invented or changed on a regular basis. Now is the time to find a more personalized path through Parkour. Bring in new skills to class, or a skill line that you’ve been working on but can’t quite find the flow. The instructor now becomes more of a guide, helping you learn the path that you think is best for you. Level 8 is when you no longer need someone to tell you what you should learn next. It is the final step of the curriculum, but the first step in your solo journey into the world of Parkour.
Speak with your instructor about what it takes to level up!
The Breathe Parkour curriculum is structured into 8 levels to offer the most comprehensive path to learn. Everyone who starts in Parkour at Breathe begins at level 1. Beginner classes include participants in levels 1 - 3. You can take any available class that’s appropriate for your level and age group. Once there, you will be introduced to skills from levels 1, 2 and 3. When ready, join us on one of our grading days held every month, to try and level up. Once you reach level 4, you now qualify for the levels 4 - 6 classes as well.
Remember that everyone progresses at their own pace. The beauty of Parkour is that you’re only competing against who you were yesterday!