IS PARKOUR SAFE?
In short, yes, Parkour is totally safe. Like any sport (and really, anything in life), if abused and treated without respect, there are some dangers. We recommend that all our clients take classes, especially at the beginning of their training (we even offer a special Intro Pack for that purpose as this will teach some safety techniques and provide the proper supervision to be able to move forwards in the sport responsibly.
WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
We have tried to have our space match a realistic example of the outside world, while still maintaining a safe learning process. As such, much of our equipment is made of wood or metal. Participants can be either barefoot, or wearing clean indoor shoes. Shoes are recommended for higher levels, but barefoot is totally fine for levels 1-3. Athletic clothing is required, or anything that you can move freely in. Jeans are not the best choice. Loose jewelry should be removed before entering the gym. Learn more about some of the top Parkour shoes here. You do not need fancy shoes but these have been proven to be the most effective long term.
I LIKE THE IDEA OF PARKOUR BUT HAVE NO IDEA WHERE TO START
The best place to start would be our Intro Pack. This is a great option for people who are curious about Parkour, but not ready for a long-term commitment. Your Parkour Journey may seem like a long process, but we've done our best to help you along the way.
DO YOU OFFER GROUP RATES AND PACKAGES?
WHAT ARE THE LEVELS FOR?
We use a level system similar to a martial arts belt; swapping the belt for a wrist band. Different colours denote different levels. Each level has a “theme” of skills that you will focus on while in that level. It usually takes around 10+ classes to have sufficient skill to pass level 1. Each subsequent level has an increased amount of recommended time before a student’s skill and knowledge is ready to progress on. Click here if you’d like to see more information about the skills in our curriculum.
I THINK I MAY BE TO OLD/OUT OF SHAPE/NERVOUS/HESITANT ETC
Parkour is a discipline that covers an exceedingly diverse set of skills. The flips and tricks you see on youtube are a part of it, but there is far more to learn. Your age, fitness level, or confidence aren’t reasons to avoid Parkour, as there is always something for you to work on and better yourself. Walking down the stairs is a part of Parkour, so if you managed to make it out of your house and into our space then pat yourself on the back; you can already do Parkour!
MY CHILD IS A EXCEPTIONAL GYMNAST/MARTIAL ARTIST ETC. CAN THEN START AT A HIGHER LEVEL?
Although previous acrobatic or athletic skills are a huge benefit to a student, everyone has to start at square one. There are nuances to Parkour skills that will likely not be taught in other disciplines. It’s likely that the student will progress faster than normal, but we need to make sure that the mechanics of the movements are solid before progressing on. We offer a variety of private tutoring, and one on one work, if you feel like you’re not being challenged enough in the classes.
WHY ARE YOUR CLASSES 15 PARTICIPANTS?
After years of experience with various programs, we have found that a class of 15 participants is ideal for both instructor to student time, as well as class management and safety.
MY CHILD WOULD BE THE 16TH PARTICIPANT IN THE CLASS, YOU CAN MAKE AN EXCEPTION THIS ONCE?
As much as we want to make every person happy in every situation, we also take safety incredibly seriously. Not only would allowing extra participants into a class bring down the quality for those that had per-registered, but it would also set a dangerous precedent for future programs.
LEVELS AND GRADING FAQ
WHEN CAN I GRADE?
Grading Days happen once a month, on the second Friday of each month. Pre-registration is definitely recommended, as there are a limited number of spots, and they fill fast!
CAN I DROP-IN FOR GRADING DAY?
You can try, but pre-registration is definitely recommended, as there are a limited number of spots, and they fill fast!
HOW MUCH IS GRADING DAY?
Grading Day counts as a class, so if you have a membership or class passes, one of those classes may be used (we even added an extra class for members so they wouldn’t have to miss their regular classes!). If you don’t have a membership or class pass, then you can purchase a drop-in class for $29. All class passes include same day open gym, so feel free to come in early to practice or stay afterwards to work on your skills.
HOW STRICT IS GRADING?
To be safe in Parkour, it’s important to execute skills properly, from the fundamentals to the advanced. When students are grading, this idea is at the forefront of the trainers’ observations, so it’s heavily recommended that students ensure they are prepared for grading. Our curriculum, and a breakdown of each level and skill, is a available on our website.
HOW DOES GRADING WORK?
The gym runs a grading day once a month on the second Friday of that month. There are 20 spots available and a 5 person waiting list. The grading day itself will last for 2 hours and it usually takes 10-15 min for each individual to grade. It is a preregistered event, though is first come first graded on the day of. The first person to sign in (after pre-registering) on the day will be the first person graded. The student will be asked to demonstrate skills chosen by the instructor from their level. Multiple attempts of each skill are necessary, and the grade will be given on an overall viewing of the skill. Students will also have access to one demonstration of one skill per level, performed by the grading instructor. Although possible to grade multiple levels on your first time grading (ie: level 1) it is very rare and requires a nearly perfect grading card.
WHAT ARE THE LEVELS FOR?
We use a level system similar to a martial arts belt; swapping the belt for a wrist band. Different colours denote different levels. Each level has a “theme” of skills that you will focus on while in that level. It usually takes around 10+ classes to have sufficient skill to pass level 1. Each subsequent level has an increased amount of recommended time before a student’s skill and knowledge is ready to progress on.
HOW WILL I KNOW WHEN I / MY CHILD IS READY TO GRADE?
When in doubt, you can check in with one of our trainers before or after your class. Another option is for you and your child to review the online curriculum. If you are both confident that your child knows all the skills well enough to present them when asked with just the name given, then you are likely ready to sign up for the next available grading.
I CAN’T MAKE FRIDAYS/I OR MY CHILD WANT TO GRADE IMMEDIATELY. ARE THERE ANY OPTIONS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN?
Private gradings are available at any time with our instructors. They count as a private training session and aren’t included in any memberships or class passes. Private gradings can have up to 4 participants, so you can always share the cost with some friends!
birthday party faq
How many participants can attend?
You can bring up to 15 of your friends and family! We can accommodate more than 15, but for safety reasons, it would require we hire an additional instructor.
Are parkour parties safe?
Absolutely! Your party will be led by a certified trainer for the duration of your booking, with a focus on safety in a fun and entertaining environment!
what is an adrenaline activity?
Depending on the age and comfort level of the participants, our instructors will run the group through a fun, and thrilling activity! This can include blind folded back falls into our air bag, balancing at height (while being spotted of course), and many others!
is there a party room or area?
There is a party area that will be reserved for your group. You can come 15 minutes early and settle in with your belongings, stack all the gifts, and even bring in decorations to really make it your own!
is there food or drink included?
Breathe Parkour does not provide food or drink, however food and drink are allowed in the party area, so feel free to bring in some delicious cake! Our North Calgary location also has a private restaurant on site. We'd be happy to put you in touch!
are there any age restrictions?
Yes. Unfortunately, no participants can be under the age of 6.
new curriculum faq
If I’m in level 1-3 already, how will this affect me?
Very little! The skills are being updated in these levels, but all clients will be able to maintain their current level.
If I’m in level 4-6 already, how will this affect me?
Depending on which level you are currently in, there will be some minimal impact. If you are currently level 4, then there will be no change to your level, but the skills in your level will be updated. If you are level 5 or 6, you will be adjusted to the new level 4, but you’ll be awarded a Legacy Band for your current level. The reason for this adjustment is that the skills in level 4 are progressions for skills in 5, and 5 to 6, so from a safety standpoint it’s a necessary precaution. The good news is that the updated skills in Level 4 correspond with many of our current Level 5 and 6 skills (for example backflips!), so you will be training many of the same skills that you’re already working on!
If I’m in level 7 already, how will this affect me?
For all current level 7s, you’ll maintain your current level, but you will have 6 months to learn both branches of the new curriculum, after which you will be regraded at the new level 7 standard. If you pass you will maintain your level 7 band and if not you will receive your appropriate level in the new curriculum. The level 7 class will still run, but the focus will be on learning the new skills in levels 4-6 in order to be ready to grade for the new level 7.
What if I want to learn both Freestyle and Traditional?
That’s great to hear! We actually encourage this route, as this is the best way to become a well-rounded athlete! We’ll be offering a class of each style every week, plus the potential for “hybrid” classes, so there are definitely opportunities to follow both routes. Additionally, no one will be locked into the route they choose, so you can feel free to alternate between the two!
When will my last chance be to grade before these changes go into effect?
Although we’re beginning to teach the new curriculum from July 1st onwards, our grading days in July will reflect the old curriculum. This will allow a smoother transition for our clients who have been training and studying hard for their next grading. Note: this will only apply to clients in Levels 1 through 3. Levels 4 and up will be grading on the new curriculum.
What is the “hybrid” class? (Coming Soon)
The hybrid class will be teaching skills from both our Traditional paths and our Freestyle paths. This is for clients who would like to try out both paths, either because they’d like to follow both long term, or because they’d like to sample what each path has to offer.
What is the difference between the “Freestyle” and “Traditional” paths?
The two different paths focus on two different styles of training. With the growth of the sport over the last few years, a lot of new skills and advanced variations have become necessary fundamentals to continue training safely. Given the sheer amount of skills and knowledge to cover in a class, the two paths allow our clients to focus on the specific skill set that best suits their training preference. The “Traditional” path follows some of the foundational skills of Parkour, focusing on efficiency, strength, and advanced implementation. This is where you’ll find the advanced vaults, bar techniques, ascents and descents, and other traversing variations. The “Freestyle” path follows some of the more creative and acrobatic elements. This is where you’ll find your basic and advanced flips, tricking movements, and other advanced creative based movements.
What’s happening with the ages 6-10 Level 3 students? Will they continue to be in a Level 3-6 class?
We will be re-integrating our 6-10 Level 3s back into the Level 1-3 classes (a change from the current Level 1-2 classes). This is to ensure that all our clients have the appropriate progressive skills under their belt before attempting more advanced skills. We definitely encourage any 6-10 Level 3 students to study up and train hard and grade into Level 4 before the curriculum change! This will ensure you have the appropriate skills, and then you can start looking at the different paths that you’d like to train towards!