What is Freerunning? Is it Parkour?
Parkour is the martial art of the chase. It was originally developed by a former member of the french military, and then codified and further developed by his son, David Belle. Practitioners learn the fastest, safest, and most energy efficient movements and techniques to traverse obstacles, as well as learning to spot the opportunities to use those techniques to escape danger. Not "just" a critical self defense skill for escaping attackers that may outnumber you or be armed, parkour also allows a practitioner to escape other emergency situations, like fires.
Parkour is often confused with freerunning, which is a sport combining movements from multiple disciplines (gymnastics, parkour, martial-arts, and break-dancing) with the goal of expression and enjoyment through the art of motion. Parkour, technically, is exclusively those movements which are functional. Over the years, however, the two terms have become synonymous for the general public and the majority of practitioners. DShawPK is technically a freerunning school then, since aerobatic flips and other artistic maneuvers are are taught as a supplementation on a strong foundation of parkour.
A 12-week session on the foundation techniques. Students will learn vaulting, climbing, flips and rolls. This 12 week session is intended to be repeated by students several times: Your foundations can never be too strong, and advanced modifications are taught for students who have completed basic versions of the moves. These are offered in three age groups, kids (7-12), teen (10-17), and adult (18+).
For students who have mastered the material in the standard classes, (this takes somewhere between 2 to 6 sessions, usually, so don't be discouraged if a single pass doesn't result in mastery) the advanced class offeres a completely different 12-week session on Advanced techniques. While some attention is still payed to the functional chase moves of Parkour, the advanced classes focus mostly on exotic flips and off-axis twists. Practitioners must have completed one session of standard classes, and be able to front flip, and back flip (off a block or with the aid of a spring board), as well as double-kong before enrolling in this class.
For students who are already enrolled in either standard or advanced classes, the supplemental class offers an opportunity for the student to pick the moves they want to work on, and train with Dagan's supervision and coaching. Because of the self-directed nature of this class, dedication and motivation are essential. It is intended for those students for whom mastering their moves and challenging themselves is their idea of play-time.