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The practice aims to build confidence, determination, self-discipline, self-reliance, and responsibility for one's actions. It encourages humility, respect for others and for one's environment, self-expression, positivity, a healthy lifestyle, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery, fun and safety at all times.
The sporting aspect of Parkour/Freerunning is a principally non-competitive physical discipline. This discipline consists of training to move freely over and through one's surroundings using only the abilities of the body: running, jumping, climbing, quadrupedal movement and more. Parkour / Freerunning focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement: which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.
It is a discipline that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing one's physical and mental limits while simultaneously offering ways to overcome them.
You will likely get sweaty and/or dirty in our classes. Most (if not all) of our lessons will have you on the ground at some point or using equipment that is or has been outdoors.
What Does It Mean To Be A Practitioner?
It should mean something substantial to be a practitioner of our discipline. This discipline was born with a strong set of social and ethical values which we are hoping will be understood and upheld by our students and passed on by them to others. These values include:
- Respect for all
- Friendship & Community
- Helping others
- Safeguarding the environment
Ages & Levels
People of any background or experience, size and age can begin training ADD and Parkour. The discipline is about developing yourself, there is no competition involved except with oneself. We employ safe progressions in our classes and encourage our students to work at their own level, at their own pace. Practitioners of ADD and Parkour should never push themselves to impress or show off to others; you have nothing to prove to us or to anyone else around you.
- Kids (Ages 6-12)
A great opportunity for your kids to get into this discipline safely with instructors who follow the core values of the founders! It's not just about the movements. Kids of course naturally play and often have better movement than adults. We strive to teach kids about helping others and being strong mentally as well.
- Teens (Ages 12-17)
Teens are getting exposure to ADD and Parkour in all sorts of media lately and we give them somewhere to go to learn how to do it correctly!
- Adults (Ages 17+, No Maximum Age!)
We help adults to rediscover their love for fun, creative movement and get them into shape (or back into shape), all while having fun! It's not just fitness with the adults either - the core values and spirit of the discipline are instilled in each lesson.
To get acquainted to our training methods, teaching style, and terminology. Beginners should start here, but these classes are great for all skill levels as well. DO NOT be afraid to come try it out!
Our standard class is great for all skill levels, but may be a bit intense for beginners. Starting November 1st, 2014, Standard classes are now for adults and teens ages 15 and up and will be a duration of 2 hours long instead of 90 minutes.
NEW! Journey classes start at one point and end at another, finding challenges along the way. Don't be late, or you may not find us!
- Night Mission
NEW! Night Missions are more focused on conditioning exercises and challenging movement drills in the dark.
Esprit classes are intended to be very physically demanding and are not recommended for beginners.
Rules & Policies
What to Wear
Most athletic shoes will work fine. Long pants are recommended.
NOTE: Check the weather and dress accordingly even if you are attending a gym class, sometimes we go outdoors. On rainy days or days where rain may be expected, it may be a good idea to be prepared with a towel, just in case.
A waiver is required to be signed by any and all participants in ADD Chicago / Parkour Ways activities (a parent signature is required if the participant is under 18). Click here to get the waiver.
You should sign in for any and all sessions, including special events. Sessions with no students signed up are subject to cancellation, possibly without any public notice. A minimum of 3 students is usually required for a class to run.