Challenging the Limits with Hardcore Parkour
by by Sophia C., Yuna C. and Elaine G., Concordia Middle School Reporters
Most people think Parkour is for daredevils – it’s not. Parkour is training that uses movement involving military obstacles course training. It is a sport that grade 8 students at Concordia International School recently experienced.
Today, Parkour is moving rapidly into urban environments – even Jinqiao – negotiating obstacles. The newly bought Parkour equipment was scattered in the intermediate gym like rose petals in a royal wedding. For the next 90 minutes with Coach Ghicu, elementary physical education coach, Parkour became part of a new growth mindset for students.
“What is parkour?” Coach Ghicu asked.
“Running,” shouted Yoyo.
“Walking,” mumbled Jessica eyeing the nine different stations.
“Moving,” stated Thomas.
“Of course, jumping like a frog,” said Peter with laughter erupting.
One by one, the students used their hands by jumping on the Parkour platforms and pushing themselves over, their legs swinging in the air. Like a panther racing through the woods, each of the students swiftly moved across the room – climbing, twisting and balancing. “Challenge your limits, don’t limit your challenges,” the humanities teachers reminded them.
Coach Ghicu proceeded with an introduction to each of the different stations. That included things like jumping over a platform sideways, running up a straight wall, and walking across a narrow balance beam. Eyes were focused, hands were clutched, arms were swinging. Everyone seemed dedicated, yet they also had a wide smile plastered across their faces. After spending time in each station and practicing, all the students got the hang of what it feels to “parkour.”
Many students believe the time experiencing Parkour was worth their humanities class time, though some were was no point in having this ‘class.’ “It wasn’t just sitting and taking notes on the history of Parkour, it was experiencing it along with my friends and having fun while doing so,” said another classmate. “That’s why I loved it so much.”
“You can’t just expect a person to go and jump over buildings and handrails just like that, it takes time, skill, practice, and most importantly, to be able to analyze and see what is the best route and the best method for crossing that bridge or jumping to that building,” stated Coach Ghicu.
Now no one knows what new Parkour activities students will try at break.
If you are interested in learning about the history of Parkour, check out this website.