Training Philosophy

By parkour91 • Uncategorized • 14 Jul 2013

We are opening two different Parkour classes. The first is a beginner/intermediate level class called Contemporary Parkour, and the second is an advanced level class called Parkour Training. Students of all experience and ability levels are welcome in both classes – the difference is only stated to delineate the classes’ mental and physical difficulty.

For the Parkour Training class, Parkour 91 founder Adam Dunlap has detailed a training outline that both explains the training and sets expectations for the mindset required of students during the training. Below is this outline which Dunlap calls, “Simple Thoughts.” All students planning on taking an advanced level class are expected to read this before attending.

Training Outline
Simple Thoughts by Adam Dunlap

  • In a phrase, the training is a search for true strength.
  • A training regime that gets its benefits more from consistency and variety than difficulty. But with the training comes the difficulty.
  • It’s a search and it will stay that way. We have models, but we don’t know what we’ll find.
  • We’re looking for completeness.
  • The spirit you carry into the training is the most important aspect of the training. Developing that spirit is the development of true strength.
  • Discover and develop the two sides of you. One side is the warrior side of you that is ready to overcome any obstacle and fight any fight if it must. Learn to be able to turn on that warrior side at any time no matter how tired or unprepared you are. The other side of you is your real self that exists in a peaceful world with no obstacles. It’s kind, gentle, and humble. Learn to understand this side of you and embody it at all times except when the warrior side is needed. These two sides are opposites of each other and also reflections of each other. They are both equally important.
  • You are only as prepared as you are when you are completely not prepared.
  • Humility is as important as ability. Both are necessary.
  • A man is his word. When you speak you do. If you don’t know then you shouldn’t speak.
  • In life we progress by having goals. Without goals we have no direction.
  • Joy and excitement should be the center of all action.
  • The mind and the body must be at the same level. Bringing the mind and body into a unity of understanding is paramount to allow for your full potential to be realized.
  • The mind always fails before the body.
  • Life exists in the present, not in the past or future. You learn the most from the experience in the moment when you focus on the moment.
  • We never stop, we always advance. All life requires advancing. To stop is the end.

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