What is Parkour?
Parkour is freedom. It is forgetting your troubles. It is facing your fears, overcoming them and forgetting they ever existed in the first place. It is the art of motion.
Parkour is one of the most dynamic, strengthening and visually stunning activities a person can do… and anyone can do it. It uses every muscle in the body, quickly developing a lean, muscular physique and a body and mind that can overcome physical and mental obstacles.
AAPES classes will show you just how easy it is to run, climb, jump and vault; to traverse any rooftop and move like you never thought possible. They will teach you the parkour philosophy of altruism and useful strength, longevity, self-improvement and self-understanding.
Parkour offers kids of all ages physical and mental confidence, an opportunity for self discovery and body awareness, and an understanding of the outer limits of their bodies and minds.
At AAPES we teach the vaults, jumps and drops kids see on the Internet and movies in perfect safety. Full crash mats and padded floors ensure that kids can develop the skills they want without you worrying about any danger.
Parkour develops focus. Kids learn about precision, careful thought and weighing up the outcomes of any decision in advance, bringing immediate positive changes in behaviour.
How do I book a First Timers class?
You can book your First Timers class online here. You only need to complete one of these classes, and we recommend coming to no more than 2!
I can’t come to a First Timers class, what do I do?
That’s ok. Although we strongly recommend you complete a First Timers class (it covers the basics of almost every movement in Parkour), you can jump into any of the age appropriate classes. Please keep in mind that the regular classes have presumed knowledge of movements, so although the instructor can offer you some assistance, they won’t be able to go over the basics with you. Make sure you book this in with us though, so we know you’re coming!
Where can I park my car?
TEMPE: There is plenty of parking on Wood and Smith street, PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE COURTYARD. This is a loading zone.
You can drop your loved ones off out the front of our door, as we have a 2 minute kiss and drop point.
Please do not wait in the courtyard in your car during the class.
CHULLORA: We have onsite parking, and plenty of street parking too! Please don’t park up around the back, this is required to be empty for loading and unloading by trucks!
What should I wear/bring?
We recommend wearing comfy flexible clothing, and enclosed shoes. Try not to wear any loose tassels or ragged edges, as they can get caught on equipment.
We like to wear track pants, tshirts, and sneakers!
Who can attend class?”
Anyone and everyone! As long as they are above 7 years old for our Tempe location, and above 10 years old for our outdoor locations (Pyrmont etc)
How do I/Do I have to book an Adults or Kids parkour class?
Once you have completed your First Timers class, you don’t need to book for regular classes at Tempe.
From here, the only classes you need to book are the First Timers class, and any outdoor classes.
How can I pay?
We take cash, Mastercard, and Visa (not eftpos) at Tempe and Chullora.
There is a 50c surcharge on card payments!
Pyrmont and Newcastle are all prepaid online and we cannot take cash!
How much does it cost?
A First Timers class is $25.
Casual classes are $30
Everything becomes much cheaper with a Membership though!
What is a membership?
A membership with us is an obligation free way to pay. It works via direct debit every week, fortnight, or month (whichever you prefer) and means our insurance premiums go down, so we can pass the savings on to you!
There are no lock in contracts, no joining or exit fees, and you can pause or cancel your account at any time!
For $50 a fortnight, you get 1 class and 1 open session a week
For $60 a fortnight, you get 2 classes and 2 open sessions a week
For $80 a Fortnight, you get 3 classes and 3 open sessions a week
For $155 a Fortnight, you get unlimited classes!
How do I sign up?
You can come in and we can go over the paperwork together, or we can send you a form to fill out and bring back with you.
All you need are your details, and a credit card or bank details!
Can I swap my open session for a class?
Unfortunately no. The open session part of the memberships are a value add on!
How do I put my account on hold?
That’s easy! Just send us an email! Please include the word “Pause” so it’s picked up by our system. Tell us the start and end date of your pause, and we’ll process it within 24 to 48 hours. When you signed up, you would have gotten a piece of paper that outlined how pauses work, here are a few key points to keep in mind:
- Pauses are the responsibility of the account holder. Please be aware of payment and pause dates.
- Pauses can only be processed with an email including requested start AND end dates.
- When a pause is processed we notify the account holder via the email on their account including their next payment date. It is the responsibility of the account holder to remember their next payment date, and if they wish, to request a pause before their next payment date.
- Please request a pause at least 24 hours before your next payment date.
- Pauses cannot be backdated, and all accounts are pre-paid
- Pauses requested on the same day of, or after, payment date will be processed asap, however Refunds for that payment date cannot be guaranteed.
- If you miss a class, AND miss the pause cut off date, we cannot refund you. Account credits may be made on a case by case basis.
What if I miss a class? Can I do a makeup class?
Sure! Our timetable is an open one, you are not locked into coming to the same class each week. Our system/timetable works from Monday to Sunday. So if you miss your class on a Tuesday, you have until the following Sunday to make it up. If you usually come on a Sunday and know you’re going to miss it, you can come to any class in the week leading up to that Sunday!
I’m really sore after class, is this normal?
It is perfectly normal to experience muscular pain after classes. The pain is caused by sudden changes in physical activity and muscular loading and usually lasts for 3-7 days. As your body adapts to the training and becomes stronger and your conditioning increases, you will feel less and less discomfort after classes. This muscle soreness can be reduced with a thorough warm up and warm down before and after activity.
Remember, this pain signals that your body is adapting and getting stronger.
How do I treat this post-activity muscle soreness?
Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness generally subsides in less than a week (and sometimes up to two weeks), but there are several ways to reduce the discomfort:
• Gentle stretching, gentle low-impact exercise, and gentle massage.
• Some anti-inflammatory medications can temporarily reduce discomfort.
• Rest the affected area.
• Warm baths or showers
If pain does not show signs of improvement in 7-10 days, consult a physician.
When do I get to do Rooftop and big stuff?
AAPES discourages dangerous drops. The classes will not take students to do big rooftop jumps, or other dangerous activities. The classes are about teaching you the basics, not putting lives at risk. AAPES does not endorse dangerous behaviour and will not tolerate it during classes. If you insist on performing dangerous stunts, you will be asked to leave the class.
I’m training outside and i’m being told to move on, what do i do?
There are several issues to cover here, this is meant as a guide and in no way constitutes legal advice. AAPES is not responsible for how you choose to use the following advice. With each scenario, please pay attention to context. Please try to avoid disrupting people, please be kind to others, and respect those with authority. Please also keep in mind that people are often curious, confused and if they are angry, they often don’t understand. With this in mind, past experience has led us to the following scenarios:
- If you are training on private property, move on. Be nice, you are representing all of the Parkour community in your actions! (Private property can include residential housing, Places of business, Aqueducts, Pipelines and Abandoned buildings)
- If you are training on Council property (things like roadways, sculptures, etc), the only people who can move you on are Security Guards, Police, or Rangers. Move on, say “thank you and sorry, we’ll move on straight away”. Being nice means 90% of the time they will be nice back and often will let you train there again. If a member of the public harasses you, either ignore them or move away. Do not respond to heckling and aggression. If you are under 18 and they insist on filming you to “show the police” tell them they are violating the law by filming a minor without parental permission. This unfortunately doesn’t apply if you are over 18.
- If you are training in a playground or a nature park or reserve, the only people who can tell you to move on are Police or Rangers. If a member of the public harasses you, either ignore them, move away, or you can respond with “This is public property for leisure use, I have as much right as you to use this space as I like”. Do not respond to heckling and aggression. If you are under 18 and they insist on filming you to “show the police” tell them they are violating the law by filming a minor without parental permission. This unfortunately doesn’t apply if you are over 18.