Jump Squad HQ was a custom built venue where we could teach the highest quality Parkour classes in the country. This little slice of paradise was built, by us, for everyone. The original Jump Squad HQ closed in 2013, after 2 awesome years servicing over 1000 members on the Northern Beaches of Sydney. Jump Squad now runs outdoor and private classes, showcases and other events, designs Parkour venues and much more.
Are you still running Parkour classes on the Northern Beaches?
Yes! We are running classes at Little Manly Point. Book now on the “Classes” section of the website.
Are you still running classes in Cromer?
No. Sorry, our Cromer venue is closed indefinitely. Will you be re-opening anywhere soon? We hope so, but we don’t yet have another location in mind. If you know of a space feel free to contact us!
Do you offer personal training?
Yes. Our team are the most experienced traceurs, freerunners and coaches in the country. Check out our Trainer Network and contact us if you would like to organise outdoor personal training sessions – from one person through to large groups.
What should I bring to class?
A full bottle of water. A completed waiver form if it’s your first class. Comfortable shoes and clothes. A positive attitude.
How do I start?
Just do it. Alternatively head to a class.
Parkour is a method of physical training that develops a person’s ability to overcome obstacles in their environment.
It was created by David Belle and his family in France and Vietnam. It has been likened to a martial art in it’s methodological approach and physical training methods, but it is important to note that in Parkour there are no competitions and no opponents. It is just the practitioner and their environment.
It has also been likened to an art form due to it’s often graceful movements and the inherent room for self expression. Again it is important to note that in Parkour usefulness comes before beauty, and utility before art.
Parkour is an extremely empowering activity to partake in, but it is also very tough. It is rapidly spreading around the world particularly among young people. Due to this rapid spread often the message of progress through hard work is lost and replaced by the desire to perform tricks as soon as possible.
There are many benefits to be gained from learning and training Parkour, such as strength, confidence, agility, discipline and freedom to name a few. These benefits apply not just to a practitioner’s physical performance, but also to their mental abilities. This is one reason why Parkour is being jumped on by youth workers and community groups around the world as the best way to develop a young person’s body and mind in a healthy, useful and empowering way.
Understand that this form of art has been created by few soldiers in Vietnam to escape or reach: and this is the spirit we’d like parkour to keep. You have to make the difference between what is useful and what is not in emergency situations. Then you’ll know what is parkour and what is not. So if you do acrobatics things on the street with no other goal than showing off, please don’t say it’s parkour. Acrobatics existed a long time ago before parkour.
Parkour is firstly about the useful side, to teach people how to trust themselves, to learn to be careful.
The philosophy [of Parkour] is always to advance, never to stop. If some time you have problems, like in life, if you have an obstacle you must always continue forward…Parkour begins when you find an obstacle in front of you and have to utilize your body to surpass it.
Here’s a video of David Belle and the original tracers training in the mid 90’s.
Freerunning started off as an English term for Parkour, but quickly changed into something else. Today, freerunning is the practice of interacting with obstacles in a way that is aesthetic and stylistic (as opposed to Parkour’s focus on efficiency and usefulness). Most people will associate “running up a wall and doing a backflip” with Parkour, but really this is freerunning.
The two disciplines are often confused by the public and media, largely because they are often practiced together by the same people at the same times. People who train Parkour enjoy using their body creatively and so will inevitably try some flips and spins – and mastering obstacles through Parkour is a foundation of freerunning.
Probably the clearest example of freerunning comes from world champion Pasha of Team Farang fame: