Tuesday, May 26, 2009

A class Update

Over the past few months we’ve been working with a team of young, energetic and enthusiastic traceurs to set up small classes with big results! The class, which is made up of 8 boys and 2 girls, covers the basics of warm-ups/ warm downs, mobility, fitness, conditioning and of course parkour. We start with a light run into run with jump ups/downs/sideways/backwards and over & under obstacles, insisting on small obstacles with light impact to raise CV. Then onto mobility covering all major joints, paying extra attention to wrists and knees. Progressing to a full-body stretch session, we name and talk about muscles being used and the roles they play. Then conditioning, we have a set which starts with our hands on the ground, feet up on hip-height wall and combines locks and holds/push-ups/one-arm holds/forearm holds/backwards holds/dips/ 3 stage wall push-ups and so on.Then the fun stuff… Because the classes are a mixed bunch, we usually split the class based on age as our youngest is 8 and oldest 28! We’ve worked on the fundamentals of parkour e.g. jumps/lands/rolls/small volts/balance and foot placement. More recently we have moved on to arm jumps/wall runs and volts with speed. Also we have started to combine movements in “Runs” giving the students a chance to apply what they have learnt over the past few months. We always finish class with “Games” – run outs or had, we even have people from the local area who don’t attend the classes begging to join in the action! The majority of the students are new to parkour, but show a real passion for it, they are always training before and after class, weekends and school holidays. We’ve had so much fun with them and hope it continues over the summer and into next year.
Other highlights have been wicked music via The Boombox, giant crash mat day, kung-fu with Jim aka ‘Par-fu’, PK Easter egg hunt day (we hid Cadbury’s crème eggs all over The Black Square, one of our training locations). Thanks also to good friends Christian, Alex, Ross, ‘Backwards’ Elliott (click here to find out why we call him that), ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ Bobby and everyone else who has come along to support the class.
Finally the biggest thanks to our students:
The brothers Polski - Marchin, Michal & Tristian.
The GP Crew – PJ, Elliott, Scott & Mitch
The girls – Katie & Mojo
Old man Amit
… and all the others!
Classes Wed: 5-7pm Weekends 12pm-late
For info on classes e-mail the garden.


At 10:55 pm, Blogger !.KandyXBurnout..!! said...

teheheh lol ur welcum....

wwow that looks real good......

i hhope u dont mind but iv invited couple girls 2 join...

i did a "show" in school and they got raelly amazed...

talking abuot parkour 2 them dint help...so i showed them!!!;)

but thatll be after 15th june cuzx thats wen our exams finish...by that time ill try to train them on what i have been taught.....

At 11:08 pm, Anonymous Mojo said...

Love the pix!

I'm so amazed by everyone's progress over the last few months, these guys n gal are training hard.

Katie, look forward to meeting your new girls, its so good your spreading the word and getting more people interested.

I've had a great time training with everyone, just wish I could make it to more classes... but soon I shall be free for a few months, then I'll be upping my training for sure!


At 11:21 pm, Anonymous Eliot_forwards said...

hey, hey. nice pics, all doin great hope you all carry on like this. really enjoying the classes. ready for some more ass kickin parkour guys

haha pj's doing a billy elliot kick :p

any news on trace? really excited about it
come on ppl comment on the blog.

peace Eliot

At 10:55 pm, Anonymous scott =D said...

lol nice pics all the classes are coming along so nicely and im glad to hear about all the new saiyan troops. its so great having the oppurtunity to train with such cool guys. lol all the pictures are so awesome and funny, the easter egg hunt was awesome aswell.. peace.. scott =D

At 4:15 pm, Anonymous PJ/JP said...

hey guys guys and gals the pics look awesome cant wait for trace

i spoke to the guys about (mini trace)and 2 weeks time saturday is gd but i still need to talk to eliot

anyways thanks for the motivation and allround parkour know-how it helped me to increase my physical and mental abilities =]

anyways peace ...PJ

p.s. cant wait to get the info about trace on wednesday

p.p.s eliot sucks haha

p.p.p.s eliot wrote hey twice haha u retard !

At 10:40 pm, Blogger The Saiyans said...

Hey guys. Yep, the classes have been going fantastic, very happy with the progression you've all shown.

Katie, its fine for you to bring more girls to the class, just let me know before hand so I can get the paperwork ready (really want to get a girl class going)

Mojo, I know you've been busy at RAD. hope to see you at class on wed.

Eliot, glad you like the pics, bring on the ass kickin :p

Scott, yep i'm hoping we have enough "new troops" to start a new beginners class. more easter egg style games coming soon, coz we're such "cool guys"!

PJ, lol mini trace! that sounds good, keep me updated and find out ASAP if you'll all be free that weekend so that we can prepare for Trace.

Trace info coming wed, expect to see you all there.

At 10:45 pm, Blogger The Saiyans said...

Trace not looking good guys :<

At 1:26 am, Anonymous Michael said...

Go Saiyan! Go Saiyan GO! Don't Upset the rhythm now!

Yeah, Bangin to see all the hard work guys. Well done!

At 12:23 pm, Anonymous PJ/JP said...

really ?? why aint it looking good ... whats up ?

At 9:14 pm, Blogger mitchell said...

Looks like a lot of fun, wish I came that day!


Little something for Cable:


At 9:40 pm, Anonymous scott man said...

hey guys this is my video, feel free to criticise


At 11:34 am, Blogger marcin said...

wow the pix r so good i love 2 train witch u guys but change the name on the picture to marcin not tristian

At 8:56 pm, Anonymous Nick said...

Hey Saiyans,

Like the site guys - keep up the hard work - hopefully if i can get some time off work i can come down to a class every now and again.

peace out

At 12:34 am, Anonymous Kristian said...

Haha the egg hunt was legendary.

Good stuff on the teaching boyos.

Train Soon ;)

At 6:56 pm, Blogger Eightyeightdays said...

It was really good to meet and train with you all while I was in London, even if it was only briefly. Special thanks to Cable and Blake for inviting me along to share some of my backwards training methods with you forwards people.
Hopefully we'll have a message board soon to make it easier for everyone to share ideas, questions and information all in one place.
I'm thinking about filming some videos for strength training exercises, which I'll either put on youtube or my blog at some point. Stay tuned as I still have to sit down and do a write up about my last few weeks in London, so expect another long post!
I'll also try to get a pic of me wearing my Saiyan t-shirt in it's new surroundings!
Keep up the good work one and all!


At 7:38 pm, Blogger The Saiyans said...

sweet dudes, keep it up =)



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