Parkour Day is Almost Here!

There is less than a month until our annual Parkour Day showcase, and I’ve been getting a few questions about the logistics of the event. This guide should give you an idea of what to expect and how to prepare for the best day of the year.

First of all, Parkour Day is a team event. If you want to perform, your first step is to form a team of 3-5 people. If you don’t have anyone to form a team with, you may register as an individual instead. All the individual registrants will be randomly divided into teams, so be ready to make friends!

Whether you’re registering as a team or an individual, you fill out the registration form here. In this form, there is a space for a link to a video. This video should be 30 seconds to a minute long and include footage of each team member practicing parkour/freerunning. The purpose of the video is to make sure all participants know the basics of training and moving safely. You don’t have to do anything special to qualify for the showcase, and your video doesn’t have to be a cinematic masterpiece. As long as you show us that you can do parkour without hurting yourself, you are welcome to perform.

After you’ve registered, you may be thinking that you should plan some sort of routine for your performance. However, nobody knows what the Parkour Day course will look like until the day of the event. You’ll have a few hours of warm-up and practice time on the course before performances begin. You can use this time to plan a specific routine if you wish, although it’s completely fine to improvise as you go.

After practice time, it’s performance time. Each team will perform separately while everyone else gets blown away by their magnificence. Your performance is 100% yours and you’re free to do whatever you want. All state and federal laws still apply, but we’re not going to tell you your performance has to be exactly X minutes long or everyone on your team has to be in sync or anything like that. It’s not a competition, so there are no judges and no points. There is only a single requirement: have fun!

I hope this will help you all prepare for Parkour Day. If you still want to know more, you can check out this video of last year’s event by our former president, Jackie Hai. You can also send any questions to umassparkour@gmail.com and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Happy training, and don’t forget to register for Parkour Day by March 30th!

Ready For Another Year of Awesome???

Dear friends and friends-to-be,

I hope you all have had a wonderful summer, but it’s time to face the fact that it’s coming to an end. I know one reason everyone should be excited about the coming school year, though–UMPK training will be in full swing come September!

Personally, I’ve missed all of you veteran members dearly and I can’t wait to get to know some new members this year. So I’m very happy to spread the word about an event that will take place on campus even before classes begin! On Sunday, September 2nd, the first day of New England Parkour’s Third Annual Charity Jam will be held at UMass Amherst. Check out the facebook page or the event’s website for more details. It sounds like an awesome way to help out a good cause and get your jam on at the same time, so I hope I’ll see many of you there!

If you can’t make it to the charity jam, fear not, because UMPK practices are going to start the very next day. That’s right, the first practice of the school year will be held on Monday, September 3rd, at the usual time of 6pm. We meet right outside the main entrance to the Fine Arts Center. Whether you’ve been doing parkour since the beginning of time or you’ve never done anything remotely athletic in your entire life, we want you to come train with us!

Once the school year is underway, practice is held Monday through Thursday from 6pm to roughly 7:30pm, and we always start things off outside the FAC. So even if you can’t make it on either the 2nd or the 3rd, you can still show up on the 4th, or the 5th, or the 6th, or the week after that, or…

You get the idea. There’s no excuse not to check us out!

It’s going to be a fantastic year, my friends. Let’s start it off right!

Love,
Amy

Parkour Day Showcase and Elections bring an end to Spring 2012

Parkour Day Showcase

This is the final blog post that I will be writing as I am graduating from UMass in a few days. As I sign off I would like to thank everyone who I’ve met in the parkour community and those who support us. These last four years have been amazing and I have this club to thank for that. We’ve grown immensely as an RSO and I hope that growth continues in years to come. I’ll keep this short as I’ve finals to study for, always remember: keep playing.

In order to pass along the club, the members have elected a new set of officers for the following two semesters.

President: Kevin Barba
Vice President: Amy Desmond
Treasurer: Jasper Sardonicus
Equipment Manager: Max Perham
Public Relations: Jon Velez

Finally, I’d like to share some media from the regional event that UMass Parkour just put on. We’ve got a video by former president Jackie Hai, an article in the Daily Collegian and a post on the WFPF College Blog. So if you’d like more info on what we accomplished, check out the links!

- Travesty INTL

Vimeo Promo Video for UMass Parkour!

Check out the newest video about UMass Parkour! A couple of interviews from Scott, Travis and Amy fill you in on the goings-on of our movement club! If you’ve ever thought about joining the club, now would be a great time as the weather is getting warmer and Parkour Day is coming up soon! The club practices Monday through Thursday from 6:00-7:30PM and Saturdays at the same time in the activity room upstairs at the rec center. All practices are free and open to anyone who signs a waiver. So, come check us out, watch and hopefully you’ll want to come check us out!

Also, over spring break the officers and seth went to the The Monkey Vault in Toronto, Canada for some spring break training. If you ever are near the city, you should definitely go check out the gym for at least an afternoon. The community there is absolutely wonderful and the gym has a whole bunch of different surfaces that are a ton of fun to play on. Check out the goof balls in their video below:

Spring 2012 Update – Video Blog

Hex and Trav at the club fair

Welcome back to UMass everyone! Its the second semester and parkour club is ready to go. We’re fresh from the club fair, which Hex, Trav and Marc hosted (see picture above).

We’re holding a couple of really cool events this year in addition to our practices. Here’s a letter from one of our sponsors:

Dear UMASS Parkour,

The World Freerunning Parkour Federation would like to make “Parkour Day!” an official WFPF event as part of the newly formed College WFPF. College WFPF is dedicated to promoting, organizing and supporting all college parkour events and we believe “Parkour Day!” is a great opportunity to support UMASS Parkour and the college parkour community. We fully endorse UMASS Parkour and “Parkour Day!” We encourage everyone to attend the event whether you are a parkour athlete or a spectator, as “Parkour Day” will not disappoint. The campus of the University of Massachusetts is an amazing venue for an event like this and we are excited to attend! Hope to see you all on April 28th!

Know Obstacles, Know Freedom!
Greg Milano
Matt Milano
College WFPF
college@wfpf.com

Check out our first video blog for updates on UMPK:

Practice will be held Monday through Thursday 6:00-7:30PM. Meetings take place at the front entrance to the Fine Arts Center.

When you fall, choose to land

Recently Scott, Javier, Kevin and a couple others were featured in a blog post, check out what Electronic Blogging Endeavors has to say about UMPK!

Or, read the article before the final edit in its parts: Electronic Blogging Endeavors’ Parkour Week Part’s I-IV.

In other news, T-shirts and sweatshirts have arrived!

UMass Parkour Tshirt
UMass Parkour Sweatshirt

Also, there’s a jam this weekend see details on facebook.

Finally, there is some tech news: our website now works on mobile phones and we have added facebook, twitter and calender options to our Campus Pulse Page.

Welcome back to School, Fall 2011

jumper

Dear Interested Zoomassers,

Hello ladies and gentlemen, you signed our sheet asking for information and here is that information. First, I’ll start off with our meeting times. We meet Monday through Thursday, at the Fine Arts Center (FAC) from 7:00-8:30pm. Also, we hold weekend jams on Saturdays from 2:00-5:00pm. A jam is an informal session in which people from all around the area come to hang out and train whatever they want.

If you want a taste of practice without actually going to one, check out Get Active! Link: Facebook Event

My next point has to do with skill levels, if you’re afraid you won’t fit in, your fears are irrational. We teach beginners, advanced and high level parkour/freerunning practitioners. We tend to split up some group activies by skill level, so no one should feel bored or over-challenged. If you have either of these problems at practice, please feel free to speak to an instructor. Also, anyone can come, if you’re a student, an adult, we don’t really care. Just sign a health waiver and be ready to go. The only requirement for a UMass student to be come an official member is to sign up with us on Campus Pulse; here is the address: http://umassamherst.collegiatelink.net/organization/parkour

Finally, you all should check out our own Marc Freccero in his 2011 showreel. He is the PR representative afterall…

October 2010

Hello parkour community. Recently a couple car loads of UMass students went out to Boston to see the second part (the first being in Tampa) of the first set of freerunning competitions in America. Training with professionals was great and there were a lot of awesome kids who came out to the city like us to train. Red Bull has put up some nice photos here: Art of Motion: Boston.

Red Bull AOM Boston

As for the rest of the semester, we will be practicing regularly (every weekday but friday) and jamming on saturdays as long as the weather isn’t too unforgiving. Check out facebook page for details on practices and other meetups.

Also, we are finally starting to get some mats, soon enough we’re going to need our own training gym (the “kong vault” anyone?) Currently we have two vault boxes, two precision trainers, and a couple of beat up mats. If anyone has any old gymnastics equipment or any other useful object that they no longer use… please get in contact with us, we’ll even pick it up!

Also, if you haven’t done these two things already… please do. 1) Sign a Health Waiver (applies to anyone who attends) and 2) if you want to be an official member (applies to UMass students only) you need to join up on Campus Pulse. Thanks.

Finally, we’ve got a few things happening this weekend. We’re starting to release a series of training videos on UMPK’s Youtube Account and we’re hosting a Saturday Jam at 2:00pm, meet up in front of the Fine Arts Center.

Thanks for reading, train hard and train safely! Now go practice some movement!

UMass Parkour Second Semester Update

Hello traceurs and free runners of UMPK,

I just wanted up to update you on what’s going on with the RSO:

A. We are having practices every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm meeting in front of the Fine Arts Center. We like to stay outside even in the winter so be prepared.
B. Our first jam is tomorrow, here are the details: UMPK Jam on Facebook
C. If you have any ideas for this club please talk to Scott or Travis and we’ll see what we can do.

Train hard and safe.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace 2008

Every April, there’s a nationwide Parkour initiative to come together and clean up our training environments as a way of giving back to the community. This year, we will be participating again on Wednesday, 4/22 in celebration of Earth Day.

The woods on the northeastern perimeter of campus are a great place to run through for natural Parkour training, but are unfortunately filled with litter — plastic bags, food containers, beer cans, and all
manner of trash. We’re going to meet at 4:00 p.m. next Wednesday to sweep through and pick up as much as we can, and then have a bonus jam for anybody who wants to get in extra training and try out some natural Parkour.

UPDATE
We’re postponing this event due to heavy rain. See below for the new date!

WHAT: Leave No Trace
WHEN: Wed., 4/29 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at Haigis Mall