The event Kids Rendezvous run by Parkour Generations took place at Elvin Park on Saturday the 18th of August. We met the coaches at Wembley Stadium station.
At the start, we were asked if we were new to parkour and then were put into groups. Our groups were based on how long we said we had been doing parkour and how old we were. Based on this I went to the beginner’s group. During the session the groups we were put in rotated. Each group did similar activities but each had a slight difference in its difficulty level.
SESSION 1: ROUTES GALORE
The first session was about routes. It was taught by Riccardo Calli and Arthur Lee. We played the game Add-on. This is a game, where you try to memorize movement of the person in front of you and then add another move until creates a sequence of movements. The coaches showed us different examples of moves we could use and tried mixing things up by putting us into two groups. Within our groups, we made our own sequence, and then put them both together to make one big route.
SESSION 2: THE GAME STATION
Next, my group went to the playground in Elvin Park (A great little parkour spot), which was taught by Dayne Nembhard and Danilo Rosado. We played a variety of games such as:
- The Floor is lava– This is a popular challenge that has recently spread on social media. It is a great game to play and all you need is someone to shout, “the floor is lava.” When this is shouted everyone has to get off the floor.
- The second game we played was Ninja– which was very similar to a well-known childhood game Sly Fox. The objective of the game was to move forward while a chosen player (in this case Dayne Nembhard) is not looking and to try to get a blue cone a.k.a ‘the diamond.’ We had to do it without getting caught by the chosen player. If they turned around and someone was moving, then that person would have to go back to the beginning. As the game progressed, more and more challenges were added. One of the challenges that were added was you could not let your feet touch the ground, you had to be on an obstacle.
- Obstacle grabbers – Was a game where you had to try and collect a certain object, in our case cones. Then you would have to bring it back to a safe house, for us this was a tree but it was not as easy as just going from A to B. There were also two chosen players who would try to tag you, and if you got tagged you would have to go on the floor and wait for a person to jump over you. The only way you could not get tagged is if you were on an obstacle, this helped work on our stealthiness and agility.
SESSION 3: JUMP-PRE.
After that, we headed over to coaches Jim Howes and Martin Svenselius, who got us to work on a jumping activity. We had to try to get from one platform to another. Both coaches gave us helpful pointers such as using our hands to get a higher and better jump. At first, we tried to jump up on a stone block and land with just the balls of our feet. This helped work on our balance and precision. They also helped me try not to stutter when I was unsure of the distance which was useful for me.
SESSION 4: THE 300 POINT CHALLENGE
There was a 30-minute lunch break and then the next activity started. It was called the 300 points challenge. We all had to work together to get 300 points. To get the points, we had to go to different coaches, each of whom gave us different challenges. For example, Martin Svenselius‘s challenge was that you had to try to land as softly as possible and make the least amount of noise when jumping down from a stone block. This would gain you 1-3 points depending on the amount of noise you made. Another is Dayne Nembhard‘s challenge where you had to do your age x5 burpees for 10 points. I had 60 burpees to do in total.
Last but not least Martin Svenselius took us through a cool down activity and we stretched. We also played one last mini name game where we went round shaking everybody’s hands and took the name of that person until eventually got our own name back.
So would I recommend this event to kids my age?
Yes, I would definitely recommend it as you get to meet a lot of people who are on the same level as you are and it is a fun event. You even get to learn new things and get helpful advice from the coaches, that could possibly help you in the future. In addition to this, you gain new friends and you are able to work on your skill-set, endurance and agility.
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