What is it? Parkour is an outdoor activity that can be practiced alone or with others. SharedSpace, offers a weekly evening parkour session at Victoria Park where instructor Aaron Martin teaches practitioners how to run, climb, swing, vault, jump, roll, and crawl without the assistance of equipment. The class includes all levels, from beginners to advanced practitioners. SharedSpace does allow you to brush up on your parkour techniques inside their studio, but it’s in the outdoors where your skills are truly put to the test.
According to Martin, parkour is a great alternative workout. It challenges practitioners to face their fears and teaches them how to interact with their city. The movements are unique and when they need to move from point A to point B, parkour allows them to do it in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Asked about what goes through his mind when he is in the midst of his movements, Martin says he is experiencing a ‘moving meditation’ where he allows his body to do its work with his full trust. He says if he thinks too much about his movements, all of the concerns and worries will hinder him from vaulting – a speed technique used to go quickly over obstacles.
How much does it cost? Parkour is for everyone, at every levels. For drop-ins, the fee is HK$200 (HK$250 starting December 1). For SharedSpace members, HK$300 for 3 classes intro offer.
When does it happen? Parkour sessions are held every Wednesdays at 7:15 pm at Victoria Park. The class ends at 8:45 pm.
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