Participation in parkour at Aviator Sports and Events Center has skyrocketed, likely due to the surging popularity of American Ninja Warrior and gymnastics in general. In Feburary of this year, new modular equipment was purchased to provide students a better experience. The setup, which has over 25 parts and is entirely customizable, allows Aviator’s coaches alter the set up weekly to work on different techniques and keep class fun.
Aviator’s classes are taught by three experienced coaches, two of which have been training together for eight years. Thomas and Jose are passionate about their training, and their students and have been pleased with the program’s growth.
“Right off the bat, I would say that the fact it is open to boys and girls of all ages is great,” said Thomas.
Added Jose: “Siblings and friends can take the class together. It’s great all-around exercise, and our set-up is different, which is very appealing. It’s also all about fun; it’s not competitive, and students move to their own ability. That resonates with kids and parents.”
For Thomas and Jose as coaches, they literally help students learn about overcoming obstacles.
“Jose and I like teaching parkour because we get to change the way students see challenges and obstacles,” said Thomas. “Through parkour, we can turn those two things that could be negatives into something they enjoy.”
For Jose, it’s knowing that children are in a controlled environment with supervision and safe equipment that satisfies parents who may be concerned about the difficult tricks and stunts that they see online.
“Our students are taught that parkour is a discipline for self-improvement just like martial arts,” said Jose.
Fall classes are open for registration now, but the gymnastics staff recognizes that there may be more questions and they are happy to answer questions or show you the studio. Visit AviatorSports.com/Parkour, email [email protected] or call 718-758-7575 to speak with the team.