Splitting our youth curriculum into levels ensures that our students are working on appropriate and safe skills for their bodies and minds.
This allows us as coaches to work with students of similar ability and scale, but we do have outliers and listed here you will see our requirements to "level-up" from one class to the next.
It is important to note that the difference in levels is an order of magnitude greater, meaning a student should be at the top percentile of his/her class to start thinking of testing out.
How To Upgrade
Parkour is at its heart, a self guided sport.
You as an athlete are the final say in how much you train, how dedicated you are and to what heights you will rise.
There are two ways to schedule a test out:
Throughout class times coaches will notice when a students are not being challenged by the general flow of class and will "tap" a student to start thinking about testing out.
The student themselves thinks they are ready to test out of class.
After both of these instances the family will need to schedule a test out with one of the head coaches. This test out is a $20 fee, regardless of pass/fail. Below are the physical and skill based requirements for passing through.
In the end the coach will make the decision based on athlete physical ability, skill mastery and mental preparation if the next level is appropriate.
The beginner level testing will be here to graduate students from Beg 1 to Beg 2.
The main differences in the switch of Beg 1 to 2 is largely scale and strength. The scale, progressions and intricacy - specifically related to power - will be moved up a notch.
Students moving to level 2 will need to posses the following traits identified by coaches
Constant and dependable posture with impact out of landings and vaults
Proper knee and ankle tracking on landings
Proper power structure into vaulting
Mainly kong which will give us hints towards manipulation of momentum
Core strength related to bar swinging
Keeping body in position with constant awareness of grip strength
Reflex led rolling
No use of knee and elbow while descending and ascending.
Strong sprint form
The intermediate level testing will be here to graduate students from Beg 2 to Int.
This is where there become a large, noticeable change in not only the level of the students, but the pace of class, level of skill and mental fortitude. This is where students will start to practice more advanced and technical movements, access their full range of power, connect skills together, work at heights and with mental stength challenges. Int will also start to touch on the acrobatic and free running elements of practice.
Students moving to Int will need to possess the following traits identified by coaches
Largely has ability to control full to close to full power on jumping, vaulting and running with limited to no hesitation
Ability to keep mind and body tracked to element of focus without overseeing
Constant and consistent tech on beg 1+2 level skills
Confidence at larger jumps, height and bars
The Advanced level testing will be here to graduate students from Int to Adv.
This is our last level of advancement at HUB, and should have a high bar for entering. A student should be showing full mastery over the elements and skills presented within Int, and an ability to CREATE with their movement, eg: autonomously setting up their own advancements, lines and connections. Advanced will also show students the importance of self directed training, so a student entering this level needs to be trusted with the open practice time they work with in this class.
Students moving to Adv will need to possess the following traits identified by coaches
Very strong mental commitment habits
Strong attitude towards becoming elite at their form of parkour
Full control over basic acrobatics with the knowledge to variate them
Well rounded physical ability with regards to different aspects of parkour
Good body to weight strength ratio