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Event Details

American Rendezvous

Time: May 28, 2010 to May 30, 2010
Location: Columbus, OH
Event Type: parkour, training
Organized By: Muhammad Howell
Latest Activity: Mar 25, 2010

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Event Description

The world’s leading practitioners of parkour will come from Europe to Columbus, Ohio over Memorial Day weekend to lead a three day seminar. The London based Parkour Generations and the Paris group Majestic Force, which includes some of the renowned Yamakasi — the founders of parkour — are the featured attractions of a collaborative event hosted by Parkour Horizons of Columbus. “American Rendezvous” will mark the first time the Yamakasi founders have taught in the United States and will also be the first time since 2008 that Parkour Generations has taught stateside.

The first day of training, Friday (May 28), will be held in Hocking Hills State Park, with Saturday and Sunday (May 29 and 30) taking place at Battelle Riverfront Park in downtown Columbus. Parkour Generations held training sessions at these venues during the 2008 Memorial Day Exposition with great success and look forward to revisiting the training locations.

Opportunities to be trained by Parkour Generations and the Yamakasi founders are few and far between outside of Europe, so be sure to take advantage of this invaluable opportunity!

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Comment by Muhammad Howell on March 25, 2010 at 2:43pm
We got a confirmation today that Blane is coming. I think it might be his first time over here..
Comment by Muhammad Howell on March 25, 2010 at 2:40pm
I was told 1 to 4 on the occupancy, but i wasn't the one to set that up. we are expecting at least 150 participants. in the event there will be more than that, we will just fly over additional instructors. you might want to check both of those questions by sending an email to mail sent to that address will reach all the guys involved in the logistics and planning.
Comment by Seng on March 25, 2010 at 2:29pm
This is seriously tempting.

Any idea what the occupancy is on the group rate for hotel room? Some of those rates are already pretty cheap for one person, but really dirt cheap if it can be split.

Registration fee seems very reasonable, too, for access to experienced instructors- what's the limit on attendees/expected instructor:student ratio?

Biggest outlay will be the airline ticket. I'm going to keep an eye out starting now.
Comment by Muhammad Howell on March 25, 2010 at 8:52am
yeah, the guest coaches have been really cool about this. they are not looking for profit, and are working as volunteers. as for people who take an arrogant stance about training.. i think they are far and few between. for the most part, traceurs i have met from all over have been really down to earth people, including the first generation guys from europe. overall most people are pretty positive and supportive. i think that plays an important part of what makes this discipline so rewarding :)
Comment by SafeNSure on March 25, 2010 at 8:08am
...about the financial aspect of this (which was a HUGE deal on PKNA last year):
- of course the guest coaches should at least be reimbursed for traveling wherever they are traveling from, if people come to the workshop because of them, since they are already volunteering their time;
- of course 30 bucks a day is not much for this type of training: people pay routinely $15/25 to train in local gyms all the time;
- some people in the recent past have been concerned about events like this reinforcing the idea that there are "better" practitioners than others (hard to argue in therms of skills and amount and/or diligence of training), and that their idolization would be out of place in the Parkour world, and (bare with me) that it would eventually leak through to the local communities establishing a mentality where "I'm better than you, because I went here and there, and I trained with this and that; lemme show what I can do, and sorry I don't have time to help you, 'cause I've gotta make sure I stay ahead of the pack...".

Well... it's a fine line: it's up to everyone to participate to events like these with the desire of being enriched by the experience and stay and remain humble during and after the process.

We have all heard that it's about the trip not the destination, no?
Comment by Muhammad Howell on March 25, 2010 at 6:39am

Julie Angel will be present to document the event, and we also just received confirmation that all three head guys from the Majestic Force will be able to come. That is Yann Hnautra, Chau Belle and Laurent Piemontesi. We will have several (or more) guys from Parkour Generations as well, so this should be a pretty amazing experience. For anyone who is worried about the cost, all proceeds from the entrance fees are going toward paying for their airfare and accommodations. Any leftover funding will be put toward a BBQ cookout for all the attendees. Overall, this is a great deal, because the only other way you could train with all of these people would be to fly to Europe, and of course that would be a LOT more expensive. Be sure to keep an eye on the event website for additional details. More info will be continually added as we get it.
Comment by Muhammad Howell on March 23, 2010 at 1:24pm
oh, thanks for fixing that link for me :)
Comment by Bay Area Parkour on March 23, 2010 at 1:04pm

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