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BASIC TRAINING 4/1 (no foolin')

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BASIC TRAINING 4/1 (no foolin')

Time: April 1, 2012 from 12pm to 3:30pm
Location: UC Berkeley
Street: 133 Doe Library, Berkeley, CA
City/Town: Berkeley
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Event Type: basic, parkour, beginners, training
Organized By: Bay Area Parkour
Latest Activity: Apr 1, 2012

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Event Description

One of the finest institutions of higher learning in California also happens to also be a great place to train parkour. While the scale of the buildings may seem massive and intimidating at first, rest assured there are exercises for everyone from novice on up.

Meet on the steps of Doe Memorial Library overlooking the Memorial Glade to the north. Doe is just a few minutes walk from Downtown Berkeley BART; nearest parking is on the north side of campus.

Session description:
This training provides a healthy atmosphere for new practitioners to start parkour, and for everyone to advance in a safe way. This is achieved in several ways. Because safety is paramount, a positive example is set by the more experienced practitioners. This means you will always see warm ups, stretching, and slow progression of movement. It also means there will be no showing off, which leads to copy-cat behavior and subsequently injuries. Rather, people pass on knowledge humbly in a group effort to advance. While there may be several different skill levels represented at these sessions, everyone keeps a beginner mentality.

Another key aspect in this beginner atmosphere is the absence of media. There are no camera crews or reporters to get in the way or cause people to feel self-conscious. While individuals may bring cameras, they should politely ask before filming/shooting anyone other than themselves.

The perception that parkour practice is (and should be) fun, yet being "a discipline, not a game", is set from the beginning. While the atmosphere is relaxed and can be playful at times, horseplay is discouraged, and teasing, mocking, and cliquish behaviors are not tolerated...

Basic/beginners training provided, but ALL LEVELS present and WELCOME!

Minors and Newcomers pls. check this frequently asked questions about liability. =)

Ha! And it's free, in case you were wondering...

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Comment by zero on April 1, 2012 at 10:20am
Let me know if anyone needs rides or wants to carpool from the city - 415.694.3624

Comment by Seng on March 26, 2012 at 9:26pm

This session usually winds down around 3:30 but who knows who will stick around. There's a session here every Thursday night at 6pm if you can make it during weekday evenings.

For folks driving, the easiest way to find Doe is to park on the north side of campus and go through the North Gate where Euclid runs into campus at Hearst. Walk straight into campus (uphill to the left, downhill to the right) and it's hard to miss the Glade and the library.

Comment by Michael White on March 26, 2012 at 5:28pm

Are you guys gonna be there past 3:30? I work until 4 so I was wondering.

Comment by Ryan Fulmer on March 25, 2012 at 8:43pm
Doe is incredibly hard to locate on campus even with the iPhone.
Keep look up for the clock tower as it it directly above Doe and can serve as a lighthouse for the lost.

I work in emeryville at 3pm so this is actually attendable.
Comment by Benforcer on March 25, 2012 at 7:52pm

Damn!!! I will be in vegas. I am definitely there on the repeat though.

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