The goal of the Tempest Freerunning Academy is "Tru Freedom Thru Movement," and that sums up the idea behind the sport of freerunning as well. Freerunning, like Parkour - a similar extreme sport - consists of moving from one location to another by the shortest path possible, with movements that include running, jumping, vaulting, and swinging.
Both are derived from military training obstacle courses and ninja warrior moves, but there are some differences. Freerunning allows participants to add creative and stylistic acrobatic moves and flips while Parkour is more practical and focused on reaching the objective as quickly as possible.
Students at the Tempest Freerunning Academy learn the basic techniques of both sports at the gym's state-of-the-art facility. Classes are graded according to age and skill levels and are taught by experienced instructors. Skills are tested every ten weeks and the regular assessments give students the chance to move up to more advanced levels. Open gym sessions are a chance for students to have fun and gain practice before taking their skills to real-world environments.
Freerunning, like its better-known cousin Parkour, is a way of covering the distance between two points by running, jumping, vaulting over obstacles, swinging, flipping, and using whatever means come to hand to reach the destination. As extreme sports that specialize in using features of urban and rural landscapes, freerunning and Parkour have attracted attention because of their spectacular and acrobatic movements.
Both Parkour and freerunning are derived from military obstacle courses used for training, but there are some important differences. While Parkour is concerned with maximizing efficiency to cover the designated distance, freerunning adds all kinds of stylistic touches like flips and acrobatic moves. It allows for creative interaction with the environment. Other sources of inspiration for the sport are ninja training and movie stunts.
Freerunning and Parkour both provide complete body workouts - developing coordination, balance, and total-body strength. They require mental focus as well. Both forms of sport help the runner to overcome both mental and physical barriers. Freerunning is more of a lifestyle than a sport, and the best part is that anyone can learn. All you need is a pair of gym shoes, courage, and imagination.
The Tempest Freerunning Academy is the first school for Parkour and freerunning in the state of California. The Academy now has four locations in two states:
The Tempest Freerunning Academy gym offers a training facility where freerunners can learn the basic skills before moving on to real-world environments and competitions. The Academy's goal is for students to reach "Tru Freedom Thru Movement." This means facing their fears and challenges and overcoming all obstacles - or better yet, using obstacles to vault to the next level.
Classes at the Tempest Freerunning Academy are based on age and skill level, starting with beginners who have no experience at all. While most classes for children are for the 9 to 16-year-old age group, kids can begin as early as four years of age with Kinderkour.
Students move up through the different levels after mastering each class. For experienced freerunners, there are open gym hours and “jams” for training and socializing with other runners and Parkour traceurs (practitioners). The final stage in the training is a reflection of the ethics of the sport and involves sharing the knowledge gained with the community.
All classes are available for students ages 9 to 16 and for adults. Students build up their skills as they progress through the classes to the final level when they become Tempest Ambassadors. The final level emphasizes giving back to the community when students learn how to explain Parkour moves in order to teach them to others.
Every ten weeks, testing sessions assign students to bands which determine their skill level and the appropriate class. The sessions test students' mastery of a skill set. This is the opportunity for students to move up through the levels. Each level is associated with a color that identifies the student's skill level.
The only equipment students need is a pair of gym shoes. No special clothes or gear are needed, though clothing should be loose enough to allow freedom of movement. A T-shirt and sweatpants will be just fine. Jewelry should be removed to avoid any distractions or hazards.
This class is offered for kids from ages 9 to 16 and for adults. Students learn the fundamental Parkour movements and focus on building strength, balance, and full-body awareness.
In this class, students transition from soft to hard obstacles and learn technical Parkour movements.
Students move from full mastery of vaults to advanced Parkour movements, especially bar techniques.
This class provides advanced Parkour training along with freerunning-style tricks and flips.
Students learn essential Freerunning techniques, especially flow. This is when they begin to develop their own creative style of moving through and interacting with the environment.
Students learn Freerunning movements like tricking, flips from heights, and working with railings.
Students learn the most advanced Freerunning skills, with competition-level difficulty, creativity, and flow. This is the moment when they have achieved the goal of "Tru Freedom Thru Movement." They're ready to take their skills to the real world and face all the potential challenges.
In the final level, students learn to become Tempest Ambassadors by giving back to the community. Sharing their knowledge through teaching is the final stage of this sport. Students will make videos, learn how to explain and teach basic Parkour movements, and attend jams.
Open gym sessions are a chance to have fun and practice the moves learned in classes. There are several levels, and the kids' sessions are monitored by coaches.
For kids from 9 to 16 years of age, this Open Gym is a chance to have fun and gain experience. The Open Gym opens up part of the facility for the fun and the activity is monitored by coaches.
This lets different age groups from 9 years old and up enjoy freerunning time together in the gym. It's a chance for families to enjoy active fun together.
This is for all age groups from 16 years and older and attracts enthusiasts from near and far. The entire Academy is open for this event.
The Tempest Freerunning Academy has special classes for children, which are naturally wildly popular. There's a seating area for parents to watch while their kids learn a few more moves. Minors under the age of seventeen years must have a waiver form signed by a parent or guardian. The form is available online and can be printed out and signed in advance to save time. Students under 17 must also show the parent or guardian's photo ID at the time of entry. This could be a photocopy or a picture on a phone.
Freerunning and Parkour are inherently dangerous and challenging activities. The Tempest Freerunning Academy follows proper safety and training measures to minimize risks and creates a realistic environment that matches what students will find outside on the streets. Kids are taught the basics of safety and to respect themselves and their environment in order to move with freedom, creativity, and safety.
Freerunning is a spectacular sport that can become addictive. In fact, for most enthusiasts, it is more of a lifestyle and a frame of mind than a sport. The Tempest Freerunning Academy teaches students of all ages the basic movements as well as advanced skills for a real-world environment. The gym has classes for all ages and skill levels, as well as open gym sessions when students can play and practice moves.
Everyone has dreamt at some point in their lives of being a ninja warrior, leaping catlike between barriers and obstacles to reach that seemingly impossible goal. At the Tempest Freerunning Academy, students can learn the technical skills and mental focus to help them reach their objectives.