Team ONI Tries Parkour
“As movement coaches, it’s important that we continue to learn and challenge ourselves with new and different types of movement. It gives us fresh perspective and a new lens to look through when we are addressing a client’s movement and it also gives us more insight into other styles and forms of expression.
To learn and challenge yourself is not only exciting, but it’s invigorating and thought provoking, so the idea was for us all at ONI to try a new activity every month as a team.
As coaches, we should always teach the basics first. The fundamentals of movement are about learning and practising body positioning, with control and stability in mind. Most of our clients start and stay in this realm for a while and we are there with them along this journey. This however, means that our own assessment of movement and even our own training can feel a bit stagnant if we don’t challenge ourselves regularly.”
Developed from obstacle course training, Parkour is a movement discipline where the aim is to get from one point to another, without assistive equipment. It often involves complex environments and efficient ways to navigate through it.
“It was great showing parkour to the ONI team, showing them something a bit out-of-the-box! It was great they were eager to learn about parkour, and open to exploring seemingly simple movements, such as balancing or jumping, but in a way that brings in an increasingly complex environment to increase the challenge, such as precisely jumping to the edge of a box or balancing on a narrow, rounded handrail.
Having an indoor space allows us to increase the environmental challenge in a safe way, before taking parkour to the Wellington streets!”
Special thanks to Bonobo for allowing us to muck around in your awesome space!