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  [180] Labyrinth Ninja Warrior, Parkour 2 16Instructor: Matthew Smith
Grades: 6th to 12thRoom: Gym-B
Year: 2018Time: 10:00 AM
Class Size: 6 to 24Prerequisites: None
Tuition: $40 per 4-Class Session
Supplies Cost: $0 per 4-Class Session
Student Provided Materials: Athletic shoes, athletic or comfortable clothes, water bottle recommended.
Homework: 1. Eat Vegetables! 2. Optional training and anatomy assignments available to motivated students. 3. Recommended Reading: BRAIN RULES (Chapter 1) by John Medina; SPARK by John Ratey
Parkour and physical fitness will be the core of the curriculum, but students will also learn that training includes proper diet and recovery. Parkour is essentially the new name for natural human movement through challenging environments or obstacles. Students will run, jump, vault, climb, stabilize, balance, leap, roll, tumble, and move in every quadrupedal and bipedal manner imaginable to problem-solve while in motion. Parkour encourages students to examine their limits (both perceived and achieved limits), and to assess and understand risk. Parkour will occasionally be complemented with self-defense, yoga, hip-hop and folk dance, tumbling/acrobatics, and kinetic problem-solving games. Unlike ball sports which primarily operate in two spatial dimensions and favor (over-train) a dominant side, limb, or muscle group, this class will emphasize 3-dimensional movement and bilateral symmetry to achieve a balanced body and reduce risk of injury. Since only 5% of Americans currently stay active in ball sports after college, this class emphasizes functional fitness for lifelong health and mobility. Students will learn that exercise through a natural range of motion is not only good for the body but also floods the brain with oxygen, nutrients, and an alphabet soup of neurotransmitters and hormones that optimize the brain for learning and creative problem solving while reducing stress and flushing toxins. Students will learn that motion can change emotion; that tenacity yields growth; and that self-awareness enables self-confidence.