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  [350] Labyrinth Ninja Warrior, Parkour 1Instructor: Matthew Smith
Grades: 3rd to 8thRoom: Pending
Year: 2019Time: 12:30 PM
Class Size: 8 to 20Prerequisites: 1. Students should have fallen down often while learning to walk, and bring the tenacity of a 1-year-old to new movement skills. 2. Students should be able to occasionally participate outdoors at the skatepark or playground when surfaces are dry and temperatures are near or above 50 F.
Tuition: $40.00 per 4-Class SessionDuration: 1 hour
Student Provided Materials: Water Bottle; Athletic shoes, athletic or comfortable clothes, although classes will often be barefoot.
One Time Cost (to teacher) $0.00Cost Description: N.A.
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
Skills: Parkour and obstacle courses Human anatomy Problem-solving skills Goal-setting and achieving
Class Description: For movers with less experience in movement disciplines and risk assessment, this class will hold parkour and physical fitness at the core of the curriculum, but students will also learn that training includes proper diet, recovery, and cross training. 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.