**This event is FREE, and everyone is invited to attend as spectators. The panelist guest list is towards the bottom of this article.**
This November we are hosting the 1st ever Take Flight Roundabout! It’s an event envisioned by Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap and Take Flight pro Joey Adrian, and we think it will be unlike anything ever done before in the Parkour world. In one sentence, it’s a sit-down discussion between all the most prominent and influential Traceurs in the world broadcasted for everyone to see. Following is the exact Who, What, Where, When, and Why.
The Take Flight Roundabout is designed to be semi-formal discussion by and between the Parkour community leaders from around the world. Think of it like a UN type meeting but with prominent Traceurs. There will be discussion starters and specific topics of conversation, but most of it will be freestyle, and we hope that with a diverse group of participants it will be an exciting and progressive time of sharing ideas, telling stories, and finding unity and synergy across the Parkour world. Our hope is to stream the event LIVE for everyone to watch, and we will be filming the discussion and posting in online.
Portland, Oregon (USA). Exact location to be determined. Event time is 6PM PST. Live stream and video will be launched at www.youtube.com/tkflt
November 7th, 2015. Event time is 6PM PST (6pm L.A. time)
The “who” has 2 groups:
#1. Attendees. We invite everyone in the Parkour world, literally everyone, to attend and watch the discussion in person and meet the panelists! The event is free to attend if you can make it. If you are from out of town and you want to travel to the event and you need a place to stay, let us know and we will help you find one for your time here.
#2. Panelists. Panelists are prominent Traceurs who will be participating in the discussion. Right now our confirmed guest list is:
- Adam Dunlap (USA)
- Danee Marmolejo (Mexico)
- D’Ondrai Jones (USA)
- Jared Davis (CAN)
- Joey Adrian* (USA)
- Kent Johns (USA)
- Rene Scavington (CAN)
- Tom Coppola (CAN)
- Vinnie Coryell (USA)
*Joey Adrian will also be this year’s discussion moderator
Other Invitees are (not all have yet received personal invitations):
- Alexander Bayturin
- Alexandr Gisych (Shade)
- Alex Segura
- Alyssa Serpa
- Andy Haug
- Basilio Montilla
- Brandee Laird
- Callum Powell
- Charles Brunet
- Cordelia Storm
- Cory DeMeyers
- Daer Sanchez
- Dan Iaboni
- Daniel Arroyo
- Daniel Ilabaca
- Dima Gluschenko
- Felix Stockli-Iseli
- Jason Paul
- Jesse La Flaire
- Kie Willis
- Luci Romberg
- Luis Alkmim
- Luke Fredericksen
- Matthew Lee Willis
- Max Henry
- Nikolay Stasolik
- Oscar Sanchez
- Pasha Petkuns
- Paul Darnell
- Paul Joseph (Blue)
- Pedro Salgado
- Pip Andersen
- Ronnie Shalvis
- Ryan Ford
- Shaun Wood
- Sydney Olsen
- Thibaut Granier
- Thomas Mougne
- Tim Shieff
- Toby Segar
- Tyson Cecka
- Yann Masia
- Yoann Leroux
- And many others!
For this first year, although we will provide food and accommodations for all attending panelists, we can only pay transportation for a few. For this reason we don’t know if anyone in the above list will be able to attend except for those already confirmed. But we hope many of them can, and if nothing else, we hope this list shows you our vision for this event as an annual global meeting of the minds.
Our vision for this event is to bring community leaders together to discuss important ideas, understand each other better, build relationships, and find unity and synergy. At Take Flight, we believe that as a Parkour community, we can accomplish more together than we can all doing our own thing. So we see this event as an open meeting of the minds for people to share ideas, propose new concepts, resolve potential or building interpersonal matters, and tell great stories. We think the Parkour world as a whole will benefit immensely by seeing this respected and prominent group of Traceurs speak candidly together, and we hope to foster that openness. What exactly comes from that, we aren’t 100% sure! But we think it will be progressive, unifying, and very worthwhile, not to mention entertaining.
This is meant to be a progressive discussion that is focused and also dynamic and spontaneous. We don’t consider any questions or ideas off limits as long as they are focused around the PK/FR world and Traceurs therein. So if you have a topic you want to see discussed, or a question you want to see answered by a confirmed panelist, please let us know by writing in the comments below or sending your question to us at email@example.com. Current tentative topics of conversation include:
- How to start a Parkour gym
- Training ideas & how David Belle used to train
- The future of public Parkour parks
- Parkour certifications
- Team Sponsorships vs. Company Sponsorships
- The future of Parkour.com
We’ll be releasing more information as the panelist list grows. Stay tuned for the event and news! We hope you can attend or tune in for the broadcast and videos!
Hello Take Flight Universe! We are looking for graphic artists and designers to create cool, urban t-shirts, pants, and hoodie designs for our store! Would you like to help us? If so, we’d love to hear from you!
- Requirements: You must be a Traceur or Freerunner + You must have design experience and be able to work with vectors
- Benefits: $$$ & Free Gear
If you are interested in working with us, simply send us work samples or a portfolio to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we think we make a good match, then we’ll get back to you and explain more details.
- If you don’t have design experience, we’d still love to hear from you! If you have an idea for a graphic tee, hoodie, or pair of pants etc. send us your design! If we decide to use the concept we will pay you and give you some free gear.
- At Take Flight we are fan driven, and much of what we make has been suggested by fan. So if you have an idea for a product let us know! From suggesting product features such as “zipper pockets,” to suggesting new items such as “harem pants” we’d love to hear your ideas so we can continue making gear that you love.
Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!
We are very pleased to announce our new partnership with Free Flow Radio!
Freeflow radio is the world’s first podcast dedicated to the Parkour Community. They release a new podcast every Tuesday night at 8pm EST during which they discuss a variety of Parkour topics including news, videos, training, gear, and more. They even conduct interviews with pro Traceurs from around the world!
We are pleased to be officially supporting Free Flow Radio. It’s an amazing initiative and vision backed by a great team. Our plan are sponsors of the show is to bring Take Flight Pros onto the progam as well as provide support FFR through gear sponsorship, promotion, and more.
Here are the links you can follow to download the FFR podcasts as well as connect with them via their social media.
- Website: http://freeflowradio.podbean.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/freeflowradiopodcast
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/free_flow_radio
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/freeflowradio/
- Store: http://www.redbubble.com/people/bluebeast/collections/348082-free-flow-radio-gear
Now that we are connected to them, if you have any ideas, questions, topics of discussion, or pros you want to see featured on the show, let us know!
Start watching the podcast and let us know what you think!
We’ve spent the last few days unveiling 10 new Take Flight original designs. Eight of the designs are tees and 2 are hoodies (one zip, one pullover). Now with all 10 designs unveiled, you can vote for the ones you love!! In Take Flight fan-dedicated fashion, we are letting you choose and we’ll only be making the designs you love the most. So cast your votes via the links below!
Click this image to cast your votes on our Instagram!
Click any of these images to vote on our Facebook!
We’ve just launched the world renowned Parkour University Tee in 3 new colors – Royal Blue, Red and Green! It’s a classic design with a bold feel, and with the new color options, there is a version for everyone.
When we launched the tee earlier this year, we explained the design:
Parkour was founded by David Belle in 1987. This tee is the ultimate classic Parkour tee that testifies to the beginning to a new art.
Check out the current complete set of Parkour University Tees below and let us know what you think.
Click here to pick up your Parkour University Tee for only $14.95! You’re going to love the classic clean look that shows the world you do Parkour.
We’ve never given FREE international shipping on normal orders, but the stars have aligned. The Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoes launched yesterday (!!!) AND it’s Fan Wednesday. So we thought we’d front the shipping cost for all Traceurs who want a new pair of training shoes.
To get free shipping, all you have to do is purchase a pair of the new Take Flight 1.0 Parkour Shoes! If you order other items, we will ship those for free as well. At checkout enter the code “TF1.0” and you’ll receive a free shipping option. Select the option and you’re set!
Wishing you a great week and a great #FanWednesday!
*** Scroll to the bottom of this article to read our stance on the Red Bull Art of Motion.***
The Red Bull Art of Motion is almost here! And you know what that means: lots of Red Bull AOM video submissions.
This year we have 3 Take Flight Traceurs who have made submissions for the event hoping to get an invite. These 3 include AJ Aljaafreh, Joey Adrian, and D’Ondrai Jones! We think all three deserve to go. Check them out via the videos below and please click the links and vote for them!!
Did you like that video? If so click here to vote for AJ and let’s get some awesome huge kongs in the AOM event: http://redbullartofmotion.create.it/entry/hi-im-phil-come-with-me-if-you-want-to-live
Joey is off the chain! Click here to vote for him. We think he is going to win: http://redbullartofmotion.create.it/entry/joey-adrian-red-bull-art-of-motion-submission-2014
Did you like D’Ondrai’s video? We did. Please click here and vote for him to go to the event: http://redbullartofmotion.create.it/entry/inirotnas
The Red Bull AOM has in many ways become a contentious issue in the PK/FR world. But the way we see it, the event brings people together to have a great time and explore movement in a great environment. For that reason we really like the event. However, there is one thing we don’t like about the AOM, and that’s when the event organizers and announcers use the word Parkour to promote it and describe what’s happening. What happens at the AOM is definitely NOT Parkour and so that admittedly frustrates us. We hope to see that change soon and we’ll continue to campaign for that. In the meantime, we see the event as doing great things and providing great experiences for countless people, and for that we support it :-)
Every year on June 27th, we’ve had sales and giveaways at Take Flight. Why, you ask? We do this because it’s my birthday, and, well, quite frankly I don’t really like getting presents, but I do like giving them. So it seems like a good reason to do it.
However, this year, we’re taking things up a notch as I want to launch what I’m calling the Take Flight Global Parkour Community Fund. What this fund is going to be is a collective pool of growing funds that we build at Take Flight and use directly for fan-directed Parkour projects around the world.
Here’s how it works:
- Today, June 27th, 20% of ALL online sales on ALL products will be donated to the fund.
- From June 28th on, 2% of ALL online sales on ALL products will be donated to the fund.
Every day the fund will grow, and every day the opportunity for us to finance international Parkour projects will increase.
What exactly will we do with the funds, you ask? Well for starters, nothing. As said, we’re just going to let it build day by day. But once it has grown into a strong sum, we’ll reach out to all of the Take Flight followers (you guys). We’ll ask for ideas, hold a vote, and whatever you guys decide we’ll do. Maybe we’ll build a Parkour park. Maybe we’ll host a film festival. Maybe we’ll organize a global Parkour event. Maybe we’ll do all of that and more. It all depends on how large the funds grows and what you guys decide.
With the Take Flight Global Parkour Community Fund now established, you can take even more pride in every dollar you spend for Take Flight apparel and gear because with every purchase you will literally be giving directly to the Parkour community through us. And yes, we already give back in so many ways, but this is just one way we’re taking it up a notch.
Happy Birthday to me? Hmm, OK I accept :-) But I’m way more excited about the future and all we can do together through this new global initiative. Will be you a part of it?
5 years ago today, June 25th, 2009, we held our international Parkour clothing launched where we launched an internationally accessible site and online store to distribute our apparel to Traceurs worldwide. 1,826 days later Take Flight is truly established as an international clothing brand and the leading clothing producer for Parkour and Freerunning worldwide.
From 0 followers to more than 100,000 across all our networks including 70,000+ followers on Facebook and 32,000+ subscribers on YouTube, we’ve truly grown into something special. Thank you for being a part of that journey and living a life that embodies what it means to Take Flight.
We went from six original tees and no support, to a worldwide movement clothed head to toe that will shortly be wearing our very own shoe. Where will the next 5 years take us? You’ll have to stick around to find out, but the sky is the limit and, no doubt about it, it’s going to be an exciting ride… or better yet, flight.
Our Jump Fly Dream Tee design contest has boiled down to a fan vote! Originally we were going to pick the winner, but we thought about it and said, “Heck, why not let the fans decide? After all, it’s the Take Flight way.”
So here it is. We’ve narrowed down the design submissions to our top 6 favorites. Here they are. Comment below and let us know which one you like best.