In 2015 we asked Parkour leaders from around the world to come be a part of the first ever Take Flight Roundabout – an open and candid discussion between Parkour leaders aimed to share ideas, create unity and form relationships to find synergy and grow the Parkour community together. From the more than 70 people we invited to attend, 12 answered the call. They were:
- Adam Dunlap (USA) – Founder and President of Take Flight, Founder of Revolution Parkour, Director of Parkour.com
- Brandee Laird (USA) – Coaching and Curriculum Director at Parkour Visions
- Colin MacDonald (USA) – Parkour Visions Instructor
- Danee Marmolejo (Mexico) – Take Flight Pro, Member of Ollin Freerunning, and Hombre Mono
- D’Ondrai Jones (USA) – Take Flight pro, Founder of BecomeAFreerunner.com, and Founder of Somatic Movement
- Jared Davis (Canada) – Origins Parkour Coach
- Joey Adrian* – Take Flight pro, Team Jiyo Member, Move To Inspire Member, Team Ollin Member
- Kent Johns (USA) – Member of Unparalleled Movement and Member of Move To Inspire
- Rene Scavington (Canada) – Founder of Origins Parkour
- Tom Coppola (Canada) – Coach and Athlete at Origins Parkour
- Tyson Cecka (USA) – Executive Director of Parkour Visions
- Vinnie Coryell (USA) – Owner of Move To Inspire
On November 7th, the group met at Revolution Parkour Gresham, and what ensued was a 3 hour discussion about Parkour gyms, events, competitions, sponsorship, training, and many other subjects. We recorded the entire event, and we’ve split up the discussion into approximately 10 parts which we will be releasing weekly on our YouTube and Facebook.
Here is part 1 of the roundabout titled, “Introduction + How To Start A Parkour Gym.” In this video, the Roundabout kicks off with an introduction by Take Flight founder and event organized Adam Dunlap. This is followed by each participant introducing themselves. Then Tyson Cecka from Parkour Visions, Vinnie Coryell from Move To Inspire, Rene Scavington from Origins Parkour, and Adam Dunlap [formerly] from Revolution Parkour discuss how they opened their gyms, and they give some critical advice to think about if you are interested in opening a Parkour/Freerunning gym of your own.
We hope you enjoy this discussion from Part 1 and all the episodes we have to release. Stay tuned for the following 9 installments releasing on Tuesdays via our YouTube and Facebook.
Special thanks to Ryland Lanagan of Revolution Parkour Gresham for hosting the event and to Niko Pal and Daniel Brogli for helping film this event so we could bring it here to you.