Hardkore Parkour is working to introduce Nevada to a safe, organized way to master free running, parkour and tricking.
Hardkore Parkour owner Jeff Jay, the inventor of the trampoline wall and jumpind stilts said. "When I was a kid, we had parkour, but it was called jumping out of the barn."
Of the handful of indoor parkour gyms in the nation, Hardkore Parkour is the largest and only devoted space in Nevada, Jay said.
The training center is a more than 18,000-square-foot warehouse-turned-parkour playground. Zones are established for students to safely learn the basics of the sport. Jay offers a springboard mat and cushioned wood for flat surface movement and courses with tiered walls and obstacles for more advanced work. The training gym also has a tumble track, precision bars and ramps.
Carpenter was introduced to parkour six years ago by YouTube. He started emulating moves and was soon - foolishly, he'll admit - leaping from two-story buildings, he said. He developed patellar tendinitis that took a year to recover. Instead of quiting and writing parkour off as dangerous he decided that "[He] wouldn't want to send anyone else down that path."
Carpenter says he sees his former self in new parkour students.
"People tend to think they aren't going to get hurt because they're indoors and there is a padded floor," he said. "You've
got to let people know you can still get hurt. Parkour is naturally done outside. It's like gymnastics; you wouldn't want to
do a round off double tuck on grass without ever having done it on a spring floor.".
"In 30 or so minutes in here, you could see confidence on [students] faces just in the small accomplishments they were making," he said.
Jay hopes to build discipline, agility and self-expression in students. Also, manners matter, he said.
Fundamentals include knowing one's biometric limits and mastering precision and jumping, Carpenter said.
"You can make it as advanced as you want," he said. "If you can teach someone to train safely, you are teaching them to teach (themselves) almost."
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