I work at a gymnastics facility and they are creating a Parkour/Freerunning class for me to coach. I am looking for assistance in creating lesson plans, progressions, skills, homework, anything to help me out. Thanks in advance for any help you all can give.
Like John said, it's very, very tricky to teach parkour freerunning if you’re not training and practising yourself mostly because a lot
of the understanding of it only can be attained by training and practising. So if you train more, it will certainly help you a little bit to teaching ven though teaching is very different.
The first step would be to research, to study it, though. There is a lot of articles, documentaries, movies, all over the internet. Reliable sources on the internet is (obviously) documentaries by the founders and their students. Parkour Generations youtube channel have a lot of good stuff, aswell as Julie Angels youtube channel (slamcamspam) which have a load of great documentaries. There is also books; The Freerunning & Parkour handbook
by Dan Edwardes will give you a very brief
history- and philosophy lesson, and then the rest 80% of it is tutorials explaining the basic movements. Yet alone this would not be enough. Another book – that is by far the best book about parkour - is Julie Angels PhD Ciné Parkour
and it goes a lot deeper than The Freerunning handbook, and it will explain parkours origins, how it evolved, and much, much,much more. Its in my opinion by FAR the best book around.
This is one
of the way to learn; To research for yourself. Another way would be to aim for the ADAPT certificate (parkouruk.org). Its not easy but you’ll spare yourself from self-research regarding parkour itself. A part from that, it'll REALLY help you with coaching abilities. Thing is, you must (unfortunately) either way put theory into practise.