How old should my child be before attempting Parkour?
A. Most traceur communities (traceurs are practitioners of Parkour) welcome everyone, regardless of age. While there is no minimum age, we recommend that parents of younger children (13 and under) accompany their child to one or more Parkour jams (gatherings) to observe and decide whether it is appropriate for their child. There are often opportunities to meet up at a gymnasium environment which is an excellent (and very safe) place to try Parkour for the first time. Gym jams frequently offer supervised instruction by trained gymnastics and Parkour experts in addition to soft mats so that high-impact basics such as jumping, landing, rolling and vaulting can be learned and attempted safely. At gym jams, a parental waiver for traceurs under 18 is required, just as it would be for any organized gymnastics activity. Remember that parents are always welcome at any Parkour jam – you’re encouraged to set limits for your child, ask questions, and even attempt some Parkour yourself!
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