A2 Singapore Parkour Review – Parkour Training in Singapore
This post is an A2 Singapore Parkour review. A2 Singapore Parkour is a parkour training center that utilises bothindoor and outdoor facilities. This A2 Singapore Parkour review also includes directions, pictures and other useful information as well as some (perhaps not so useful) personal ranting.
My initial plan was to do this parkour training in January but since I could not extend my Chinese visa I decided to use the left over time that would have been spent at the Middle Kingdom Traditional Kung Fu Camp to do it.
Singapore was not my ideal setting to do Parkour training. I have been here before so there is nothing special I want to see. Also, Singapore is relatively expensive. I did try to find Parkour training in other places in Asia (cheaper options) but failed. Not that there isn’t other places, it is just that A2 Singapore Parkour was the only one I could find on the internet with actual lessons as opposed to just a group of enthusiasts.
A2 Singapore Parkour Review – Facilities
A2 Singapore Parkour uses a custom fitted training space which they call the Free Runners Lodge and also uses a few different places around the city of Singapore for “field” training.
Free Runner Lodge
The Free Runners Lodge is what they call their Parkour Gym. It was smaller than I imagined but a really cool setup. It gave me lots of good ideas on what kind of things I could include in my future Survival Fitness Plan Training Center. Across the way there is a small gym and a pool which they allow you to use.
They are moving to a bigger location in a month or so.
I took pictures but do not know what happened to them.. perhaps I deleted them by accident.
A2 Singapore Parkour makes use of three different field locations. Actually, they train where-ever but the three locations are the designated meeting points. Most of the time they train at the meeting point but sometimes they will train within walking distance. I guess it all depends on what the lesson plan is for the day.
It is nice to have a mixture of the indoor training facility and outside.
A2 Singapore Parkour Review – Training
A2 Singapore Parkour has a pretty good training schedule with good value for money if you train regularly. A single lesson (90 minutes) costs 25sgd, which to me is not worth it, however, you can pay $200SGD for the month and come to as many classes as you want. With the ability to train six days a week it makes for a pretty good saving. If you’re female you can train seven days a week (there is a ladies class on the day in which there is no mixed class).
Alternatively, if you just want to use the Free Runners Lodge without instruction you can do so every day for $100 a month.
As already mentioned there are ladies classes and they also hold kids classes. If I had a kid I would definatlely enrol them in this. They look like they have a lot of fun.
They also offer private classes but I think it would only be useful if you want to learn more advanced skills such as flipping.
A2 Singapore Parkour Review – Training Style
Coming from the Kung Fu Course in China the training was no where near as intense but I was very happy with it. The schedule isn’t very strict so most of the time we would start and finish late. Training often went closer to two hours than the advertised 90 minutes. We could probably just keep training but by that time you get hungry. The core group of people are great people and you can always go grab dinner with them afterwards.
Although the training was fairly relaxed (in comparison to the Kung Fu Camp) it was still quite physically demanding. I always sweat up a storm.
The instructors themselves are patient, friendly and flexible. I wouldn’t say that their actual parkour skills are amazing (don’t get me wrong, they are very good, especially in comparison to me), but they are good at teaching the skills. They can explain the history to the sport and the terms used. There seemed to be a lot of “first-timers” at the classes but the lessons are handled well and the instruction is catered to the individual so if someone is more experienced or naturally better that they can do harder versions of the basic exercise.
Safety is dealt with VERY well. I think in 15+ classes I only saw one injury during training and it was just someone knocking their shin. Also, that girl (to put it nicely) was a bit more un-coordinated than the general population.
A2 Singapore Parkour Review – Training Curriculum
There was usually a focus, such as climbing, vaulting, balance, etc. and the progression of teaching is used well. Often he (the instructor) would be like “do this”, and then I would say “I cant do it” or “it’s too high” or some other excuse. He would break it technique and progression down and before the end of the class I would be doing it.
The instructors love parkour and it shows. They would often use the “break-time” to try new things and improve their own skills.
Basic Lesson Structure
Although relaxed there was a basic lesson structure which is pretty generic to any physical training session.
Warm up. A basic warm up and stretch. Sometimes a jog or sometimes conditioning exercises related to the techniques we were learning that day.
Techniques. Each lesson usually focused on one to three specific techniques/skills.
Cool down. Basic cool-down and stretch.
Things I Learned
Originally I was going to give an account of what I did each lesson but since I took a number of classes some things repeated (as is the nature of training when you want to progress). Then I was going to write a list of all the things I learned but I realized that pretty much all the basics were covered… basics being fundamental parkour movements and not the more acrobatic free-running aspects.
It is probably helpful to point out that my intention was to learn the fundamentals to a level where I could continue to train myself to get better at them – and this is what I told the instructor I wanted. I was not interested in anything too “showy” that did not offer (in my opinion) any practical value, such as flips, but if that is the type of thing you want to learn they can definitely teach you.
In any case, rather than write the list here, very shortly (hope fully weeks instead of months), in conjunction with Sam Fury, I will be compiling a bit of a basic Parkour Training Program (which is actually part of the bigger Survival Fitness Training Program project).
Update 22nd October 2015: SurviveTravel.com has just launched the Survival Fitness Plan website a which is a free to use and focuses on physical and mental training in escape, evasion and survival, as well as Parkour. Check out the SurvivalFitnessPlan.com to learn more.
A2 Singapore Parkour – Highlights
There where a few things that stick in my mind about my time with A2 Movements.
The first one is definitely the people I met. I feel that I made some good friends and I hope to see them again one day.
In almost every class I accomplished something that I couldn’t do at the start of the class. I learned skills and overcame mental blockages (such as fear).
After my very first training session we went to the Singapore night festival and snuck up onto the rooftop of the YMCA to get a killer view of the show and the city.
On my second last lesson I overcome a few fears. One was a gap jump. Not too high but high enough that if you fell you’d get injured. The other was scaling up onto the roof of one of the (if not the) tallest building in Singapore.
On my last training session I did a run. I was pretty tired as it was at the end of a training session but I feel it shows a good mix of things I learned.
A2 Singapore Parkour – Final Thoughts
My intention was to get some basic skills so I can continue to self train. I have done basic self-training before but this really opened my eyes – I REALLY enjoyed it! In fact, I now like parkour as much as I like Jeet Kune Do (JKD) – JKD being a general term I use for Self Defense / Street Fighting.
This last five weeks has been very inspiring for me. Between the JKD training in China and the time spent with A2 Singapore Parkour I now have a new focus. I am going to create (in collaboration with Sam Fury) a Survival Fitness Training Center. I won’t go into details in this post but basically it is going to be somewhere I can go to train during my non-travel times.
Anyway, training with A2 Singapore Parkour was a great experience. I got to live like a local in Singapore, met some great people and learned some awesome new skills. I feel that I achieved my goal and will now be okay to train myself and/or join parkour enthusiasts while I’m traveling and not look like a total pleb.
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