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JB and Brett Backflip Workshop Nov 1, 2014

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Everybody loves back flips! Not only do they look cool and capture the imagination, but they’re FUN! Join us on Saturday, November 1st, 2014 for a workshop on the back flip (ALL skill levels welcome). Using various equipment and trampolines, beginners will run through a series of drills to demystify the back flip and take some of the fear out of the equation. Those who already know how to do a back flip (or are close!) will be given challenges to help improve form or learn new variations.  This workshop is ideal for parkour athletes, free runners, crossfitters, trickers, dancers, gymnasts, cheerleaders, and anyone who likes to MOVE! Space is limited to 20 athletes only!

Ages 9-13 sign up here: http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=146

Ages 14+ (adults too!): http://www.inthecave.com/events?eventid=147

Parkour Coach Andrey Is Tarzan

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Sometimes, we need to just play.  If you provide kids an interesting environment, they will play.  They will experiment with trees, rocks, water, sticks, dirt, bugs, etc.  We tend to move away from this child-like curiosity as we get older and we really shouldn’t.  Playing in natural environments is a great way to develop and keep strength.  Not everything has to be programmed out…sometimes the best thing to do is just get out there and create.

From Andrey:

After watching a Tarzan cartoon a while back, the idea of flowing through trees that grow close together sounded super fun and challenging.  And so, I scouted places in SF, figured out a line, practiced, discovered what poison oak is all about, found an amazing cameraman, and shot it.  Hope this video inspires you to go play on those trees like I did.  They are all over Golden Gate Park and Mountain Lake Park in SF, enjoy! “

First Wall Flip!

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

First Wall Flip

We are so proud of our athletes in the parkour program at The Cave. For example, this is Sam R. and he achieved his first wall flips last week!  Sam attends our Flip and Flow classes (ages 8-12).  After spending about 20 minutes working through the steps and progressions with his coach, Sam understood what needed to be done to execute a wall flip. The last training stage was to build the confidence and muscle memory to successfully execute each piece of the newly learned technique, every time. What you see here is what he ended up with…he nailed it!

Parkour Flip and Flow is a class for traceurs who have developed a higher than average fitness level, have a vast vocabulary of parkour terms, and demonstrate a maturity level that is needed to learn more complicated movements and techniques (i.e. respectful listening, no reckless behavior, basic understanding of the parkour lingo, etc.).

Interested in attending a Flip and Flow class?  Check out the parkour schedule and give our office a call (415) 927-1630.

E-mail works too.

American Ninja Warrior, season 6

Friday, May 16th, 2014

American-Ninja-WarriorAmerican Ninja Warrior (ANW)  is a televised competition highlighting incredible athletes attacking intense obstacle courses.  For the parkour community?  Well,  ANW is our Super Bowl. Insanely talented athletes from around the world compete to do what no one has done before — conquer a course modeled after the famed Mt. Midoriyama in Japan. American Ninja Warrior season 6 premieres on Memorial Day, May 26th. Be sure to cheer on our favorite athletes! http://www.nbc.com/american-ninja-warrior.  This is a great show to watch for learning new moves and hearing incredible stories about perseverance from the athletes.

Did you know many of our previous parkour instructors have competed on ANW, including me?  You never know who’ll you’ll see this season!

We will be doing Ninja Warrior Style courses next week to prepare for intense watching and cheering when the show airs. See an obstacle you like and want to try?   Let your coach know!

Spring Break Parkour Camp!

Friday, May 2nd, 2014

Parkour Spring BreakWe had an excellent Spring Break Parkour camp this year!  Coaches JB, Josh, Zack W, Andrey and Zach R. had a blast training parkour with an incredible group of young athletes.  Some highlights include:  Moving up parallel walls Jackie Chan style, lunch time adventures, dodge ball, ANW courses and, of course, an epic water balloon fight.  Thanks to all the amazing families who spent spring break with us!

Parkour Spring Break 2

It will be summer before you know it and I’m looking forward to more parkour fun with our traceurs.   I’m hoping to meet lots of new ones too!  Summer camps fill up fast, so be sure to reserve your spot today!


Parkour Offers an Outlet for Women in Iran

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014

After its birth in France, parkour has slowly grown a following here in the States.  But, parkour is no longer a sport for just the west…nor is it popular with just men.

On Fridays, groups of young women across Iran can be seen jumping from rooftops, scaling the graffitied walls of apartment blocks, and catapulting themselves over stairways. They are performing the same  parkour moves we do here in The Cave, but they’re much trickier to execute while wearing a hijab.

As one student from a Tehran parkour group says:  “It gives us courage and helps us release our pent-up energy. It’s great to feel that nothing can stand in your way.”  We’re in full support of the budding community there in Iran and would like to give a massive shout-out to the courageous ladies who are pushing the limits there in more ways than one.

Parkour’s popularity among young women in Iran is soaring, regardless of the bulkier clothing and head coverings Islamic dress codes require them to wear. The outdoor sport, a fast-paced hybrid of gymnastics and martial arts, seems designed to get you out of a fix quickly, which explains its appeal to young Iranians, whose social lives in the strict Islamic republic often require considerable agility. Iran’s female practitioners are running their own threads on Persian-language forums and posting films on-line to showcase their skills.

You can see a great video and read more about these amazing women here:  http://www.nydailynews.com/life-style/health/iranian-women-embrace-parkour-article-1.1731975#ixzz2zeKJtSrO

Keep it up girls, we’re all proud of you!

This Week’s Happenings in The Cave!

Monday, April 21st, 2014

cave_client-bbq6_webCave Community BBQ!
The Cave is hosting a Client Appreciation BBQ event on May 3rd from 1:00-7:00PM.  All are welcome to attend, though we will be paying extra special attention to our CrossFit community! They have worked very hard this year and deserve some home cookin’ and some fun!
If you’re looking to show off your awesome paleo (or non-paleo) cooking skills, you’re in luck for this is a pot-luck event.  The Cave will provide the bulk of the food and drink, but feel free to bring a dish to share! Come prepared to participate in some fun games and contests for prizes.  Who doesn’t love an old fashioned water balloon toss or three legged race? It is important to note that The Cave will NOT be providing child care at this event, however, children are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

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Next Kid’s Night Out is April 26th.  It’s Sports Night, with hot dogs for dinner!

At Kid’s Night Out your child will have 4 1/2  hours of non-stop activities! Children will play themed games, win prizes, enjoy free play and/or skill work, do crafts, eat a gluten-free meal, and settle in for an age-appropriate movie at the end of the night.

Reserve your space now by e-mailing crystal@inthecave.com or calling (415)927-1630. $45 at the door or $35 in advance. 25% off sibling discount

Fantastic Acrobatic AcroYoga Workshop
May 18th 1:00 - 3:30PM

Combining partner yoga, partner acrobatics, and healing arts, AcroYoga helps build strength, confidence and trust.  Who wants to be fantastic when you could be Acrotastic?!  This workshop is guaranteed to make you work hard and gain skills while having a blast!  Come learn the ways and leave happy!  Space is limited so please register early!   AcroYoga beginner and intermediate levels welcome.

AcroYoga is an incredibly fun way to bust through fears, build trust in one’s abilities, form powerful friendships and large amounts of confidence. Crystal Hatzimichael is both an experienced AcroYoga teacher and a Thai Yoga Massage Therapist. Reserve your space now by e-mailing crystal@inthecave.com or calling (415)927-1630. $35

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Summer Camps

If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!

Summer Camps:


This Week’s Happenings in The Cave!

Monday, April 14th, 2014

cave_client-bbq6_webCave Community BBQ!

The Cave is hosting a Client Appreciation BBQ event on May 3rd from 1:00-7:00PM.  All are welcome to attend, though we will be paying extra special attention to our CrossFit community! They have worked very hard this year and deserve some home cookin’ and some fun!
If you’re looking to show off your awesome paleo (or non-paleo) cooking skills, you’re in luck for this is a pot-luck event.  The Cave will provide the bulk of the food and drink, but feel free to bring a dish to share! Come prepared to participate in some fun games and contests for prizes.  Who doesn’t love an old fashioned water balloon toss or three legged race? It is important to note that The Cave will NOT be providing child care at this event, however, children are welcome to attend. We hope to see you there!

Kid’s Night Out

Next Kid’s Night Out is April 26.  It’s Sports Night, with hot dogs for dinner!  Reserve your space now by e-mailing crystal@inthecave.com or calling (415)927-1630. $45 at the door or $35 in advance.

CrossFit Open Masters Qualifier

Masters competitors who finished in the top 200 worldwide in their age division in the Open are invited to compete in the Masters Qualifier. The Masters Qualifier runs from April 17-21. At 5 p.m. PT on April 17, four workouts will be released. Competitors will have four days to complete the workouts and submit scores. The Cave has 5 athletes competing this weekend!   Stay tuned to the blog and our Facebook page for more information.

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Summer Camps

If you like the idea of keeping the kids healthily active during the summer (while giving parents a few hours break),  check out our Summer Camp schedule below!  Then be sure to register NOW as these classes fill up FAST!

Summer Camps:


Pay Attention Traceurs!

Sunday, April 6th, 2014

NEW PARKOUR CLASSES!

Parkour Essentials (8-12 yrs.)

Monday 4:00-5:00 PM

Parkour Essentials is the perfect introductory class for young traceurs (parkour practitioners).  The class is geared toward developing agility, body weighted strength, stamina, confidence and most importantly, the skills to practice safely. The basics of parkour movements come from strength, flexibility, and confidence in one’s abilities.  Students will develop these skills within a curriculum that includes obstacle course navigation, conditioning and parkour skill work in a safe and friendly learning environment.  This class provides a fun, active, and engaging way for kids ages 8-12 to burn off energy, become a part of a constructive and positive community and learn physical movement in an encouraging environment.

Parkour Flip & Flow (8-12 yrs.)

Monday 5:00-6:00 PM

Parkour Flip & Flow is a class for 8-12 year old traceurs who have developed a higher than average fitness level, have a vast vocabulary of parkour terms, and demonstrate a maturity level (i.e. respectful listening, no reckless behavior, etc.) that is needed to learn more complicated movements and techniques.

Sign up NOW!

PARKOUR OPEN GYM!

Sunday’s Parkour Progressions from 6:00-7:30 PM will now be a Parkour Open Gym from 6:00-8:00 PM.
For ages 13 and up, members and non-members fee $25

What to expect:  The first 20 minutes will consist of a group warm-up, stretching and conditioning.  The remainder of the time will be supervised skill training for all skill levels.

PARKOUR SPRING BREAK CAMP!

Don’t forget!  The Cave’s Parkour Spring Break Camp will be from April 14-18!

Who can participate?  Kids ages 6-12 of all skill levels.  Sign up NOW, camps fill up quickly!

Taking Risks Is Beneficial

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014

NOTE:  This post focuses primarily on children and allowance of risky play, but speaks well to how adults should approach some risk as well.

Being involved in a sport with a very high perceived risk factor has caused me to look at safety very deeply.  Subsequently, running a business that involves people participating in activities with very high perceived risk factors, maximizing safety of the program is essential for continued operation.  What I find interesting about the actual data regarding risk -taking and safety, is that our society has swung so far toward trying to make everything safe that we have actually made people more prone to injury.

First, accidents happen.  They are an unfortunate part of life and are unpreventable if your goal is to enjoy the life you live.  Even if we were to remove all physical risk out of a person’s life by locking him in a padded room, the physical and psychological consequences would far exceed any safety benefit.  Yes, the rare, catastrophic accidents influence large aversions to physical risk, but they are very rare.  Since the ’70s, playgrounds have changed dramatically in the spirit of safety.  Yet, reviewing the statistics, these safety measures have not dramatically reduced these catastrophic accidents.  Adversely, they have created kids that are risk-averse and do not have as strong a sense of how to navigate the real world safely.

Head injuries, runaway motorcycles, a fatal fall onto a rock—most of the horrors Sweeney and Frost described all those years ago turn out to be freakishly rare, unexpected tragedies that no amount of safety-proofing can prevent.” ¹ This is a clear point.  I have heard the statement, “All accidents are preventable”.  I completely disagree with this statement.  While we have made great progress toward safety-proofing, (seat-belt compliance, workplace safety, etc.), believing that ALL accidents are preventable is folly, and attempting to regulate safety with this mind-set leads to decisions that can make people less safe.  For example, a Novato elementary school (that shall remain nameless), doesn’t allow children to run on campus at all.  Not allowing children to run may reduce the risk of injury from a fall on school grounds (though this doesn’t appear to be true either), but also leads children to believe that running is fundamentally unsafe,  further contributing to stagnant lifestyles with significant consequences.

Sensible risk-taking is essential for childhood development. Yes, kids are going to get banged up, yet, if we allow them to take some risks while they are small, they can safely figure things out and make informed decisions.  This is so important for children to learn while they are light enough to not cause physical injury or do significant damage.  Kids can take falls that would put an adult in the hospital.  They just get up, brush it off and walk away.  If we don’t let them take these risks, they will never learn to navigate them, and then, when something happens later in life, they will have no idea how to handle the situation and they could suffer more severe consequences.

I speak not only as a concerned business owner, I am also the father of two children with very different approaches to risk-taking.  On the scale of risk-taking, my daughter falls fairly average, being fearful with new activities, but able to gain confidence by working through and overcoming those fears.  On the other hand, my son is of the don’t-look-before-you-leap variety.  He is not cautious about anything.  Therefore, I  approach my encouragement of  their play differently.  I continually encourage my daughter to go ahead and take risks, and caution my son to just think about his risks before diving blindly forward.

Take a good look at what you allow your children to do, and what risks you allow them to take.  Give them room to explore this amazing world they live in.  There will always be the possibility of something horrible happening.  But you must understand that you can not remove this possibility.  If you allow for a steady progression of risk-taking, your children will grow to be very capable adults.

¹The article, The Overprotected Kid, greatly influenced my decision to share this post.  I encourage you to read the article as it holds a significant amount of great information.