Financially Supporting YOUR Parkour & Freerunning Gym!

If you are reading this and you own a Parkour gym, awesome! You can contact us at media@takeflightapparel.com for financial support. If you train at a gym or know someone who owns one, then please share this article with them. Thank you!

We have a new program designed to financially support Parkour & Freerunning gyms around the world! It’s call the Take Flight Custom Banner Program. It’s simple, easy, and it will put money into your community through the gyms that are spreading Parkour and Freerunning. Here is how it works.

  • We design and produce a banner for your Parkour gym. We pay for every step of the process – it doesn’t cost the gym a penny.
  • Your gym displays the banner. All you have to do is hang it up.
  • We give a percentage of orders placed through our website to the gym when the banner is referenced!

It’s that easy. Really!

Below are a few examples banners we have made.* If you’d like one for your gym please contact us at media@takeflightapparel.com, or please forward this email to your local gym so they can contact us! Each banner can be made to fit a custom size, and we can use any photos, logos, or text on it!

If your gym doesn’t want a banner, then we make flyers too! Here is one of those.

If you made it this far then please pass this article on so we can support your community. Either contact us at media@takeflightapparel.com and we will make a banner for you, or please forward this email to your local gym so they can contact us!

How else do we support the Parkour world? Check out this 90 second video and find out.

*Not all of these banners/flyers have been produced yet. Some are sample designs.

The 1st Annual Take Flight Roundabout

**This event is FREE, and everyone is invited to attend as spectators. The panelist guest list is towards the bottom of this article.**

This November we are hosting the 1st ever Take Flight Roundabout! It’s an event envisioned by Take Flight founder Adam Dunlap and Take Flight pro Joey Adrian, and we think it will be unlike anything ever done before in the Parkour world. In one sentence, it’s a sit-down discussion between all the most prominent and influential Traceurs in the world broadcasted for everyone to see. Following is the exact Who, What, Where, When, and Why.

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What

The Take Flight Roundabout is designed to be semi-formal discussion by and between the Parkour community leaders from around the world. Think of it like a UN type meeting but with prominent Traceurs. There will be discussion starters and specific topics of conversation, but most of it will be freestyle, and we hope that with a diverse group of participants it will be an exciting and progressive time of sharing ideas, telling stories, and finding unity and synergy across the Parkour world. Our hope is to stream the event LIVE for everyone to watch, and we will be filming the discussion and posting in online.

Where

Portland, Oregon (USA). Exact location to be determined. Event time is 6PM PST. Live stream and video will be launched at www.youtube.com/tkflt

When

November 7th, 2015. Event time is 6PM PST (6pm L.A. time)

Who

The “who” has 2 groups:

#1. Attendees. We invite everyone in the Parkour world, literally everyone, to attend and watch the discussion in person and meet the panelists! The event is free to attend if you can make it. If you are from out of town and you want to travel to the event and you need a place to stay, let us know and we will help you find one for your time here.

#2. Panelists. Panelists are prominent Traceurs who will be participating in the discussion. Right now our confirmed guest list is:

  • Adam Dunlap (USA)
  • Danee Marmolejo (Mexico)
  • D’Ondrai Jones (USA)
  • Jared Davis (CAN)
  • Joey Adrian* (USA)
  • Kent Johns (USA)
  • Rene Scavington (CAN)
  • Tom Coppola (CAN)
  • Vinnie Coryell (USA)

*Joey Adrian will also be this year’s discussion moderator

Other Invitees are (not all have yet received personal invitations):

  • Alexander Bayturin
  • Alexandr Gisych (Shade)
  • Alex Segura
  • Alyssa Serpa
  • Andy Haug
  • Basilio Montilla
  • Brandee Laird
  • Callum Powell
  • Charles Brunet
  • Cordelia Storm
  • Cory DeMeyers
  • Daer Sanchez
  • Dan Iaboni
  • Daniel Arroyo
  • Daniel Ilabaca
  • Dima Gluschenko
  • Felix Stockli-Iseli
  • Jason Paul
  • Jesse La Flaire
  • Kie Willis
  • Luci Romberg
  • Luis Alkmim
  • Luke Fredericksen
  • Matthew Lee Willis
  • Max Henry
  • Nikolay Stasolik
  • Oscar Sanchez
  • Pasha Petkuns
  • Paul Darnell
  • Paul Joseph (Blue)
  • Pedro Salgado
  • Pip Andersen
  • Ronnie Shalvis
  • Ryan Ford
  • Shaun Wood
  • Sydney Olsen
  • Thibaut Granier
  • Thomas Mougne
  • Tim Shieff
  • Toby Segar
  • Tyson Cecka
  • Yann Masia
  • Yoann Leroux
  • And many others!

For this first year, although we will provide food and accommodations for all attending panelists, we can only pay transportation for a few. For this reason we don’t know if anyone in the above list will be able to attend except for those already confirmed. But we hope many of them can, and if nothing else, we hope this list shows you our vision for this event as an annual global meeting of the minds.

Why

Our vision for this event is to bring community leaders together to discuss important ideas, understand each other better, build relationships, and find unity and synergy. At Take Flight, we believe that as a Parkour community, we can accomplish more together than we can all doing our own thing. So we see this event as an open meeting of the minds for people to share ideas, propose new concepts, resolve potential or building interpersonal matters, and tell great stories. We think the Parkour world as a whole will benefit immensely by seeing this respected and prominent group of Traceurs speak candidly together, and we hope to foster that openness. What exactly comes from that, we aren’t 100% sure! But we think it will be progressive, unifying, and very worthwhile, not to mention entertaining.

Other Information

This is meant to be a progressive discussion that is focused and also dynamic and spontaneous. We don’t consider any questions or ideas off limits as long as they are focused around the PK/FR world and Traceurs therein. So if you have a topic you want to see discussed, or a question you want to see answered by a confirmed panelist, please let us know by writing in the comments below or sending your question to us at media@takeflightapparel.com. Current tentative topics of conversation include:

  • How to start a Parkour gym
  • Training ideas & how David Belle used to train
  • The future of public Parkour parks
  • Parkour certifications
  • Team Sponsorships vs. Company Sponsorships
  • The future of Parkour.com

We’ll be releasing more information as the panelist list grows. Stay tuned for the event and news! We hope you can attend or tune in for the broadcast and videos!

Adam Dunlap on the Take Flight Street Team

We are on the verge of announcing our newest editions to the Take Flight team of sponsored Traceurs (the Take Flight Street Team). The decisions that have been made were difficult, and as such Adam wanted to personally address the entire Parkour community regarding them.-

At Take Flight we have always been focused on spreading Parkour by David Belle and on making everyone new and old to the discipline feel welcomed and encouraged to train and pursue their dreams within Parkour and beyond. Building the Take Flight Street Team is one of the methods we have implemented to further this pursuit via supporting a select group of international Traceurs who both represent Parkour and David’s vision for the discipline through their training, outlook and personal endeavors. Unfortunately the downside to selecting a team is having passionate and skilled Traceurs apply for the team who are not selected. This is the part that burdens me, which is why I have decided to publicly address it.

This year we had hundreds of applicants to the Take Flight Street Team and we will only be extending a handful of invitations. Each new TF team member that receives an invite was selected for unique reasons, and each has his own personality, skill set, and personal story that we feel represents Parkour and Take Flight in a very special way. For this reason, we do not have a specific “Why not?” for every Traceur that was not given an invitation. However, I can confidentially say that the Traceurs who were not invited were all extremely heartfelt, skillful, hardworking, and inspiring, and I could not be prouder of how far Parkour has come in the last few years to see such a strong contingent of passionate Traceurs around the globe.

No one talks about Parkour quite like David, and I’d like to emphasize one of my favorite quotes from him. It not only speaks volumes about who he is, but it also speaks volumes about Parkour. David says:

There is no stronger or weaker. You are strong in the moment that you go right to the end for the cause you are defending.

Parkour isn’t about winning. It’s not about being better than someone else. It’s not about one-uping others, or being cool, or being recognized. Parkour is, as it has always been for me and David, a personal pursuit that is focused and routed in self-improvement. The Take Flight Street Team epitomizes those that have found this path for themselves by allowing them to join directly with us in spreading the discipline around the world. But all of us in the community are a part of this larger goal, and we become stronger when we are all together.

The true purpose of the Take Flight Street Team is to bring the worldwide Parkour community together and point us in a common direction – that being to spread Parkour worldwide. Regardless of who is given an invitation to the team I hope that we can realize this vision and work towards it as a community of Traceurs striving for something bigger. The Take Flight Street Team is just a small part of the Parkour world and what we do at Take Flight. So if we can think beyond this, and strive for or bigger common goal then we will really have something. And you don’t have to be a Take Flight sponsored athlete to do that.

I look forward to the journey we all have in front of us in the Parkour community and beyond. Thank you again to everyone that applied to the team, and I look forward to working with you all to continue to expand and grow Parkour around the world.

Sincerely,

Adam Dunlap
Take Flight Founder & CEO

Donating Money to Your Parkour Community

We are going to keep this post simple because it is: we want to donate money to your Parkour community.

Why:
One of the founding purposes of Take Flight has been and always will be to support and perpetuate the spread and growth of Parkour around the world. Giving back to Traceurs by donating money to their Parkour communities and programs is one good way we have found to do this.

Example:
Take Flight is partnered with U.S. based Parkour community/organization Texas Parkour. We write a donation check every month to Texas Parkour which they use at their sole discretion to invest right back into their community through Parkour classes, programs, and other events as they see fit. We want to do the same with your community.

What you can do to make this happen:
If you are a member, affiliate, contributor, or fan of a U.S. based statewide Parkour community (e.g. Texas Parkour) or a national Parkour community (e.g. Parkour Egypt) reach out to the leaders/administrators thereof, let them know that we want to donate to you, and send them a link to this blog post. If you are one of those leaders/administrators, you can send us an email at streetteam@takeflightapparel.com, and we’ll get back to you right away.