Parkour Jam: The Art of Movement, Amplified

Parkour is rapidly becoming popular in the North Texas area. Parkour is the non-competitive recreational activity of navigating obstacles in the most efficient way possible through the art of movement, in which participants run on a route utilizing skills such as vaulting, rolling, swinging and wall-scaling. Parkour instruction teaches people how to move across an environment in a flowing or fluid-like manner with speed, agility and grace.

People of any age and ability can learn and perform Parkour, which builds lean bodies and focuses on overall wellbeing of mind, body and spirit. Everyone, especially children, needs a healthy physical outlet that they can participate in for a lifetime. Parkour focuses on healthy fun which is especially helpful for developing fundamental athleticism and confidence in youth that is transferrable to virtually any sport or challenge.

The second annual DFW Parkour Jam will be held July 28, at the Fort Worth Water Gardens and July 29, at Eureka Park, on UNT, in Denton. The two-day event is free to attendees and spectators. Jenin “Beast” Gonzalez, a professional Parkour instructor and team stunt coordinator, says, “Bring some comfortable clothing and a water bottle and you are set to train and learn the basics of Parkour.” Gonzalez is one of the few instructors in the North Texas area who offers Parkour and freerunning instructional clinics.

“Whether you’re seeking instruction, curious about Parkour or just wanting to watch, we feel it’s important to understand what Parkour is and what it means to the individual” states Gonzales. “Understanding how your body moves helps you to grow physically and to get in better shape. Overcoming obstacles mentally allows the body to grow stronger emotionally.”

For more info on Parkour clinics or the Jam, call 817-475-8370 or visit

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