076. USPK Part 4: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiast to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This is the fourth and final episode of a four-part series on the United states parkour association. (USPK for short). In this episode, the members of the transition board discuss USPK’s stance and role within competition. They share their ideas around coaching certifications, whether the USPK will create one, and what it will mean for existing certifications. We finish up by addressing the topic of the international gymnastics federation, and share what each of us an do to help parkour. 

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Special Interest Groups

Blake: And it’s the people that feel passionate or have a vested interest in those projects that, or those topics, that have … are going to be doing the legwork. And so we’re able to tap into the experts, we’re able to tap into the people that are motivated to do research, and that’s how things are done well.

Craig: So that’s … I kind of cut you off, but that’s … The special interest groups is one part, and then the other side is the committees are the other major part.

Blake: So the committees are what’s going to bring the information from the SIGs to kind of voting and to decision making from a national governing body perspective. And that’s where the final decisions are made, but it’s with a lot of grassroots information and involvement and support that those decisions happen.

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073. USPK Part 3: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiast to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This episode is part three of a four-part series on the United states parkour association. (USPK for short). In this episode, the transition board shares USPK’s funding model, and where the money is coming from. They explain committees, and special interest groups, the difference between the two, and their role in the organization. The board also discusses the importance of USPK even for people who feel that parkour does not need governing, and how to get involved, and have your voice heard. But first, the Movers Mindset community is designed to be used with keyboards and big screens. It’s designed to give you the physical and mental space to read, to think, and to create considered replies. You can discover or come back to content form years past – they’re exactly where you’d expect them to be; I’m interested in discussing everything related to independence, self-direction and human excellence. Are you? Visit moversmindset.com/community. 

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071. USPK Part 2: Full Transcript

Craig: Welcome to the Movers Mindset podcast, where I interview movement enthusiast to find out who they are, what they do, and why they do it. This episode is part two of a four-part series on the United states parkour association. (USPK for short). In this episode, each of the transition board members explain what a national governing body is, what it does, why it’s important and their specific vision for how USPK will work. They discuss USPK’s board of directors, who currently sits on it, and how it will function as the organization grows. They also delve into who USPK is meant to serve, who should join the organization and how to do that. But first, you already know there’s more to the Movers Mindset project than just this podcast – a lot more! In fact, there’s so much more; we’ve put together a webpage that describes all the different things we’re currently doing. From athlete questions to guest follow – ups, from transcripts to show notes, the comment our mailing list .. and more. To learn more, go to moversmindset.com and click on “overview” in the menu. 

Craig: Mark, one of the first questions people ask about USPK is why do we actually need a governing body? What does this governing body actually do?

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076. US Parkour Association (part 4 of 4): Competition, certifications, and a request

076. US Parkour Association (part 4 of 4): Competition, certifications, and a request

 
 
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In the final episode about the US Parkour Association, the board discusses USPK’s stance and role within competition. They share their ideas around coaching certifications, whether the board will create one, and what it will mean for existing certifications. The board address the Federation of International Gymnastics, and share what each of us can do to help parkour. 

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Legitimacy

Blake: I think the first thing that we get is legitimacy. And legitimacy is really valuable in the larger context. parkour is a sport that’s growing very quickly and we’re developing a lot of things from gyms to certifications to clothing lines, to courses for four year olds or 80 year olds. And when we’re looking at the larger picture of parkour and how that’s represented to the media, to the general public. And a lot of people still see it as young kids jumping between rooftops.

Craig: Yeah, very wild, organic, crazy activity.

Blake: and having an NGB is really valuable to get that legitimacy, but also to have people that can advocate you at municipal or state or national levels. Having a common network of similar providers that are doing the same thing and that you can network with, you can talk with, you can share ideas with that already exists organically within the parkour world. But in a lot of ways, the goal of USPK is to bring a lot of that together and to expand access. Because right now it’s a select group that has access to that and we want to make sure that parkour remains and continues to be inclusive and representative for all.

American Rendevouz

Blake: Yeah. I think our mission with American Rendezvous since the very beginning has been to kind of create a community space, a collaborative space, a neutral space where a lot of folks can kind of come together from all different backgrounds and disciplines and different histories or legacies of parkour or ADD or freerunning and train together. And that’s something that has been integral to the events since the very beginning. And that’s something that I think is really important in a national governing body because at the end of the day, if we’re going work together, we have to feel safe, we have to feel like our opinions are being heard and our voices are being heard, and we have to feel like that’s representative.

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