Nacogdoches Parks and Recreation to offer parkour classes

The city says this new addition doesn’t only help kids get active but helps build character.
“I don’t want the kids of our community to have to drive two hours like I did to get parkour instruction. And so my model is to go where there is interest,” Wad
Published: Aug. 29, 2022 at 1:55 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 29, 2022 at 7:00 PM CDT
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NACOGDOCHES, Texas (KTRE) - The City of Nacogdoches is now offering parkour classes to the public.The city says this new addition doesn’t only help kids get active but helps build character.

Recreation supervisor Joy Palmer says they had been contacted by citizens who were interested in getting into parkour.

“I was able to get into contact with the instructor at a company called Parkour East Texas, while she’s not from Nacogdoches, she did have an interest in expanding her ability to teach people in the area,” Palmer said.

Instructor Hannah Waddle says that parkour is about learning how to control your mind, body and learning how to overcome an obstacle.

“So that can be a mental obstacle, physical obstacle, obviously in parkour class were focusing on physical obstacles, but a lot of times a physical obstacle is also a mental thing of confidence, or controlling your fear, or controlling your impulses,” Waddle said.

Waddle says that kids have been jumping around since the beginning of time, and so parkour is nothing new, but they’re doing it in a new way.

“It’s teaching kids how to be safer while they are jumping around, and it’s taking something they already do anyway, they are going to jump around, and using it to teach character lessons, like, okay, we need to control our body. If you can learn to control your body on a rail, then you can lean to control your body when you have the impulse to poke your friend in math when you should be doing your test,” Waddle said.

Waddle has been training in parkour for around eight years.

She used to have to go to Dallas to get any sort of training for this sport.

“I don’t want the kids of our community to have to drive two hours like I did to get parkour instruction. And so my model is to go where there is interest,” Waddle said.

Palmer says being able to offer this sport and Waddle being able to travel to Nacogdoches is great.

“To have someone to be able to come and teach our kids this new-ish sport and to have someone willing to travel to our area is just going to be a great addition,” Palmer said.

Classes take place on Wednesdays at Maroney park.

The class costs $75 a month.

For more information on how to sign up for parkour classes, visit the big red box.

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