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Zenith Parkour Class - A Big Hit

On Sunday, October 5th, I ran a free "Parkour and Obstacle Coursing Workshop" at Zenith Gymnastics in Rochester, New York.

I've been working with Zenith Gymnastics through the RIT Gymnastics club since the end of last summer. I was calling all the local gyms I could find, trying to find somewhere that would give us access to their equipment and facilities and let us train there. After some negotiation, RIT Gymnastics started going there weekly, learning from Sasha and Maria Kourbatova - Russian olympic gold metalists and leaders in their fields. We learned a lot over the year, and we're looking forward to a very successful second year with them!

Amy, the owner of Zenith Gymnastics, has been trying to expand her boys program. My roommate, co-founder of Rochester Parkour, and President of the RIT Gymnastics Club Charles Moreland, offered his help and has begun to teach some of the Boy's Gymnastics classes at Zenith.

Back in August, I called Amy to confirm plans for Gymnastics this year. At the end of this call, I proposed to her the idea of starting a Parkour class. She was interested in the idea, and told me to develop a curriculum and some flyers. I came up with several different ways for the class to work, depending on some of Amy's goals, and we finally settled on a 4 week class aimed towards Zenith's primary demographic, 8-14 year olds.

Yesterday, I ran a free workshop at Zenith to generate some interest. Five kids arrived, and there were between eight and ten more on the list of people interested. Two brothers, around age 9, two fourteen year olds, and a seven year old.

5 ways to stay inspired and creative

On Chris Scheidies

For anyone trying to create art for an extended period of time, it can become hard to get new ideas or maybe you just get a bit burnt out because of the grind. Some people call this mind funk, or maybe writers block. I am not a neuroscientist but my understanding is that your brain forms certain patterns and can get stuck in a routine. The goal then would be to violently break the routine. Once I read a interview with Erykah Badu , and she discussed how writers block is a myth and sometimes you are just learning a lesson from life. That seems very poetic to me and something that seems true in my own life, so Erykah didnt write for a few years and then wrote about a thousands songs in a year, cool stuff. At any rate here are a few things I have done over the years to break routine and stay creative.

#1 Take a break from the typical genres you enjoy. If you only listen to hip-hop check out metal, if you only like fiction get some non-fiction, if you look at surrealistic paintings….well you get the idea. Spend some time with these new genres, get to know and enjoy them.

#2 Get two magazines, find a page in each magazine with people on them. Rip the page out of each magazine. Now write a short story as to how these two people are connected.

#3 Everyday get out for at least a 20 minute walk by yourself with no phone or music players. You need to be alone with your thoughts.

#4 Go to a new part of town you have never been to before. Go to a new coffee shop and strike up a conversation with a stranger. Maybe someone you would normally be afraid to talk with, it also helps if they have totally different religion and/or political views are you. Try and really see their side and be in their shoes. Make a new friend and get a new perspective.

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