by Master Sensei Vince
Parkour is a word you may have heard about by now, especially if you are a frequent visitor to Gymja Warrior. But what exactly is Parkour? To answer that question best you need to ask, what is movement?
Movement is something we do normally and usually naturally. Movement is a part of our everyday routine and is commonly overlooked as a key to our longevity. You see, a common everyday task can slowly become daunting the more we operate without focusing on our movement in our off time.
The definition of "mobility" is "the ability to move or be moved freely and easily." That's straight out of the dictionary. It's simple, yet so many people fail to understand what it means to be mobile. More importantly, so many people have no idea how to simply move FREE and EASY.
It's not simple, however, to “define” Parkour. To me, Parkour is an art. It’s the art of movement. It’s a discipline. It’s a learning experience. It’s risk to reward management. It’s not easy, and as much as I hate to say it, Parkour isn’t for everyone.
A true description of Parkour is the ability to move efficiently in your environment commonly progressing forward from one point to the next. There are a lot of misconceptions as to what Parkour is. I like to say Parkour is the new skateboarding. All of us who practice it, train differently and have mixed visions as to what it means. Those who don’t, see it as dangerous, crazy, or awesome.
Either way, that doesn’t take away how important movement is, no matter what form it comes from. Fall, fly, flip or football, Parkour and movement are one in the same.
From a firefighter climbing through a burning building, to a construction worker keeping balance while pouring concrete, or to that Dunkin Donuts employee running to catch the bus because they are late for their shift, movement is a clear and obvious focus in our everyday lives. When we begin to realize this, we can take control of our body and mind in order to live our lives or continue our career without fear of challenge, diversity or deterioration.
I’m not asking you to become a Parkour athlete and do flips off the wall, or instantly transform into a Ninja Warrior. I just believe we should pay attention to our body and prepare ourselves for success. We are our own worst enemy.
If you are interested in hearing more about Parkour, or are interested in a Gymja Warrior class, call us at 978-816-6767.
Hosting more than 20 parties a week, Gymja Warrior has quickly become a true leader in the birthday entertainment space over the last three years. Inspired by the hit TV show, American Ninja Warrior, Gymja Warrior ensures a one-of-a-kind, stress-free, birthday party experience for all ages.
Adriana Urban is Gymja Warrior’s Party Manager and spoke to us about why birthday parties have become such a resounding success for Gymja Warrior, what people should expect from a party at one of our locations and how our coaches make sure all participants leave with a smile on their face and looking forward to a return visit.
Adriana earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Endicott College in 2010 and lives in the North Shore area with her husband and 14-month-old daughter.
1. In your mind, why are Gymja Warrior birthday parties so popular?
I really believe it’s all about our coaches. They are so committed and encouraging and positive. They push the kids to do their best, challenge themselves and have fun. It’s a blast to watch them do their thing because they are so good at what they do. Sometimes the parents just sit there and watch the party in amazement at just how much fun the kids are having.
2. Do first-time visitors to Gymja Warrior sometimes feel intimidated when they first arrive?
Yes, sometimes there are kids who are shy or a little overwhelmed, but, once again, our coaches do an excellent job of interacting with them and motivating them to challenge themselves. By the end of the 90 minutes they have a new sense of confidence and can’t wait to come back for more.
3. What is the format of the parties?
All parties include a supervised 60 or 90 minute session of Gymja Warrior activities for a minimum of 10 kids. There is also an option to get 30 minutes in our dedicated Pizza Party area, where each kid gets one slice of pizza and if that’s not enough, additional food can be ordered. We also provide candles, napkins, plates, silverware and a free Gymja Warrior t-shirt for the birthday boy/girl. Additional shirts and/or water bottles can be purchased as party favors. All the parents have to bring is a cake and drinks. Our staff takes care of everything else, including setup and clean up.
4. What is the most common feedback you hear from people that have parties at Gymja Warrior?
I think people are surprised that you don't have to be an active person or an athletic person in order to come to our parties and have fun. The coaches will tailor all of the activities so that they are age and ability appropriate for everyone at the party.
The best part is that the kids are working out, but they don’t even know they are working out because they are having so much fun. Many of our guests at Gymja Warrior were first introduced to the gym by coming to a birthday party. And we’ve had parties for kids as young as five and for adults as old as 30. It doesn’t matter what the age group is. Everybody alway seems to have a great time.
5. What tips do you have for parents who are looking to host a party at Gymja Warrior?
The most important things to do are pick a date that works for everyone and decide on how big you want the party. The minimum is 10 people and the max is 60. After that, we pretty much take care of everything else. Our goal is to make the entire experience stress-free, easy and fun!
To read reviews and hear feedback about Gymja Warrior parties, please visit our Facebook Page. To book your party or for more information, visit the Parties Section of our website, call Adriana at 978.816.8005, or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
As first quarter and college semester grades come to a close at area schools, Gymja Warrior announces that it will award all Honor Roll and Dean’s List students with a free class or one-hour open gym session through Dec. 31, 2017.
Local students of any age are asked to present a current Honor Roll or Dean’s List certificate from their respective school at Gymja Warrior in Danvers or Woburn to receive a complimentary skill level/age appropriate walk-in class or one hour of open gym time, seven days a week. Both the walk-in classes and one-hour gym sessions are valued at $35.
“At Gymja Warrior, we teach how important it is to lead an active and disciplined lifestyle, but we also want our students to achieve success in school,” said Gymja Warrior founder and owner Shahab Afsharian. “It is our pleasure to reward all of the hard working students in the area who have proven they are excelling both inside and outside the classroom.”
Gymja Warrior provides a safe and fun haven for young and adult athletes that want to learn challenging ways to get fit, solve problems and set goals. Classes are divided into Little Ninjas (3 to 5 year olds), Young Ninja Warrior (6 to 10 year olds), Rising Ninja Warrior (11 to 17 year olds) and Adult Ninja Warrior and are designed to meet each student’s skill levels. Professional and certified coaches utilize Ninja Warrior obstacles such as the 15-foot warped wall, swinging ropes, trampolines and tire swings.
Students progressively learn how to express themselves through movement on all types of obstacles focusing primarily on improving full upper body strength, balance, and coordination in fun and challenging ways, while learning visually exciting and creative moves and techniques found in gymnastics, Parkour, freerunning and rock climbing.
Gymja Warrior also hosts birthday parties, team-building and corporate events, fundraisers and private functions.