4209 Milgen rd. suite 6, columbus ga 31907
LVL UP Parkour Academy is Columbus, GA's first Parkour gym offering training that includes Parkour, Tricking, and Martial Arts with open gym available at scheduled times during the week. Monthly events such as Parent's Night Out where kids participate in Dodge ball, races and other games along with pizza and drinks! Regular events such as Parkour challenges and races, Tricking Battles/Gatherings and Ninja Warrior events will happen at scheduled times about once a quarter. Level Up offers a fun and rewarding experience to people of any age, gender or background, while promoting a healthy mind and body.
Parkour is a training discipline using movement that developed from military obstacle course training. Practitioners aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment, without assistive equipment in the fastest and most efficient way possible. Parkour includes running, climbing, swinging, vaulting, jumping, rolling, quadrupedal movement, and other movements as deemed most suitable for the situation. Parkour's development from military training gives it some aspects of a non-combative martial art. Parkour was developed in France, primarily by Raymond Belle, and further by his son David Belle and his group of friends, the self-styled Yamakasi, during the late 1980s. The discipline was popularized in the late 1990s and 2000s through films, documentaries, and advertisements featuring the Yamakasi.
In gymnastics, tumbling, also known as power tumbling, is an acrobatic sporting discipline which combines some of the skills of artistic gymnastics on the floor with those of trampolining. It is practised on a 25-metre long spring track. It was developed from tumbling performances performed by entertainers from very early times but as a sport is now codified, regulated, judged, and performed using standardised special acrobatic equipment. This sport is practised by both men and women. Competitors perform two passes, each containing eight skills along the track, usually starting with a Round-off, Barani, or Rudi (the Barani and Rudi are forward, twisting somersaults) followed by a series of back-handsprings and/or whips (a fast, long back somersault done in a straight body position) ending in a 'dismount' skill. Only the feet and hands are allowed to make contact with the track.
Freerunning is the art of motion. It takes the practicality of Parkour, and fuses it with the moves of Gymnastics, Tumbling, Break Dancing, Martial Arts, and practically any other physical discipline that uses only the body. Freerunning gives you complete freedom and control of your environment. Through training people have found themselves in a style that seems to suit them. Everybody's style is different leaving Freerunning as more of an art-form than a structured discipline. Every person in training views their environment in a different way. Freerunning is a way that a Parkour practitioner can express themselves. Freerunning and Parkour are often confused by the general public as they can appear to be very similar.
Level Up is a place to train your mind and body to overcome obstacles both in your environment and in your life while having fun. Level Up offers classes and Open Gyms directed towards any age. Here at Level Up we have instructors who have been training the art for 10+ years and have trained with the legends such as Ryan Doyle, APEX, The Tribe, and many more. Through their experiences they've come together to bring you Columbus' first Parkour academy. Level Up's leadership has a strong and weathered foundation in Parkour, Tumbling/Gymnastics, Martial Arts, Breakdancing, and more. Join us as we grow and spread movement disciplines throughout Columbus. Visit each section of this site to gain more information about Level Up, and how to become a part of the experience.