Frequently Asked Questions

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F.A.Q

Why should I chose to train at Firestorm Freerunning & Acrobatics?

For two main reasons, the Coaching and the Culture.

At Firestorm, we are dedicated to helping create the best, most well rounded athletes, while having fun! Our culture is about learning from, and teaching, one another. Our goal is two fold: We want you to have FUN, and learn something new every time you come train with us!

Most importantly, our coaches are specifically that, COACHES. Our team consists of professional coaches first, and professional Acrobats second. Few things are more important to your training than a healthy, supportive environment with knowledgeable, passionate coaches. Our coaches are WFPF (World Freerunning & Parkour Federation) and APEX (Apex Movement) safety and skill certified. All Firestorm Coaches undergo personal coaching and safety-spotting training from Justin Taylor, the head coach, with over 17 years of professional acrobatic coaching experience.

What do I need to do before coming to train at FIRESTORM?

Before coming to train with us make sure to fill out our online waiver form. If you are under 18 you must have a parent, or legal guardian, 25 or older, fill our and sign your online waiver form for you. Waiver forms can be filled out on any computer or smart device.

Next, check out our CLASSES section and choose the class that interests you the most. Click on “Book Now” and follow the prompts to create your MindBody profile. This will allow you to choose the day, time slot, and type of class to sign up for.

Show up to FIRESTORM 15 minutes before your first scheduled class to meet your coach, learn the rules, and get ready for an hour of fun!

I want to take a class. How do I begin?! What is a “drop-in” class?

A Drop-in class is a single, one-hour training class at Firestorm in any of our various class types. This is a class you can quite literally “drop in” to. You can drop into any class you are age or rank appropriate for. If its your first class, you will be dropping into a WHITE RANK class.

Simply visit our CLASSES page and choose the class you are most interested in trying. Click the “drop-in” link and you will be prompted to create your MindBody profile. From here you can sign up for the class day, time slot, and type you are interested in dropping into.

Make sure to show up 15 minutes before your class to meet your coach, learn the rules, and get ready for an hour of awesome!

What should I wear to class?

Make sure to wear clothes that you feel comfortable moving around in. You will not want to wear any jewelry or clothing that may restrict your ability to move.

Make sure to bring closed toed Athletic SHOES with you. Shoes that are lightweight, flexible, and have grippy bottoms are best. Do NOT wear sandals or crocs.

What is Parkour? What is Freerunning?

Though there are many similarities, these are two distinct and independent disciplines.

Parkour is all about efficient body movement. Imagine racing through an obstacle course, moving over and through obstacles as quickly as you can. Parkour teaches you how to move as efficiently and effectively as possible. Parkour is a race!

Freerunning focuses on exploring creativity through movement. This is the time to let your imagination take flight. We take parkour as our base and mix on twists, flips, inversions, tricking, and tumbling to create aesthetically pleasing body movement.

Freerunning is to Parkour as Breakdance is to Ballet.

What age do I have to be to train? Am I too old/young?

Training can being as young as 4 in our Little Heroes class.

Our Parkour/Freerunning classes are offered for all students’ ages 7 years and have no upper limit. We have students in their 60s training here at Firestorm. Our classes and curriculum were designed with all ages and body types in mind. We start small and build progressively to maintain positive improvements and safety. We believe that at any age you can learn progressively and move for life.

Our facility was designed for kids, teens, adults, and big kids of all ages!

Is Parkour/Freerunning safe?

We purposefully designed our facility to make parkour and freerunning more accessible to people of all ages and body types. The most important tenet of parkour and freerunning is to make sure you are well prepared to avoid injury.

Our color ranks (skill curriculum) were carefully put together to safely teach and learn the basic skills in parkour. In fact, the first two ranks (White and Orange) are completely comprised of safety oriented skills. After students have mastered these skill and have them signed off by their coach, they will progress to freerunning. (Green rank and higher, flips and twists) Everything in our classes and curriculum are designed to take you safely from your very first class all the becoming a professional acrobat!

It is our mission to teach people these tenets and how to respect their bodies and their environments in ways that will help them develop safe and healthy training habits.

Do you offer special events, birthday parties, or Parents Night Out?

Firestorm offers all kinds of additional fun training and learning opportunities each month!

We offer Parents Night Out every 2nd Friday of the month from 6:30pm – 10:30pm. Drop off your kids for a night of Parkour, Ninja Warrior obstacle courses, games, LEGOS, pizza dinner, and a movie on our projector screen. $40 per child, $20 for siblings.

Camps are offered on every Federal Holiday, every other week in the summer time, and during Winter Break. Running from 9:00am – 3:00pm, camps include classes, games, obstacle courses, ninja warrior, trampoline, crafts, NERF, and much, much more.

On special occasions we offer 2-hour clinics for various training opportunities (Backflip Clinics, Strength Training, Stunt Man Training, etc.) as well as weekly workshops that last for a month (AcroYoga Workshop, Contortionism Workshop, Poi Spinning Workshop, etc.) for both adults and kids. Check out our Events Tab for descriptions on all our available and upcoming events!

Twice a year we host Parkour and Freerunning competitions against other SoCal Parkour gyms. Competitions are broken down by age or skill requirements and allow athletes to compete in speed, skill, and freestyle events.

How do I know when new things are happening?

Join our monthly newsletter! You can sign up at the bottom of our home page. Each monthly newsletter lets you know about upcoming events, clinics, workshops, special guests, schedule changes, new classes, and much, much more!

How do students learn and move up levels in Parkour?

Here at Firestorm the coaches have worked very hard to put together a step by step, progressive curriculum that teaches the arts of parkour and freerunning. Our curriculum has 7 color levels, each one building progressively upon the last, to build you from the ground up. (White, Orange, Green, Blue, Purple, Red, and Black)

Each new students begins their Parkour journey as a “White Rank Cadet”. Both the white and Orange Rank classes focus primarily on safety techniques and body position/awareness. During the classes, each students curriculum card is pulled out to see which skills need to be worked on in your level. Once you have mastered all of your Floor, Vaults, Walls, and Bars skills for your level, you will be awarded the next Rank color. Moving up to a new Rank unlocks new skills to learn, new classes you can take, and new areas of the gym you can train in!

White- Beginner Parkour and Safety skills
Orange – Intermediate Parkour and Safety skills
Green – Intro to Freerunning, Advanced Parkour Skills
Blue – Intermediate Freerunning and Beginner Flips
Purple – Intermediate Flips and Flow
Red – Advanced Parkour and Freerunning, Advanced Flips and Flow
Black – Professional Stunt Man, Acrobat, Ninja Warrior, or Freerunner

What is Open Gym? How does that work?

Open Gym is a open, all inclusive training time for adults and kids, beginners, students, and masters off all athletic backgrounds. Unlike classes with organized training, during Open Gym all equipment and areas of the gym are open for training, exploring, and playing. This is the time to collaborate with other students and practitioners and have fun trying new ideas or spending extra time refining skills learned in classes. During Kid’s Open Gym the coaches build, participation-optional games, obstacle courses, NERF games and more!

We offer two types of Open Gym. Kids Open Gym (for 4 – 17 year olds) and Adult Open Gym (for 18+ years old) Open gym is $10 per visit for both Kids and Adults, $1.00 per visit if you are currently enrolled in classes, or $60/month for an Unlimited Open Gym Pass.

For current Open Gym schedules, click this link: OPEN GYM SCHEDULE

When are Classes? What is your schedule?

We offer many different types of classes at Firestorm. Each class page has its schedule attached. Click on the classes tab to be taken directly to their current schedule. Or click on the Schedule tab to see an over view of every classes schedule.