Why should I choose 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. We have been WFPF (World Freerunning & Parkour Federation) and APEX (Apex Movement) safety and skill certified. All Firestorm Coaches undergo our own personal 3 week Coaching Certification training for each class type they teach. Bi annually our entire Coaching team undergoes personalized class management, skill teaching, and spotting safety training under the supervision of our Programs Director, Justin Taylor, who has 2 decades of professional Coaching experience under his belt. Our Coaches are never "good enough", we are always learning, finding new ways to improve.
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.
Schedule your first class online, or give our Office a call to find an appropriate class time for you!
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!
Click here to begin signing up!
Can I take classes without being a member? How do I begin? What is a “Max Class Day Pass”?
Everyone is welcome to take classes at Firestorm! To take classes without a membership you will purchase a Max Class Day Pass. It is $45 and allows a student to take as many available classes and open gyms that they are age/rank appropriate for. This the best way to take classes from different coaches, and try out the many different programs that Firestorm has to offer. The $45 from your Max Class Day Pass also gets credited towards your one Registration Fee when you sign up for a full membership.
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, or anything so loose it may get caught on a bar or edge of a wall.
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, crocs, or anything else that would have a Coach calling you out with a friendly, "WHAT ARE THOOOOOSE??".
What is Parkour? What is Freerunning?
What is Parkour? What is Freerunning?
These two terms are used interchangably to describe physical movement connecting running, jumping, climbing, crawling, and rolling. They do have some technical differences though.
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!
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. $45 per child, $25 for siblings.
Camps are offered on every Federal Holiday, almost every 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.
special occasions we offer clinics for various training opportunities (Backflip Clinics, Strength Training, Stunt Man Training, etc.) as well as workshops (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!
Three 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.
We also host Aerial Recitals, special guest speakers, Parkour Jams (indoors and outdoors) and more!
How do I know when new things are happening?
Join our monthly newsletter! 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”. 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
Read this Blog on Ranking Up and Curriculum Cards to learn more.
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 Family Open Gym the coaches will sometimes host participation-optional games, obstacle courses, NERF games and more!
We offer two types of Open Gym. Family 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 $65/month for an Unlimited Open Gym Pass.
For current Open Gym schedules, click this link:
OPEN GYM SCHEDULE