What is Team Saiyan
Team Saiyan is the Free Running section of Youth Almighty Project.
The group was formed by 6 like minded young people who were interested in learning the skills of the Urban Sport Free Running, sometime called Parkour .
Team Saiyan was formed following a successful bid to the Community First fund which allowed the group to have branded uniforms and enabled them to purchase an array of free running apparatus .
The group meets every Friday and Saturday Night at Silksworth Youth and Community Centre and anyone under 19 interested in learning or to just have a go is welcome to attend.
What is Free Running:
The sport originally termed Art du Deplacement, now also referred to as Parkour or Freerunning, was founded in France in the 1980s by a group of nine young men who called themselves The Yamakasi. Yamakasi is a Lingala word loosely meaning 'Strong Man, Strong Spirit', and summed up the original and still core aim of the discipline - to be a strong individual: physically, mentally and ethically.
The Yamakasi founders were Yann Hnautra, Chau Belle, David Belle, Laurent Piemontesi, Sebastain Foucan, Guylain N'Guba Boyeke, Charles Perriere, Malik Diouf and Williams Belle.
The term ‘Parkour’ was first introduced by David Belle in 1998. Parkour derives from the French word Parcours meaning ‘route’ or ‘course’
The term ‘Freerunning’ was the creation of Guillaume Pelletier, a representative of a group of French practitioners involved in the production of a Channel 4 documentary, Jump London, in 2003. This term was used in order to communicate this amazing new sport to an English-speaking audience.
• Parkour / Freerunning / Art du Deplacement is the non-competitive physical discipline of training to move freely over and through any terrain using only the abilities of the body, principally through running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. In practice it focuses on developing the fundamental attributes required for such movement, which include functional strength and fitness, balance, spatial awareness, agility, coordination, precision, control and creative vision.
• It is a sport that encourages self-improvement on all levels, revealing one’s physical and mental limits while simultaneously offering ways to overcome them. It is a method of training one’s body and mind in order to be as completely functional, effective and liberated as possible in any environment.
• The sport aims to build confidence, determination, self-discipline and self-reliance, and responsibility for one’s actions. It encourages humility, respect for others and for one’s environment, self-expression, community spirit, and the importance of play, discovery and safety at all times.
Come and join if your expert or beginner you are more than welcome to attend on a Friday 6.30pm - 8.30pm or Saturday 7.00pm - 9.00pm.
We also visit various gyms and Free Running events to support young people in their desire to improve their participation in the sport.
Like many sports free running is not 100%free from risk, we at Youth Almighty believe that sensible risks allow young people to develop their life skills, our aim is to reduce the instances of young people participating in the sport outside of the youth work environment by allowing them free access to the sport they love. This will then allow the young people to participate without the need to climb serious heights and trespass on property.