Explore movement draws on and incorporates many different types of movement disciplines. This allows for a broader range of experience and more variety in the types of movement that can be explored. The primary movement disciplines explored are explained below. Beyond that the coaches have varying levels of experience and training in dance, circus, martial arts, acrobatics and stunts. These movements are integrated as needed on the basis of the instructors speciality and training.
Parkour is a method of physical training that develops one’s ability to overcome obstacles (both physical and mental). It involves movement that will help if one is in a reach or escape emergency situation. Underpinning this is a philosophy of altruism and useful strength, longevity, self-improvement and self-understanding.
The term Freerunning was first used during the documentary ‘Jump London’ as an English translation of ‘Parkour’. The term has since grown to describe most parkour-like movements that include acrobatics and tricks that trade efficiency of movement for flair and aesthetics. Because of its original use as an English translation, the terms Freerunning and Parkour are often erroneously thought to be interchangeable
The founder of the Méthode Naturelle described it as:
The final goal of physical education is to make strong beings. In the purely physical sense, the Natural Method promotes the qualities of organic resistance, muscularity and speed, towards being able to walk, run, jump, move quadrupedally, to climb, to walk in balance, to throw, lift, defend yourself and to swim.
In the “virile” or energetic sense, the system consists in having sufficient energy, willpower, courage, coolness, and fermeté (“firmness”).
In the moral sense, education, by elevating the emotions, directs or maintains the moral fibre in a useful and beneficial way.
The true Natural Method, in its broadest sense, must be considered as the result of these three particular forces; it is a physical, virile and moral synthesis. It resides not only in the muscles and the breath, but above all in the “energy” which is used, the will which directs it and the feeling which guides it.