If the localQuebec Academy of the Arts of Travel It is located at 88 rue Saint-Jean, and most of its activities take place outside, in this huge stadium that could be Quebec City. We caught up with Jessica Cormier, General Manager, and Martin Pelletier, Coach, to talk about the Academy’s activities and a very active way to take ownership of the city.
The Academy’s activities center around the art of displacement, as practiced by yamakasi (from lingala ya makási (“strong”, by extension “strong spirit”), which involves traversing the city in an acrobatic fashion while promoting a set of values, such as mutual aid, participation, respect, and perseverance.
The four founders of the Académie des Beaux-Arts, Kevin Dougal, Jonathan St-Pierre, Nicholas St-Pierre, and Vincent Thibault, met in a crowd in Montreal. They noted that the parkour community was strong, but that their followers regularly injured themselves and that the culture was not necessarily compatible with the values promoted by the yamak spirit. With a desire to define good practices, move around, and have fun, and that’s for as long as possible (even for a lifetime!), they joined the ranks and trained in Europe with yamakasi before the Quebec Academy opened eleven years ago. It has been on the premises on Saint-Jean Street since 2014.
Avoid the urban environment
“We’re outside a lot, using street furniture,” says Martin Pelletier, who specifies that activities take place indoors only when the weather gets too harsh. Concretely, the workshops consist of four phases: warm-up, physical training (“Basic training”, without a machine), learning the techniques of overcoming obstacles, and finally the stage of the game with obstacles. Everything is done in a similar way to that in martial arts, where respect for others and the environment reigns and where training and careful preparation of the body are of paramount importance.
There are plenty of places to train in the city center. Thus we can meet displacement artists in Lucien Borne Park, in the front yard of the church, in the installations of the Marina Saint-Roch and in many other places that we will allow you to discover. If the activity sometimes has a negative image and evokes some hesitation, it should be noted that the art of movement does not harm the street furniture. Yamaks must ensure that the environment is safe, keep the environment clean and uninterrupted, and take care of their surroundings so as not to harm passers-by.
Who can become a Yamak?
The Art of Displacement is a fun urban dance aimed at anyone who wants to evolve in movement within the city. You can start activities within the academy from the age of 8, without specifying an age. There are also no groups by levels; We adapt and the key word is mutual assistance. “We start together, we finish together. Those who have finished should encourage the next, those who are still making an effort” identifies Martin Pelletier, who specifies that he prefers mutual assistance over performance.
The approach taken with children is fun and aims to get them to discover their limits, channel their energy and make them focus and coordinate. Just like teenagers and adults, we strive to develop the values and duration of activity in particular over time. “We currently have a diverse group of participants,” says Martin Pelletier. “We’re talking to anyone who’s willing to put in the effort and get involved.” You don’t have to be strong or have a good cardio. Assure the managers (in light of our poor physical form), we’ll take care of getting you up to speed.
Classes do not stop and run all year round. Registration is done on demand or session by session (click here to find out more). And if you want to discover the art of travel, know that there is an activity planned for Saturday 17th September: move your city It takes place in Marina Saint-Roch, and is also for beginners, provided they are over 16 years old. Three guest coaches (Stephan Provencher, owner and coach of Drummond Parkour and President of Parkour Quebec, Pascal Lecurio, former head coach of The Spot Montreal and owner of Parkour Bits – Montreal Parkour Training and Alan Jean-Baptiste, graduate coach in acrobatics and physical preparation since 2012) Each will offer three workshops during the day. Recordings are limited in number, include the jersey and above all a lot of fun in perspective.
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