GRAFFITI can be described as writing or drawings, scratched, or sprayed on a wall or other surface in a public place. This form of expression stems from an ancient art that can be traced back to cave paintings and actually pre-dates the invention of written languages, maybe even spoken languages. Cultivating communication skills and developing one’s ability to enhance visualisation and self-awareness, through a variety of techniques, Graffiti writing empowers individuals to explore independence with style. What unites all graffiti artists throughout the ages is they have something to say, they want their voice to be heard and they want their words and/or images to be remembered. Choose a name! It could be anything from a tag, a nickname, or a unique alternate identity. Pick one…! And leave your mark.
BMX got off the ground in the mid 1950’s, because of youngsters imitating the motorsport moto-cross stars from Holland and Belgium. It wasn’t until the early 1970’s that BMX begin to crystallise into a competitive sport. In southern California, kids inspired by motocross began racing their bicycles on dirt tracks. In Europe, BMX (American style) became an organised sport in 1978. With the introduction of the BMX bike the sport really took off. As a category of bike and sport BMX has evolved into 3 sub-categories: street, park and dirt. Learning to ride BMX you practice using the whole of your body to control your bike. Students build core muscles, exercise muscle memory strengthen physical control, and develop creativity, sportsmanship and self-expression.
B-BOYING originated in Bronx, New York in 1973 as a direct result of the street culture being formed in gang run environments. It soon went global due to immigration and adoption by different cultures as a form of creative self-expression. Inspired by various elements from martial arts, Latin dance, tap dance and gymnastics it ripened into the more “battle” infused B-boying style of today Graffiti, MCing and DJing all contribute to this street culture. B-boying provides a platform for physical expression. Hip hop culture (breaking) is vital in our society as it helps young people to channel their energy in positive ways and cultivate their creative potential through the aid of mental and physical practice.
INLINE SKATING perform tricks by utilizing the everyday environment. Creativity, momentum and rhythm are important aspect of street skating. Street skaters are able to link tricks specifically to work with unique environments and are well known for creating art out of neglected and uncharted terrain. Some known psychological benefits cultivated through the discipline of skating are, heightened visualisation skills, increased muscle memory, overcoming fear with the employment of self-confidence and mastering the art of self-control through physical and mental practices.
SKATEBOARDING born out of boredom somewhere between 1940 and the early 50′s when the California surfers weren’t able to surf because the sea was too flat. Apple crate scooters with the boxes removed gave rise to the earliest form of skateboards then old roller skates were broken down and used instead. Sidewalks and banks were the new waves anything to re-create the thrill of the surf. The craze of skateboarding really took off in the early 70’s, and has been a popular mainstay of urban culture ever since. Learning the art of skateboarding will teach balance, focus, self-discipline and great hand eye co-ordination.
FREE RUNNING was formed from the philosophy of Parkour and comes from the French word parcours which means to route and from French “parcours du combatant” which is a type of military training. The objective of this discipline is to adapt your movement to overcome any obstacle and enable you to get from point A to B and sometimes back to A as fast and efficient as possible. This requires practitioners to stride, jump, leap and vault under, over or through their obstacles. Whilst movements are the same, free running incorporates other techniques and movements from other sports and disciplines to allow the practitioner to be as creative and artistic as possible.
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