Friday, January 26, 2018

Free Flow Academy - Instructor Bio - Coach John

Coach John has been with Free Flow Academy since the beginning - March 2012.  Not only is he a beloved Parkour Coach, but he is also a maker/diy'er/artist/upcycler/master builder.  Coach John has contributed substantially to our space.  He painted the giant Dragon Mural in the party area, as well as many other works of art.  His contribution to Free Flow Academy has given it a "Movement Museum" vibe - Charcoal Sketches of human anatomy, an Oil Pastel of a Gladiator, and a Primitive Man posing in Cat position. 

Coach John also screen prints Free Flow Academy T-shirts and Merchandise as well as for his own start-up clothing line JTP apparel (Functional Fashion with a flare for Adventure).

When he's not teaching/training in Parkour, he's making things - from building chests and furniture, to carving wooden bowls, painting and drawing, and repairing or fixing things around the gym. 






Free Flow Academy - Instructor Bio - Coach Jess


Photo Credit:  Michael Poole

Photo Credit:  Michael Poole
Jessica Waters, also known as “Coach Jess,” has been working with Free Flow Academy since September 2015. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as an employer for Jess. She came to Free Flow Academy, first as a student, then as an apprentice. After 3 months of apprenticing, Jessica became a Junior Aerial Silks instructor, and then more recently, was promoted to Head Aerial Instructor. Jess is largely responsible for growing our Aerial Silks program, and our industry within our community. Jess consistently demonstrates exceedingly valiant leadership qualities. She is honest in her dealings, and holds herself, and her students to the highest regard of excellence.

Jessica is warm and modest; her skills and intelligence excels in a variety of arenas. She is organized, punctual, disciplined, down to earth, and is extremely respectful of others. She
demonstrates high moral character, through her integrity, and forward approach. She communicates with others in a fair and honest manner, never holding any agenda, other than improving herself, and others around her with patience, compassion, and honesty. It is a privilege to know and work with Jessica. She is truly outstanding.

Jess has taught well over a hundred students, in the last 2 years. She developed and organized our current Beginner and Intermediate Level Aerial Silks skill sheets, which is published online via the Academy blog, and is a document that aids all enrolled students at our Academy, who choose to pursue the discipline of Aerial Silks. Jess’s work will help hundreds, even thousands of students who are looking for an organized, standardized, and structured approach to their training.
Photo Credit:  Michael Poole

I cannot speak highly enough of Jess’s character, and ability to follow through on all her commitments. When she commits, she fully commits, and delivers without fail. Any organization, and individual would benefit greatly by being within Jess’s sphere of influence. I trust her implicitly with the lives of our clients. There is nothing she cannot do if she sets her mind to it. Jess inspires others, and her intuitive nature gives her the ability to lead and direct others, as well as give them the tools to unlock their own potential. She possesses a rare gift, that will continue to bring light into the lives of many.


Free Flow Academy - Instructor Bio - Coach Josh

Photo Credit:  Michael Poole
Joshua Waters, also known as “Coach Josh,” has been working with Free Flow Academy since September 2015. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to serve as an employer for Josh. He came to Free Flow Academy, first as a student, then as an apprentice. After 3 months of apprenticing, Josh became a Junior Parkour and Tumbling Instructor, and then more recently, was promoted to Senior Parkour Instructor, and Head Tumbling Instructor. Josh’s experiences as a competitive gymnast gives him a very unique perspective in our industry. Josh is committed to excellence, and is quite possibly, the most thorough person I have ever met. He understands truly, how important it is to understand fundamentals of movement, and to strengthen the mind body connection. He breaks things down,forward and backward for his students. He is astute in his observations, and is highly analytical. I believe because of his nature, he will be able to accomplish and perform extremely complex and difficult tasks. I have no doubt, that if it is within his ambition, he will continue to do important things. Honestly, If I were in position to do so, I would recommend he join the CIA, or some special forces unit to help our country take out ISIS and other Terrorist Groups. Because he is the kind of person that could probably figure out how to do that.

Josh has taught well over a hundred students, in the last 2 years. He developed and organized our current Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Tumbling skill sheets, which are published online via the Academy blog, and is a document that aids all enrolled students at our Academy, who choose to pursue the discipline of Tumbling. Josh’s work will help hundreds, even thousands of students who are looking for an organized, standardized, and structured approach to their training.

Josh shares a belief and attitude that I truly admire. He believes things can always be done better. His attitude is that of leadership with humility. He understands how things can be improved upon, but he is also patient and generous with his time and energy in making improvements. He has a big heart, and volunteers himself for tasks that are difficult to complete. He is always up for the challenge. He is tenacious and brings others around him to a higher standard. He is not driven by monetary gain, he is driven by contribution to the greater community. I find this to be one of his greatest qualities. Josh has the courage to live each day with integrity, and to stand by his beliefs and values. He is a shining example to others, and is indeed a special person who will serve multitudes of people in a variety of capacities.

Photo Credit:  Michael Poole

Photo Credit:  Michael Poole

Photo Credit:  Michael Poole

Photo Credit:  Michael Poole











Thursday, January 18, 2018

Red Card System - Ensuring Safety for All

Did you receive an email with subject line "Notification"?

Is a Notification a Red Card?
No.  This is not a Red Card.  A Red Card Notification serves to educate and clarify the intentions of our Staff and Management team.  It also serves as a platform to open a dialogue, between management and clients.  Our intention is always to keep you (the client) safe, along with the physical and emotional safety of other clients and our Staff.  Your account will have a notification, which will be removed after 30 days. 

What a Notification means:
We understand that accountability is an important growth opportunity.  Our Academy values are based on Growth, Integrity, and Friendship, and we uphold those values through our agency to communicate with one another.  Whenever there is an issue, it’s important we be diligent on obtaining facts, so that we can make informed decisions.  To preserve our Values, we have certain rules, guidelines, and behaviors that need to be enforced.  Our Trainers and Management Team are assigned the role of enforcing our Values, Rules, Guidelines, and Behaviors.  Our number one priority is to keep our clients safe (physically and emotionally).  The Academy relies on the knowledge, wisdom, and stewardship of our Staff to direct and instruct clients in a way that keeps everyone safe, protecting individuals, and our institution.  A Notification serves as an official document on file for all parties, that there is an issue (isolated and/or ongoing), that needs to be addressed.  This notification also serves to educate our clients about our Red Card system and what it entails.   

What is a Red Card? 
A Red Card is a disciplinary action taken on behalf of Free Flow Academy to enforce rules and behaviors that protect our clients and employees.  The Red Card System serves as an official notification, warning, and ultimately suspension system.  To be issued a Red Card, Free Flow Management must receive three complaints from three different people (Staff, Management, and/or Clients).  Red Cards can be distributed without three complaints if the offense is willfully disobeying our safety rules.  Class and Open gym theft can result in immediate and permanent expulsion from the Academy. 

To protect the integrity of the system, we give people many opportunities to adhere to our policies.  If an instructor feels they need to issue a Red Card, it must be approved by Management if there have not been any other complaints against the client.  Management will not approve a Red Card if it’s a first-time offense.  If there are repeat offenses, it’s likely a Red Card will be issued. 

We also consider that not all personalities mix well.  Our goal is to make sure you thrive.  It is not our goal to lose your business, lose other clients, or lose employees.  Which is why we have 30+ Trainers and Staff to accommodate clients, and a Red Card system to accommodate Staff.  We are very careful about issuing Red Cards.  Trainers and Staff are not perfect, and sometimes we make mistakes.  Which is why we will not issue a Red Card unless there are three complaints from three different people. 

If you feel this notification was given to you in error, feel free to email us at freeflowacademy@gmail.com.  If you have additional feedback on how the situation could have been handled more effectively by our Staff, you can fill out the following questions:

Did the Trainer/Manager on Duty use language and demeanor that is professional, with clear and direct instruction?  If not, please explain.


Did the Trainer/Manager uphold our Academy rules?  If not, please explain.



Did you feel the Trainer/Manager had your best interest, the interests of others, and the Academy in mind? 



What can we do to better serve you?




Have you had a chance to review our Member Orientation?  Here is the link:  http://freeflowacademy.blogspot.com/2016/02/new-member-rulessafety-orientation.html

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Facility Rentals

Renting our facility for your next event is not only fun and exciting, but also cost effective.  Our rates start at just $150/hr (excluding the dojo), and $200/hr for the entire facility.  This is for events under 50 people.  If you expect more than 50 people, we can create a custom quote for you by emailing the front desk at freeflowacademy@gmail.com.  If you are aren't certain how many people will be coming to your birthday party, Facility Rentals may be the best option.  Our facility rentals are available on Saturday's after 6:30pm, Sunday's, or during our holiday and closure dates.

Events we've hosted:  Nerf Battles, Performance Showcases, Film Screenings, Larping Events, Haunted Obstacle Course, Dances, Martial Arts Tournaments, Competitions, Non-profit events, Auctions, Art Galleries, Workshops, Seminars, Conferences, Retreats, and more...

Facility Feature Overview:

Main Floor:
80'x30' Tumbling floor
180' Parkour Course
5 Aerial Silks
1 Aerial Sphere
1 Lyra
1 Corde Lisse

Main Floor Structures (Partial List):
8' Warped Wall
24'x16'x6.5' Foam Pit
10' Tower
12' Tower
Jungle Gym
Vaults (2', 3', 4')
Mats (Landing Mats, Panel Mats, Resi Mats, Sm/Med/Large Octagons, Wedges)
10'x10' Music Studio

Dojo (Partial List):
30'x30' Martial Arts Floor
Mirrors
Archery/Weapon Targets
Pull up Bars
Wooden Dummy
Muay Thai Bags
Boxing Bags
Wave masters
Loaner Gear
Medicine Balls

Extras:

10'x10' Green Screen
100" Projector Screen
Projector
TV
Netflix
150 Chairs
5 Easles with White Boards and/or Cork boards

If you need something specific for your event, just ask!  We might just have it.



Our facility is an amazing location for photo shoots and video shoots!  Plus... we can provide talent!


We've even held organic gardening workshops led by Master Gardeners


Our floors are not permanent - therefore we can adapt to many different types of events.  We can simply roll up our mats and your creatively begins.






Panoptic Chopsticks Action Photography Workshop 2017

Panoptic Chopsticks Action Photography Workshop 2017


Our facility is 12,500 sq. ft.



We have a large party room with tables and chairs