Where to learn parkour or other unusual sports?

There was a fun article in the Saratogian today about a commercial being shot by Empire State College that features a parkour expert bounding through -- and above -- downtown Saratoga (check out the photos).

What's parkour? The Wikipedia entry describes it as an activity in which "participants jump, vault, and climb over obstacles in a fluid manner." The video embedded above shows a bunch of (crazy) examples. And here's more from a a How Stuff Works article.

This all prompted Steve to email:

[Are there] any parkour/freerunning gyms or groups in the area? It's something I've wanted to get involved in for years now, but I've never had much luck finding anything locally other than a few Facebook groups that don't seem that active. Plus, health care costs being what they are, I'd rather learn from someone that knows what they're doing and not someone that learned some basics on the Internet.

This seems like it could be a tough one. So, we'll widen it a bit to include groups or gyms that do training for any sort of odd or unusual sport.

Any ideas or suggestions? Please share.

Earlier on AOA: In 2008, Jess checked out a gym in Albany where people work out by doing stuff like flipping huge tires and dragging heavy chains

Comments

my kitten is pretty good at parkour, especially around my bed when i'm trying to sleep

Email Chris DelSavio , he trains in the albany area, and he knows what he's doing.

Zac

On a semi-related note- this may sound weird, but I want to learn fencing and swordfighting. However, my searches have turned up nothing in the area as far as lessons, and I'm pretty bummed.

@Summer: wouldn't the Fencing For All: Capital District Fencing School be a good start. Please keep me posted, I used to fence a lot as a kid, and this is a sport I'd like to take photos of. Thanks.

@S, just saw your response, dunno why I missed it before.
I can't believe I didn't turn that up in my searches! Thanks for the info, I'll be sure to check it out.

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