ABOUT + HISTORY
Revolution Parkour (RVPK) Beaverton is dedicated to teaching parkour. While demonstrating respect and knowledge the RVPK instructor’s balance the teaching of proper parkour technique along with its philosophy and purpose, with training the physical condition comprised of strength, range of motion, aerobic endurance, bone density, joint alignment, and structural efficiency. Whether learning, training, or performing, parkour is first and foremost always safe, and keeping our students injury free through proper training and instruction is our number one priority.
RVPK was started in 2008 as one of the largest and longest established parkour gyms in the United States. In 2011 Revolution Parkour, under new ownership, underwent an extensive remodel and continues to be one of the most versatile parkour facilities. As the RVPK students continue to grow in ability, multiple students have since become instructors allowing more students to learn parkour across the greater Portland areas.
Matt Antis - Manager & Owner
After returning from Iraq with the United States Army and marrying his beautiful wife in 2010, Matt officially began parkour in February of 2011. He had practiced parkour at Oregon State with Adam Dunlap, a college room mate who first introduced him to the discipline but left his training for multiple Army schools. Matt's favorite classes to teach are classes with real life or worst-case scenarios where parkour is necessary for survival or success. Out of all things Matt is most passionate about Jesus, the son of God, who has changed his life forever. He is also interested in politics, although he won't talk politics at work, and his favorite discussions are about anything he isn't supposed to talk about at the kitchen table. Recently he tries to spend as much time as he can with his wife and son when not training to become the most useful person on the planet.
Whitney Antis - Owner
Whitney graduated from Oregon State University in 2009, married her best friend Matt, and shortly after, embarked on the adventure of a lifetime when together they took on Revolution Parkour. Seeing firsthand the tremendous value that the discipline of parkour holds for kids and adults of all ages, she is excited for more and more people to discover it. She feels incredibly blessed to be able to meet and spend time with so many new and wonderful individuals and families through the gym.
Rick King - Head Parkour Instructor
Through childhood, Rick had always felt efficiency was one of the greatest virtues a human can strive for. He happened across the idea of parkour while surfing the web one day and its core principals struck a chord with him. He immediately started looking for classes around Portland and found Revolution Parkour. At the time, he had no idea how rare parkour teachers were or how lucky he was to find one nearby, but now he works to spread parkour like his first teacher, Adam Dunlap. He works to teach the value of efficiency in everything he does. The most important thing about RVPK to him is the emotional drive it gives him to surpass himself.
Mike start - PARKOUR INSTRUCTOR & FRONT DESK CLERK
Mike moved to the Portland area from Michigan in 2012 to work as a paramedic. In Michigan Mike had worked as an EMT and fire fighter but moved to begin a new career. Mike had always dreamed of being a ninja growing up, but struggled to find a discipline that he fit into. After reading about and watching many videos about parkour he found RVPK, and immediately was hooked. He had found the way of training he was looking for--a safe, organized, and fun place to train. "Parkour has changed the direction of my life, and all for the best. I am grateful every day for the opportunity to live my passion, and to pass on the lessons to the students of the gym."
Courtney Bigelow - front desk clerk & Parkour Instructor
Courtney has always been more of a bookworm than an athlete, but she has briefly tried a variety of sports to get into shape, including biking, running and cross fit. In the fall of 2013 a fellow mother told her about a new sport that her son was doing called parkour. Courtney and her two kids decided to check it out and discovered something they all could enjoy.
Courtney has found she has more control over her body and a better sense of her surroundings. She looks at the world differently and she is starting to move through that world more efficiently. Courtney has embraced Parkour as a life-long challenge, using it to stay fit while finding and achieving exciting new ways to move from one place to another. One of her new goals in life is to convince other women, especially moms, to try parkour for themselves.
ABOUT PARKOUR + DAVID BELLE
“Parkour is a method of training which allows us to overcome obstacles, both in the urban and natural environments. It’s a weapon in disguise. We train… and when one day we encounter a problem, we know that we are able to use it. It can be the art of flight, of the chase, of helping someone with a problem, something ordinary.” – David Belle
David Belle (born 29 April 1973) is well known as the founder of parkour. Belle founded parkour based on his training and the teachings from his father Raymond Belle. The discipline has since spread around the world and now has adherents in virtually every country. Belle is also an actor and choreographer, and he is well known for his work incorporating parkour into films such as in Brick Mansions, District B13, Babylon A.D., and Prince of Persia.
Revolution Parkour gives respect to David Belle as the founder of parkour and they listen to what he says about the discipline. “If we don’t demonstrate respect where it is due then how can we expect our students to respect us? If there is no respect then you can’t have Parkour, because without respecting each other or your surroundings there would be no environment to train in.” –Matt Antis