Urban Evolution uses a proprietary and copyrighted wristband ranking system to help instructors and students monitor their progress and develop their Parkour skills and techniques. We also have a "Frequently Asked Questions" section for the wristband ranking system that may help you understand more about how and why we have this system in place.
The skills listed are those that should be reliably demonstrated by a student of that rank, e.g. a student with a White wristband should be able to demonstrate rolls, jumping and landing with good form, etc. If you’re not sure what these skills are, we’ve hyperlinked to the various skills in the list below. Still got questions? Call us or text us orsend us an email!
If you are an experienced traceur or traceuse interested in taking the Green test but have never been to the gym before, we highly recommend scheduling a prep session (especially if you ARE an experienced parkour practitioner). We say this because no one passes the Green test without some prep. Contact us at [email protected] for more information on scheduling the test and how to prepare.
Is familiar with and can reliably demonstrate the following techniques:
-Student has completed at least 3 months of training AND 30 white band parkour classes AND 10 Eat Your Veggies classes at a minimum before attempting the Green Band test. Please note, this does not necessarily mean you are ready to test after taking the minimum number of classes. It means you are eligible. If you rush into the test even though you still don’t know the material, you’re wasting our time and yours. Remember that our tests are voluntary. If you’re not sure if you’re ready…then you’re not. Keep practicing!
-A total score of 75% or better
Kids Ages 9-14: Before you can test, you must first complete an instructor petition:
Obtain the SIGNATURE CARD from the front desk. Approach two instructors for review. The instructors will ask you to demonstrate random techniques from the list below. If BOTH instructors approve your skills and believe that you listen well enough to practice open gym in a safe and responsible manner, then he or she will sign your card, and you may schedule your Green Wristband Test. If the instructor does not approve, you must then go home, review the material, and attempt to get the very same instructor’s approval at a later date. Here’s a printable checklist!
401PK (Ages 35 and up): Certain skills are not required to earn your Green Band if you’re over the age of 35. We’ve marked them with a * below. Here’s a different printable checklist.
Members & Punch Card Holders: The first test is free ($30 for non-members), and $30 per test for the second and subsequent attempts for everyone. All tests are by appointment (no walk-ins!) and only after receiving confirmation of an appointment by emailing [email protected].
Non-Members: If you wish to only do open gym without taking classes, there is a $40 test fee which we will apply to your Open Gym membership if you pass the test. If you do not pass the test, sorry…your money is ours now. But just because you have a black belt in strip-mall taekwondo, you’re a gymnast, someone called you to try out for Ninja Warrior, or your child “is a monkey” does NOT mean you (or they) are just going to breeze through a very technical and formal exam. We love it when people sail through our tests. We hate it when we spend our free time watching someone with a too-high opinion of themselves utterly fail at a test where we publish exactly what is expected of them in order to pass right here on this website.
Got questions? Call or text us (855-NINJAS1 / 855-646-5271, [email protected])
Strength / Conditioning Requirements
Rail Techniques: Circle Up / Circle Over, Rail QM, Pole QM, Monkey Traverse*, Rail Walk, Shimmy Traverse, Sloth Traverse, Under-bar, Reverse Underbar*, Rail Precisions*, Laches*, Molly Ups, Pole Cat Leaps, Rail Swing Bails, Rail Bails
Efficiency / Flow
Students will show two runs consisting of at a minimum of 5 obstacles: 1 Vault technique, 1 Wall technique, and 1 Rail technique, and a “meaningful” roll) on a course that the instructors will set up. The idea is to demonstrate your flow and efficiency, not show off your fanciest moves.
-Student has at least 4 months of training since the intro class with 2-3 visits per week (50 visits minimum).
-Student has displayed competence with chaining movements together and demonstrates flow.
-Student is beginning to develop personal style and has demonstrated a commitment to parkour and it’s philosophy.
-85% total score or better
Pairs – 2 picks from each category
Bails – Choose 1 bail from 3 scenarios
Flow – Perform all three scenarios
22 total scores (220 point total; 85% to pass/187 point total)
16 scores for Pairs (8 conditioning, 8 technique)
6 scores for Bails and Flow (one overall score per pick, even though they may have to demonstrate multiple iterations of the same bail)
Rules for the Pairs Section:
|20 sec deep diamond (15 down/5 up) ->||Foot placement sequence (4-5 vaults)|
|15 QM clap in 30 sec ->||Rail QM stand up turn around (2x)|
|15 donkey kicks ->||kong precision (sized for the student)|
|5 handstand presses against wall ->||kong precision|
|60 sec handstand against wall ->||4 consecutive vaults|
|45 degree incline single arm press (5/arm) ->||Foot placement sequence (4-5 vaults)|
|15 sec passive hang, each hand ->||pole cat leap to precision|
|10 scapular pulls* ->||lache cat, crane, or pre|
|10 cat hang pull ups ->||tac to cat to cat to climb up (ramp for 35+)|
|5 ice cream makers ->||3 climb ups in 15 secs|
|8 wide grip pull ups (1.5x shoulder width)* ->||multi-angle lache|
|3 muscle ups/gymnastic kip up* ->||multi-angle lache|
|30 second running high knees ->||running up rail pre (7-10 shoes, 1’ height differential)|
|30 second rapid mountain climbers ->||8-10’ rail walk w/180 pivot x2|
|8 single leg burpees each leg ->||elevated striding (4x @ 7-9 shoes)|
|15 deep squat jumps (no tuck, no plyo) ->||multi precisions (8x @ 6-8 shoes)|
|8 cossack squats per leg ->||long distance tac to pre (adjust to student)|
|15 tuck jumps (plyo) ->||elevated plyo pre (4x @ 7-9 shoes)|
|3 toes to bar ->||lache to cat dyno to lache|
|20 sec hanging L-sit* ->||circle up to cast to bar mount/dismount|
|45 sec v-sit (arms raised) ->||10 each side dizzy rolls inside circle|
|5 candlesticks ->||45 second dizzy rolls inside circle|
|3 dragon flags ->||circle up to cast to bar mount/dismount|
|3 toes to wall (reverse wall hang) ->||cat dyno to lache 180 to cat|
*cannot come down from rail; must go straight to technique
-Student has at least 12 months of training since the intro with as least 2-3 visits per week (150 visits minimum). -Student has mastery of chaining movements together and developed a personal style -Student’s training is mostly self directed -Unanimous vote by testing council (The Council of Ascension & Mergers & Haberdashery)
The test has three sections: burpees (50 points possible), conditioning (50 points possible), and flow (50 points possible).
Burpees will be scored on completion. If a student completes 5 rounds of 10 burpees, they will get a perfect score of 50 points. If they slow down around the third round and can only do 7 burpees, then 5 on the next round, then finally only 2 on the last round, they’d be scored a 10/10, 10/10, 7/10, 5/10, and 2/10, for a total of 34/50 (ouch).
Conditioning: The student will pick 5 conditioning skills from the list above before the test starts. Instructors will make note of the skills the student has picked on their scoring sheet before the test starts. Scoring the conditioning section is somewhat trickier. The focus here should be on completion, cleanliness of movement, proper form, and ambidexterity (where applicable). Scoring is again based on 10 possible points each round.
The Flow runs should be done in the following order:
Conditioning (Student Picks 5) (score 0 – 10)
50 points possible total
The techniques listed here are just building blocks in your awesome parkour journey.