Narek Avoyan was born in Armenia, in Yerevan City. Growing up he would always get into trouble for jumping off of his bed and jumping off of the stairs! Narek was as young as 10 years old when he first started jumping off of the garage roof and climbing up the building walls. He didn’t know anything about parkour at the time but he enjoyed surmounting obstacles. Then he watched the film ‘District 13’ and he was very much impressed by the parkour tricks in the movie . PARKOUR IS FUN! He thought to himself that in parkour, you basically treat the world around you like a giant playground. Narek had a vision and he never gave up. He wanted to show the world what parkour is. When he became a teenager he worked 3 jobs to collect money so he could open a gym. No one in Armenia believed that Parkour would become so famous and most people would tell him his dream was pointless and to find something else to accomplish.
In 2013-2015 he gathered everyone around and introduced parkour to Armenia by teaching and holding massive parkour festivals. He opened his first gym in Armenia in 2011, the second one in 2013 and the third one in 2015. With the success of his gyms and his festivals he began to get invited to do news and television interviews and he started playing in Armenian movies and commercials. With all the hard work he put in his passion of parkour and being a natural leader, Narek founded and became the president of the Armenian Parkour Federation and was recognized as a leader by WFPF. Narek recognized the problem of smoking and drinking by the youth of Armenia and through parkour and its philosophy taught his students how to live a healthy lifestyle and how Parkour can help save your life whether it be by your mastery of movement or by living a healthy parkour lifestyle. In his years as a parkour leader in Armenia, Narek developed parkour educational programs with over 300 students, teaching both small children and adults. He also trained the Armenian Special Forces. During these years Narek also broke two Guinness Records and so was officially entered into their book of records for Armenia!
In 2017 Narek decided to take his passion to a different level and pursue his next dream and began planning for his next adventure. This one took him around the world as he left his life in Armenia behind. He became a WFPF Sponsored Athlete and moved to the United States to Los Angeles, California in 2018 and began the process of opening his first American parkour gym! And so NARO PARKOUR ACADEMY USA was born! Open in October 2018 in North Hollywood, California, Narek is proud to announce that it is the first WFPF Parkour Academy in the Los Angeles area. As in Armenia, his focus at Naro Parkour Academy USA will be on parkour education, helping those students with special needs, and also trying to bring in some of the local Armenian parkour residents of Los Angeles to learn what he loves so much. To visit Naro Parkour Academy USA and to watch Narek’s videos and follow him on social media, just look below!
12714 Sherman Way, North Hollywood, CA, 91605
Naro Parkour Academy is a progressive movement discipline designed for everyone from the
which teaches the traditional gymnastics skills of balance, strength and coordination while
also promoting creative movement as a way of life. Our academy teaches your kids to Build
confidence! Encourage a healthy lifestyle! Build work ethic and discipline! Our gym offers a
a safe environment where you can learn everything from the basics of parkour to the
advanced maneuvers and tricks of Parkour. We will be focused on Students form camaraderie
as they bond over experiences of failure and success, encouraging each other to try again or
providing positive feedback. As a parkour academy , we are here to help guide them move forward
yet allow them room to think for themselves. This framework inspires confidence and heightens self-
esteem which stem into everyday decisions. Parkour becomes more than just a beautiful and
rewarding activity, it becomes a way of life. We also offer private lessons and classes for children
with different and special needs. Classes are seasonal with each session lasting 2-8 weeks.
Students move through the program alongside their parents before joining our transition class. Upon
completion of our transition class, students can choose to stay or move into one of our general
weekday programs. Each class is taught by certified WFPF Parkour Athlete.