ABOUT US

We Are Driven By Culture And Community. TRY A FREE CLASS

ABOUT US

We Are Driven By Culture And Community. TRY A FREE CLASS

OUR STORY

Pinnacle Parkour Academy (PPK), founded in 2010, was the first facility on the east coast dedicated solely to Parkour & Freerunning. Since our humble beginnings, teaching in a small basement in Southern New Jersey, we have expanded to multiple 5,000sqft facilities, designed a nationally trademarked licensing program, developed a proprietary Parkour Instructor Certification Course, and assembled an amazing build team to design and construct obstacles for people across the country.

Our goal is to inspire people through movement. Our Parkour programming offers safe and progressive training methods, ensuring physical and mental advancement through the discipline of Parkour & Freerunning.

As a company, we are driven by culture and community. We work tirelessly to ensure our coaches, facilities, affiliates, programming, and obstacles change lives and impact people of all ages in a positive way.

OUR TEAM

Phil Pirollo

Phil Pirollo

The Dreamer | President

Phil has been teaching movement since 2003 and Parkour since 2010. He is the President and an original founder of PPK. Phil is a 10+ year fitness professional with a B.A. in Exercise Science. He also has appeared on American Ninja Warrior making it to the Vegas finals. Phil lives with family in South Jersey and is known for his big dreams, brewing his own coffee from whole organic beans, and liking his own posts on social.

Jamie Rahn A.K.A. Captain NBC

Jamie Rahn A.K.A. Captain NBC

The Rockstar | Owner | Coach

Jamie (know as Captain NBC by Amercian Ninja Warrior fans) is a part owner of PPK and has been training professionally for four years and coaching three years. He runs the Cherry Hill location and has a background in various sports including football, skateboarding, racquetball, weight lifting, and bodyweight training. Jamie has competed on NBC’s hit show Amercian Ninja Warrior 6 different seasons making it to the Vegas finals 4 times. He has a 4-inch brain cyst that causes severe migraines which he constantly balances with diet, exercise, and sleep. Jamie loves designing and all forms of art, smoothies, and is know to color his hair at the drop of a hat. He also just became recently engaged.

Courtney Venuti

Courtney Venuti

The Glue | CEO

Courtney (known as Quart amongst friends) has been training and coaching since 2010. She has an extensive background in gymnastics, track, and cheerleading. Quart was always the kid in class that never stood still which is ironic since a large part of her job is keeping the rest of this team on track and in one place. She is a 2-time American Ninja Warrior competitor, appeared on Team Ninja Warrior, loves yoga, her pets, and lives in Pitman.

Carl Thomas

Carl Thomas

The Rainmaker | CMO

Carl is a 17+ year marketing and sales professional and the “old guy” on the team. He heads up sales and marketing efforts for PPK and is also an ordained pastor and group fitness instructor.  Carl loves The Walking Dead, Captain America, Spartan races, and Jeep Wranglers. He’s married with 2 kids, hates the Dallas Cowboys (as he should), and is usually nursing some sort of injury he sustained in the gym.

Kim Wienches

Kim Wienches

Chief Evangelist | Sales and Operations Mgr | Coach

Kim joined the PPK team after training with us since 2014. She has a bachelor’s in business and finance as well as an extensive background in both the fitness industry and small business management. She loves yoga, rock climbing, scrolling through Instagram, and treating her 5-pound Yorkie Doogie like a human child.

 

Justin Carbone

Justin Carbone

The Specialist|Social Media Mgr | Coach

Justin has been training parkour for 2 years and has a huge passion for free running and executes flips like no one else. He has training in Tae Kwon Do and Muay Thai and played both football and basketball in high school. Justin is 18 and from Washington Township NJ. His energy and excitement are clearly evident when he leads his classes. Justin says that nothing is more exciting than helping someone progress and see them gain confidence in themselves. When he’s not training or teaching, Justin spends his spare time at the gas station filling up his truck that gets about 2.5 miles per gallon.

Craig Paslay Jr.

Craig Paslay Jr.

The Competitor |Sales and Operations Mgr | Coach

Craig started training for American Ninja Warrior in 2014. He is a huge fan of the show and puts his time and effort into strengthening his body and mind in hopes that one day he will he will able to compete on it. Craig began studying Parkour in 2015 and began working for PPK in 2016. Craig’s competitive spirit drives his training and his work ethic which has resulted in him being one of our most promising and youngest managers. Craig competes in as many “Ninja” competitions as possible and is an online poker aficionado … although he doesn’t play for real money 🙁

Jaimin Gallagher

Jaimin Gallagher

The Theorist | Mgr | Coach

Jaimin is one of the original PPK founders and started his training in 2005 after he researched the term “freerunners” and discovered the discipline of Parkour. Jaimin has a deep understanding of the theory behind Parkour viewing body as a tool for navigating the environment around him. He’s  been creating class programming and running technique classes/workshops for PPK since 2010. Jaimin is the head coach and co-manager of our Princeton facility. He is also very fond of hooded sweatshirts

Michael Struzinski

Michael Struzinski

The Padawan | Coach

Mike has been a graphic designer and business manager for 15 years. He discovered parkour about five years ago as an adult student at our Washington Township location. Since then parkour has become a passion in his life and has changed him for the better. Mike is somewhat obsessed with nutritional science, the American wilderness, and playing paintball. He’s also been a raw food vegan for about three years and enjoys it immensely, but he does not hang out in trendy coffee shops ironically.

Gabe Arnold

Gabe Arnold

The Guru | Coach | Certification Director

Gabe is an original founder of PPK, has been training since 2006, and coaching since 2009. He is a standout coach with an extensive education and background in sports and all things movement. Gabe holds a Masters of Science in Human Movement Science, is a certified strength & conditioning specialist, holds an Apex Lv.1 and PKGen Lv.1 certification, and has also appeared on American Ninja Warrior. He is a longtime weightlifter, track & field competitor, and soccer player. Gabe once wrote an entire parkour-based novel.

Nate Kershaw

Nate Kershaw

The Rookie | Coach

Nate started out here as a student in 2012 at our Sicklerville location. There he was taught by some of our original staff – Phil, Jamie, and Gabe – about parkour; not only the techniques and movements but the ability to overcome mental blocks and to surpass his own expectations. He is very thankful for them changing his life and after a year training to become a coach in 2016, he strives to pass on everything he has learned. He is a former track and field runner and has been homeschooled his entire life!

Austin McLain

Austin McLain

The Traveler | Coach

Austin has been with PPK since the very beginning but took some time away to travel the world practicing parkour and meeting others in various parkour communities. He loves everything about parkour, bouldering, hiking, helping others, and serving at his church. Now that he has returned to New Jersey, he is happy to rejoin the team!

Kirstyn Burr

Kirstyn Burr

The Artist | Coach

Kirstyn has been training with Pinnacle for 8 years and joined our coaching staff in 2016. She has a background in soccer, track, and aerial silks. Along with sharing her passion for parkour, she has a for love graphic design and photography and makes pizza one of her top priorities!