Founder of BAM Academy. Matthew Lee Willis is the founder and organizer of Texas Parkour, Texas Parkour Academy and Parkour Federation. With over 10 years of parkour and gymnastics experience, he has worked with organizations to train and certify athletes and coaches. Matthew has a BA in Theatre and in his spare time, is both an actor and stunt artist. With the help of Parkour Federation, Matthew has developed a national certification for coaching athletes as well as training guidelines for parkour academies. Matthew has been published in every major news service in Texas as well as publications in the New York Times and the front page of Yahoo News. As a 2nd Generation Parkour athlete, he learned, trained and taught with the originators of the parkour discipline.
Ruben has been with BAM since we opened in April of 2013 and is now an owner. He is an ex-paratrooper (82nd Airborne) and 1990 Gulf War Veteran who has supported the military since 1989. He has been in charge of our Parkour Conditioning classes as well as our intro Programs. ” Unlike most other trainers…I have been in the trenches. I’ve helped many active duty and retired military reach new levels of physical fitness….with improvement in as little as two weeks!”
Our dedicated coaching team brings decades of physical fitness experience. Meet our talented staff!
Regularly found at BAM's fun open gyms, Will has been with BAM for a while now and has the skills to show for it. Don't let his high-flying moves and height fool you; Will is one of the nicest guys you'll ever meet. He brings enthusiasm to his classes that is both infectious and helpful on your Parkour journey.
Keelan may be young but as a practitioner and coach he is polished and dedicated. Keelan became involved with BAM at an early age and quickly became a valuable asset to the team. His focus and cheerful attitude helps student achieve movement they never thought they could and have fun in the process.
Jacob's excitement for teaching and Parkour is a sight to behold. With Jacob coaching you're guaranteed laughs, silliness, and a deep passion for movement. Whether he is busting out a handstand on a pillar or goofing around the floor, you can be sure where Jacob is a good time will follow.
Stav has been training and studying Parkour since his days at The Ohio State University where he, and a group of several other dedicated practitioners, started the group Parkour Horizons. Through that organization Stav met and learned from some world-class traceurs from groups such as the Yamakasi (several founders of the discipline) and Parkour Generations. After leaving Parkour Horizons and moving to Austin, Stav joined BAM to aid the top Parkour gym in town.