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About our monthly jams (MUST READ BEFORE ASSISTING)
« on: July 09, 2009, 01:06:19 PM »
 Here at HIpk we hold monthly island wide jams to gather with other traceurs or PK enthusiasts for practice and help those who are barely getting started.

There are several spots around town where we can all go to. This monthly jams will fall on a the last Sunday on every month, as it is most likely the one day most people can assist.

The main purpose of this jams is to;

- Emphasize the importance of conditioning to prolong and preserve the body for PK practices.
- Exchange new ideas or practice concepts for addition to ones existing training.
- Keep the PK community up to dated and active.
- Get photo session for the site in order to share with other traceurs around the nation.
- Gather with other traceur as a way of networking within the community to plan sessions around you area.
- Help new comers get started by learning all the bases.
- And mainly practice together as it is always helpful and the best way to help each/push each other and try new techniques in order to excel.

 We will be posing the dates and location here, so keep checking.

 HIpk and Urban Current are always in the look out for skillful and passionate Traceurs.

 Suggestion for locations or dates are always welcome.

Some simple things to remember during the jam.

  Meeting Up and Getting Started

 Meet 'n Greet

    * Introduce yourselves! While waiting for people to arrive, be sure to introduce yourself and encourage others to do the same.
    * Try and wait at the meeting point for ~15-20 minutes after the start time, to allow everyone to straggle in before you start jamming elsewhere.

 Stashing Your Gear

    * People generally bring some gear, like a bag and water. Ideally you should keep this with you at all times, or close nearby to where you are practicing and jamming.
    * If you decide as a group to leave all of your gear together somewhere, make sure everyone keeps an eye on it. There's a lot of expensive cameras and other stuff that nobody wants stolen!


    * We always recommend warming up, and this is a great activity to gather everyone together, do intros, and make sure people are properly warmed up before jamming.
    * There are warmup routines online and HIPK will post one soon as well, but generally you want to run around a bit, do some dynamic stretching and movements, and get your body warm and loose before the jam.

 During the Jam

 Respect the Location

    * Respect the location! This means no vandalism, theft, trespassing, damage, littering etc. Nothing will get you kicked out faster, if not in trouble, than disrespecting the property.
    * Note that you are not only jamming, but are representing Hawaii parkour as well. Nobody wants parkour portrayed as a "group of punks causing trouble" or locations getting closed down to any future visits. Let's not do anything to warrant a "No Parkour" sign being put up!


    * Stay safe, watching out for yourself and others. Please don't do anything to endanger yourself or others. Injuries suck! Know your limits, and know the risks. Look before you leap.
    * While everyone makes their own decisions during a jam, if you feel someone is overextending themselves and is trying something dangerous or unsafe, or you see they are too tired or  dehydrated etc to practice safely, please say something! This includes pointing out a shaky, slippery or unstable landing area. A friendly reminder can do a lot of good.
    * If someone gets injured, help them out, and get more help if it's serious. Don't play the doctor, and treat injuries seriously.
    * Stay hydrated!

 Dealing with Security/Police
    We ask that you let the HIpk team handle this situations.

    * Don't argue with security or the police. Be calm, let them know what you are doing and see if its OK, noting that you are being respectful of the environment. But when it comes down to it, please listen to security/police, they are just doing their jobs.
    * If you are asked to leave, then the entire group should leave immediately. Trying to sneak away to another area is just going to piss them off more, and get you and the group in trouble.

 Keeping the Group Together

    * Stay together as much as possible. While people may explore other areas and split into smaller groups, you don't want to leave the location entirely without making sure everyone in the group is also leaving, or knows that you are.

 Helping Beginners

    * Remember that we all started off as a beginner, and learning from others is a great, easy way to ramp up quickly. So help beginners out if you can! It only takes a bit of time to get that person standing off to the side involved and started off, reviewing some basics on landings, vaults, jumps, balancing etc.
    * Take it nice and slow, and be encouraging. Who knows, it may be your efforts that adds a new, enthusiastic traceur to the community!
    * Try and separate off from the main group so you can focus and practice and drill on the basics, starting off on some low easy obstacles near grass if available.

 Drills and Training

    * While just running around and jamming is a lot of fun, jams are also a great time to get together and run through drills with others. It's a good way to pick up tips, refine your own movements, learn new things and ultimately improve your own skills. You'll never be worse off by training, practice makes perfect!

Games: Follow-the-Leader etc

    * Mix things up! Gather the group together and get a game of tag going, or follow-the-leader. Follow-the-leader is a lot of fun, as someone leads the pack and everyone runs behind, trying the same movements or choosing their own lines around the same obstacles. After a while, the leader can drop to the back and another can lead instead.

End of Jam


    * People will leave the jam at different times, but if appropriate it's nice to gather together and do some cooldown exercises, like a nice easy jog and some stretching.


    * Respect the location, and "leave no trace". Clean up and throw away any garbage you left, and make sure everyone grabs their gear before leaving.

Group Discussion and Goodbyes

    * During or after the cooldown, sit and chat for a while! Trade tips, get to know the others, and discuss what you've learned during the jam.
    * Say your goodbyes, and let people know if you're leaving or staying so nobody gets left behind.


    * After the jam, come back to the forum and post a recap in your Jam Thread! Review how the jam went, any highlights, things to watch out for anyone else going to the location, or whatever else you'd like to share and remember. Please contact an HIpk Admin/Mod if you need help posting photos or videos.

Always, ALWAYS remember to keep having fun.

A few things to keep in mind if you plan on coming to the jam.......

- This is a small, young but very welcoming community, when you arrive you may see 30 people or you may see 5 , regardless when you arrive just be ready to have fun.

 - Most likely you will encounter people with greater skill level than yours, this is not for you to feel intimidated, or shy about trying your stuff, there is no competition. Use it to your advantage, watch others, learn, try to copy staying within your limits and if you need help, we are here to help you just ask. But please PARTICIPATE, dont just stand around.

 - We welcome any skill level, from beginners to "I think I am advance" but you do need some kind of skill, initiative or the willingness to learn. This is a Jam, not a seminar or workshop, although we will be there to help people out and assist you while trying new techniques, we cant take the time to take someone aside and go over all the bases. Remember we have tutorials that can do just that, we can go over your existing technique if it needs help.

 - There are people from several parts of town, make sure to socialize with others, you might find people around your area who you can plan to practice with at a later time.

 - If you dont keep these simple things in mind, you will get bored, you will feel left out, you probably wont want to come to another jams.

 Dont be shy, coming to the jam is the first step, you are already there, so play around, participate, socialize. Always remember to have fun.
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Jam Conduct Guidelines
« Reply #1 on: July 09, 2009, 01:07:07 PM »
Jam Conduct Guidelines

While we aren't strictly enforcing these guidelines on most jams, we hope you take them to heart and apply them as "rules" to yourself during a jam. Please note that during official HIPK events, these guidelines WILL be treated as rules and will thus be enforced.

  * The Golden Rule applies - "treat others as you would like to be treated."
  * Don't break any laws, including trespassing, breaking & entering (hopping locked fences), vandalism, etc.
  * Respect the environment, i.e. "Leave No Trace". Use proper restrooms, don't break anything, clean up your garbage, etc.
  * Be safe, don't endanger yourself or others. Help warn others of potentially risky actions.

Other Recommendations:

    * Respect others privacy when it comes to taking photos and videos. Please introduce yourself, ask first, and be aware of those who are avoiding cameras!
    * If you don't want photos and videos taken of you, please let them know, or ask an HIPK Mod for help.
    * Respect others who set themselves off to work on specific drills and training.
    * Get involved! Don't watch from the sidelines - help beginners, learn from and share with others, and get in there and jam!
    * Have a group "meet n greet".
    * Determine with the group how to deal with security/police if they show up. Remind everyone not to do anything to get the group kicked out, such as running on rooftops. Stick together, be calm, have someone speak for the group if possible, and if asked to leave do so immediately.
    * Have a group warmup, to help prevent injuries.
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