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Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« on: April 14, 2008, 08:33:34 AM »
Hi All,

I live in Dale City and have been training now for 6 months on playgrounds and any urban obstacles I can find. I've been up to Primal Fitness twice now and got tips on techniques from Brian, Jesse, Billy, and Mark. I am by no means an expert! Having said that, I'd like to see who's near me and who might want to jam. Please reply here with your experience level and your moves... my goal is not to teach you per say, but to find people and places to jam...

Rob
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6 Months Solo Training

Repertoire:
10' vertical jumps, roll landing, kong vault, cat balance (quad and bi), underbar, reverse underbar, wall climb, building climb (ala Sebastian in Casino Royale)

Currently adding:
palm spin, higher vaults/jumps, refined techniques, strength, endurance, endurance, endurance...
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2008, 09:24:30 AM »

Repertoire:
10' vertical jumps, roll landing, kong vault, cat balance (quad and bi), underbar, reverse underbar, wall climb, building climb (ala Sebastian in Casino Royale)

Currently adding:
palm spin, higher vaults/jumps, refined techniques, strength, endurance, endurance, endurance...

10 FOOT VERTICAL JUMP! HOLY SHIT YOUR SPIDERMAN!!!@!#!2

...  :-Sarcasm

You don't need to list and or boast about what you can and can't do for others to see. (Read that in the sincerest voice you can imagine, I'm not reprimanding you, I'm sure you just wanted to let people know what skill range to expect) Just be who you are, tell peeps that you're dedicated and would like to train with others around you area, and boom you're set.

With that being said, I live about 25 minutes up 95N from you in Springfield, VA. I've been investigating a few spots off of Jefferson Davis hgwy but found nothing interesting yet. I would love to jam with you but I'm afraid the closest thing for us would be the Kingstowne or Fort Hunt spots unless you're willing to travel a little further to visit Rosslyn/Georgetown right outside DC.

Just keep a look out in the Mid-atlantic section I'll be posting jams in a few weeks when I get back home from college.  ;D SEE YA!
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #2 on: April 14, 2008, 10:11:44 AM »
No no no.... I only meant that I'm jumping down from a 10' height onto the ground. I was not trying to boast at all. I only meant to give some move examples so that we could see what each other is doing. I'm anxious to see what others are doing and how I can learn from them, that's all. I wasn't trying to brag at all. Your point is well received. Thank you.

I can only get out for a few hours a day, if that, so I'm looking for people very close to me and spots very close to me to work on skills so we can be ready to jam with you guys in and around DC. I want to be proficient enough with my moves and confidence level to make those trips up to DC well worth it!!!

Thanks Dude!
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2008, 11:05:26 AM »
Rob, I mean this as politely as possible, but I would be very worried about a newcomer dropping ten feet.  That's a height I wouldn't do.  Stick to very small heights and mostly ground level training.  Eventually, you'll get a feel for your body and know what you can or cannot take.  happy training.

I live in about the same area as Leon does.. but i think Leon forgot about Robinson high school.  It's a bit a ways from either of us, but I think it's closer to you than Rosslyn/Georgetown (could be dead wrong there).  Either way, I'll look forward to meeting and training with you when I make my way back into the area.
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2008, 02:39:07 PM »
Zip 20112 here.  I completed the Parkour Boot Camp in March, and I'm looking for new environments to play in.  If you make plans for a jam (or mini-jam) in the area, please let me know.

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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #5 on: April 14, 2008, 05:37:17 PM »
Rob, I mean this as politely as possible, but I would be very worried about a newcomer dropping ten feet.  That's a height I wouldn't do.  Stick to very small heights and mostly ground level training.  Eventually, you'll get a feel for your body and know what you can or cannot take.  happy training.

I live in about the same area as Leon does.. but i think Leon forgot about Robinson high school.  It's a bit a ways from either of us, but I think it's closer to you than Rosslyn/Georgetown (could be dead wrong there).  Either way, I'll look forward to meeting and training with you when I make my way back into the area.

Hey Bro, thanks for the feedback. Yep, I suffer from the excitement of the whole thing so I tend to push my limits very quickly. I did start with jumps of 3' onto playground mulch. The day I learned that I could add horizontal velocity to my jumps without increasing vertical height was a fun day! There's nothing quite like being in freespace 8' off the ground. Your caution is very welcome. I taught myself how to pole vault in highschool and I learned quickly to be safe. My junior year, I missed the landing mat from 12' and landed right on my lower back. I was out for two weeks and it plagued me not to be able to vault. I don't want to experience this kind of setback with Parkour. ;)

I hope to meet all you guys at the Beast Coast jam memorial day weekend. I just want to make sure I'm ready for your expert coaching in the next 6 weeks. This is a great community! Thanks Mark et al for hosting us here on the web!

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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #6 on: April 15, 2008, 05:37:21 AM »
Are there any spots closer to Dale City that you know of? I've never been down that far past Woodbridge but I'd be happy to go and jam with you if you found some spots. Perhaps there is a college campus around there?
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #7 on: April 16, 2008, 05:11:03 AM »
I'm going to check out the NOVA campus here and the Potomac Mills Mall for good obstacles. I've noticed lots of bars for cat balance work, etc. I've recently learned that balancing on handrails in front of people's shops tends to provoke the property manager. ;) From my point of view, it's not like I'm messing anything up. But from his point of view, it's not appropriate in front of his retail business.  :'(

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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #8 on: April 25, 2008, 06:38:29 AM »
Yeah i live in the woodbridge manassas area and what i can do is( wall run, tic tac, reverse, kong, diving kong, speed, and dash vault. landing roll, cat grab, precision jump. and im woring on flips. Ive training for 2 years
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #9 on: April 26, 2008, 09:08:01 PM »
i live in fairfax station. 25-30 min from dc and about 25-30 min from dale city. ill be back from school in a couple weeks.

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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #10 on: April 27, 2008, 03:28:13 AM »
this area's been exploding recently.  I've gottens ome contacts about it off these forums, too.  Good to know.. we'll have to spot out some training areas this summer in the Woodbridge/Manassas area.
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #11 on: April 27, 2008, 08:10:21 AM »
i can get to manassas in like 25 min so post up on here and ill be glad to get together.

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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #12 on: April 27, 2008, 07:55:19 PM »
this area's been exploding recently.  I've gottens ome contacts about it off these forums, too.  Good to know.. we'll have to spot out some training areas this summer in the Woodbridge/Manassas area.

LOL Animus my friend from Roanoke said that you pwned him when he asked a question about parkour training  ;D

Can't wait to get back.... 1 more week... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #13 on: April 27, 2008, 10:24:52 PM »
Pwned?  I don't think that happened.

Give me a call when you get back.  I'm back on Wed.
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #14 on: June 08, 2008, 05:15:14 PM »
ehh i know a great spot   Lake Ridge Park    seriously its awesome just let your mind flow and go freakin crazy!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #15 on: June 09, 2008, 05:15:04 AM »
Lake Ridge Park? I know of a playground with pebbles instead of mulch... off Hedges Run Rd, north of Old Bridge...

http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&ll=38.689031,-77.311995&spn=0.001901,0.003208&t=h&z=19

I saw some nice large tires to kong over but wondered how effective the rocks would be for gaining enough momentum... they felt worse than running on sand.... still the wood was good. I noticed that each horizontal ledge was covered with another material (maybe plastic, can't remember) and that these 'caps' didn't look like they'd withstand the force of a cat leap so I didn't try one. That's the engineer in me... ;)

I'm going to take my camera out and get some pics to submit to the hotspot database... has anyone checked out the Nova campus next to Freedom HighSchool? Also, Wegmens opened yesterday... great walls! I even spotted a storm drain on the way in that looked promising. I'm going to wait until the place calms down a bit to go check it out some more... yesterday was a MAD HOUSE!!!
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Re: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Prince William, etc.)
« Reply #16 on: June 09, 2008, 01:47:12 PM »
arlington?