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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour needs this. Let's make it happen
« on: September 09, 2014, 02:45:56 PM »
9/11 for the idea, because two days from now.

Seriously, good idea. Make magic happen with your idea.

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Yeha Tim, I agree. Keep in mind though that not every person cares about finesse, and despite evolutionary changes and progressive society efforts many people prefer savage, primal, and aggressive entertainment. Fact is, two over-sized muscle-heads slamming each other with closed fists is going to get a crowd roaring more than two guys chasing each other back and forth. People like primitive entertainment.

Though to comment on the video, the arena is too small to really implement parkour to its greatest extents. In addition, the whole thing is combat oriented, you're better off squaring your opponent with combative superiority than you are with constant evasion. Let's face it, the clear and only method of winning is to get your opponents to tap out. Sure, I could keep evading my opponent(s), but they could just sit there and wait for me to come to them after a while. To make things really interesting and parkour oriented they'd have to incorporate other objectives such as a basic CTF winning possibility, or movable obstacles. The fact that they're are obstacles in the arena only makes this twice as interesting as UFC, which... I hardly find interesting. UFC is only twice as interesting staged wrestling, and UFC is half as interesting as boxing.

Side note: Bring back American Gladiator.

You don't have to earn the right to own/wear garments of any kind unless it is formal wear endorsed by a company; this isn't such a case. The APK store is open to anybody with money, the gear is available to everyone to wear. People can purchase APK gear and wear it, without engaging in parkour related activities.

I didn't earn my right to wear my Ninja black Fueyies, but I do wear them with pride, knowing that I'm part of a supportive and pro-athletic community. I can't sit here and tell somebody not to buy APK gear just because they aren't traceurs, or they don't even like parkour.

Anecdote: I had an ACDC hoodie in high school. I bought and wore it because I thought it looked cool. I didn't even listen to ACDC, let alone even know anything about them. It was a black hoodie with an orange graphic. I got heckled to hell and back by elitists whom literally said "You shouldn't wear that if you don't listen to them." "Any real fan would know at least ten of their songs." "You don't deserve to wear that shirt." "I should kick your ass for wearing a band shirt that you don't even care about."

You're sporting an elitist attitude when you tell somebody they can't do something or they aren't something because they haven't done something or haven't been a part of it as long as you've been. It's that same elitist attitude that so many people displayed when commenting, "If you suck at parkour then don't wear APK gear." Sucks by whose standards? Last time I checked if you're trying to do something, and you're trying to do it well, you don't suck. Just because a beginning traceur can't kong vault a standard picnic table yet doesn't mean he sucks, and just because you're ballsy enough to attempt a fifteen feet gap over a sixteen feet drop doesn't mean you're good. It's the same point Mark was trying to make when he said, "focus on the quality of your movement."

If you're learning to do a kong vault, and you're trying to maintain good form while doing it, then you're filling out Mark's request. If you're recording your stellar triple frontflip off the roof of your house, but your form sucks, you're not doing what Mark asked. If you're just wearing the gear because you threw on the first thing you could grab from your closet and had to get to school, then you don't need to worry about Mark's request. It really is a black and white scenario, that people are letting their personal opinions dilute into a big gray area.

To answer your question, I mean anybody should wear APK gear, it's sexy. I'd rather you not wear it if you're going to make the entire community look like assholes with your stunts; such as antagonizing cops after they asked you to stop practicing, instead of cooperating and leaving the area.

Could I have written this better? Oh yeha, I could have, but it's 5:15 AM, it's my first weekend off work in over a month, and I can't be arsed to reform my prose. If you have questions that's cool, but don't take what I said as an offense. It's just input, another perspective on Mark's OP.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Let me rephrase the question.
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:52:22 PM »
To put it simply...

Parkour is...
  • A sport
  • A practice
  • A discipline
  • A developmental program
  • An exercise program
  • A pursuit of challenges and fun
  • A commitment
  • A profession
  • A composition of physical training/conditioning with influence of martial arts working it's way in
  • A challenge to better yourself
  • A mentality
  • A perception of life
  • A hobby[/quote]

    Parkour is more than what people try to define it as. Parkour is many things, and with the involvement of sport-oriented people it becomes and is a sport. While you may not consider parkour to be a sport, that doesn't change the fact that it is in fact a sport.

Training Journals / Re: Breaking the Boundaries (Criticism Welcome)
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:43:50 PM »
Quote from: medal got!
Miles (Ran/Jogged): 1 (Copper)

Hehehe, I haven't died, I've just been working double shifts; despite that fact I still run everyday. I'm at five miles and some, and this past weekend I really pushed myself on a five mile loop. Compared to 2.5 months ago, I find the change to be superb: 5 miles in 19:49 minutes. I'm pushing a mile in under four minutes! I am unstoppable.

Mark, I'm afraid I have to say the following of your FB post: it insulted me and every other traceur whom read it, what with its perfect wording and well thought out emphasis on the core values of APK. How dare you do such a thing?

Facetiousness aside; wearing the emblem/logo/brand name of any company does not condone or permit that somebody is, has been, or will be an ambassador of the company. In this particular case, it does mean that the individual believes themselves to be a part of the community; to which Mark has every right to make the rational request that such community members sport the logo/banner in the manner that best portrays the organization AND community in the "best" possible fashion. I use the term "best" in such a way because that is all perspective to he who wrote the post.

That said, it is in fact Mark's organization/community by factor of foundation, which entitles his disposition/perspective to be the basis of the org./community.

The active APK community that participates in events and communication has always been a kind and considerate group. They're even very forgiving to those whom are ignorant, allowing them opportunities to come around. Don't change a thing.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Music!?
« on: August 28, 2014, 02:18:05 PM »
I used to listen to high energy music, but I've found that I don't need energy to do my practice, I just need to relax, so I listen to a lot of chill-out stuff.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Help???
« on: June 19, 2014, 03:19:33 PM »
You could have a friend help out by spotting you during the flip. You could also try some more basic movements like a palm spin and progress it to a wall spin. Other than that it comes down to your personal determination to do it, and follow through on the movement. The hardest barrier to pass is that which requires you to cast aside care for hypothetical injuries.

Training Journals / Re: Breaking the Boundaries (Criticism Welcome)
« on: June 11, 2014, 02:04:44 PM »
Quote from: medal got!
Miles (Ran/Jogged): .5 (Iron)
It's been a long while, and I forgot why I stopped.

Yesterday I ran four miles in about 22 minutes (non-stop), which is pretty good, considering it used to take me 7 minutes and 40 seconds or so to do one mile before. I'm steadily pushing myself towards that 6-mile mark. I've mixed up my running methods doing spans of my run with high knees or about fifteen seconds of sprinting, about every mile I drop and do push-ups and low plank obliques until my arms or torso give out.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Rips?
« on: June 08, 2014, 10:15:43 AM »
If you're tearing your skin you need to build callouses. Try using low grit sand-paper or concrete.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Starting out help!
« on: June 02, 2014, 02:40:09 PM »
Cork-screws are fun to do. The better part about learning to do them is that you either land facing down, or on your butt. You should be old enough to where you have an auto-impulsive reaction of putting your hands behind you when you fall backwards, and especially forwards. As for your landing on your side it is very unlikely that this would happen, as putting your hands down to prevent injury is second-nature, you'd probably just flop onto your chest or back.

Progressing starts with learning to do a 360 spin mid-run, and stepping it up. A J-step gainer will give you more momentum when kicking and is a good place to start getting into 540 spins. You'll need some plyometric strength to really make that kick work, so you should be doing sets of squats for a while, until you're able to do a pistol on each leg.

As for pistol progression, start with wall-assisting as balancing on one foot while squatting will be difficult at first; also keep your knee bent -On your extended leg- to relax your muscles which will make this easier at first. Move on to doing it without the wall, and over time start straightening your extended leg until you can keep it entirely straight.

For a more advanced work-out you can do pistol hops if you reach that level of strength and determination. You basically do the pistol but jump to a higher ledge (or not at all) while you're at it, this will be the ultimate method of using pistols to give you plyometric strength.

If you're determined you can probably get this all down in a month, three weeks tops.


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: My Progression is this okay
« on: May 29, 2014, 02:56:17 PM »
Be sure to never master things; if you do that you've no reason to practice/train/drill the movement.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Bar Setup
« on: May 28, 2014, 02:23:40 PM »
You're going to want plumbing grade pipes, possibly wrought-iron. Using simple plumbing pipes and angles with some glue to hold the joints is ideal, the base should be planted at least three feet deep (with a concrete base) for optimal stand-alone sturdiness. The structure(s) should range in height to give a more variable environment and the angles they are placed at are left to your imagination. If you can't plant the posts or use concrete then consider using plumbing wall-inlets as feet for the posts to minimize ground impact.

The bars used should not only vary in height, but also size; remember, bars aren't just for swinging, they're for standing and walking on too. ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour playground
« on: April 30, 2014, 03:01:35 PM »
Be careful about creating a synthetic playground. One potential problem is building a completely immobile set of obstacles; this makes a good playground, but doesn't offer the advantage of diversity. You should want attendees to be able to translate movement from a synthetic environment to a realistic environment. Having obstacles that can be shifted (like as per request for staff) can offer variety and new set of challenges. You wouldn't want it to become the same old place with nothing new to try.

Just food for thought.

Training Journals / Re: Breaking the Boundaries (Criticism Welcome)
« on: April 19, 2014, 10:22:47 AM »
Well, back to training solo. Can't say more than I don't associate with people who steal.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: How should I train others???
« on: April 15, 2014, 02:53:34 PM »
Everything Dick said, plus be supportive in what they do whether they fail or don't, or even don't think they can do. If they fail be honest and constructively critical. If they can't do it don't pressure them to, but if they're willing offer to spot them. When teaching my friend the thief vault I had to stand by and readily place my hands behind and underneath him as he went over, until he felt confident enough to do it without me spotting.

You know how to do the motions and they don't, so it's key that when they can't get something down you look at everything they're doing; hand-placement, launch, approach, speed, carry-overs, and exits. It's tough to describe how to do things, but if you can't show them the motion slowed down it really helps them visualize what they're going to be doing. Letting them know what they're doing right helps them think less about that particular piece, so they can focus more on what they're not doing right.

Parkour And Freerunning / Dreams of parkour
« on: April 04, 2014, 02:51:59 PM »
Yes, a recurring topic, but let's be honest, we have them now and again and I'm sure somebody wants to discuss what they experience.

I had this wild one where I was doing this run for a few miles and was just applying cat leaps, climb-ups, vaults, and precision jumps all the way. Along side a series of cliffs (like a canyon), over an immense lake on drift wood, and through an up-scale neighbourhood.

Ridiculously enough I don't remember why I was running, but I remember my ten year old niece just kind of hovering the whole time.

What bizarre experiences have you had?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Which term can I use?
« on: March 31, 2014, 01:03:51 PM »
Labels are labels, and people will use them and apply them to try to understand things better. What matters is you know the difference, and if you know the difference you have no need to argue it. The outer-perspective that argues with yours doesn't want to learn the difference, so don't waste time teaching it to them. On the other hand, if somebody mistakes what you are doing and you correct them, then they ask the difference, please educate.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Best nubby skills to learnt
« on: March 31, 2014, 12:59:32 PM »
What Dick Stapleton says is true. As far as vaults are concerned though two of the more important and most basic vaults are the monkey vault and the lazy vault. Due to the hand-placement and motion, many other vaults can be developed from these two alone. A basic genre of skills would include these two vaults, proper jumping form, wall runs, climb-ups, and safety techniques such as blocking/rolling.

Set your sights high for safety techniques, as Dick implied your roll will never be perfect, but you can try. The roll-landing is more imperative and simple than a regular landing, and is much easier to apply early on.

On those fundamental skills/motions every other motion becomes an extension/variation of the more basic forms.

Train hard, train safe.

Socialize / Re: What Are You Listening To?
« on: March 29, 2014, 11:21:34 AM »
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