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Movement / Re: What's Next?
« on: November 26, 2008, 09:25:27 PM »
If you're comfortable with all of the basic movements, and confident in your skills, go for a run. Take a route you've never run before--or even better--go to an area you don't usually practice. Challenge yourself, learn how to improvise. Sometimes the "cookie cutter" techniques you've drilled won't be perfect for the environment, and you'll find yourself altering them on the run, tailoring them specifically to meet the needs of what you're doing, and where you're going. It gives a sense of accomplishment, and for me, it was one of the first time I tasted a real sense of freedom through my Parkour training.

Basically: Now that you're confident in your skills, learn how to use them on the fly. Now that you know Parkour techniques; use the techniques to do Parkour.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour songs??
« on: November 26, 2008, 09:08:08 PM »
"Run" - Ghostface Killah

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Cold weather - Layers or light
« on: November 16, 2008, 06:19:26 PM »
Three words for cold weather training:

Thermals, thermals, thermals.

Especially those with fabrics that wick moisture away from your skin, to keep you warm and comfortable. Another thing that's easy to forget when training in the cold is that hydration is just as important in the winter as it is in the summer. Take care of your body and your body will take care of you :]

New Jersey / Re: Monmouth County?
« on: November 16, 2008, 03:23:01 AM »
I suggest to hit up Red Bank, especially the commercial district and the train station.

Movement / Re: Parkour Practice
« on: June 19, 2008, 04:37:51 AM »
I'd like to just comment briefly on the last video, which caught my attention. I think that it's awesome that you're experimenting with new techniques that you haven't seen done before, that creativity is a very important facet of the Parkour mindset or whatever people call it. In my experience however, a good way to test if something is actually effective is to try it out at a full run, as if you were actually using Parkour. If you try that last maneuver and increased pace, you'll find that it becomes less and less practical to actually touch your foot to the wall. Keep up the training.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Madparkour and Girls, Inc.
« on: June 19, 2008, 04:26:49 AM »
I've been away from the internet for a few chunks of time, and it seems like every time I check back up on things, traceurs (Americans in particular) are taking longer strides in the progression of Parkour. This step is quite an accomplishment.

Good luck getting the prison system to let their charges learn "the art of escape."

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: PKVM
« on: March 15, 2008, 03:13:31 PM »
Didn't they start making those like 2 years ago? I would have thought they'd have a lot more out. I remember there was a lot of good information in the episode about young traceurs

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Practical parkour
« on: December 12, 2007, 09:45:03 PM »
I'm going to say amen to whoever said this, and I'm going to put it in bold lettering to emphasize it:

If someone is mugging you with a gun, give them what they want.

If this thread isn't done, I'd like to add my two cents.

In a foot-chase, the overall speed of a sequence of maneuvers is not what counts in the end, it's about maintaining speed, and breaking away as quickly as possible. For instance, if it takes a quarter of a second more to get up on top of that first wall in the original example than it would to vault it, it would be worth it to shave that tiny bit of time off the beginning, even if you were to lose it again on the cat leap. In a foot chase, your priority is to put the most distance between you and your pursuer (or to close the distance between you and your pursuee :-p) as soon as possible.

This is why in a game of tag, you'll notice that doors are obstacles that you would generally avoid, because although it takes everyone about the same time to go through a door, that one second is all it takes.

I'm not sure if I'm expressing this as clearly as I see it in training, but I'm sure someone out there can explain it more accurately with mathematical equations and diagrams.

And yes, I am aware that the idea of a foot chase is only a small part of what we train for in Parkour, but it is also one of the most practical, tangible and certainly measurable facets of Parkour.

Socialize / Re: ASA
« on: November 21, 2007, 07:03:09 PM »
Thanks Bill.

Socialize / Re: ASA
« on: November 19, 2007, 02:24:47 PM »
maybe someday...

I've kind of been caught up in a whirlwind of things right now, and balancing out my time between college, work, training, family, and other obligations has been pretty tough on "this boy" :-p I haven't forgotten you guys, and still check the message boards every once in a while to see what everyone's up to. I'll be back in the thick of it soon.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Why jams are bad for parkour
« on: July 17, 2007, 03:30:28 PM »
I've really been enjoying this thread and trying not to touch it, but I have a question:

"This is too much of a fair fight, I need a life-or-death challenge to prove that my training was worthwhile." and then stab yourself in the gut - do you? Same thing here.

Is that equating participating in a jam with self-disembowelment?

Movement / "Kong" Troubleshooter
« on: July 13, 2007, 10:16:37 PM »
This thing is definately ancient, but since I'm seeing a few repeating threads with people having similar problems, if figured it's time to dust this bad boy off. I hope it helps.

Cat Jump ("Kong") Troubleshooter v2.iforget

I composed this guide in response to the many requests for help with saut du chats (from here on out I will refer to them as cat jumps). It is by no means perfect so if during the course of your reading you notice an error or exclusion, please say something and I will change it.

Okay, let's get down to business.

1) I'm scared of clipping my feet / My legs won't fit between my arms

This is by far the problem that plagues traceurs learning cat jumps the most, so don't worry, you're not alone. The mistakes you are making is keeping your butt too low, not tucking your legs tight enough and/or not pushing hard enough.

A common illusion people have about cat jumping is that you are simply supposed to jump through your arms. NO! Your arms are jumping just as much as your legs are. Once you jump and place your hands on the ledge be prepared to push. As your knees come to your your chest, push up and forward with your wrists and arms.

If pushing harder isn't working, have your friend watch you attempt a cat jump (somewhere safe such as your couch) and tell you  where your butt is. Chances are that he/she will tell you they are at your elbow level. This is wrong. If you want to get any distance or clearance on your cat jumps you should have your rear at or above your head before you push off. Get momentum and LEAN FORWARD.

If you're getting your push down and your butt in the air1  but aren't clearing your obstacle, then you need to tuck your legs nice and tight. As you're traveling over the obstacle, bring your knees up to your chest hard (for heavyset people, this may be difficult. The solution is to work harder on the push and keeping your butt high).

2) I'm not getting enough distance from my cat jumps

For someone that can already cat jump, this problem should be simple to remedy. There are two ways to increase your cat jump2; the first is jumping farther from the obstacle and the second is pushing harder with your arms.

Find an obstacle to cat jump. Lay down a marker (unobtrusively) two feet in front of the obstacle. Place a second marker two feet behind the obstacle. Run up and take off at the first marker and cat jump the obstacle, push with all of your strength. Coming off of the obsticle your arms should be extended straight back with your palms up. You will have cleared the second marker if you did this right. Repeat this at least five times today. Tomorrow, move both of the markers a couple more inches away from the obstacle. Continue this regiment increasing a few inches on each side every day until you feel comfortable with your distance.

3) I'm too scared to cat jump.

There are several ways to deal with your fear. The best way is probably just definitely it up and committing, but until you make that decision, you can prepare with these strategies:

a) MONKEY PLANT: one tip to help with the fear is to do a monkey plant on the obstacle you are cat jumping. Once your body gets used to the feeling of diving into something, instead of planting your feet; lean forward with your rump in the air. Land safely on the ground and you've got a cat jump!

b) STAIR CATS: find a stairset of about 4 to 5 stairs, and practice cat jumping up the stairs from the bottom. This will help your body develop what is called "muscle memory". This means that the combination of dive, plant, tuck and butt-up will all combine until it is second nature. Also, If you clip your feet, there's no drop on the other side to injure yourself on.

c)CAT YO' COUCH: The sofa, the furniture industry's gift to traceurs. Learn to use it to it's full potential. Practice cat jumping from your floor, planting on the arm and landing (bailing?) on the cushions. This gets rid of your face-planting fears and really helps you learn to get your head down and your butt up.

Focus and Commit!

1 like you just don't care
2 This is about the point where "jump" becomes funny to say.

Thanks to: Mark, bjmann490, and Ahk Horus (you guys probably don't remember, but you helped me with the original version).

Parkour And Freerunning / Re:
« on: July 13, 2007, 10:01:50 PM »
like the OLD NYPK hotspots directory

I am definately with you on that one.  ::)

Lots of community related discussions (including this one) come back to the question of dedication, and more specifically to the question of dedication to self-improvement  versus dedication to helping others improve. I believe that APK has very close to the ideal balance between the two, whereas one of the shortcomings of NYPK is that many NY and NJ traceurs are so absorbed in their training and growth that they neglect to utilize the forums. There could be worse problems :)

Sorry for the odd wording in this post, my computer will not let me use the apostrophe along with a few other vital characters.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re:
« on: July 12, 2007, 09:43:03 PM »
Although (in light of muse's recent post) this thread has obviously broken down beyond reclamation, I would like to throw out a pair of proverbs.

"Don't put all of your eggs in one basket." I know that it's frustrating for people who place strong importance in a unified U.S. Parkour "hub" of communication, this sort of fragmentation or branching is often healthy to the "Parkour community" as a whole. It sparks all sorts of philosophical insights in traceurs, and sometimes will reveal ideas that newer traceurs have never been exposed to. If it's not beneficial to the "Parkour community," at least it will be beneficial to people who like to argue online.

Secondly, "don't count your chicks before they hatch." Things like this come and go in the world if "internet Parkour." I hope the spawning of another sight doesn't scare people into worrying about their sense of community. Cross that bridge when you get to it.

In addition: Mark, shame on you for not liscencing the domain. :-p

Movement / Re: Think this would work?
« on: July 08, 2007, 10:27:19 PM »
I think i might have to open up the MS paint archives... this one is ancient.

You *can* see where you're landing, but...

I had a lot of time on my hands in highschool  ::)

Movement / Re: Techniques in Parkour
« on: July 08, 2007, 10:13:31 PM »
It's good to see how things are looking nowadays on APK, looks like people are learning very well! Any additions to the original post that you can think of?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: The (B)east
« on: June 04, 2007, 10:43:28 AM »
Nice, guys. Looks like you had a load of fun this year, and i really regret not being able to make it this time. It's been a very crazy time for me, but if you missed me, I'll be showing my face this summer.

Cross-country Parkour tour? Pshhhhh, don't spread that sort of rumor around.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Another member banned
« on: May 04, 2007, 12:09:43 PM »
It's threads like these that make miss having access to "the button."

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Member Banned
« on: May 04, 2007, 10:26:22 AM »
I'm not defending or rebuking anyone here, but if someone comes into your house, and calls you a liar (the most serious insult imaginable), you have no obligation to be courteous in any way to them.

People used to die over things like that.

EDIT: I've been off the forums for a long time, and it saddens me to have to come back to see that the shit is the same as it was last year, and the year before. It's everyone's fault.   :(

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