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Messages - Kyle McGowan

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Bushido
« on: August 28, 2011, 06:27:05 PM »
I think that Bushido, in Parkour, is an understanding that everything in this world has its place and as traceurs/ tracuses, we need to develop a respect for that fact, as it links everyone and everything together.

We develop a respect for the environment around us, the pedestrians looking on in curiosity, obstacles themselves, etc. Leave No Trace has done a wonderful job driving the concept of our relationship with our environment, that we use the world around us as our training facility, and as such, there should be a desire to take care of it. Nobody takes a piss in their kitchen, because we understand that where we eat and prepare our food is closely linked to our well being. This understanding of a relationship ultimately brings us to respect our environment and want to maintain it.

We find that the obstacles used in our training, because any obstacle comes with an inherit challenge and risk, share a relationship with our progress and well being. It's a respect for this fact that drives us traceurs/ tracuses to check surfaces for any debris, water, and the condition of the obstacle before actually engaging with it. This is also what pushes us to constantly train movements with the obstacle; we repeat the movement until we can't get it wrong. Neglecting to respect the obstacles that we train with leads us towards an inevitable danger. We take the time to make sure rails aren't dripping or to see what is on the other side of that wall because we respect the relationship that each and every obstacle has with our well being.

There, too, exists a relationship between practitioners of Parkour and non-practitioners. Non-practitioners can include the girl on her cell phone who is standing right were we want to jump to, the curious guy who asks why we do this, or the mother who was talked into driving her son half way across the state for a jam. As practitioners, we need to develop a respect for the relationship with non-practitioners. Practitioners affect how non-practitioners view Parkour and the Parkour community and non-practitioners affect how Parkour will be welcomed by the rest of the world.

I could go on about the various relationships that are seen between traceurs/ tracuses and the rest of the world, but the list would be endless.

So basically, I believe that the Bushido of Parkour is an understanding that everything is connected and that we need to develop a respect for the impact that we have on the rest of the world and the impact that it has on us.

Also, I think it's noteworthy (although obvious) that more experienced members of the community have a great deal of influence on the younger members, and as such, should play an active role in trying to develop this understanding in others. I didn't really take Leave No Trace to heart until I met a certain individual who did.

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District of Columbia / Re: New to Parkour and New to DC
« on: August 24, 2011, 06:49:13 PM »
Hey, David. Welcome to parkour!

If you are on Facebook, I suggest that you check out this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/153613838036834/  This is usually where any jams are posted. Also, if the drive to Fairfax isn't too much, I do hold weekly jams every Friday at George Mason University at 5pm. Mason Parkour: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mason-Parkour/152833301418376

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DC Jams / Re: Georgetown Jam Sunday April 17th 1-4 pm
« on: April 15, 2011, 04:41:55 AM »
I might actually be able to make it. Not sure though.

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Virginia / Re: HELP!! - WOODEN WALL
« on: January 26, 2011, 01:22:28 PM »
Welcome to the forums. You do not need a special shoe to get over this obstacle. The material that the wall is made of should not be a problem either (unless its cardboard :P).

As you are approaching the wall, gain as much speed as you can as it will be helpful when you kick off of the wall. When you reach the wall, kick of the wall as hard as you can and try to pull yourself over the wall at the same time. If there is not enough force behind the kick, then your foot will slip, which is why it is important to kick off the wall as hard as you can.

also read this:
http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/883/407/

good luck on your test!

also, if you live near fairfax, we will be holding a jam this friday afternoon at gmu. you are welcome to join and we can help you work on this type of obstacle.

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Diet / Re: A Fattening Snack
« on: September 09, 2010, 06:59:55 AM »
Steven what about stuff like Hershey's chocolate where the main ingredient is chocolate? (Milk chocolate not dark)

hershey sells many chocolate products including pure cocao but if you are refering to the usual hersheys syrup, you need to go look at the ingredients on the back. there is a lot more than cocao.

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Diet / Re: running now, barfing soon.
« on: September 06, 2010, 07:17:01 AM »
your school has a salad bar? i think the closest thing to salad that my school ever had were smiley face potato things. perhaps you should try bringing your lunch from home, that way you can play with what you eat and how much you eat to figure out what is best for you. it will also cost less.

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100K Threads / Re: 100K Squats
« on: September 06, 2010, 07:00:55 AM »
+300  (20 rounds of 15)
=23,635

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100K Threads / Re: 100,000 Pushups
« on: September 06, 2010, 06:59:35 AM »
+200  (20 rounds of 10)
= 99,575

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100K Threads / Re: 100,000 Pushups
« on: July 29, 2010, 07:05:33 AM »
+ 170

88,740

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100K Threads / Re: 100K Squats
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:20:03 AM »
+60

15,680

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100K Threads / Re: 100,000 Pushups
« on: July 22, 2010, 08:18:22 AM »
+88

88,133

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100K Threads / Re: 100,000 Pushups
« on: July 16, 2010, 06:09:41 PM »
+ 40

86,520

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: parkour games
« on: July 23, 2009, 03:38:39 PM »
yep thats about what im looking for  ;D

by the way, YES i know the search function, YES i searched with the search function before posting, but no i didnt find that, even though i searched for "parkour game" and thats right in the title.

thanks for the help

edit: i just searched again and it came up with 23 pages of stuff. go figure

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Parkour And Freerunning / parkour games
« on: July 23, 2009, 03:18:53 PM »
I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas for games that incorporate parkour elements. Preferably, games should be suitable for groups of people, but individual games are welcome. so far i have three games.

the first game is the obvious choice of playing tag. its a bit hard for one person to chase down ten others, and it will not be too much fun for the other eight so you can add more taggers in the beginning for maximum funability.

next is a game called mission impossible (name dedicated to an elementary school game i played). This is basicly getting from one side of an area to the other side without touching the ground. you can use any sort of setting for this: outside, a room, an entire building, etc. once you have managed to make it all the way, find a new path to take through the area and do it again. and if you say that you cant find a new path to take then you need to look harder. this game has over ninethousand variations to it: use only the parimeter of the area, or bring a friend and use obstacles that require team work, or only use things that are painted blue, and jumping from boulder to boulder, etc. today i tore up my wrist playing this when i put my hand through a cynder block, but it is still my favorite game of all time.

the last game is the yamakasi ball game seen here
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xVX16kNVq4A
you proboably will not look as awsome as they do but it will still be fun  :P

feel free to post any alterations you have for games that have already been posted

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Socialize / Re: Driving
« on: January 04, 2009, 03:50:59 PM »
the first time i drove stick was in a yaris and i was peeling out of every stop. didnt stall at all though.

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Virginia Tech / Tech invitational
« on: January 02, 2009, 08:44:16 AM »
hey you guys, im most likely going to be at tech on the 26th for a track invite. i was just wondering if there are any nice spots around the campus that i should check out on a warm up run.

edit: its actually on the 23 & 24

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Diet / Re: Cholesterol
« on: November 06, 2008, 02:40:04 PM »
so wait, what exactly does that mean about grease. i have always heard that grease is full of cholesterol and i am sure that drinking a frying pan full of grease is not good for you. also, do those mysterious trans fats that never seem to be in anything, have something to do with cholesterol? also also, dont doctors do tests to determine cholesterol levels? what are they really testing!?!?!?!?!?

by the way, thanks for the video, chris. that was really mind blowing.

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Socialize / for all who hate the locust
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:51:21 AM »
hey i plan on picking up gow2 as soon as i can on friday afternoon and playing through the weekend, i am proboably going to be playing through the campaign first, but after that, i want to beat horde mode. so if anyone is interested in joining, just send me a message.

my xbl: Skufya

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Socialize / Re: Robot hunting squads
« on: October 31, 2008, 11:38:59 AM »
i dont know, i am kinda looking forward to having a pack of robots chase me around
maby they will even have lazers attached to them  :P

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Diet / Re: Recipes
« on: October 23, 2008, 12:43:54 PM »
most of my favorites are seafood dishes, including a shrimp and scalops with breadcrumbs and a garlic sauce. i will try to get the recipie on here later, but in the mean time i found this site http://www.paleofood.com/

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