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Messages - Tom "Hayabusa" Johnson

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Guam / Re: A new site has been created.
« on: May 08, 2009, 08:49:34 AM »
Thanks for the redirect, Ozzi... ;D

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FAQ / Re: How do i get people involved
« on: May 08, 2009, 08:42:35 AM »
Well, what we did in Guam was we started out with just one or two of us, and then kinda spread the word about parkour through Myspace, friends, and acquaintances, and now we're up to about 8-10 regular practitioners after about 6 months.  If people are a bit confused about what parkour is, try your best to explain it to them, and possibly try to direct them to some of the staple Youtube parkour videos.  Try your best to be passionate about it.  You'd be surprised how infectious a little fire in your voice can be.  Convince them.  Some folks really do wanna try it out, but they have those last-minute excuses like, "Ehhhh, maybe I'm a bit too outta shape for it".  My big selling point is that I used to be like 60 lbs. heavier when I first started practicing parkour, so that helps me sway those folks.  You probably don't have a similar situation, but I'm sure you have something of your own that you can make work for you.

Hope that helps.

Good luck, train safe!

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International Discussion / Re: guam parkour?
« on: March 21, 2009, 04:49:18 AM »
Goddammit, Jay, I just posted about the class in the Guam forum, didn't even realize you'd already posted...keep me updated, bastid! lol.

Anyways, I put the info. in this thread... http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=12614.0

Hope to see some of you folks out soon!

-Tom

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Guam / Re: The Introduction Thread: Buenas Yan Hafa Adai, Mofos!
« on: March 21, 2009, 04:33:12 AM »
Sorry for the long delay, everybody, I've been busy for quite some time, training and workin' around some RL thangs.

We  -  by which I mean me and my friends Nick and Jason(formerly of HiPK)  -  have started an introductory parkour course at Island Twisters, a local gymnastics gym.  The indoor session is on Thursdays from 9-10 pm, but most of our training is still done outside, as it's pretty difficult to fully train parkour with the limited equipment the gym has.  We mostly just use the padded environment so newbies can learn safe vaults and rolls without the additional fear of breaking their assbones.

For those of you who don't know where the gym is at, it's on Pick-A-Nail Road in Tamuning, behind AK and the Tamuning Denny's.  Take the road between AK and Denny's and just keep going back, past the 4-way intersection.  Once you pass the 4-way, the gym is about a quarter mile down the road, on the left, next to the go-kart place.

Entrance fee is $10 a head.  We're not the ones getting paid, that's just what the gym owners are charging each of us to use the space. (Yes, even the guys running the course have to pay to get in...lol.)  You'd think they would charge us less, given that there's 15+ of us now, but eh...*shrug*...what are you gonna do, right? lol...You have to sign a waiver, though, so I'm not sure whether minors are allowed to attend the class without a parent or guardian's signature.  But I hope to see you guys there!  If you need to get ahold of me, my Myspace is http://www.myspace.com/cheekymonkey .

-Tom

P.S. If you can't make the gym session, we do train outdoors, although our schedules make it difficult for all of us to train together at once.  I usually train solo on Monday and Friday, 4-6 pm, at Skinner's Plaza or Latte Stone Park, but I occasionally come out on Sundays to train with Jason when he has a free day.  I'll keep you guys posted.

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Guam / Re: running in tumon?
« on: November 11, 2008, 01:26:22 AM »
We've been expecting you for a while, man, when are you gonna show up and train with us? lol

Check the group on Myspace every once in a while, we usually run Agana or Tumon on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  The only thing that really changes is the time, I think.  Sometimes
it's in the morning, sometimes it's late afternoon.

You're welcome anytime, bro, check it out sometime.

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Injuries - Discussion / Re: Slight knee pain
« on: October 20, 2008, 06:48:50 PM »
I'm not too sure if knees are sore during the reparation period like muscles are, but thanks for the advice. 

I'm pretty sure it's my patella and not my meniscus, as I tried doing a "test squat" earlier today and it hurt a little bit getting out of the hole.  So I deduced the pain is probably a result of a bad landing when I was doing box jumps yesterday.  I landed on a slightly uneven surface and I got distracted and straightened my legs out instead of cushioning the fall.  I really felt it in my knee, but since there was no initial pain, I kept going for a couple more reps, which is when I started to feel the ache in my knee.  It's not bad, though, so hopefully a few days of rest will be enough to resolve it, since there's no swelling or tenderness in the problem area.

By the way, are there any leg strengthening exercises I can do to strengthen the muscles around my knee while it's out of commission?

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Injuries - Discussion / Slight knee pain
« on: October 20, 2008, 02:52:05 AM »
I developed a slight ache in my knee in the middle of doing precision jumps during conditioning today.  My range of motion is fine, and the knee seems to be fine while I'm walking, but when doing jumps or squats, my knee starts to ache a little bit after a few repetitions.  It's not a sharp pain or anything, but it's definitely something, so I stopped training for the day and decided to rest the knee until further notice.  I know any kind of knee pain is serious business, but given the mildness of the pain involved, should I be too concerned or will I be fully functional again after a few days?

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Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 16, 2008, 04:51:30 PM »
You're the only runner/jogger at your school or mall that does laps through the buildings rather than around them.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: who do you look up to as a traceur?
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:59:23 AM »
Eeeeeeverybody.

In general, anyone who's taken any serious steps towards becoming a traceur, and in so doing, made the world a better place.

In particular, there's far too many to name...lol.

Overall, I just look up to the entire traceur community, because a guy can walk in off the street, lay it down and say, "I want to learn what you have to teach", and be taken seriously.  There's no social gap that explicitly separates the veterans from the newer practitioners.  Even though the difference in skill was - and still is - vast, you guys still took the time to sit me down, and let me know what steps I had to take to reach my goals.  The skill level didn't matter. The age didn't matter.  All that mattered was that I wanted to learn.  And I truly appreciate that.

It feels corny as hell to say it, but you guys are some of the realest, friendliest, and most helpful bunch of folks I've ever encountered, and I honestly hope I get to meet some of you someday...lol.

Peace.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Matters of Motivation
« on: October 16, 2008, 05:41:52 AM »
Points taken all around...lol.  Thanks for the motivational words, fellas.  So I had me an idea, since I train at this area which is basically an assortment of random assorted soccer fields that no-one ever really uses.  Since there's over a dozen soccer goalposts of various shapes and sizes, I thought, "Why not use this to my advantage?"  So I've finally found my pull-up bars, and low rails to balance on, not to mention a great place to do hanging traverses and modified underbars.  I can basically run a circuit of the whole field, going from goalpost to goalpost.  I jump to the first bar perpendicular to me, attempt a pull-up(or at least let myself down from my jump slow enough to strengthen the muscles) and traverse across the longer bit of it, then do another pull-up at the end of it.  It's murder, but I love it...lol.  Startin' to get some good blisters goin'.  Hopefully, I'll soon have some decent calluses to serve as scars from my never-ending battle against gravity.

A great bonus about this field, though: there's a couple of medium-sized goalposts that nobody seems to be using, so I started taking that "use anything you can" advice into account, and my mind made a weird connection between the Olympic bar and the goalpost...so now I'm trying to figure out different ways to lift these goalposts...:P.  Also, there's tires.  BIG tires.  Very flippable big tires, if you catch my drift...lol.  Granted, the field itself is a little muddy, but it's a goldmine of possibilities.  Now if only I can figure out a place to practice wall-ups and vaults...*pondering*.........

Thanks again, y'all.  You're tops.

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Guam / Re: The Introduction Thread: Buenas Yan Hafa Adai, Mofos!
« on: October 14, 2008, 06:27:56 PM »
Did you?  Don't think I ever got any messages in my inbox, maybe it was a response to a thread or something?

Ah, well, either way, nice to meet you, mang...:)

Where do you train at, usually?

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Socialize / My friend is a bastard...lol
« on: October 13, 2008, 07:19:53 PM »
Oh, f#ck me, 2-hour training session and I am sore and muddy.  It's awesome...lol.  Just thought I'd post something from a post-training convo before I go and clean off my shoes.

One of my friends asked me why my nickname is "Falcon", and the truth is, it was just something I picked up over a decade ago.  We had to do these animal collages for a bio. class in high school and I had to do mine on falcons, so I ended up getting obsessed with them.  My classmates started calling me "Falcon" because my actual middle name is Franklin and I have a large nose(similar to a beak)...lol.  But I also took into account that falcons are noble, intelligent, and the fastest animals on the planet.

So he asked what made me choose it as my traceur name, and I said, "Well, I like being airborne"...cause who doesn't, amirite? lol.  Plus, I just love the image of a falcon soaring through the sky, with absolutely nothing to hold it down.  So then he made a crack that with my size, maybe I should change my nickname to "Bumblebee".  I asked why, and he said that physicists have proven that the bumblebee is too large for its wingspan and technically shouldn't be able to fly, but it does anyway...lol.

All in all, there's no shame in being a bumblebee, but I still consider him a bastard because he knew me back when I was skinny, and makes cracks like that about my weight whenever he can.  I let the bumblebee comment slide, but I did end up smacking him when he apologized and said he was just "falcon around"...:P.  I will not tolerate that level of corniness in my presence! lol

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Guam / Re: The Introduction Thread: Buenas Yan Hafa Adai, Mofos!
« on: October 13, 2008, 02:52:23 AM »
No fair correcting yourself before I could correct you...lol

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Parkour And Freerunning / Matters of Motivation
« on: October 12, 2008, 06:03:45 AM »
I hit my first real stumbling block the other day, and found myself a little disheartened about my training.  Ironically, I started losing heart during my training sessions because I wanted to do more training...lol.

The problem started with olympic lifts, squats, cleans, and various other lifting exercises involving the bar.  Seems like everywhere I go for information, all I keep reading is that plyometric exercises and anything involving trying to increase leg strength via bodyweight alone isn't going to get me very far without a fair amount of work with the bar beforehand. 

This sent me into this annoying thought spiral where I kinda started wondering if all the leg training I'd been doing up to this point has been all for naught.  I'm having trouble locating a gym on Guam that has a nice solid weight rack, and doesn't mind people using it.  (I've actually found a gym that has a weight rack and explicitly asks patrons not to use it, weird as that sounds.)  So this led to more thoughts, and I started getting into this neurotic, "So what's the point, Tom?" conversation with myself.  It hasn't stopped me yet, but it's definitely thrown a mindf#ck of a monkey wrench into my daily routine, and I'm starting to find myself giving up earlier on my attempts to scale this wall I've been trying to get for the past week, because I think I'm subconsciously convinced I can't get myself to jump any higher.

Does anyone else have weird moments like that where they just start doubting themselves, and let their training lapse because of it?  I'd really love to know what you guys do to keep yourselves motivated, especially in situations like this.  Thanks.

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Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: October 10, 2008, 07:06:45 PM »
Heyyyyyyyy.....DONTTOUCHME!

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Movement / Re: Roll Pain
« on: October 10, 2008, 01:02:14 AM »
I'm having a strange issue with my rolls.  When I first started doing my rolls, there was little to no pain and I went through the motions fairly smoothly.  But lately, I've been practicing on grass and I've been coming down on weird areas of my back. 

I'm left-handed, so I mainly lead off of my left side, and I've been trying to narrow the issue down as the area of pain seems to be mainly in my lower left back.  I think I might not be tucking in tight enough, or my rolling style isn't quite right for my body type, but I think I'm overshooting my shoulder entirely, because I keep feeling the impact on my lower back, almost like I landed from a fall straight on my ass and missed the soft part. 

I usually push off with my back leg to simulate momentum and throw myself into the roll, but I'm pretty sure I'm not angling my body enough because all the impact seems to going into my left side, either on the shoulder or the lower back.  What's weird is that everytime I try to change the angle of the roll to a more diagonal slant, I still end up hitting my left side.  Any tips on cleaning this up?

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Guam / The Introduction Thread: Buenas Yan Hafa Adai, Mofos!
« on: October 09, 2008, 10:02:09 AM »
For any non-Guamanians, that's "Hi and hello....mofos"...lol.

Just getting a feel for the new Guam board, and decided to create an introduction post for all the local traceurs out there.  First name, age, and village should be a good start.

Guess I'll start: I'm Tom, I'm 28, and I'm from Dededo(Liguan Terrace).

NEXT! lol

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Socialize / Re: Homeless Guam Forum Trolls!!!! lol
« on: October 09, 2008, 09:48:36 AM »
Woohoo, thanks a million! :D

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Socialize / Re: Animal Crossing WildWorlds DS
« on: October 08, 2008, 09:48:34 PM »
She wants to get into it, she just is kinda scared, as she has the opposite training problem I do.  I have too much "padding", she has almost none at all, so she bruises easy when she gets her rolls wrong...:P.  She does wanna learn, just she seems to believe that she has to jog to "get into shape" before she can start doing her parkour training.  Women are weird...lol.

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Socialize / Re: Homeless Guam Forum Trolls!!!! lol
« on: October 08, 2008, 09:45:56 PM »
Well, I assumed the only reason that none of the territories(Guam, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, etc.) were on the local discussion forums because nobody from any of the territories had mentioned anything to suggest that there might actually be people living there.  So I mentioned it...lol.

I dunno, I just don't wanna put any unnecessary work into motion for other territory forums that may or may not have local traceurs to fill them...*shrug*.  I just want a Guam forum because I know there's a couple of folks that are interested besides myself.  Nothing fancy, just a place for us to congregate 'n' such.

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