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Messages - Gareth EE Field

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Do you agree with my theory?
« on: November 05, 2014, 07:32:55 AM »
Hi, good post, thank you. The Parkour community often references the Ninja when talking about elite practitioners and advanced movement, and the most popular broadcast of movement through complex environments is Ninja Warrior. The story of Parkour has many influences, and it is an interesting study especially now that the world is so globally interconnected. I believe I have read that most of David Belle's influences came from both the media, which would support what you said, and also his father's experience that was influenced by the training of methode naturelle which was adapted from insights from Africa, and his experiences in the French-Vietnam war. Perhaps someone knows more about the chronology and would like to share. In general, I think we are living in a period of massive confluence, and also I will say that I think Belle brought something really special to the table because of both his discipline and dedication as well as the environment he adapted movement for. Best wishes, -g.

Movement / Re: fear of breaking collarbone during rolls any tips
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:29:00 PM »
Bones are piezoelectric crystals, meaning they turn shock into charge, which may or may not be related to the fact that the Shaolin hit themselves with stones or hammers every day to strengthen themselves. Take from this what you will.

Movement / Re: parkour fluid movement after drop
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:26:29 PM »
That's good advice, and I think you're right on the ball with the relation between smooth transfer of momentum and the foot being flat. The foot flexes from not-flat to flat to non-flat as the impact is initiated, then as forces is maximized, mainly from the hip and mainly free of vibration thanks to the foot, and then in the exit procedure. The tricky part of the Parkour roll is how it deals with the priority of not crushing your spine. I think ideally, one leg should be pushing through the exit of the roll and the foot flat/flexing while the other is in the swing state, but some people come up with the other foot still pushing, which is interesting, too.

Movement / Re: new kong technique?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:20:27 PM »
Anatomically, arching your back IS extending your lower back, so there's that ... anyway, big kongs and when you're trying to get more from the exit of a kong, the muscles that cause the spine to move are engaged. If you're doing it at speed, muscles work very well in a rhythmic way, prime mover and antagonist opposed. That's interesting, what they're doing, to be sure. From a 'pattern overloads in the West' perspective, what people have trouble with is getting their *hips* to extend *without* overextending their back because their hip flexors are chronically shortened. Isn't it weird to think that Parkour should be taught differently in different places? Best wishes, -g

Movement / Re: training for height drops?
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:08:09 PM »
For three weeks increasing height, take one week off.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: New to parkour--what kind of shoes???
« on: October 22, 2014, 01:06:12 PM »
Barefoot is better because the sensation that skin gets is 10X what you get when you surround it with rubber, and barefoot is still better in cold temperatures unless you haven't been training barefoot. If you haven't been training barefoot and it's cold, don't start, unless that's what you're focusing on, but if you have been training barefoot, your microvascularity is greatly improved, and one extra layer for the core will make sure you get the benefits of being barefoot without the dreaded frostbite. Barefoot runs longer than 10 miles through the snow and over cold wet asphalt is where I'm coming from.

« on: October 07, 2014, 07:41:11 PM »
Chin tucked and neck tilted are two different things.

Movement / Re: vault vs pure jump?
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:38:11 PM »
Lazy vaults aren't really for speed, except in certain situations. Speed vaults, on the other hand, very speedy. Arguably the most speedy.

Pics & Vids / Re: 6 months in, looking for advice
« on: October 07, 2014, 07:32:44 PM »
Good stuff! Keep going, you got it. As far as advice, time to get those rolls on concrete, when you're balancing think 'core of iron, limbs of cotton,' and I think you'd benefit from landing drills. Doing great!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: New to parkour--what kind of shoes???
« on: September 28, 2014, 03:55:07 PM »

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: PK Verb
« on: September 16, 2014, 04:40:21 PM »
No worries, I should'a used phonetic spelling. :)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: PK Verb
« on: September 12, 2014, 09:32:22 PM »
Not parkouring, that's silly. PKing. Standard practice.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: PK Verb
« on: September 10, 2014, 06:57:32 PM »
PKing is correct. No one says tracing.

Parkour / Re: How long does it take to perfect the parkour roll?
« on: September 10, 2014, 01:24:11 AM »
10 years, and if you really try, 15 years, and if you really, really try, 20 years. (Adapted saying from the East)

Parkour / Re: How to travel further with your kong (kong to precision)
« on: September 10, 2014, 01:22:47 AM »
Kong-precisions are beasty, mad props for wanting that tech. A high level of fitness is a prerequisite, I think, because you're launching yourself with your core unless you're just going really fast which is ... ah, you know ... one way. I use this set of ledges with dirt inbetween so I know if I got it but I won't hit my shins. I still haven't mastered it, though. Good luck, and rock on!

And diving kong and soaring kong are new ones. Dive kong and kong precision is what we used back in the day when we walked to school through the snow uphill both ways ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: getting kicked out
« on: September 07, 2014, 09:09:19 PM »
I've only been asked to leave places where we were training with in situ architecture. I commend you for your passion for the sport! Keep rocking, don't let one incident deter you, maybe the spot-djinni will bless you if you explore! :)

Movement / Re: Strange Rolling Occurrence
« on: September 04, 2014, 09:02:32 AM »
Offside rolls are often super smooth if the onside roll is practiced. It's very useful to have in long runs, because sometimes you'll be in the air and didn't take off the way you usually do. Re: grabbing the knee, if you roll from a large drop or dive roll, most people take a bit of it on their hands or a hand and forearm.

Movement / Re: Techniques in Parkour
« on: August 31, 2014, 07:46:05 PM »
It can be called 'training for Parkour,' or 'practicing Parkour techniques.' If you're in a batting cage, you're not playing baseball. Easy. Also, there's a big, huge, tremendous roof gap between doing a little improv flowetry and being unsafe. I know Asa, and I've never seen smoother moves, PK-ing or otherwise (wink!), and I'm pretty sure that he was concerned with two trends, the first of which being the obsession with tricks, and the second one being obsession with tricks. Totally different, I'll let you exercise some brain power.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Let me rephrase the question.
« on: August 28, 2014, 09:51:15 PM »
This went for soooo long with no response, I was really hoping people could resist the urge to assert semantics, and now that I'm on about it, I suppose I don't mind **as long as you're going somewhere with it.** What I mean is, when you're talking about movement techniques, it's supremely legitimate to be specific about what the names for things mean, though also legitimate that they can mean different things in different places and across different communities, but the point is that there's a utility to being able to discuss techniques with brevity because you want to be able to help other people do the techniques and/or do them better, so, creating a working language involves talking semantics a bit, though I' *also* fully in favor of people being able to articulate what they mean using the more universal language of physiology and anatomy to be perfectly clear about things, but back to the IS PARKOUR A SPORT discussion. The answer is, without a doubt, "Maybe, what are you on about?" Do you want to promote Parkour by emulating the models of other sports? That's cool, but it's worth thinking about negative consequences and planning ways of mitigating any damage that might be done by doing so. Is Parkour an art? Do you want to promote Parkour by emulating the models that various arts give us? That's cool, but it's worth thinking about negative consequences that *that* might bring about, and creating ways to avoid it. If you love Parkour, it's worth thinking about ways to promote it, it's just really, really important to be rigorous and thorough about it, or you end up looking dumb, and I'm absolutely not talking about anyone in this thread or on this forum, unless it's me, cause I've looked pretty dumb before, but I've seen so much enthusiasm accompanied by so little intellectual discipline that I'm sick of it. *On the flip side of the coin,* I've seen some absolutely genius, groundbreaking discussion and development of specific topics within the sparticiplinactivity which has been 100% life-affirmingly inspirational, so folks, PK4Life, everybody yea, we love it!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Finding new spots
« on: August 28, 2014, 05:03:20 AM »
Hi! I just explore, get lost, etc. There's PKSpotter, but it's not great. Good luck!

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