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California / Anyone trained at the Claremont colleges recently?
« on: August 23, 2012, 10:53:17 PM »
I moved to montclair a week ago and will be attending claremont graduate university this fall, I was looking at the pk cali boards and the posts were all old but most people said the claremont colleges were the best spot around.
 My question is has anyone been training there recently?
If so, how is security, are they ok with training or super strict? Are there specific areas to avoid our ones that are fantastic for training? I would just like a little more info from anyone who knows before I have to learn the hard way you know. Thanks guys.

California / Re: Claremont parkour community active?
« on: February 25, 2012, 09:55:59 PM »
It's about an hour east of LA. Some nearby cities are: la verne, montclair, upland, pomona, san dimas,ontario, chino, rancho cucamonga, and glendora. Sorry I can't be more specific than that, I live in idaho right now and dont know california, those are the cities I'm looking for apartments in.

California / Claremont parkour community active?
« on: February 25, 2012, 08:52:22 PM »
I am going to be moving to Claremont area come August and attending Claremont Graduate University! I have searched here on APK and PK Cali and have not found any recent posts from communities meeting in or around Claremont. I was wondering if anyone could point me towards any active communities around that area? It may be that I am not appropriately navigating PK Cali, if so could you guys help me out?

Movement / Re: Fear of Vaulting
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:32:35 AM »
When people are scared to try new vaults I have them try it onto things rather than over them. Say there is a retaining wall thats about 3-4 feet tall so rather than a drop on the other side it is level and you practice your form. Kong, speed, and lazy work well. And you arent going over anything you are just using the kong or speed vault form to push yourself as far onto this new leval. Here is a picture.
                                             lllll  /////////////////// more grass up here////////////
                side view              llllll
                                             lllll   Retaining wall of some sort
//////////grass //////////////////lllll

So walk to the wall and use the same technique these other people have been telling you but since you are up on the other grass there is no drop you just vault to a crouch up there. Usually there are obstacles like this even in rural areas or suburban neighborhoods, lots of people have a raised garden.

Movement / Re: Don't use the electrical box!
« on: February 11, 2012, 10:21:05 AM »
My group were using some electrical boxes last week to train on. Like the previous post said the boxes are grounded so even if there was a short or a wire touching the metal casing it would go straight to the ground. It is POSSIBLE to dent it, make a connection and be unlucky enough to be a better conductor than the metal. But its like a .5% chance. If the thing is in good working order you should be fine. Also I guess I wouldn't trust it if its sitting in water.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Refusal to Teach...
« on: October 08, 2011, 07:36:16 AM »
I'm glad you did not teach him. Great job. It is sad that people see parkour and they want to take shortcuts in it, but thats life isnt it?
When I teach people I start with the basics, after two weeks of basics, even though we have fun 90 percent of people don't come back to train again. It is sad but eventually you will find a core group of guys and girls who will be just as dedicated as you.

Idaho / Re: BYU Idaho Parkour group
« on: October 01, 2011, 07:56:44 AM »
The facebook group has been acting up, not allowing people to add themselves to it so I made a new one. Here it is.
Join up and run with us! Check in for weekly updates of running times.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Teaching Parkour
« on: August 05, 2011, 05:01:39 PM »
I like everything that has been suggested so far. One thing I have found that will help people keep coming back is to do things most people see as cool and fun. When beginners watch parkour videos they don’t realize that most of those are show-reels highlighting some of the most technical, and sometimes dangerous things the traceur can do. I have had many people come for one or two weeks and realize that parkour is hard work and never come back. You may say that those people would not have the dedication to go on and work hard no matter what and in some cases you may be right but I have found that if I find a safe place to do some bigger jumps or ‘cool looking’ jumps, or vaults the people are much more likely to come back.
Or a nice route with lots of obstacles they can run through even if they have terrible form and are not fluid at all. This option is safer and helps them feel like the guys (or gals) they watch in the videos. You have better parkour vision than these students so you can show them some interesting movements or runs they will be capable to help them feel good about themselves. It’s fun to move faster, go bigger, or climb higher so let them have a taste of it safely.

Consumer Whores / Re: Shoe review - Vibram FiveFingers KomodoSport
« on: July 18, 2011, 11:05:19 AM »
The same thing has happened to my KSO's and I think the KomodoSport will be a great replacement I look forward to seeing what you have to say about their durability in the future. I love the five fingers and if its a more durable or longer lasting rubber on the bottom I will definitely get these.
Also I have found that when the seems on the upper come apart super glue works real well to quickly put them back together, I have only had one of my super glued seems come apart again. Its much easier than sewing it.

Idaho / Re: BYU Idaho Parkour group
« on: June 22, 2011, 01:56:06 PM »
Will do, i'm glad there are other people in Idaho. We have had a group up here for a while but its been almost impossible to get people to come regularly, people will come once or twice, realize it takes work and never come back. We only have two guys who come regularly so I am trying to get the word out any way I can.

Idaho / Re: BYU Idaho Parkour group
« on: June 22, 2011, 11:40:38 AM »

Idaho / BYU Idaho Parkour group
« on: June 22, 2011, 11:40:19 AM »
For anyone in the area we have been meeting on Saturdays. We will be meeting on this Saturday at 10am and anyone is welcome to join. Check out this group on facebook to see a map of where we will meet!

If it is a short jump it doesn’t matter for distance obviously but it can help with your landing. For a big jump if you want more distance/height off a jump it helps a lot. I recently noticed I have not been pulling my knees up as high as I used to because I have been missing some of the big jumps at my limit without the knees up.

Movement / Re: Kong to precision - avec vidéo.
« on: May 05, 2011, 07:56:16 PM »
On top of the previous comment it looks like your left leg is slowing you down. Like you are using it to stop you or slow you down. It happens when you are scared of a movement, you will break with one of your legs. As you get more comfortable through practice this 'stopping action' will cease and your movement will be more powerful and fluid. Keep it up.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: The PK Roll and Kong
« on: October 02, 2010, 07:50:42 AM »
How much progression have you done on jumps? If your roll is great you dont have anything to worry about but I understand fear. I like to practice rolls off 2-3 foot obstacles, like benches, rocks, and such. I will run at the bench and jump off of it at speed or practice just jumping high off it always going into a roll. Once you feel confident at 2-3 feet, move up to about 5 feet. And so on till you can do 8 feet no problem. But i would advise not going higher than 8 feet, its just not worth it. There is a reson we have a natural fear of hights, because it is dangerous. But If you want to overcome your fear on that 8 foot wall just progress up to it. Even if you think going off something that is 2-3 feet is too easy start there anyway.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: 10 hours of training on 10/10/10
« on: September 28, 2010, 07:44:52 PM »
Good Luck to everyone who does this. It will be tough but worth it. I plan on doing it on 10/9/10, I just have the time that day. Train hard, but especially train safe everyone!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour shoess!!!
« on: September 19, 2010, 07:00:12 AM »
I had been using a pair of minamalist running shoes, super thin sole with tough mesh upper, they are great when I want shoes but i started barefoot training about a month ago.
I used to think the barefoot thing was just a fad. Like- David Bell said the best shoes were bare feet so I go barefoot!!! But as I was researching other things barefoot running research kept popping up, and one day I thought I would try it. And it is awesome! My precisions have improved 200% as have all of my technique. I am just now starting to be able to do some of my bigger jumps and movements barefoot! It really does improve your technique and my ankles and cave muscles are tons stronger, I wont be spraining an ankle any time soon! Sometimes I wish I had a little more grip on different surfaces so I am buying VFF KSO's the next time I go by REI.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Is it illegal to do this???
« on: September 19, 2010, 06:44:04 AM »
Ya like these guys said its illegal. If you have permission from the owner to be on the roof of their house, store, garage, then your ok legally. But like Devin touched on if you are just beginning you really should be training on the ground. You will hear it from allot of people here that there is nothing you can do on a roof that you can't do on the ground.
The main thing is we don't want you to fall and hurt yourself, and we don't want to give PK a bad name. If you have a 'really good wooden playground' then you are super lucky and should train there often. Some people have had problems training at schools but I find if I go on Saturdays when no one is there I have been fine. Train all the basics on the playground, rolls, precisions, vaults, cats, strides. There is probably a ton of stuff for you to train there.
But yeah resist the temptation to get on roofs, we all have watched hundreds, and thousands of videos of people getting onto roofs and so it is a big temptation but try to resist. And after a year or so it may be beneficial for you to climb a roof once in a great while, but only do it when your ready to face all the consequences. I have been training consistently the last 3 years and have not been on a roof in 7 months, maybe more.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parcour screen play
« on: September 13, 2010, 12:20:43 PM »
I agree, it would be hard to do a good film about parkour without knowing anything about it. So its good that you are here asking. Like has been said parkour does not lend itself well to competition. It is about bettering yourself and respecting others. Even when traceurs are put in competition with each other there is not, or at least there should not be malice towards each other. Watch a few episodes of MTV's Ultimate Parkour Challenge. Those guys are competing against each other but they are like best friends, and thats how the community tries to be. So my main suggestion with a film about parkour is do your research so you can show who we are in an accurate way, because (not to sound cheesy) parkour can bring people together and make anyone a better person.

Movement / Re: Speed vault questions
« on: September 11, 2010, 07:20:47 AM »
If your technique is correct then there should not be much pressure on your knees or your ankles. I would suggest you start some conditioning to get a little stronger before or as you start to learn movements. There are a ton of work out suggestions for conditioning on here, just use the search bar at the top right and I am sure you will find what you need. Also make sure you do a warm up, that will help.
This is a good warm up

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