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Women / Re: Belly button ring?
« on: June 15, 2011, 08:46:00 PM »
Okay haha thank you!  ;D

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Women / Re: Pros and Cons of Gloves?
« on: June 14, 2011, 06:48:40 PM »
I think I'm gonna need gloves. My hands are just really soft, and I don't like having sad hands. :(

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Women / Re: National Jam
« on: June 14, 2011, 06:47:33 PM »
I probably wouldn't be able to attend, because I'm a minor and share a car with my twin, so traveling out of the state or even more than a few hours away is not gonna happen. I will say that it has been really, really hot down here in Florida this summer. It's been hard for me, and I've been living here my whole life. Also, the parkour scene is not as lively here. I'd recommend an area that is not too far from the people attending, but also has a more active parkour community and a better climate.

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Women / Re: Belly button ring?
« on: June 14, 2011, 06:41:28 PM »
Thank you! How long did the soreness last?

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Women / Belly button ring?
« on: June 12, 2011, 08:48:47 AM »
I'm thinking about getting my naval pierced sometime in the future, and I was wondering if that would be a good idea. My friend is a pretty active dancer and tells me that hers never bothers her, otherwise I wouldn't even consider it. They also sell rubbery naval barbells for sports and whatnot. Would a naval ring be unsafe? There aren't many tall walls in my area, so I'm not hauling myself up and over things that much, but it's still something to consider.
Does anyone here have one? If so, does it affect your training at all? Is getting a naval piercing just a bad idea?

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Movement / Re: Roll Pain
« on: May 23, 2011, 06:10:28 PM »
Thanks a million!  ;D

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Movement / Re: Roll Pain
« on: May 23, 2011, 05:34:33 PM »
I feel a bit stupid, but would you mind telling me what the elbow-shoulder progression is?  :-\

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Women / Re: FLPinK
« on: May 23, 2011, 01:20:35 PM »
I liked it too. I want to build up at least some level of skill before I go to any jams though. I'm seriously right there at the bottom. Hopefully I'll be able to improve a lot over the summer.

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Movement / Re: Roll Pain
« on: May 23, 2011, 01:14:05 PM »
Lately my shoulder's been hurting as I go into my roll. It's like I come down on it too hard. I tried to adjust how I place my hands, but that just made it worse. Should I be curling into more of a ball or trying to touch the ground a bit behind my shoulder?
Also, my left leg hits the ground kind of hard as well. When I try to tuck it underneath me more, I just end up crushing it. I roll right-handed, by the way.
Any help is appreciated!

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Women / Re: Map of APK traceuses
« on: April 21, 2011, 08:10:04 PM »
Thanks! I'm concentrating on learning how my body moves now. Yesterday I did my first roll from a height above my chest and it felt amazing. :) Mostly I've just been doing some body weight exercises to build up some upper body strength. I've got some weak arms. :P But I'll check out thos upcoming sessions this summer. I hope I can get out there!

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Women / Re: Map of APK traceuses
« on: April 06, 2011, 04:59:52 PM »
So far there's no one near me, but I suppose that's to be expected. I've only seen about two or three traceurs down here in Florida in my life. I know of a group that meets at USF, but they meet at the most random and inconvenient times (probably just practicing between classes), and since I'm still in high school, I can never make their meets. I'm not sure if I would go if I could though; they're pretty advanced from what I hear. And I'm an absolute beginner. :P

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Women / Re: Map of APK traceuses
« on: April 05, 2011, 03:32:30 PM »
Alright, NOW my location is there lol. XD

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Women / Re: Map of APK traceuses
« on: March 27, 2011, 09:10:00 AM »
I added my location. :) It came up as a blue dot instead of a balloon-looking thing, but at least it's there. :)

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Women / Re: Building Safe Environments for Women in Parkour
« on: March 06, 2011, 02:32:27 PM »
I haven't attended any jams yet, so my opinion may not mean much, but here goes:
- What makes you feel safe/comfortable when training parkour? What may hinder that comfort? I'm most comfortable when I'm training with someone I know or completely by myself. I don't like it when people stare or laugh. But that's probably my shyness speaking. Oh, and I hate it when guys whistle and holler. That's terrible.

- What encourages you to go back to train with the same people? How do you like to be treated as a beginner/beginnermediate/intermediate traceuse? Well, the first question I can't answer. As a beginner, I don't like to be treated as an idiot or pandered to. On the other hand, I wouldn't want people to be frustrated when I couldn't advance as quickly as they think I should.

- Do you generally prefer to train with only other women? Wish that you could? Spend most of your time in co-ed environments? if I had a choice, I'd prefer to train with other women. Our bodies are different from men's (center of gravity, upper body strength, etc), and I think that training with someone who understands that completely would be ideal.

- What are your feelings regarding female jams, both those that are pro-women but open to anyone, and those that may be women-only-no-exceptions? I haven't been to any, but women jams sound awesome. Having them open to men is nice, because maybe some traceurs have something of real worth to say. But I can see why traceuses would want women-only jams. Sometimes lady time is nice.

- Do you feel more comfortable being taught by a woman, or a man, or does it matter? Do you think it's important for women's classes/clinics/jams to be led only by women? If I was taught by someone, I would prefer a woman. I think it's probably best for women's classes, clinics, and jams to be led by women.

- What, if anything, has frustrated you about a parkour community/training space where you may not have felt comfortable? Showing off.

- Do you feel that women train differently/learn differently, and that coaching women is significantly different that that of men? I don't think the difference is huge, but it's there. Physically, certain vaults may be easier or harder. I also think that women usually benefit more from gentle encouraging than some of the more aggressive ways male coaches tend to push their students.

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Women / Re: Introductions
« on: March 06, 2011, 02:02:26 PM »
Hey everyone!
I made this profile about a year ago, had to stop practicing because of a surgery, and now I'm finally starting back. :)
I'm 5'6 and 16 years old. I live in Florida, in a suburban area without a lot of obstacles, so training can be a pain (and HOT), but I'm dedicating myself to it this year.
I'm also teaching my little brother what I learn as I go along. Don't worry, I make sure I have it all down first. :P

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Parkour / Re: usual age to start?
« on: February 27, 2011, 05:31:48 PM »
I tried it a bit when I was 15, had surgery that kept me off my feet for a while, and now I'm really dedicating myself to it. I'll be 17 in a few months. And like a lot of people are saying, I wish I had started earlier.

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Movement / Re: Roll Pain
« on: February 27, 2011, 05:27:13 PM »
Thank you! I'll get on that. :D

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Movement / Re: Roll Pain
« on: February 27, 2011, 03:37:10 PM »
It's usually my shoulder; sometimes my spine if I roll over cracks. I've been placing my hands closer to my left leg when I roll and it's helped a lot.

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Movement / Re: Roll Pain
« on: February 26, 2011, 01:50:52 PM »
Hey! I made this profile a while ago, but I had to get foot surgery a few weeks later, and it took a lot longer to recover than I had thought. I am just now starting back, and I'm basically at square one. I've almost got my roll down perfectly, but when I roll on concrete or any other hard or uneven surface, I do feel some discomfort. My roll feels smooth as silk on carpet, grass, and dirt.
I do most of my training on the golf course behind my house, so I don't have to roll on concrete that often. I think that rolling on hard surfaces bothers me because I'm very skinny and bony, and the backs of certain sports bras can hurt when my weight is on it.
I also have to take into account the fact that as a girl, my body shape and center of gravity are slightly different, and I may end up having to tweak my technique a bit.
So, is that normal? Or should I start messing around with how I do my rolls?

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FAQ / Re: Just started and I have some questions
« on: March 26, 2010, 12:21:16 PM »
Haha duh! Thanks!  ;D

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