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I will be using a mix of "I" and "We" because much of the direction and values of APK come directly from me, but are shared and reinforced by tons of people who make up the working side of APK and thousands of people who make up the community side.

I made a post which stated "When you wear your APK gear to train in public, please make quality of movement your top priority"

This thread is to have a discussion about that post, and the way that people perceived it.

Many people said "it could have been worded better" - and I agree - I thought that it had the word "Focus" - "please focus on quality of movement" instead, it says "make it a top priority" which to me meant the same thing.

What it does not say, is "if you do not have quality movement, do not wear APK clothing". There is a big difference between "making the quality of your movement a priority" - which implies "quality over: speed, size of jumps, technical difficulty" vs having "quality movement", one is a goal, the other is a descriptor. APK stands that focusing on the quality of your movement is a value that we adhere to and want our community to adhere to. I have explained this all now several times, yet people keep posting "If you suck, don't wear APK clothing" - which is not what we ever said or meant.

It would be very uncharacteristic of APK to say "don't be bad at parkour, don't be a beginner, don't be a novice". We have not ever said those thing. What we have said, many times, is that it doesn't matter how far, how high, or how big you can do something, it matters how well you can do it, that is quality of movement.

I feel like the thing that the people who are misinterpreting this have missed is the word "of" - the simple difference between "Quality movement" and "Quality of movement" - words are important.

If you're from the crew who feels that APK said "don't wear our clothes if you suck" I'd like to hear how you interpreted it that way and why you feel APK would say that?


Thanks!

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Parkour And Freerunning / Goals for 2014
« on: January 01, 2014, 09:52:00 AM »
Hey Everyone!

Thanks so much for being part of APK! Everyone here, most of all me, is excited about 2014 and the US and world parkour communities!

I have several goals for this year which will be revealed over the next few weeks in various channels.

I posted some of my goals on the APK facebook page yesterday, and my mobility goal on the facebook and in my workout journal today.

More importantly, what are your goals for 2014 and how will you achieve them?


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Parkour And Freerunning / New Website!!
« on: November 20, 2013, 06:44:54 AM »
Hi Everyone!
We've needed a new website for a long time, and we've finally gotten it out there!

Our main philosophy / objective in getting the site up: Have a few beautiful things rather than a lot of old broken ones.

In that of course there are some valuable resources that are not up yet, like the Community Jam Calendar.

Everything from the old site still exists at http://archives.americanparkour.com/

We'd like your help with two things.
1. Tell us any resources which you used frequently that don't exist yet on the new site.
2. Let us know any links you find on other sites that point to our old site and are broken, for example if there is a great artciel on a major site, and it is now a broken link, we'd like to fix that.

After a few weeks of testing with the new site, we'll ask for more help in pother areas to keep making APK the best possible resource it can be for the parkour community.

Thanks for being part of APK, Together We Are The Movement
-M2

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Parkour Projects / Parkour Projects - Please read before posting
« on: November 05, 2012, 01:27:10 PM »
This board is to let people know what you're working on. This can include projects which request donations through sites such as Kickstarter. Projects must be cleared by American Parkour, who can allow or deny such requests for any reason or no reason whatsoever. Please email projects@americanparkour.com before posting. Thanks and good luck with your project!

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Hi everyone!
First off, thanks for being a part of this community!!

I feel like the forums are at an all-time low, and I feel it is probably due to the negativity of a few that gets in the way of what could be a super-helpful resource for new and veteran practitioners alike.

I'm going to ask everyone to make a concerted effort to make positive, helpful, and meaningful posts here.

Together, we can make APK somewhere we are proud to be part of that helps thousands of new people discover the joys of Parkour and Freerunning.

Thanks!
M2


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National Jams / 2012 National Jam Schedule
« on: February 21, 2012, 05:04:10 AM »
Here it is - just waiting to be filled up :)

Texas and Florida have already had great jams, I'll add the upcoming ones to this thread.

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APK Store / Products / Do you ship worldwide?
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:21:11 AM »
Yes!

We use the US Postal Service International Priority Mail.

We ship American Parkour Gear to the following countries:

Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Ascension 3
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia 3
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma (Myanmar)
Burundi
Cambodia (Kampuchea)
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Croatia
Cuba 4
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands 3
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia, Republic of
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, Democratic People’s
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Kosovo, Republic of
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Macedonia (Republic of)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of (North Korea) 5
Reunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Christopher and Nevis
Saint Helena
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia, Republic of
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Western Samoa
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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APK Store / Products / How Long do orders take to arrive?
« on: January 19, 2012, 09:19:30 AM »
We process most orders within 24 hours, so orders placed after 3:00 will probably not go out until 1 or even 2 days later.

We have two shipping options available for US orders;

First Class - which usually only applies to single items as the USPS weight limit is 13 ounces - takes 3 to 5 days after being shipped, NO TRACKING OPTIONS

Priority Mail -  Most of our shipments go out Priority Mail, 1-3 days delivery within the US and comes with a Delivery Confirmation Number - which may or may not have actual in-transit tracking info, but will tell when the item is due to be delivered.

International Priority Mail - number of days varies by country. We ship to the following countries:
Afghanistan
Albania
Algeria
Andorra
Angola
Anguilla
Antigua and Barbuda
Argentina
Armenia
Aruba
Ascension 3
Australia
Austria
Azerbaijan
Bahamas
Bahrain
Bangladesh
Barbados
Belarus
Belgium
Belize
Benin
Bermuda
Bhutan
Bolivia 3
Bosnia-Herzegovina
Botswana
Brazil
British Virgin Islands
Brunei Darussalam
Bulgaria
Burkina Faso
Burma (Myanmar)
Burundi
Cambodia (Kampuchea)
Cameroon
Canada
Cape Verde
Cayman Islands
Central African Republic
Chad
Chile
China
Colombia
Comoros
Congo, Democratic Republic of the
Congo, Republic of the
Costa Rica
Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
Croatia
Cuba 4
Cyprus
Czech Republic
Denmark
Djibouti
Dominica
Dominican Republic
Ecuador
Egypt
El Salvador
Equatorial Guinea
Eritrea
Estonia
Ethiopia
Falkland Islands 3
Faroe Islands
Fiji
Finland
France
French Guiana
French Polynesia
Gabon
Gambia
Georgia, Republic of
Germany
Ghana
Gibraltar
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
Greece
Greenland
Grenada
Guadeloupe
Guatemala
Guinea
Guinea-Bissau
Guyana
Haiti
Honduras
Hong Kong
Hungary
Iceland
India
Indonesia
Iran
Iraq
Ireland
Israel
Italy
Jamaica
Japan
Jordan
Kazakhstan
Kenya
Kiribati
Korea, Democratic People’s
Korea, Republic of (South Korea)
Kosovo, Republic of
Kuwait
Kyrgyzstan
Laos
Latvia
Lebanon
Lesotho
Liberia
Libya
Liechtenstein
Lithuania
Luxembourg
Macao
Macedonia (Republic of)
Madagascar
Malawi
Malaysia
Maldives
Mali
Malta
Martinique
Mauritania
Mauritius
Mexico
Moldova
Mongolia
Montenegro
Montserrat
Morocco
Mozambique
Namibia
Nauru
Nepal
Netherlands
Netherlands Antilles
New Caledonia
New Zealand
Nicaragua
Niger
Nigeria
Norway
Oman
Pakistan
Panama
Papua New Guinea
Paraguay
Peru
Philippines
Pitcairn Island
Poland
Portugal
Qatar
Republic of (North Korea) 5
Reunion
Romania
Russia
Rwanda
Saint Christopher and Nevis
Saint Helena
Saint Lucia
Saint Pierre and Miquelon
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
San Marino
Sao Tome and Principe
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Serbia, Republic of
Seychelles
Sierra Leone
Singapore
Slovak Republic (Slovakia)
Slovenia
Solomon Islands
Somalia
South Africa
Spain
Sri Lanka
Sudan
Suriname
Swaziland
Sweden
Switzerland
Syrian Arab Republic (Syria)
Taiwan
Tajikistan
Tanzania
Thailand
Togo
Tonga
Trinidad and Tobago
Tristan da Cunha
Tunisia
Turkey
Turkmenistan
Turks and Caicos Islands
Tuvalu
Uganda
Ukraine
United Arab Emirates
Uruguay
Uzbekistan
Vanuatu
Vatican City
Venezuela
Vietnam
Wallis and Futuna Islands
Western Samoa
Yemen
Zambia
Zimbabwe

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Parkour And Freerunning / Letters to APK
« on: December 11, 2011, 07:31:30 AM »
OK, so we get some pretty good letters and emails here, some of them are very sincere and truly moving, stories of how Parkour has changed people's lives for the better, and we love and appreciate those, please keep them coming.

The ones I wanted to share with you though are the ones from people asking for soponsorship, spnsorship, or sponsers, how to do a front flip since they already have the best team in the world, and please go to their website (which doesn't exist yet).

Today's email hit almost all those categories in less than one huge run on sentence :P


hi my name is **** and me and my brother ***** are trying to start are own team called the night hawks we got the people  but we don\'t know how to do front flips or back flips but i made a trick up and once i get the website going you should totally look it up cause we can do all the things you guys did in her video so we would like you guys to look us up peace out.


Now go train those flips so you can make a website!!! :)

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Parkour And Freerunning / New Idea For Hotspots- please challenge :)
« on: September 24, 2011, 07:21:47 AM »
SO, a few guys from Baltimore just came to Primal and want to jam around town - I could show them the hotspots map, but it got me thinking - would it be more useful to have a "Day route" for each city?

If you were in Madison for one day, what spots would you hit in what order?

I think it would be great to have one of these for each major city ... basically a "star map" of the hotspots.


Thoughts? Issues? Make the idea better?
Befor anyone else adds it -  "OMG we need to make the mobile app NOW"

Personally I feel it will be more productive to talk about the idea and concept and start with humble beginnings - like a typed list of order of spots, and then we can get geocaching techno crazy :P




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Parkour And Freerunning / HTML Capable Volunteer Needed
« on: September 22, 2011, 05:39:32 AM »
We need a volunteer who can spend a couple of hours a month on small projects, must be familiar enough with HTML to get code, sift through it a bit, do some reformatting, and then test.

In return, you will get respect and admiration, and some APK gear - you'll probably be able to jump higher too.

If interested, please respond in this thread and if you have worked on any sites please include a link and brief description of what exactly you did on that site / code.

Thanks!
M2

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“It’s not something you should try out at home,“ said Free Runner Ryan Doyle (UK), who was a member of the jury in the U.S. car capital city. “The guys are all professionals and train for months at a time to get to this level.“

While I strongly agree that the message should be "these guys are professionals and it takes (years not months!!) to get to this level" -- I strongly disagree with a "Don't try this at home" attitude about Parkour and Freerunning, to me that is the opposite of the message we want to get out - we want to get a message out that says "There are beginning stages that anyone can try - DO try this at home".
 

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Results / Art of Motion Detroit 2011
« on: August 28, 2011, 05:20:33 AM »
From the official press release:

Final results Detroit: 1. Marcus Gustafsson (SWE), 2. Tim Shieff (UK), 3. Pip Anderson (UK), 4. Dan Mast (USA), 5. Luci Romberg (USA), 6. Vinnie Coryell (USA), 7. Lukas Steiner (AUT), 8. Marvin Ross (USA), 9. Kosuke Shimada (JPN), 10. Levi Meeuwenberg (USA); MINI Sickest Trick: Marvin Ross (USA)

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Parkour And Freerunning / Parkour Bushido
« on: August 26, 2011, 05:19:20 AM »
We talk about be strong to be useful.
We talk about self-improvement.
We speak of being better citizens through leave no trace and our general attitude.

Is it reflected in our every day lives?

How are we perceived? How do we actually represent ourselves from an objective 3rd party view?

Are you polite to everyone when you train?

Do you move aside and allow pedestrians right of way?

Do you avoid high-traffic areas to not interfere with others' rights to the quiet and peaceful enjoyment of a space?


Even in our own space - Is it reflected in our treatment of our own training companions in these forums?  Do you take time and care for spelling and punctuation to get your point across intelligently to other practitioners from whom you are seeking help, advice, comradery?


In other words, how do you carry yourself overall? Can you be seen as not only a competent or practicing traceur, but also as a polite, friendly, and educated person?

What is the Bushido of Parkour?

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Jordan has been a huge asset to the APK community, and now he can help in another way as the newest Global Moderator of the forums.

Thanks Jordan for taking on a task which requires hard work, dedication, and most of all patience :)


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