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Women / Any ladies going to (B)East Coast?
« on: May 25, 2010, 05:44:28 AM »
Hey all-

I'm looking forward to this weekend's (B)East Coast, and I was hoping to see a bunch of you there!

I'm helping to organize the housing (as much as I can, anyway). . . If you're thinking of coming but don't have a place to stay, a good friend and local Traceuse has offered her couch/floor for any other ladies. She lives in the city, with easy access to all the action. She's got room for 4, and a mixed group would be OK as long as there were more girls than guys.

Shoot me an email (amanda at primal dash fitness dot com) if you're interested and I'll get you in touch with her!


Mid-Atlantic / Hosting for (B)East Coast
« on: May 17, 2010, 12:09:17 PM »
Hey all you local traceurs/euses. 

(B)East Coast, our big national jam, is right around the corner. I'm helping Skipper out with some of the logistics, and he's asked me to put out the call for local peeps who would be willing to host a couple of visitors for the weekend.  We've already had at least one person looking for a bit of floor space. If you've got room, please help us out! It's a guaranteed way to meet new people and get to know awesome traceurs from around the country. 

Post here or hit me with an email (phytolith at gmail dot com) if you'd be willing to host and we can send folks your way.


Mid-Atlantic / Again, again!
« on: April 18, 2010, 03:23:30 PM »
I had a blast at the charter school two weeks ago, and I want to go out again. Any one up for Gallaudet this coming Saturday at 2-2:30ish?

Missouri / Visiting St Louis
« on: April 11, 2010, 02:24:15 PM »
Hey Missouri PK-
I'm gonna be in St. Louis (downtown) for most of next week at a conference. I know I"m going to get totally bored of talks and presentations at some point, and I'll really want to go train! Is anyone gonna be in St. Louis who would want to jam with me? If not, any suggestions on good places to play?
Phytolith (from DC)

Mid-Atlantic / It's spring, dammit, I want to jam!
« on: March 30, 2010, 09:25:13 AM »
Last weekend the weather sucked (and I had a two-day conference anyway), this weekend it's Easter so I'll be visiting my folks. But NEXT weekend! NEXT WEEKEND! Saturday April 10th! 2pm (late, b/c I have to teach at Primal)! Come play!  I'm thinking Gallaudet, but could be convinced to go somewhere else, if there were sufficient interest. Has anyone found new, exciting places to train? American U? Catholic U? 

EDIT: Karen Z put me on to a new place to check out: a school at 14th and E st. Northeast.  It's not terribly near any metro, but it's an easy walk straight east on E st from Union Station. There's some great steps and rails and interesting stuff right on the corner. Hope to see you there!

Pics & Vids / A quick sampler
« on: March 05, 2010, 02:59:14 PM »
Hey all-

Pilou put together this video for last year's (B)East Coast film fest, but we never got around to posting it until now. It's a quick, fun little video, hope you enjoy!


Mid-Atlantic / Snowpocalypse DC part II: the Return of the Snow!
« on: February 05, 2010, 06:39:01 AM »
Last time we had so much snow, a couple of traceurs and friends met at Meridian Hill Park for an epic snowball fight and sledding fest. I propose a rematch and escalation of the war! I'm planning on walking to Meridian Hill Park and being there around noon on Saturday. Any takers?
(p.s. I DO NOT recommend driving. even the metro will likely be on the fritz. If you can get there by walking come join us. Walking in the snow, fun! also, helping dig out the cars of people who are stupid enough to drive = being helpful).

Women / Hair
« on: December 17, 2009, 11:57:47 AM »
I just got a new haircut and it's driving me nuts - it's fine for when I'm at work, but when I train, I can't do anything to keep hair out of my face and eyes. I used to have long hair and no bangs, and could braid it all back. Then I cut it short but could still do pigtails. Now I can pull only part of it back and out of my face, but I have all these free strands that get in the way. I've tried the elastic headband thingies, but they fall off and I have to redo my hair every five minutes. HELP! Other than a buzz-cut, do you ladies have any suggestions so I can see?

Mid-Atlantic / TURKEY JAM! Saturday Nov 28th, 2pm *GALLAUDET*!
« on: November 23, 2009, 08:05:34 AM »
I want to play! I have been sequestered for far too long, it's time to get moving again.

If you're still in DC (or back in DC) over Thanksgiving, join me for a Jam Saturday the 28th at 2pm.

*** EDIT:
We'll meet up at Gallaudet in the parking lot to the left of the main entrance.

Let me know if you're planning on coming!

Mid-Atlantic / Mt. Pleasant Jam, Sunday Oct 11, 1pm!
« on: October 09, 2009, 05:02:25 AM »
That's it, I'm sick of writing!  I'm going to take a few hours off this weekend and go play.  Come join me at the school at Mt. Pleasant Sunday at 1pm.  Exact address to follow (I've never been there, so I have to ask Pilou  :P )

Edit -> the address is 18th st NW and Newton st.  Call 202 257 9496 if you get lost.

Women / Women's Intro PK class at Primal in DC July 5th
« on: June 24, 2009, 07:50:26 AM »
Hey Ladies-

You might have seen the news piece on the main page about the Parkour Intro classes at Primal Fitness.  Just so you know, Primal is also offering a 2 hour Women's Intro Parkour Seminar on Sunday, July 5th from 10-12. Celebrate the 4th in the capitol, and then join us at America's First Parkour gym for a great intro session covering the basics: parkour philosophy, safety, and intro skills like jumping, rolling, and vaults. You can get more information here: 
Bring friends, bring family, feel free to email me with questions:


Women / Women at the National Jams
« on: May 20, 2009, 06:15:31 AM »
Hey ladies-

Many of you are probably aware of the National Jams that happen every summer.  These are great opportunities to meet people inside and outside your local communities and get to know traceurs and traceuses from around the country.  I'd really like to meet some of you, and I think it would be great to have lots of ladies come out to the national jams. 

I'm planning on going to (B)East Coast this weekend, and probably to the NY Jam.  I'd love to go to Colorado if I can swing it.

Anyone else planning on attending a National Jam this summer?


Pics & Vids / Ankle Strength Training Video
« on: March 20, 2009, 01:44:49 PM »
Nothing flashy, just some simple exercises for strengthening the ankles!

Women / What matters most to you in training?
« on: March 01, 2009, 05:58:30 PM »
I've been psyched to see more and more women getting involved in parkour.  Some of you started out on your own, some of you learned about it through organized women's jams or other events.  I have been thinking about some of these women-only events, and still struggling with the idea of separating one section of the parkour community from others, and yet, having taught several women's seminars, I've come away with the impression that many women are more comfortable learning from other women, in a relatively male-free environment. These two conflicting ideas have made me feel that women's-only seminars are beneficial for beginners, but I've been reluctant to organize "advanced women's only" events.  (As an aside: this is not at all a comment on the texas women's jam, which I think was an awesome idea, and was women-focused but certainly not women-only (and I really really wish I coulda gone!)).

I'm posting here to get some sort of idea of what other women in the parkour community think.  What was most important to you when you first started out in parkour?  Did you begin in a male-dominated community? Was learning from/training with/being mentored by women important to you? Do you think you would have enjoyed learning in an all-women environment? What made you keep up with training? What discouraged you? Would you be interested in more women-only events?  Do you think we women should make more efforts to organize as a group? Have you ever run into trouble/biases for being a woman in parkour?  I really look forward to reading your thoughts and comments (and if there are things you'd rather share privately, please feel free to PM me).

Also, I understand that many of the men in our community may also have thoughts about this, but I am asking politely here (and will make a strong effort to follow it up with my moderator privileges) that this particular thread be a place for women only to make their comments heard.  If you feel a need to respond, feel free to PM me.

Maryland / Bethesda Jam, 2pm Sunday Feb 15
« on: February 10, 2009, 05:57:11 AM »

Mid-Atlantic / Bethesda Jam, 2pm Sunday Feb 15
« on: February 10, 2009, 05:46:12 AM »
Come, work off those Valentine's day chocolates (or the stress of not having had a Valentine) on Sunday the 15th.  We'll meet at Bethesda metro station and check out some of the great jamming spots in MD. 

Be there: 2pm!

call me if you get lost - 202 2 five 7 nine 4 nine 6.

New Jersey / Jam, Princeton U. 10am Sat Nov 29
« on: November 28, 2008, 09:19:28 AM »
Hey Central Jersey Traceurs/euses-  Pilou and I are up from DC for Thanksgiving, and want to show my brother some PK.  I've heard Princeton campus has a lot of good places to train.  We'll meet anyone who wants to join us at the campus entrance on Nassau Street across from Witherspoon St.  Call me at two-zero-two two-five-seven nine-four-nine-six.

Mid-Atlantic / "Local" forum?
« on: November 24, 2008, 01:12:48 PM »
Hey all: I listened to the PKNA's radio show about local, independent forums. ( 23 Nov show) I wanted to get an idea of what you guys think.  Should DCMetroParkour get their own, independent forum?

My personal feelings are that a great thing to have the forums from all communities hosted on the larger, national sites - that way those traceurs and traceuses who live close to a state line or in smaller communities who want to be part of a bigger community can find it all on one website, without having to find the local forums, or logging on with several different avatars, etc.  While local forums may make a local community feel more cohesive, this also has the effect of shutting out visitors, or those who travel between several communities.  This isn't to say that local communities shouldn't have their own websites, but cross-posting, at least, is key!

Pics & Vids / Remake Beastie Boy's "Sabotage"
« on: November 12, 2008, 06:29:36 AM »
I'm not up for this myself, but a friend suggested remaking this video with real Parkour:

Who's up for it?


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