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Movement / "Kong" Troubleshooter
« on: July 13, 2007, 10:16:37 PM »
This thing is definately ancient, but since I'm seeing a few repeating threads with people having similar problems, if figured it's time to dust this bad boy off. I hope it helps.

Cat Jump ("Kong") Troubleshooter v2.iforget

I composed this guide in response to the many requests for help with saut du chats (from here on out I will refer to them as cat jumps). It is by no means perfect so if during the course of your reading you notice an error or exclusion, please say something and I will change it.

Okay, let's get down to business.


1) I'm scared of clipping my feet / My legs won't fit between my arms

This is by far the problem that plagues traceurs learning cat jumps the most, so don't worry, you're not alone. The mistakes you are making is keeping your butt too low, not tucking your legs tight enough and/or not pushing hard enough.

A common illusion people have about cat jumping is that you are simply supposed to jump through your arms. NO! Your arms are jumping just as much as your legs are. Once you jump and place your hands on the ledge be prepared to push. As your knees come to your your chest, push up and forward with your wrists and arms.

If pushing harder isn't working, have your friend watch you attempt a cat jump (somewhere safe such as your couch) and tell you  where your butt is. Chances are that he/she will tell you they are at your elbow level. This is wrong. If you want to get any distance or clearance on your cat jumps you should have your rear at or above your head before you push off. Get momentum and LEAN FORWARD.

If you're getting your push down and your butt in the air1  but aren't clearing your obstacle, then you need to tuck your legs nice and tight. As you're traveling over the obstacle, bring your knees up to your chest hard (for heavyset people, this may be difficult. The solution is to work harder on the push and keeping your butt high).


2) I'm not getting enough distance from my cat jumps

For someone that can already cat jump, this problem should be simple to remedy. There are two ways to increase your cat jump2; the first is jumping farther from the obstacle and the second is pushing harder with your arms.

Find an obstacle to cat jump. Lay down a marker (unobtrusively) two feet in front of the obstacle. Place a second marker two feet behind the obstacle. Run up and take off at the first marker and cat jump the obstacle, push with all of your strength. Coming off of the obsticle your arms should be extended straight back with your palms up. You will have cleared the second marker if you did this right. Repeat this at least five times today. Tomorrow, move both of the markers a couple more inches away from the obstacle. Continue this regiment increasing a few inches on each side every day until you feel comfortable with your distance.


3) I'm too scared to cat jump.

There are several ways to deal with your fear. The best way is probably just definitely it up and committing, but until you make that decision, you can prepare with these strategies:

a) MONKEY PLANT: one tip to help with the fear is to do a monkey plant on the obstacle you are cat jumping. Once your body gets used to the feeling of diving into something, instead of planting your feet; lean forward with your rump in the air. Land safely on the ground and you've got a cat jump!

b) STAIR CATS: find a stairset of about 4 to 5 stairs, and practice cat jumping up the stairs from the bottom. This will help your body develop what is called "muscle memory". This means that the combination of dive, plant, tuck and butt-up will all combine until it is second nature. Also, If you clip your feet, there's no drop on the other side to injure yourself on.

c)CAT YO' COUCH: The sofa, the furniture industry's gift to traceurs. Learn to use it to it's full potential. Practice cat jumping from your floor, planting on the arm and landing (bailing?) on the cushions. This gets rid of your face-planting fears and really helps you learn to get your head down and your butt up.

Focus and Commit!

1 like you just don't care
2 This is about the point where "jump" becomes funny to say.


Thanks to: Mark, bjmann490, and Ahk Horus (you guys probably don't remember, but you helped me with the original version).

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Mid-Atlantic / Random as hell traceur sighting: Georgetown
« on: November 12, 2006, 10:54:26 AM »
I'm down in georgetown U this weekend visiting my girlfriend. So yesterday, the 11th, we were walking to go pick up some food and we see some little hooligans prancing around engaging in tomfoolery of some sort. Anyway, this one young man does a backflip off of a wall, and as I approach him i recognize his as spencer (johnnyboy). I went up to him to say hello and shook his hand, but I don't think he remembered me.

Anyway, it's a great feeling to inadvertently bump into traceurs of freerunners training. It's like the equivalent of edward norton hearing people chant "his name is robert paulsen" in the back room of a restaurant.  ;D

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Maryland (College Park) / Not completely parkour-relevant
« on: October 08, 2006, 09:17:05 PM »
Those of you who go to UMD, I am looking to go there next year, and I am wondering about a few things, specifically if it's a very competitive school to get into and how the cumpus area lends itself to parkour. It seems that you already have a nice little Parkour community set up there. Anyway, please contact me on AIM (emoisaprank) if you want to discuss more with me.

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Socialize / It's my birthday to-day.
« on: July 19, 2006, 05:17:15 AM »
I'm 17!

I just got back from the DMV, I passed my driving test and got my liscence. Another Jersey driver on the road  :P

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In the Media / FOX news - May 31 - NYC
« on: June 01, 2006, 04:30:03 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K0OpbVzCUk4

Once again, she used the "skateboarding without the skateboard" explanation although we specifically asked for her not to.

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In the Media / NYParkour in the NY Daily News
« on: June 01, 2006, 04:23:55 AM »
June 1, 2006

http://www.nydailynews.com/06-01-2006/front/story/422675p-356607c.html

Some minor mistakes, but overall I think it is one of the best articles I've been involved with in terms of understanding.

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In the Media / ABC - 5 O'Clock news - Memorial Day
« on: May 26, 2006, 08:23:10 AM »
A segment on District B13 and NYParkour will be airing on the ABC 5 o'clock news on memorial day.

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Pics & Vids / Cyril Raffaelli laying the hurt on various suckas
« on: May 23, 2006, 09:09:25 AM »
www.youtube.com - featured video of the day - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8CTZ29llm0

"District B13: Cop Kicks Ass in Casino"

This is the clip from district B13 where cyril distributes about two dozen free tickets to the pain train, the CR equivalent of Belle's famous chase scene intro.

If you're going to the DC screening and haven't seen the movie yet, don't spoil it for yourself. Otherwise, dig in!

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Parkour And Freerunning / APK LIVE
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:12:46 PM »
APK Live will be making a comeback this week with the exciting topic:

Obstacles to Action: How to Overcome Non-Physical Barriers to Training

Issues such as parental restraint, previous injury, fear of injury and others will be examined.


We are in need of panel members for the chat this Sunday

If you'd like to take part in the panel discussion, please PM me or email Asa@americanparkour.com


This Sunday night at 9:00 our APK Live session will begin. The Live session is available for registered members only to suggest questions and discussion points for the panel.

As usual, APK Live will show up on the User Manu at 8:30 for socializing, at 9:00 we ask that only panel members speak.


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Consumer Whores / Shoe Talk
« on: April 06, 2006, 04:30:59 AM »
For those of you interested in talking about what shoes to use for Parkour or freerunning, check out this thread in the FAQ section.

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Thread & Board Archive / PLEASE READ FIRST!
« on: March 30, 2006, 10:47:58 AM »
First off, if you haven't already, check out the FAQ & The Forum Rules, which you can read in the Rules & Regulations section of the forum are:

1: Treat others the way you would want to be treated, with respect.

2. No discussion of religion or politics, neither belong in a Parkour forum.



After that, if you'd like, you can introduce yourself to the APK community by posting a little about yourself in the Welcome Thread.

Other features that the Members and Administration of APK present are Jesse Woody's Workout of the Day, Demon's Drills, or APK Live, our weekly chatroom.

To find out how to get linked into your local community, check out the "Locals Only" section of the forum, and find your state, from California to the Carolinas, and everything in between.

If you have questions, or want to add something about any topic, use the search bar at the top of the forum to help you find the applicable thread (forum conversation). If you can't find it, the people in this forum are some of the kindest and most entertaining people you will ever be in contact with, feel free to ask any unanswered questions in the proper forums.

See you out there!



Reccommended Reading:

To learn about the history and origins of Parkour, the articles about "Raymond Belle" and his son "David Belle" from Parkour.net are must-reads.

To understand the role of specific movements in Parkour, we suggest you read "Techniques in Parkour."

To further understand the philosophy behind Parkour,try reading "Greater than the Sum of it's Parts" by Jesse Woody.

- The APK Mods

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Movement / Kong (Cat Jump) Troubleshooting
« on: March 27, 2006, 03:47:16 PM »
This is something I wrote a while back, but never put up on APK. So here it is, a resource for budding traceurs. I hope you can benefit from it as much as people have in the past!

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I composed this guide in response to the many requests for help with kongs/monkeys/saut du chat/cat jumps (referred to as cat jumps from here on for simplicity's sake) . It is by no means perfect so if during the course of your reading you notice an error or exclusion, please say something about it to me.


Okay, lets get down to buisness.


1) I'm scared of clipping my feet / My legs won't fit between my arms


This is by far the problem that plagues traceurs the most, so don't worry, you're not alone. The mistakes you are making are keeping your butt too low, not tucking your legs tight enough and/or not pushing hard enough.

A common illusion people have about cat jumps is that you are simply supposed to jump through your arms. NO! Your arms are jumping just as much as your legs are. Once you jump and place your hands on the obstacle be prepared to push. As your knees come to your your chest, push up and forward with your arms and wrists.

If pushing harder isn't working, have your friend watch you attempt a cat jump (somewhere safe such as your couch) and tell you where your butt is. Chances are that he/she will tell you they are at your elbow level. This is wrong. If you want to get any clearance on your cat you should have your rear at or above your head before you push off.  LEAN FORWARD.

If you're getting your push down and your butt in the air (like you just don't care) but aren't clearing your obstacle, then you need to tuck your legs nice and tight. As you're traveling over the obstacle, bring your knees up to your chest hard (for heavyset people, this may be difficult. The solution is to work harder on the push and keeping your butt high).


Once you learn how to clear an obstacle, then you can experiment with butt height for optimal distance, momentum, etc. But just keep your priorities in mind; learn how to get over it before you try to get over it quickly.

2) I'm not getting enough distance from my cat jump.


For someone that can already cat jump, this problem should be simple to remedy. Here are two ways to increase the distance on your cat jump; the first is jumping farther from the obstacle and the second is pushing harder with your arms.

Find an obstacle to cat jump (bellybutton to chest height). Lay down a marker (unobtrusively) two feet or so in front of the obstacle. Place a second marker two feet behind the obstacle. Run up and take off at the first marker and cat jump the obstacle, push with all of your strength. Coming off of the obstace your arms should generally be extended straight back with your palms up. You will have cleared the second marker if you did this right. Repeat this at least ten times today. Tomorrow, move both of the markers slightly farther away from the obstacle. Practice at least 10 times. Continue this process, increasing a little every day until you feel comfortable with your distance.

3) I'm too scared to cat jump.

There are several ways to deal with your fear. The best way is probably just sucking it up and committing, but until you make that decision, you can prepare with these strategies:

a) CAT UP: one tip to help with the fear is to cat up to, and plant your feet on the obstacle you are trying to clear. Once your body gets used to the feeling of diving into something, instead of planting your feet; lean forward with your rump in the air. Land safely on the ground and you've got a cat jump!

b) STAIR CATS: find a stairset of about 4 to 5 stairs, and practice cat jumping up the stairs from the bottom. This will help your body develop what is called "muscle memory". This means that the combination of dive, plant, tuck and butt-up will all combine until it is second nature. Also, If you clip your feet, there's no drop on the other side to injure yourself on.

c) Cat YO' COUCH: The sofa is a very useful learning tool for traceurs. Learn to use it to it's full potential. Practice cat jumping from your floor, planting on the arm of the sofa and landing (falling?) on the cushions. This gets rid of your face-planting fears and really helps you learn to get your head down and your butt up.

Focus and Commit!

Special thanks to Mark and Brian.

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Thread & Board Archive / APK Live - Panel Members Needed
« on: March 16, 2006, 08:58:15 AM »
As it says on the main page, the discussion will be:

"The Internet: Useful Training Tool or Distraction?"

We are in need of volunteers to participate in the panel discussion, please PM me if you are interested in getting your opinion out!

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Lexicon / Weekend Warrior
« on: February 27, 2006, 02:43:10 PM »
A Weekend Warrior (or WW for short) is a casual traceur, one who's mild to moderate interest does not manifest itself past the occasional attending of weekend jams.

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Pics & Vids / Parkour Videos for Video Ipods
« on: February 21, 2006, 02:16:58 PM »
OK, so I recently got my hands on an Ipod Video, which happens to be one of the illest joints around.

My first thought was to upload some Parkour vids to my ipod to have a "Mobile Parkour Video Viewing Station" so to speak. However, there aren't any Parkour videos available in an Ipod compatible format. After banging my head against the wall for a few days, I found a way to pass it.

The program I used was the Converter from Videora. The latest version (v0.91) is available for free.

After installing the program to your computer, run it.

In the menu on the left side of the window that opens, select "Convert".

In the main screen click "Transcode New Video" and select the video to be converted to an ipod compatible format. (The only formats that I have attempted to convert are Windows Media and Quick Time, so I don't know how successful you will be with other formats. Please let me know about success with other video formats.)

Select your desired ipod compatible "profile" from the available list for your video to be transcoded to. (If you're unsure what format to use the default profile (MPEG-4/320x240/768kbps Stereo/128kbps).

Click start, and wait for the magic to happen before your eyes!

Once the conversion is complete, go to where you downloaded the program to, and you'll find a folder entitled "Videos." Open this folder, and within, you'll find the precious jewel that is your ipod formatted video!

Add the folder, or the file, to your itunes, connect your ipod, and you've just added a video to your "MPVVS"!

Note: when you minimize Videora Ipod Converter, it will seem to dissapear, but don't freak out like I did the first few times! On your taskbar, on the right, where all of the mini-icons are (by the clock) there will be a mini-icon-sized blank space. Double click on this space to restore the Videora.

Hope this helps!

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Socialize / APK Hoodie
« on: February 15, 2006, 05:40:43 PM »
I recently received my Black APK Hoodie in the mail, and threw it on right away.

The quality is super high, and I took it out for a snowball fight and for some training today,  it's very warm and it feels like it will last a while.

Thanks M2!

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Lexicon / Crossfit - Crossfitter
« on: February 14, 2006, 06:02:17 AM »
Refers to Crossfit.com, an elite fitness site.

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CrossFit is the principal strength and conditioning program for many police academies and tactical operations teams, military special operations units, champion martial artists, and hundreds of other elite and professional athletes worldwide.
 
Our program delivers a fitness that is, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. Our specialty is not specializing. Combat, survival, many sports, and life reward this kind of fitness and, on average, punish the specialist.

The CrossFit program is designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. We’ve used our same routines for elderly individuals with heart disease and cage fighters one month out from televised bouts. We scale load and intensity; we don’t change programs.
 
The needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree not kind. Our terrorist hunters, skiers, mountain bike riders and housewives have found their best fitness from the same regimen.
 
Thousands of athletes worldwide have followed our workouts posted daily on this site and distinguished themselves in combat, the streets, the ring, stadiums, gyms and homes.

-Crossfit.com




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Lexicon / Pop Vault
« on: February 14, 2006, 05:47:54 AM »
A passe murrialle technique used by traceurs to quickly pass obsticles that are too high to jump over from the ground.

In a pop vault, the traceur takes one step up the side of the obsticle, and then uses his/her arms to vault over it.

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Lexicon / Raymond Belle
« on: February 01, 2006, 04:25:47 PM »
Raymond Belle was a brave and distinguished Military Firefighter in France. Raymond Belle passed away in 1999, but his legacy lives on through the valor and art of his son, David Belle.

Raymond Belle, had an extremely powerful influence on his son's life, and more specifically, on the development of Parkou, through his career as a soldier and firefighter, as they were the inspiration for the games that David Belle played as a child, setting the foundations for the development of Parkourr.


Raymond Belle Article from Parkour.net

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