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In the Media / Ninja Assassin trailer
« on: November 14, 2009, 07:09:32 AM »
I remember seeing first hearing about this movie on here a few months ago, and I wanted to make sure everyone saw the new trailer.  Pretty impressive stuff!

Ninja Assassin trailer

Pics & Vids / Parkour on a bike?!?!
« on: September 19, 2009, 04:47:05 PM »
If this is a repost, I'll put even money down that says it's worth it.

Parkour on a bike?!?!

Missouri / Stupid and Dumb
« on: July 30, 2009, 08:29:24 PM »

Playgrounds: They're safer but still can be dangerous

This really reminds me of David Belle's latest (I think) interview, has everyone seen it?  If not, look no further than the main page.

What do you guys think?

In the Media / Teaching Fear
« on: July 30, 2009, 08:23:02 PM »
So this isn't quite "parkour in the news," but I think it goes along really well with that latest David Belle interview that came out not long ago.  It definitely smacks of teaching fear instead of courage, and I for one this it's pretty disgusting.



Missouri / KSPR Springfield Parkour Spotlight
« on: May 12, 2009, 07:49:00 PM »
Hey guys!  I've been in contact with a dude named Joel at KSPR here in town, and he's interested in doing a spot on parkour for the nightly news!  He's going to meet us at Founder's this Thursday at 3:30, and I'm way excited!  Expect a wrap up and (hopefully) a link to either the video or a news article online in the next few weeks. :D

Pics & Vids / Springfield Parkour Weekly Jam (Lots of Pictures)
« on: April 23, 2009, 01:58:22 PM »
Here are some shots I took from our weekly jam last Saturday.  We've been pretty off and on for the past two months because of school and the weather (why does Nature decide to throw freezing rain at Missouri EVERY Saturday???), but we're pretty excited about the next few weeks, and summer afterwards.

Yeah, we train here.  No big deal.

He's 6'4", but that's still a pretty good wall run.

Sticking some rail precisions.

I think that surface is about 7 feet wide.

Me, waiting for the trapeze that will never come.  And sporting the latest APK threads, of course!


Artsy tag

Artsy Tag II: Electric Boogaloo

Colorado / In Colorado for the Summer
« on: April 15, 2009, 10:13:51 PM »
Hey guys!  I just got a job with the YMCA at Estes Park Center, and I'm anxious to do some parkour with all you crazy Colorado...ans?  I'm sure I could make it at least once every other week to Boulder, and I'd love to head down to Denver a few times to chill with you guys, too.  Besides where to meet and when, is there anything I should know about your jams and stuff?  I'm way excited to get out there!

Socialize / Seize the day... BY THE THROAT
« on: February 22, 2009, 09:32:52 PM »



An obstacle is only something you HAVEN'T TORN THROUGH YET.

Socialize / Taken
« on: February 21, 2009, 08:52:13 PM »
Has anyone seen this Liam Neeson movie?

I thought it rocked way too many socks for me to be comfortable going into detail.  In the first 10 minutes I thought "what's up with this?  The hero is a creepy stalker?"  Then there was a moment that instantly changed my opinion, and the famous trailer scene firmly cemented this in the "awesome blockbuster" category.

I think the best thing about it was that I had heard nothing about it before watching it (not even from trailers, etc.), so I had no expectations whatsoever.  It was great!

Movement / Laches
« on: February 04, 2009, 10:14:15 PM »
What are laches?  Is it like a monkey bar swing?  I've heard the term, but when I ran a search for it on both google and here I couldn't find anything helpful.

Parkour And Freerunning / Presenting Parkour to my College Soon
« on: February 02, 2009, 09:40:30 PM »
I'm a Resident Assistant at my college, and I was talking with my boss this morning when he said "Hey, I stuck up for you and parkour in a staff meeting this morning."

"Oh yes?" I said.

A few days ago my friend (who is also an RA) and I started scheduling an appointment with the Dean of Students secretary to talk to the DOS, the Security Director, and the head of Facilities Services about parkour, both to raise awareness about what we're doing and to start walking down the path to get a school-recognized student organization on campus.

Apparently, the DOS asked around the meeting this morning if anyone knew what parkour is, and after the usual round of "what the hell is that" and "I think it's like gymnastics on concrete," my boss spoke up and gave him some info that I had told him a long time ago.  I don't know exactly what he said, so he may have done more harm than good, but there's not much I can do about it now.

Anyways, the DOS saw my friend and I practice wall-runs on a "very high wall" (we did a one-step and grabbed a ledge about 9-10 ft. high  ::)), and parked a crane in front of it so we couldn't do that anymore.  The DOS asked if our college should just "shut parkour down" on campus, to which the security director said something like "absolutely; no one will ever do parkour on this campus again."  My boss once again stood up for us, and I think the people we contacted earlier are now at least open to the meeting we suggested, but they still haven't called us back.  My plan is to stop by the office sometime tomorrow (the meeting was tentatively scheduled for Tuesday at 11am) to see what sort of progress has been made on the meeting, and also to show them that I sincerely want to have a meeting and remind them in a friendly way that I'm sticking around.

I guess what I'm asking for is a pep talk?  Any advice, encouragement etc. would be great, whether you registered yesterday or you've been through the whole university process.

Thanks.  :)

Socialize / Facebook lying with the enemy?
« on: January 30, 2009, 06:20:59 PM »
Soo.... I don't know about you guys, but I stand on the ninja side of the Great Blood Feud.

That said, I was told by a friend that Facebook has a language setting for "English (Pirate)," and I can't decide if I'm furious because of the betrayal, or extremely impressed by the massive effort.

To see it for yourself, do this:

1) Scroll down to the bottom of any facebook page.
2) In the light gray footer box, it should say "Facebook (c) 2009 | English (US)"
2) Click on "English (US)" and select "English (Pirate) - BETA"
Two 2s?) Hoist the mainsail an' prepare to make way.

Seriously though, the completeness of the translation is incredible.  Even the text that tells you how long ago someone changed their status is different!

Missouri / New Year's Training Goals
« on: December 31, 2008, 01:19:23 PM »
Hey all!  There was a thread like this in general discussion a few weeks ago, but it never hurts to do it again!

Here on this last day of 2008, I would like for us all to think about where we are in our training, and where we'd like to see ourselves in the next three months.  April seems like a pretty good distance away, but the months have a tendency to slip past without us really noticing.  If we focus our training, we can make a ton of progress in three months, and I think that would be pretty awesome, don't you? 

Post your training goals here.  If you have a problem with finding time to train, schedule a few weekly training days.  If you feel like you're the only one in your area that does parkour, maybe find someone to train with, or make an effort to make it to a larger jam once per month.  If your movement is slacking off, figure out what's broken and how to fix it.

My goals:

 - Life Goals
   - Stop spending so much time on the computer, and get out and enjoy life and the world
      - Get back in touch with parkour
      - Spend more time with people
   - Read at least half my homework every week
 - Strength Goals
   - Deadlift 340x5
   - Squat (285x5)x3
   - Power Clean (155x5)x3
   - Bench Press my bodyweight with dumbbells
   - Press (135x5)x3
 - Hold a handstand for 10 seconds
 - Start HIIT with my usual training

I hope everyone finds this as useful as I do!  Try to stick to a short list of specific, achievable goals.  Too many goals can make you overwhelmed, but too little might not motivate you enough.  For me, I have only four general goals, with some micromanagement thrown in there so things are specific.  If your goals aren't specific enough, then you probably don't have a good enough idea of what you want to get out of said goal.

Hot Spots / Missouri Hotspots
« on: December 20, 2008, 11:25:44 AM »
I was looking at the main page a few days ago, and noticed that Nom (the last moderator) made a really great write-up for Founders Park, which is the area we usually train at here in Springfield.  This thread will be for people to post write-ups of their favorite training spots, whether you're in Springfield, KC, St. Louis, or Farmer's Junction.  :P

Here's the link to Nom's write-up: Founders Park, Springfield MO.

Here in the next few days I may copy/paste it into another message so you won't have to click a link.  Let's see some more hotspots thrown up here, pictures, videos and all!

Socialize / Feeling down?
« on: December 16, 2008, 12:08:12 PM »
Need a lift?

Look no further.

Missouri / How to Begin Parkour
« on: December 10, 2008, 01:00:21 PM »
Hey everybody!  I was checking out the main page today, and I noticed that there's an article right there by who else but our own Laurie Jennifer!  It's all about how to get into parkour if you're "past your prime," and it's a really informative read, so check it out!  Way to go, Laurie!

How to Begin Parkour - If You Are Past Your Prime
By Laurie Jennifer

Parkour And Freerunning / Class Project - Parkour Gym
« on: December 08, 2008, 09:21:23 PM »
Our final project in my "Science of Sustainability" class is to make a plan for a sustainable business.  I've decided to create a sustainable gym, specifically a gym for parkour.  One of the selling points will be the idea of making the human body more "sustainable" through fitness, but I also plan to incorporate ideas like an organic health "bar," a wooded fitness trail located elsewhere in Somewhere, USA, implementing the "Leave No Trace" initiative, and offering membership discounts to people who choose to bike or jog to the gym instead of driving.

My question is this: what should I include in this gym?  I'm drawing inspiration from Primal Fitness and The Monkey Vault in Toronto, and I'm going to have basic workout equipment (power racks, bench presses, rowing machines, etc.) as well as wooden vault boxes and some mats for practicing moves and what not, but what other ideas do you guys have?  What would be included in your "perfect" parkour gym?  Also, I'd be happy to accept any ideas for names for this gym, preferably something that incorporates parkour and sustainability.

Consumer Whores / Anybody know what these are?
« on: December 01, 2008, 04:23:13 PM »

I could rule the world with those shoes.

Socialize / YouTube questions
« on: November 30, 2008, 10:04:17 PM »
I noticed there's no thread for general YouTube questions, and considering how many people on here have accounts, I'm sure there are some people capable of answering a few questions.

Here's mine: do you have to do something special to upload a video in High Quality?  I have officially uploaded one video, and it never gave me an option for HQ that I could see.

Missouri / Springfield Parkour "TV" Spot
« on: November 30, 2008, 07:47:04 PM »
This was filmed for a high school news program.  Apparently its a nationally-recognized program, so this might be seen in a lot of places.

Introducing: Springfield Parkour.

In the words of Ms Frizzle: WAHOO!

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