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Texas / El Paso City Training Sat Feb 28th
« on: February 17, 2009, 11:38:33 AM »
Hello ladies and gents!
We will be starting our 2009 city training dates on Saturday, Feb 28th. East side kids will meet at El Paso Sport (11237 Pellicano) where the EPPK Academy is at at 11:30 am. From there we will be going to the Taco Bell on Mesa (Behind UTEP) to meet up with the west side guys at 12 noon. We will have the training session at UTEP. Please bring a good pair of running shoes, some water, and sunscreen if you like. Come ready and willing to train hard. Hope to see everyone there!!

Tony
Also, just a heads up on how to get connected with fellow traceurs in El Paso.
1. Check out Texasparkour.com and create an account (very simple to do).  Go to the forum section and look into the El Paso thread in the City folder.  You can contact local traceurs to organize training sessions and whatnot.
2. The only weekly training session we have so far is at El Paso Sport- Address is 11237 Pellicano Drive.  Mapquest it for exact address. It's behind a store called Nuts'N'Bolts (Haha, Yeah. I know). It is every Sunday from 10am to 1pm and every Thursday from 5pm to 8pm.  First class is free.  Cost is one time $25 sign up fee, $25 a month and you must also purchase an EPPK Academy tee to wear to all EPPK organized functions, including outdoor and regular indoor training sessions.  First part of class (1 1/2 hour to 2 hours) dedicated to proper preperation.  This includes instruction on proper warm up, stretch, and conditioning exercises that teach you how to develop a body more capable of training in this discipline.  The second portion PK movement.  This portion focuses on learning proper techniques and development while training parkour specific movement.  This includes various vaults (monkey, kong, dash, kash, reverse, speed, lazy, etc), landing & rolling, and flow.  This is all taught in a safe environment by the most experienced traceurs in the area.  This class is also designed so beginners and experienced traceurs alike can learn a lot from it and from each other.
3. Contact me!  You can e-mail me at shinobifof@yahoo.com if you have any questions about ANYTHING at all.

Tony (a.k.a. Shinobi)

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Socialize / APK Chatroom?!?!?!?!
« on: September 20, 2008, 06:59:29 PM »
I brought this idea up to Mark a while ago and wanted to see what my fellow traceurs thought of the idea of having a couple of chatrooms.  This would be great to have some real time chatting with individuals from the site so we can get to know each other better.  We could set up links for different subjects, including parkour related talk, socializing (non-pk), and then an upcoming jams section so people coming to the jam can talk before meeting.  This would alleviate some of the ice-breaking stage, especially if people will be hosting other people in their homes. 
So, whats up?


Tony

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National Jams / 2009 Jam Schedule
« on: September 18, 2008, 11:27:15 AM »
Whats going on ladies and gents!

I wanted to find out if it would be possible for those of you planning jams/workshops for 2009 to post proposed dates.  For some of us, it's extremely difficult, if not impossible, to get the time off if we find out a couple of months ahead of time.  As a firefighter, I have to submit my leave for the entire year (2009) on December 15th of this year.  This will help in plotting out who wants what dates so traceurs don't have to decide between jams.  It will also help people save money earlier, get plane tickets cheaper, and make travel arrangements easier.
Obviously jams aren't always going to be plotted out a year in advance, but I figure if conventions and other workshops are handled like this, maybe some of us can do it too.

Thanks
Tony

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Training Journals / El Paso Parkour Academy
« on: September 18, 2008, 11:15:36 AM »
EPPK Academy Training
I decided I would start sharing our daily training regimens in the training journal section for those of you interested in other peoples methods for leading training sessions for large groups. We usually have anywhere between 13 to 20 people in the class, and class size does affect the things we will be doing that day. So here we go....

This is the overall training routine that we do. In future dates we will include specific routines for specific days.
Warm-up:
-Each of our training sessions start with a vigorous warm up routine which consists of joint rotations to warm and lubricate the joints followed by static stretching to provide students with muscle warming and elasticity.
-We usually start joint rotations with the wrists, then move up through the elbows, shoulders, neck, then down to the torso, hips, knees (knee raises/but kicks), then ankles.
-Static stretching includes all major and key minor muscle groups.
-This is followed by high/low QM, gorillas, sideways monkeys, floor presses (handstands while slowly lowering yourself to the floor, killer upper body workout!), diving monkeys, forward rolls, backward rolls, and horse stance.

Training:
All aspects of parkour (except for wallclimbs and rail work, for now) are taught and drilled during this portion.
Precisions- Balance beams are used to do precisions in varying distances and methods. Broad jump precisions, running precisions, flow precisions(including vaults to precisions), etc. To make it interesting we have the whole class either precision 5 in a row without falling(start from 1 if you fall) or do burpees after each failed precision.
Balance in QM- Balance beams are set at an incline on an obstacle and students proceed to do varying methods of QM up the beams.
Vaults- I built vault boxes of varying sizes for students to practice various vaults. We use different setups so they can perform flow from one vault to another. One drill I like doing so they can get the vaults down and also practice endurance training is 5 performing 5 of each vault(speeds, lazies, and reverse vaults are done 5 on each side) without stopping. So essentially the whole class is in a constant running circle, vaulting over the boxes.
Rolls- After drilling floor level proper landing technique with the students, I set up a rolling obstacle course for them. The first roll is a dive roll over an object, second is a broad to land to roll off of one of the vault boxes, and the third simulates having to turn off of either a wall or a rail, jumping out and away from it and landing to a roll.
Broads- Broads are trained either on the balance beams to emphasize precision or on the vault boxes to give the students an added incentive to not fall.

Cross Training:
In order to make my students more aware of their bodies, their limitations, and the way their body interacts with their environments around them and how they can control that interaction better, I started a new Cross Training program. Various forms of martial arts are currently the main focus, however we are looking into other forms of movement to assist in our training. So far we have a Kung Fu and a Capoeira instructor come and teach for a small portion of the class (usually one out of the three hours of class time, the rest is devoted to PK). The students have been really receptive and they enjoy learning these new art forms.

Strength Training:
Usually, at the end of my classes, depending on how hard I have worked the students, we will throw in a parkour specific strength training routine to help develop muscles that will benefit in their PK training. Usually they include one or more, depending on the length of the sessions, of the following: muscle up training, burpees, floor presses, a full 20 minute ab routine, plyometrics, and various other workouts.

Cool Down:
Joint rotations and longer duration of static stretching, focusing on the muscle groups worked on that day.

On a side note... One of my biggest pet peeves is improper landing technique, so if I ever catch a student not landing correctly after a jump I make them do burpees or QM for several minutes.


Hope this helps you all out. If you have any comments or suggestions, let me know!! I'll keep you all updated!

Tony

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Texas / EPPK Parkour specific training academy!!!
« on: May 16, 2008, 06:20:52 AM »
El Paso Parkour will be opening a parkour specific training academy at a local gym, El Paso Sport.  The facility has already granted us permission to alter the facility any way we see fit to create and incorporate PK specific drills.  Included so far will be a wall climb on a small building indoors, a rail setup for precisions, underbars, balancing, etc., and balance beams for broad/gap jumps, and of course boxes for vaulting.  Many other plans are still underway.  This will be the first parkour academy in the Southwest, and if I'm not mistaken, the third in the US (Second if you count that it will be specifically geared towards PK).  Any local or vising traceurs are welcome to attend. 

Tony
EPPK

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Pics & Vids / FoF/Concrete Jungle El Paso Parkour
« on: April 18, 2008, 06:20:50 AM »
A recent vid. It was shot and edited in one day. Normally I wouldn't want to post something done so half assed but some friends were asking for a video so I figured I might as well post it here too. Got some other stuff with an HD camera coming soon!!!

Shinobi
Fight or Flight

http://www.youtube.com/v/19Mp342XtlQ&fmt=18

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Sup guys! I've been presented with an awesome opportunity.  My sister-in-laws dude is an experienced welder and has offered his services free of charge to construct PK equipment in my backyard (and possibly for a future training facility). 
I would appreciate anyone with experience with performing demo's at custom built obstacle courses at shows or anything related to help out with ideas for obstacles.  He said pretty much anything goes.  I've already started drawing out some plans, but I have no experience with this sort of thing what so ever. 
If anyone else, for that matter, might have some ideas, feel free to post them here.  Maybe in the long run this can help everyone out (in both expressing ideas for that they want out of a training facility and training facilities doing what they can to accommodate those ideas).

Tony
Fight or Flight

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National Jams / El Paso, Tx FINALIZED Plans (maps, times, etc.)
« on: February 25, 2008, 04:33:16 PM »
Sup all the people attending! Heres a finalized list of dates and times for the jam, along with maps and contact info.

Sat. March 15th- Las Cruces New Mexico State University/Unidad Park Jam
Maps for Jam

9:00 am -We will be meeting at 9am at the McDonalds on Piedras off of I-10.  We will wait till 9:15 to leave to Las Cruces.  If anyone is running late or misses the meeting at McDonalds for whatever reason, we will be meeting at the Bennigans across from NMSU at 10am and from there walk to the jam spots.

1:00 pm -Break for lunch at 1pm (there are several fast food resteraunts along University Avenue, within walking distance of the jam.  Five Brothers Chinese, Great American Pizza, McDonalds, and Bennigans).

2:00 pm -Meet back at the Bennigans at 2pm to caravan to Unidad Park.

-Jam at Unidad till 5pm or the sun goes down.

-Cookout at Tony's!  Food, PK movies on a projector, and custom built obstacles to jam your little traceur hearts out!


Sunday, March 16th- Gym Jam/University of Texas at El Paso
Maps for Jam

9:00 am -Meet at Gymnastics Elite at 9am.  Sunday's jam will start with the grand opening of Fight or Flight School of Combatives and Parkour. It will start with live demo's of Capoeira by Capoeira Quinto Sol, Bellydancing, MMA Fights, and two full hours of Parkour training for everyone who comes for the jam. Break for lunch at 1pm.

2:00 pm -Meet at Taco Bell on Mesa at 2pm to get together for the UTEP jam session.  Jam till 5pm or when we are out of light.

5:00pm- Head to Tony's for another night of mischief and mayhem.



Monday, March 17th- Various jam locations in El Paso

-Unfortunately we still do not have guaranteed access to Hueco Tanks State Park.  We do have other jam locations throughout El Paso, or we will take a tally from the traceurs and revisit some of their favorite jam spots.


As per lodging, anyone coming down may stay at my house, as long as they let me know ahead of time.  I have plenty of space.  For those individuals more comfortable in a hotel, pretty much any hotel in El Paso will do.  I would suggest getting one on or west of Lee Trevino so they stay centralized to the jam locations/cookout. 
I didn't put my address in the maps due to the fact that there are some crazy people in this world.  Anyone staying at my house can call and get directions and anyone at the jam will be given directions for the cookout.

any other questions? Feel free to email/call/or post here.

Tony
Fight or Flight

ShinobiFoF@yahoo.com
(915)867-6954

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Parkour And Freerunning / My brand spanking new toys!!!
« on: February 24, 2008, 04:54:06 PM »
Tee hee!!! Just a few things that I've made for the El Paso Jam for my back yard......





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Wisconsin / El Paso, Texas Jam March 15, 16, 17th!!!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:45:24 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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Oklahoma / El Paso, Texas March 15, 16, 17th!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:42:50 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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Ohio / El Paso, Texas Jam March 15,16,17th!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:42:12 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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North Carolina / El Paso, Texas Jam March 15, 16, 17th!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:41:14 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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New York / El Paso, Texas Jam March 15, 16, 17th!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:40:21 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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Colorado / El Paso, Texas March 15,16,17th!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:35:40 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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Arizona / El Paso, Texas March 15,16,17th!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:35:00 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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Thread & Board Archive / El Paso, Texas Jam March 15,16,17th!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:34:20 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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New Mexico / El Paso, Texas Jam march 15,16,17th! Come support NM!!!
« on: February 15, 2008, 02:33:21 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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Thread & Board Archive / El Paso, Tx National Jam
« on: February 14, 2008, 07:55:33 PM »
Sorry ahead of time Admins! I know this isn't where this goes, but sometimes people just don't get around to checking the National Jam section.  There is one month to go for people to finalize travel plans and I don't want anyone that could of made it to miss out because they were a few days shy of being able to ask for work off or for whatever reason.  So far this looks like it's going to be pretty sweet.  Hope to see everyone out here!

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php?topic=6431.0

Tony
Fight or Flight

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Just a heads up, the subject pretty much says it all.   Hopefully all the Texas cats can come out and reprazent.

Tony
Fight or Flight

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