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Parkour And Freerunning / Respect for your Environment
« on: June 22, 2010, 09:15:27 PM »
A friend and fellow traceur wrote this up the other day regarding an event which happened here in Colorado. I feel like the idea of this writing applies to everyone here though, it's good. Please read this.

The guys who wrote and witnessed this were Andy Taber (writer), Ryan Ford, Jake Smith etc. (You've probably seen them if you watch any of COPK's stuff) so I feel like the opinions are highly legitimate and noteworthy.

I feel like we can all learn a little something from this.

While out training the other day with a few friends, we came across two instances where other traceurs in the community have had a negative impact on their surroundings.

First, while training at the 29th street mall in Boulder, it was not two minutes before we were approached by security and told to leave. We were not dismissed as dumb kids and managed to have a meaningful conversation with the security guard. As it turns out, he had a lot of respect for our particular group and what we do. He mentioned however, that there had been another group of mostly highschoolers and one older guy who had been training and been doing some very dangerous things, and one kid actually got hurt by jumping from the second story of the parking garage to a lower wall and missing. Now, what the guy said may have been an exaggeration, either way something had happened that has ruined it for the rest of us. According to this security guard, any of the groups that have been seen doing parkour in the past are now to be looked out for and flagged down as soon as they step on the property. We are now guilty until proven innocent. While I feel this is unfair, I must say that I understand why they would treat us this way if there is another group training irresponsibly.

Second, while training at Park Place, another great spot, one of the best, in Boulder, we came across a tree with 3 broken branches, and right next to it a sign that had never been there before which read "NO CLIMBING." Not once have we ever had issues at this place until now. The two seemed very likely to be connected. For one thing, these branches were low to the ground, clearly too low to climb on for any reason. However, they are branches that in the summertime, make a particular precision difficult to do without getting leaves in your face. It seemed clear to us that someone broke these branches to be able to do the precision. This lack of respect for our environment is astonishing. There is absolutely no reason to destroy parts of our environment, to do one specific move in one very specific place. This is exactly the opposite of what parkour is about - that is, adapting to one's environment. What's even worse, when we got there, there was an american parkour sticker placed over the word "NO" on the sign. Whoever did this is an idiot and clearly does not understand the irony of their action. American Parkour has been and always will be a community that promotes respect for one's environment, and tries to paint parkour in a positive light, not just as another extreme sport. By placing this sticker over the sign this person, or group of people not only are showing disrespect for their environment, but they are giving parkour a bad name and ruining it for the rest of us. If someone puts up a sign, you can disagree with it, even disobey it knowing you might get into trouble for doing so, but don't deface it or vandalize it. This makes us look no better than a bunch of dumb rebellious kids who have no respect for anyone or anything.

The two of these instances we found on the same day, and I fear are related to the same group. Whoever you are, stop. You are ruining parkour for yourselves and everyone else. If you are not one of these people and you know who they are or if you see them training, tell them to stop, tell them they are having a negative impact and that their impact is already being felt by other traceurs.

Americans Abroad / London (September 2-15thISH, 2010)
« on: February 21, 2010, 02:57:22 PM »
Hey everybody. I'm going to be going to London in September, anyone wanna meet up and train with some of the UK guys?

Let me know

Socialize / Skype Party
« on: January 13, 2010, 09:34:47 PM »
So, I've decided that all of you need Skype.

If you don't have it, get it, then Add me...  Jakeob.Vigil

Socialize / Birthday Topic
« on: November 17, 2009, 10:10:28 PM »
Post your birthdays!

And to all of those with November birthdays, You picked a good month to be born...

New Rules... Just post the date... Forget the year and age.... too much of a pain.

Jake Vigil - November 18th.

Eli Coutch - 3rd
Dylan A - 5th
Sean Au - 8th
Jake Vigil - 18th
Alex Mills - 16th
Rebecca Myers - 21st

Andrew Wilson - 12th


Dustin Smith - 12th
Alec Furtado - 21st

Nightowl -  2nd
Drew Horton - 10th

Jeremy Osborn - 13th
Jesse Wharton - 14th
EpicMovement -  19th

Hopefulpilot - 19th

Chris DeBow - 19th
Spencer B -  29th

Christian Greene - 2nd
Brandan -18th

Ashley McCauley, 29th,
Monkeyboi - 31st

Hannah W - 7th
Cheshire PK - 11th

David Johnson -4th
Elektrik -28th

Socialize / That Sneaky Leon... always bein sneaky!
« on: October 21, 2009, 07:55:59 PM »
Sneaky Sneaky...

You also get to see my favorites bar and my running programs, because im lazy

Parkour And Freerunning / The Traceur's Psalm
« on: August 26, 2009, 05:32:50 PM »
This was a little poem I pulled outta my cornhole in response to a status on facebook that said "The World is My playground". Its not particularly special or exceptional or anything, but whatever. Anyways... Enjoy.

The World is my Playground,
I shall not wait;
It giveth me abundant concrete pastures.
I roll beside the waters;
It restores my soul.
It leads me in the path of progression
for movements sake

Even though I walk through the valley
of the Shadow of Death,
I fear no evil;
for skill art with me;
My experience and practice comfort me.

Surely strength and power shall follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the jungle of the
World forever.

~Jake Vigil



Socialize / .pdf to .jpg converter??? Ebooks onto a Zune
« on: July 12, 2009, 01:35:53 PM »
So I have a bunch of E-books I would like to put on my zune, however I have not been able to find a pdf reader for it. I was wondering if anyone knew a way to convert pdf files to JPG files? Or a way to put pdf's on a Zune, that way I can take the books with me and read them wherever I am.

FAQ / What Should I Wear? Answered.
« on: March 01, 2009, 08:59:43 PM »
It seems Ive been seeing a whole lot of topics about things to wear while training, so I wanted to make one to cover them all. One topic to guide them... one topic to... okay thats enough of that.


Not too much, really. A headband can be nice to wear, or somtimes a hat to keep the sun out of your eyes.

T-shirts are great, you probably want to stay away from things which restrict your arm movement, else you could tear your shirt.

Gloves? No. Generally speaking, you should stay away from gloves. You will have better grip with your bare hands than any glove I have ever found. Also, your hands will callus and you wont have to worry about them getting torn up. Practice a little Callus Maintenance every once in a while, you will be fine (Soak your hands in warm water for a few minutes, then scrap the raised white skin off with a dull blade. Stop when it quits coming up. Pumice stones are helpful for cleaning up afterward. )

In the wintertime, it's okay to find some gloves so that you dont freeze your hands off, but make sure you test your grip first.

Also, Wristbands are VERY nice to have, they prevent a condition known as "Emo Wrists".

I know a whole lot of traceurs who train in Jeans, (and heck, I used to be one of them), but basically anything that doesnt really restrict movement too much. Sweats work great, as they stretch. Jeans CAN work if they are loose enough... skinny jeans WILL tear and you WILL be laughed at.
Try the pants on. If you can do a lunge without tearing them, they will probably work.


Refer to this topic

A small backpack is handy to carry your stuff in.
Also, water is an amazing thing.

(Will edit with topics)

Website and Forum Troubleshooting / Logout Glitch
« on: February 17, 2009, 09:36:23 PM »
For some reason, when somebody posts a link to another topic, It logs me out when I click on that link. It never did that before, just started doing that yesterday.

Anyone else notice? Or is it something with my comp?

Socialize / What's with all the spammers?
« on: February 05, 2009, 04:06:57 PM »
Why do we all of a sudden have dozens of spammers on the forums? By spammers, I mean the people advertising cheap Viagra and pharmacy crap, and that one guy (or bot) who posts like 4 links per post.

Pics & Vids / Animal Parkour
« on: February 03, 2009, 12:40:09 PM »
See, this is nature for these creatures


Mountain Lion Broad Jump

Cat Leap

Dive Roll? Maybe just a vault


Cat Balance

More to come!

Socialize / What do you do while online?
« on: January 22, 2009, 08:32:07 AM »
So, I tend to have a lot of time on my hands (probably about to change soon since starting college), I wind up spending a lot of it on the internet.
I play a few online games, watch the APK forums, not too much.

What do you guys do when you have time to kill on the internet?

Consumer Whores / 135$ HD camcorder
« on: January 21, 2009, 07:56:46 PM »

1 Polaroid DVC-00725F High Definition 720p Digital Camcorder (5MP still)

If you want one, HURRY. this will only last until Midnight, Midwestern time (or something... -6 gmt. I know it ends at 11 here in Mountain time)

Diet / Suggested Caloric Intake?
« on: January 15, 2009, 07:05:53 PM »
Alright... stats.

Im 17 year old male, just under 6'1, 145 pounds. Im (obviously) pretty active, but not Uber active.

I'd like to gain weight, but it isnt really happening. Im slightly lactose intolerant (any more than about 4-5 cups of milk a day has undesirable effects on my digestive system).

What should I be doing to gain weight? What are some cheap, calorie dense foods I can consume?

CO Jams / Denver Capture the Flag, Take 2!
« on: January 10, 2009, 03:29:58 PM »
Saturday, April 4
Starting at 12 pm

Invite everybody you know!
Meet at the big spiral wall in Commons park (Right by the highway, near the Skatepark and the Giant white bridge)

CO Jams / Denver Capture The Flag!
« on: January 01, 2009, 04:46:39 PM »
Who is ready for a fun filled day of awesome team-building, endurance training, and general fun playing Capture the Flag? (Or assorted other games such as Zombie Tag, Predator, Or even Mortal Kombat)

So I played Capture the Flag with a few friends Last night New Years eve at the cat, and It was quite fun.

Anybody wanna do something like that?

Input anybody?

Injuries - Discussion / Knee Popping and Grinding?
« on: November 27, 2008, 07:36:49 AM »
So, two days ago in the evening my knee began popping madly whenever I moved it. Swinging it back and forth causes it to pop loudly 3-4 times. Adding a little angle makes it grind. If my foot is flat on the ground and I roll it sideways a bit, my knee will pop loudly a couple times.

This is pretty recent, like i said, happened tuesday night. It doesnt hurt when It pops, it just sounds really bad.

Any Ideas/suggestions?

CO Jams / City Trek 6! (Jumpstart)
« on: November 21, 2008, 04:47:03 PM »
Well, I think its generally a better Idea if we get this all figured out a month in advance, especially since December is going to be a busy month for all of us.

Better to get it all figured out early, see if it is even do-able.

You know the drill guys.

December. When are you free?

My last day of school is the 18th of December.

Alright so I've been fairly active on this board for a few months now. I have also been into Parkour for quite a while now. I keep seeing people's training logs, and keep imagining myself creating one, but It just doesnt seem like the right time do start a log.

Oh well. Im starting it now.

A little bit about myself physically.
Height - 6'1"
Weight - 140
Age- 17 in 5 days
{EDIT 11.18} Age 17

I haven't really tested weight maxes in over 2 years.
However, I can do about 30 consecutive pushups and about 6 consecutive pullups and MAYBE 4 dips. Pretty lame. I can run quite fast but my stamina is terrible. My best run was 1.2 miles in about 6 minutes... and I have no idea how I managed.

Todays Diet.
A bowl of grapenuts for breakfast
A bag of munchies for a snack
No lunch
Salmon, rice, and Salad for dinner
Some candy
A half cup of oatmeal.
Oh... and a little less than half a gallon of whole milk.

Todays activities
20 pushups x 3 = 60
6 + 3 + 3 pullups
30 squats x 3 = 90

Current Goals.
Horizontal Flag
20+ second freestanding handstand
Muscle up
20 consecutive pullups
50 consecutive pushups
Being able to consistently run a mile
{Edit- More}Handstand from Planche
Flips {/Edit}

Trying to take it easy on my legs and my left wrist (shinsplints and something unknown)

Anyways, its not pretty, but its a start.

CO Jams / JakeFest 08!
« on: November 12, 2008, 06:58:59 PM »
By popular request during the last City Trek, I think that this month we should have a JakeFest Jam, since my birthday is Tuesday.

Thoughts? I know Dustin will be all for it.  ;D

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