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Movement / Revising the Landing: Speed vs. Stability
« on: March 20, 2012, 10:08:46 AM »
Alright fellow parkour-ers. I've been working on moving through an environment with as much speed as possible and ran into the problem of landings.

When you land, is it better to land with your hands inbetween your legs, or outside of your legs? I'm not sure if it's just me but here's my experience with both of the two:

Landing with hands between the legs offers better absorption of the impact. For whatever reason, I seem to be able to stop my self better and land in a stronger, sturdier position. But this definitely kills momentum and takes more time to back up and start running again.

Landing with hands outside of the legs is the opposite effect: I get a sloppier landing but I can get up and running fast.

Of course, you always want as much control as possible, while being as fast as possible. But I can only seem to get one or the other. I'm not sure if this is because hands in or hands out provides actually has the differences I've described, or it's just my technique. What do you guys know?

Consumer Whores / Gymnastic Mats, which and where to buy?
« on: January 08, 2012, 10:09:49 AM »
Recently I have been working on learning flips and stuff. Instead of going to a gym to train acrobats, I figured that if I could purchase my own gym mat, I could simply go to my backyard and train. Way easier, right? But my problem lies in finding a good place to purchase these mats, and which one I should buy.

There are different types of mats. Landings mats, tumbling mats, crash mats and so on. Which of these categories suits cushioning impacts from flips? I'm not really sure how thick the mats should be, I could go to the gym and measure them, but I don't have the time as of now. I'm wondering if anyone else has bought gym mats before and could recommend a place to buy them and which kinds I should get.

I think I should get a mat that is from 4-8 inches thick. But 8 inches may be too thick, making tricks harder to land, while 4 inches may be too thin, and will hurt.

What do you guys know?

Washington / Parkour Visions Grand Opening
« on: October 08, 2011, 04:11:39 PM »
Come join us for jamming, celebration, and a potluck dinner!

All details can be found in the link below! BE THERE!!!!!!

Seattle / Sasuke at Parkour Visions
« on: September 02, 2011, 07:56:52 PM »
Lets use this thread to talk about things you liked in previous sasuke courses at PKV, what you didn't like, what you would like to see, and anything else relating to improving the competitions.

Parkour And Freerunning / American Ninja WAARRRIORRRRR!!!!
« on: April 11, 2011, 06:31:00 PM »
It's that time of year again, and I know many of you as well as I love Ninja Warrior. (Or should I say NINNNNNNNNNNJJJJJJAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA WARRRRRRRRRIORRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!)

American Ninja Warrior is coming around the corner, and I snatched up their registration link from their FaceBook page, for those of you who are interested in partaking in such an epic event. Sadly, I must wait many more revolutions of the earth around the sun before I can enter. The age minimum is 21 years old...

But, here you go!

Movement / Handstands
« on: March 10, 2011, 02:55:56 PM »
I'm pretty frustrated with my handstands. I used to be able to do them moderately well, kicking up and holding a 10-15 second handstand 3 out of 5 tries. I've been toying around with them for a couple of years now, being very inconsistent with my training. I never seem to make progress though, which leads to me not wanting to do them. Lately, I seem to have lot all my skill with handstands. I can't even kick up into a good one for my life anymore. It's really annoying since I'm back at square one.

This is a question for those who are pretty experienced with them. Where did you learn how to do handstands? What tips or methods did you learn to kick up consistently? In general, how did you learn how to do handstands?

Community and Club Leaders / How to Teach the Basics: A Guide for Beginners
« on: February 25, 2011, 06:15:09 PM »
Hey guys, I think we should compile a basic and simple list of how to help new teachers begin teaching others. Everyone can throw their thoughts in, then I or a mod can edit a list with bullet points on the main ideas of teaching beginners.

I think a training day would run something like this:

1. A Short Parkour Introduction
2. The Warm Up
3. Training the Basics
4. Ending the Session

And under each section, we'll throw in bullet points detailing briefly what's should be going on. If you have other ideas for the beginner's training day, feel free to throw them out there. :) You can post with your full thoughts and ideas on teaching, and then those ideas and points can be summed up shortly. Don't be afraid to give too much information!

I'm hoping this will become an easy to use guide for anyone looking for help on teaching. If it gets filled up pretty well, maybe it can be stickied.

Socialize / X-Ray Dog Albums
« on: January 29, 2011, 10:43:48 PM »
My fellow internet friends, I have been on long searches for complete albums of X-Ray Dog. They are an elusive group, and are hard to find. If someone has access or knows of a good place to get such albums, I would love you greatly if you could please PM it to me.  :) ;)

I would be forever greatful, and love you for 5 years. After which time passes, the terms and conditions of my undying love would no longer stand.

Most specifically, I'm looking for the Night Hounds album, but others work too!

You can also use this thread to discuss about X-Ray Dog. What are your favorite songs?

Mine (SO FAR) are:
Tomorrow's Heroes
Final Hour
Screaming Souls

Washington / Traceur Visiting Washington? READ ME!
« on: December 05, 2010, 09:35:11 PM »
This is a brief run through of the major points in the Washington community for visiting traceurs. Please contact me if you have any questions and I'll help you get along your merry way.

Most popular jam sites:

  • Gasworks Park in Seattle
    2101 N. Northlake Way Seattle, Washington 98103
    This is probably the most known park in Washington for Parkour. It's an old abandoned (as in no longer used, there are lots of people at this nice park all the time) gas factory. Occasionally traceurs are seen training here, and the biggest jams happen here. It's a great place with lots of variety for training.
  • Freeway Park in Seattle
    700 Seneca St., Seattle, Washington 98101
    This park is AWESOME. Freeway Park features a large cluster of walls that are packed together. You have to see pictures of it the exact level of awesomeness is contains. This is probably the second most known and trained at hot spot in Seattle, next to Gasworks Park.
  • Parkour Visions Gym
    There are open gym jams and classes held in the gym. Run by Tyson Cecka and Rafe Kelley.
  • Luther Burbank Park
    2040 84th Avenue Southeast Mercer Island, WA 98040
    BEST PLAYGROUND EVER. It's like this place was made for parkour. The children's playground isn't a regular playground. For some reason, it was built with lots of walls absolutely everywhere. Again, it's like it was created for parkour. This is the coolest playground I've ever seen. It also has an abandoned structure in the back of the park that has a maze of walls. Awesome playground is awesome.

Those are the main hot spots of the Washington Community. As you can see, the big ones are in Seattle. There are a lot of traceurs all over the state, but it can be tricky to get in contact with them depending on where they're located. But please, if you have any questions or concerns, contact me and I'll help you with what I can!

For the fastest response, email me at
You can also private message me on the forums here too, but email is the fastest way to get a hold of me.

We hope to jam with you sometime!

Diet / Diet Revamp Assitance
« on: November 21, 2010, 09:48:48 PM »
I've decided I want to start eating a lot healthier, as I realize my diet has turned to lots, and lots, and lots of crap lately. Healthy food will make me feel better.

I'm not trying to lose weight, just eat healthy. Gain weight? That would be nice, as I'm a light person for my size (5'9" at 140lbs), but since I'm not a weightlifter and more of a bodyweight training guy, I don't think it would be too much muscle I'd be gaining.

I've already read EMI "How to get started article"
Fitness Spotlights article:

Fitness Spotlight's article makes things very simple to me: Just eat real food. Regardless of quantity and what kind, if you eat real food, you should be just fine. That's what it sounds like to me. But it is true? I know a variety of foods is better, but it doesn't sound like eating lots of only so many real foods would HURT you.

Sure, you've outlined what you should try and get with each meal in EMI. But it's hard to always have that much of each, especially everyday. Because of this difficulty, I'm wondering how important it is to get specific quantities of each food group.

    For example, let's say you had lots of meat one day, medium fruit, and no vegetables. The next day you get low meat, and low vegetables. Then just lots of vegetables. Would this have a negative impact? Or just a less positive impact? But overall, still positive and good for you?

Parkour And Freerunning / Places to purchase PK/FR posters?
« on: October 17, 2010, 09:26:47 PM »
I was interested at the idea of having some Parkour or Free Running posters hung about my room.

Does anyone know of any parkour vendors that have posters up for sale? Doesn't matter if it's Russian, American, Jamaican, or Chinese. Parkour posters are parkour posters.

Sure, we can all print them or some other method of our own posters, but I'm just wondering what's already available.

Socialize / Epic Music, Let's share!
« on: October 15, 2010, 09:05:54 PM »
Recently, I've been exploring around with music like these:  (this one we have all heard before)  (recent Parkour video, does anyone know the song name?)

I really like this genre of music. It's just so epic with a good stereo system. I'm looking for artists/songs similar to these. We can make a list of composers/artists/songs. If you know of anyone who does music like this, please post!


Zack Hemsey (relatively new, not all his music is out yet)
Clint Mansell
Hans Zimmer
E.S. Posthumus


Requiem For a Tower Movements II-IV by Corner Stone Cues

Pics & Vids / Oodles of Noodles
« on: August 31, 2010, 02:34:03 PM »

Pics & Vids / Conquering the Kong to Cat
« on: July 17, 2010, 10:07:11 PM »
I put this up several weeks ago. And decided I might as well show it up here. First video by the way :P :)

Socialize / Jailbroken iOS4
« on: July 07, 2010, 08:23:19 PM »
It's just beautiful....

I have the iTouch 2g by the way.

Anyone else having fun with this?

Pics & Vids / *New* Belle & Raffaelli Video
« on: June 29, 2010, 11:28:07 AM »
Stole this from UFF's FaceBook ;)

The parkour is very different. You can see how they easily and without hesitation move from building to building. Of course it comes with years of experience, but it's still fascinating to see parkour as Belle does it. He can even pop in and out of the windows with ridiculous speed. The tight ledges and spaces the two work through are totally different than anything in other videos. We usually see from wall to wall, big leap to big leap, railing to railing, but here it's very small spaces they need to work with, and they run at a very good speed on them. That's probably very hard to do, yet they still do it with ease. It's a complete different way to train from the looks of it.

Movement / Kong to precision tips?
« on: May 31, 2010, 07:31:20 PM »
So i'm still pretty new to kong to precisions. When you have two walls (or rails) that are the same height, about 4-5 feet apart, and are parallel, what are some tricks to really get your feet on top of that second wall? I find that I kind of go too straight forward and my feet can't reach the top of the second wall and konging the first one.

I also want to try and nail a kong to precision from railing to railing. But it's pretty scary.

So anyone have any tips or tricks for nailing these?

Washington / WAPK Media Connections
« on: May 08, 2010, 08:48:09 AM »
Hey guys, join these media sources of Washington Parkour and stay up to date with what's happening in the community!


Facebook Group:


And if you ever need anything, contact me at  :)

Washington / Seattle Park Proposal!
« on: May 08, 2010, 08:46:49 AM »

Movement / Running Precisions
« on: April 21, 2010, 05:19:45 PM »
I'm curious to know if there's any techniques for getting max distance on running one foot take off precisions. There's this jump I want to make and I need to increase my distance a few inches to make it confidently, and I know it's all in the technique for that.

So I already know you want to try and get a take off at a 45 degree angle for max distance. What most of us tend to forget is that with all the forward running momentum, we jump at more 15-30 degrees. So I've tried to make sure I explode upward more by swinging my arms right before the jump. Also, by REALLY bringing the knees to the chest like in a regular precision, we can increase the precision a couple of inches. That's actually a big distance.

Any other tips to keep in mind or tricks for running precisions?

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