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Socialize / Stuntpeople
« on: May 12, 2010, 09:02:55 AM »
Every since I sustained my injury a couple of weeks ago, my training has been really limited.  Normally I may post here and there, but I try spend my time training rather than sitting on the boards posting.  The last thing I really want to do is get into age-old discussions about what is parkour and other such nonsense, and I've been biting on those hooks lately.  It bothers me.

So I decided to spend yesterday watching martial arts movies instead.  Watched a bunch throughout the day.  And somewhere in the middle of it all, I noticed something...  stuntpeople are awesome.  Not that I haven't been impressed with some of the more spectacular movie stunts before.  But it was really noticing little, understated things that awed me.  Tony Jaa was kicking butt, as usual, and he kicked some guy off the second floor, through the railing and he did a back full twist and landed flat on his face.  It was all one camera shot, there were no mats, and even if the floor was padded it was still incredible.  Then I started focusing on the guys getting their butts kicked rather than the star.  They are amazing, and they truly make the scenes work.  Yeah, Tony Jaa is awesome, no doubt.  But the guy that takes a kick to the head, flips over and lands on the corner of a metal dumpster, and falls to the ground on the back of their neck is really incredible too.

I spent some time doing aikijutsu, so I'm familiar with breakfalls.  Also with Aikijutsu, the uke role really reminds my of those stuntpeople getting beat up.  Uke's job is to make nage look good.  Uke attacks nage, nage does whatever and kicks uke's butt.  Uke has to flow with the techniques, always be a second ahead of what nage is doing, and be able to receive the technique safely, which is where the breakfalls come in.  It really seems to parallel the role of the guy getting beat up in the movies. 

Anyway, sorry for this injured, rainy day rant.  Lack of training boredom is killing me.  Just wanted to express my thoughts about the people who usually go unnoticed or underappreciated for what they do. Next time you watch your favorite action flick, pay homage to the stuntpeople who take a beating for our entertainment.

Parkour And Freerunning / 7 Mile Obstacle Course
« on: April 28, 2010, 06:35:07 AM »

Injury Reports / Floating ribs
« on: April 26, 2010, 06:14:20 AM »
Date of Injury:   04/25/10
Time of injury (0:00 to 23:59): 18:30ish
Your DOB and age: 04/19/1972 - 38 years old.
name (remember this is the internet, name is helpful but not mandatory):Todd Soulliard
City, State: Harrisburg, PA
# years practicing Parkour / Freerunning:  14 months
Hours of training per week. (real, not what you'd like to do):6-8 hours per week
Other exercise / fitness experience:  30 years of skateboarding, 12 years of martial arts (Isshin-Ryu, Pai-Lum Kung-Fu, Yamate-Ryu Aikijutsu)
Location where injury occurred:  HACC Mid-town campus
Conditions of location (wet, dark, icy, etc):  conditions were fine, everything was lighted and dry.
What you were doing / trying to do when injury occurred?:  tac-vault from wall over railing, hand missed the railing and I landed on my side on the rail.
Where any other people involved?: Myself and 5 others in our group were there running drills.
Part of body  - description of injury, rating of severity 1-10.  Right side, bottom of the ribcage, front to back.  Severity:9 initially, took my breath away, thought I was dying.  Subsided to a 7 after an hour, today it's a 5.
Did you see a doctor for diagnosis? Not yet, if it persists or worsens, I'll go right away.
Did you get X-rays or MRI's?No
Picture of the injury: No visible signs of injury, no picture.
Could you / how could you have avoided the injury?:  very easily.  If I would've gone for my hand placement before the tac, rather than tac and hope my hand makes it, I'd be fine.
Date / type / severity of your last injury?:   First real parkour injury
Notes on the experience? It was a stupid injury that could've been avoided with some forethought.  Don't just go for it, without thinking it through. 

Parkour And Freerunning / Some advice please
« on: March 15, 2010, 09:12:42 AM »
When I got started in Parkour there wasn't anyone in the area doing it that I knew about, except for a close friend of mine.  Even searching the boards here at APK, there didn't seem to be anything going on in my area.  So, maybe even a little bit presumptuously, I started a PK club in my area.  Just my friend and I.  I put the word out on the boards, I replied to any local posts anyone had made, even if they were a couple of years old.  Just to let them know we were here and how to contact us.  And within a few months we had grown to four.  Soon thereafter we lost our Freerunner, Travis.  He finished his semester and went home out-of-state.  We picked up a new guy a few months ago, so we're back to four now.  And after nearly a year, that's where we're at.

So my questions and what I need advice with is this.  In that past year, I have made contact with about a dozen people interested in checking out PK/FR.  And I have done my best to be helpful.  I let them know who we are, where and when we meet, what to expect, and of course send them to APK as a general rule of thumb.  We're not instructors, we're a club.  And I let them know that.  Of course we are more than willing to help out with anything we can.  But what seems to happen is that after the initial exchange, they all email me back saying they'll let me know when they can make it, and then I never hear from any of them again. 

My question to those who have built their local PK communities is, does this happen a lot?  Do you find yourselves talking to lots of people who just never end up coming out?  Or is it something I'm doing?  I don't think I'm pressuring them to come out with us, at least I try not to.  Maybe I'm expecting a lot, I just think my area could be a great PK community, and I'd like to see it grow.  Is there any advice any of you could give me as to how to make it grow?  Harrisburg, PA isn't as big as Philly or Pittsburgh, but it's good little city, and I know there's interested people around.  It would be great to organize that into one cohesive community, and I'd love any help you guys could give me to make it happen.


Parkour And Freerunning / Looking For Advice about Gym Training
« on: July 01, 2009, 08:43:10 PM »
In my area we don't have any established parkour friendly gyms.  What I am trying to do is see if I can get some time in one of our local gymnastics schools for practice.  Since I don't have any real gymnastics experience or know anyone who goes to one of these places, I'm not really sure how to go about approaching these places with my request.  I was hoping that maybe someone here could give me some pointers that might help me make one of my local gyms a "parkour friendly" gym.  Most of what I have seen in my area seems geared towards girls of all ages and young boys, no adult male programs or anything like that.  Anyway, any advice or ways to approach it that you guys can suggest would be a really big help.  Thanks.

Pennsylvania / Harrisburg Traceur Club
« on: April 11, 2009, 07:25:57 AM »
Darkburg, the Harrisburg area's first pk/fr club has been established.  We train as a club at least once a week (Sunday evenings) but as we get more members, we will probably expand our schedule to try and accomodate everyone's needs.  So if anyone is anywhere near the Harrisburg area, come train with us.  You can contact us at our group email:, or join our group's facebook:  Or if you prefer, come out on Sunday around 6pm, we meet up and start out on the northern end of the Riverfront, around the Front and Harris street intersection.   

Hope to see you out there!!

Parkour And Freerunning / The Wrong Idea
« on: March 16, 2009, 07:43:01 AM »
Last night my friend and I went out for our Sunday run.  We condition by ourselves all week, then get together on Sundays to run through the city.  Last night we were out when I hear from somewhere, "Look freerunners!"  I turn my head and spy two kids approaching.  My friend and I are both 36, and these kids were around 14ish.  I have no problem with kids, I have a nearly 14 year old son myself.  They introduced themselves and said that they were freerunners.  I said that was cool, but we were training parkour.  They had never heard of it.  I did my best to try and explain the difference.  They seemed uninterested, and relentlesly told both of us that we should be doing freerunning because, and I quote, "flips are cool."  I said, "Great.  Flips are cool, but I'm not interested."  Now here's the part that is really interesting.  These kids proceeded to go with us on our run.  You name the flip and they could do it.  After climbing up a 12' wall they would do back and side flips off of it, no problem.  Of course it took them like 30 seconds to get to the top of the wall, but once up there, they could do anything off of it.  The thing that amazed me was when we got to the point of balancing on rails and doing precision jumps about 5' from rail to rail, they were frozen with fear and wouldn't even attempt it.  That's all fine and good, I don't expect anyone to try anything they're not comfortable with.  But the fact that a 12' backflip is less scary than a measly 5' precision just blew me away.  I asked the kids how often they practiced and conditioned, they told me that they did no conditioning whatsoever, and their idea of practicing FR was to throw rocks at cop cars and then see if they can outrun the cops.  Wow.  I was almost speechless.  My friend and I both tried our best to explain a few things:  1. If you don't condition, you'll blow your knees or ankles or something and you won't be freerunning long.  2.  If you rush into flips and stuff without a basic understanding of the fundementals, you will reach a plateau and find it hard to overcome.  3.  Not only is running from the cops a bad idea for yourselves, but it paints a really negative image of PKFR for all of us. 
We could've gone on all night lecturing these kids, but I could tell right away it was lost on them, they simply didn't care.  My point for posting this is to ask all of you two things:  1.  Have any of you encountered people like this?  And 2.  Do any of you have any ideas or tips that may help in dealing with people like this in the future?  We're supposed to meet up with them again next Sunday, and I really want to try and turn it around for them. 

Thanks in advance for any help.

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