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Parkour And Freerunning / Skill in Parkour
« on: May 27, 2011, 04:29:12 AM »
I guess a lot of people don't visit the front page these days, so for anyone who's missed it and is interested, posting it here again.
I wrote an article that studies the attributes of Skill in the training and practice of Parkour.

Pics & Vids / Sledgehammer Challenge Highlights
« on: January 30, 2011, 10:40:43 PM »
Parkour Mumbai recently started monthly Ninja Warrior challenges by the trade name Parkour Mumbai Sledgehammer Challenge.
(more info on the challenge can be found on these links)

Anyway, here is the highlights video of our first ever challenge held in Dec last year.

I'll also be putting up clips of raw runs of participants from each of the five rounds in the next day or two.

Parkour And Freerunning / Parkour Stripped to its Essentials
« on: October 16, 2010, 05:33:19 AM »
I originally wrote this article out of the confusion of the pk vs fr once and for all thread (,30417.msg382940.html#msg382940), that debate is what prompted me to finish writing this article I had been working on for the past few months. I posted it over there two pages too late it seems when the direction of discussion had taken a different turn, and was asked to put it up as a separate thread altogether. So without further ado, here it is.

Please note: These are MY views on this topic, I'm not claiming this is the absolute gospel truth.

Parkour Stripped to its Essentials:


Diet / Weight gain related question
« on: October 01, 2010, 11:25:54 PM »
So as I understand after reading up a lot of stuff here and doing a bit of my own research, in order for a skinny guy to gain muscular weight, he needs to eat for it. Specifically, he needs to create a calorific surplus in his diet.
So if I understand right, it is carbs and not proteins or fats that create this calorific surplus in order to trigger weight gain. Now the only thing that separates fatty weight gain from muscular weight gain is whether you train for intensity alongside or not. This is what modern day research into diet has given us, right?

If this is the case, I had a discussion with a guy today who still believed that it is the protein in your diet which is actually synthesized into muscle, and not carbohydrates. In order to back it up I'm looking to email him a few good articles on this, if anyone would be kind enough to share them with me. Thanks.
(Unfortunately I do not remember any of my other sources except discussions on APK with the resident gurus here.)

Pics & Vids / Need video - Hitler Hates Freerunning
« on: May 20, 2010, 09:30:30 AM »
So youtube's been playing spoilsport once again and has taken off the video Hitler Hates Freerunning from the original uploader's account.

Did anyone else over here manage to save that video to disc before it was taken off? If so, I would really appreciate if you could forward it over to me.

Parkour And Freerunning / Flips are not Freerunning.
« on: April 15, 2010, 07:34:49 AM »
I have felt this for a very long time and that is - the mere presence of a flip or a spin does not make the discipline 'Freerunning'. Over time I've seen Flips themselves come to be associated with the word Freerunning, as if the term 'Acrobatics' had suddenly disappeared from the world's vocabulary and they now had a cool new replacement word for it.

The appropriate name of the discipline for the mere presence of a flip would be 'Acrobatics' or 'Gymnastics'. Or if a lot of spinning moves and martial arts moves like flying/spinning kicks are involved, the appropriate name of the discipline should be 'Tricking'. If a person simply chooses to flip off anything and everything he can find like benches, telephone booths, a short flight of stairs, small structures, the discipline is called 'Street Stunts'. (definitions derived from TK17's Ultimate Beginner's Guide to Parkour)

Why has the mere presence of a flip come to mean 'Freerunning' where the true meaning of freerunning was simply movement around obstacles that did not focus on speed, efficiency and purposeful movement, but instead on finding your own way around said obstacles at your own pace, and on creative expression of self around the same obstacles. Ofcourse, going by that definition, a flip done off or around an obstacle, since it is not purposeful movement, can be defined as freerunning, but a flip in itself is not freerunning at all.

The only semantical difference between David Belle's definition of Parkour and Sebastien Foucan's definition of Freerunning is that of purpose. One is purposeful, and the other lacks a definite purpose. If you move with purpose, it's Parkour, if you move without purpose, it's Freerunning.
I think, expanding this definition, you might say that when training in the physical discipline to overcome obstacles, even if you are one of the so-called 'purist traceurs', at the point of time of training itself, you are not doing Parkour, but Freerunning, since you are not moving from Point A to Point B with a sense of speed, urgency and purpose, but are probably discovering new ways to move around your given environment, and are also drilling your techniques over and over.

So bottom line - Flips are not Freerunning.
Or rather, some Flips are Freerunning, but all Freerunning is not Flips.

Pics & Vids / Parkour Mumbai Skills Training Video
« on: April 15, 2010, 07:08:07 AM »
Presenting this year's new Parkour Mumbai Training video, the Team NUTs Gym Training Video 2010.
Once again, this video is not about the flash, but depicts how we at Parkour Mumbai take our training seriously and progress in a slow, safe and sure manner. Since the last training video to come out of the PkMum stables featured more of conditioning training with a little skill training thrown in (NOS Training Video 2009 - - for those who are interested), this one is more about skill training with a little conditioning thrown in. Hope you guys won't get bored by the loooong running length and will enjoy watching it through to the end it as much as I enjoyed making it. (I guess some of the 'fun' portions of the video will have more entertainment value to those who speak Hindi rather than appealing to everyone, but if you're willing to overlook that minor point, watch away. :D)

Here it is in two parts: - Part I - Part II

Pics & Vids / Does anyone have this video of Sebastien's?
« on: March 25, 2010, 04:11:37 AM »
Did anyone by chance save this video of Sebastien's? I'd been meaning to download it, but one thing after another made it slip from my mind, and now the site says it doesn't host the article anymore. :(

Okay, related question - Does anyone know why the heck in the world does Sebastien Foucan need to undergo a Level 1 ADAPT certification?

Pics & Vids / Video needed - conditioning video of Pk-Danno's Crib
« on: January 23, 2010, 09:43:35 AM »
I saw this video a while ago but I foolishly forgot to bookmark it. Now I don't even remember where I got the link to it from, whether it was over here at APK, or at the 3Run boards or from somwhere else. Could someone please help me locate it? Thanks.

It features Pk-Danno's crib in Torronto, and a bunch of guys training with him in the gym. He's got visitors from abroad, I don't remember if it is Chase Armitage and the 3Run guys or someone from APK. They are going through some sort of circuit within the gym, I think 5 rounds of some conditioning circuit. I remember clearly that the circuit starts with dips on gymnastic rings, and it involves hanging traverses at some point.

If anyone knows of the video I'm talking about, could you please post the link?
I would greatly appreciate it.

Diet / Protein Shake question.
« on: December 23, 2009, 05:21:22 AM »
I read on Muse's sticky that it's more convenient to prepare your meals at the start of the day rather than dragging yourself into the kitchen 5-7 times a day to prepare each meal.
So going by this logic, if I take two protein shakes a day, is it allright if I prepare both my shakes at the same time, and keep the second one in the fridge for half-a-day and consume it later on in the day? I mean, milk being a persishable item, will it deteriorate, or will it get reduced in nutritional value or anything if I store it too long after blending (even if it is in the refridgerator)? Will the protein settle at the bottom of the vessel even after blending if kept for too long?

I usually put in powdered milk, water, a banana, and a scoop of Optimum Nutrition Whey protein.

I haven't ever tried experimenting with this, so just wanna know if anyone else ever has, or knows more about whether my shake will deteriorate over the day.

Pics & Vids / Natural playground for a traceur.
« on: December 22, 2009, 01:13:36 AM »
Wow! Fairs and amusement parks, and the rides in them appear to be natural training grounds for traceurs.
Wish I had access to one of those places!

Pics & Vids / Gone Shopping
« on: November 22, 2009, 09:01:54 PM »
We made this video in support for Sandbag's recent Climate Change Campaign One Giant Leap Global Parkour Jam on Sep 26th.
It's a short film with a powerful message.
Sandbag liked it so much that they also aired it along with other jam footages from around the world at their own jam at the IMAX, London.

Pics & Vids / Music in Parkour Videos?
« on: November 19, 2009, 04:25:55 AM »
Say, where do you guys get the music to put in your parkour videos? I mean, you need to find free, legit music to add to your videos now that youtube mutes out all copyrighted music from the big labels.

I've been using this place
to get my background scores but I need more varied stuff and they don't have an adequate amount of tracks.

Care to share your sources people?

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