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Pics & Vids / Wallspin On A 3000 Year Old Wall
« on: March 01, 2008, 06:12:21 PM »
In Lima Peru, these are ruins around the Inca Trail
The backpack is full of ancient stolen artifacts :)

CO Jams / Weekly Colorado Springs Sessions - Tuesday 4:30 PM
« on: February 15, 2008, 07:51:47 PM »
Who: Open Invitational

What: Parkour training sessions for the Springs area

When:  Tuesdays at 4:30 PM

Where:  NEW NEW NUEVO: Meeting at Garden of the Gods, at Balancing Rock

Why:  For Sparta

Movement / Malaysian Martial Arts Technique: Jumping Through Glass
« on: September 17, 2006, 01:55:21 PM »
The first part of the video is pretty much laughable, I'm thinking they should've gone with the pk approach but hey   :)  But in the second half they demonstrate a pretty effective technique on how to safely jump through glass without injury.  Pay close attention to how the legs are positioned to follow the initial impact and how the midsection never comes close to an unshattered section of glass.

Training Journals / Quazar Talks About Stuff
« on: June 28, 2006, 09:47:29 AM »
As of this weekend I've been focused on alot of solo parkour training, whether it be intentional or not.  I've gained a whole new appreciation for the method

Earlier this week I was compelled to sprint out into the ravine behind my backyard and just start running, aimlessly, with full force.  What ensude was some of the most natural flow I've felt in a while.  The large forested area is basicly several miles of  densely forested trench with 50% inclines on both sides about 20-30 feet high.

This makes a perfect environment for precision maneuvering, darting and dodging through trees, distance jumping over shrubs and bushes, and tic tac'ing off of trees.

Again, new found appreciation: Nature PK.  You really develop creative responsfullnes and reflexes to the random quick changing natural environment. 
A hevy mist rolled in and the the ground became damp and very forgiving so I began practicing tricking and acrobatics as well as climbing and straight drops to the ground and some verticle hanging sit ups from a tree branch

Climbed a couple trees Koala style about 15-20 feet up that had literaly nothing on them to climb on, just trunks.  That's something I've never been able to do well before and I was very happy to see that limit passed.

Did a punch-front down the slope of the ravine over some large yucca-cactus plants.  That was a mental accomplishment for me

Then just trained some basic acrobatics off an old picnic table I found in the middle of a clearing.

The one thing that beat me was a tree that I wanted to wallflip off of because it was in a pretty clear area and the bark was knotty enough to provide adequate grip.  The dampness of my shoes and the tree became a mental issue so I decided to save it for another day... we'll see how it goes.


An hour or two later a handful of traceurs from the springs met up to train as a group.  It was raining heavy but the air was warm, so it made for great wet surface training.  Altimot, Nick, Lauren, and I hit up The Four Corners just experimenting with basics on different surfaces.

I can't lie though, the wet concrete was a far cry from the damp forest floor from earlier that day.  I really missed it  :)


Me, Altimot, Nick, and Alan "The Thai Warrior" have been teaching a kid's breakdancing class at a local church.

Handling little kids has got to be the most grueling training there is.  They literaly suck the energy right from you.
But it's fun.  My wrists are taking a beating from the repetative movements in the classes though.  They've held up so far, only a day left of the classes.

On the plus side, we learned a new 3 man breaking move just messing around after the class, the Helicopter for those of you who know the terminology.  We'll definately be bustin that one out at our next school function.



2:00-3:00 AM  Me and Altimot got some physical therapy in the form of massages from a few beautiful girls we were hanging with that night.  Just had to post that  ;)   ( I highly recommend this training method for any traceur with the proper resources)

7:00  Unfortunately that night left me with a grand total of 3 hours sleep before I had to get up for cheerleading practice the next morning.

I felt suprisingly revitalised though thanks to those fantastic massages from the night before.
After doing basic conditioning at practice I stayed later to practice some more solo training, this time on the schoolgrounds.
I was also compelled to, this time, try shirtless PK.  ...WOW, The male body is not meant to wear a shirt!  I've been wanting to do this for a while but couldn't because of social restraints, and just for the sake of respect for people around who tend to get offended by a shirtless man running around jumping and climbing.
I've gotta say, the body just moves better like this, there's no restraint and your self-awareness is alot stronger.

I trained the following around the school:

Wallflips (In crapy Shoes)

Downhill Aerials

Downhill Punch-Fronts

Downhill Railsprings

Uphill Monkeys at about 5 foot hieght

and a Downhill Back-Pike

(It's a hilly area)

Now it's time for some much needed sleep

Goodnight Everybody  :)

Socialize / How Many Traceurs Does it Take To Screw In A Lightbulb?
« on: May 22, 2006, 04:34:09 PM »

1 To Screw in the Bulb

1 To Speculate About the Overall Efficiency of the Action


1 To Order the T-shirts

Colorado / Colorado Springs Assembly
« on: April 22, 2006, 08:20:59 PM »
This Sun, at 1:30 Springs PK will be jamming the downtown area, most of the group will be there, and already knows about this, but to some of the newer guys from art sports who might be checking the Colorado forums for information like we had reccommended...   ...there you go, nice to meet you guys.

We'll meet in front of the Antler's Hilton, there's a large pink canopy structure in front of the main pavilion where we'll be warming up for a while and waiting for people to show up, otherwise, you have a couple of our cell numbers so just give us a call if you have trouble finding us.

Tricking / 180 Wallflip?
« on: April 21, 2006, 05:06:49 PM »
So, today I basicly accidentaly did a 2-step, 180 degree wallflip    ............................... ;D ;D ;D

and I'm just wondering, how much, in the opinion of you the apk community, this does to justify the "efficiency or, more or less, "purpose" of a wallflip

*Note:  I'm not expecting you to say this is a completely pure parkour technique or anything now, it's just that one of the bigger arguments against the efficiency of a wallflip has always been that you finish facing backwards, the opposite way of your run, and this is gone with the 180 gdegree turn.

...That and I needed a conduit to brag about my new move  ;)

Socialize / Myspace?
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:59:40 PM »
Right, so I'd usually be the last person in the world to advocate myspace, but I've had a recent change of heart and I'm wondering who here on the forums is also on myspace, post your, whatever you'd call it, your myspace name.

There's already a couple pretty large parkour communities on there, some with 1000+ members

Oh and for the record, my username is Dan the Man

Socialize / The Ladies
« on: March 07, 2006, 01:06:37 PM »
In light of Cheetah's recently added, "Encouragement Thread"  I got to thinking that perhaps we could use a thread to share wisdom on the one biggest reasons why guys find themselves in need of encouragement in the first place.. that's right brothers I'm talking about, The Ladies.

Feel free to share your wisdom, stories, questions, and advice here.  And since I am the resident expert on the subject 8), I'll be sure to help out as best as I can too.

As for the ladies on the site, however few you are, please don't feel left out, after all, nothings better than a little "insider information" if you know what I'm saying. I'm sure any of us nerds can help out vise-versa.

Lexicon / Cat (Jump, Leap, Grab)
« on: February 27, 2006, 07:57:15 PM »
A cat used as prefix to either "jump" (cat-jump) , "leap" (cat-leap), or "grab" (cat-grab) all of which are descriptive of the literal steps in one basic movement.

A cat is the conclusion to a jump towards any vertical surface such as a ledge, wall, or fence in which the traceur rather than passing over the obstacle, stops oneself against the surface, with hands placed atop the lateral face and feet in contact with the surface.  The technique in it's cat"grab" definition also comes into play as the end result of a turn vault, thus subtracting the "jump" or "leap" aspect from the technique.

Variations to the technique come according to surface conditions and velocity.  In some situations the traceur may slide their feet down the full length of their landing area into a hanging position upon impact thus absorbing more of the impact and compensating for excessive speed.

As with the the cat as a position proceeding the turn vault, technique may vary according to the surface to which the feet make contact, for example a cat over a rail can vary greatly from a cat over a solid wall.

Once in the cat position it is common then to drop, if used to position oneself over heights/ top out if used to access the area above the wall surface/ or; in some instances, leap from one cat position into another against a parallel lateral face in what is called a "cat to cat"

CO Jams / NDA National Student Film Festival; PK Documentary Production
« on: January 04, 2006, 02:44:22 PM »
During the month of Jan. the Colorado Springs scene in cooperation with the KADET-TV production team will be working to produce a parkour documentary to be entered into the "NDA, National Student Film Festival."  This project will be the biggest thing coming out of the Springs, to date.

Filming will begin on Fri. the 6th in the Springs area and will continue the following day in the downtown Denver and Red Rocks areas.  Any of you guys who might like to come and join us are more than welcome.  We will be filming and interviewing, so the more the merrier.

the start time on Sat. has not yet been officially decided, however I would estimate meeting at cat fountain at 2:00.  I'll verify that as soon as possible.

If you can be there, just post and let us know :)

CO Jams / Dec. 2nd Cheerleading=Meet Up at Skyline
« on: December 01, 2005, 04:27:55 PM »
Hey everybody, tommorow Dec. @nd Me and Nick will be up at the Denver Colluseum competing in the Colorado State Cheerleading Championships.  Downtown Denver is gonna be invaded by Cheerleaders for the day and we plan on hittin up Cat Fountain at Skyline Park while we're in the area.  Just wanna put the word out and see if any of you Denver folks might want to meet up with us there for a while, who knows, maybe you'll meet some hot cheerleaders (Besides us, I mean ;)).

Lexicon / Gargoyle Vault/ a.k.a. Sticky Monkey
« on: November 16, 2005, 04:14:14 PM »
Gargoyle Vault/ a.k.a. Sticky Monkey: 

   Both hands are placed on the rail and both feet are brought over the rail, between the arms in a fashion much like the monkey vault, however, after the legs are brought over the rail, the hands remain gripping the rail and the feet are planted at the rails base, leaving the body in a hanging position adjacent the rail.  This is done in much the same fashion as a turn vault, however leaves the body hanging in a forwards position, facing the direction of the run, as opposed to a backwards position with the body facing the direction of the approach as with the turn vault.

In laymen's terms;  Its a monkey vault but instead of leaving the rail after it is cleared, you hold on with your arms even after your body has passed over it and plant your feet at the rails base just like in a turn vault, so you end up hanging over the edge of the rail but you face forward instead of backwards as you would in a turn vault.

Lexicon / Railspring (Overhand/Underhand)
« on: November 16, 2005, 03:10:20 PM »
-Railspring/ Railspring Vault:  A vault in which a front handspring is executed over the rail being vaulted with the hands placed atop said rail.
(Railspring Differentiation):

-Overhand:  Rail is gripped with the hands in an palms down, overhand position directly atop the rail.  This style is faster, and more easily supported than the Underhand variation.  It is used predominantly on level or minor-drop vaulting conditions in which horizontal efficiency is the goal; this is also generally the easiest and safest of the two styles of railsprings.

-Underhand:  Rail is gripped in a slightly underhand position with the palms facing upwards.  The body is supported slightly with the elbows resting against the abdominal chest area.  This style is slower and more technical than the Overhand variation, thus making it useful for vaults which feature higher drops in which the desired path of motion is more vertically directed, thus demanding a slower rotation speed so as not to over-rotate upon landing.  When performed this style allows more easily for a delayed period at the apex of the rotation and a better line of site by which to survey the pending drop/landing.

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