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Hey, I stop by Manhattan occasionally and I may be attending KSU after I get my gen eds out of the way. Shoot me an email ( ) and maybe we can jam together sometime.

Kansas / Re: starting a group in Wichita Kansas
« on: June 20, 2015, 05:02:58 AM »
Check out the Wichita parkour/freerunning facebook group, the Z3ro Limits Parkour page, or even contact Thad Swift (he's tagged often in the Z3ro Limit posts).
Good luck!

Kansas / Re: Overland Park gym looking for new Parkour instructor
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:29:31 PM »
I'm not interested but does the gym happen to be Diamond Academy?
I go there all the time.

Kansas / Re: Wichita Parkour and Freerunning?
« on: April 26, 2015, 02:27:30 PM »
Check out the Wichita parkour/freerunning facebook group, the Z3ro Limits Parkour page, or even contact Thad Swift (he's tagged often in the Z3ro Limit posts).
Good luck!

Hey the American Parkour headquarters is in DC! Go check it out and ask around  :)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Flipping, Frontflips, and lots of problems
« on: December 16, 2014, 08:04:24 PM »
Could you possibly get a video showing you attempting to do a front flip on flat ground and then one off of a ledge that you can land?

Injuries - Discussion / Re: Hurt my back-- what should I do now?
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:32:47 PM »
My pleasure! Let me know how it goes!

Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Re: New Forum! (Discussion)
« on: December 15, 2014, 05:21:08 PM »
As shown in Russell's post, moderating will be much easier for us. Now, if spam is posted multiple times by a user it is only necessary to report a single post of that spam and Russ or I can delete all of it's posts with a couple clicks. Previously this had to be done post by post.

Our new security measures seem to be working for now so we will most likely be keeping this forum. The forum will be receiving an update of SMF (Simple Machines Forum, the service we are using).

Injuries - Discussion / Re: Hurt my back-- what should I do now?
« on: December 14, 2014, 07:10:05 PM »
In this situation I believe it would be best to see a doctor or physical therapist of some sort. It would be really good to make sure you are back up to 100% before doing anything intensive that involves your back: give it as much rest as you can until you can hear from someone with a good experience treating injuries.

If you can't see a doctor of some sort and your cross country coach doesn't seem to know what you should do then give your back a week or two of rest, depending on how it feels. Go do some research and identify the muscle/tendons/whatever you strained and see what easy exercises you can start doing. The idea of those exercises is to strengthen your back to or beyond the point it was before the injury (and thus protecting your back from further injury).

As for the stretches and parts of your workout that involve your back until you talk to a doctor/whoever and figure out what's wrong. Pain is a bad sign, if it hurts then don't do it.

Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Re: The spammers problem.
« on: December 14, 2014, 06:53:52 PM »
No, you're being helpful :)!

See my new topic on the subject here

Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Spam Issues (Discussion)
« on: December 14, 2014, 06:51:58 PM »
As you have noticed the spam problem here is way out of hand. Tomorrow morning Mark Toorock (aka M2, Administrator of this forum and president of American Parkour) will be attempting to fix/see if anything else can be done with captcha to prevent spam bots from making new accounts.

We are taking consideration into possibly archiving this forum and starting to use something else for our online community, such as disqus. Please leave your comments, concerns, and suggestions here.

EDIT: See the post by Russell and the post by me right below it

Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Re: The spammers problem.
« on: December 14, 2014, 09:17:04 AM »
I finally got some free time so I'm doing my best to clean out the massive amount of spam. I'll see if we can get a new forum or possibly a captcha to sign up/post. There's only so much the admin can modify/do as we are utilizing simple machine forums instead our own creation.

My apologies for the inactivity.

Movement / Re: Lazy Spin
« on: August 24, 2014, 01:59:58 PM »
Is it this? If so it already has several names.

Movement / Re: Landing technique help
« on: August 12, 2014, 09:30:56 AM »
No, those are still too high to be doing regularly. You may not feel it now but you are wearing away the cartilage in your knee faster by taking those drops often. Minimize impact and train carefully so you can continue to train for a long time. You only have one body.
Chris Rowat explains it better than I in Longevity in Parkour

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: People who don't understand!
« on: August 11, 2014, 08:23:50 PM »
If they don't understand, teach them!  :)
Here's a video that help me better explain parkour to people who had no idea what it was or had a negative and misrepresent view of it

I hear you loud and clear Mark; I feel like I perceived it as you intended it to be. I definitely agree with it too. Even outside of training I will sometimes think of how my actions and attitudes affect the reputation of what I'm wearing.

Jan-Su I think that you are missing the point, it's not about entitlement (speaking of which if you buy the gear that keeps this wonderful organization afloat I think you are entitled to wear it) but about respect. We are requesting that those who choose to wear our stuff respect apk by training responsibly, especially in public. It's a reasonable request considering anyone wearing apk clothing is indirectly representing it. A request, not a demand.
As for who you think should be entitled to wear apk gear I have to say this: We care much more about how you go about your training than what level you are at! American Parkour is not an exclusive club of official people, it is a community of people of various kinds. Apk wants people to wear the gear, it powers the company so we can give back to the community, it spreads the message of parkour that we dearly love, and it brings people together.

Parkour / Re: Dash vault-straight legs
« on: August 07, 2014, 09:16:49 PM »
You're welcome!

That really depends on your physiology and how much effort you put into it. Holding an L sit can be pretty difficult.

Good luck :)

Parkour / Re: Dash vault-straight legs
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:40:09 AM »
I'm sorry how late this is but I am going through a lot of old-ish posts right now

Straight and high legs become important if you want very long and clean dash vaults, like this one
It's sounds simple enough "Just straighten your legs!" but you may need to work on a little flexibility to do so. Try practicing L sits and if do really well on those you can progress into V sits.

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