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Regions / Re: Springfield MO
« on: April 03, 2010, 09:26:02 AM »
Founder's Park.  This very day.  2:30 in the afternoon.

Missouri / Re: Springfield Anyone?
« on: March 28, 2010, 06:48:36 PM »
Pilot Knob, MO.  Home of Elephant Rocks State Park. :)

Missouri / Re: Springfield Anyone?
« on: March 28, 2010, 02:15:37 PM »
Welcome to the boards!  Like Andrew said, you're welcome to join us on Saturday mornings, and I know there are plenty of us who would love to do parkour more often.

However, since we're all in this together, make sure you stay out of places you shouldn't be.  Founders park closes at night, and I don't want to see parkour get a bad rap in Springfield. :)

Missouri / Re: B13 Springfield Movie party....or something
« on: March 25, 2010, 09:49:06 AM »

Missouri / Re: FIRST EVER STATE-WIDE MOpk JAM!!!!!
« on: March 25, 2010, 07:09:19 AM »
Hey Jesse, whether or not I'm going to be able to go is still up in the air, but I'm sure SOME people from Springfield are going, and if so then you could drive here and then carpool the rest of the way.

Missouri / Re: B13 Springfield Movie party....or something
« on: March 25, 2010, 07:05:38 AM »
The first one?!?!

Regions / Re: Springfield MO
« on: February 15, 2010, 08:59:42 PM »
Hello Faithj3, and welcome to the forums!  We haven't met much over the winter (because there has been too much snow and ice), but when we do meet we always warm up with the basics, which means some pushups and crawling around to limber up, then landing, rolling, and jumping.  Founders park isn't the best place to practice vaults, so sometimes we never even get to that, but everything else we try to cover.  Hope to see you there!

P.S. - We meet on Saturday mornings at 10am. :)

Missouri / Re: Puma Concept shoes...better then any on the market!!
« on: February 15, 2010, 06:21:09 PM »
Dear therunnerupwithsocks,

How is posting that here (in the Missouri section of American Parkour's forums) going to have any effect on whether or not these shoes will be produced?

Ha ha,

Eli Kurtz

MO Jams - Meet - Experiences / Re: Saturday, Weekly-Springfield
« on: February 15, 2010, 01:25:01 PM »
Last year I went through most of the Winter, but this year things have been harder.  The snow and weather in general has been pretty inconvenient, so most of us haven't been showing up.  Officially there are still jams on Saturdays at 10am, but I wouldn't count on people showing up unless the terrain would be clear and dry enough to be safe.

How old are you, and what's your parkour experience so far?

.::EDIT::.  Sorry!  I just saw your post over in the membership thread.  Welcome to the forums!  Salem's a pretty far drive from Springfield, but we'd love to have you come over sometime!

Socialize / Re: Assassins Creed 2= The best parkour game
« on: December 22, 2009, 08:50:20 PM »
But Christmas is a Christian holiday. :P

Socialize / Re: enlightenment
« on: December 20, 2009, 10:26:34 AM »
Religious thread?

Socialize / Re: Avatar
« on: December 19, 2009, 11:08:23 PM »
The script is not anything to write home about, unless you want to write home about how bad it is.

There is FAR more to a great story than a great script.

Avatar is a GREAT movie.

I feel like George Hebert right after he got done chillin with his African tribal homies. [/parkour nerd]

Missouri / Re: Someone in Springfield Area that can do a backtuck
« on: December 18, 2009, 02:16:37 PM »
Hey!  I don't know how to do them, but maybe someone else around here can help you.  I DO know how to do butterfly kicks, but that's about it.

Missouri / Re: Missouri Members
« on: November 16, 2009, 01:57:11 PM »
Good!  We'll see you there!

And remember, it's from 10am until 12ish.

In the Media / Ninja Assassin trailer
« on: November 14, 2009, 07:09:32 AM »
I remember seeing first hearing about this movie on here a few months ago, and I wanted to make sure everyone saw the new trailer.  Pretty impressive stuff!

Ninja Assassin trailer

Missouri / Re: New Traceur
« on: November 12, 2009, 12:54:37 PM »
Here is another video (one of my favorites) that shows the potential coordination and creativity you can achieve with consistent QM practice.

Missouri / Re: New Traceur
« on: November 12, 2009, 11:26:07 AM »
Is this Kody?  Regardless, then welcome to the forums!  As for increasing your coordination, you might think about taking a dancing class at college.  You won't see improvement immediately, but if you stick with it you'll get better soon enough.  Alternatively, you can just keep drilling the basic movements.  One of the basics you NEED TO MASTER to get better coordination is quadrupedal movement (or QM).  It's literally just crawling around on your hands and feet.

Here's a good QM progression:

Step 1: Begin with a simple bear crawl motion.  Continue this until you're comfortable, let's say until you can do it for 1 minute without getting winded.  Think about moving gracefully, and try to keep your torso parallel with the ground.

Step 2: This is basically the same idea (graceful movement, torso parallel to the ground) except it's faster and at a different angle.  Rather than going in a straight line, you body will be at a 45 degree angle according to the direction of your movement.  Again, practice this movement until you're comfortable doing it for 1:00

Step 3: This is much harder to do, and it's recommended that you have a lot of experience with steps 1 and 2 before moving onto this.  This is identical to a kong vault, except you're on flat ground.  Explode outward, then bunch up to land on your feet, then explode outward again.

Step 4:  This is my new favorite warmup.  Once you have the basics of QM down, you can beging to string them together a la this video.  Let yourself be creative, and try to flow gracefully from one direction or body movement into the next.  Once you get to the point where you can begin training in this way (probably after MONTHS of work), you will see your coordination increase exponentially.

I hope this helps!  Keep at it. :)

MO Jams - Meet - Experiences / Re: STLpk and MOpk Presents: SIUE Jam
« on: November 06, 2009, 06:55:27 AM »

MO Jams - Meet - Experiences / Re: STLpk and MOpk Presents: SIUE Jam
« on: November 05, 2009, 08:57:58 PM »
Thankee kindly, sir.  I only ask because I know that while 1 person training in a place regularly can be okay, sometimes 15 people training in the same place can be not okay.

MO Jams - Meet - Experiences / Re: STLpk and MOpk Presents: SIUE Jam
« on: November 03, 2009, 11:27:39 AM »
Just thinking about complications... I assume you've gotten permission from the university to train there?

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