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Connecticut / Re: Shoes
« on: June 01, 2011, 02:19:04 PM »
I own a pair of the KOs. They are pretty cheap for a parkour shoe and have great grip on a variety of surfaces. They are also REALLY lightweight. They're my favorite shoes so far ;]

Injuries - Discussion / Possible backflip injury?
« on: May 31, 2011, 03:19:21 PM »
Well just a little while ago I did my first few backflips on flat ground (FINALLY). But as I did my last flip for today, I forced myself back pretty hard and I felt my back crack. I don't know if this is bad or not mainly because, at the moment, I can walk and move my torso normally without pain. I just want to know if I injured myself.

CT Jams / Re: 4/23- EASTER SATURDAY JAM 2011
« on: April 12, 2011, 06:35:09 PM »
Damn I hope my knee is fully healed by then. I'd really love to go

« on: April 10, 2011, 08:30:31 AM »
I would love to help out, but the only times I'm sure I can come is next week (spring break) and during summer vacation. I'll try to show up during some weekends, but that's unlikely.

Injuries - Discussion / Re: MCL sprain
« on: April 05, 2011, 10:50:26 AM »
Yup, the knee's doing a lot better. Now I can walk at a faster speed and go up and down stairs faster without feeling anything. I haven't tried jogging or running yet though. Today was kinda weird though because at random times I would feel pain in my knee for an second then it would go away.

Injuries - Discussion / MCL sprain
« on: April 02, 2011, 02:28:19 PM »
Well, 2 Thursdays ago I attempted an ariel on my trampoline and hurt my knee while landing the flip. It wasn't until the the following Wednesday that I went to my doctor. He said that I sprained my MCL and not to do anything crazy for a week. I think it's a weird injury since there is no swelling no unbearable pain, just a weird sensation in my knee when I do certain things and occasionally when I'm walking. Back to the point, after the week of no fun, will I have to wait any longer until I can go back to parkour?

CT Jams / Re: Stratford/Bridgeport Jam! APRIL 2ND, 1:00PM.
« on: March 30, 2011, 05:47:44 PM »
Hey guys! Unfortunately, I hurt my knee last Thursday and today learned that I strained a ligament :/ Doctor told me to not do anything crazy for a week. It really sucks cuz I've been looking forward to this for a while.

CT Jams / Re: Stratford/Bridgeport Jam! APRIL 2ND, 1:00PM.
« on: March 24, 2011, 12:19:09 PM »
Defintely want to come to this jam. I think I will have a ride there, although Bridgeport is a long way from Coventry lol.

Connecticut / Re: Hey guys!
« on: March 13, 2011, 04:39:30 PM »
It's good to hear that pk is becoming more popular "up here." And yeah it was me and my friend Eli that came to that jam in August. I had a great time and am already looking forward that jam in April. I hope to be there!

Connecticut / Hey guys!
« on: March 11, 2011, 07:07:24 PM »
Well winter's practically over, and I can finally come out of hibernation XD. Jk I actually got a lot of conditioning done. Wow I haven't posted on this site in a while. Anyway just thought I would check in with you guys and say that I'm looking forward to any jams coming up this spring and summer that I can be a part of. See you then!

CT Jams / Re: Silent Running Jam
« on: October 13, 2010, 12:09:05 PM »
Is anyone attending?
I hope to attend.

CT Jams / Re: Silent Running Jam
« on: September 22, 2010, 12:16:12 PM »
When and where is it going to be?
It sounds like a cool idea and I'd like to go.

Movement / Re: Backflips/ any flip, help???
« on: September 19, 2010, 03:20:06 PM »
Yay, something I actually know about.
Anyway, you say you have a trampoline. I recommend trying the backflip on the trampoline with as little before-hand-jumps as you can until you can do it without jumping before at all. Once you can do that, get off your trampoline and try it on a very soft surface. Move to harder and harder surfaces until you can do it on anything. I don't know if your technique is the issue because I haven't seen you flip. If you think it is, there are a bunch of tutorials out there for you to see. But do keep in mind that doing the flip is almost all a mental block that you will have to get over. I hope this can help :D

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour shoess!!!
« on: September 17, 2010, 03:25:12 PM »
I always use a cheap pair of shoes from walmart. They have decent grip, but unfortunately have a lot of padding.

Movement / Re: Pants vs. Movement
« on: September 14, 2010, 12:48:10 PM »
I like to wear sweatpants, but I have recently found out that a fitting pair of khakis(chinos I think) work just as well.

To be honest, I was learning more about Mirror's edge on the internet. It said something about her "parkour-like-skills." I looked up what parkour was and was instantly interested in it. I learned about its history and its purpose, started training, and got to where I am now :)

Yeah I really want to go, but there's a low chance of it...

Movement / Re: help please
« on: September 04, 2010, 08:44:38 AM »
I don't even know where to start with this.....

Okay, just so you know, I did the exact same thing as you. I rolled lots and lots on concrete and tile floor. Now my back does tolerate some pain, but it leaves your spine deformed. You'll have big bumps on spots on your spine that bulge out, and you DO NOT want that.

Why, you say? Because those spots on my back now f#cked up my rolling technique. I have to work very hard and precise not to hit them again.

Parkour is not hard body training. We don't work on strengthening our bones by repeatedly putting excessive stress on them. Rolling is not about making pain unbearable, it's about targetting spots that would cause the less damage (your muscles).

EDIT: (I had to go somewhere quickly, so I didn't complete my post.)

Getting deformation in your spine will turn your back from a smooth round surface to a "sqaure wheel", if you know what i mean. Just move gradually from softer to harder surfaces, while keeping your technique as good as possible.

That is true. Pain (not discomfort) means that your bones are baring a lot of pressure, and will cause them to deform, like I said.

Yeah...I should have kept my mouth shut (or would it be, fingers from typing?) I couldn't word what I wanted to say correctly, and I feel kind of stupid now :-[ But you're right, and I should leave the helping to you guys since I am kind of a noob :)

Movement / Re: help please
« on: September 03, 2010, 10:47:54 PM »
My solution is: keep on rolling on hard surfaces. Yes, it does hurt (I went through it all) but it strengthens the bones that are getting hit so you feel less pain. The only thing I can compare it to is having bone calluses. It worked for me. But then again, that is just me. It could also be your roll technique that is causing the problem, but I don't have the knowledge enough to tell you how to improve that. I'm sure someone else will though ;)

That's impressive! And I'm glad you're ok. I haven't had to roll to save my life yet, but I did instinctively roll on a sidewalk when I tripped once. I felt awesome after doing it :)

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