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Parkour / Re: Strange Psychological Issue with Vaults
« on: January 24, 2011, 10:34:29 AM »
Thanks for all the advice.  Landing does seem to be the thing I'm least comfortable with and as that has improved, so has my vaulting.  Landing without looking really helped.  I've gotten to the point now though that I've realized I have to improve my arm strength if I want to get really good at vaulting.  I don't like uneven surfaces either, I'll have to try going the other way.  I think overall my greatest obstacle for parkour is fear and thinking to much about what I'm trying to do.  Slowly improving though!

Texas / Re: El Paso, Tx - What a drag...
« on: January 02, 2011, 04:35:32 PM »
The UTEP campus is a really fun place to train I haven't been there a whole lot since I go away for college and I live on the far east side, but it's pretty cool.  The only bad thing is campus police will kick you out if they see you.  On the far east side Americas High School is a good spot, especially for beginners.  Near the football field there are red walls that are good for learning vaults, wall runs, cat grabs and how to land on concrete correctly.  The baseball and softball fields also have a plastic tube things on the top of the fences that make it good for learning gate vaults and the grass and gravel allow you to work into rolling on different surfaces, as does the track.  There are also some tables near on the patio that are covered and good for palm spins and learning how to get your vaults better for not high but wide objects.  Outside of that there isn't much that I know of.

Texas / Re: Nacogdoches, specifically SFASU
« on: December 09, 2010, 04:49:35 PM »
Really?! That's awesome, next week is my last week here, but definitely contact me next semester, I think we start on Jan 19.  my email is

Texas / Re: El Paso, TX
« on: July 24, 2010, 08:54:41 PM »
Cool, Americas isn't that great either and we're kinda getting bored of it so if we ever have gas to spare it'd be a nice change of pace.  Once we had to go to UTEP to get tickets and there was some nice spots there.

Women / Re: Women's Parkour Shoes
« on: July 18, 2010, 09:52:32 PM »
After looking around in :,18447.0.html I've decided to try Nike Dart VIIs, when I looked online the price was 39.99, hopefully they'll have them in stock at the stores here.

Women / Re: Women's Parkour Shoes
« on: July 16, 2010, 10:46:20 PM »
I have a question, I don't have a lot of money to buy shoes with so I always try to get ones that are on sale which tend to not be the brands mentioned above.  The only problem is they don't last very long at all.  The current pair I'm using were absolutely perfect for a couple weeks, then they started getting all beat up and now one has a hole right through it and I've only had them for a month.  So, is spending the 70 bucks on the "fancier" shoes like the K-swiss ones worth it, or are they just going to get beaten up quickly too?

Parkour / Re: Strange Psychological Issue with Vaults
« on: July 16, 2010, 06:19:16 PM »
Yeah I guess I'll just keep at it.   And I can land from things over my height without any problems.  I know none of the things I'm vaulting over are nearly that tall on the other side too, yet I still pause.

Texas / Re: El Paso, TX
« on: July 15, 2010, 11:52:02 PM »
I am a member of (noticed everyone was getting that reply so I figured I'd give a preemtive reply).  As for pk in El Paso, a couple of my friends and I go out all the time, almost everyday to train.  We live on the Far East Side though and often go to Americas High School around either 6:30 or 7:00 and are there until around 9 (in the evening). I'm not any good at it, but my friends are and we'd wouldn't mind another person to train with.  There aren't a lot of people, but it's picking up.

Parkour / Strange Psychological Issue with Vaults
« on: July 15, 2010, 11:43:56 PM »
For some reason, I can't convince myself to vault something in where the landing is lower than where I am or where I can't see where I'm going to land.  I've tried familiarizing myself with the other side in an attempt to know exactly what's there when I try to vault but I still end up having to tap the wall with my foot before I go completely over, no matter how low the obstacle is. But if I can see exactly where I'm going to land I don't have a problem doing it.  Any tips?  I've tried a lot, and I could really use some help.  Thanks.

Women / Re: Welcome Ladies
« on: February 05, 2010, 09:53:23 AM »
hm, that's a good idea, I'll have to try it when it stops raining and this cold front goes away :)  I feel really unproductive right now though because of the weather, all I've been doing is working out in the rec center, I know it's not my fault the weather is the way it is, but it still feels like a lame excuse :P oh well

Women / Re: APK Traceuse Mentoring Program!
« on: January 31, 2010, 12:56:38 PM »

*APK username/forum name: Anne

*Location: live: El Paso, Texas, college:Nacogdoches, Texas

*Requesting a mentor or Volunteering to be a mentor?: Requesting a mentor

*I would prefer it if my mentor/mentoree would contact me via: email and/or Skype

*Practicing parkour since: Jan 19, 2010

*Other athletic/physical experience: I used to play basketball and softball (officially on teams) and soccer and football (unofficial with just a group), also used to do kung fu and I was in marching band (it doesn't sound like an athletic thing, but trust me, it is)

*(Mentorees)- specific goals and/or concerns you have about your parkour practice:- I'm not all that wonderful at acrobatic stuff so I'll definitely need lots of tips in that area and I have a medical thing that makes it really hard for me to lose weight but easy to gain so goals in that area will be low

*Do you have a specific mentor/mentoree that you would prefer to be paired with? nah

*Any additional comments: I'm taking 18 hours, meaning 6 college classes, and a have a job at the planetarium so I don't have oodles of time on my hands, it also rains in Nac A LOT, but I'll make the most of what I have, when I don't have school though I'll have plenty of time.  In Nac I have access to a really nice Rec Center and there are plenty of structures for me to use, in El Paso there's a parkour gym that I'll want to try when I get back.

Women / Re: Welcome Ladies
« on: January 24, 2010, 11:29:45 AM »
Well I live in EP but I go to college in Nacogdoches.  I should be fine in El Paso, but right now I'm in Nacogdoches and I haven't found anyone.

Women / Re: Introductions
« on: January 23, 2010, 06:24:10 PM »
Hello, I'm Anne I live in El Paso and go to college in Nacogdoches.  I'm just starting to learn parkour and having a lot of fun doing it  ;D I wish I could find someone to train with in the Nacogdoches area though...

Women / Re: Welcome Ladies
« on: January 23, 2010, 06:00:36 PM »
Hello, I'm Anne.  I'm also a newbie to parkour and currently in college.  I haven't found anyone here to train with, but I've still been working.  Mostly I focus on the fundamentals, running, jumping, climbing, balance, stealth and touch/sensitivity (as written in Dan Edwardes The Parkour and Freerunning Handbook).  I've got the roll down already since I learned something really similar to kung fu and I started a few basic vaults, but I have a problem and I think it's one other women would understand.  Since i'm by myself, I get really self concious about practicing my vaults and rolls in public.  I know no one really cares if I'm jumping a wall and rolling around, but I still can't bring myself to do those things in front of strangers, so I just try to find sucluded spots and wait until no one's around, which not only limits how much training I do, but also makes it hard for me to find places.  Anyone else have this problem?

Texas / Re: Nacogdoches, specifically SFASU
« on: January 22, 2010, 12:39:08 PM »
Hm, still haven't found anyone out here, guess that's why my teacher called it "Naco-nowhere"  there must be someone out there though I just have to find them..

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: January 21, 2010, 06:48:24 PM »
If you're ever in El Paso you need to play airsoft there, it's super awesome to play in the desert, there are even a few abandon buildings and natural trenches to use, and a lot of military and other hardcore airsoft players there

Movement / Re: Minor Roll Problem
« on: January 20, 2010, 10:01:44 PM »
Ah! I had such success I started doing side rolls and then I did a few dive rolls in the grass, receiving no injury I moved to rolling on concrete and I had no problem! Yay! I didn't do a dive roll on the concrete, not confident enough yet with that one, but ll in all, my rolls are good again  ;D

Movement / Re: Minor Roll Problem
« on: January 20, 2010, 03:16:04 PM »
Thanks for the video link and the duct tape idea!  I discovered that I was just placing my hand too far to the right so naturally my body was going in that direction, the video made me think about it. ;D

Movement / Minor Roll Problem
« on: January 19, 2010, 01:50:28 PM »
I'm just starting so I'm naturally working on rolls.  I learned a roll very similar to the PK roll in kung fu so I didn't have much trouble except for one thing: I can't seem to roll in a straight line.  I'm a left handed roller, I don't experience any pain whatsoever, and I land on my feet and all that no problem, but I don't roll in a straight line, I keep ending up rolling a little to my right.  I've never had this problem before so I have no clue what's going wrong.  I'd love to post a video but I don't have a camera :P

Weights & Measures - Stats Only / Re: Pushups - max effort
« on: January 18, 2010, 10:36:25 PM »
Anne 01/19/ 2010 -22

I'm weak sauce right now, definitely gotta improve  ;D

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