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Oklahoma / Re: Any good spots in norman?
« on: May 09, 2018, 08:58:05 AM »
Hey traceurs! Im wondering if anyone knows of any good spots in Norman. Im looking for precisions, vaults, jumps above others but i'll take anything I can get. If you know any spots on the OU campus that would be great.

OKPK has a facebook page and the we've trained on the Norman campus quite a bit. I'm from Tulsa, however, so I'm not your best resource. Go to the fb page and ask them there.

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: March 01, 2018, 10:15:14 AM »
Hey! I used to do Parkour and freerunning years ago but quit in 2014 due to major ankle injury that kept me from doing it, I had an account here but forgotten the username. Anyway, my life has gone downhill since then completely and i'm looking to start training again. Parkour/freerunning was the thing I had enjoyed most in my life and I have never felt the same as I had when I was doing it so I want to start again as I feel my ankle has improved enough. ;)

Welcome back @zakreturns
It's been pretty dead around here for awhile but the forum wasn't even working for a looong time. In fact, this is the first time I've checked back in a few months and I was surprised to be able to log in. I don't know when they got it fixed but it's been down at least 6 months. Maybe now that things are up and running again people will come back. A little doubtful though.
I did the same thing as far as quitting for awhile due to an injury. Well, I broke my leg snowboarding and though I've been around, I haven't been serious until the end of last year. Hope you see the same progress getting back into it as I have  :)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Finding new spots
« on: January 31, 2016, 06:37:03 AM »
Cool! What is it about PKSpotter that you find lackluster?

I know this is an old thread but I just downloaded PKSpotter despite all the bad reviews and found that all the bad reviews were legitimate. The app opens and then just goes to a black screen. Sad... I assumed something with APK's branding would be a lot better than that.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Is it... still even worth it?... ...
« on: May 19, 2015, 06:02:46 AM »
Too bad. I was really looking forward to attending their seminars and workshops. I think maybe that is what has been missing from the first two college jams I’ve been to thus far; more individualized attention. At least with these, they would break into smaller groups, sometimes even by appropriate skill levels, and focus on specific things to work on, whereas the jams I was at, it’s like everyone is just thrown into the mix with no clear direction.

I’m glad to say, though, that I’ve since found some spots at my other school that might provide decent ways to train. They’re not as good as my second school, or the campus(es) I went to on 4/19, but they’re better than nothing. Honestly, I’ll take almost anything at this point, and for now, they serve my needs, and this location is much closer and accessible to me than other areas. I had been looking for new places to train at anyway, since the place(s) I started at last summer were quickly getting very stale. The gymnastics/parkour facility option was/will only be a very last resort, since money is still a tight situation anyway, and I certainly can’t afford to go to an open gym every Friday night.

My solo sessions have been going surprisingly decent, actually. They’re a stark difference from how I was feeling at the end of those two jams. It’s like night and day. I could finally really focus on what I personally want(ed) to improve on without getting sidetracked or feel forced to do the same exact thing the veteran practitioners are doing. It was like, “You know what? Forget about those two jams. I’ll make my own jam(s). Just by me, just for me. No one else. If anyone has a problem with that, they can go you-know-what themselves.” And it didn’t always have to be that long either. Sometimes I would do a little something on a potential obstacle for like 10-20 minutes while waiting for the bus.

I think this might be a good time for a loose explanation of the purposes for training vs jams.

You said, "Forget about those two jams. I'll make my own jam(s)." You then explained what you meant by that which, really, was a perfect definition of training -- which is just as, if not far more important than jams. Training is when traceurs drill the things they want to become proficient in over and over and over again either by themselves or with a group of people who are doing the same thing. This might include teaching each other, though many traceurs (myself included) want to be left alone during this time to be able to work things out in their own minds. These sessions may be 10 minutes or may last all day. What's important is the progression and enjoyment of overcoming the greatest obstacle we face: ourselves. We take thousands of baby steps forward and a few backward to look back at the end of the day or few days and see a giant step of progression. Often, if there are others training with us they are only the few we are closest to and who we are not ashamed to fall in front of. This is where the parkour actually happens: where we overcome the hardest obstacles of them all.

Jams, on the other hand, are a social event meant to help the parkour community grow. It seems that we build them up as the most important part of parkour but they really are not -- except we need them to preserve the relational aspect. There is still progression made; often major progression if you are open to it. But often this progression only comes after you have built the self-confidence needed during your own training sessions to perform in front of other people you don't know or who are far more skilled than you. Then, the challenges that others give you become things you enjoy attempting rather than things that are driving you. I too, early on in my training, felt sidelined at jams. I was never self-confident in normal situations, let alone situations where I felt I needed to perform at a high level in front of bystanders with more skill than myself. It wasn't until I realized that jams were actually about building relationships with other traceurs and not so much about making huge progress that I truly enjoyed going to them. Honestly, I'm still not the most skilled traceur because of the sad fact that parkour is not able to be my first priority at the moment but I will be going to next month's jam in OKC because I now have a relationship with the people there and watching them and seeing the gains that they have made since the last time I saw them will pump me up like crazy. That's another thing jams are about: motivation. That's what may spur some of your huge gains in your personal training sessions. You watch something at a jam that you want to try but don't want to in front of other people and you take that back to your favorite training spot and work on it until you get it.

Training builds you as a traceur; jams build the parkour community.

Keep up the good work training and go to jams looking to build relationships and be inspired. If there are people at jams trying to teach you and you'd rather do your own thing, tell them so! I've been at training sessions with a guy I enjoy being around but he kept trying to teach me stuff and it drove me crazy and I left. We haven't trained together since and I wish instead I would have told him just to focus on his stuff and I'd focus on mine. In other words, I completely understand what you mean about people not trying to "boss" you but coming across that way. Just let people know you want to work on something and would rather let your mind work it out than have someone tell you what you're doing wrong. Don't let them push you to do anything you're not ready for or would rather not do at that moment. We all have those days where we want to be involved but don't really want to do. Let those days happen.

This has to be fun.

**Disclaimer: I may come across as a self-assured, pompous guy who thinks he knows it all. The only reason I can say what I am is because I've been exactly where you're at (from what I've seen in your posts) and felt many of the same things. It took my whole life up until about a year and a half ago to get to where I am now: able to be myself and enjoy who I am any time anywhere. Now I'm the bearded man on the mountain... or something ;)**

Pics & Vids / Re: Helping the homeless
« on: February 27, 2015, 02:41:49 PM »
Wow, great work!

Oklahoma / Re: Tulsa Parkour
« on: January 13, 2015, 06:08:46 PM »

Oklahoma / Re: Tulsa Parkour
« on: January 07, 2015, 02:08:50 PM »
I responded to your e-mail but thought I'd post here too :) This Saturday is the monthly OKC jam so I doubt anyone will be training in Tulsa. The plan, though, is to start weekly training on Tuesdays and most Saturdays. There IS a Tulsa fb page but I don't have fb and I believe it's a "closed group" or something? I don't know enough about it to speak intelligently lol.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Session logger
« on: December 20, 2014, 04:20:30 PM »
Trained for two hours. Mostly rail balance with some basic roll, wallrun, cat leap, and vault practice thrown in. Rail balance is getting pretty solid now.

Last Saturday was amazing because I'm finally getting close to where I was last year before I broke my leg. Got comfortable with kongs outside, high pres, and monkey ups onto rails then precing to ledges. It's been a long and often frustrating road but I'm very close to where I was in some parts of my training while actually farther along in others and it will have been a year on the 27th.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Session logger
« on: December 20, 2014, 11:56:49 AM »
Awesome thread idea! Best sesh probably last Saturday at the monthly state jam in Oklahoma City. Made insane gains.

Headed out now to train so will post details soon.

Socialize / Re: I am quite the grammar nazi
« on: December 19, 2014, 10:30:49 PM »
[ me = (your display name)] text [ / me]

without any spaces or the parentheses (you need the brackets though, lol

* shawn7656 see?

you can quote me and see the code

* jfox bahahahhaaha, im an impersonator

*  Mattok1 has wasted two hours reading the first twenty pages of this thread... and the ability to use the me function is all he's gotten.

Wow... Thanks Shawn Meilicke.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Tension: Parkour Vs. Skateboarding
« on: December 19, 2014, 08:00:53 PM »
Just as many posers and thugs in the parkour community as the skate community. I love parkour and it's what I do but I sponsor a skate club at the school I teach at and I think those 25 - 30 kids are the best in the school. Is every single one a model citizen and a pleasure to be around? No, but neither are all of the traceurs I train with.
I hate the "this or that" thought. I respect those in both groups because we're all doing things deserving of respect.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Tension: Parkour Vs. Skateboarding
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:58:28 AM »

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Winter Apparel
« on: December 18, 2014, 09:45:53 AM »
You're fine.


Parkour Projects / Re: The app that will help Parkour
« on: December 11, 2014, 07:31:08 PM »
Hahaha it's awesome that this showed up on the second page of this thread! I thought I'd lost track of the conversation and had to go back and read the earlier posts trying to make it make sense :D

Movement / Re: Does the speed to dash vault has a name?
« on: December 11, 2014, 09:06:17 AM »
Maybe I'm not understanding what you're calling a thief then, because a lazy is like thief, but with the inside leg instead of the outside leg (thief).

I agree, I like the lazy for flow. Honestly, I hate the thief at the moment but am still working at it. Feel like it kills the flow.

Movement / Re: Does the speed to dash vault has a name?
« on: December 10, 2014, 04:26:21 PM »
Are you talking about at 2:51 and other places?
I was going to say a thief but since it looks like (camera angle makes it hard to really tell) he places both hands down at the beginning of the vault, and then lifts the outside one off again, I'm not sure what it is.

Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Tapatalk
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:34:51 AM »
I use the app "Tapatalk" to keep up with some of my other forums. Would be great to get APK on that. I think more people would begin to use it again.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Name
« on: November 06, 2014, 09:05:19 PM »
Haha Hey, I appreciate that! All I want is to make a difference in students' lives. And feed their starving minds with knowledge too of course :D

30$ for sweats and you call it cheap? Go to the nearest open market in your city and check out what is sold there.

Looks like they're on sale for 17, though, and that's not bad at all.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Is it... still even worth it?... ...
« on: November 05, 2014, 12:15:10 PM »

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