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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 06, 2012, 07:15:57 PM »
You can't speak on behalf of everybody, only yourself, and that just seems to be the way it would be.
I have yet to see anybody "lording" over anybody. As I said, I know a number of people with certs and dealing & developing certs and this is not the case. In fact, the purpose of certification goes nowhere near that. Certification is a tool, not a status.

Anyway rereading the OP, the answer is this: certs do exist in the US. For the most part, they are still spreading and being tested, but they do exist. As far as ADAPT certs being available in the US? I think they've already done one in Ohio last year or something. I'm not sure if they're doing more (their site doesn't seem to indicate that they are). However, they do list several places that are "capable of delivering the ADAPT Qualification without supervision from ADAPT Qualifications Ltd." Maybe you could be one of the people to help make one here ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 06, 2012, 12:14:44 PM »
I'd become a part of neither, I don't want to see somebody lording over me on some pseudo-authority.
An irrational conclusion. You've already decided the shape the organization will take, which is ridiculous. Nobody here would support an organization like that.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 06, 2012, 10:18:10 AM »
A -national- governing body isn't quite our style, nor the United States', but multiple organizations essentially have -a- governing body in the works already.

I have no qualms with it. It's really nothing but certs and paperwork with an air of authority. Without hard work and effective practice it won't amount to anything anyway. The poor quality certs will get weeded out (since the community will criticize the crap out of it) and the good certs will become prevalent enough to become the standard.

Yes that's it. Thanks!

You're not just looking at thickness. You're also looking at heel-rise, which is slightly different. Zero-rise shoes are the target, where there is no difference in thickness between the forefoot and heel.

- Be barefoot around the house
- Run barefoot when the opportunity arises (e.g. grass, sand. Not pavement, gravel, glass, etc)

With normal wear, I'm not sure how much damage you'll be doing with "traditionalist" shoes. For training however, I'd strongly advise against it since you're doing so much more. When you start looking at shoes, there is a big difference between thin and fairly thin. Feiyues are thin. Vibrams are thin. There are tons of other shoes, and they are good shoes. I've even got some of my non-parkour friends stuck on Feiyues.

I'd get something that protects your foot... not augments it or stands between its abilities and the ground.

And obviously

^ Rafe, I remember seeing a video, I'm not sure if it was from you guys? There was a guy who demonstrated jumping on the sides of his feet to show that that could be trained and strengthened. I can't find the video...

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Fellow traceurs with the wrong idea
« on: May 26, 2012, 10:05:17 AM »
You tell them to shut the f#ck up and let them know how stupid they are.
You can, but any experience will tell you this tends not to work. Telling people they are wrong is hardly effective, especially when they don't respect you much.

Wait for them to grow out of their immaturity.
More likely.

Consumer Whores / Re: shoe repair
« on: April 12, 2012, 12:46:39 PM »
I'm not familiar with that brand or with that adhesive, but they usually work really well. I've learned that how you apply the adhesive tends to be more important. The instructions on the adhesive should tell you how to prepare the area you're trying to fix. Be sure to follow those instructions as best as you possibly can.

Consumer Whores / Re: Ariake vs KO Gen 2
« on: April 09, 2012, 11:45:27 AM »
Too much heel-rise in both, IMO. If I were you, I'd find myself some good barefoot shoes like Feiyues.

Paleo works for me. But I don't stick to it religiously.

That's the problem. Its a diet people, unless you have severe health problems religiously sticking to a diet is a waste of time/energy. Unless you own the diet and make money off it.
Yea, I talked with Chris about this too. As a college student, ya know, I'm gonna enjoy me some mojitos and margaritas. I can party without alcohol, but sometimes drinking just should happen.

Maybe later I'll become a total stickler on my diet. As someone with not much leeway, I can certainly tell when my performance takes a hit from poor diet. I know where the line is though and understand the consequences of the choices I make. I think that's the most important thing.

I don't think humans have a word for the feeling you get when doing parkour.
We kinda used the concept of "flow," but I don't think I've heard/seen that word used for a while, unless I've been looking in the wrong place. Flow is where everything is just right. You're synchronous with the environment you're moving through--a part of it, connected.

Movement / Re: Random question: Rolls, and the shoulder you land on
« on: March 28, 2012, 12:50:05 PM »
There are situations where you will need to roll over a certain shoulder.

The question is, do you want to be prepared to do that? If so, do both.

Yeah, at this point everyone kinda just does their own thing and calls it Parkour.
Well there's nothing saying "You must do ____," so until there is, this is going to be the case. While parkour is -not- anything, you are free to exercise your creativity and ability. While there are things that parkour is -not-, that does not mean that you will be outcast if you do them.

Really, most of us are just happy to find another person to share the journey with, who loves to explore movement and does not do it in a way that is dangerous to themselves or others.

What do you think they mean? Purist stems from the word pure, i.e. the original form and meaning of parkour. Freestyle would imply "parkour" but with less adherence to the concept of "pure parkour." It's all personal preference, though some people spend time arguing the rationality of calling something parkour that doesn't fit the definition of parkour (though it could be related).

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What's Important Now?
« on: March 27, 2012, 09:05:27 AM »
I use this quite often, actually. "If there was anything I needed to get done right now, what would it be?"

A modification of this that helps me manage my time well is: (browsing Facebook for example) "If I was done with what I needed to do, would I really be doing this, or am I just stupidly wasting time?" There's a bunch of other things--training, traveling, making money, etc--that I know I'd be doing if I had accomplished my goals already.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Slacker up in here!
« on: March 26, 2012, 03:49:44 PM »
Get out there and train!!

Just find a bench and make love to it, as Ryan says. ;) It's simple.

Consumer Whores / Re: Perfect parkour shoe?
« on: March 25, 2012, 12:04:07 PM »
ive hear much about those vibrams, and iam not ready to make my knees worse.
you're horribly misinformed, unfortunately. Though I wouldn't recommend those either... :)

Never mind. I bought a pair of Asics Patriot 4.
and i will review the shoe later...
Hmm... sorry to hear that. If I'd have seen this earlier, I would have said go with the Feiyues.

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Leaders Unite-Introduce Yourselves.
« on: March 25, 2012, 11:53:25 AM »
Contacts have been updated. Thanks guys!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Starting Parkour with Arthritis?
« on: March 24, 2012, 07:23:03 PM »
I don't know a lot about arthritis, but I know a lot of people have been able to eliminate theirs by adopting an anti-inflammatory diet (eat things that are not inflammatory and/or anti-nutrients). If you'd like to check this out further, go research the paleolithic diet. There is some information about this in our Diet forum under General Fitness.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: ORIGINS Parkour and Athletic Facility
« on: March 23, 2012, 08:52:52 AM »
I am excite! *Borat voice*

Keep us updated!

Epic intro video btw

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