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http://www.ted.com/talks/james_howard_kunstler_dissects_suburbia.html

If you live in Suburbia, you know exactly what I'm talking about.
"I want to learn parkour, but there's no where to train."
We usually respond to those people with, "You just have to look better." I don't think that's fulfilling enough. I don't believe a person driving to a viable training spot is the spirit of parkour. That's almost as "free" as going to an indoors, structured climbing gym and climbing "the way it should be".

So what can we do? Do we build parkour parks all around Suburbia (like we see in some PK Russian videos), or should we change our architecture to have less space between houses, less conformity, and more outdoors human interaction?


I'm sorry, this is just something I've been raging about for a long time. Thanks for reading.

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So I found this on StumbleUpon, and wondered if it would help anyone in here, since I seem to notice people discussing whatever's popular these days. :P

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Pics & Vids / It was all robotics until...
« on: March 25, 2011, 12:32:28 PM »
...The 2-legged machine did a flip. Then it was the future of robotic freerunners.

[WTF]




For those who like to see the concept of Blocking in action, you can clearly see it in there.

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Pics & Vids / Christopher McDougall: A TED Talk
« on: February 09, 2011, 09:30:23 PM »

http://www.ted.com/talks/christopher_mcdougall_are_we_born_to_run.html


Chris McD has been the voice of barefoot running, and I'm sure most of you already know about this. If you're a beginner, this is a chance to understand why there's always somebody on the forum recommending the Vibram Five Finger shoes (VFF).

This video sums it up, including some reasoning to why he thinks early humans evolved as runners before weapons were invented.

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Consumer Whores / Complete Feiyue Make Over: Pics included
« on: January 08, 2011, 10:10:56 PM »
Hello folks!

Just thought about sharing this with you. I bought the black Feiyues 6 months ago, totally loved them, but now they're worn out (wall run practice). So I decided to get the white ones this time, hopefully it will go well with my lighter clothes for a nice urban-style look.

Well, like many others, I was wrong. Wearing a dark green hoodie and grey cargos, white shoes just don't look right at all, so I decided to change that. Here's the result:




As you can see, it went very well with my current cargos. And since it's grey, it will go with any other Earth-tone color.



Both white and black colors stand out too much.

So you're asking; How did you do it?

You can use any cloth dye and rubber paint to get a nice solid surface. However, due to lack of experience with such stuff, I used Fabric markers.
One grey (main color) marker was just enough to color one shoe, while the black (secondary) marker had about 2/3 used up, so get 2 of each.

Total cost: $14



If you decided to do the same, you'll have a tough time with the rubber part. Just use your finger to smudge the color inside the tiny grooves. Or sand the rubber for the dye to stick on it. Whatever you like.


Apologies for the crappy quality.



For anyone who wishes to start customizing their shoes, please post your pictures in this thread! :D
Thanks for reading!

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Pics & Vids / Power Stilts
« on: November 18, 2010, 09:32:32 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-6WfPqB8kU&feature=related

Just wondering if anyone ever tried these things? The guy even does a vault and a wall spin! :o

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Pics & Vids / Spetznaz PK/FR
« on: September 18, 2010, 10:46:43 AM »
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1EaM6wfKhE


They invented the Shooting-Upwards Webster.


Tell me if you LOL'd the whole time as well. ;D

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Movement / Being Useful - Parkour with a package
« on: June 10, 2010, 03:09:35 PM »
"Be strong to be useful."

David Belle came from a family of firemen. He talked about how he would randomly plan escape routes for buildings and such, to escape or to rescue someone inside. Hebert also encouraged the presence of altruism in his Methode Naturelle; being strong to help.

Ever wondered how good you would do, if you had to escape with a baby in your arms? How would you hope that fence? How would you land from 8 feet? How would you climb down a burning building?


So here are my questions:

  • How many people train parkour (quick, efficient obstacle negotiation), while carrying a precious load in their hand(s)?
  • Wouldn't it be essential to make up techniques for that?
  • If it's already been considered (mind my ignorance), what are the techniques already developed?



I know parkour is more than emergency preparation, but I'm sure one of us will encounter that day, and will wish," Only if I were stronger, only if I were more prepared." Plus, it would be a very new challenge for those masters out there. ;)


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Pics & Vids / Baby Self-learned Parkour
« on: January 30, 2010, 09:00:10 AM »
I was going across pictures on my sister's facebook, and she a lot of cute pics of my niece and nephew. I stopped at this one, because I was seriously amazed..


Look:




Cat balance? O_o


The rest are my 1 year old nephew's climbing skills. No one else was involved in his climbing up.



Use your feet when climbing, not knees! ;D




"I must goez to point B ovar dair!"




Oh hell yeah. Donuts are totally worth it.




A higher level of watching Elmo.





If you got kids who surprise you everyday with parkour skills, please share. :D


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Movement / Theoretical (EDIT) Vertical Roll
« on: January 22, 2010, 03:31:47 PM »
Say somehow, you got caught by an angry mob who will catapult you into a wall, say at speeds up to 30 mph. With the fitness of DB, can one theoretically roll on the wall, feet first and upwards (so gravity can help slow you down) just like he can do when falling from above?

That would be a nice technique in extreme and rare events, lol.

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Socialize / Journey or Destination?
« on: December 29, 2009, 04:45:22 PM »
Inspired by a topic that was inspired by another topic, this is the question for YOU:

    -Which do you enjoy the most, the journey or the destination?

For those who this is new to this, the destination is a goal you wish to reach, and the journey is the process you take to reach that goal. This question applies to absolutely everything, e.g. doing house chores, finishing homework, walking to the park, finishing a project, etc.


(FIRST!!11 ;D)
It appears that I like the journey more, because when I'm done with a pretty hard task, It doesn't feel that special, or at least as much as I expected, yet I don't regret it.

Now it's YOUR TURN.

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Socialize / What would DB do in these locations?
« on: December 23, 2009, 10:50:02 PM »

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General Fitness / Correct Dip Form??
« on: December 22, 2009, 09:06:34 PM »
I used the search function and looked for this topic, however I only found training logs and how-to's. None of them mentioned a correct way to perform a dip. I also found a relatively old topic discussing pain from doing dips, but I didn't find anything helpful (also too complicated for me). I looked on Youtube, but I can't tell if those are right or not.
So, can anyone provide a video, or if not, a written description of how to perform a dip correctly without passively damaging joints? And if I'm wrong about anything, point that out. I'm just a beginner :P

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Parkour And Freerunning / How high can you safely land barefoot?
« on: November 25, 2009, 08:09:01 PM »
Hopefully for those who train barefoot, I just wondered how high you land from, whether plain landing or with a roll.

I tried today off about 6 feet on concrete and rolled out of it without pain :D

Please tell us the answer, and any other barefoot achievements that you are proud of.

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Socialize / These folks need Parkour. Really bad.
« on: November 07, 2009, 04:56:05 PM »

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Movement / Parkour derived from Nature...
« on: October 21, 2009, 09:48:25 AM »
This is not a question or anything that requires response.

It's Fall (or Autumn if you prefer), and I was racking leaves off the lawn. I looked up at the tree to see how much leaves are left to fall.

I noticed something interesting: The remaining leaves were all at the tip of their branches.
Then I remembered landing, because for a smoother landing, you need to land on the tips of your feet.
The leaves resisted the wind better because the length of the branch gave it a smoother transition.

I said,"Hah.."
and continued on.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Had a dream about Parkour?
« on: September 29, 2009, 07:45:34 PM »
Ok, so i'm talking about REAL dreams any of you had while you were sleeping. Please do not make up anything. Tell us what you saw. Use creative writing techniques as you wish. I'll begin with mine:

Setting:

Ok, without the big ferris wheel or the snipers, but gloomy, foggy, cold, and dull.


I was walking with a girl I had a crush on six months ago, when I was still in high school BUT IT DOESNT MATTER BECAUSE IT'S NON-PARKOUR, jumping to where it started ;D...

I reached my classroom on the second floor. the school building had a square shape, with the courtyard in the center. The hallways were open to the courtyard, kind of like a huge balcony.(If you ever played CoD4 - the Bloc map, that's how it looks like, excluding the statue; there was a leafless tree instead). It was foggy, and you can't really see anything.

I sat down in my desk on the right side of the classroom. The door was on the right side. Oh no! my backpack! "Sir! I forgot my backpac--" "Go get it :)". That's how cool he was; even though I have no idea who he was :o but ANYWAYS-----

I run out the classroom. As I said before, the hallway is like a balcony. It's open to the courtyard...below. (Traceur flash-thought: "Sweet!") I monkey over the wall and stand on it, then jump down, near the tree in the middle. I land on top of a small wall thing that surrounds the tree. After that, I find myself near a wall, with some railing on top; that's where I bump into a "policeman"! Yay!

the cop asks,"what's this that you're doing?" in a nice manner. I say "it's called Parkour." "Called what?," he asks. He then pulls out a square piece of paper (not a notepad) and asks me how to spell that. I reply,"Park...oor. Well, like Park...our--" He then just left without a reason. I'm kind of pissed off of course; no one leaves me hanging >:( so I look forward, and I see a black SUV. I figured some FBI people came here. I don't care why, All that's important is what's next: The windows are rolled half-down. (Traceur flash-thought:"....sweet!")

I run, and dive-roll inside the first window, which is by the way on the driver's side. So dive out the second one too, but slowly and in a sloppy manner, because my feet got stuck, so I had to put my hands on the ground and stand up again. Next, another black SUV, same deal. I did a dive inside the first window, but had to try something different. "How about an Underbar 360?" I asked myself. The problem is, there's no place inside for me to place my first hand, which should be facing forward. Thanks to Adam's tutorial, I remembered that stuff. But now, I had to put my hand outside. It was messed up. I kind of twisted my arm  :-\ but somehow, I managed to get through, and swing my legs outside.

-Later on-...I reach my class again, with my backpack with me. What could've I forgot?? OH SHIT I'M BAREFOOT. No idea, but I forgot my shoes this time, back in my "apartment". I jumped again from the hallways. no SUVs or authority figures. I was confronted by a big, grand, filled with branches tree. I had to climb the freakin' tree. I don't know if I lost my key or not; I had to climb the tree. You'd think "Pfft, that's a piece of cake." Well, it is a piece of cake, without all the LITTLE DRY TWIGS THAT LOOK LIKE NEEDLES. I had to pull my way over. Imagine wearing clothes made from Kleenex and having to walk through a spiky bush. So, I get all scratched up, head to toes.
I walked back to my class, tired. I saw my crush in the nearby classroom, but Hell, Who cares?




Okay, first, sorry for being so boring. I think I added a lot of I's, which is not very cool, because I think I..okay nevermind.
What's said is said, and now it's your turn. Write your dream if you had one. Don't be afraid to add non-parkour events; just don't overwhelm it. Try to write better than me (sure, easy >.>), and entertain your fellow traceurs and traceuses.



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General Fitness / How do finger push-ups help you in Parkour?
« on: September 26, 2009, 07:49:54 PM »
Title says it. It's common sense that strong fingers are needed in Parkour. with all the vaults and climbs, you need a strong grip. So how much benefits will finger push-ups give you?

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