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Pics & Vids / Backflip Height Help. Thanks in advance guys.
« on: May 10, 2011, 03:00:35 PM »

Anyway, this is my backflip. I just got over the fear a while back, so I'm happy for that, but my height is abominable. I know I need to go up, and jump straight up, etc., everyone tells me that. But even though I try to do those things none of the advice tells me exactly how to go up, get height or whatever. I'm moving back too much and I can see that my head is literally about a foot from the ground.

Also, my impact at the end is hard and painful. No sexual jokes. Hahah. Anyway, the shock runs through my entire body and my ankles take it all, so I don't want to do these much before I get more height as I think if I fix that I'll have less impact.

So my question is, can you help me with the height on this and specifically tell me what I have to do with my body? Also, if my height isn't the only problem could you elaborate and tell me how to fix the other ones?

Thanks guys.

Pics & Vids / Chock Full O' Flips - Random Training Day
« on: May 03, 2011, 05:29:56 PM »
Okay, just somehow got my backs + fronts really nice this week! Decided I'm going to work a ton on flips + air awareness for a week or two, and then start doing more parkour. I wanna have all these flips down, as in. wake up and BAM backflip - frontflip - sideflip hahah. Maybe not that well :)

Anyways, uploaded it in hd for you guys, enjoy :) BIG VIDEO COMING VERY VERY SOON! STAY TUNED and subscribe guys! :)

Pics & Vids / My Sideflip Tutorial
« on: April 30, 2011, 06:28:21 PM »
I was feeling bored today and decided to make my first ever tutorial. The sideflip has been my favorite and easiest trick for a while now, and I think I've pretty much gotten it to the point where I could do it in my sleep. So I did some nice sideflips and edited it up. Please tell me what I could do better in my next tutorial or if this is flawless tell me that haha. Thanks for watching, subscribe for more tuts in the future and I hope you learned something!

Spread it guys haha

Socialize / LOLOLOLOL
« on: April 25, 2011, 12:29:20 PM »
Background info:

The OP (a good friend of mine) posted a comment on another Friend 2 (also a friend of mine)'s wall about Dungeons and Dragons which we had been wanting to try for a long time.  We have a small reputation of being nerds lol.  There is incidentally a student in our school who takes up issues with everyone and says that they insulted her in some way so naturally she came and said that OP had insulted her by being a "nerd poser" (calling herself a true nerd).  OP came back and wrecked her with a sarcastic blast.

Enjoy :)

EDIT: If you think I'm a jerk for laughing at this then consider that she insulted me also by calling our entire group posers who want to look cool and funny :P, and also while her first post may have been true and whatnot, her second post was over the top.


I think it's pretty obvious really, no explanation needed :)

Pics & Vids / First backflippies (critique + enjoy)
« on: April 16, 2011, 04:11:22 AM »
First: I know I need to jump up lol.

Ok, so story time: In November of 2009 I bailed a backflip and landed on my neck, It hurt a lot. Then a few months later I sacked up and tried again. I landed on my head but because of the angle or something it didn't hurt. I tried again and landed on my neck. It hurt that time. Then a few months after that I tried again, and bailed but landed on my arms instead of my neck (yay). So now, one and a half years after I started trying backflips I present to you my first backflips outside. Enjoy :)

Oh and the last clip is my idiotic cockiness (heheh funny word) of trying a flat ground standing gainer the day I learned backs lol.

Oh and while this may not look like a big achievement, it's a huge one for me mostly I got past a fear of 1 and a half years :)


Pics & Vids / Sideflip help with video
« on: April 14, 2011, 03:13:55 PM »
At first glance my sideflips may look decent, but if you look at them you realize that I have pretty much no height and my head is about 2 feet from the ground when I'm upside down while I want it to be at atleast shoulder height.  Also I'm jumping like 4 feet out >.<

Oh and I know about blocking - am I using it effectively or could I use it more and how?

Thanks guys.

Oh and my goal is to have sideflips like Ross Taylor LOL.
Video with beautiful sides
Video with the most incredible standing sides I've ever seen

Socialize / Why people need to be educated.
« on: April 11, 2011, 03:59:14 PM »

Pics & Vids / 80 Degrees (HD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
« on: April 11, 2011, 02:00:10 PM »
I think this is my best video yet :)

NEW CAMERA AWESOMEEEE!!!  Well not really new, but I couldn't use this camera before because of my abysmal computer but now this Mac edits incredible HD.  Now I heart Macs.  Ok, so anyway, it's 80 degrees out and I think this camera pumped me up because I had one of the best training sessions I've had in a while and it only lasted about an hour!  (too much homework lol)  Threw my first cartwheel sideflips and landed them, got so excited :)  Oh and the last clip is my longest handstand to date.  Did I mention how much I love my Mac?

Like comment and subscribe!

Pics & Vids / First flyaways outside, quickie vid and fun edit
« on: April 09, 2011, 05:14:50 AM »
only reason I'm posting this is because of the insanely fun edit haha, enjoy!  I WANT CRITICISMS omnomnom and thanks in advance?

I can't figure out how to make it so the public can see a facebook video, so you guys will have to have a facebook to watch this :-[  If you know how tho, please tell me!

« on: April 05, 2011, 01:37:12 PM »

Traceurs here at the Trumbull YMCA are working hard to get a Parkour Park built here in CT, and it looks like our plan may be coming to fruition ;D  If a few more administrative issues get sorted out, this Park is going to be set to go.  This is a project to bring the entire CT community together, and have a place to train for  It's going to be heaven, I assure you guys.

But we will need help and that's where all of you guys come in!  We are going to need a complete ton of volunteer assistance haha.  It's going to be a huge project, building this park.  Most of the work is going to be done by us, and it's going to be a lot of work.  Don't let Zach, Josh, and I have to do the entire thing by ourselves lol.  We're going to need all the help we can get, whenever you guys can.  It's going to be manual labor so you'll get conditioned too :D haha. 

If you want to see a mockup of the park, here's the link to the Facebook album -  It's going to be effing intense.

Pics & Vids / Connecticut PK - JAM!
« on: April 03, 2011, 06:03:58 AM »
This is pretty much CT's biggest jam organized by APK ever haha. It was incredible and I met some amazing people and had a load of fun. Thanks Jake for hosting the jam and everyone else who helped organize it, and thanks to everyone who came for making it possible!!!


The first link is CTPK's link, and the second is my account's.  I'd appreciate it if you guys could hit both links :)


Connecticut / ConnecticutParkour Youtube Account
« on: April 02, 2011, 08:02:39 PM »
Okay!  So I thought it'd be a good idea to make a youtube account for the state parkour scene.  This way we can post up videos of jams, good videos we make that would show our state in a positive light, etc.  I feel like it'd be a great way to spread our influence around, and get on the map lol.  The youtube account is called "ConnecticutParkour", and there's one video as of now, on there, the video of the most recent jam (

I can't wait till we get more videos on this guys :) 

I'm sleepy so I'll post more later lol.

Pics & Vids / Shay - Training Vlog thread - NEW VLOG #3!
« on: March 26, 2011, 07:20:57 PM »
This is my thread in which I will be posting all my training vlogs :)  I've been working on flips lately, so that's what is mostly in these at the moment, but fear not, efficiency will not be forgotten :)

Chill Tricks (and landed Fronts) - Training Vlog #1

Gym Time - Training Vlog #2

NEW:Citrus Power - Training Vlog #3


Pics & Vids / Very short video blog thingy of basic flips :)
« on: March 24, 2011, 04:17:07 PM »

I went out and landed Fronts pretty nicely today and thought I'd make it a little video as an update to my frontflip help video a while back (, then I decided I'd just start a video blog. All of the stuff here is very easy, and soon I'm going to have a day where I try to land some stuff with as little runup as possible :)

Oh, and my buddy Kevin finally landed his fronts! That's him at the end :) He needs to tuck harder but this is a great achievement for him, nice Kevin!

Pics & Vids / Till Next Year, Winter!
« on: March 17, 2011, 05:17:28 PM »
Well I woke up this morning and realized that it WASN'T snowing, hailing, or precipitating in any way! So my buddy Mike and I decided to train after, and here's what I accomplished :) Hope you enjoy, like, comment and SUBSCRIBE, because more will definitely come this spring!

EDIT: Oh, and I realize my climbups/fluidity are a bit iffy, I've sort of neglected those things over the winter lol.  Fear not, they're number one on my to do list.

Injuries - Discussion / Cramp In Right Side of Right Tricep During Lsits
« on: February 03, 2011, 06:39:56 PM »
Hey, so today I did my first 20 second Lsit in the afternoon, which is my max right now.  Also, it's a bit of a wierd habit but I like to do Lsits immediately after I brush in the bathroom, which is what I was just doing.  During my first Lsit (which was 15 seconds) I didn't feel anything but immediately after I stopped I felt the right side of my right tricep starting to cramp up, to which I stretched my arm.

Should I be worried or am I doing something wrong?  I do my Lsits on my palms with my arms locked out - does this need to be changed?  I just want to make sure I'm not screwing up or straining my right arm.


Consumer Whores / Five Ten Daescent Review
« on: February 03, 2011, 09:38:18 AM »
I was bored, so I decided to make a review on the Five Ten Daescents.  I've had them for about 3/4s of a year now, so I feel like I should be qualified, haha.

First off, the shoe:

FIT: 8/10

Okay, the Daescents are pretty solid here.  All you have to do is order a half or full size above your normal shoe size and they should be fine (because these are mountain climbing approach shoes and therefore run small).  I was a 9 1/2 New Balance and I ordered a 10 and they were perfect.  They are pretty tight and should be worn that way, and extremely form fitting.


The flexibility in this shoe is immense.  The shoe is literally made of pretty much one layer of thin leather, with a rubber sole.  That's literally all it is.  I'm telling you.  I can roll it into a ball (not that I do, but I've done it before ;D).  The Daescents are easily the most flexible shoe I've ever worn in my life, under the Vibrams (which are why this is a 9/10 and not a 10/10 haha).

WEIGHT: 9/10

Right up there next to flexibility.  Agan, the only reason it's not a 10 is because the Vibrams are a 10 and these obviously are a tiny bit heavier.  However, I love the weight of these shoes and it's almost like being barefoot, feels like you aren't wearing shoes at all.


Here, lower is good in my opinion anyway.  The Daescents have next to no cushioning, and I love it.  These shoes have been responsible for my better rolls and landings, forcing me to adjust to the minimal shock absorption.  If you want your landing technique to become completely disgusting (in a good way haha), get these.

GRIP: 6/10

Yeah, I know.  Most of you are probably like "Wait.  What?  These are 5.10s.  Did he just rate them lower than a 10?"  Yes, I went there ;D.  Anyway, it's true that the grip of these shoes are just orgasmic on rough surfaces.  I literally have never slipped on a wallrun on brick or concrete while wearing these.  It's nice to have that assurance that you won't slip.  However, this is only a 7/10 for two reasons.

One, while the grip is fantastic on rough surfaces, this also means that I don't need as much technique to hit hard wallruns.  Anecdote time: When I used my old shoes for a day just to see the difference, my wallrun was noticeable smaller, and I was struggling to get wall runs that were easy to me with the Daescents.  I want to be a better traceur by improving my technique, not my footwear.

Two, the grip is complete **** on smooth surfaces.  Not joking.  If I could rate it on just smooth surfaces, MAYBE I would rate it a 1/10 just because it could touch the rail.  When I try a wallrun on painted wood or plastic with these shoes, they literally slide right down, it's like trying to wallrun a curtain.  I've never done a rail precisions in these shoes and probably will never have the confidence in them to, I actually find that my other New Balances perform better on rail work than these. I'd rather have average traction on everyting that fantastic traction on one thing and crap traction on another.

Oh, and miniscule detail: small pieces of...whatever stick to the shoe extremely easily as you can see from the picture like 10 lines above, lol.  I actually even cleaned them off before I took the picture.  So if you train somewhere with lot of dirt or sand, you may need to clean off your shoes before trying a wallrun/cat leap/whatever, as the grit will make your shoes slip.


I actually never understood this topic haha.  It may be just me, but my feet never get sweaty or uncomfortable, or if they do I don't notice it.  So I'll be nice and give this shoe 10/10, since I feel like its attributes would give it a 10/10 breathability anyway.


Okay, durability.  I got this shoe on the last day of school last year, which was somewhere around June 20th-25th.  They showed literally no signs of wear until about December/January.  Extremely solid, I don't understand how these don't get messed up quickly - like I said, they're literally just leather and rubber haha.  Anyway, small signs of wear have been showing up lately (past one or two months), but nothing that actually affects my movement.  For example:

Rubber Peeling Off on the Sole

Toe Grip Peeling off (The white marks are Gorilla Glue haha...didn't work :P)

Like I said, nothing that will ruin your training, just minor details.

PRICE: 6/10

Ehhh...these are $105 on FiveTen but I got them for $80 on some random site LOL.  Anyway, I'm not prepared to throw down $80 a year for these, as I don't even think they're that good to be honest.  So I mean, get them if they appeal to you, but try to find a discount somewhere.


I love everything on these shoes except the grip problem on smooth surfaces.  I mean, if the grip was as good on smooth surfaces as it was on rough, then this shoe would easily be a 9/10 or 10/10, but that problem just wrecked them.  But by all means, if you don't care about your grip on wood/plastic or train mainly around bricks/trees/concrete, get these shoes because I think you'll love them.  But if you want your grip to be good EVERYWHERE then you might want to look into a different shoe.

>:D >:D >:D

Socialize / AP Classes and Tests
« on: January 29, 2011, 03:50:47 PM »
Anyone else in these?  This year I'm taking:

Language and Composition
US History

I'm most worried about the Chem, hardest part for me is remembering what equation to use for everything and what order, all this "heat of formation" and "heat of combustion" and thermodynamics stuff for annoying remembering every single little detail or you get it wrong.

So what are you guys taking?

Consumer Whores / Kodak Playsport Zx3 vs. Flip UltraHD vs. Kodak Zi8
« on: January 22, 2011, 12:10:04 PM »
Alright, so I've been thinking about getting a new camera but my options are extremely limited.  Price is a large factor, so I've narrowed it down to these three:

Kodak Playsport
Flip UltraHD
Kodak Zi8

Right now I'm leaning towards the Zi8, not only because it has the option to film at 1080p (like the others) but can also film at 720p at 60fps.  However, because I'm filming for parkour the Playsport may be a better option because of the fact that it is much more durable (being waterproof).  The Zi8 also costs only $99 which is a huge plus.

But here's the problem...I am dead broke and so I cannot buy any special video editing software and so I'm stuck with the old Windows Movie Maker, which I am hating but bearing with at the moment.  And even if I can get something like Sony Vegas or Adobe Premiere, my computer is a piece of crap and lags like hell, making editing a huge pain even with my current camera which films at 720p.  My computer can't even play back Youtube videos at 720p without lagging.  So, I don't want to spend money on a fancy camera just to find that my computer is much too old and stupid to edit the footage, leaving my camera useless to me.  This has happened before, my dad bought this fantastic camera for the family and when I tried to edit the footage, the video completely lagged and I had to edit the footage judging by audio only, with the complete crap editing software (ImageMixer 3) that came with the camera.  It was not a fun experience.

So I need to now if the footage from these cameras is compatible with the old Windows Movie Maker, I know that the 1080p is not because WMM doesn't support HD, but do you guys know if it supports 720p, and at what frame rate?  Or should I get better editing software by...questionable means?

Sorry if these questions are really stupid, like I said I'm a complete novice at this...:(

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