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Im new to this
« on: September 28, 2006, 02:53:23 PM »
Im new to this but ive a always liked jumping off of stuff, so do you guys have any tips like how to train, what to wear or any thing like that. I would love to hear it. Thanks.

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2006, 03:15:36 PM »
stop saying you like to jump off things, thats not what this is about
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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2006, 03:30:03 PM »
I know that its not about jumping off of stuff thats just something i like to do

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2006, 03:31:38 PM »
So can i get tips or are you guys just going to critize about what i like to do.

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2006, 03:41:13 PM »
Definitely Not. Firstly, welcome to APK and to parkour.
Secondly, there are many topics about getting started, and I'll give you a couple links to some of the more important ones:
http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,184.0.html     (Topic about What shoes to wear)
http://www.americanparkour.com/content/view/263/236/     (great article by Jesse about rolling)
http://www.americanparkour.com/content/category/4/60/177/          (Tutorials for basic PK movements)
http://www.americanparkour.com/content/category/10/27/245/        (Helpful drills for Demon)

Il get more out to you, or other people can contribute some.

Good Luck

Edit: I read in the New Member's thread that you live in Chicago Area, go to pkaero.net and contact the Aero Crew, they have some great guys out there.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2006, 03:53:00 PM by Johnny Boy »
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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2006, 03:48:58 PM »
Welcome ;D

The arcticles jhonnyboy gave you are gold, also where dou you live?

If we knew this we might be able to find a local that could help you

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2006, 03:51:24 PM »
yes yes, welcome, sorry about that

1) cheack out the home page

2) get used to getting grilled, these guys are burtal  :P

3) we're a family here, learn to love everyone or else its gonna be tough
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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2006, 04:36:01 PM »
Make sure you have nice solid rolls down and practice on technique all the time.  Other than than general fitness makes it all easy.
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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2006, 04:40:48 PM »
Quote "If we knew this we might be able to find a local that could help you"

I live in NW Chicago in a town called Barrington by Lake Zurich and such

Quote " 2) get used to getting grilled, these guys are burtal  

3) we're a family here, learn to love everyone or else its gonna be tough"


Don't worry I'm used to getting grilled and learning to know everybody cause I'm from the Special ops Paintball Right here http://forum.specialopspaintball.com/index.php? and its just about the same thing except paintball.
Thanks for the advice and such.

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2006, 04:42:50 PM »
Make sure you have nice solid rolls down and practice on technique all the time.  Other than than general fitness makes it all easy.
What is a good height to roll at or should roll all the time?

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #10 on: September 28, 2006, 04:55:18 PM »
Lol i'm on spec ops a little

Anyway chicago is a big city- i personnaly dont know anyone from there but there out there

I would start learning on the ground of course but i would pracice taking rolls by jumping off of 2-three fot objects at first, aloot of people observe a first year no jump rule, i kinda like that idea but i was past my first year when i learned about that anyway so........you might want to ask someone else about that. otherwise i would suggest rolling at progressively higher levels till you get it down starting on the ground.

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #11 on: September 28, 2006, 04:56:04 PM »
i generally just my height plus a little, but it depends on what you're jumping onto (grass you can get away with for higher and such) but never push it past your limit.
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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #12 on: September 28, 2006, 04:59:19 PM »
www.pkaero.net That will give you LOTS of locals to do parkour with.


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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #13 on: September 28, 2006, 08:49:35 PM »
Make sure you have nice solid rolls down and practice on technique all the time.  Other than than general fitness makes it all easy.
What is a good height to roll at or should roll all the time?

I would suggest taking it low at first, get a good roll just on the ground.  Noth hurts like jumping off a roof and not knowing how or if to roll.  So when you have a good roll that is tucked and clean start with body height plus a foot or two and figure out what you are comfortable with.
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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #14 on: September 28, 2006, 09:06:16 PM »
My advice is take it slow. I'm relatively new and I figured that since I was in decent shape (I'm a firefighter) I'd be able to just jump head first into it. Big mistake. My best friend for a week was bengay, ice packs, and my handy new knee brace. Get into it slowly. All those videos you see of these guys that make parkour look easy are very deceiving. It's f*n hard. I can only do a fraction of that stuff and the little bit that I can do I dont do to well so I'm working hard on my basic vaults and rolls. Also, eating right and taking vitamins ( vitamin D, calcium, and glucosamine are absolutely necessary to avoid/repair damage to bones and joints). That will help you in the recovery process (expect a decent dose of pain the first few weeks).

So take it slow, condition, watch alot of videos, and read alot on specific pk basic moves and the community, and drill your basics. Above all, take in all the advice the more experienced traceurs are taking their time to give.
« Last Edit: October 02, 2006, 08:36:15 PM by The Boom Collective »

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2006, 12:27:57 PM »
First off welcome to the community. Those links that have been listed above are great and I highly recommend them. I too am fairly new and still getting adjusted although I have already learned so much. Like everyone has said, take it slow and don't push yourself too hard. Get a good durable pair of running or basketball shoes, any pair should work fairly well. As far as clothing goes, dress for the weather (if you plan on rolling on concrete then where some thicker stuff). One more recommendation I have is to commit an entire training day/week to work on one technique. A good place to start is rolls since they will become vital in future training. After this you can try vaults...there are a lot so plan on taking awile to perfect each one. Although even after you feel like you have perfected it there is still many more ways to make it better or even edit it to fit your needs. I'm glad you're here and I hope you have a good time practicing the sport/art of Parkour.

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Re: Im new to this
« Reply #16 on: October 02, 2006, 05:37:02 PM »
Ok, I must say Bengay is bomb when you pull something.
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« Reply #17 on: October 02, 2006, 08:35:31 PM »
Yes! Bengay, IcyHot, or any other sports cream/balm (I recommend the two I named. I have tried store brand and they suck the big one). Also, focus on your calcium and vitamin d! We (Americans) tend to ignore our minimal vitamin/mineral daily intake. If you are serious about parkour you should focus on bone and joint health, unless you want to suffer an injury that will take you out of training for a long period of time. Vitamin D, Calcium, and glucosamine.