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Offline Stephen

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Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« on: December 19, 2011, 03:39:36 PM »
So as the title shows, today I was approached by teenagers. Now before I jump into the story, a little bit of background information.

Me and a friend were training vaults at a neighborhood sign. We weren't specifically on the sign itself but there was a long brick ledge protruding from the sign, a little over waist height, perfect for vaulting. We train here often and nobody has said anything to us.

However today, a car drove past us and slowed down. I hardly paid attention to it, but I noticed them looking directly at us. Two guys and two girls, and the guys looked much older. They then continued on.

About 10 minutes later the same blue car drove past and stopped completely this time. The driver (female) another girl in the back and two guys, and my friend said he knew her, she was 15 with a drivers permit. The two guys in the car were hiding their faces, I don't know why (looking back, they were probably laughing or something). The driver rolled down the window and yelled out to us things like what are you doing, why are you hanging out by a neighborhood sign, why are you jumping over ledges, etc. Normal conversation really. I replied with things like were just chilling, were training, go look up Parkour on YouTube, nothing much. They didn't seem interested and left.

15 minutes later they drove by AGAIN, honked at us and drove away.

A few minutes later they drove by yet again and stopped. Driver asked "can you guys show me whatever your doing" and sounded sarcastic as all hell. I wasn't sure how to reply. The next question was "What's Parkour? Did you guys make it up or something?" At this point I looked at my friend and was trying not to laugh. Next question came as "Show us something, you've been showing off to all the cars driving by anyways." I said "I try not to show off and I haven't been showing off, I just train." These questions were repeated several times and I felt like I was talking to idiots. Finally they gave up and left.

Once more, they came back. Honestly at this point I felt like they were wasting gas just to drive in circles and ask us pointless questions because they thought it was funny. As they approached, my friend then started walking towards their car and they sped up and left. We decided to find another spot, which we did, and spent two hours training there.


Seemed interesting, thought I'd share it. Opinions? Comments? :P

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 04:41:44 PM »
Look at the bright side: at least they weren't blasting sirens or chasing you around because some "good citizen" dial 911.

Endure it. If you know what you're doing is beneficial, then don't give a crap about what others think. Just train what you were training and if they starts to harass you, or when you can sense "Cops imminent", then move to another place. Just watch where you're training at, because sometimes it is technically public access, but belongs to the city. And be careful with 15 years old jerkoffs, they can come at you with baseball bats just because they think you were showing off; even if you weren't.

Alexander "The Experiment" Karelin, a roman greco wrestling champion who was undefeated for 13 years, until he retires once said about people who considered him "a freak": "I train everyday of my life as they have never trained a day in theirs."

Train hard, and later on if people ask you to show off to them, simply jump over their car.

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #2 on: December 19, 2011, 04:46:48 PM »
I also am constantly approached by douchebags. mostly classmates of mine, which sucks because I'd like to avoid any problems seeing as all the teachers have a good view of me. I usually ignore people
"I can't define a hero. All I know is that it's someone you probably don't notice, but when you find out what they did and how modestly they did it, you can never shake off the feeling that you're cut from a lesser cloth, and you find that braggarts suddenly offend you a great deal more than usual."

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #3 on: December 19, 2011, 04:50:07 PM »
Do a cork and they'll leave you alone.


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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #4 on: December 19, 2011, 04:55:10 PM »
You know what would have solved your problem?

Not answering their questions so they keep circling around every 10 minutes, and eventually run out of gas and have to call a tow truck :)
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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #5 on: December 19, 2011, 05:14:57 PM »
That is why I train in a place where few people go by. I hate when people think they're hot shit cause they can make fun of someone.
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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #6 on: December 19, 2011, 05:52:28 PM »
The aspect of douche-baggery is simple, to be a troll in what is real life, by being as obnoxiously stupid as possible, just to get a serious, plausible response from others. This motivates them to laugh, because while they themselves are not serious, you are, which they unknowingly find ironic. You can rebuttle this in one of two ways, be a smart-ass, which would piss people off, or ignore them, which will in turn irritate them, but enable you to gain the upper hand. As though it were a fight, the most relaxed opponent will gain control over the the other emotional opponent. The simple act of defying what they want turns their comedic behaviour into frustration, because you refuse to comply. I generally take advantage of this situation and if confronted, threaten to report them to the local law enforcement for harrassment and if at all assault. While many view this course of action as "pussy," or as my father had always called me "panzy," is more honourable, and less endagnering of yourself.

From the guy who's been on both ends of the bully stick, these situations tend to be more dangerous than the act of parkour itself, resulting in more than just physical injury.
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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #7 on: December 19, 2011, 08:02:28 PM »
i'm with nick smith,
Do a cork or wall flip and suddenly people think what you are doing is 10x more awesome.
I like Tricking and Free Running, i don't think i actually do parkour, because i do it for fun and self expression, which would change the term to free running.

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #8 on: December 19, 2011, 10:50:26 PM »
Headbutt.

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #9 on: December 20, 2011, 05:34:36 AM »
I agree with Kyle.

But how old are you Stephen?

I would think if they're the same age as you, it would make the stuff they say impact ya more. 

For me they just think I'm a crazy old man.

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #10 on: December 20, 2011, 08:21:14 AM »
An Ipod works great for ignoring people. Just about anything is worth listening too more than dealing with someone who doesn't respect you the moment they meet you.
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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #11 on: December 20, 2011, 06:06:39 PM »
15.
And it doesn't really impact me as much as it seems to give them a reason to be able to talk down to me because they are the same age or a year older.

I blame my trashy community.

Lolz.

But thanks for the comments. Options for next time: Cork and/or headbutt.

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #12 on: December 20, 2011, 07:08:43 PM »
both.....at the same time
"I can't define a hero. All I know is that it's someone you probably don't notice, but when you find out what they did and how modestly they did it, you can never shake off the feeling that you're cut from a lesser cloth, and you find that braggarts suddenly offend you a great deal more than usual."

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #14 on: December 20, 2011, 10:08:09 PM »
what i do when ppl are being douchebags is just show them up they say youre showing off show them what real showing off is  :P

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"I can't define a hero. All I know is that it's someone you probably don't notice, but when you find out what they did and how modestly they did it, you can never shake off the feeling that you're cut from a lesser cloth, and you find that braggarts suddenly offend you a great deal more than usual."

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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #16 on: December 30, 2011, 09:19:46 PM »
Ryan, your comment just pisses me off for no reason at all!  >:(
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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #17 on: January 02, 2012, 09:11:56 AM »
Um what?
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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #18 on: January 02, 2012, 10:28:13 AM »
Haters gonna hate. That's all


People usually take a glance at you and move on but there are always douchebags who annoy you or ask you to do a flip. I hate that. If I train, I train for myself not for anybody else.



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Re: Approached by "douchebag" teenagers? (Story incoming)
« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2012, 03:39:14 AM »
I think you did good.

I do encounter people like that sometimes. They expect me to showoff, and ask me to do things. I simply explain to them that I am here to train and practise, and that I have no intention to showoff, and if they really want to see me do something, they must train with me. And if they train with me (which never have happened) I wont teach them the spectacular stuff. I will kill them with physical training and make them a little more humble. Like in martial arts, you often never go to this point, because people like this tend to give up when it gets hard.

When someone ask me to showoff I don't. Then people believe that you can't do it, but really, my principles and my willpower is more important that peer pressure and my drive to impress. Thats why I feel really free. I do as I wish. If someone ask me to do something I just dont do it despite the fact that I often can.

Embarassing? For me, not more embarassing than impressing someone. With fellow practitioners its another thing. Because then I know that we're training together, not for each others, and if anyone ask me to do something I do it or say that I can't, because I know their intention isnt just to say ''cool'' and walk away.