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Offline Spencer Young

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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #20 on: September 26, 2012, 11:31:00 AM »
I rarely do acrobatics. Sometimes, but I rarely practise it. The reason why I started was because it was a mental challange not because everyone else was doing it. If I did that I would not express myself honestly either..For me that's just for fun. Besides the fundamental aspect of parkour, I am more interested in martial arts than acrobatics.

I sometimes feel the same way, It would be nice to learn the cool tricks, but that's my thing with one's style. I consider my style French based with "Drills, baby, Drills" then we have a Russian fifteen minute play and discovery period in our training spot.

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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #21 on: September 27, 2012, 12:56:00 PM »
I live in the country in Louisiana so there isn't much for too much parkour. It sucks because I do love parkour and do what I can to improvise for it but I work tricking for the most part.
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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #22 on: September 29, 2012, 11:48:22 AM »
I sometimes feel the same way, It would be nice to learn the cool tricks, but that's my thing with one's style. I consider my style French based with "Drills, baby, Drills" then we have a Russian fifteen minute play and discovery period in our training spot.

I actually read Tao of Jeet kun Do and I realized that jeet kun do is quite close to parkour or freerunning and that it faces the same dilemmas as jeet kun do did.  Bruce Lee were also talking about selfexpression and described it as honestly expressing yourself (being yourself) and not dublicating others, which at that time, was common in Hong Kong. I kinda feel its the same thing in parkour or freerunning today. Sometimes, I get the impression that people think that at the moment you put acrobatics into your freerunning, you're suddenly 'expressing yourself.

Found this video about Bruce Lee's thoughts. Food for thoughts for everyone I guess. Very interesting and amazing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz5ULcBJoqw

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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #23 on: November 02, 2012, 06:15:49 AM »
As i live in indiana and am constantly back and forth between anderson and alexandria, my training areas are pretty lim. However when i find a good spot i try to focus on flow and being able to move quickly and yet slow enough to take the time to think every little movement through in training. this way when i apply my training i do not have to think about it. :)
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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #24 on: November 02, 2012, 06:46:51 AM »
I'm pretty new and have access to a gym which has its pros and cons. I can get a lot of techniques down without fear but at the same time I don't train outside as much as I need to because I use the gym as a crutch. It's also the one time I can ever coordinate to train with friends.
As to acro (or tricking for me)... I love Parkour, the flow, having long routes to run, the vaults, etc. But there are times I love working on flips. It seems like most people here look at acro pretty negatively but hey, it's something I've seen people do and went, "I want to be able to do that!" Am I "expressing myself" more with acro? Absolutely not. Am I expressing a different side of myself? For sure! Parkour is about finding our own path right?
So, in short, my "way" is strongly Parkour, dabbling in tricking... And longboarding between the two :D

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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #25 on: November 02, 2012, 09:03:46 PM »
I'm not sure about my whole state, it I know in my area, being Louisville, KY, they focus so much on conditioning and form. I remember the first time I trained with them the whole time they criticized me for not being properly conditioned or not having flawless form -__- I mean. I like them, but they take their training to seriously for me. I love to just play around and try things...
so I guess I have that rebel style compared to my area ;D

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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #26 on: November 03, 2012, 03:02:18 AM »
I live in the country in Louisiana so there isn't much for too much parkour. It sucks because I do love parkour and do what I can to improvise for it but I work tricking for the most part.

From what part of LA?  We have a group based in Ruston.
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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #27 on: November 10, 2012, 04:05:51 PM »
I headbutt obstacles.

A lot.
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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #28 on: November 24, 2012, 05:36:27 PM »
I don't quite know what method you'd call it, but me and my friends map out courses, mark them with red tape (Mirror's Edge, anyone?) and follow the obstacles marked with red tape until we can't go anymore. We all film the others' technique, and then mark the spots they don't succeed in with a blue tape, so they can practice those parts especially. Once their technique is corrected, we remove the blue tape. Our goal is to run the entire course by sundown without any blue tape in the course.

Don't worry, we take the tape off (after being confronted by a cop for accidentally leaving it on) before we go.  ;)

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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #29 on: November 24, 2012, 05:42:57 PM »
My team jams, we find a place to goof off. Then when we feel like moving he who is ahead sets the course. Therefore getting to the cafe 4 blocks away might turn into a half mile run.

Altogether we're individually driven, but wholesomely laid-back.
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Re: What makes American Parkour special?
« Reply #30 on: February 26, 2013, 02:25:54 PM »
From what part of LA?  We have a group based in Ruston.
Sorry I'm so late on this. I haven't been on in a while. I'm in Southeast LA. I live in Kentwood but go to school in Hammond at Southeastern Louisiana University
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