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To tall?
« on: March 04, 2008, 12:07:27 PM »
most people i see doing PK are somewhere around 5'. Im 6'. does that make a diffrence?

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Re: To tall?
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2008, 01:03:05 PM »
no. Its that simple. You actually have some advantages, if you think about it.
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2008, 01:22:43 PM »
Wow, most everyone I have seen are about 6' you must be in a little people town or something.
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2008, 01:23:13 PM »
I would think its an advantage for certain things, maybe disadvantage for others (i.e, it probably means you're a bit heavier and less nimble, but greater inertia will help you).

You should be able to make longer jumps, reach higher, etc. It certainly is no impediment. Don't be deturred by "Too tall", "Too heavy", "Too old". Wherever you are, you can be better. Self improvement and overcoming obstacles is what Parkour is all about!
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2008, 01:24:21 PM »
BTW, I'm 6'' too

The thought "I'm too tall" never even crossed my mind... Get out there!
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2008, 01:36:54 PM »
That's the beauty of parkour. Anyone can do it.  Contrary to popular beginner belief, there is no set list of moves that you have to do otherwise you're not doing parkour.  No matter if you're 3 feet tall 6 or 9, you can adapt your body to your movement.  There will be things that are scarier, like underbars or monkeys, and easier things, like a tall wall run or precisions. 

Just give it a try for a while to figure out how your body moves.  After a bit, you'll see that height doesn't matter because everyone moves differently.  I'm 6' with no gymnastic or martial arts background, just a decent level of fitness, and I picked it up quickly.  So if you are in decent shape, you shouldn't have (m)any problems :)
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2008, 01:57:13 PM »
BE HAPPY YOU"RE THAT TALL. It makes jumping on things n stuff easier :P you've got a good advantage, so use it, don't shy from it.
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2008, 05:57:29 PM »
Being tall helps alot in my opinion. Does anyone know if being taller makes flips more difficult? I've heard that it does, but I'm not sure if it's true.
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2008, 07:42:24 AM »
Haha me too im 6'1 and a freshman
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Re: To tall?
« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2008, 09:00:20 AM »
I'm 6'3"

I don't know what I would do if I was short.  I wouldn't be able to jump high or far or anything like that.  I don't think it means you're less nimble either.  I've seen short people who are very un-nimble, and tall people that are.  Just depends on your genes.

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Re: To tall?
« Reply #10 on: March 05, 2008, 12:23:01 PM »
well being tall can affect your balance. i know it messes with mine when i do flips. shorter people have a lower center of gravity which can give them good balance. but taller people obviously can reach higher and maybe run faster, jump farther... it really doesnt matter, everyone learns things different ways and excels in one thing or the other. don't get caught up in it. you can always make up for it later.

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Re: To tall?
« Reply #11 on: March 05, 2008, 01:28:29 PM »
Yeah, but tall people usually have long limbs, big feet, etc. to make up for balance issues.

As for center of gravity, I learned in Anatomy that a male's center of gravity is in the shoulder/chest region, while female's have their's in the waist/hip region.  This really makes a huge difference with many things, and I never really realized this until I started training a girl I know.  Things that are easier for me could be very hard for her, while the things that are easier for her, it took me tons of work to get good at.

Just an interesting fact.  Keep in mind that this is just a general trait.