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Title: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 14, 2007, 03:57:25 PM
It was bad enough when i started out with the basics on the play structure, but I feel embarrassed when I go into the city and everyone is watching me training and giving me weird and sometimes dirty looks. This forces me to train at night, or spend a heck of a time looking for a place without any people in it. And when I train at night i have no depth perception and I almost broke my leg last night when I jumped off a rooftop and landed on a flight of stairs! Help! what do i do?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Cody Beltramo on August 14, 2007, 04:15:44 PM
Try getting a group together.  I haven't had this problem, but I would assume if you have a group of friends training with you, it would be a lot easier to train in very public places. 
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Nick Mavis on August 14, 2007, 04:50:31 PM
I always get weird looks from time to time when out training, but most tend to be people who are interested in what I'm doing and think its pretty cool. You shouldn't really be embarrassed about going out in public your going to be doing it a lot ha. You shouldn't have to give up training in a safe environment to feel comfortable its a free country. And if your going to train at night honestly you shouldn't be doing something dangerous like being on a rooftop. Your experience from the other night can justify that. Just be cool about it, be respectful to people around you and continue what you do in the day time man.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 14, 2007, 04:57:13 PM
Alright well it kind of sucks but nobody else is as interested in it and it would be way to hard to hook up with someone. Parkour is is not a very big sport at all. And what would you think if two 14 year old kids are running through san fransisco jumping over fences and climbing up on rooftops. If its not the people I am worried about, it is the cops! I want to keep my record clean...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Alissa J. Bratz on August 14, 2007, 05:20:27 PM
Um... if you're in San Francisco, there is already an established PK community. Try training with these folks:

http://www.sfparkour.com/

Hope that helps! :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 14, 2007, 05:45:54 PM
Ya well I am only 14 and just starting out, it seems like that is a big group of really good guys.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Muhammad on August 14, 2007, 05:53:23 PM
Don't worry, once you get good at parkour and you can flow smoothly over obstacles, you won't feel so embarrassed anymore. You'll feel more like RAAAR!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Alissa J. Bratz on August 14, 2007, 07:14:41 PM
Ya well I am only 14 and just starting out, it seems like that is a big group of really good guys.

And they are a group of really good guys. If it were me, and I had the opportunity to practice/train with a group of really good/experienced guys, I'd take it. :)

Otherwise, it sounds to me like what you're saying is, "I don't feel comfortable training in public, but it's not a good idea to train at night, and I don't feel comfortable training with an established group, but there's no one else around to train with." If all of this is true, maybe you should just give up and quit parkour now. I mean, it's really too hard, right? :P

Okay okay, I'm kidding. :) But the point is, it's unlikely that you'll find the ideal training situation ever. So do the best you can with what you have to work with. I used to feel silly training in public too, when I first started out. In a lot of ways I still do! I worked hard to find a group and that is moving along slowly, but surely. But to me parkour is important enough that it's worth the difficulties that come with training alone, or trying to get a group organized. After all, feeling silly training in public is just another obstacle, right?

I suspect, although I'm not familiar at all with the scene in SF, that if you joined and asked those guys for help with training, they'd be pretty friendly and supportive. You don't lose anything by trying, do you?

As a side note, I don't think you should be monkeying around on rooftops at all, but that's just me. I'm kind of a "den mother" type.

In any case, I hope you come up with a workable solution for your dilemma soon!

Good luck!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 14, 2007, 07:47:36 PM
Ya well I am only 14 and just starting out, it seems like that is a big group of really good guys.

And they are a group of really good guys. If it were me, and I had the opportunity to practice/train with a group of really good/experienced guys, I'd take it. :)

Otherwise, it sounds to me like what you're saying is, "I don't feel comfortable training in public, but it's not a good idea to train at night, and I don't feel comfortable training with an established group, but there's no one else around to train with." If all of this is true, maybe you should just give up and quit parkour now. I mean, it's really too hard, right? :P

Okay okay, I'm kidding. :) But the point is, it's unlikely that you'll find the ideal training situation ever. So do the best you can with what you have to work with. I used to feel silly training in public too, when I first started out. In a lot of ways I still do! I worked hard to find a group and that is moving along slowly, but surely. But to me parkour is important enough that it's worth the difficulties that come with training alone, or trying to get a group organized. After all, feeling silly training in public is just another obstacle, right?

I suspect, although I'm not familiar at all with the scene in SF, that if you joined and asked those guys for help with training, they'd be pretty friendly and supportive. You don't lose anything by trying, do you?

As a side note, I don't think you should be monkeying around on rooftops at all, but that's just me. I'm kind of a "den mother" type.

In any case, I hope you come up with a workable solution for your dilemma soon!

Good luck!

Wow, thanks for your input. But to be brutaly honnest, the reasen I hate trainin in public is becuse I am not good at all, I can barrely get down any of the harder moves and I fall a lot so all people see is so kid falling over stuff and jumping over picnic benches... aw well... Anyway, my parents are so protective of me, I havent even told them about what I am doing, I just say i am going out on my bike and then ditch it when i am out of sight of the house and start running though a course. I dought they would let me train with an bunch of other guys jumping around and stuff. So that makes my situation even harder!

But I did find a school very close to my house and in the hours between 4:30 and 8:20 (to dark to do anything) I can train. But still, What else am i going to do?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: schuby on August 14, 2007, 09:10:18 PM
Ok well I am not from San Fransisco. And I understand that you are just starting. But I met a bunch of the SFPK guys, and BELIEVE ME, they are there if you need them. I had only just met a few of them and they were giving me tips on my kong vaults, and my rail-to-rail precision jumps. They are incredibly friendly, and they will help you.

As to the parents thing, the best way to do it is to just tell them what you are doing. I had the same problem, where I didn't think my parents would be too happy about me running around and jumping on stuff. But they didn't seem to mind after a while, and I showed them videos and stuff and told them how I'm being safe. Also, for safety purposes, even if you lie and say you are biking, TELL THEM WHERE YOU ARE GOING!!! If you get hurt, and they don't know where you are, they'll be a lot more pissed off than if you got found pretty quick and prevented more serious consequences. And back to the overprotective thing (I know I'm jumping around quite a bit), ask the San Fransisco Parkour guys to talk to your parents. They are all mature people, some of whom are adults. I'm sure they will be able to get your parents to let you off the leash and go train.

And to the first thing, getting embarrassed in public, just don't think about the people watching you. Focus on the task at hand. Just today I jumped on a shed that was already occupied by a couple people. At first I wasn't gonna do it, but then I figured "What's the worst that could happen?" I'll embarrass myself and walk away, that's the worst. I knew I could jump on the shed, so I knew I wouldn't get hurt. And what did happen? I jumped up, jumped down, and they asked where I had come from. So I said the other side of the shed. That was it. I kept walking. Also don't let screwing up in public get you down. People might laugh, but probably not. They don't know what you're doing (for the most part), so they won't really know if you screwed it up, and if they did they'd prolly help you out. I know I would if I saw someone trying Parkour in my area.

Unless you faceplant. Then you look stupid no matter what sport or activity you're doing.  ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 14, 2007, 09:45:39 PM
Ok well I am not from San Fransisco. And I understand that you are just starting. But I met a bunch of the SFPK guys, and BELIEVE ME, they are there if you need them. I had only just met a few of them and they were giving me tips on my kong vaults, and my rail-to-rail precision jumps. They are incredibly friendly, and they will help you.

As to the parents thing, the best way to do it is to just tell them what you are doing. I had the same problem, where I didn't think my parents would be too happy about me running around and jumping on stuff. But they didn't seem to mind after a while, and I showed them videos and stuff and told them how I'm being safe. Also, for safety purposes, even if you lie and say you are biking, TELL THEM WHERE YOU ARE GOING!!! If you get hurt, and they don't know where you are, they'll be a lot more pissed off than if you got found pretty quick and prevented more serious consequences. And back to the overprotective thing (I know I'm jumping around quite a bit), ask the San Fransisco Parkour guys to talk to your parents. They are all mature people, some of whom are adults. I'm sure they will be able to get your parents to let you off the leash and go train.

And to the first thing, getting embarrassed in public, just don't think about the people watching you. Focus on the task at hand. Just today I jumped on a shed that was already occupied by a couple people. At first I wasn't gonna do it, but then I figured "What's the worst that could happen?" I'll embarrass myself and walk away, that's the worst. I knew I could jump on the shed, so I knew I wouldn't get hurt. And what did happen? I jumped up, jumped down, and they asked where I had come from. So I said the other side of the shed. That was it. I kept walking. Also don't let screwing up in public get you down. People might laugh, but probably not. They don't know what you're doing (for the most part), so they won't really know if you screwed it up, and if they did they'd prolly help you out. I know I would if I saw someone trying Parkour in my area.

Unless you faceplant. Then you look stupid no matter what sport or activity you're doing.  ;D

Thanks, I think i might have to tell them in the future but it can wait, and I DO tell them where I am going and I have a cell phone and they call me all the time.

But I have one more question. When you ARE ou there practicing and training do you run around looking for things and just do them really quickly like I see in the videos a lot, or do you stay in one place for hours prefecting a move? Also, should I focus more on speed or getting it dialed and learning new things?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Patrick Holten (Denver Family) Flux Freerunning on August 14, 2007, 09:49:04 PM
Whenever I am out in public, and I become embarrassed because of what people might think, I just say to myself, "I am a traceur and this is what I do." So then I go and do it even sometimes doing it better when they watch just to prove to them that I am serious. Just say it next time, " I am a traceur, and this is what I do". ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: schuby on August 14, 2007, 09:51:22 PM
When I am training, I will maybe stay in one spot for...I don't know, like 30-40 minutes? Mind you, these are spots that have a few varieties of things to do, but they are not the best in the world. As to speed, I would say no. Focus on technique first, as you said, "getting it dialed". Speed is not really that important, as one of the guys from SFPK told me. It's all about technique, and once you have that, speed can come into play. Also, Parkour is really not about sprinting from move to move or anything, or at least that's not what it's like to me. The only running I do is when I need to run up to do a vault or wall run.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Jordan "Sirlig" Nelson on August 14, 2007, 09:59:58 PM
Here's my solution:  Ignore them ["them" being others, the public, etc.].

I used to be very conscientious about what others would think about me jumping around on stuff, vaulting over things, etc.  But then I realized:  Chances are, I'll never see these strangers ever again.  So why should I care if they think it's weird for me to run around vaulting things?.  That's why the quote in my signature block is what it is:
Quote
"Art reaches its greatest peak when devoid of self-consciousness.  Freedom discovers man the moment he loses concern over what impression he is making or about to make."  --Bruce Lee

I realized that I was literally losing focus on the flow of movement every time I was worrying about if someone was watching, etc.  So I consciously decided to simply ignore the fact that some people might think what I was doing was odd.

And if you're worried about what people you do know might think, just think about this:  "Yeah, I might not be that great right now, but I will see these people again and when I do, I'll be even better than I am now and they'll get to see me improve so much!

Just remember: worrying, or not even to the point of worrying but just even thinking, about what others might think of you doing parkour, in my opinion, instantly breaks the focus you have on mastering your own movement, which is bad.  So just ignore it.  Don't care.  Forget them.  Then, you will be free to move as you wish....
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Muhammad on August 15, 2007, 02:50:30 AM
Overprotective Parents: This obstacle can be overcome smoothly and efficiently by presenting the art of parkour to them in a positive light, simplified by use of the professional parkour documentary by film-maker Julie Angel, titled Jump Westminster ;)

Show this to you mom: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4001097277208720031
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: gearsighted on August 15, 2007, 12:50:47 PM
You have to have a sincere desire to improve yourself, this makes the opinion of others relatively worthless, just another *small* obstacle to overcome in effective training. Keep your eye on a concrete goal and you  have little to worry about!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: TheWallabee123 on August 15, 2007, 07:58:31 PM
Haha, I have the same issue. All of my friends have been away at camp all summer, so I've needed to find practicing places for myself. Problem is, the ONLY available places around this small town are the inhabited areas.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Aperion89 on August 16, 2007, 02:15:17 AM
Who the hell cares what people think? you're not there to amuse them you are there to train (unless of course you are there to amuse them). but put yourselves in their perspectives they see you moving that way wouldn't you have some sort of reaction?
hopefully their's will be one of interest and not one that is simply annoying.
I can't tell you how many times I've tried to go somewhere to practice and have someone either call me spiderman or urban ninja
or the allways popular "Hey! do a flip!" which trust me even if you do one they will still won't stop asking.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 16, 2007, 11:49:45 AM
Thanks guys.

Just yesterday I was practicing at the school near my house, and they have this huge base ball batter area fence thing with a bar across the top of it. I always like to do stuff on it. But when I got there there was a TON of people on the field, like around 300 people just sitting on the lawn having a pic-nic or something. So I just decided to do it anyway. SO I climbed all the way to the top of it (around 40 feet high) using just my arms and when I looked back every single person was looking at me, so I did one of the upside down hanging things in the very middle of it, and then climbed back down. When my feet touched the ground everbody started clapping. It was kind of inspiring...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Jim "Monkey" Parker on August 16, 2007, 01:44:40 PM
....And I bet every single one of them was thinking...

"I wish I could do that"   ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Alissa J. Bratz on August 16, 2007, 02:01:46 PM
And there you go. :)

It will get easier the more you do it, I promise.

You overcame an obstacle in your mind, which are the hardest kind.

*tumbs up*
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 16, 2007, 02:40:05 PM
THanks guys!

And I also showd my mom that video (good idea Muse!) she started nodding and stuff when they where talking about how it shows disapline and issue solving. I think she is going to support me now...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kasper on August 16, 2007, 03:10:09 PM
i still have the same problem. im very self conscious. it's really hard when you're a month from 17 and you've only been training since augest 10. when people see you messing up on vaults it looks like you're acting like your 8. but as soon as i get better im sure i'll loosen up.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Zuxzux on August 16, 2007, 03:21:11 PM
I love it when i know people are watching cause most of the time they will come up and ask me what it is I am doing. Also just wait another year or two when Parkour has blown up even bigger and the dudes that were making fun of you are now taking lessons from you.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kasper on August 16, 2007, 03:30:04 PM
I love it when i know people are watching cause most of the time they will come up and ask me what it is I am doing. Also just wait another year or two when Parkour has blown up even bigger and the dudes that were making fun of you are now taking lessons from you.
yea, that's why im glad im starting now, because when it gets big i wanna be good
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: king_of_rooftops on August 16, 2007, 03:40:10 PM
How do you know its going to get big?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kasper on August 16, 2007, 04:26:11 PM
because it is. the only reason i started is because it started getting big.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Zuxzux on August 16, 2007, 06:50:57 PM
Well I suppose we don't "know" its going to get big but honestly its already booming from what it was. Front page stories in the news paper and news programs about it. I don't see it getting any smaller thats for sure.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Paul Leon Mederos on August 16, 2007, 07:21:09 PM
It's going to get big because its easy, its super fun, and everyone can do it to stay super fit and help themselves mentally. Plus the whole community is pretty tight, who wouldn't want to be part of it?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Muhammad on August 16, 2007, 07:24:59 PM
Lazy people.. There's always those couch-potato types that hate physical exertion. I know it's hard for any traceur to imagine, but it's real!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Zuxzux on August 16, 2007, 08:05:25 PM
Lazy people.. There's always those couch-potato types that hate physical exertion. I know it's hard for any traceur to imagine, but it's real!

Thats where you are wrong lol this is the only physical activity I have done since inter murals in middle school. It catches on to everyone!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kasper on August 17, 2007, 05:42:05 PM
but i think there are people who wouldn't want too. i don't think rosie o'donald would want to. i don't think any one could convince her to.  :-X
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Alissa J. Bratz on August 17, 2007, 06:19:25 PM
I think parkour might be the thing that encourages some lazy people to get moving again; simply because it's fun and you can do it anywhere. :)

Glad the video helped you convince your mom, king! But you should thank Muhammad, not me. It was his suggestion. ;)

Keep your eyes on the prize with your training! Keep up the good work!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Ell on August 17, 2007, 08:23:12 PM
  I had the same problem with my parents. I thought they wouldn't approve of me doing parkour and would turn it down because it looked too dangerous. I showed them a youtube video and explained that it's about training and discipline rather than just jumping off of things and hurting yourself. Now they'll actually give me a ride to where ever my team meets up each week.

  As for the training in public, I was never embarassed to practice out in the public because I love to do parkour and don't care what other people think of it. Besides, if anything they'll think it looks cool and will want to learn more about it so you shouldn't be ashamed to practice in public.

P.S. Rooftop_King don't go on rooftops. I did that for awhile thinking it was cool until I almost got arrested for it because someone thought I was a robber. After that I decided to stop dicking around and actually learn real parkour. So please for your own good don't go on to rooftops.
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Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Muhammad on August 17, 2007, 08:26:55 PM
People love to watch Parkour in action anyway. It's quite a spactacle to see.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Aperion89 on December 01, 2007, 05:08:56 PM
People love to watch Parkour in action anyway. It's quite a spactacle to see.
unless there dicks
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Scott "Geekmann" on December 01, 2007, 06:53:11 PM
It was bad enough when i started out with the basics on the play structure, but I feel embarrassed when I go into the city and everyone is watching me training and giving me weird and sometimes dirty looks. This forces me to train at night, or spend a heck of a time looking for a place without any people in it. And when I train at night i have no depth perception and I almost broke my leg last night when I jumped off a rooftop and landed on a flight of stairs! Help! what do i do?
Don't worry about what people think, unless said people happen to be cops, in which case, DO care :P. Make sure though that you don't get on anything on private property (people's yards, churches, etc.) without these landowners' permission. Other than that though, just disregard any laughs or insults people may say. ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Skipper on December 01, 2007, 07:02:02 PM
Holy Resurrected thread, Batman!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: shadow1234 on January 08, 2008, 02:35:09 PM
I know what you're talking about. I'm relatively new to the whole parkour thing so some of my movements are awkward. I think you'll feel less silly when you get better and you flow better. People rarely think someone is stupid when they are obviously very good at something
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Rebecca Myers on January 08, 2008, 02:56:54 PM
Kind of pertaining to this topic, but kind of not. I wanna meet up with some traceurs so I can learn from other than a video. But I know I'm gonna fall and land on my butt like I did today, in my yard, with no one there.

You just gotta ignore them. If they're watching, they must think you're good. Or they're interested in what you're doing. Or in my case and probably NOT yours, you fall on your face.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Laurie Jennifer on January 08, 2008, 03:30:03 PM
If you quit because other people saw you fail, you're a failure.  If you press on, you will succeed.

Public humiliation is really not as bad as you may think, anyways.  You'll find your fear of embarrassment is much worse than the actual embarrassment.  Don't let it get under your skin.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Muhammad on February 19, 2008, 06:35:37 PM
bailing in front of people is good for you. it makes you humble, which is an excellent quality to possess.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Will James on February 19, 2008, 07:00:36 PM
Dude, it's hard being a leader sometimes. Don't be afraid to stand out. Just be indie man! Why the hell care about what others think of you? I had a friend that was so frustrating to train with because he was scared to try new things. He was scared to move outside his comfort zone, and would always stop moving when people would walk by. He then quit Parkour because he was frustrated with it. If you want to progress in Parkour, focus on yourself not others around you. You can't worry about looking stupid for trying something new. That's the art of creativity. Imagine how David Belle looked when he first started. It takes drive and diligence. Now get your ass out there and start training!!!  >:(

Sorry for the rant. I was going for the Miracle motivation.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Haku on February 19, 2008, 07:11:57 PM
Although this has been said...

You probably aren't going to see most of the people ever again. Sometimes, people have outcasted opinions because they don't know what Parkour is...

It seems like this problem has been solved...so keep goin!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Alex Melusky on February 21, 2008, 02:15:33 AM
if people make fun of you and say they can do that better than you, they probably dont know what parkour is. just ask them politely to show you in front of you so you may learn better. most will probably walk away. :P
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: wizardsdc0778 on February 21, 2008, 04:22:00 AM
yea
if they are laughin then they cant even do parkour
so i would just bust out some awesome move and walk awsay
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: shadow1234 on February 21, 2008, 10:42:14 AM
here's something you can do to ease your way into it. When somebody walks by, do something parkour related. Observe their reaction. They may not even notice you. Keep doing this, eventually you will be able to practice all the time without worrying about what other people think. At least, it worked for me. good luck!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chance B. on February 21, 2008, 02:41:30 PM
Of coarse I am sort of new at posting on this forum but my experience with it so far is that most everybody here is nice and supportive. So far I am loving this forum, you guys have helped me alot. I have had similar problems as some of the people posting but your tips seem great...never give up and give it your all!

The only thing I don't like about parkour getting big is that the "wrong" sort of people will be getting in...if that makes sense. From my understanding most of the traceurs seem to be supportive, understanding people. They encorage the right things. They are not going around down grading other people that want to be a traceur because they don't "look the part" or some other stupid conception of the thing. I don't want Parkour to be changed into something it is not: a competative sport (I mean a bad competative sport...not the friendly kind). I am sorry if I am ranting this is just a fear I have had. I want a good community of informed people who practice parkour. Even if it, by some strange chance, becomes what I have been saying I am glad to know there are still people, like in this forum, out there that will help support eachother....

.....wow. It does sound like I am just rambling. I hope this community stays good (I am sure it will). Time to go outside and practice.  PS: I moved to Hernando, MS. I live alittle south of it now.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: wizardsdc0778 on February 22, 2008, 05:03:27 AM
*applauds Spblob*
very well said
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Crosion_5 on February 22, 2008, 10:44:08 PM
Oh yes I agree.  Part of Parkour is helping eachother to become better.  I have some of the same fears for Parkour.  Already I see stupid videos and people that do parkour just for the glory or to get people to think they are cool.  They are not traceurs in any sense of the word.  Parkour is about learing about your body, and perfecting it, not about getting glory.  It's about overcoming your weaknesses and making them strengths, both physical and otherwise.

Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Drake? on February 23, 2008, 12:09:14 PM
I find 10x's easier to train with friends in public. If you have 3, 4, even 5 people with you training, it helps a lot. At least it does for me! I recommend that everyone should give it a try.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Dante177 on February 26, 2008, 10:05:39 PM
I'm at the point where I see most objects as training obstacles. I don't get to train a lot, but I am hyped up to do it all the time.

Do it with a friend. Or at least have him/her watch you and talk about something to keep your mind off it.
I also do it at night but in parks. Well lit ones considering I live in NYC. I even jump over desks (from place) in school when I can. Though trying to jump over the higher once I busted my face on a locker. Though 2 out of 3 jumps I made it. And it didn't even hurt.

Its easier for me to look like an idiot in class than it is in public. Luckily I have weight training Mon-Thurs. But I'm sick right now and its killing me to miss it.

Now I'm just talking about myself. xD
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: KC Parsons on February 27, 2008, 06:22:29 AM
Of coarse I am sort of new at posting on this forum but my experience with it so far is that most everybody here is nice and supportive. So far I am loving this forum, you guys have helped me alot. I have had similar problems as some of the people posting but your tips seem great...never give up and give it your all!

The only thing I don't like about parkour getting big is that the "wrong" sort of people will be getting in...if that makes sense. From my understanding most of the traceurs seem to be supportive, understanding people. They encorage the right things. They are not going around down grading other people that want to be a traceur because they don't "look the part" or some other stupid conception of the thing. I don't want Parkour to be changed into something it is not: a competative sport (I mean a bad competative sport...not the friendly kind). I am sorry if I am ranting this is just a fear I have had. I want a good community of informed people who practice parkour. Even if it, by some strange chance, becomes what I have been saying I am glad to know there are still people, like in this forum, out there that will help support eachother....

.....wow. It does sound like I am just rambling. I hope this community stays good (I am sure it will). Time to go outside and practice.  PS: I moved to Hernando, MS. I live alittle south of it now.



I like how you mentioned you didn't want it to be a bad competitive sport.
Sometimes friendly competition can drive us to work a little harder, but if it gets too vicious, you'll end up pushing yourself way too hard. Good point. =]
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harbisonparkour on February 27, 2008, 05:09:28 PM
YAh, I know what you meen about training in public, but you just got to push past it. I was at school during OP, kinda like an extra period if you want help, and I speed vaulted off a rail by the trailors and then kept running, I herd the guy behind behind me say to his friend "Man look at that  freeking monkey his such an idiot, I just want to see him fall on his face." So I ran to the next rail, did a reverse vault and spun back over the rail, I looked at him and told him that wasnt going to happen and then lazyed over the rail agian and konged over a garbage can and kept running.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: ZeroAlphaEnigma on February 27, 2008, 06:34:59 PM
i agree with some of you people on when people laugh at you, or give you looks like "what the hell is he doing"
as for me in school, only one who practices it, only one who gets it,but when i explain it to them they will laugh then they will ask me to show them something.
ill do a simple monkey, or lazy boy, and they will just laugh at me more then say "psh i can do that watch"

then ill be laughing for the next 5 mins at them falling on their ass. they get the message after that...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: KC Parsons on February 28, 2008, 06:56:44 AM
Yeahhhhhh hahahahahaha. The things we do seem semi-easy and anyone could do it. A lot of the time we make it look 10248912048 times easier than it really is. And, even if the person does end up doing it, you can tell they're awkward and uncontrolled about it, unlike us. =D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Alex Melusky on February 28, 2008, 05:02:00 PM
they be uber noobs and we are freerunning pirates! aarggh! :-Sarcasm
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harbisonparkour on February 28, 2008, 05:46:25 PM
Yah, I got it down now so I can speed over a rail, land on the siding percison across and then monkey to the other side. I was with my sisters friend and shee relised how hard it was when she couldent even get over the hand rail
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Paul Leon Mederos on February 28, 2008, 06:38:21 PM
The best way to spread parkour in a supportive, friendly, respectful way is to do it yourself. Apply it to all facets of your life. Learn to be courteous and respectful, try to avoid discrimination and be helpful to others, etc etc. Train hard and lead by example. Thats the best way to ensure the community stays the way it is, the way we like it  :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: JMac32 on February 28, 2008, 07:35:40 PM
  its a free country.
agreed. but yet, people have property and such things like that.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Cellar on February 28, 2008, 07:58:57 PM
Back to the main topic of overcoming embarrassed about practicing in public, I always considered getting over this embarrassement to be a move I need to learn just like the roll or a monkey vault. It's something necessary to practicing parkour. Basically, I just kept practicing even when people were watching and if someone asks a respectful question I'd stop and answer them until eventually it didn't feel embarrassing at all.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chance B. on February 29, 2008, 02:16:02 PM
The best way to spread parkour in a supportive, friendly, respectful way is to do it yourself. Apply it to all facets of your life. Learn to be courteous and respectful, try to avoid discrimination and be helpful to others, etc etc. Train hard and lead by example. Thats the best way to ensure the community stays the way it is, the way we like it  :)
I agree 100%. ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: esunbaboon on March 10, 2008, 12:28:08 PM
I was the same way at first, and I even get the feeling every once and a while.  However, there is good chance you are never going to see the person that is watching you again and by the next day they won't even remember you(unless you do some huge flips or something  ;D).
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: John [sss24] Chadwell on March 10, 2008, 12:38:59 PM
HAHAHA, this is when my backyard parkour course comes in handy. Alright mine is 2 trash cans, a card table, a cooler, 2 bar stools, some pvc, my precision trainers, a fence, and a tree. I can do everything from cats-underbars, from kongs to every type of fence/gate vault imaginable just experiment :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on March 10, 2008, 06:17:53 PM
Wait till you get the "Mommy that boy is wierd.....What is he doing....Hmmm and the mom is like "lets stay away from him"


BTW this post got like 64 posts in like 6 hrs
thats like a record
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 10, 2008, 06:37:30 PM
Try doing parkour in a kilt without undergarments.... THEN you get some weird looks... not to mention countless women flinching in fright...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on March 10, 2008, 06:47:27 PM
Maybe to you but me ehhh im British Im close enough to being Scot haha
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 11, 2008, 04:59:51 AM
Maybe to you but me ehhh im British Im close enough to being Scot haha

Im not embarassed by it, I wear it offten enough to have gotten used to it. I was meerly saying dont be afraid to be different.

and high five! Im mostly scottish and irish myself...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on March 11, 2008, 05:59:31 AM
Ey well at least your training is Breezy Mate
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BobT on March 11, 2008, 07:22:16 AM
Maybe to you but me ehhh im British Im close enough to being Scot haha

Don't say that to a real scotsman or you may get a caber parker up your arse ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: esunbaboon on March 11, 2008, 09:34:30 AM
Try doing parkour in a kilt without undergarments.... THEN you get some weird looks... not to mention countless women flinching in fright...

Really, cause all I got was a bunch of girls numbers.  ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on March 11, 2008, 10:51:30 AM
Oh blimey you bloody git lol jk lad........


Scots and british people never  get along...............brits are better
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Crosion_5 on March 11, 2008, 12:20:10 PM
I can see that topics have varied since I last checked this thread  :-Sarcasm

Anyway, I have found (especially of late) that i perform bettr when others are watching me.  I sometimes cannot get the nerve to do something unless someone is there with me, sort of subconsciously pushing me.  This is especially true with strangers.

It's another obsticle I need to overcome now.  I should be able to train with or without the support of watching eyes.  So you could say that I have the reverse problem, lol!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 11, 2008, 06:30:42 PM
Try doing parkour in a kilt without undergarments.... THEN you get some weird looks... not to mention countless women flinching in fright...

Really, cause all I got was a bunch of girls numbers.  ;D

the numbers to their fathers with the shotguns maybe...

Oh blimey you bloody git lol jk lad........


Scots and british people never  get along...............brits are better

INFIDEL!!! 
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on March 11, 2008, 06:47:20 PM
TOSHPOT! lol this is interesting
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Casey Kandel on March 11, 2008, 06:59:20 PM
go nithe on cot ho agus go nithe on jowel on cot
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 12, 2008, 05:12:23 AM
go nithe on cot ho agus go nithe on jowel on cot

whaaat?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on March 12, 2008, 06:48:24 AM
hmmmmm idk lol Averinnd i dont think were supposed to understand it lol
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Casey Kandel on March 12, 2008, 04:09:24 PM
Its an Irish Gaelic proverb (I;m trying to learn some Irish gaelic.

it means "May the cat eat you, and the devl eat the cat"
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: shdw44 on March 12, 2008, 04:12:14 PM
ya same here but just do it and dont think bout the ppl  ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: shadow1234 on March 12, 2008, 06:04:18 PM
Wow this thread has gotten completely off topic lol
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 13, 2008, 05:05:10 AM
Wow this thread has gotten completely off topic lol

the farther off topic the better it gets
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: VentilationX on March 13, 2008, 06:19:24 AM
The best solution really is to go with a group. Not only to prevent the embarassing situation of wondering who might see you fall, but it really helps with training. If there is a move you can't quite figure out, someone in your group might have a different perspective to help you. It's also good to have a group for safety reasons. If you're practicing at night or where there is nobody around, you could hurt yourself and no one would be around to help. Even if it is just one or two friends, the group approach really helps.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 24, 2008, 04:25:24 AM
The best solution really is to go with a group. Not only to prevent the embarassing situation of wondering who might see you fall, but it really helps with training. If there is a move you can't quite figure out, someone in your group might have a different perspective to help you. It's also good to have a group for safety reasons. If you're practicing at night or where there is nobody around, you could hurt yourself and no one would be around to help. Even if it is just one or two friends, the group approach really helps.
and dont forget to wear your kilt
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: michiganparkour on March 24, 2008, 04:55:06 PM
Any one with the fear of practicing in public. I know you pain/curse. I can barely do anything in public unless i have a freind or someone with me. Im really anxious. I get nevous walking down the street if I see someone else walking twards me. It gets really annoying to me. But for the whole training in public thing taking some one along with me to help train keeps my mind off of people and keeps it on what we are doing and it helps me by pushing to get something down with the help of the freind.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Zack Bedingfield on March 24, 2008, 05:38:05 PM
Any one with the fear of practicing in public. I know you pain/curse. I can barely do anything in public unless i have a freind or someone with me. Im really anxious. I get nevous walking down the street if I see someone else walking twards me. It gets really annoying to me. But for the whole training in public thing taking some one along with me to help train keeps my mind off of people and keeps it on what we are doing and it helps me by pushing to get something down with the help of the freind.

thats just another road block that you need to overcome, just as a fear of hurting your shins during monkeys has to be overcome. it's all about progression, even the stuff that isn't physical.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Nhan Du on March 24, 2008, 06:37:33 PM
And when you train in public, bring a camera and tape people's reactions. It's friggin' awesome!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 26, 2008, 05:07:42 AM
theres a wonderful little article on overcoming fear that I would gladly post, but I cant remember the link off the top of my head, so ill post it when i get on my home computer.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: shadow1234 on March 26, 2008, 05:14:40 AM
Ahhh, fear. I hate that thing. I'm not sure about great ways to overcome it but I find that usually when you just go for it, you find its really not as bad or as hard as you thought. Plus, if you go at it and focus more on technique than fear, you will usually get it.

Not saying I've completely conquered my fears though, because I still have to deal with them for something every training session.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Crosion_5 on March 26, 2008, 08:54:57 AM
To my knowledge fear can never be completely gotten rid of, just brushed to the side.  The key is to not let your fears you from trying something.

You need to find a balance with your mind and your body.  If one aspect gets out of hand, you wont have the proper confidence or ability to perform whatever it is you want to try.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: schuby on March 26, 2008, 09:55:05 AM
and dont forget to wear your kilt

And don't forget to wear a towel!!!.........you wanna get high?

Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: aplauche on March 26, 2008, 11:55:09 AM
get a group of peeps together you wont feel embarrassed if your not alone
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Crosion_5 on March 26, 2008, 02:33:52 PM
This thread is going nowhere very quickly.  I think it should be locked, but I have not the power to do so.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on March 26, 2008, 03:48:44 PM
This thread is going nowhere very quickly.  I think it should be locked, but I have not the power to do so.

who cares? were having fun and socializing. If anything this post should be moved, not locked
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Terry McIntosh on March 26, 2008, 05:27:49 PM

And don't forget to wear a towel!!!.........you wanna get high?



ohhhhh man, i don't know whats going on!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Crosion_5 on March 27, 2008, 12:36:32 PM
That's just what I think, which doesn't really matter, cuz I can't change anything anyway.

So have fun to your hearts content! ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Shae Perkins on March 29, 2008, 08:21:54 AM
I had this problem for quite a while. i was deathly afraid of looking like a moron in front of people. then i realized that i had to just get over my self, and just do it. what actually helped me was working into slowly. do a little vaults and jumps in front of people, and eventually you'll start to notice that some random person's opinion doesn't matter at all if your doing what you want to do and it makes you happy.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harbisonparkour on March 30, 2008, 07:10:05 PM
Shae, thats exactly it, i found that is how it should be in every aspect of life.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on April 01, 2008, 04:39:49 AM
yea... I wear a kilt because Its fun... not to mention...."refreshing"
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Patrick Yang on April 01, 2008, 04:48:23 AM
theres a wonderful little article on overcoming fear that I would gladly post, but I cant remember the link off the top of my head, so ill post it when i get on my home computer.

Are you talking about the article on Parkour Generations (http://www.parkourgenerations.com/articles.php?id_cat=2&idart=10) by Dan Edwardes?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: stefan87 on April 01, 2008, 09:22:04 AM
I never feel embarrassed but I usually practice on playgrounds because i am a newb, the only problem i have is little kids watching me and trying to do the same. because of that i practice only when there is no little kids around, I don't want them getting hurt.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on April 03, 2008, 06:13:40 AM
theres a wonderful little article on overcoming fear that I would gladly post, but I cant remember the link off the top of my head, so ill post it when i get on my home computer.

Are you talking about the article on Parkour Generations (http://www.parkourgenerations.com/articles.php?id_cat=2&idart=10) by Dan Edwardes?
yea that would be it
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: KC Parsons on April 03, 2008, 09:30:17 AM
I never feel embarrassed but I usually practice on playgrounds because i am a newb, the only problem i have is little kids watching me and trying to do the same. because of that i practice only when there is no little kids around, I don't want them getting hurt.
That's respectable, and I encourage to keep that up. The ones that are a tad older, I let them know that I've been training in it for a while, and give them a very brief overview.
I mainly just cover:
It takes lots of work and training
I'm not just screwing around
Don't do this sort of thing, because it's very dangerous.

You'd be surprised how much they actually comprehend and respect what you're doing.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: thehoodedsanghelian on April 03, 2008, 10:34:22 AM
I had that problem, people lookin at me weird when I'm drilling.  But what I like to do when someone is staring at me, is just stare back with like a "watchu lookin at, fool?" expression.  They usually look down and walk away with a "oh oh, nothin...uh...sorry" expression.  But yeah, if you're with a group, people will probably watch with respect, you know?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kevin Roysden on April 03, 2008, 02:54:17 PM
Usually when you're with a big group of people noone is going to even say anything to you.  I also dislike training in front of people but I am slowly getting over it.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: JasonMurak on April 03, 2008, 03:25:39 PM
Thats a great video on page 1
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Iceucold on April 03, 2008, 03:27:47 PM
As an attention whore, people watching, and asking questions is not a problem.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on April 03, 2008, 03:35:57 PM
As an attention whore, people watching, and asking questions is not a problem.

High five!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Iceucold on April 03, 2008, 03:39:41 PM
Thanks for the high five, but I will say it's odd when a group of skateboarders stop to watch you.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harbisonparkour on April 07, 2008, 04:19:05 PM
yah i know what you mean, expecialy when your ontop off your school
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harrison at AlaskaParkour.com on April 07, 2008, 04:22:09 PM
yah i know what you mean, expecialy when your ontop off your school

Which is it? Ontop or off = P lol
But yeah I was practicing precisions in Florida and a bunch of skateboarders all stopped and watched me and I climbed up this condo and they like were just staring lol..
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: JasonMurak on April 07, 2008, 04:24:54 PM
yah i know what you mean, expecialy when your ontop off your school

Which is it? Ontop or off = P lol
But yeah I was practicing precisions in Florida and a bunch of skateboarders all stopped and watched me and I climbed up this condo and they like were just staring lol..
In PE when we practice the same thign happens. That kid this morning watching you wall spin was like " WTF?"
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on April 08, 2008, 04:35:22 AM
I wish I could do wallspins...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harrison at AlaskaParkour.com on April 08, 2008, 06:28:39 AM
I wish I could do wallspins...

It'll come. First learn the palm spin, which is easy to learn on beds. Then get picnic table if possible (If not that's ok) and put it up against a tree or wall. and make the angle increase each time. If you don't have a picnic table your screwed though...lol jk you can use anything else that's flat and sturdy. ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harbisonparkour on April 08, 2008, 04:13:12 PM
lol , ontop of, then later off. yah i am definatly going to prctice palm spins, thats something a cant realy get yet.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Harbisonparkour on April 08, 2008, 04:14:21 PM
oh, and try doing parkour at a school thats half-trailor park,  half school, in a suit.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on April 09, 2008, 04:35:48 AM
I wish I could do wallspins...

It'll come. First learn the palm spin, which is easy to learn on beds. Then get picnic table if possible (If not that's ok) and put it up against a tree or wall. and make the angle increase each time. If you don't have a picnic table your screwed though...lol jk you can use anything else that's flat and sturdy. ;)
cool beans... yes I said cool beans. Thanks for the Tip.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Xai Harasaki on April 28, 2008, 11:31:28 AM
Hey man I am from the Harasaki Team in Chattanooga Tn, and let me tell ya, we used to be embarressed here to practice. We would go to downtown in teh city to practice too. We still do and have found some great spots. Basically, don't sweat it. Yeah its a bit weird practicing at first. But it gets A LOT easier when you have a team to work with. When I'm downtown by myself I don't even care what others think anymore. Buts heres a tip. Make sure wherever you freerun/parkour, only practice for like 1 min.-5 mins. cause otherwise people get mad. Move form place to place. Last time we stayed somewhere for 10-15mins and the police came. Its was horrible. But just make sure you have fun with it whatever you do.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: iParkour 559 on April 29, 2008, 09:46:27 PM
Ive never practiced in daylight :( Training at night is very dangerous, as I can't see where im placing my feet or landing half the time...

It is kinda embarrassing to practice during the day and the places I like to go are kind of inappropriate to practice on during the day. 

I like to train at a local High School and then Fresno State University, both of which have ppl on campus all day.  What do you think I should do?

Heck maybe I should go to FSU tmw morning nice and early.  There is a great wall to tic tac up by the art department...  ;D 

Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: (t)Rainer on April 30, 2008, 08:39:12 PM
First try to get permission, and if you are embarrassed you must have just started, because once you get into parkour, you don't really get embarrassed, you love to show the community what you a doing, and you eventually get a nack for talking to them about it. Just be careful about your decisions. =D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Xai Harasaki on May 01, 2008, 04:06:17 AM
I agree with rainer. You do get a nack for it after a period of time. And talking to people about it is actually quite fun. Its gets some people interested in trying it too. That leads to making teams ^_^
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 01, 2008, 11:58:55 AM
And when you are first starting it is great to get others involved, but make sure you teach them propper technique and if you don't know how to then send them here. =D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: iParkour 559 on May 01, 2008, 02:27:53 PM
So I went to fresno state yesterday afternoon with a buddy.  We were all over the art department and part of the business department.  We found a great place where a large water fountain had been drained. 

People didnt mind too much.  No one said anything and they just watched us jump from one part to another.  It was actually pretty cool. 

-Thanx guys
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Xai Harasaki on May 01, 2008, 05:33:01 PM
Glad to hear you gtting better and less embarressed! Keep it up ^_^
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 01, 2008, 08:20:06 PM
Woot! I am pumped for you. keep up the good work! +1
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on May 02, 2008, 04:28:58 AM
I wish I could just go to practice and NOT row... theres a pretty sick spot not far from the boathouse... adn its secluded!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 02, 2008, 01:21:18 PM
I didn't know what you meant by row at first...lol I was like is that a technique I havent heard of...lol.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Xai Harasaki on May 04, 2008, 03:49:59 AM
Well rowing does help your harm strength and i'm sure it helps leg strength as well. I believe it sounds like excellent training for Parkour. I'm going to be full out training for Ninja Warrior. My main goal in life is to be the First American to win it.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: (t)Rainer on May 04, 2008, 08:35:24 AM
Umm, SkyNative?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on May 04, 2008, 10:47:36 AM
Well rowing does help your harm strength and i'm sure it helps leg strength as well. I believe it sounds like excellent training for Parkour. I'm going to be full out training for Ninja Warrior. My main goal in life is to be the First American to win it.

I hate to break it to you but SkyNative already won it I believe.


And by the way, rowing not only works your arms and legs, it works EVERYTHING from the tips of your toes to the top of your head. Go do a search for topics on rowing. Iv already written quite a few of them for this site.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Xai Harasaki on May 06, 2008, 02:47:03 AM
>.< Did he really? Darn you SkyNative!!!!! Wait you sure he won the whole thing? Well Then a new goal!! I will be the youngest American!!!!!

And no offence intended, I am sure it works everything. I just meant it probably helps quite a bit in Parkour to have that strength ^_^
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on May 06, 2008, 04:22:49 AM
And no offence intended, I am sure it works everything. I just meant it probably helps quite a bit in Parkour to have that strength ^_^
none taken. Rowing gives you all kinds of strength as well as a great deal of endurance and stamina. The boat with the rowers with higher stamina and endurance will cross the finish line at the higest speed with the least effort.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Xai Harasaki on May 07, 2008, 04:00:36 AM
That sounds really awesome. I may need to try that. Rowing sounds like just the thing i need in my training.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on May 09, 2008, 04:37:34 AM
Yea, Its enormously time consuming though. Most teams will have a 2 hour practice every day during the school week, and 7 hour practices on saturdays if you dont have a regatta. If your looking to get into rowing I recommend you try and find a local/high school team. (I should have mentioned this earlier, but I recommend rowing sweep, not sculling. google it if you dont know what it means)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: phillytraceur on May 09, 2008, 10:43:05 AM
Hey Averinnd, what school do you row for?  I've rowed for the past three years at Lower Merion High School.


To anyone tryin' to incorporate rowing into their workouts- be careful!  Rowing without any complementary leg exercises will cause you to develop imbalances that compromise the functionality of your legs.  Good exercises, as perscribed to me by an osteopathic doctor, are partial (less than 45 degree) wall-sits and weighted partial shin lifts (hold a weight between your feet while sitting with your lower legs hanging off a chair/bed, lower less than 45 degrees then come back up).  I'm recovering my imbalances now, as a result of too much rowing specific exercises.
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Post by: shadow1234 on May 09, 2008, 11:10:03 AM
I used to worry about people looking at me funny but now I find it entertaining.
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 09, 2008, 09:46:42 PM
Haha, that is the attitude to have!!! I love when people watch, I feel satisfied!
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Post by: Chris Lyons on May 13, 2008, 04:28:01 AM
Hey Averinnd, what school do you row for?  I've rowed for the past three years at Lower Merion High School.

I row for Yorktown High School (Arlington Virginia). The season ended last week for my boat. We lost our last race of the season by 0.10 seconds, while rowing with only 7 people. On the 5th stroke of the race someones (I think it was 3 seat) strechers came undone and he couldnt row anywhere near full power. Had we found out about it we could have called breakage and restarted, but we didnt find out untill after we docked.
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 14, 2008, 12:19:43 PM
Is that a difficult sp9ort to get into? lol..
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Post by: Chris Lyons on May 16, 2008, 04:54:51 AM
Is that a difficult sp9ort to get into? lol..

not particularly. The conditioning can be difficult if your out of shape, or just not up to standards, but the conditioning is decided by the coach, so it varries. Depending on who you want to row for, getting into it can be expensive. At Yorktown, crew isn't considered a 'sport' (like baseball or football) so were considered a CLUB sport, therefore, we dont get any funding from the county like baseball and football do. So basicaly that means that everything you need for crew (boat, uni, stuff, etc.) has to be paid for by the rower. One things for sure, you'll probably spend over $500 just to pay for staying at a hotel when you have a out-of-state reggata.
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Post by: james2610 on May 16, 2008, 07:54:43 AM
dude training in public is the only way to do it if the good spots are full of people. Its good anyway if your good at PK, coz they are amazed by it. My uncle though pk was stupid but as soon as he saw me doing it he was amazed and wanted to see more. Just ignore anyone who gives you funny looks apart from little kids coz they go up to you and start asking a load of questions about what you are doing
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 17, 2008, 05:40:45 AM
Ah, sounds fun, but I don't think I could do it..lol.

And telling them what you are doing is the next best part ;D They get kinda lost, and then understand, and then get lost again. It is fun to watch their facials expressions...haha. But I was at the local park one time, and this lady about 30-35 let me teach her kids who are around 6-10 years old, how to do basic rolls on the ground and then off the end of a slide. I was really excited that she was so open to it. And the kids definitely enjoyed learning. It was a blast.
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Post by: littleboy PK on May 17, 2008, 09:01:15 AM
i have a really hard time practicing in public for two or three reasons one is that i cant do much (hardly anything) so its not like people will be oggling at me. and second of all because i get really self conscious
and i dont want ta get laughed at (i know thats kinda lame but its da truth) lol  :P
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Post by: thehoodedsanghelian on May 17, 2008, 09:13:02 AM
Ah, sounds fun, but I don't think I could do it..lol.

And telling them what you are doing is the next best part ;D They get kinda lost, and then understand, and then get lost again. It is fun to watch their facials expressions...haha. But I was at the local park one time, and this lady about 30-35 let me teach her kids who are around 6-10 years old, how to do basic rolls on the ground and then off the end of a slide. I was really excited that she was so open to it. And the kids definitely enjoyed learning. It was a blast.
haha! that's great man!
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 17, 2008, 09:34:14 AM
Hmm, just do what you have to do bro.

And it was so amazing. I hope one day I become a teacher/trainer in parkour ;D
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Post by: james2610 on May 17, 2008, 10:09:12 AM
somestimes its good now sometimes it isnt. Im at this stage where sometimes i fail and sometimes i do awsome stuff. Loads of girls where watching me the other day doing random training on my own and i got real scared lol
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Post by: thehoodedsanghelian on May 18, 2008, 03:32:35 PM
Hmm, just do what you have to do bro.

And it was so amazing. I hope one day I become a teacher/trainer in parkour ;D
Just put a T in front of your name and you will be a tRainer. lol
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Post by: Chris Lyons on May 19, 2008, 04:30:57 AM
rawr :3

people still think im weird when I vault over the pic-nic table... oh well, it would be boring otherwise.
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Post by: thehoodedsanghelian on May 19, 2008, 06:30:14 AM
rawr :3

people still think im weird when I vault over the pic-nic table... oh well, it would be boring otherwise.
Anyone play Assassin's Creed?  Well, you know when you land in the streets after jumping a great hight, and everyone sort of jumps with a yelp and stares at you for a bit?  Well I was training at my local park and this baseball team was walking by as I dive-rolled over a bench.  The Assassin's Creed effect stated above was the result.  It was kinda funny.
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Post by: JeCours on May 19, 2008, 05:45:47 PM
i had a neat experience today. I was just jumping off a huge rock, practicing my landings and a guy (45+ years old?) came up to me and asked what i was training for. i told him parkour, when he didnt understand i just asked, "Have you ever seen those videos of guys running through the city, jumping off buildings and stuff?" Immediately he knew. We talked about it for a little bit and he wished me lots of luck.

awesome.
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 19, 2008, 08:43:38 PM
Haha, tRainer, I like it.

When the girls are watching, that is when you want to show off the most :P

Dude, that is really cool. Did he enjoy talking and watching?
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Post by: shadow1234 on May 20, 2008, 09:48:42 AM
I screwed up in front of some hot girl once (I didn't even know she was there so I couldn't save myself from  embarrassment)  ;D

Oh well, I'm not afraid to mess up in front of people anymore.
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Post by: BearMills on May 20, 2008, 11:10:24 AM
hahaha showing off in front of people is the best
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 20, 2008, 11:55:07 AM
Definitely, especially when you have amazing flow, or like me have a little bit of tricking experience...lol. They like seeing flips. ;D
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Post by: JeCours on May 20, 2008, 08:10:03 PM
Haha, tRainer, I like it.

When the girls are watching, that is when you want to show off the most :P

Dude, that is really cool. Did he enjoy talking and watching?
yeah he seemed pretty enthusiastic about it, like he wished he could do it
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Post by: Muhammad on May 20, 2008, 10:37:27 PM
the cure for embarrassment while training is to do lots of QM all by yourself in areas of high pedestrian traffic, especially where there are alot of people in your age group, such as a large university or college campus. eventually, you get used to people thinking there is something wrong with you, and just accept it LOL.

Public diving monkey pushups and sideways monkeys are also good ways to overcome the perceived barrier of social ostracism. i know i always look like a complete fool doing that stuff in front of lots of pretty college girls. there's nothing quite like it. especially when you do it really fast LOL. then you can finish it all off with a good stretch of your hamstrings in full public view, followed by some hip circles. that's like the icing on the cake.
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Post by: Chris Lyons on May 21, 2008, 05:27:01 AM
people come up and rub my abs all the time, its some sort of good luck around my school.... Im pretty used to it now, theres not anything much more embarasing then having people walk into your class and just rub your belly then leave. The teacher just stand there and is like, "WTF?"  :P
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Post by: shadow1234 on May 21, 2008, 01:09:08 PM
the cure for embarrassment while training is to do lots of QM all by yourself in areas of high pedestrian traffic, especially where there are alot of people in your age group, such as a large university or college campus. eventually, you get used to people thinking there is something wrong with you, and just accept it LOL.

Public diving monkey pushups and sideways monkeys are also good ways to overcome the perceived barrier of social ostracism. i know i always look like a complete fool doing that stuff in front of lots of pretty college girls. there's nothing quite like it. especially when you do it really fast LOL. then you can finish it all off with a good stretch of your hamstrings in full public view, followed by some hip circles. that's like the icing on the cake.


Me and my friend bear crawled across our campus once! that got rid of a lot of training embarassment
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 22, 2008, 12:57:12 PM
HAHA I was thinking about monkey walking through my school. All day, never regular walking. You telling me you did it across your campus inspires me to actually do it. Not sure yet :P
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Post by: BearMills on May 22, 2008, 02:58:28 PM
Monkey Walking?
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 22, 2008, 09:17:05 PM
HAHA, my bad, quadrapedals...lol. I call it mokey walking...lol ;D
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Post by: BearMills on May 22, 2008, 09:25:56 PM
I like that name for it its more spot on i think for the name cuz its exactly how monkeys walk and we are Primates so yeh ty  ;D
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Post by: Chris Lyons on May 23, 2008, 04:29:28 AM
just do lunges through the locker rooms while wearing only your boxers.... that'll cure all embarassment I assure you
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Post by: Cliff Boz on May 23, 2008, 04:59:01 AM
just do lunges through the locker rooms while wearing only your boxers.... that'll cure all embarassment I assure you

just do lunges through through areas of high pedestrian traffic while wearing only your boxers.... that'll cure all embarassment I assure you
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Post by: Zack Bedingfield on May 23, 2008, 11:47:32 AM
HAHA I was thinking about monkey walking through my school. All day, never regular walking. You telling me you did it across your campus inspires me to actually do it. Not sure yet :P
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umvvlP508wc
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Post by: BearMills on May 23, 2008, 02:47:47 PM
Wow I give him props for that... Thats amazing and inspires me even more... Thankyou gustav for posting the video +1
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Post by: (t)Rainer on May 24, 2008, 04:26:57 PM
Who was that guy, and that is a huge feat! 2500!!! That is a lot of cash, but that was a lot of work ;D WAY TO GO TO THAT GUY!!!!!
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Post by: Zack Bedingfield on May 24, 2008, 06:55:53 PM
Who was that guy, and that is a huge feat! 2500!!! That is a lot of cash, but that was a lot of work ;D WAY TO GO TO THAT GUY!!!!!

It was Jin from Team Traceur, and yes quite a feat, hes got a sampler on his youtube channel if you wanna see his movement, hes one of my favorites.
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Post by: BearMills on May 24, 2008, 06:56:55 PM
Gustav have you got his link?
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Post by: Chris Lyons on May 30, 2008, 10:09:22 AM
just do lunges through the locker rooms while wearing only your boxers.... that'll cure all embarassment I assure you

just do lunges through through areas of high pedestrian traffic while wearing only your boxers.... that'll cure all embarassment I assure you
heh, im sure thats illegal SOMEWHERE... unfortunatly...  :-\
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Post by: Muhammad on June 01, 2008, 06:30:22 AM
Me and my friend bear crawled across our campus once! that got rid of a lot of training embarassment

Gah. We do this at the OSU campus five days per week. It's our regular warmup before training.
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Post by: BearMills on June 01, 2008, 09:49:12 AM
Me and my friend bear crawled across our campus once! that got rid of a lot of training embarassment

Gah. We do this at the OSU campus five days per week. It's our regular warmup before training.

Thats insane
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Post by: Zack Bedingfield on June 01, 2008, 02:50:13 PM
Gustav have you got his link?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuBvFZtBnV8
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Post by: Moritz on June 04, 2008, 04:07:59 PM
Think of it like this... You don't know them. They don't know you. So you'll theoretically never meet them again. Plus when you get better, doing the tricks bring a crowd. an example of this would be when my friend and i were at school and we were kong vaulting the lunch tables (while skipping a class;D) All of the seniors and juniors were looking at us. Some even came up to us and were pretty amazed. Never be Embarrassed. Cause i doubt just any person off the street could do better than someone who cares enough to practice.
                                                              - Tyler
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Post by: bjkpersonal@aim.com on June 05, 2008, 11:47:56 PM
i'm 17, so i can still get away with using elementary school play structures.  pretty much, my opinion is that it's not really that embarrassing compared to skateboarders 20 years ago.  we're using our hands/feet and just 'doing body resistance training' in the public's eye, compared to people doing tricks on boards.

those of you just standing around trying to do backflips, though, you're on your own.
 :P
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Post by: TheEldest on June 12, 2008, 09:49:32 PM
I know, it's poor message board etiquette, but I didn't read every single page before posting.

I want to say that I understand where you're coming from, I really do. It's kinda like buying condoms (God, I hope that at 14 you have yet to have this experience...). You go into a store to buy some condoms, you expect a couple options only to find that there are half a BILLION options. How do you choose? Especially with shoppers walking by? I was with a friend of mine (he was 29) and he had condoms in his hand. His parents were coming down the aisle so he threw the condoms to the side as to not be embarrassed.

I am now married (for more than a year) and still feel self conscious when shopping for condoms. I'm married!!!! I'm being responsible by not putting children into this world that can't be provided for; yet, I feel embarrassed.

Finally, I realized that I'm actually better than most people by actually going to get condoms and not being irresponsible. (a study has shown that traceurs are more narcissistic than the average person). Being a traceur is like buying condoms.

You're doing the right thing. Others may look down on you for it, but keep at it because you're making the world a better place. If you were a parent, would you want your children to play violent video games or do Parkour? I know what I'd prefer...
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Post by: shadow1234 on June 13, 2008, 03:49:55 PM
I know, it's poor message board etiquette, but I didn't read every single page before posting.

I want to say that I understand where you're coming from, I really do. It's kinda like buying condoms (God, I hope that at 14 you have yet to have this experience...). You go into a store to buy some condoms, you expect a couple options only to find that there are half a BILLION options. How do you choose? Especially with shoppers walking by? I was with a friend of mine (he was 29) and he had condoms in his hand. His parents were coming down the aisle so he threw the condoms to the side as to not be embarrassed.

I am now married (for more than a year) and still feel self conscious when shopping for condoms. I'm married!!!! I'm being responsible by not putting children into this world that can't be provided for; yet, I feel embarrassed.

Finally, I realized that I'm actually better than most people by actually going to get condoms and not being irresponsible. (a study has shown that traceurs are more narcissistic than the average person). Being a traceur is like buying condoms.

You're doing the right thing. Others may look down on you for it, but keep at it because you're making the world a better place. If you were a parent, would you want your children to play violent video games or do Parkour? I know what I'd prefer...

thats not poor etiquette, that's smart. btw, the above argument makes no sense at all. you're not better than anyone for buying condoms. Being a traceur is not like buying condoms. doing parkour does not necessarily do the world any good. then all of a sudden you start a random attack on videogames. if you want to make lengthy posts please make sure they are cohesive and flow from one argument to the next.
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Post by: TheEldest on June 13, 2008, 11:02:15 PM
thats not poor etiquette, that's smart. btw, the above argument makes no sense at all. you're not better than anyone for buying condoms. Being a traceur is not like buying condoms. doing parkour does not necessarily do the world any good. then all of a sudden you start a random attack on videogames. if you want to make lengthy posts please make sure they are cohesive and flow from one argument to the next.

The argument does make sense, it was just brief.

The thing with buying condoms is that I'm taking control of my life and future. I'm not going to be surprised by a child, I'm going to be prepared (not to say one might not sneak through). That's what parkour is all about; being prepared for whatever may come up. Being able to efficiently get from point A to point B. Taking your future into your own hands.

Parkour (for many) is about bettering yourself. It's about discipline.


And in regards to the video game argument: I probably should have left off the 'violent'. It wasn't part of my argument. The point was that I'd think most parents would want their kids to be doing something outdoors, something active as opposed to sitting infront of a computer or Tele playing games.

Also, I never even implied that Parkour makes the world a better place. Make you a better person--maybe.


One last thing; RenegadeofJump, can you please utilize your shift keys?
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Post by: shadow1234 on June 14, 2008, 09:13:10 AM

I know, it's poor message board etiquette, but I didn't read every single page before posting.

I want to say that I understand where you're coming from, I really do. It's kinda like buying condoms (God, I hope that at 14 you have yet to have this experience...). You go into a store to buy some condoms, you expect a couple options only to find that there are half a BILLION options. How do you choose? Especially with shoppers walking by? I was with a friend of mine (he was 29) and he had condoms in his hand. His parents were coming down the aisle so he threw the condoms to the side as to not be embarrassed.

-From this it appears as if you are trying to talk about the variety of condoms somehow relates to parkour. Somehow the variety of condoms makes it harder to pick in front of strangers; even though, if they cared, I doubt they would think any better of you if you picked the right condom.

-Then you go into a quick little anecdote about your friend being embarrassed.

I am now married (for more than a year) and still feel self conscious when shopping for condoms. I'm married!!!! I'm being responsible by not putting children into this world that can't be provided for; yet, I feel embarrassed.


Finally, I realized that I'm actually better than most people by actually going to get condoms and not being irresponsible. (a study has shown that traceurs are more narcissistic than the average person). Being a traceur is like buying condoms.

You're doing the right thing. Others may look down on you for it, but keep at it because you're making the world a better place. If you were a parent, would you want your children to play violent video games or do Parkour? I know what I'd prefer...

-This implies that doing parkour makes the world a better place. This also implies that you somehow want to speak out against violent videogames.



Your argument was in there, but your intro and ending conclusion were not really related to what you were trying to talk about. I'm sorry but from now on you should try to be more clear and make things flow from one thing to the next.


by the way, my shift key was broken, jeez.
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Post by: JeCours on June 19, 2008, 09:32:57 PM
^wow good post. i have a question though what study showed that traceurs were more narcissistic than the average?
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Post by: Patrick Yang on June 24, 2008, 10:20:14 AM
^wow good post. i have a question though what study showed that traceurs were more narcissistic than the average?

La pratique du parkour chez les adolescents des banlieues: entre recherche de sensation et renforcement narcissique (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6X26-4NDVGNB-2&_user=10&_rdoc=1&_fmt=&_orig=search&_sort=d&view=c&_acct=C000050221&_version=1&_urlVersion=0&_userid=10&md5=d86867ae76d6b81703bf2734a4a115fc) (The practising of free running in adolescent from the suburbs: between sensation seeking and narcissistic reinforcement) from Neuropsychiatrie de l'Enfance et de l'Adolescence.  I haven't read the article, since I don't have a paid account.  It's significant to note that the term "narcissistic reïnforcement" isn't defined in the abstract, so it may mean something different from its lay definition.
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Post by: JeCours on June 24, 2008, 01:11:58 PM
cool thanks
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Post by: shadow1234 on June 25, 2008, 01:03:33 PM
^wow good post. i have a question though what study showed that traceurs were more narcissistic than the average?

the way most people talk on this board about parkour and how much more awesome it makes them than everybody is probably proof enough
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Post by: JeCours on June 26, 2008, 09:22:29 PM
nothing wrong with wanting to find out for myself is there?
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Post by: traxNYC on June 30, 2008, 02:00:56 PM
i did at first but now i take it as a complement when ppl look at me wird or call me a savege

traxnyc.com
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Post by: Aady pitt on July 15, 2008, 08:11:31 AM
Do not care, once you get well at parkour and you can flow swimmingly over obstructions, you won't feel so abashed anymore.
_____________________________
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Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chris Lyons on July 16, 2008, 01:21:30 PM
what is with all these long and fancy words nowadays? new members i suppose.
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Post by: Vinny Pellegrini on August 01, 2008, 08:25:56 AM
i wouldn't be to worryed about the cops, its not like they can catch any of us anyway :D ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Patrick Yang on August 01, 2008, 01:38:36 PM
You shouldn't be running from cops.  Nothing you do should be creating a situation in which they would apprehend you.  Even if it came to confrontation, civil discourse fosters better understanding between the law enforcement and parkour communities, and gives you a better chance of getting off light.
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Post by: Mark J 0.Q on August 01, 2008, 02:24:52 PM
I know this kinda got off topic, but the first page is my situation. I live a sheltered life! My mom is paranoid of everyone, so I'm waiting for my birthday to ask her about practicing with a couple of people close by me. I ease in parkour into the coanversation, so she'll be used to the idea by september. But for now I practice alone, I don't really get stares, if I do I don't notice them.


Yea, running from the cops isn't exactly good media for parkour.

Headline: "Hoodlum escapes from police, parkour to blame!"
 ::)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kiernan on August 02, 2008, 02:38:59 PM
^    Man.....you think that's bad, I can't stand more than about 5 ppl at a time, I mean I couldn't even get the courage up to go to a class even though my parents are supporting me and I really want to learn parkour I just freak out whenever I want to try and train publicily I'll be like "oh this looks cool maybe I'll try a vault.....OH CRAP what if someones watching me?!!!" I can't stand my fear of people!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Shae Perkins on August 02, 2008, 03:17:00 PM
Ever_Sky- I had the same problem when I started. Just don't let that fear get a hold of you because it can poison a lot of aspects of your life. Try to just do a little bit of public training, slowly "conditioning" yourself into it.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: KC Parsons on August 02, 2008, 10:49:03 PM
To be honest, instead of finding ways around it (Training with groups, waiting until you're "better", training at night), one of the most important lessons to learn as traceurs is to be able to not care what they think. Train anyway, no matter how dumb, odd, crazy, funky, or socially awkward it is. You'll miss out on so many training opportunities and good spots because of fear of others' opinions.

Unless their opinion directly affects you (boss, parent, etc.), ignore what they think or perhaps may even say/taunt to you, and continue training, knowing that you're improving yourself regardless.
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Post by: Shae Perkins on August 03, 2008, 02:04:10 PM
Amen to that KC. +1
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kiernan on August 03, 2008, 02:54:02 PM
Thanks your right! Just awhile ago I was trying to Cat balance (first thing parkour related I've done to be honest) And I kept screwing up on it, but these little girls ran up to me anyway going "what are you doing?!" I'm like "uhhhh" then they kept asking me to climb on stuff lol, even though I wasn't doing anything "cool", they were following me around and asking me to sit "way high up!" on the jungle gym at a playground ;D I know it sounds stupid to be so flattered by this but it was frickin awsome! ugh.....I still suck at CB's though :(
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Post by: Mark J 0.Q on August 03, 2008, 04:44:32 PM
Yea just today I was working on my kong vaults at Sears ((was there for three hours...)) on one of their park benches. The first time I did it, I missed miserably. A couple people giggled. I looked at my knee and saw I busted it up, so I decided it was best to pretend I wasn't in pain XD. Anyhow I did it succesfully the next time and I got an applaud from one of the workers! I laughed, said thanks and went about my business. So I succeeded in getting my first parkour injury and I did my first kong at Sears!!!

This topic did help :o thank you kindly!
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Post by: Kiernan on August 03, 2008, 05:11:59 PM
^ lol, nice! Honestly I have yet to try a vault=( I'm not even joking when I say I can't find a decent bench (that isn't by a busy road) I figured that benches would be safest at this point :D I dunno, I'm planning on going to a jam maybe I'll get some advice for good spots, unless you know what would be good for vault practice? (I'm embarresed that I haven't done a vault yet lol) i'm hoping to find a decent partly secluded area to practice (not to many cars or anything to dangerous) But I dunno where to begin
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Post by: Mark J 0.Q on August 03, 2008, 05:22:58 PM
There's no kiddie parks? There's a park right around the corner from me. So it's a two minute jog with tons of stuff to practice on. Search for those. I usually go during the hottest part of the day, because I know no one is going to be there to crowd it up and sit on my konging bench. Luckily it's well shaded!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kiernan on August 03, 2008, 05:29:55 PM
lol....dunno how I forgot about the kiddie parks=) The thing that sucks, is the kid playgrounds around here have those plastic jungle/slide/whatever things but It's nothing obviously vaultable (good bench/picnic table) I guess I'm gonna have to suck it up and try a speed vault over a picnic table *sigh* gonna have to tell the people to bring extra napkins to lunch *mischevious look*
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Shae Perkins on August 03, 2008, 09:01:33 PM
That's the spirit...I guess...be careful.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kiernan on August 04, 2008, 05:31:50 AM
I was joking about a speed vault over somebody's table lol, someone gave me a good idea to, training at nightime, so I think I'll scope out part of the city I'm in today and go back to places at night, sounds fun
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Wyo Daniel on August 11, 2008, 08:18:53 AM
Hmm. I certainly understand feeling awkward about training, or, even worse, conditioning by yourself in public (You practice your QM, and everyone is thinking 'Why is this moron walking on all fours?'). The most obvious way to conquer this problem is to be with a group; 5 people vaulting over picnic tables looks (or at least feels) a LOT less stuipid than 1 person vaulting over picnic tables. And, having just returned from the national jam in Denver, I can tell you that being one of a hundred people vaulting and jumping all over the place doesn't feel awkward or embarrassing in the least.

If you're just out practicing by yourself, inexperience will be your biggest problem. I bet you'd feel a lot more embarrassed by people staring at you while you tentatively practice a few monkey vaults over a low fence, than if people were staring at you while you double-konged a picnic table, or nailed a very difficult precision jump / cat leap.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Greg Davis on August 18, 2008, 09:50:35 PM
i am very indifferent about practicing in public. although i will NOT do it alone yet. thats just because i truly dont think i am good enough to be practicing alone period. even if i have just ONE friend that will follow suit then i am just fine practicing in public. but alone... there is absolutely not a chance...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Patrick Yang on August 21, 2008, 02:20:06 PM
i am very indifferent about practicing in public. although i will NOT do it alone yet. thats just because i truly dont think i am good enough to be practicing alone period. even if i have just ONE friend that will follow suit then i am just fine practicing in public. but alone... there is absolutely not a chance...

I've found group training to be a starkly different from solo training.  Seems for me, group training focuses more on creativity, finding new paths, and such.  In addition, because I tend to be the drill sergeant of the group, I condition a lot harder in a group, and I end up teaching more than training at my own level as well.  When I train solo, it's more about honing a single technique over and over until I get it.  This is why I feel training in a group and by myself are both important.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on August 22, 2008, 03:48:50 PM
parkour injuries only make you stronger
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: KC Parsons on August 23, 2008, 11:59:38 PM
I've actually learned to enjoy the double takes and devious stares from people when I condition/train in public.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: bryan on August 24, 2008, 09:41:54 AM
I've actually learned to enjoy the double takes and devious stares from people when I condition/train in public.


same :)

or i go to the park to impress the little kids :)
and tell them what its called, maybe they will do it oneday. i hope :D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: KC Parsons on August 25, 2008, 01:15:28 PM
I've actually learned to enjoy the double takes and devious stares from people when I condition/train in public.


same :)

or i go to the park to impress the little kids :)
and tell them what its called, maybe they will do it oneday. i hope :D

Oddly enough, you'll notice they do things and have the mentality we do. It's pretty awesome. I saw a kid (no more than 2 years, probably hasn't been walking too long) at Starbucks who would only step on the brown colored tiles, but not the tan ones. So he had to move in different ways and jump from one set to the next. It was cool, and reminded me of myself
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Matthew Wang on August 29, 2008, 11:17:29 AM
The small children haven't learned what being embarrassed is so they can move about freely and with out any concerns at all...if only we could do the same.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: bryan on August 29, 2008, 05:04:54 PM
i have completely gotten over the embarrassment of training in public places... now im just embarrassed to train with my friend in a public place because he just looks funny doing the stuff :P :D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Dan Elric on September 07, 2008, 12:39:37 PM
C'mon be bold!  You've got have confidence!

The only problem I have when practicing in public is making sure none of the smaller kids watch me and then try to attempt the same things I do and get themselves hurt.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: vrai on September 15, 2008, 10:03:41 PM
I don't know why but I've never really felt ''embarrassed" training in public.
I have had many times people staring and I know what's probably going
through their heads:

"That kid's crazy." "He looks funny." "What a goofball."

But then I think what if there saying:

"Whoa, that's pretty cool." ar atleast "Dang, he's got guts."

But either way I never really seemed to care. It was (and is) just me
moving and their is notihng I  can do to stop that. "Moving" here
is used a new sport. Why should I stop 'moving' just because
they judge.

The common public judges everyone on anything in any
situation. This is no different.

Just that this is a brand new situation: parkour, art of movement/displacement.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on September 16, 2008, 07:59:25 AM
Your right ive never thought of it that way but I do tend to wonder if they are thinking "Dang thats cool" or "I wish i could do that"... it gives me a boost in training and helps me overcome problems within the training.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: vrai on September 16, 2008, 09:37:13 AM
hah same here. im hoping they think im awesome  ;D

but either way, as always, pk is for me and me alone.
and for you and you alone. no matta what they think.  :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: AirGear on September 16, 2008, 07:22:07 PM
Yeah i love parkour to death and while that may sound cheesey let me bring up the point that i have been out of PK for AT LEAST 5 months ( got hit by a car and snapped arm in to pieces basically) and i can not wait to get back out there cause i can go back finally in a week.
to bring it back to topic
ive kinda lost my nerve and am afraid to do the more special stuff, actually alot of stuff in general in public or anywhere else any suggestions??? plz
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: vrai on September 16, 2008, 07:40:40 PM
im sorry man, but im glad your better! you should have konged the car!!
ah, atleast your getting better.

but really, it sounds like starting over might be the best here.
how long have you been a practicion of the art of movement?
if not too long, say under a year,
just build from the ground up.

dont worry about others. worry about yourself first,
than you can carry your skills over to care for others.  ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: AirGear on September 17, 2008, 01:01:30 PM
ha!! i should have but it was this super huge monster truck and it was moving 1t 5000 MPH no but seriusly ur right but u mean like lazy jumps and rolls etc
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Dan Elric on September 19, 2008, 05:30:54 PM
Quote
ha!! i should have but it was this super huge monster truck and it was moving 1t 5000 MPH no but seriusly ur right but u mean like lazy jumps and rolls etc
Ha, it is Belleable.

Anyway, dude!  Just improve your range of movement.  That's what parkour is about isn't it?  If you lost a nerve in your arm try to rebuild it.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: AirGear on September 19, 2008, 07:39:32 PM
yeah but what i mean by nerve is im suddenly scared of jumpin over things or off things like everything is going to kill me. but i see your point
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Tom "Hayabusa" Johnson on September 29, 2008, 09:19:17 PM
lol...I honestly feel your pain when it comes to practicing in public.  My problem's a little bit compounded by both my age and the social atmosphere here on Guam.  It's okay to be rolling around on the ground at a park when you're a kid, or a teenager, but a 28-year-old grown-ass dude trying to bust out quadrapedals in a public space garners a crapload of attention.  And by social atmosphere, I mean, Guam's kind of a "rigid" community when it comes to certain social trends.  If you're a guy, you're supposed to be into MMA or suping up your ride, and if you're a chick, you're supposed to be into whatever MTV tells you you're into that week.  So for someone to be practicing and conditioning for PK(and please note, I'm not even doing the "cool" stuff yet, I'm just rolling around in the grass, doing sprints, squats, and quadrapedal movement), it's a huge break from the norm.  It hasn't been the easiest thing for me, either, especially because I'm slightly overweight(though PK is really helping me burn it off quick).

But eventually, you just have to muscle through it and realize that just because you might get some weird looks from folks in your immediate community, there are still folks out there that truly respect what you're doing, both out there and in here.

A couple of friends of mine have heard that I'm training, and I just discovered, weirdly enough, that they've secretly wanted to train for some time, as well, but they were self-conscious about it, too.  Training with other people does go a long way towards relieving your self-consciousness, especially if, as the most experienced of the bunch, you're the one helping them along.  As traceurs, I'd venture a guess that we work harder to condition our bodies than 90-95% of the rest of the world.  We are the exception to the rule at the moment(which makes us exceptional), and as such, we just have to accept that not everyone in our world thinks the same as we do.  Perhaps they're jealous, perhaps they're contemptuous, perhaps they just don't get it.  But if they don't take our ideas into account when they judge us...we shouldn't take theirs into account when we're training, yeah?...:).  Hope that helped.

I'm long-winded! lol.  Peace out. :D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: vrai on September 30, 2008, 06:18:26 PM
But if they don't take our ideas into account when they judge us...we shouldn't take theirs into account when we're training, yeah?...:).

Very nice quote right there. Sounds like you have a tough situation there on Guam, I'm glad your getting threw it.
Your story is very inspirational and a classis-tale of pulling through!  :D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: shadowrunner671 on October 02, 2008, 10:45:28 PM
hey bro!..im from guam!

maybe we can train together!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kiernan on October 07, 2008, 11:12:53 AM
This is totally random but....dude how can a "guest" post replies?! Whenever I'm on here as a "guest" the "reply" option isn't even available....doe's anyone care enough to enlighten me?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: 3runPkPogo on November 12, 2008, 04:39:55 AM
lol i don't really live in a city, but when i go into a city, i kinda am becuase i pretty good at flips, but im trying to do aot of Parkour now, but i dont really get embarrassed, alittle, but i dont think about it lol  :P
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Saint Kazin on November 12, 2008, 12:51:23 PM
hey im kinda new to parkour to ive been practicing for about 1-2 months and i feel really embarrassed about practicing in public.  I'm also only 13 so sometimes people come up to me when I fall or something and it only looks really painful when its not and they're like" OMG!! Are you okay??  Are you hurt?? Should we call and ambulance??  Are your parents nearby??".  Stuff like that only makes me even more embarrassed....  It would be easier for me to not be so embarrassed if I had some of my friends with me, but I am the only 1 in my school who's interested in it, or knows that when they do it they won't kill themselves.....  It would be a bit more fun if I knew some people near me that were traceurs that could help me and stuff......
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Cr4ar_Vr3an on November 16, 2008, 01:09:28 PM
i like some of the stuff the other people said, but they left one thing out.

screw what people think.

if they're giving you dirty looks, then isn't that they're problem.

but for instance, if you fall in front of people, then don't downplay it or up-play it.
take the fall for what it is, get up, and try again.

if any of the people there even know about EFFORT, they'll respect you for it.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Brian Rowe on November 24, 2008, 12:37:54 PM
People are going to look at you, but keep in mind that they might be thinking "That looks like fun," or "I wish I could do that." Here's an example. This past summer, one of my friends took to jumping off the pier and into Lake Michigan on his days off. It's only a four-foot drop and far enough out that the water is clean, but I have never seen anyone else do it. As you might expect, he received more than a few awkward glares. A few weeks later, a customer at his store said that she saw him and was inspired. The next day, that woman of 50+ years grabbed her husband, went to the pier, and had the best day of her summer.

I'm not saying to show off for the crowds, but even after a few weeks, you will be capable of doing things that most people can't. You might get 20 confused stares or comments, but you also might inspire one person to make a change in his/her life for the better.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Dan Elric on November 24, 2008, 01:15:49 PM
There's a simple solution to this...

THE HELL WITH WHAT THEY THINK!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Andrew So on November 27, 2008, 09:11:34 AM
There's a simple solution to this...

THE HELL WITH WHAT THEY THINK!

I don't see the need to be aggressive toward other people's opinions.

I dance while no one is watching.  I also train while no one is watching.  If you love it, you will feel no shame.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: pinkpawn on December 02, 2008, 05:15:48 AM
novel {
I often train at a park/playground near a fairly busy shopping centre, so it constantly has people moving around and through it. It is one of my favourite places to train due to its variety of different obstacles and surfaces to train on. During my time here I have had many people approach me and tell me how they thought what I was doing 'was awesome' or 'cool'. This has always helped me to be able to train in public places, as the majority of people will take an interest in what you are doing because it is different; and often something out of their physical ability to do. Such an example is doing a planche on top of the chin up bar at the playground. The only time I feel uncomfortable in what I am doing is when small children are watching me, as I do not want them to try to copy any moves I am doing and hurt themselves. For this reason whenever I think I am being watched by young children I do the most basic and safe moves or activities I can.

During my training I get people from all walks of life coming up to me and expressing their amazement at what I am doing; from kids, hot girls who sat and watched me for about half an hour drill the same jumps and strength exercises (always fun), parents, people in suits, skaters or the neighbourhood 'roughs'. I can be using the playground and have parents talking to me about what I am doing (in a good way) while their children are playing next door to me. Try to use situations like this to your advantage to spread a good word about parkour.

The other week I was training around sunset and a group of kids about 16/17 were mouthing off to me, obviously trying to bait me into saying something to which they could use as provocation to get into a fight or whatever. I ignored them and after about 5 minutes of watching me they came over and told me how what I was doing was cool, how they had seen in somewhere else and if I could do a back flip for them.

One thing I will say is even if you do feel uncomfortable training in public, remember someone will always find what you are doing as interesting or exciting; so try to use this to your mental advantage. If someone does approach you be a positive ambassador for parkour, and take your time to explain what you are doing and perhaps why you are doing it. I spent about 45 minutes talking to a couple of skaters (probably around 25yrs old) one day about parkour. While it was frustrating they chewed into my training time the outcome was a positive one. If try to turn times like these to your advantage maybe training in public will seem a little less daunting...
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edit: Probably what alot of people think when they see you http://youtube.com/watch?v=1W9pss5q6t8
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: mremohair on December 22, 2008, 08:15:38 PM
just do it

get a group

and plus if you break your ankles

somones gonna help you

...

or they should :P

train on !
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Justin L. on January 19, 2009, 02:16:59 PM
Alright well it kind of sucks but nobody else is as interested in it and it would be way to hard to hook up with someone. Parkour is is not a very big sport at all. And what would you think if two 14 year old kids are running through san fransisco jumping over fences and climbing up on rooftops. If its not the people I am worried about, it is the cops! I want to keep my record clean...

First, about the public thing.
Just ignore them, most of the time their impressed. It's not like their going to say "Stop, you suck". They're just walking by. Now, if you get a crowd around you watching in awe at your moves, then you might be a bit scared.

About the cops. If they say "Hey, kid, what you doing?" Just say "I'm practicing the art of Parkour, do you know what that is, officer?" "No." "It's the art of overcoming obstacles through training and discipline."

If they know that you didn't just rob a bank and were running, they'll usually say it's ok.

And if they tell you to go home, don't not ever come back out. They're worried for your safety. Especially when your on rooftops. Parkour isn't really about rooftops.

If that does happen, stay lower to the ground and don't go up on rooftops, then the cops will think that your trying to commit suicide or something.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Joeson Wong on January 19, 2009, 03:56:54 PM
Haha I remember when I went to the gymnasium and I couldn't get in yet, I started doing a bunch of exercises like at the bleachers and everyone gave me weird looks.

I think I remember some guy saying "Why isn't he in there?" :P
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Dan Frank on January 19, 2009, 08:35:49 PM
I'm not embarrassed when I train in public, but I still want to learn handstands and flips so I can show off if anyone gets mouthy with me.  8)

But of course, I want to learn handstands and flips for the purpose of my training, not showing off, really.  ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Sean C on January 21, 2009, 05:23:50 PM
Don't worry, once you get good at parkour and you can flow smoothly over obstacles, you won't feel so embarrassed anymore. You'll feel more like RAAAR!

Hellz yeah whem im really groovin at playground or somethin passerby are just like oh s*ht and i know im not even nearly as good as im gunna get
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: swap01 on April 24, 2009, 12:46:55 PM
I agree with what I've read on here. It is all really good advice. Training in public will become easier once you are better and more confident with yourself, and more used to Parkour (at least it did for me).
Speed will come with practice. For me Parkour is being able to get away from someone if they were chasing you, so I strive to be able to do vaults while I'm running. So sometimes I drill techniques, and other times I actually run and hit whatever is in my way. But I would drill before I started to actually run, as (I find) it to be harder, and you tend to stutter step more.

It should all come with time, practice, and confidence.
Swap
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: jorgeDominik on April 24, 2009, 01:11:47 PM
who cares what people think,

 HONESTLY

there is no other way to put it

if they're not in any way in charge of anything that has a direct influence on your training they do not matter. end of story

if you dont ask questions in class cause you think people are going to laugh at you, YOU will be the only one failing not the other people whose opinion you placed higher than your own edification :o

worst case scenario: you run> people watch> you get nervous :-[> you fall> people laugh/say stuff>...thats it ALL THEY CAN DO IS LAUGH and create sounds by moving their mouths/tongues

laughter no more than laughter, what happens then?? does their laughter and/or words present themselves as such obstacles that a TRACEUR cannot overcome efficiently?? NO

what happens when you get up from the other side of the picnic bench laughing at how the guy said "GOOD ONE SPIDEY :-Sarcasm"
..or maybe at how ridiculous giving two pop vaults what that guy thought would be.

[ps. i dont think david belle even sees people while he trains belle vision: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m717ZHQORzg]
 
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Brandon Haag on May 19, 2009, 01:24:56 PM
well, first off don't let it get to you and DON'T practice at night it's not safe don't risk hurting your self so people who can't do it and just give you dirty looks get to you. they don't understand what it take to train for parkour. just keep on traininng listen to music or find something to help you pay attention to what your doing and not them ok. good luck :]
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Kyle Gouch 'Triple K' on May 21, 2009, 06:10:09 PM
Lol not to put you down but, I have practiced by myself, no shirt, raggedy PJ pants(one pant leg ripped to my upper thigh and the other is ripped to my knee), messy and sweaty hair, in the middle of a crowded play structure, dont worry, we're all enduring the same amount of weird looks as you. Just know that your not alone xD.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: PurpleParkour on May 26, 2009, 04:26:46 PM
Its ok im younger than you. About to turn 13.  I have the same problem but i just act like no one is looking at me.  They will soon either leave, or become interested.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: NikAs on June 04, 2009, 03:41:41 PM
Overprotective Parents: This obstacle can be overcome smoothly and efficiently by presenting the art of parkour to them in a positive light, simplified by use of the professional parkour documentary by film-maker Julie Angel, titled Jump Westminster ;)

Show this to you mom: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=4001097277208720031

I wish I found places like that in the video, around Illinois probably some spots like that in downtown Chicago.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Brian Dayton on June 07, 2009, 02:43:16 PM
If you feel embarrassed when people are watching train you just use your parkour skills to get to a place where no one can watch you train.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: The Fat Traceur on June 08, 2009, 07:26:02 AM
Being Quite possibly the fattest person on this site to even practice parkour, I can say that the public eye does suck. Yesterday, (national parkour day), I decided to celebrate by going to the park with my 9 year old brother and playing tag in the playground. I started to use rolls, Precisions and underbars to my advantage and then thats when the stares and comments came. I got "aren't you a little old?" and "There are kids here!." I'm more of the silent type so I just ignored their comments and continued to have fun with my brother until we Got absolutely winded. What angered me is that they must've thought I was gonna crush one of their kids. I understand that I'm a fat POS but I know how to control my body. The only thing that kept me in that playground was the look of awe in those kids' faces when they saw that a kid as fat as me could move fluidly throughout his environment. So to wrap it up don't let words or thoughts hurt just continue to do what you love cause you'll always have a fan section!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Phoenix69778 on July 06, 2009, 02:32:08 PM
I agree with you guys.  I am 25 and people look at me like im naked or something just for being on a playground or practicing were kids play.  No one has ever asked me what i'm doin but I would try to atleast explain it to them if they had the guts to ask me what I was doin.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Elektrik on July 06, 2009, 08:19:32 PM
no1 goes to our local playground, so ive nevr experienced this. no1 evr goes there becuz the entire thing is like a pullup bar. which is actually a lot of fun.

as for practicing with other people, it really does keep you from getting embarassed. if someone confronts you and you dont feel comfortable explaining parkour, you can just say you're hanging out or something
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Hunter23 on July 06, 2009, 09:38:01 PM
usually if the people are watching you they might be interested in it... And sometimes they might think you are gonna injure yourself lol... For example I was having a training day at a school near my house i was doing various vaults over a wall that had a ten foot drop after the initial vault... And this lady was watching me and she came over and said "you should stop doing that before you hurt yourself" and i proceeded down to her and explained to her what i was doing and that my body was capable to handle a vault and a drop like that because i know how to land and how to execute a proper roll... So i guess the moral of this story is dont be afraid in public what is the worst that is gonna happen, they are gonna come over and ask what you are doin and you just explain parkour and what its about and hey maybe you convinced the person to perhaps try parkour out one day...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Matt Stick on July 06, 2009, 10:07:26 PM
i dont think you should do vaults over something with a ten foot drop. unless you train a LOT. :/ It may not hurt today but tomorrow... you never know
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Hunter23 on July 06, 2009, 10:19:59 PM
it was into grass btw i forgot to mention that and it probably was only like 8 ft, sometimes i have a problem of over exagerating haha
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Matt Stick on July 07, 2009, 08:06:12 AM
lol well thats still quite a bit. Of course, i dont know your fitness or level of technique, but you should definately be careful, im not doing anymore big jumps until ive trained and perfected, and i mean PERFECTED rolls.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Elektrik on July 07, 2009, 08:30:47 AM
lol well thats still quite a bit. Of course, i dont know your fitness or level of technique, but you should definately be careful, im not doing anymore big jumps until ive trained and perfected, and i mean PERFECTED rolls.
lolz same
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Hunter23 on July 07, 2009, 11:04:19 AM
lol well thats still quite a bit. Of course, i dont know your fitness or level of technique, but you should definately be careful, im not doing anymore big jumps until ive trained and perfected, and i mean PERFECTED rolls.
Okay thanks for the heads up
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: David Hawisher on July 31, 2009, 07:26:23 AM
I have found that a great place to practice to at least work on the basics is an empty parking garage, especially if its the summer and its still light out then.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: zayn on September 17, 2009, 07:57:20 AM
get used to people, good spots may have alot of them. and when u really need to get somewhere does it matter what people think?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Columbus PK on September 20, 2009, 03:53:09 PM
im never rlly an awkward person so im comfterble in a good number of situations...like parkour lol but i like doing it in public cuz then peole are like wow ur doing these flips and leaps and climbing stuff where did u learn? its funny lol
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: ParkourBoy217 on September 30, 2009, 08:15:52 PM
You should practice in a place where there isn't very many people and slowly get comfortable with people watching you.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: alxsmpgmr on October 30, 2009, 09:34:40 PM
i am a newbie, i can admit it. but i don't know of any traceurs in westminster colorado. i want to train with some more expierienced people, but i don't know who there is. HELP!!!! :P
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Nick Casey on November 01, 2009, 05:32:19 PM
Oooh, no.....
I dont like public training. But I usually take a friend with me to show them whats up. That always helps
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Sezon on November 07, 2009, 12:37:19 AM
I'm a pure traceur who has been practicing on college campuses, so I'm use to the public eye. :) I think many of them know me for my parkour, but don't know what parkour is. So many people do not even look at me anymore, since I've been training on the college campus and other campuses, for a long time now. Soon I'll teach myself flips, then really attract the public eye. :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: kharvilak on November 09, 2009, 04:55:46 AM
I've always been one to not like drawing attention to myself.  I mostly train on a college campus and a city playground.  Our local group usually practices together on weekends, so the campus is not very active, but the playground is filled with people during warmer weather.  If people see me training, so be it, but I don't go out of my way to be noticed.  We've had younger teens approach us at the playground on several occasions and ask us what we are doing, so we explain and show them a bit about what we do.  Some have heard of Parkour, most have not.  The attention we have gotten though has been positive.
Though I train in public, what I do is for my own benefit and to help others, not to be "noticed".  It is keeping ourselves physically and mentally fit, it is for building community, and it is for having fun as well.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Sezon on November 09, 2009, 09:48:03 AM
I'm the same way. But, if I were to add aesthetics to my movements, then I'd be able to attract people to Parkour. Without aesthetics, people just see me doing "reckless" activity. It's one of the reasons I really want to learn flips, and such.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Scared Doggy on November 10, 2009, 01:49:23 PM
I love how so many new members to APK, mostly the young ones, think they'll get a positive reaction when they say they were climbing on rooftops and jumping off them. What do they want us to say,"wow, that's WAAY COOL DUDE!!"
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Sezon on November 10, 2009, 04:35:03 PM
Yeah, the general public looks down on Parkour, which is contrary to what aspiring/new traceurs hope for.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Gage E. on November 11, 2009, 05:02:41 PM
Actually, training in public is good. It builds your self confidence and I also met some other traceurs because I was practicing in public. I remeber this kid walking up to me a few months ago saying "Are you doing Parkour?" And I thought to myself "Oh god, whats this kid want." Because he was 3 years younger than me but it turned out he did some himself and actually showed me up with his backflip skills ha ha ha. Honetly, If people see you for the first time they probably wont think twice about you and if they see you again they'll probably be use to your presence and not really care  :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Malkior on November 13, 2009, 11:56:08 AM
Um... if you're in San Francisco, there is already an established PK community. Try training with these folks:

http://www.sfparkour.com/

Hope that helps! :)

I do miss San Francisco T.T
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Zombehs on November 13, 2009, 12:40:54 PM
Today I started doing doing quad movement and ground konging up this not so steep hill. I did it for about 50-65 feet and at the top of the hill I noticed a cute girl on the phone staring at me. Hahaha it was so awkward but then she went into Subway so I carried on
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on November 13, 2009, 08:21:41 PM
it depends on the person some people like it some don't
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: super dude on November 30, 2009, 07:53:16 PM
Alright well it kind of sucks but nobody else is as interested in it and it would be way to hard to hook up with someone. Parkour is is not a very big sport at all. And what would you think if two 14 year old kids are running through san fransisco jumping over fences and climbing up on rooftops. If its not the people I am worried about, it is the cops! I want to keep my record clean...
dude cops is where parkour really comes in
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Fallensurvivorz on December 08, 2009, 07:03:20 AM
Does anyone know if there are any groups of people in Michigan near Pinckney/Brightion? So I dont have to train by myself.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Glacieus on December 08, 2009, 09:09:41 AM
What possible law can you break my jumping over a rail. As long as you don't break anything, trespass, or assault old ladies you should be fine. Of course you should probably notify the authorities that you are just practicing a sport and are not actually running from them. Also jumping out and suprising them doesn't make them too happy. Getting permission from people to practice on their private property is always a good idea. If they don't want you practicing in the area move somewhere else (its better not to tick them off). Public parks, skate parks, and playgrounds are always good places to practice. As long as your not indangering yourselves or others you should be fine. Also doing flips and more daring movements probably shouldn't be practiced around small children because they have a habit of disappearing and popping up where you least expect and they often like to imitate what they find interesting.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: ctparkour on December 20, 2009, 03:09:19 PM
it doesn't matter what people think of you... for example I do QM down steps outside my school while people are walking up.  Yea, they laugh and are creeped out but it doesn't matter.  So don't feel embarrassed no matter what you're doing or who's there, just focus on what you're doing.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Shaun Andersen on December 20, 2009, 03:19:24 PM
I honestly enjoy the publicity
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: jorgeDominik on December 30, 2009, 09:19:42 AM
dude cops is where parkour really comes in

i find that text can really distort the meaning of a sentence. super dude i hope you were trying to be funny and/or sarcastic, dude.

if in fact you were, you did a real bad job at displaying your humour.

my friend we have developed many a tool to help portray the intentions behind a written sentence

for instance the sarcasm smiley: dude cops is where parkour really comes in [insert  :-Sarcasm]
or the simpler wink:  ;)

or even an shortened set of words like:




these are to help you from having your statements taken seriously.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Chad Johnson on January 07, 2010, 02:39:06 PM
I've been practicing by myself for the month or so I've been doing Parkour. I practice at a school and a park so there are sometimes people around.  A little while ago there were two moms and a bunch of kids at the park so I was like 'screw this'. Just tonight I was practicing there and I didn't even see a group of four guys walking in my direction off to the side.  I could hear them chuckling and talking but I ignored them and kept practicing. Them I heard a shuffling of mulch and thought they had thrown something at me but one of them had come over and said, 'what are you doing?' I stopped and said 'Parkour.' He laughed nervously and said, 'okay, I was just wondering.' Then he left and they kept moving.

This experience just really made me feel good and proud because I kept practicing and didn't feel bad. I just answered his question and he seemed satisfied.  Parkour is overcoming physical and mental/social whatever obstacles!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: NiklasT on February 01, 2010, 10:59:29 AM
Ok, first off: I think that you (OP) already have got an answer to your "question" but I'll like to share some of my personal experiences anyway! :D

I'm not training for parkour yet since my body is not in the right condition, but when spring comes I hopefully have the body I need/want. When that time comes I'm not going to be embarassed when I train in public.
When I was younger and I got myself an alternative look, I used to get a LOT of comments/glares but you just have to ignore that because in the long run, that is who you are and if you feel embarassed for being yourself in public and people, who you are most likely never to meet again, give you weird looks then you need to get a grip of yourself. Go out there and do your thing!

Anyway, you should see that some of those "regular people" are really jealous of you since you can do all those things you do (even if you are failing sometimes) and they can't. Think of it that way and I hope you'll feel much better!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: sparta98 on February 06, 2010, 05:42:53 AM
out of curiosity... (and at risk of provoking the roof police...) is the roof of a public building also public? i dont plan on even touching one until i get rolls down good.

by the way ted... are you related to a daniel cornish?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: GoldenSlumbers on February 06, 2010, 03:45:18 PM
i find that text can really distort the meaning of a sentence. super dude i hope you were trying to be funny and/or sarcastic, dude.

if in fact you were, you did a real bad job at displaying your humour.

my friend we have developed many a tool to help portray the intentions behind a written sentence

for instance the sarcasm smiley: dude cops is where parkour really comes in [insert  :-Sarcasm]
or the simpler wink:  ;)

or even an shortened set of words like:

  • jk= just kidding
  • lol= laughing out lout
  • lmao= laughing my ass off
  • rofl= rolling on the floor laughing



these are to help you from having your statements taken seriously.
I'm pretty sure everyone knows that was sarcasm.  On the very off chance it wasn't, no one is gonna go out and throw bricks at cops to test out their parkour skills.  Anyone that stupid wouldn't be able to use a computer to read that statement.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Andy Keller on February 06, 2010, 04:40:59 PM
out of curiosity... (and at risk of provoking the roof police...) is the roof of a public building also public? i dont plan on even touching one until i get rolls down good.

There's no such thing as a "public" building. You can't just go and do whatever in [or on] a courthouse, a library, the Capitol building, or even a "public" park. The term public is used when a building or property is owned by the government, or, in turn, the people [ ;) ]. Any building you come upon, private or public, has rules that you must follow or they can kick you off. You don't have a "right" to be in those buildings or on those properties if you don't follow the rules.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: sparta98 on February 06, 2010, 05:40:04 PM
Yeah im located in erie pennsylvania. If your last name is kornish with a /k/ then you likly arent related. Thanks for the response

(andy) Yeah i figured that... i didnt mean a political building though.{clarifying)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Andy Keller on February 06, 2010, 05:48:40 PM
(andy) Yeah i figured that... i didnt mean a political building though.{clarifying)

Then what do you mean by "public?"
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: sparta98 on February 06, 2010, 05:53:38 PM
more like a school on the weekend or something more to that effect. What you said pretty much nullifys that idea anyways
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Andy Keller on February 06, 2010, 05:58:46 PM
more like a school on the weekend or something more to that effect. What you said pretty much nullifys that idea anyways

Okay yea, schools are even more picky. I'd stay away from them during school hours and also at night. They get nervous if people hang around at night [trust me :P].
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: sparta98 on February 06, 2010, 06:18:33 PM
Okay yea, schools are even more picky. I'd stay away from them during school hours and also at night. They get nervous if people hang around at night [trust me :P].

Everybody knows I am borderline insane anyways  :P yeah ill stay away from it until i figure out how to ask if I can train on the roof... (Haha that would throw the secretary through a loop  ::) )
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Huntero10 on February 06, 2010, 07:11:48 PM
no worries.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Andy Keller on February 06, 2010, 08:53:34 PM
And I would be very careful when climbing schools. Be careful to do it where there are no security cameras, mask your face and everything, and make sure you have a few drop points (to jump off) and a preplanned escape route if things turn ugly (like, someone calls the cops).

Masking probably isn't a good idea...

You're more likely to get into deeper trouble if you do something like that. Wearing a mask shows that it was preplanned and not just a spontaneous adventure, which will lead to much more trouble for you. Also, people are scared of masks and scaring people is probably not what you should do if you want to come out of this with as few repercussions as possible.

And, we can't have open discussion of breaking the law on APK. Running away from law enforcement officers is illegal. DO NOT RUN AWAY FROM THE POLICE. You should not be doing anything that would prompt someone to call the police.

One of the principle ideals of parkour is respect for your community. We show this through things like the Leave No Trace initiative and also by NOT breaking the law. If you commit a crime while "training," it defames parkour. Bottom line - Don't screw us all over by making a stupid mistake.

Need more explanation? Let me know. :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: sparta98 on February 07, 2010, 05:08:41 AM
Sparta: Well, it's only part of my greater family tree that has the name "Kornish." My great-grandfather, the guy who changed it, had like 3 siblings and a helluva lot of their descendants live in PA. My grandparents (on my dad's side, which we're discussing) live in Carlisle, PA. So, if he's on the east coast, it's entirely possible come to think of it :P

How old is he, and what does he look like? We have a group photo from a family reunion a few years back.

And I would be very careful when climbing schools. Be careful to do it where there are no security cameras, mask your face and everything, and make sure you have a few drop points (to jump off) and a preplanned escape route if things turn ugly (like, someone calls the cops).



He is 14. Real dark hair, skinny, and he played football. He moved to another part of the state early last year. usually smiling if that helps...


and thanks andy i dont plan on breaking the law at all i just love the feeling of being where few people have gone before   :D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Scared Doggy on February 07, 2010, 11:05:14 AM
Where do people get off thinking they're going to get good practicing parkour on roofs? Hell, nearly all of the kickass things I've seen people do in vids have been on ground level. Besides there's hardly shit to practice with on roofs anyways. Its mostly just flat with a couple of air conditioner? things.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: GoldenSlumbers on February 07, 2010, 11:21:24 AM
Where do people get off thinking they're going to get good practicing parkour on roofs? Hell, nearly all of the kickass things I've seen people do in vids have been on ground level. Besides there's hardly shit to practice with on roofs anyways. Its mostly just flat with a couple of air conditioner? things.
The challenge is in getting on top of the roof itself most of the time.  Obviously this is inherently dangerous,  just remember getting down is usually just as difficult, if not more so, than getting up.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: sparta98 on February 07, 2010, 03:24:27 PM
I think you misunderstood what I meant about the roof thing. I would be too chicken to get onto anything higher than ten feet tall without a ladder. The school i mentioned is very low to the ground, only about 9 feet, which I can easily get off of.(without jumping that is)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: sparta98 on February 08, 2010, 02:16:10 AM
You know, now that I think about it Dan is the type of guy to jump around on railings  :-Sarcasm
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Will Ahlberg on March 01, 2010, 09:03:21 AM
ya i train with friends (which is safer anyway) usually and if there is more than one of us, it looks a bit less awekward (sp?) lol. if im alone i usually just do strength training
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Impulse1990 on March 04, 2010, 09:32:24 AM
haha, i know what you mean, allthough now that ive gotten good at the flips everyone asks to take videos so its no longer awkward.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: celbii on March 09, 2010, 11:25:28 PM
There's no such thing as a "public" building. You can't just go and do whatever in [or on] a courthouse, a library, the Capitol building, or even a "public" park. The term public is used when a building or property is owned by the government, or, in turn, the people [ ;) ]. Any building you come upon, private or public, has rules that you must follow or they can kick you off. You don't have a "right" to be in those buildings or on those properties if you don't follow the rules.
This. I went out tonight(around 12:30) to the park right across the street from my house (so like a 30 second walk lol) and there was a cop down the street and he saw me but i kept walking to the park and got to the middle of it where the equipment is and the cop drove around the park and got to the area where you park your car and i was just warming up on the equipment and obviously aware that he was there parked because i went there. Then all the sudden he turned on his spot light right at me(And i waved to him lol) and turned on his loud speaker and told me that the park is closed and to leave. So i said okay and left, but went back after about 15 minutes because when he was driving around i dropped my expandable baton when he couldnt see me(Don't like going out at night unarmed) so I went back to retrieve it and went back home, waited another 15 minutes and went back to the park so i could work on conditioning my hands (cold metal burnnssss lol) then soon as i left and got back to my door i saw him speeding down the streets again.

Now some would say I shouldn't have gone back after leaving and I agree, but the park is literally a 30 second walk from my house and i left my gear there so I needed to retrieve it.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Glacieus on March 11, 2010, 09:32:59 AM
Of course, you've got to respect the law. Usually the cops don't appreciate people running up walls, leaping over fences (that are obviously put up to keep people out), or leaping from roof to roof. Usually because its disruptive or out of the ordinary or suspicious. After all it is their job to keep order.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: FireFistAce on April 09, 2010, 12:51:21 AM
cops only want to keep traceurs from practicing, because if we train a lot they're afraid that they can't catch us when we commit a crime
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Todd1 on April 09, 2010, 05:12:23 AM
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cops only want to keep traceurs from practicing, because if we train a lot they're afraid that they can't catch us when we commit a crime
Yeah, that's it.  It's some conspiracy to stop traceurs from becoming master criminals.  Because that's why we all do Parkour, so we can get away from the authorities. :-Sarcasm

Maybe I'm crazy, but maybe it's because most if not all public parks and playgrounds are closed after dark.  I know it's a radical idea, but maybe if some of us would drop our criminal mentality, then maybe we wouldn't be viewed as, or treated like criminals.   
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: FireFistAce on April 09, 2010, 07:02:57 AM
but maybe if some of us would drop our criminal mentality, then maybe we wouldn't be viewed as, or treated like criminals.   

how do you know my mentality? :o
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Todd1 on April 09, 2010, 12:00:11 PM
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if some of us...

I never said anything about your mentality specifically.  Your quote did prompt the reply, but I really hoped it was sarcastic.  If it wasn't, then it does say a lot about your mentality. 

I'm not trying to get into an argument or put you down.  I'm commenting on how it's bad enough that people who don't understand what we do mistrust our intentions or think us criminals somehow.  We don't need to perpetuate any connection between parkour and criminal activities, especially from within the community.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: J. Howard31 on May 02, 2010, 07:54:26 AM
why?  if you really have love for the sport who gives a f@#c what other people think  ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: JakemPK1 on May 07, 2010, 06:58:05 AM
Hey bro if people stare at you its because they dont understand what parkour is all about.  This has happen to me sometimes and i just think to myself they dont know what parkour is so i just dont let it get me down and keep training
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Leland on May 10, 2010, 03:36:20 PM
At least you guys are good. I just started and practicing precisions on cracks on the ground looks incredibly lame lol.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: SteeleBird on May 19, 2010, 12:33:38 AM
Ya well I am only 14 and just starting out, it seems like that is a big group of really good guys.
Dude im 14 and I just started, I live in Kauai and nobody here even know what it is!!! Im not good!!! But everybody starts out, everybody is a noob at the beggining and needs training. dont be ashamed of being a begginner! Do what you love to do
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Joeson Wong on May 24, 2010, 12:43:10 PM
What I typically do is try to train with earphones in and ignore everyone else :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: MCRunners on June 02, 2010, 07:14:17 AM
I felt the same way but once you have a group then most people will watch you and say nice things
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: theCammerJammer on June 02, 2010, 02:38:44 PM
You know what!
You shouldn't feel that embarrassed! Sure at first your new and you can't do much and it just looks like your a fool.
But think about this! Every professional started somewhere and look at the best free runners! They make people awe
themselves all because they are so good.
My point is just keep practicing and ignore all the fools out there and just keep in mind that there is no other way to get better!
Even for parkour gyms.

Sincerely
theCammerJammer
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Streek on June 07, 2010, 04:56:47 PM
a couple times wen i trained in the more urban parts of hawaii with some frends ppl gave us weird looks but hell we didnt care. we were having fun nd didnt care wat they thot of us. but also, wen i was training at a park near my house this mail man wlked up 2 me nd said hes seen parkour nd free running on youtube nd that its rly impressive nd gr8 2 c ppl practice it nd also how its so rare 2 c any1 on the island do it. that made my day lol
long story short, dnt mind dirty looks ppl give u wen u train... they dnt c parkour from our POV  nd dnt understand the reason we do it nd wat it is. jst rmbr 2 have fun nd ignore wat other ppl think of u
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Sala on June 07, 2010, 07:49:53 PM
Some one please translate that above post lol[Jk sean]

If it can possibly make you more comfortable try this

***********************************************
"I'm self-conscious about training alone in public! Help!"
It's okay, I also feel this way sometimes. It's a normal emotion that can be dealt with, try the following:

Warm up. Typically you'll only feel embarrassed while struggling or failing with a trick. You are doing neither while warming up. You might be worried that other people are watching and laughing at you. However, while you warm up people will look at you and think "Oh, he's getting ready to exercise." Once you have warmed up, that feeling of self-consciousness will magically be reduced.

Find an empty park or field. These are my favorite places to train. You won't feel self-conscious at all and you can focus on the task at hand. If you have a big backyard, that's perfect![irrelevant for a traceur]

Pick a favorite place. The more regularly you train at a certain place or set of places, the more at home you will feel. I've visited some fields *hotspots* so regularly during my summers that I began to feel as comfortable as I do in my own bedroom.

Make yourself look cool. If you think you look awesome, then no matter how shitty your tricking*parkour* is you won't feel as self conscious.

Set up camp. You can create comfort by surrounding yourself with useful things. Like a portable stereo, a tripod with camera, a cooler, a picnic blanket, a car, etc. It's like psychologically marking your territory.

Adopt confident body language. You can create confidence simply by using confident body language. Keep your chin up, stand tall, look people in the eyes, don't be afraid to flash strangers a warm smile, wave to people, slow down your movements ever so slightly, etc.

Stick with it. The better you are, the more you'll want to show off instead of waiting for people to pass

This was taken directly from a article Jujimufu[all hail the god of tricking] wrote for TT. Some of it can apply...to us traceurs
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Nooblet177 on June 30, 2010, 09:14:01 AM
I know exactly how you feel. My first to days of training consisted of me being asked how old I was. I was doing balance training at a park. My advice would be to find a buddy and don't let people get to you. ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: hfksla on July 11, 2010, 09:09:10 PM
i personally love it when i get weird looks :P
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Ethan Nicholson on July 12, 2010, 05:26:51 AM
Just stares? You get off easy. People drive past me while I'm training shouting "Nice jumping, faggot!", "Get a life, dumbass!", or much more memorable quotes that I'm not so sure I'd be allowed to post.  :P
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: hfksla on July 12, 2010, 12:31:42 PM
Just stares? You get off easy. People drive past me while I'm training shouting "Nice jumping, f*gt!", "Get a life, dumbass!", or much more memorable quotes that I'm not so sure I'd be allowed to post.  :P
what they really mean is... dam, i'm too fat to do anything challenging
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Raijin on October 11, 2010, 12:13:57 AM
I'm really new to this whole thing, although the "spirit" of parkour, as it turns out, is something I already know about.  Anyways, it seems like it's best to have some friends with you if at all possible.  That's what I have to do to start out.  My friends practice Judo, so I'll just make them go somewhere so I can try to practice parkour too!
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Jasonpv on October 12, 2010, 02:26:52 AM
Raijin, I can relate to how you feel. Some people can be pretty messed up and it causes for a pretty big lack of motivation, as others have mentioned I too have had people drive and yell pretty de-motivating phrases to say the least haha. There was one occasion where I was shot multiple times with a paintball gun during an afternoon jog.

One thing you could try if it hasn’t already been mentioned is to get up just before sunrise and begin your training. Though regardless, once you start to build strength and make progress in your training you will start to build confidence and others actions suddenly don’t have as much of an effect on you as they did in the beginning. Having a friend or 2 out with you wouldn’t be a bad idea either.

Good luck!  :)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: derman36 on October 29, 2010, 03:42:55 PM
i had/have that problem and you really just ignore them, skrew it if they think its stupid and lame, there problem not yours. btw i live in san rafael and im 14 also maybe we can meet up and train sometime :D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: 3DUN0Right3 on October 30, 2010, 08:00:27 AM
I don't have a problem with doing parkour in public but when i do feel out of place is when I'm doing parkour through a park playground and moms are looking at me like I'm an axe murder..anybody else get these looks?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: loneB on October 31, 2010, 07:09:35 PM
I found solo training to be tough at first, but if you build up on your self confidence you can surprise yourself and the people around you. Just make sure your not being an annoyance to people around you, give people space. Finding regular spots where people will get used to you is not a bad idea either. I would recommend you do basic training at home, once you are completely sure you can do the "tricks" then you can practice in a public urban setting and amaze all the people walking by :P .
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Seth on November 01, 2010, 03:07:18 PM
I used to be really self conscious, too.  Like, really badly.  I didn't even like having my picture made in a public place.  However, I now think about it this way.  First, how many people that see you will you actually see again?  Second, of those that you do end up seeing again, how many will really recognize you?  Third, most people around really won't even remember five minutes unless you're doing some pretty amazing sh*t, and then they'll brag about seeing you.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: precisionrunner on November 02, 2010, 07:41:58 PM
I just think of their weird looks as saying this man is acting like a monkey... But if I tried what he was doing I would probably die. The only thing I hate is when I do something I think is really cool and nobody even cares to look or comment. Honestly you just try and ignore them.  [WTF]
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: WDC11 on November 05, 2010, 10:47:31 AM
If you don't like how bad you are and training in public, then train in a gym or somewhere closer to where you live. Like a backyard or something.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: JAB3 on November 05, 2010, 01:45:33 PM
I just started myself :D. I train at Bowdoin Collage I have a good time I sometimes get people who ask what I'm doing I tell them what I'm doing and give a quick demo... but then there are bad people who can't except something that is diffrent... Ive heard things like "Hey look it's a faggot ninja", "Monkey B!%#" and so on then there are nice things like on time this Older lady asked me what I was doing so I explained parkour and she said "It looks so graceful", the point of this is that all they do is use mean or harsh words or they can except us for what we do and who we are.

So in the end they can say what they want and they can do what they want but in the end we still are traceurs and we have fun with what we do and thats all that counts.

PS: I hope this made sense to anyone.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: pancakerz on January 12, 2011, 08:14:44 PM
man i wish i had a place to train
i live in a small-ass town (220 people in my high school) where everybody knows mostly everybody, by face if not by name.
so i would probably be known as "that weird guy jumping around town" but since i'm only starting this spring, it'd be more like "that weird guy wiping out around town."
but i'm graduating in the summer, so hopefully i can move to the city soon.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Joe Brock on January 12, 2011, 10:03:02 PM
My friend Pancakerz...EVERYWHERE can be a place to train.  You're limiting yourself to an "ideal" scenario, which is nice, but the real spirit of parkour can be applied to locating a place to train.  A picnic table can equal your own personal gym if you so desire.  Just bring the right attitude at anything, and it's a "perfect" place.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: NiklasT on January 20, 2011, 04:24:18 PM
man i wish i had a place to train
i live in a small-ass town (220 people in my high school) where everybody knows mostly everybody, by face if not by name.
so i would probably be known as "that weird guy jumping around town" but since i'm only starting this spring, it'd be more like "that weird guy wiping out around town."
but i'm graduating in the summer, so hopefully i can move to the city soon.

That isn't an excuse for not training. There is, as mentioned above, ALWAYS a place to train. If you don't feel comfortable with people in your surroundings then find a spot where there are less people. As you described there isn't a huge school and I take it as the community as a whole is pretty small. So go out in the woods or to some backalley where you aren't likely to run into people. Train and when you have the confidence to show yourself in public, do so and you will most likely be "the guy that is jumping around" and people will be jealous. They can't do it but they sure would like to, who wouldn't? ;)
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Nooblet177 on February 25, 2011, 12:00:41 PM
Not all comments should be perceived as negative though, I got called Spiderman by some old dude back in like september. Freaking hilarious!  ;D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BearMills on April 08, 2011, 09:14:30 PM
this local school where i train (the janitor knows me as the parkour guy) but heard complaints of a "Ninja in training running around on school campus" and he runs up to me and says "dude these people here who walk their dogs every day think you're a ninja".... LIFE COMPLETE
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Adam Moore on April 09, 2011, 03:23:03 AM
Haha that's great, there's not many places to train at my school so I'm hoping to get permission from my church.  It has some nice spots.  If not I'll just head back to the park, but I don't really like doing it there because there is always a bunch of little kids, like 3-11 in age.  I'm really worried I may screw up and nail one of them someday  :-X
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Matthew on April 09, 2011, 10:53:32 AM
Just curious if anyone has anything to say about this from the adult perspective? I'm 23, weak as anything and with no coordination, and want to get into Parkour. I've always been extremely uncomfortable with myself but I'm finally becoming comfortable in my own skin and getting involved in things outside my comfort zone. I've made contact with the Tulsa area PK group and hope to start training with them asap and I guess I'm just curious if anyone's experienced the "you're how old and your playing little kids games??" It would help to know that there are other 20 somethings out there doing this :D I shouldn't need that boost but it would be nice lol. After I post this I'm gonna go look at the 30+ boards and hopefully get some good from that :D
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Brian O'Neil on April 09, 2011, 12:24:48 PM
Just curious if anyone has anything to say about this from the adult perspective? I'm 23, weak as anything and with no coordination, and want to get into Parkour. I've always been extremely uncomfortable with myself but I'm finally becoming comfortable in my own skin and getting involved in things outside my comfort zone. I've made contact with the Tulsa area PK group and hope to start training with them asap and I guess I'm just curious if anyone's experienced the "you're how old and your playing little kids games??" It would help to know that there are other 20 somethings out there doing this :D I shouldn't need that boost but it would be nice lol. After I post this I'm gonna go look at the 30+ boards and hopefully get some good from that :D

I decided on my 24th birthday that I finally wanted to go for it, and I started conditioning over the winter. I then found a gym about 20 miles away roughly a month ago. I go twice a week, have really gotten to know the guys there, and they're all mainly 18+.

Training by myself is the hardest to do around my town, but after getting better in the gym, I'm a lot more confident in my abilities, and now head over to a local school on the weekends (if I don't head into the city) to train. Actually heading there after the Sox game...
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Matthew on April 09, 2011, 12:59:55 PM
I decided on my 24th birthday that I finally wanted to go for it, and I started conditioning over the winter. I then found a gym about 20 miles away roughly a month ago. I go twice a week, have really gotten to know the guys there, and they're all mainly 18+.

Training by myself is the hardest to do around my town, but after getting better in the gym, I'm a lot more confident in my abilities, and now head over to a local school on the weekends (if I don't head into the city) to train. Actually heading there after the Sox game...

Nice :) Thanks man.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Keifer on July 18, 2011, 10:19:24 PM
Thanks guys.

Just yesterday I was practicing at the school near my house, and they have this huge base ball batter area fence thing with a bar across the top of it. I always like to do stuff on it. But when I got there there was a TON of people on the field, like around 300 people just sitting on the lawn having a pic-nic or something. So I just decided to do it anyway. SO I climbed all the way to the top of it (around 40 feet high) using just my arms and when I looked back every single person was looking at me, so I did one of the upside down hanging things in the very middle of it, and then climbed back down. When my feet touched the ground everbody started clapping. It was kind of inspiring...

Heck, I'm a relatively skilled traceur and wish I could do that... I wouldn't have clapped. I would've bowed to the king! (Sorry, are puns frowned upon? =P)

But I faced this same problem for the longest time, until somebody took a video of me performing a wall-up at the mall. That was the day I realized, I'm a traceur and look doing doing what I love (parkour, in case I wasn't clear. =D). Looks can't stop me from exploiting gravity.

But I must bring up something I have noticed- It's always the old people and moms of young children giving me dirty looks. Probably because the old people are A- always grumpy, or B- wishing they could do that. The mom's of young children's dirty looks, I don't even care about them because their children look at me like I'm some kind of superhero, and that's a great feeling man, a GREAT feeling...

P.S.- If anybody asks you to do a flip, you can either do it or if you are like me and can't do a flip (yet. ;)) then just say, "Why don't YOU do a flip?" and then use parkour techniques to do whatever it was you meant to do beforehand, and look cool doing so. XD
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Dana Winchell on November 14, 2011, 10:45:34 AM
I also feel a bit silly about practicing in public. I've decided I'm going to start my training with some gymnastics classes. I'm training at home by doing yoga, and some strength building exercises.I figure by the time it gets warm again I'll be in better shape and feel more confident about jumping over things in public. I also am doing some yoga and strength training exercises at home, and I'm thinking about running a zombie 5k in June (obstacles and zombies chasing me? sounds fun!).  And what does my feeling silly accomplish me? nothing.

Anyone in the greater Cincinnati area? I'm looking for a few people to train with.

Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Tomas on August 31, 2012, 09:51:02 PM
Fine well it sort of sucks yet nobody else will be as interested within it and it might be way to hard to meet up with another person. Parkour is is just not a really big sport at all. And what does one think when two 18 year previous kids are generally running as a result of san fransisco leaping over fences and climbing through to rooftops.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Tomas on October 24, 2012, 01:46:10 AM
You shouldn't be operating from police.  Nothing you do should be developing a scenario in which they would catch you.  Even if it came to conflict, municipal discussion encourages better knowing between the police officers and parkour areas, and gives you a better possibility of getting off mild.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Mike on February 05, 2013, 09:38:44 AM
Hey guys I dont feel like reading 17 pages of tread or starting a new thread when the topic is being covered here lol. But My dad hates me doing parkour because he says i will get arrested for destruction of property. I try to tell him I am only running and conditioning. He says I fail to see the big picture and need to grow up. He refuses to see how this is a real discipline and in philosophy a martial art. Is there anyway I can show him how good this is for me and him if he chooses to take it up?
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Sam Dutton on February 05, 2013, 12:20:45 PM
Just keep training, and let him see your improvements.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Ryan A. Vetter on February 06, 2013, 07:28:33 PM
What Sam said, but don't blatently defy your father. Doing conditioning right where it's visible to him immediately (should he walk by or something) will prove you're not doing anything of harm. It will also show you're just working towards better fitness overall.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: dylan on March 06, 2013, 05:59:09 AM
I dont feel nervouse when training in public places. Lol people look at me like wtf is he doing and the i turn around and laugh at them. idk why its funny to me probaly becuse there clueless of what im doing.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: James Mellen on May 26, 2013, 06:52:10 PM
go on bing and look up, "how to not give a f#ck" (if thats "offensive" to APK then just take my comment off  :-Sarcasm ) but this will help people understand that most people in your life dont care about you and only notice you when your blantantly right in front of them doing "abnormal" things. most often these people will have a HIGHLY biased opinion of you and thats either bad or good. if its bad and they keep walking, who cares? but if they bring it on to you, just be positive and explain to them (if they are at least a little understanding) what you are doing (summerize it ALOT and also say that you're not breaking any laws. but in most cases the people that are making you so nervous are just curious. the same goes here, if they come to you, explain, if not then just keep training and they even might stop and watch for a bit, then depending on their mood, they go on or talk to you. really, just dont give a F and train. but if they come to you then make a GOOD impression so that they wont call the cops or threaten to call your mom or something equally ridiculous. and please dont be one of those people that says i dont give a F what you say, because everyone hates those people and they make the public even more biased for the entire community. and if they insist that you leave then just leave, then you have two options: 1st, you can come back once you creeped and made sure that they walked on, or you could just go to a different spot. also, all of this changes if you ARE breaking the law somehow. in summary, use some curtesy nd some common sense. peace
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: Spencer Young on May 27, 2013, 04:08:21 PM
Hey guys I dont feel like reading 17 pages of tread or starting a new thread when the topic is being covered here lol. But My dad hates me doing parkour because he says i will get arrested for destruction of property. I try to tell him I am only running and conditioning. He says I fail to see the big picture and need to grow up. He refuses to see how this is a real discipline and in philosophy a martial art. Is there anyway I can show him how good this is for me and him if he chooses to take it up?

My dad says my training is my conditioning. I talked to my parents about it and they say don't break a bone. Just do some drills in front of him on ground level. he'll understand.
Title: Re: I feel embarrassed practicing in public...
Post by: BadWolf on March 04, 2015, 10:48:07 AM
When I am faced with the judgement of my peers, I start simple. For example, begin with things you know you have down pat. Such as a simple lazy vault over a bench, or a round off or roll. Then, slowly build up your confidence until you are comfortable with your environment and surroundings. Isn't that whats free running is about anyway?
Hope it helped at least a little.
A rolling stone gathers no moss.
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