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"The Freerunner" Magazine / Re: RISE - A Parkour Story
« on: July 12, 2012, 04:45:28 AM »
Just read the entire thing through.

End of prologue: what a cliche formula/plot
End of chapter 1: damn this is pretty good
End of Chapter 14: what? that can't be it, what?
Finding Chapter 15-17: Crisis averted, I was worried there for a moment, keep reading!
Finished: Damn that was awesome, worth every second

crazy awesome story, I'm not even sure how else to say it.  I couldn't stop reading.  Now I want to go out and train more  ;D

I go to Vanderbilt majoring in Electrical Engineering

Socialize / Re: R.u.N. - Webmanga about Parkour
« on: June 25, 2012, 08:34:47 AM »
That was great, I'll make sure to keep up to date with it

Pics & Vids / Re: Free-Running On American Dad
« on: June 22, 2012, 04:22:57 AM »
That was even better than the family guy free run scene

this is the only clip of it I could find on youtube but it's not in english

National Jams / Re: Isn't tomorrow International Parkour Day
« on: June 02, 2012, 03:22:36 AM »
I know at least in TN they set up a jam for International Parkour Day...unfortunately I couldn't go, but I'm hoping it actually is and that means there's a jam happening right now in Barcelona somewhere

Injuries - Discussion / Re: When you think you can't
« on: May 09, 2012, 03:26:02 PM » I feel like I've been slacking

Tennessee / Re: New Nashville Parkour Group (NPK)
« on: May 03, 2012, 07:17:03 PM »
It's kind of still going on, I'm leaving for the summer, but I'm coming back in August/September.  There's a Vanderbilt group as well as a middle tennessee parkour/free running community...I don't know what happened to the NPK group, but there are still Traceurs in the Nashville area.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Busted my shit.
« on: March 28, 2012, 01:45:21 PM »
Yep, over a smallish round table I should have easily been able to kong over.  That's how I sprained my wrist 3-4 weeks ago, still hasn't completely healed yet - _ -


We're organized on Facebook, I'm sure there are other groups but this is the largest for the area

Socialize / Re: Which Intro should I use?
« on: March 06, 2012, 11:40:17 AM »

Pics & Vids / Re: Zen Showreel
« on: March 04, 2012, 10:06:45 AM »
Alright, so I have a little less than 2 years before my study abroad in Japan.  Now I'm even more motivated to train so when I'm in Japan I can meet up with you guys and not slow you down so much haha.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Embarrassed
« on: February 28, 2012, 07:53:48 AM »
I use the same defense mechanism Shamas haha,

makes training better, and others really confused when you mess up, fly into a brick patio, people come running from the nearby dorm because they think you might be dead, and you get up, bruised and bloody and start laughing at the failure and the fact you've probably sprained your wrist...hey at least I didn't damage my head or spine right?  Attempting to text while my body was in shock, also a funny moment as my hands weren't really working that well :D

Socialize / Re: Playlist.
« on: January 27, 2012, 09:52:20 AM »
I need to make an actual playlist, but for now I'm content training to this:

Album: Light by Matisyahu


Album: Grand by Matt & Kim

If I'm doing conditioning in a gym/just going for a jog/run then this is my playlist:

[Playlist: (on shuffle)]
Escape From the City - Ted Poley & Tony Harnell (Sonic adventure 2)
Endless Possibilities - Jaret Reddick (Sonic unleashed)
Resistant - Iron Sy (Banlieue 13)
Warriorz - Rohff
Delinquante Musique - Lino
Motors - Da Octopuss
Banlieue 13 - Da Octopuss
Jai Le Vocal De Taille - Loovay
Determine - Alonzo (D13: U)
Exode - Trak Invaders
Le Mur - Da Octopuss
Et Alors - Brasco
Album: Ludique - Ludique
Album: Noir - Blue Sky Black Death

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: A realization that blew my mind
« on: January 22, 2012, 03:50:15 PM »
Haha no problem Sinbad, my mind was blown in the middle of my class, so the rest of it is kind of a blur.

I enjoy thinking about things on different levels, I'm studying engineering, and most engineers focus on the concrete, and facts about whatever they're working on.  Math and science are great, and engineering is fun, and for many of them that's enough, but I like film and things that are abstract, I'm not really a full-fledged engineer at heart haha.

Parkour And Freerunning / A realization that blew my mind
« on: January 19, 2012, 07:58:27 PM »
Today in my philosophy class which focuses on Kirkegaard and Nietzsche, I had this realization about Parkour, and using Kirkegaard's concept of the self, could finally explain, at least to myself, why Parkour is actually healthy mentally.

The existential self, that is one's spirit, one's consciousness, is made up of three dialectic relationships, each one comprising of two parts, each of which must imply the other by its nature.

These are:

The Infinite, which comprises of imagination, conceptualization, artistic notions, things that are in a sense "outside of time" and the finite, which is all things limited by circumstances of time.

The Eternal, which is all things deathless, and the mortal, the ability to die.

And Freedom, the ability to decide or chose, and Necessity, based on given circumstances.

All these things make up the self, and based on an individual's focus in each of the relationships can determine their lifestyle/persona to a degree.  However, while one can lean more towards one or the other (e.g lean more towards living in the finite, rather than the infinite) despair occurs when one focuses too strongly on one of the aspects.  You cannot live completely in the finite, living by cold, calculating facts, without a feeling of despair.

Now after going over this, it clicked in my mind, at least in this context, why Parkour/freerunning is mentally healthy.

It balances each of the relationships.  While parkour might lend itself slightly more towards the finite and free-running slightly more towards the infinite, they tend to hold a nice balance of both.

You come to an obstacle, and the finite is that it is indeed an obstacle, your heart rate, your physical condition, your current speed, the size of the obstacle, all parts of the finite.  Meanwhile you're imagining all the ways in which you can overcome the obstacle, going through a list of conceptualized moves, or perhaps just going with whatever feels natural, or seems to work the best in this situation.

While training, you're aware of your mortality, and yet, through training, you hope to extend your life, or make it better, which lends itself to the eternal.  There's the knowledge that you could theoretically die, and yet by training you feel like you won't.  (Ok, so I don't have a good example for explaining this one, but you get the point)

Lastly, the part that really clicked with me, was this notion of freedom vs necessity.  At all points in time while running/training, you're exercising freedom.  The choice of how to overcome an obstacle, the freedom to go where you want, and yet at times you'll be forced into certain movements based on the current circumstances.  Adapting to the environment is out of necessity, but the way you adapt is out of freedom.

Perhaps I'm seeing something that's not really there, but it would seem that parkour balances each of these relationships, causing one to be as far away from existential despair as one could possibly get, making the practice extremely healthy to one's self/spirit/conscious being.

Socialize / Re: PSN
« on: January 01, 2012, 10:10:47 PM »
What do you know?  Just got a PS3 and I'm usually on late-night central time...still need to get MW3 for PS3, but I'll have it soon enough


Socialize / Free Running Penguins
« on: December 06, 2011, 10:54:21 AM »
So for whatever reason I decided to go see Happy Feet 2 the other day.  It was funny the first half, then I kind of lost interest, and then the movie was good again.  But what I found hilarious, never saw coming, and at the same time was amazing, was the free running family in the group of penguins.

At one point, one of the little kid penguins (with a british accent) tells Mumble "Don't worry, I'm fast I'll go get the others."  Mumble starts to protest but then the other little kid turns to him and says "Don't worry about it, she's a freerunner."  The penguin begins to climb up walls of ice fairly quickly jumping back and forth between walls.

I found that hilarious, but what I was most impressed with, was that they actually portrayed freerunning in a better light than a kids movie would normally have, and they even seemed to understand parkour/freerunning better than most people.  As the little penguin runs off Mumble says, "but there are dangers out there" and the little girl penguin's mother screams up "They are not dangers, they are obstacles which one must overcome."

Obviously a 1 - 2 line representation won't get the full message out there but I was quite impressed with how they portrayed it.  Also I found it hilarious and completely random which made the movie that much better.

So...that's been an extremely lazy 3 weeks for me...with the very occasional training...

Back into the swing of things starting today though, my friend who does strength training all the time convinced me to go today.  Good stuff.


3 sets:
10 dips
15 "military style" pushups
20 leg rises
10 leg presses @ 150lbs
15 sittups

Frog stand for > 30 seconds (not continuous unfortunately). Would've gone the full minute but my wrists started hurting

Run .8 miles...not as fit as i was 2-3 weeks ago, obviously, but by the end of this week I feel I'll be back there.

  I've decided to throw the planche progression into there for training.  It's a good long term goal and good overall workout :)

-Do 30 "military" pushups in a row
-Do 3 sets of 30 "military pushups"
-Do 20 diamond pushups in a row
-Do 3 sets of 20 diamond pushups
-Do 15 pullups in a row
-Do 3 sets of 15 pullups
-Make the APK warmup actually a warmup
-Balance training: make it to end of (very long) rail

Completed Goals:
-Do 10 pullups in a row
-Run 2 miles continuously at 7min/mile (at least)
-Be able to do 3 sets of 10 pullups

So finally did something today...(yesterday?)

Ran in a circle for a bit, forgetting where the entrance to the brooklyn bridge was, then ran across the bridge...walked back halfway, then ran back home...don't know the time or the distance, but couldn't run the full thing.  Wasn't use to the sharp cold, also was running much faster than I should've.

Needless to say, it's the start of getting back into my training again.  It was a good run, so glad to be back home in NY for Thanksgiving break.

Had a bit of an existential moment in which I questioned the point of training...

Wow...haven't done real training in over a week...this is quite sad, but no fear, back to it I will go.  Looking forward to being back in NY for thanksgiving break next week.  I'm going to be looking for spots around the city, if anyone in NY is around let me know.

Played paintball saturday...that was my exercise for the week really.  Cleaned up my dorm room, made it quite classy.  Started doing a couple pushups here and there throughout the day to make myself not feel quite as bad that I've been slacking this past week.

Hopefully I get back to it soon.

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