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Messages - Anton Mesmer

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Training Journals / Re: Joe's Training to be a Norse god
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:13:16 PM »
Lol wut are they doing with that PVC?

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Movement / Re: Rolling or Cat-Hang to Drop?
« on: June 15, 2012, 12:09:36 PM »
What kind of instruments would you need? I'm actually looking for that kind of stuff for my site but I don't have the personal know-how. I'd love to collaborate and I'm not beyond investing in the future!  :P

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Movement / Re: Rolling or Cat-Hang to Drop?
« on: June 15, 2012, 11:28:44 AM »
Screech, my friend... I only wish I could speak the language of math as beautifully and fluently as you. I can speak from experience though. "Would it be better to..." seems to be worded in a way that opens up to interpretation. Am I running away from angry cyber-ninjas with a penchant for sadism, or am I just getting around. I guess either way I would personally prefer to roll. I suppose that I should assume that this is a general question and there are no sadistic cyber-ninjas. Hmmmm. I guess I've never really thought of it any other way.

High drop with forward directional momentum is a roll. High drop with a lateral change in momentum is a cat-hang to drop. I'm interested in any data that you could find though! You should really look into number crunching some more scenarios!!!

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Yeah for sure! I'll go take a look. These forums could use a boost in activity it seems like! Well, at least we can only go up from here.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: National Governing Body in the US???
« on: June 15, 2012, 09:33:19 AM »
With owning my own gym, I've noticed it's hard to get a new student to understand that you are qualified for your position when they first meet you.  It would be like going into a new martial arts school just to have the head instructor tell you they have no belt rank in what they are learning...would you be likely to join that school?  Even if they are the most qualified in the world, if that is the first time you've ever met them, it's very difficult to tell that without any sort of recognized system to back it up.

This is where we as a Parkour community have to really come together so we don't get made fools of. Being an APK Certified Instructor is a great title, but what makes the APK Certified Instructor what he is? Could we define that clearly? It's a great concept and potentially powerful tool for spreading the knowledge that we would like to share with the whole world, but it's only as powerful as the APKCI will allow. I'm not quite sure what standards the APKCI's have to meet, but I do know that there's a difference between a good teacher and a bad teacher. Look at our educational system. Future teachers go to college/uni to get certified and then apply to work at [insert name] high school. We've all been there. We've all had bad teachers that make us wonder what they're doing there. Usually all it takes in the system is to have the right papers.

We could one up them. If you think about us as a microcosm of the rest of the world, we have all the things that you could see in a functioning society. However, when we start to apply "real world" logic and structure to Parkour, even to Parkour Instruction, then we start to lose touch with our own philosophy. What's stopping us from enacting standards and beliefs that we hold ourselves true to as traceurs? I would expect that anyone who would teach me would have a distinct passion for it.

What makes it even more difficult is that we don't have a system to comfortably slip into and get a constant stream of students. Don't be fooled, this is a blessing in disguise. We're at a point where Parkour is known all over the world, but Parkour isn't really known all over the world. I'm sure it's been said before somewhere else, but even in the case of this issue of a national governing body, WE are the architects of our own change. We have to learn to be teachers, salesman, marketers, and socialites. The traceurs make decisions for the traceurs!

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Thanks Screech! I actually should bold it, but I advised them not to jump. Merely just to see it. There are many safe ways to do it as I would never misrepresent Parkour as "HAHAH let's jump off the building :D". It's ALWAYS important for people to visualise what they're dealing with. I may have to make a POV video of this jumping challenge. xD

I should also point out that I don't consider myself a rebel, because I don't try to enact resistance against society, I just go with my own flow and let the "river of change" go its own way. Without society, we would have some problems. That's what makes us humans. But in the process, have we lost what makes us animals? In fact, I think Sebastian Foucan touched on a similar topic with how safety regulations are hindering our natural growth, in the same way I touched on society hindering our natural growth. Have another read, haha:

http://www.americanparkour.com/component/content/article/1-latest/7148-sebastian-foucan-talks-about-breaking-free



I'm sorry about the confusion, I might have to make some edits! :) Stay tuned!   ;D

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Today, while I was training I started thinking about what makes us do what we do (as traceurs) and how movement forces our minds to grow. I wrote up an article for non-traceurs that aren't entirely in to the "movement Movement" but I feel like anybody could understand and relate to the ideas I came up with.

Have a read!  :)
http://www.actiontutorials.com/2012/06/15/empowered-parkour/

Will be posting more thoughts as they come!

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FAQ / Re: I Just Started, What Moves Should I Learn First?
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:53:07 PM »
Videos rarely show how people get to that point, and it's important to think about the different steps and progressions that go into learning things for the first time.

This is exactly what I hope to achieve with my website http://www.actiontutorials.com. I'm not new to higher forms of movement, but I am new to Parkour. I plan to keep all my progress vids archived and eventually write up a basic progression for learning. Come visit it guys!

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FAQ / Re: What is the Philosophy of Parkour?
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:46:27 PM »
This kind of engagement of both body and mind has a presence in alot of forms of movement. Parkour is surely exceptional in that it's one of the only movement disciplines that commands absolute precision, focus, and attention. If meditation is about clearing thoughts from your mind and taking everything in with your senses, then Parkour is probably one of the closest things to fitting the bill.

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Movement / Re: Huge drops! Everyone loves them!
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:41:28 PM »
Interesting vid. I love that whole "this hurts but I'm going to just walk forward with my hands on my hips and look just dandy" thing he did. I'm sure we've all been there. I think one important thing we have to do is give people's intelligence a little more credit. He might have inspired newbies to go out and try some "Parkour", but a good majority of them won't jump off heights because he did it. One could assume that people looked up sites like this and are dreaming of eventually working their way up to big drops. Perhaps they'll change their mind before they'll get there. *nods*

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Movement / Re: Leaning on backflips
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:32:22 PM »
Ah, the good ol' backflip. I'm not saying that I have a perfect backflip (I most certainly don't), but I can relate to the frustration of feeling like you have it but landing on all fours. A big part of getting a good rotation is committing fully to the jump. Since focusing ahead and trying to jump straight up doesn't quite work, change your strategy a little, after all, you have to go backwards eventually. Try focusing more on committing your arms to the jump rather than thinking about the tuck and rotation. If you throw your arms straight up as hard as you can, your body tends to naturally open up making the tuck follow almost instantly. Just pretend there's a bar attached to your arms by your shoulders. As soon as you throw your arms up, the bar would push your head back and open up your chest correctly. Then you just let everything you already know take over and stick the landing!  8)

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I won't lie. I mostly started this because I saw guys on YouTube doing all the cool stuff that I saw action movie stars and power rangers do when I was younger... and then I realized that I could probably do it too if I tried. I used to crash tricks in the backyard when I was little not really thinking much of actually landing any of them. Then I learned to backflip. As I grew older I started to move away from show-offy movements and more towards practical movements. [enter Parkour]

Since then, I've been fully devoted to discovering all the different ways humans can achieve movement.

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Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: June 13, 2012, 11:07:04 PM »
Howdy y'all. It's Mesmer here. 18. 5'8" 145 lbs. Tons of drive to learn.

I joined the APK community in hopes of meeting others interested in PK/Freerunning and expanding my own knowledge and ability. I'll be regularly posting progress posts and vids on http://www.actiontutorials.com. It's my site dedicated to studying, learning, and teaching about the many arts of movement. Come check in here and there and comment and subscribe. I'll also be posting on my YouTube channel soon http://www.youtube.com/ahmesmer. Can't wait to get started!

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Training Journals / Re: Jacob Lessin's "Record of Training"
« on: June 05, 2012, 11:16:10 PM »
Too bad there ain't a Riverview no more.  >:(

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Training Journals / Re: Jacob Lessin's "Record of Training"
« on: May 31, 2012, 06:42:40 AM »
When you gonna come training with me Lessin? I didn't know you were on here!  :-*

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