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Pics & Vids / Re: Parkour/Freerunning accident compilation
« on: July 27, 2008, 01:15:59 PM »
Not to be the heartless uncaring bastard of the group, but what song is that?

Man, that kid who fell from the overhang, then folded over that railing. Ouch. Pain. Reminds me of when I tried a railspring one time.

I did it, all went well, then I freaked out and let go of the bar, somehow thinking if I just stopped, let go, and thought for a minute that I would just hover in the air above the railing until I thought of a way out of my predicament, sadly, this wasn't true...I still remember the odd feeling of my lungs compressing as my back wrapped around the railing.


In the Media / Re: Movie Trailer?
« on: May 05, 2008, 05:35:41 AM »
Funny, I noticed and geeked out over the random little vault one of the SHIELD guys does in the laboratory when they are looking for the iron monger at the end.


Movement / Random idea/question/whatever
« on: April 25, 2008, 04:58:55 AM »
For a while now, I have been wondering if it is possible to from the regular pushup stance, to push up explosively enough to come to a standing position? I know it is it you stagger your feet, or straddle them, but I have no clue if it is possible from a regular pushup...Also, if it is, does anyone know what it would be called?


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Music with meaning (parkour-wise)
« on: April 03, 2008, 10:50:03 AM »
Lateralus by Tool
everything relates to parkour...just read it...even the first line reminds me of the 'parkour eye'

Black then white are all I see in my infancy
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me, let's me see

As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn beyond the lines of reason
Push the envelope, watch it bend

Over thinking, over analyzing, separate the body from the mind
Withering my intuition, missing opportunities and I must
Feed my will to feel my moment, drawing way outside the lines

Black then white are all I see in my infancy
Red and yellow then came to be, reaching out to me, let's me see
There is so much more and beckons me to look through to these infinite possibilities

As below, so above and beyond, I imagine
Drawn outside the lines of reason
Push the envelope, watch it bend

Over thinking, over analyzing, separate the body from the mind
Withering my intuition, leaving opportunities behind

Feed my will to feel this moment
Urging me to cross the line
Reaching out to embrace the random
Reaching out to embrace whatever may come

I embrace my
Desire to
I embrace my
Desire to
Feel the rhythm, to
Feel connected
Enough to step aside and
Weep like a widow, to
Feel inspired, to
Fathom the power, to
Witness the beauty, to
Bathe in the fountain, to
Swing on the spiral, to
Swing on the spiral, to

Swing on the spiral of
Our divinity and
Still be a human

With my feet upon the ground I move myself between the sounds
And open wide to suck it in, I feel it move across my skin
I'm reachin' up and reachin' out, I'm reachin' for the random or
Whatever will bewilder me, whatever will bewilder me
And following our will and wind, we may just go where no one's been
We'll ride the spiral to the end and may just go where no one's been

Spiral out
Keep going
Spiral out
Keep going
Spiral out
Keep going
Spiral out!
Keep going

Pics & Vids / Re: Parkour + Skateboarding!! (pretty sick)
« on: April 03, 2008, 09:39:50 AM »
Oddly enough...I thought the coolest thing was him doing a cat grab on the fence...

Maybe I am just a dork?


I have never in any videos seen the back of the dame...Why? It must have SOMETHING. lol...anyone know any pictures of it?


Parkour / Re: When is a dash vault the most efficient?
« on: March 31, 2008, 01:35:20 PM »
I think they are most useful as a prerequisite to learning a kash vault...Which is extremely useful for getting over huge things, as you have all the height of a kong, but can then impart forward momentum into the movement at the top of the object.


What about your manly friend Matt?

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: March 30, 2008, 09:30:11 PM »
When you see a kid do something at all similar to a Parkour movements, and spend the next three months hounding him to train with you.

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: March 29, 2008, 09:11:57 AM »
Your friends have to constantly explain to new people you meet that "Thats just what he does all the time, don't worry about it" as you are trying out some movement or another, rather than socializing with other humans.

Your friends yell at you whenever you are at their house and have that 'look'.

You continually ostracize yourself from school by taking a moment to stretch out at the end of class.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: My Opinion on repetition in training"
« on: March 28, 2008, 08:21:33 AM »
I think part of why it feels more natural to me is because, in nature, play is the training for life. So, on some level, I don't understand why you couldn't make play work as both practice and conditioning. I mean, in a few hours of a run, I will have done hundreds of vaults, rolls, climbs, landings...I feel just as sore after a good run as I do after drilling something for hours, but I am also applying those vaults, rolls, climbs..ect to a unique obstacle, with far more variety than I could get from picking several drills.

Again, I realize that conditioning and drilling is obviously important, but for some reason, I don't feel as if it has to be done in the form of hundreds of identical repetitions.


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Just want to talk about this...
« on: March 28, 2008, 08:07:57 AM »
That is my belief, maybe it is because I am ADD, maybe it is because I am lazy...I wouldn't be surprised with either, but honestly, playing is when I feel I gain the most, I can drill for a hour and walk away feeling tired and sore, knowing I have just taken the steps to strengthen myself. But I can play for a hour, and feel how I have improved, think of what I am able to do now, that I wasn't able to do an hour ago...Thats why I feel playing is more important than training.

I have watched any and every video, and read every document I have found on parkour, I understand the principles behind training. But for some reason, I only feel like I am really efficiently accomplishing anything when I am at play. Despite this, I do feel the need to incorporate more drills into my training, I am more of just wondering if maybe people don't value playing enough...Sorry, as I said, I have difficulty explaining my opinions accurately.


Parkour And Freerunning / My Opinion on repetition in training"
« on: March 28, 2008, 07:03:38 AM »
Okay, I made this thread just because I want to talk a bit about my opinion on training, mostly to get it out and see what people think about it.

The entire time I have been training myself in parkour (about 2-3 years, on and off due to winter, my crazy life...ect) I have felt something against the idea of always and constantly drilling movements into infinity, thats not to say that I don't accept them as effective or at times necessary, I am just saying, that for some reason, that idea feels wrong to me. I have always felt the the best way to train, and even to an extent to condition yourself is simply to play. Yes, I agree some drilling is necessary to learn the basic skills, and get a base line of conditioning, but after that, I feel like most training (theres always room for supplemental conditioning and drilling) should simply be just going out, and for lack of a better word, playing in your environment, ideally with friends to push each other to be just that little bit more creative. I also feel like this conditions you very effectively (assuming you as always, don't do anything that your not ready for...playing or not, doing that 10 foot drop 6 times is bad.)

This isn't to say that I am throwing out the vast majorities opinion on training, I am just saying that for me, playing is the only thing that feel right when I train. I am just curious if anyone else feels that way, or what they think.

I hope what I am saying makes some sense, I find it hard to accurately describe my opinions at times.


Edited by Thread Title Police "Just want to talk about this..." doesn't tell anyone what the thread is about. "My Opinion on repetition in training" does. Please use descriptive titles.

Pics & Vids / Re: Project: Pilgrimage
« on: March 23, 2008, 02:41:40 PM »
Is there any way it could be put up on google video or youtube? I know google video has several hour plus parkour films.

Just an idea, since I can't download a file that large at the moment, due to how often this thing crashes...


Pics & Vids / Re: American Freestylers
« on: March 15, 2008, 08:27:32 PM »
Cool video, some very original things in there, I loved the two person things...You ever think of applying that to parkour? Would make a very interesting film.


Pics & Vids / cool training video I found
« on: March 10, 2008, 12:07:18 PM »
Searching the annals of youtube, I found this...Liked it, figured I would share it.

Pics & Vids / Re: Blind Training
« on: March 09, 2008, 12:53:17 PM »
Hmm, blindfolded QM...That would stress your body awareness to the extreme. Great idea man.


Pics & Vids / Re: New video- Calm In Chaos
« on: March 07, 2008, 06:58:14 AM »
The music sounded like Rage Against the Machine...But I can't say for sure.


Pics & Vids / Re: New video- Calm In Chaos
« on: March 05, 2008, 04:17:16 PM »
I am more curious as to what your doing with your feet? It seemed like there is some footwork involved?


The pain is not acually in the wrist, but in the muscles souronding the bone of my thumb closest to the wrist (the bone that is in the palm, but you still move it with your thumb) it feels alot like a bruise that won't go away...So I am thinking steve might be right, since thats what I suspected...It's just not going away, so I am wonding if maybe I am doing something to irritate it, thats why I am asking if anyone else has it, and if so, what they found it was that was agravating it.

Thanks alot for the imput, I am going to get it checked out if it's still hurting before I start picking up my training this summer (I don't do much if any parkour training in the winter, to much ice, not worth the risk of injury, so it's all gym training for me...sadly)

Thanks again,

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