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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: New Website!!
« on: November 27, 2013, 10:02:41 PM »
Leon, you're a boss. Nice work.

Ditto. I expected the APK logo to take me back to the main site.

Me too! Hah, it's going to get fixed very soon. Trying to maintain different stylesheets on S3, our Wordpress, and now Shopify is getting cumbersome, but I've finally found a workflow that simplifies everything. In short: making these changes will be faster!

Thanks again for all the feedback, ladies and gents. You can always email me if you have anything more specific or direct you'd like to discuss.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: New Website!!
« on: November 21, 2013, 07:27:39 PM »
Thanks all! Keep 'em coming  [WTF]

Comments on articles: noted! Familiar with Disqus? It's probably what we'll use.

About section points on a possible T-shirt: noted! That would be pretty awesome.


... oh, the gym, yeah definitely cool  ;D Can't wait to see it!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Dealing with Frustration
« on: May 05, 2011, 09:50:29 PM »
Allow me to quote Juji, "Corks working today? NO!  Flips?  Yes!!!  DO FLIPS."

Sometimes simply moving will help you to get over the walls that impede progressive training.

Best piece of advice on the internet. <3 Juji.

Socialize / Re: Xbox 360 Gamertags
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:07:58 PM »
Hit me up for some BFBC2, it;s my game of choice right now: excel san.

Socialize / Re: Ask Andy The Admin!
« on: March 28, 2011, 10:06:58 PM »
Dear Andy,

I miss you. When shall we partake of the awesomes of jam?


Mid-Atlantic / Re: April Fools Statewide Jam at Virginia Tech
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:57:39 PM »

Virginia / Re: Anybody in Woodbridge?
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:55:55 PM »
Hit me up. I'm close enough to Woodbridge that I'll drive down from Alexandria and train with you a bit:) My email is

Parkour / Re: How to scale a high wall?
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:54:14 PM »
Instead of approaching the wall straight on, imagine that your approaching it like a curve. Sorry to bring math into this but check out this pic:

As you approach the wall, lean back a little and try to keep your center of gravity in the center. With enough practice, you'll feel more solid getting up the wall and it'll allow you to place your feet at about ab to chest height... you'll get a good push and bring yourself higher up the wall :)

Movement / Re: Safety landings
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:51:14 PM »
Hey, thats me in that video  :P

Zak, for safety vaults I would recommend taking it real slow, almost as if you're literally just taking a small step off the obstacle. As mentioned above, try to focus on keeping it soft and quiet, but also try to work on "feeling fluid". Watch a bunch of videos to get the idea stuck in your head, then go out and practice for hours!

Pics & Vids / Re: Gaming and Fun
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:48:20 PM »
The guy in the purple - I like the way he moves in his running precisions.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: precisions
« on: March 28, 2011, 09:45:15 PM »
Don't forget to breathe. Focus on breathing in as you swing your arms back and squat down... then release your breathe as you swing forward with a powerful jump! To help you with tucking in the air, try to focus on "activating" your abs... just try to flex them quickly as you pull in.

Very interesting post; I enjoyed reading it. The best way to keep the spirit alive is by living it and passing it on.


I applaud your spirit and your enthusiasm. It's obvious that you wish to spread parkour in a positive way throughout the country! Getting leaders and teachers in each state to run organized communities that can help teach locals, schools, etc. would be amazing.

But did you know that this has been American Parkour's goals for the past 5 years?? Do you know how much work has been put into organizing such large local, national, and international communities? A freaking TON of work, mostly done by a handful of community leaders. But there's another cool fact - we have been ACHIEVING OUR GOALS... slowly but steadily. We have communities in pretty much every state, and most of them are being run by a few leaders and doing the best they can to help spread parkour positively. It is being accomplished.

...but it all takes time and effort. LOTS of time, and a LOADDD of effort. Add that to the fact that parkour is not widely recognized (despite what many of you think... being immersed in parkour sort of blinds you to the outside), we have government and policies and an entire legal system that asks us for certifications, liability forms, a national association, etc etc. If you were to try to teach parkour in different schools, you would be to show competence by having a (non-existent) certification, by somehow managing a $1,000,000 insurance policy in case of injury or death. You would need to show that you are an authority and that you know what you are doing. But we do NOT have that kind of infrastructure yet in the Parkour community.... and I believe that is what you're trying to get us all excited about... to push towards infrastructure. Yes, that is the goal, but hell man it takes an incredible amount of time and effort and trust me - we are doing are best right now to make this a possibility. Look no further than countless successful institutions and facilities... Primal Fitness in DC/VA, Parkour Visions in WA, APEX movement in CO, the Monkey Vault in TO.... and the countless successful local communities.

Work is being done, and it's being done at the fastest possible pace that we as a community can handle. If you'd like to offer a helping hand, or if you'd like some advice/critique on how you're teaching people or whatever program you have, or if you'd just like to chat more about the future, we are always here for you. Feel free to hit me up, , or find me on facebook or twitter or wherever you feel like talking.

We can always use more help  :D

Movement / Re: Flow vs. Technique Focusing styles of training
« on: April 21, 2010, 06:34:07 AM »

Defiantly DO NOT stay away from heights if you train to be useful.

What use is training for years a foot off the floor if when needed you freeze 20foot up but the gap is only a few feet wide.

I used to have a strong fear of heights, my knees would wobble if to high, which meant training movement almost impossible, but by climbing and just walking around at hight, behind a rail or on something safe you will acclimatise to heights, and your body/mind will realise that it is still capable higher of the floor.

Just don't go straight into a roof gap :/ I'm not suggesting that. 

I jumped the gun when I said "stay away from heights"... what I meant was that you shouldn't be training in places that are dangerously high (aka no roofgaps and such!) To get over your fear of heights, definitely walk around and try to acclimate your senses to being up high... just be sure to keep safe.

Socialize / Re: Need help with joomla
« on: April 20, 2010, 05:38:38 PM »

But word from experience, get away from Joomla ASAP. Stick with Wordpress, Expression Engine, or any other newer framework.

I'm super scared of heights. Stay away from high scary places!

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