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New York / Re: Long Island Traceurs
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:41:57 AM »
Newb in Coram here. Will be attending the All LI Jam on the 2nd day (23rd), any of you guys planning to attend? I will probably just be watching, I am totally new and just conditioning so far.

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Parkour / Re: Rolling issues
« on: May 17, 2010, 10:07:30 AM »
This video has helped me a lot. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgPd29MlHpg

 I have been doing it on carpet at home to start out with just to commit to muscle memory. Doing it from a kneel really helped just get the roll part right, and then after that you can add doing it from standing or a walk/run. I have only been at it for two weeks but it feels decent when I roll.

@texaspete, I am far from an expert, barely an amateur but I do know that the body grows best in balance. You might try a roll from one knee like in the video to get more comfortable with it. I should do the same myself, I have only done it on the right so far. Again the issue is balance in your body and also it would be good in case there is some mishap and you simply cannot roll on the right for some reason. I doubt it is absolutely necessary though.

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Welcome! / Re: Old man in the house
« on: May 17, 2010, 09:54:56 AM »
Thanks. I know I am not that old but it seems like there is a higher concentration of teenagers interested, maybe it is a misconception. Either way it really is reassuring to see that there are plenty of people in all age ranges practicing PK.

I really have to say I wish I had discovered this in my teens. Could have been a great outlet and great way to stay in shape. Anyway I am lurking about now just absorbing all of the knowledge I can, you guys are really helpful and it is much appreciated.

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Welcome! / Re: Old man in the house
« on: May 12, 2010, 08:41:44 PM »
Thanks guys :)

Only wish I knew about this as a teenager. Oh well, here's to refusing to age!

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FAQ / Re: I Just Started, What Moves Should I Learn First?
« on: May 12, 2010, 11:19:43 AM »
I am as far as possible from an expert, barely a beginner but I have started just doing some basic rolls and balancing in my home. I took a motorcycle class last summer. One of the best things they did was to drill us on brake, clutch, downshift until it became muscle memory. I am looking at rolls the same way. Repetition and focus on form is necessary to get your body to respond when it counts.

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FAQ / Re: What shoes should I wear for Parkour?
« on: May 12, 2010, 11:14:38 AM »
Read through this and decided to go with some Feiyue's to start out. For the price it can't be beat, and as a beginner there is no point in blowing $100 on something right out the gate. Thanks all =D

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Welcome! / Old man in the house
« on: May 12, 2010, 10:59:19 AM »
Ok not that old. I'm 29 out of long island, NY and gearing up to get into this amazing discipline. My name is Matt and I haven't been as excited about something as this in a long time. I am currently getting divorced (don't marry young kids!) and this is just what I have been looking for to gain some focus in my life, as well as keep in shape. Quick bio, I was fairly overweight in my teenage years, got in shape around 20 and have been a regular in the gym ever since. I very much enjoy pushing my body but as we all know, the gym can get tired. I also play racquetball almost weekly.

Anyway enough of that. I lucked out and the all LI jam is happening right by me in a couple of weeks. I will hopefully be attending day 2 so maybe I will see some of you there. I am nowhere near far enough along to partake, but I imagine it will be inspiring to see some real life action. Been spending the last couple of weeks reading reading reading everything I can about parkour, and focusing on grip and balancing exercises. I figure a few weeks of that and practicing the basics like rolls and other minor techniques are the best way to prepare.

Anyway, I can't wait to get out there and join you guys; what some of you are able to pull off is truly humbling. I hope to count myself among you someday  :D

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