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Pics & Vids / Ow
« on: June 28, 2012, 08:43:00 PM »
Look what I did to myself today:

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For some reason, I knew this day would come, but I didn't expect it to happen so soon. I didn't even see it coming, I was just trying to fix my backflips today and near the end, I guess I actually missed my knee on the tuck. Although it didn't hurt as much as I thought it would, got a mouthfull of grass though.

Anyway, here's what my face looks like now:

Socialize / I just noticed something..
« on: May 25, 2012, 06:53:55 PM »


Parkour And Freerunning / Fellow traceurs with the wrong idea
« on: May 21, 2012, 08:39:53 PM »
I'm sure quite a few of us know that not every traceur follows the same mindset when it comes to law enforcement, training, encouraging others, respect, etc. But sometimes it's just too much to bear when you see people who "think" they do parkour say "F--- the police! They'll never catch me!" or "You suck at parkour" or something of the like. Seeing stuff like this on Facebook coming from a close friend almost breaks my heart:

The problem is, I don't want to see some of these people hurt other people's feelings, get hurt, or even get arrested, especially if they're friends. Now I understand that not everyone is like me where they share the same opinions and beliefs or have a philosophy when it comes to parkour so I don't really feel I can "convert" people to be like me, and what fun would life be if everyone was just my clone?

My question being: What do you do when you see other traceurs have behavior like this? How do you explain why you shouldn't be trespassing and listen/respect authorities when they talk to you even though it's sometimes so painstakingly obvious? How do you even convince them to have an open mind?

Socialize / Growing my hair out?
« on: April 22, 2012, 12:45:45 PM »
I was thinking of growing my hair long-ish again, but last time that happened I didn't really know how to take care of my hair properly and it always looked dried up and damaged.

Do you guys have any advice? Like using certain products, when to get haircuts, etc., so that it hopefully turns out looking good this time. I'm not going for shoulder length hair, just a casual medium length.

Parkour And Freerunning / What's Important Now?
« on: March 11, 2012, 08:28:57 PM »
Today I read this quick little paragraph on a Catholic packet that I was given for a class that really summed up how people should live their lives. I'm going to superultraparaphrase this since I don't have it with me right now:

It's a simple technique called WIN (What's Important Now?) You can use it around 25 times a day. Examples:
You wake up. (WIN?): Get out of bed.
You are out of bed (WIN?): Eat breakfast to get some energy for the day.
You are in the weight training room (WIN?): Getting stronger. It's not the time to be showing off or impressing girls.
You are at a party on Saturday night. There is alcohol, drugs, and sex going on right now (lol, bad wording, but WIN?): Your schoolwork, your future, college, etc.

I think there was a lot more to it, but the key point I took from this is that whenever you are put in a situation, you have to decide what's going to benefit you and, well, what is important. Are you going to waste your time lying in bed when you could be doing something productive, like brushing your teeth or taking a shower?

And this is a rough translation of that idea in <15 seconds: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>

Movement / Moving my rolls to concrete?
« on: March 07, 2012, 10:30:22 PM »
I've recently realized that I haven't taken the priority to master my rolling technique first.

Whether on carpet, grass, or plyo floor, I can execute a parkour roll painlessly. I feel I've practiced them safely and smartly enough since I've never gotten any bruises from practicing rolls. But recently experimenting on hard surfaces, it's a totally different story. I haven't taken any measures to practice them consistently on concrete in a case of "you'll damage your spine" or "practice them more on grass, dummy", but while rolling on concrete is unsuccessful, it has never caused any significant pain in the few times I've attempted to.

So I guess the question is, if my rolls are fine everywhere but concrete, is it safe to practice them more consistently, or at least limit it to a few attempts every day? The point where I stop my roll is before I roll over the last part of my hip bone. It's this strange feeling, but I know by the beginning of the roll that i'm going to put pressure there, so I put my feet down before I finish. The problem is that I have hesitation to do it on concrete, and that in the very last moment of my roll I hit my hip bone, although not all of it. Whenever I review UrbanCurrent's Advanced Roll tutorial, the turning of the shoulders doesn't help. So any additional advice/reminders for turning the hips/exit angle may help

Socialize / What type/subcategory of music is this?
« on: February 25, 2012, 10:36:25 PM »
Whenever I watch parkour videos I occasionally get those that have these sort of rap vibes to them (I don't know anything about different types of music, but I know that there's rapping in these songs). Basically it's just rapping that lasts with the music throughout the whole song/video, but in a pleasant break that comes without obnoxious lyrics about drugs or booty or violence or the word n***a every other couple words. More like the type of rap where they speak clearly and in a way more motivating.

Does anybody know what I'm talking about? Is there a subcategory of rap (or whatever else it may be) that I can look up songs like this, and if so can anyone please tell me and/or suggest some artists?

Closest thing that comes to mind:

Parkour And Freerunning / Lack of creativity
« on: February 14, 2012, 07:48:20 PM »
Recently, I discovered a nice spot that I thought would be good for parkour training: a decent-sized walkway/handicap ramp with two rails surrounded by dirt and bricks overlapping the sides of the rails. Well, today was a nice day, not too hot or cold, so I walked to this spot, and thus my first real day of actually deciding to train outdoors.

Then when I get there, my mind just goes blank. I can't think of ANYTHING to do here. I start feeling around on the rails, doing a couple lazy vaults, and seeing what I can accomplish. But the area just doesn't seem right for anything other than a couple of vaults, although I know there's so much more I can do with just a couple rails. So I try a couple things I've never done before, such as a monkey vault. I decided I'd try to learn turn vaults, but I literally nailed it the first try. Then after a bit of that, I'm left standing at the bottom of this walkway with no ideas whatsoever. I try desperately to think of connections that I can try out, but the spot just really seems...lacking. I ended up spending about twenty minutes total before I left.

I'm going to be honest. I've never been the one to have a lot of creativity. I get frustrated trying to come up with my own ideas sometimes, and even when I see all these things people can do in one spot (+1 to Caleb's "only a curb" video) it feels like I've lost the gift of imagination.

Can anyone help me? Should I just play around this spot longer? Should I find spots with more open space or something that fits my skills? Anything would help.

Injuries - Discussion / Is this normal?
« on: December 02, 2011, 09:46:26 PM »
I don't know how to describe it. It's not particularly from any sort of accident, but I've never seen anybody else do it before.

There's this strange thing that I can do with my shoulders. I can consciously move either of the joints about half an inch to an inch backwards and then return it to its normal position. It's hard to explain, but when I do it there's this abnormal sound in which you can hear the bone moving between the tissue. Feels as if I'm moving it out of its socket.. It's noticeable if you see me do it, and it seems very similar to how I can move my left thumb because it's double jointed.

Any ideas or can everybody do this?

Socialize / Small Writing Prompt
« on: November 09, 2011, 05:05:32 PM »
A few days ago my English teacher handed out this sheet for an Essay contest with this prompt:

Texting and Tweeting: are they corrupting the English Language or are the changes that are taking place just the normal evolution that all languages go through?

Word for word and exactly spelled from this sheet. One of my first thoughts was they're already corrupting the english language with that kind of capitalization. But one of my more serious thoughts was that the people who created this prompt already seem a little ignorant about the subject. I have no idea how texting relates to tweeting in any shape or form. But apparently they assume that "texting and tweeting" are, if not slightly, changing the way people speak. In my opinion, I don't think texting has any effect on the majority of the population, including me. Most of the time if I ever send a text message, it's in the same way as I post in this forum. But for the few who sp34k l1k3 tihs hardly ever transfer this over to any other form of writing in my experience, or otherwise already speak like this to begin with.

Just want to hear your thoughts on this. I'm a little disrupted by the way some people view teenagers by the majority as "texters" or the "obese" or something like that.

Parkour And Freerunning / Basics and Progression
« on: November 05, 2011, 08:17:34 PM »
Here at APK, it's easy to notice the encouragement of slow progression because it takes away the risk of injury/danger by overconfidence, overtraining, etc. The basics are something that I've taken as things that should always be kept in mind and shouldn't be taken for granted.

Today for a Saturday session at the gym, I became somewhat enlightened. Most of our classes are training for tricking and freerunning and less "A to B" movement, so it consists of a lot of the flashy twists and flips. Working on some things such as front flip, backflip, webster, and a whole bunch of other moves, it didn't go too well. I didn't land anything. At all. Some of the bails I had today made me realize that I should be focusing even more than I did before about the caution I should be taking with my body and shouldn't be "tossing it around like a numb skull." To list some:

1.) Backflip attempts on mat. Lost some of my muscle memory. Landed and stubbed my knees. Couple attempts later, faceplant.

2.) Frontflip focused more on height than actually going forward into a foam pit. Got in alright, but not before falling all the way down and hitting the hard part of the tramp on my ass.

3.) Webster attempts on mat in pit. Landed and screwed up my right knee and ankle all in one motion. Might actually have a pulled ankle atm.  :(

While this may just have been bad luck, it might also be a sign to go back to the starting point. I usually take advantage of this time because this is the only place that has safe surfaces to practice tricks, but I feel I might be rushing progress and trying too many things at once. The question is, what are considered the basics? Vaults, rolls, wall climbs? I already have those down technique-wise. I can already perform speeds, kongs, dashes, precisions, with efficiency. Is there something I'm missing here? I may or may not be rushing my progression, but if I'm not, I feel like I don't know where the next step to take is. I feel like I'm just following what everybody else is learning without improving neither in general or in an individual technique.

EDIT: Might feel like I've learned and acquired the techniques of the "basics" but don't know how to branch out of them.

Movement / Front "Tucks" - To tuck or not to tuck?
« on: November 01, 2011, 09:01:50 PM »
It's been a decent amount of time since I started training how to front tuck/flip, and while the key word is "tuck" I notice that in some videos my buddies take of me attempting it my legs are barely bent, only enough to grab my legs. I understand that the shoulders should be leading the rotation and not the legs, but I also understand the tighter you are tucked in a ball the faster you will rotate.

It seems that the majority of threads I've seen here discourage bringing the knees to chest but rather your chest and upper body to your knees so you don't counteract your own rotation, but how can I counteract something that I don't have? I recently viewed some videos involving front tucks and noticed that the people performing the flip DO in fact bring their knees to their chest along with driving their shoulders down for the initial rotation. Of course the knees do not drive completely up, but enough to be tucked in that you reach the O shape.

I just wanted to hear some of your thoughts on this, because I am going to experiment.

Movement / Vaulting LOW obstacles
« on: October 24, 2011, 06:13:21 PM »
I saw the thread on vaulting high obstacles, but it made me wonder: how do you go about getting over low obstacles? It seems speed vaults are the ideal choice since kong/dash feels awkward and puts too much pressure when you're moving downwards. But I'm talking about really low obstacles that could go near knee height. I think hurdling or a similar move would be best, but I think it would mostly disrupt the flow of a run and look out of place if not done right.

Just saw this in my sub box from Epic1, thought you'd all like to see:

Movement / Wall Run: 100% Technique Possible?
« on: September 11, 2011, 08:47:14 PM »
Last week I was messing around with one of my other friends at school when we tried getting up and over the side of some bleachers. Now, I was wearing my Vans and the bleachers were metal. I tried planting one foot and I pretty much ended in a position where I was hugging the wall. After a couple times, it got me wondering: Is this even possible?

I think most of us know that in a vertical wallrun, the movement translates horizontal momentum into vertical, much like blocking, but with an actual object to pivot off of. But is it possible to do this without any traction whatsoever? I'm talking about running up a glass/marble wall with socks.

It's just to let me know how much a vertical wallrun requires grip and how much requires technique and skill.

Parkour And Freerunning / Showing off?
« on: September 03, 2011, 07:44:34 PM »
So, I'm not knew to the concept of parkour, I see a lot of philosophies here, but I wanted to see what you guys think about this specifically. Obviously we all train very hard to obtain the skills and attitude that we have, but is there any problem in "showing off" a little bit? I was talking to one of my friends in the gym today, and he told me I should start learning how to do standing back tucks so we could do it at school. I was confused on what to say, because he was the kind of person that would always wait until everyone in our pk class would look in his direction and pull off a trick. I wanted to say that that's not really what parkour is about, it's not about doing it for others, but I've had this stuck in my head today. Is it really not the right attitude to want to show what I've learned to other people just to impress them? We don't exactly train in secret just so no one thinks we're show offs. I don't mean showing off so I can eventually be signing autographs, or acting like a showboat, but just fooling around with tricks once in a while. Is this looked down upon?

Movement / Double Kong/Long Distance Kong problem
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:30:32 PM »
I seem to have a problem when it comes to diving up to a certain distance. I couldn't seem to find a topic that involved the question that I had, so here it goes. I'm not sure if it's a strength issue, or just technique. I was just at my gym a couple of hours ago when we were drilling kong/double kong vaults with blocks probably about 5-6 ft in length. I already use the split foot take off technique and I believe my hips are already really high, but I can't bring the lower half of my legs straight. Sometimes I can make the vault, but most of the time it seems I can't stretch out my legs so they won't hit the block right when I'm about to land. I was wondering what I can do to get the lower half of my legs to be brought up somewhere around a 45 degree angle like this:

Right now with my kong vaults they can occasionally look like this: . It really bugs me that I can't land double kong vaults because I land on my feet before I even begin the double aspect of it.

Welcome! / Finally!
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:04:01 PM »
Hey all! I'm glad to be here. I've been on these forums for a while now, but probably like a lot of other people, I haven't been able to register. I'm 13 years old, I've learned a lot about parkour and its philosophies through these forums, but just got the chance to start conditioning this summer. At the same time I contacted one of my friends who took a weekly/twice a week parkour class at a gym near me and ended up making a lot of friends and I am now being taught parkour and a bit of tricking. I hope to contribute on these forums and learn a lot from everyone here! 

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