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Oregon / TVCC in Ontario
« on: November 28, 2009, 07:28:02 PM »
I'm going to college in Ontario in January, and was wondering if there's any traceurs over there?
If so, maybe we could get together on the weekends when homework is done.

Consumer Whores / Finally got my Nike Free's 5.0
« on: September 27, 2009, 12:19:16 PM »
What's up guys? finally got the money to buy some Nike Frees they're 5.0's and blue and badass!
Might as well update you as well.
I went to Nevada and Cali for a few months, didn't see any traceurs, but had fun playing around anyways.
Back in Idaho now, things have changed a lot and it's only been a few months.
Gotta go find another freakin job now, oh well.
Peace guys.

Freerunning / I FINALLY DID IT GUYS!!!
« on: May 08, 2009, 06:23:46 PM »
A backflip, four in a row!

Bow down.

Parkour And Freerunning / Okay. No More Excuses.
« on: April 22, 2009, 05:47:38 PM »
So I've decided to just quit focusing on strength and conditioning. I'm going to be doing parkour again. It was the most fun I've ever had, and quite frankly I miss it. I still won't be posting as much, but that's due to the many projects I have going on, as well as trainings gonna take up a lot of my time.

I have a motivation I didn't have before, when I first started parkour. It's time I take this newfound motivation and use it constructively IE: Starting parkour again.

I'll of course be starting off with rolls and landings. But I've got to practice my kongs and precisions, that's where most the fun is at, and as such will keep me motivated. So in a year, I'll post what my training has amounted to in a video, and then analyze it and let you guys too.

I'm starting a new life. I am no longer the criminal that you first met guys.
To Infinity and BEYOND!


Training Journals / Matt Hudsons' Journal
« on: April 06, 2009, 06:21:13 PM »
Hey guys, it's Paddy here, I've gone through a few life changes and as such here is my new log.

In the past I was a very unmotivated individual, but I'm tired of being the way I am, I'm gonna use my anger productively and use it as motivation to attack my body in any way.

First and foremost, my current routine.

I'm starting Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength tomorrow, and I must say I'm excited.
I was suppose to start today, however insomnia resulted in 1 1/2 hours of sleep so it's been quite difficult to make it through the day without coffee, as you known I've sworn to stay away from caffine, and it really sucks sometimes.

For those that don't know
His routine goes like this.

Week 1:

Monday - Workout A
Wednesday -Workout B
Friday - Workout A

Week 2:

Monday - Workout B
Wednesday - Workout A
Friday - Workout B


This is what workout A looks like
Workout A
3x5 Squat
3x5 Bench Press
1x5 Deadlift

and workout B looks like
Workout B
3x5 Squat
3x5 Standing military press
3x5 bent rows or powercleans

I've decided to start my first week off like this  Tue/Thur/Sat
Next week I will fix this and be doing   Mon/Wed/Fri

This is just a little of what I'm going to do.
I'm also going to supplement this routine with all sorts of bodyweight exercises such as

pushups, jack knives, hanging crunches, planks, jump rope, jumping jacks, and of course pull ups.

That's all for now
Tomorrow when I'm able to get to a computer, I'll let ya know how things went.


Socialize / The Most Embarrassing Confession
« on: February 21, 2009, 02:43:39 AM »
I just got back from a party, and I'm a little wasted, and honestly I have to say this while I'm drunk, cause otherwise I lack the courage to do so.

I have been trying to impress people I haven't ever met, and may never meet.

I have 1 parkour video, and I'm sure a good number of you may know what I'm talking about.
Here comes the embarrassing part.
I haven't practiced parkour since a month after that video was made.

I fell into a depression, and quit doing everything. I even quit eating, I was sick for 2 months because of this.

I have tried to hide it from you all, because I didn't want to be judged as someone who was so worthless he couldn't even dedicate himself to an hour a week of hard parkour discipline, shit, discipline of any kind.
 I haven't worked out barely ever, even when I was doing parkour, due to the fact that I was poor and couldn't afford food, and as such I knew that without the right nutrition, working out would only destroy my body.

I apologize to everyone here at the APK, I am in need of a great motivation boost.
I don't believe in giving up, but thats exactly what I did.
I also do not believe in waiting, I believe, if you want it, go get it.

However, and as bad as it sounds, I'm only going to resume my parkour training once I'm in the army, sad I know.
I am in a sense worthless, but I would like to be better.
My only issue is, I loved so much to see people move in this specific way, it was beautiful the way a traceur moved, and I must admit it was cool.
But when I did it, even though I wanted to move like you all, I lacked the motivation to see my goal through. Instead I grew content with watching you on youtube, and eventually became so lazy that all I did was play on the computer. Sometimes venturing out to practice, but it did no good, it fullfilled an immediate desire but didn't motivate me to continue.
I am now in the 'fack it' mode.
However, I do not want to destroy my body, and as such will wait till I am in the army.

Anyways, I apologize for lying to you all.

I am going in for a four year enlistment.
I will be practicing parkour everyday, even if only a little here and a little there, it will be happening.

Go ahead and say what you will.
But regardless I know that I have been weak, and even now, in waiting for the army, I am proving my weakness even now.

I have to quit writing now, before I become depressed again.
I just want to let you all know, I am sorry for lying to you.

Socialize / The Day You've All Been Waiting For!
« on: February 16, 2009, 04:22:16 PM »
Is finally here!!

In mid-March I will be enlisting into the military, I will be trying to get into the Marines first, but if that doesn't work, I'm definitely joining the Army.

I'm so excited!


Socialize / more dicipline, less time
« on: July 10, 2008, 12:22:23 AM »
not sure if i spelled it right, but yeah.
some of you may have noticed, that I haven't been frequenting the forums as much as I used to. this is in part to my new job.

Just a little update on whats going on in my life.
if not for you then for my own peace of mind.

since my 5 month sampler, I've gone out on three sessions. not due to time constraints, as I had enough time to play on the computer obviously... but due to several factors, such as laziness, lack of motivation, lack of dicipline, and depression, yes yes yes I know what your thinking.. Paddy's suffering from depression? well it's been 3 years and the doctors told me I'd suffer again sometime in my life, I believe this is partly due to how life has been going for me lately, but things are looking up. I'll explain in more detail below.

To start off this update right.
This month I will be able to get my GED, and I will be partaking in 10 days of community service. With these done, it will mark the end of all benchmarks/ goals I must accomplish for my probation, so it is very possible that late july/ early august, I will be off probation.
I will then be able to work less, as I will not need the hours as much, so I will probably work a schedule such as monday tuesday wednesday, saturday, and that'll give me free time on friday and sunday. you may be asking yourselfs, hey? he skipped thursday. Thursday is reserved for housecleaning so that my parents dont bitch at me... lol
But yes I will say it again I may be getting off probation this month, or possibly very early next month, needless to say, if I'm off probation when my birthday comes round, I'm getting stoned and drunk, piss off if you dont like it. also sometime in October I'm doing the same (cousins b-day) but thats gonna be the just of my partying for the 2008 year.

Lately I have been getting more depressed, and more depressed, and more depressed, etc.
this is due in part to things like, I can't gain weight, I dont want to quit smoking bad enough, getting stronger isn't good enough, I f#cked up a tendon just above my calf whilst running 2-3 months ago , and it still acts up when I run, stretching will probably prevent this but it slips my mind everytime. Other things also are on my mind, these are the ones I'm having the most difficult with. With my leg being the way it is, i really need to train it to prepare it for the army with I plan on joining in November.

3 months into parkour, and I hadn't gotten any better, this pissed me off excruciatingly so and I lost motivation, I wasnt getting any better. I stuck with it though up until my 5 month video, like most of you know I was trying to mess with my moviemaker just to check out my editing skills, however I chose to use parkour as a editing project to see how good I was getting since I had started. my kong didnt look as perfect as I wanted it to, and my speed vault was a disgrace. However this is the APK and you all told me it was cool and I was doing great, it was a nice confidence boost but was short lived, after I messed up my leg, I tried to do my kong again and found that I was worse off then when I had started.
To get straight to the point my parkour progression was slower than I could stand, my impatience got the best of me. So I quit and started studying everything I could about every technique I'd ever seen, and came to the conclusion that the basics were all I needed and from there I would grow, this pissed me off more as I was no closer to understanding how I could progress fast. I was fearful that I would never get any better. I'm not very good at following my own advice, but I am my biggest critic.

So. for the past few weeks, i have been starting at phase one. rolls and landings. jumping the last few stairs on EVERY staircase and landing the way I should, and rolling in my livingroom, I must admit that although my landings could use more work, my rolls have greatly improved, I also found that if I pretend to be a ninja, that it makes practicing more fun.... dont laugh at me.. lol however I keep hitting my hipbone everytime I roll, I'll post a video to get a second opinion on it later this month, till then I'll keep practicing till I can figure it out.

My precisions are now more than 6 feet, I dont have an exact measurement but I was precisioning at work and the gap was more than 6 ft probably closer to 7.5 I'll measure it tomorrow, however I dont get online much anymore as I will reveal below, so it may be later this month till I can post it here.

precisions, rolls, and landings are what I'm focusing on. I'm putting as much energy and time into as I can. but along with my workouts it does seem like I'm able to put less and less effort forth. I have purchased a weight set for 50 dollars with 216lbs of weight, and stopped attending MMA classes, due to the fact that court comes first, and fun comes last in regards to money, and I couldnt afford it. However my time there has helped me form my workouts, and I have become stronger in these past few weeks than since I started parkour. my benchpress pre-mma was 60lbs 1rm, it is now at a 100lbs. 1rm(1rm=1 rep max?, feel free to correct me) so my strength has skyrocketed, or so to speak.

I plan on practicing other techniques more thoroughly in august, as I wont have time this july, I've had to fix me work schedule and I wont be getting ANY days off. however in the wee hours of the morning, I plan on waking up hella early, stretching and going for a run, just a 5-10 minute run to help my leg get used to running again, and help prepare myself for the army, later I will make it a 10-15 minute run and so on, then when I feel that my leg can take it try a running a mile in 10 minutes.

needless to say I plan on getting very serious with my training, and striving to quit smoking. I know I've said it time and time again that I was gonna quit and haven't been able to yet, I'll will try my hardest this time, also it may be easier cause I'm gonna buy quit smoking patches to help calm the craving into non-existance. My co worker casey uses them and has had magnificent results.

I understand this is very long, and if you took the time to read through it I congratulate you. I have problems using a paragraph when one word will do... lol

I dont know what else to say, if I forgot anything I'll probably just keep it to myself. I just needed to get out as much as I could. Thanks for sticking with me. the next few months are gonna be hell, but it's always darkest before dawn.

Good night fellow traceurs and traceusses


« on: June 13, 2008, 08:38:50 PM »
Last night was my first class, well technically is was a free class just so I could get the hang of things, immediately I signed on, and WOW I'm still sore from last night, this is the first time in a long time I've felt my bodyweight workouts the day after, the night after even it's exciting. However I will probably only be able to practice parkour once or twice a week. I've laid off for the past month because I messed up something (tendon?muscle?) on my upper calf, like behind my knee, I'm sure it's not my Achilles, but maybe one of the other tendons, regardless it hasn't healed yet, every time I run the pain starts up again. But anyways I'm so excited.

If anyone here is in MMA or has done it, tell me all you can, I'm in the mood to learn EVERYTHING.. lol


Parkour And Freerunning / A Better Human
« on: June 04, 2008, 07:32:34 PM »
All information herein is made up of fact, opinion, and speculation. Do not attempt to bash the author with mindless rabble, and tried insults. He does not care.
All contributions are extremely welcome however.

A Better Human


Many often fantasize about what the human body is capable of, and fewer more try to achieve this. Be it Olympic athletes, or your average Joe, these few strive for a perfection they believe that is attainable. Through rigorous physical training, they push their bodies to the limits. They goals come from limits the set from previous perfectionist. So now lets delve into a world few know about, and only gasp at the results derived from said world. However, to get an understanding of what we're about to go through, we must start at the beginning.


The evolution of humans is a long line, of slow changes. From bone structure, to intellectual advances, and more.
To start with we have the many human species of the past, all of whom were well adapted to their situations, and the circumstances of their particular time.
We have:

Australopithicus Ramidus

Australopithicus Afarensis

Australopthicus Africanus

Australopithicus Robustus

Homo Habilis

Homo Erectus

Homo Sapiens

Homo Sapiens Neandertalensis

Homo Sapiens Sapiens

To save time I will skip the explanation for each, you may do your own research, but I do not wish to.

As for the short on evolution, here is an exerpt:

In biology, evolution is the process of change in the inherited traits of a population of organisms from one generation to the next. The genes that are passed on to an organism's offspring produce the inherited traits that are the basis of evolution. Mutations in genes can produce new or altered traits in individuals, resulting in the appearance of heritable differences between organisms, but new traits also come from the transfer of genes between populations, as in migration, or between species, in horizontal gene transfer. In species that reproduce sexually, new combinations of genes are produced by genetic recombination, which can increase the variation in traits between organisms. Evolution occurs when these heritable differences become more common or rare in a population.

Now onto issues of my own mind, much of this will hardly be fact, but it does touch on a few issues I believe to be relevant to my overall cause.

The people of the past, or cavemen if you wish. Were well-adapted to their environment like I said previously, they weren't the best humans I believe, because their intelligence was lacking, but they were in an intense physical fitness due to their hunter-gatherer lifestyle. This is what humans we're made to do, be a part of the earth, not the center of it. However due to our growing curiosity and our drive for more, we have evolved into a people that is controlled by paper, and illusioned power.
Power, true power doesn't exist, it's all an illusion. There is however control, which is often misconstrued as power, but in fact the two are quite different, with some similarities. Control, is what humans do, power is the way of the wild. The lions have power, the gazelle do not. Alpha is powerful, Beta is submissive, such is the way of the wild, lion vs. gazelle.

Back onto topic though, with evolution it is simply take what is useless and throw it out, keep what isn't. This brings me onto present times. With the growing obesity issue it is clear that it is reeking havoc upon the world. Mother nature has seen that intelligence is the key to survival, and physical movements become less and less important in todays eye. There is plenty time in a day to exercise and get out and be active, yet people use excuses well enough you would have thought they were born with the skill. Motivation decreases for anything except money, and laziness is on the rise. I hear these words everyday, "I worked all day, I don't have to be active!"
Yes but would you like to? Most do, but then again don't, they want results, but they don't want to take the journey towards those results, nor do they want to even take the first step.
With evolution, in my opinion it seems it's seeing this and realizing, ok.. we're coming to a point where I can get rid of strength here, and put intelligence there.
Again in my opinion, evolution is simply the genetic form of adaptability. Think, if the world continues on the road it's headed, will there ever be a need to move again? No! Teleporters, remote controls, ear phones, voice-controlled devices, all created to make you as comfortable as possible(read: to move as little as possible) it's disgusting. The draft if ever reinstated will really be a good thing as far as exercise goes, as far as the down side of the draft, those pieces are apparent.(read: death)

Here is an excerpt Kate Hardings website. Her site in itself may not hold much as far as fact is concerned, but she took this excerpt from an article, of which I cannot find.
Below I will post more from her site, but the immediate below is something she "borrowed".

    In the nearer future, humans will evolve in 1,000 years into giants between 6ft and 7ft tall, he predicts, while life-spans will have extended to 120 years, Dr Curry claims.

    Physical appearance, driven by indicators of health, youth and fertility, will improve, he says, while men will exhibit symmetrical facial features, look athletic, and have squarer jaws, deeper voices and bigger penises.

    Women, on the other hand, will develop lighter, smooth, hairless skin, large clear eyes, pert breasts, glossy hair, and even features, he adds. Racial differences will be ironed out by interbreeding, producing a uniform race of coffee-coloured people.

I believe the above to be true, as evolution is already proving it, however there is the information below to take into consideration.

The descendants of the genetic upper class would be tall, slim, healthy, attractive, intelligent, and creative and a far cry from the “underclass” humans who would have evolved into dim-witted, ugly, squat goblin-like creatures.

Um, how is that different from the way people regard thin, rich people vs. fat, poor people now?

Oh wait, it’s not. Which explains a lot.

Arguing the science here would be just too much for my tiny, female, humanities-trained, goblin-like brain. Maybe the human race will be split into Eloi and Morlocks in 100,000 years — the great thing about being an evolutionary theorist (or a sci fi writer) is, you’ll never find out if you’re wrong. But let’s take a look at some of Oliver Curry’s assumptions about just which characteristics we’ll select for as we get “choosier.”

Okay, wait, first, there’s the assumption that we will get choosier. Note that he specifically says this is with regard to picking sexual partners, not mucking around with genetic engineering. So, everyone who can’t bag a tall, slim, healthy, creative person is just gonna… abstain from sex? ‘Cause… why again? Article doesn’t say.

It does, however, tell us just how we’re all gonna get prettier before we split off into the hottie and goblin sub-species.

Eloi, and Morlocks are the two seperate species fromt he movie "Time Machine" Rent it at blockbuster.

I may not have been clear before, but we do have active people in the world today, and those people will pass down good genes, the "others" will not. Sorry, good is not a good term, "preferable" is more acceptable I think.

More on Evolution later.


On a lighter note away from obesity, and such.
A better human will obviously be better equipped to handle the hardships thrown at it, a stronger body is a must for this. Yet the ability to remain lean while be incredibly strong is unheard of in this day and age. Imagine being able to lift 600 pounds in one arm, yet not being much bigger than Brad Pitt. Unheard of? Indeed.

Yet as time goes on, this will undoubtedly become reality, it's only a matter of how long will it take?

In the future, I believe physical abilities may break the impossible barrier. Such as lifting 1000lbs in one arm, whilst remaining the size of Brad Pitt. An impossible feat of strength by todays standards, but things change and the humans of the future could even look at this feat as weak.

However, I'm not trying to talk about what has happened, and what may happen. This is simply to explain what will happen.(more later)

As people grow and experiment, and invent. We are constantly given another brick for the wall, raising standards, and knowledge. And as a side-product, becoming more intelligent. Although genetics is helping out in that field, our ingenuity is far surpassing anything genetics, and mother nature could ever possibly hope to compete with. For Christ sakes we can completely change the appearance of someone with our technology today.
Uncontrollable A.I., two separate species of humans, complete destruction of our earth because of our actions. We have all heard the speculations of the coming human-created apocalypse, and some of the rumors may actually be true in the end. But lets take a walk down "Reality Road" and take a look at whats possible for the world.
With our growing intelligence, and ingenuity, would it be possible to completely change the earth into a better place to live? Or is this something that even we cannot control? For instance, we have the chance right now, the opportunity to really fix the Global Warming problem, yet we do nothing, because as I said before, paper and illusioned power are in the way.
In the years to come we WILL realize our mistake, and that we should have done something more about it.
(More Later)


Sorry guys, I just can't finish it right now, I'm going through a stressful time, and I'm going for a walk!

This forum is my only option as far as saving my work, so bear with me, as you will have the opportunity to witness it's creation.
See you all later!

Pics & Vids / Funny Videos from Paddy
« on: May 15, 2008, 03:51:52 PM »

Socialize / Survive
« on: May 09, 2008, 08:56:28 PM »
As traceurs we like to think we can survive, or at least escape a situation.

But what are some other skills useful for surviving?
Wilderness, urban, apocalyptic?

This is my contribution, I thought it may be useful considering my background.

Discuss, contribute, etc..

Parkour And Freerunning / Crap, I've got to start over
« on: May 08, 2008, 11:19:08 AM »
I went for a little pk session about 15-20 minutes ago, and I tried a kong first... I screwed up and messed up my ankle and right knee.
so I went for a speed vault somehow missed me handing and landed on my ass, next was the gate vault I don't even want to get into it but suffice to say my head hurts now, I tried a simple monkey vault and clipped my feet and landed hard on my hands and scraped them up. I don't feel the need to go into much more detail but I feel that I need to reevaluate my training and start over.

if you guys check out my new remix you'll see how bad I am at parkour anyways, so it's time I think to start over and get it right this time.
I haven't progressed at all really except with my kong, and I messed it up today.

So.. I don't know what to do.
I guess read all the beginner stuff first.

also, how would I strengthen my knees. like inside my knee is what hurt not around it... how would I go about doing that?
squats for sure, but that'll strengthen the muscles, not the knee itself.. I don't know what to do.. lol
somehow in the past few months I've gone from good, to stage 1 again.

hmm.... I'm going to go to every site on the internet as far as learning everything again, but any advice is welcome, I just really want to know how to strengthen my knee's I've looked around the internet(google.. gotta love it) but to no avail, perhaps some of you know of any sites I may have overlooked? I'll check again.

Pics & Vids / Paddy's Remix
« on: May 08, 2008, 10:17:19 AM »
I made this remix, because I was bored and wasn't able to find my moms camera.. lol
Watch it to the end cause there's a "tip" for y'all.

Socialize / America
« on: May 05, 2008, 11:45:42 AM »
is going to shit.

Consumer Whores / Barefoot Alternative!!!
« on: April 29, 2008, 10:47:32 AM »
I found these shoes at my local REI store(it's an outdoor sports store) and I thought they were the SHIT!
They've got hella grip, as for comfort I'm unsure I didn't try them on, and they look cool.. lol

what do ya'll think?

Socialize / Help Me Please!!!
« on: April 26, 2008, 08:29:08 PM »
I want to QUIT smoking cigarettes.
unfortunately everything that I've been able to find via internet to quit smoking requires money to buy expensive products.

I need help, I need as much information as I can possibly get.
I also need all information to be backed up by evidence, research, etc....

If you have a "home-remedy" that has helped you or a friend I would also like to know that(but specify that it's a "home-remedy)

Please.. Please.. Please.. Help Me!!!!!

I'm sick and tired of smoking, and also I'm sick and tired because of smoking!!

Socialize / I'm turning myself in today.
« on: April 21, 2008, 02:42:53 PM »
I'll be gone for 3 months, and won't be able to practice parkour, SUCKS! oh well I can work on my fitness while I'm in jail.

I promise I won't be making the same mistake again Terry.

Peace guys! See ya in a few months.


Socialize / Where would I learn...
« on: April 15, 2008, 11:50:40 PM »
Breakdancing, I want to learn breakdancing to supplement my parkour, however   I seem to be running into all the wrong websites, cause the ones I'm finding aren't for beginners.

Do "learn to breakdance" websites exist? and if so, can you give me a link to a good one?

Parkour And Freerunning / Ways To Be A Better Traceur
« on: April 15, 2008, 07:42:52 PM »
"A Bad Traceur Practices A Technique Till He Gets It Right, A Good Traceur Practices A Technique Until He Cannot Get It Wrong"

The above quote has a lot of meaning to me. As it is something I live by every time I train.

Hello, and Welcome to this thread which I hope will become something of a "big deal" here at the forums.
I wish to have inside this thread advice, tips, and the like which can help beginners become great traceurs, and great traceurs become even better.

All advice, etc, contained herein will be directed at the philosophical, and mental side of parkour, as well as touching ever so slightly on the physical side of parkour. I say this because quite obviously, we have a movements section, and general fitness section.

As the name implies, and as I know it is possible.
This thread will focus on achieving 1000 ways to become a better traceur.

I will start with number one. this is somethig every traceur should already know by heart.

#1:"Be strong, to be useful"

We've heard it many times I'm sure, but have we really dissected it to really benefit from it? There are many types of strength, physical strength is the most obvious and the one we most commonly think of, but what about mental strength? spiritual strength(keep in mind spiritualness and religion are not the same)
Mental strength can be thought of as the conquer of fear to better oneself and be more useful. Where as spiritual strength can commonly be thought of as willpower. We could go more in depth but I merely wish to open your eyes to a more open-minded thinking, and not to direct your thoughts as the architecture of todays world seems to do.

I have but one request to further post that add onto the number here, and that is to explain your answer more thoroughly, such as I have done.(Although, I didn't really write an article about strength here, but it's on the to-do list, bear with me)

I'm excited to see what you all have to contribute.

 ;D :D

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