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Pics & Vids / BOB SAGAMONSTER! - The Original Motion Picture
« on: March 03, 2011, 10:09:55 AM »
When you've got and hour until the next class, and a beautiful day outside, sometimes you've got to make a decision. I'm a human being BOB SAGAMONSTER and I will train today!


APK Productions and the Tribe Proudly Present...

Pics & Vids / APK in Bogota, Earth
« on: March 15, 2010, 12:20:50 PM »
So we went to Bogota. It was awesome. Adrian was there and Ryan was there and Amanda was there and so was I. I filmed some stuff in a million D's. You can see all the D's right here:

Pics & Vids / good job!
« on: December 19, 2009, 08:57:00 PM »
Hey Guys. My name is Frosti. So, here's the thing: I took a camera and pointed it at myself, while parkouring. And this was the outcome. I'm Frosti. :-* 8) :P ;D ??? :-*


Training Journals / Frosti Saves The Gym
« on: November 23, 2009, 02:15:42 PM »
Day 1. Epic

Backsquat 5-5-3-3-3-5

Weighted Ring Dips 5-5-3-3-3

Butt thing 15-15-15

Back Ext. 15-15-15


Overhead Press 5-5-5-5


I felt really good about today. I am the strongest man alive. One times somebody sad I were not. They are totally dumb because I am so strong.

Pics & Vids / Frosti - "Prime"
« on: October 02, 2009, 12:40:14 PM »
Started recording a couple things during a late night solo session at Primal to review them, ended up deciding to make a video. Keep checking the new Primal YouTube for more videos.

If you like watching things that look not as good as they could be, then don't watch it in HD. If you do click the HD button...good job!

This is a survey for a group of students in a graduate class at Northwestern University here in Chicago. They're studying parkour and the communities so if you're interested it's pretty standard but they would really appreciate the information and it should only take a couple minutes.


I don't know if anyone has already posted this but if you haven't checked out the training video for the new Wachowski siblings movie Ninja Assassin. It features Rain(that would be Korea's sexiest man if you're wondering, they voted I guess) training and fighting and what not as well as some parkour/freerunning fight sequences. And if I'm not mistaken Rich King of Tempest did the freerunning choreography. Check it out:

Pics & Vids / "Reckon" - New Frosti Vid
« on: December 01, 2008, 02:12:27 PM »
"I reckon I could crane that."
-Shaun Wood

Named in honor of that phrase, these are just some spare clips from a few different cameras I put together just because I hadn't put out anything in a while and I had this badass song. So check it, nothing too serious just a lot of "I reckon I could..." moments. And a whole lot of cranes.

Watch it in HQ fools. You know you want to.

Pics & Vids / Music Video With an Interesting Message
« on: August 12, 2008, 09:53:08 AM »
This is from an Australian Hip-Hop Group called "Hilltop Hoods."

Watch it and see what you think.

I had nothing to do with the creation of the video.

Parkour And Freerunning / The Five Steps
« on: November 01, 2007, 09:02:25 PM »
Hey everyone, I wrote an article about understanding the way we move, and the roots of our discipline.


Pics & Vids / Frosti, Hak, Moses New Video
« on: February 05, 2007, 09:59:25 AM »
Really I just happened to have footage from '06 from a few of our training sessions, i edited most of it over break and then when school started i got too busy, so i just sort of threw some titles on it and thought i would put it out there. So here it is:


Music: Kid Static - "Fight Song"

Pics & Vids / Freerunning pokes it's head in new place
« on: January 31, 2007, 08:37:56 PM »
My mom sent me this clipped from the newspaper today:

Just thought you might like to see.

Parkour And Freerunning / Selling Out...
« on: November 16, 2006, 01:21:16 PM »
So often we hear of people "selling out," they've "prostituted their art," or "are doing it for the money." Coming from a music lover's background I've heard the phrase many times and now in the parkour world I hear it constantly, people bickering on forums, throwing blame on others who they see as selling out. But what does it mean to sell out? To most peopel they see it as doing parkour for money, using parkour not to help people but instead to get paid. But htat's not what selling out is. A real sell out is someone who does something not because they want to do but because they are expected to. These people have just become pawns to other people's whims and are going against something they believe in. When someone gets paid to do parkour they aren't necessarily selling out. I've done jobs where I did parkour but I wasn't degrading myself, and I would not do anything to hurt parkour. If an employer asked me to do a flip off a building then explain how that was parkour I wouldn't do it becuase that would be selling out, if someone told me it was my job to yell "EXTREME HARDCORE FREESTYLE!" Everytime I did a jump in a parkour demonstration I wouldn't because that would be selling out, when I started to do things that I knew weren't right or I didn't want to do then I would be selling out. But I love to do parkour, and I do it whenever I can and if I can make it a larger part of my life then I am goign to do it, but I don't believe in selling. I don't believe that most of the bands that are reffered to as "sell outs" really are, they've been given the freedom to do what they love as a way to make a living and so they have the opportunity to do something others only dream of. I think people look down on a lot of people who have done jobs through parkour, and those people are entitled to those opinions, but think before labeling someone a sell out, because when you label someone you are defining how they feel about something they most likely feel very strongly about, and becuase you most likely have no idea how they feel about parkour you have no right to label them at all. Parkour is all of ours, and some people have done some bad things to it and some people have done some good things for it, but the one thing we can all control is how we deal with one another. As much as we view each other differently we have to understand that we are just people practicing parkour, something we all care about, so before you criticize, before you label, before you "flame" or attack onther person on a forum, bash another website, remember that these people are still a part of the community, just like you. A lot of you weren't here, but it was only a few years when this community didn't exist, we're still young and growing, don't let us turn against ourselves now in the beginning. There is a proverb that states: "One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade." Let's work together now to build a strong foundation for the future of parkour.

Pics & Vids / Frosti at it again...
« on: August 07, 2006, 09:45:04 AM »
Hey i continued on my nostalgic journey to the spots of my youth, here i show you part two, as i hit my first elementary school and just down the road my high school. Please enjoy the second installment of my piece:

Pics & Vids / Back Home
« on: July 31, 2006, 05:42:39 AM »
Since i've been back in less than urban Traverse City(my hometown) i've reverted to training in some of my old spots, i went out and shot this video the other day at the park where i first started my parkour journey.

Memories Pt.1

Comments/Critiques please, enjoy!

Pics & Vids / Frosti says goodbye
« on: May 07, 2006, 05:35:41 PM » Chicago

...for the summer.  ;D With my freshmen year coming to a close i went out one last time to hit a few of my favorite spots and with the help of my trusty tripod i made this:


Pics & Vids / New Feature: Video Of The Month
« on: March 28, 2006, 11:13:15 PM »
This forum has of late been seeing a lot of posts of other people's work, which is in no way a bad thing, it's really great that people use this place to help share videos with everyone that might not have seen them on other forums...but this is American Parkour, so we would like to see what is going on here in the US. So starting this April we will be having a Video of the Month feature, I will be selecting the top few videos that show up here in the forums and put them in a poll for all of you to vote on, the winner will receive a free APK shirt.

We all know there's a lot of talent out there so let's see what you can do, and remember like the POW, it's not just the skill level of the traceur that is being looked at, but also the quality of the film, so with this new PK season just waking up from the Winter get your cameras rolling and show us your stuff!

Pics & Vids / Frosti's trip to Hawaii
« on: January 27, 2006, 12:07:23 PM »
This isn't really much of anything at all jsut some footage i got of myself while i was in Hawaii, it's just the two times i brought my camera with me, the real good stuff happened on my morning runs when i had free range over the malls and buildings it was so incredible the stuff you can do when yo ucan jsut run and not have to worry about goign back to get the camera or your bag. Anyway you can't see it because of the quality but there's two big ole gashes on my back at the end but you'll see why. Nothing too amazing just some fun training.

Parkour And Freerunning / How I was Raised
« on: January 25, 2006, 09:09:24 AM »
All those long years ago when I first saw the Yamakasi on Ripley's Believe it or Not I was much younger than I am today, it played it's part as a piece of the person I am today. I made parkour a part of my life that day, in the local park not a mile from my house, or at least a misguded attempt at it. The same continued when I slowly brought my friends into it, revamped by the new Presto ads showing us more, giving us something to work off of. But there was nothing else, all we could find was a forum almsot entirely comprised of French speaking Traceurs who offered little guidance to some fifteen year old Americans who couldn't speak a word. So we worked it out on our own, naming the moves we'd seen kicking off walls in "Jackie Chan's" or grabbing a wall in a "Squeak" just forming our own ideas about what we should be doing. Even as we accumulated more and more videos it was hard to find what exactly the point was other than to run and not let anything in your way. Over the next few years English speaking groups began to form, even some flicker of a spark appeared in the US eventually introducing me to Moksha Matt and Ando. My excitement peaked as our little group was added to Urban Freeflow's Global Team page, we were beginning to see a community, somethign we could be a part of, somewhere we could learn and grow.

My whole life I've been a part of something, either a student in martial arts or school, a member of a team, or a leader of a group. But throughout all of it a very simple set of ideals was put into my mind at all times: Do your best, work as hard as you can, never quit. To me doing less than my best meant not doing it at all, not working as hard as i could meant cheating, and quiting was always harder than finishing. These rules have gotten to where I am in my life and I am happy with that place. I am happy with the place that the parkour community has grown up with me, i can now look around we and see websites in numerous languages helping newcomers, i can go to jams and training sessions and see peopel i've never seen before there for their first time, i can have people know what it is i'm doign without even telling them the word parkour. To me this means that it has grown, there is that community that i wanted to be a part of so badly all those years ago. And i think with some honesty i can say i have helped that become a reality. Now i know that my presence online hasn't always been so prominent, but i've always been there, trying to help when I could, offering what knowledge I, offering what unique knowlegde I had. But most of all my part has been a more personal one, I live by those three rules. I've done my best, by working as hard as I could in my own training to get to where I am today, and it's not for any money because as a relatively broke art student I have none, but so that when I go to Jams in Michigan, Hawaii, Washington DC, New York, Toronto, or here in Chicago and tehre's someone with a question I can answer it, when there's someone looking for an example I can do it, when there's somebody who doesn't want to go to a jam because they don't feel ready I can go out with them and help them on their own. I'm not trying to be someone's role model or hero, I just want everyone to be able to enjoy the feeling that I get when I run, it's why I'm in the gym almost everyday, why I'm climbing buildings between classes, why I eat healthy, why I watch every video that comes out, why I read every "What Is Parkour?" thread, why I stay after training sessions to just to do a couple more runs, why I have running mixes on my iPod, because I want to be the best I can so I can do somethign with this thing I love. But I know I am only helping individuals right now, each person I show how to do a turn vault to or give them the old "A to B" speech is just one part of the ever growing community for Parkour. Recently I was given a chance to join a group, a group that would stand forth on a nationwide level in front of the the US community and try to do something with this fledgling scene. There would be work they told me, there would be people who hated me they told me, there would be a whole new level of expectations to live up to they said. But there would also be results, there would be people who listened to me, there would be a whole new level of opportunities. This team was an opportunity to push myself harder, to show what I was capable of whether I was aware of it myself or not, one more round to show how far I could go before I couldn't go any farther, this would be my chance to do more than just help one person at a time, to just speak to one set of ears, this would be a way where this community that I had grown up with could become not just what I had dedicated my life to, but actually become my life.

One main this has kept through and remained true from my early days of parkour, a piece of the deifinition that no one can deny, if I am a Traceur I will not let anyhting in my way. I have met people I never would have thought I would meet, gone places I never thought I would go, slept on people's couches listening to voice over dubs of crazy french films, I have done things I never thought I would be capable of, but most of all I've seen this community grow to a level I hadn't even dreamed of so many years ago, and I will not see it break, I will not see it held back, put down, or given up on, because I won't ever give up on it, even if I have to go to each and every person and see them individually this community will never die, we are Traceurs and we will not let anything in the way of our journey. You can laugh, you can deny what I say, you can say what you will and I'll listen to you, but the one thing you can't do is stop is me doing the best I can, working as hard as I can, and never quiting, because that's how I was raised.

Socialize / Tom Yum Goong
« on: December 25, 2005, 03:42:26 PM »
Tony Jaa's new movie with Jon Foo and Lateef Crowder, oh man, incredible. There are some slow parts but it's absolutely incredible. The last fight is one of the most intense things i have ever seen. Tony Jaa is definitely the next guy in martial arts film. If you havne't seen this do it, i'm not sure if it's out in the US yet i had to get it at a special asian store and the quality wasn't all that great but it had subtitles. Any one else seen it yet?

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