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Pics & Vids / Pics of The Youngest traceur
« on: June 09, 2006, 09:02:18 AM »
I am a member of Texas Parkour and I have been "training" a friend's son for a little while and we are both having fun in the process. His name is Franklin and he is 3 years old and he is completely fascinated with parkour. I have started filming a bit with him but I still have a ways to go on that project. I wanted to post a few pics to show what Franklin the Great (as I call him) has going on. He inspires me and sheds new a light on things by having the approach of a child, pure and free.

Socialize / What's the name of that song?
« on: February 28, 2006, 12:50:47 PM »
Does anyone know the name of the song that is in the Rush Hour video with Belle? It's the French rap song.

Socialize / Is FXW homoerotic?
« on: February 28, 2006, 05:29:17 AM »
Is Freestyle Walking directly related to homoeroticism? You be the judge.

Pics & Vids / MA training at a PK workshop (and bonus pics)
« on: February 23, 2006, 08:54:13 AM »
A couple of us from our parkour group (Texas Parkour) have been incorporating martial arts into our training. Some of us get together and work on various techniques. We had a gym workshop and some of us decided to do some martial arts stuff. Everyone who participated in this had fun but the majority of the people in the first scene have had no MA training and so I didn't get to dive as deep into all that I had planned out. This is just the start of of us trainng MA & PK. We are not calling it Par Fu or anything stupid like that. It's just training and I want to continue this with other traceurs who have MA experience. SO hopefully more videos will follow with time.

also, I attended a Xtreme Fighting Challenge and here are a couple pic from that.

Chuck Liddell

back of Chuck's head

the back of my head and Chuck

Me hoping up on the ring after the fights to grab a mouthpiece before security notices

me and Paul Buentello

Chuck is the current heavyweight champ at the UFC
and Paul Buentello is coming off a big win against Gilbert Aldana at UFC 57 witha  record of 28-8-0 (win-loose-draw)
Chuck Liddell's record is 18-3-0

Pics & Vids / Why Parkour has a bad rap
« on: February 16, 2006, 12:39:13 PM »
Is this why parkour is labeled as being "extreme" and "highly dangerous"? I understand that the majority of us has had their bumps, lumps, and buises. That comes with any contact sport/art/discipline,  but is it the untrained fools who do things beyond their level of training (if they have trained at all that is) and think pk is just about doing "crazy stuff"

Socialize / HAGAKURE: Book of the Samurai
« on: February 10, 2006, 01:52:07 PM »
Lately I have been reading from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai and I wanted to pass along a couple quotes that I feel had a impact on me when I apply them to my modern day obstacles and outlooks.

"It is a good thing to see the world as a dream. When you wake up and tell yourself that it was only a dream. It is said that the world we live in is not a bit different from this."
(when I get oversensitive :P I sit back and breathe, realizing that this does not matter)

"It is said that what is called "a spirit of and age" is somehing to which one cannot return. That this spirit gradually dissapates is due to the world's coming to an end. For this reason, although one would like to change today's world back to the spirit of one hundred or more years ago, it cannot be done. Thus it is important to make the best out of every generation."
(people say everything was better "in the old days" I make my Present Day my Spirit of an Age)

"According to what one of the elders said, taking an enemy on the battlefield is like a hawk taking a bird. Even though it enters into the midst of a thousand of them, it gives no attention to any bird other than the one it has first marked."
( I apply this to my FOCUS)

"When one has made a decision to kill a person, even if it will be very difficult to succeed by advancing straight ahead, it will not think twice about going at it in a long roundabout way. The Way of the Samurai is one of immediacy, and it is best to dash in headlong."
(one word comes to mind- Efficiency. EVEN if you have to work at it, but take the direct path or you might get lost along the way)

Parkour And Freerunning / training before parkour
« on: February 03, 2006, 07:14:33 AM »
I am interested as to what all previous training people have before they started parkour like martial arts, sports, and such. I think it helps give a understanding as to what all elements composed each traceur. If you have the time to give a nice little explanation of how it affects you now (in the pk world) that woudl be great.

Martial Arts:
 2+ yrs Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
 2 yrs Muay Thai       
 1  1/2 yrs Capoeira (Angola)

  2 yrs soccer
  1/2 yr skateboard
  1 yr  tennis (mostly just to be around the ladies ;))
Even though I may not actively train all this in a dojo or school, the elements are still within me and are applied when relevant.
I started doing "monkey walking" on a regular basis and I always incorporate Capoeira movements when doing that. I do Muay Thai exercises because of its many leg conditioning benefits. BJJ, Capoeira, and skateboarding have all helped increase my balance, stamina, and coordination.

Injuries - Discussion / PK ankles
« on: January 26, 2006, 07:58:32 AM »
I'm sure most seasoned Traceurs have had a sprained ankle or 2. I like most others are no different. I have sprained my left ankle several times over the years but I have been enjoying several months of injury free playing ** knocks on wood**

I still feel pain on a regular basis and I feel that my left ankle is weaker than my right. I am still able to do all my functions (6-8ft drops no problem and all that good stuff)  Is this just something that I will have to deal with?
I don't feel that I am limited in what I can do but I feel that I am hindered in my progression, that my ankle won't let me go further.

insight as to my training/rehab:

wobble disk exercises
do circles and spell out alphabet with foot at night
regualr pk training (i don't feel that I overtrain)
gymnastic once a week

Can my ankle ever be as good as it once was?
or do I just need to get over it?

Socialize / Andi is mean and Deft is overly-sensitive
« on: January 17, 2006, 06:39:07 AM »
no flips, so all the tricksters, dont bother.

Are you just trying to be offensive? As if all freestylists can't enjoy a "traditional" video. That also denies the fact that most people who consider themselves "traditionalists" actually take the time to learn/train/and share freestyle movements. I know I would get my little smite box clicked on a couple times if I were that blatantly rude.

Parkour And Freerunning / cool vs crazy
« on: December 29, 2005, 05:14:12 PM »
I have mixed feelings when I come across a "amazing but crazy" video like the Divinsky clans. We all are familiar with the guy who always wears those gray sweatpants and no shirt. The guy is INCREDABLE! He has no fear. (at least none that is shown in any of his videos.) He puts his life on the line in every vid. of his I have seen. He does huge drops on a regular basis and frequently does things from dangerous heights. Of course, everytime I watch a vid of his my jaw literally drops and I am filled with excitement/amazement. It blows me away and I wish I had skill levels that were. I noticed vids like these always get put into a "best videos" category. SO what I wonder is for us (people who practise this sport/art/discipline.) When do we draw the line on praising people who are constantly risking their life. ( i know people here on APK like the mods, admins, and the regulars don't encourage foolishness in PK.) I am thinking grand scale here. but I feel for the most part that people love the highly dangerous stuff that, if practised on a regular basis, will lead to wornout knees/ankles and everything else if not death. On the counter of this traceurs are not couch potatoes and we all crave a certain level of excitement. When does it become too much?

Pics & Vids / no need for a title
« on: December 20, 2005, 07:32:05 AM »

Pics & Vids / Texas Parkour: San Antonio
« on: November 29, 2005, 09:18:54 AM »
I am aiming for two birds with this one stone here. I am posting another vid of our group but something I wanted to share about our group is that we are a multi-city based group. We have a strong ties in Austin, San Antonio, and Kerrville as well as some others in the central TX area. Once a month people from one city carpool to another to jam which allows us to ACTUALLY MEET other traceurs that would otherwise only be names on a message board and to jam in MULTIPLE cities on a regular basis. I think most groups are formed by a couple friends or schoolmates who rarely meet new traceurs and who hardly get to jam in areas unfamiliar to them. I'm just wondering if other groups link together on a regular basis or anything like that. I just thinkour group formed something special that I would like to see occur more often with other groups.
Well, enough of my rant and raves check out the vid..

3 vids we have posted on line right now from different cities

TX PK: Uprising            - Austin
TX PK: 2nd pk sampler  - San Antonio
Guadalupe Jam             - Kerrville

Pics & Vids / Texas Parkour Jam: Urpising
« on: November 29, 2005, 06:39:18 AM »
Here is a video of a jam from the Texas Parkour group.
It was filmed on a day when KVUE news came out and filmed a little story about our group. That will air within the next couple of weeks and I will post that when I have my hands on it, but here is what I made in the mean time.

We are a freestyle group who utilizes freedom of movement and expression and we try to stay within the realm of "true" parkour as much as possible. (My only real complaint about the vis is our general lack of speed) but it was a fun day and who participated had fun.

enough said here it is

Pics & Vids / some pics from a guy in Texas
« on: November 23, 2005, 12:17:41 PM »
just a couple random pics from some of my pk adventures


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