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Pennsylvania / Freerunning/Parkour Seminar on July 28th in Allentown
« on: July 15, 2012, 01:29:16 PM »
Lehigh Valley Parkour is proud to announce an exciting new Parkour and Freerunning Seminar in July, along with a budding partnership with Lehigh Valley Sports Academy.

LVSA is a great facility designed for active-minded people. They are a gymnastics facility with a huge training area and lots of great equipment, plus another story of gym equipment, workout rooms, dance rooms, and more.

LVSA will be hosting a Freerunning and Parkour seminar on July 28th, 2012. Here are the details you need to know:

•Where:
Lehigh Valley Sports Academy
1665 E Race St, Allentown PA 18109

•When:
Saturday, July 28th, 2012
1pm-5pm

•Who:
Everyone ages 13+
All skills welcome, beginner to advanced

•Cost: See Website: www.lehighvalleyparkour.com


At this seminar, skills that are very difficult to learn outside on the concrete will be taught. Flips, twists, rolls, jumps, leaps, vaults and spins will make your day full of action and fun. Not to mention a great workout. All of these skills are developed in a fun and safe environment with foam pits, trampolines, bounce-tracks, balance beams, vault boxes, uneven bars, and plenty of padding.

Don't miss this opportunity to either learn the art of Parkour and Freerunning, or if you're already training, further your abilities and experience of the movements.

Taught by Parkour Generations A.D.A.P.T. Certified Instructors utilizing methods passed down directly from the founders of Parkour themselves, this event is something you'd regret missing for a very long time.

If you have any questions at all, do not hesitate to email or call Adam McC at:
adam@lehighvalleyparkour.com
(484) 550-8719

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Pics & Vids / New Urban Current Tutorial: Setting Goals
« on: July 01, 2011, 07:16:15 AM »
Hey all,

Well Urban Current is beginning to change with the times. Our tutorials now have a different focus, more on training and less on individual moves. I hope you enjoy this new tutorial. If you like it, please share it!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7oakYZEWwr8

-Adam

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Pennsylvania / PAPK: Jam for Japan
« on: March 25, 2011, 07:48:58 AM »
Hello all,

I have some incredibly exciting news! Lehigh Valley Parkour is incredibly proud to announce that we will be hosting a charity event: “PAPK: Jam for Japan”. This is a worldwide effort, a part of the “Worldwide Parkour Charity: Traceurs for Japan” Initiative. A growing total of 16 countries including Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Iran, Italy,  Japan, New Zealand, Romania, South Africa, Switzerland, UK, as well as states in the United States including, North Carolina, California, Hawaii, Georgia, Iowa, Nevada, and more are all participating. And now, so is Pennsylvania!

Lehigh Valley Parkour will be hosting a Jam to represent Pennsylvania and all surrounding areas to help raise funds for this wonderful cause. One hundred percent of the funds raised at this jam will be sent directly to the Red Cross to help the victims of the catastrophic earthquake in Japan to rebuild their lands and their lives.

Sound worth your time? I sure hope so. Here’s the information you need to know:

When:
Saturday, April 23rd from 1:00pm – 7:00om

Where:
Quakertown Memorial Park, Quakertown PA.
[ http://maps.google.com/maps?client=safari&oe=UTF-8&ie=UTF8&q=quakertown+memorial+park&fb=1&gl=us&hq=memorial+park&hnear=Quakertown%2C+PA&cid=0%2C0%2C9288482334837110702&z=16&iwloc=A ]

Who:
Anybody! All ages are welcome, all skill levels are welcome. This includes children all the way through full adults. Even if you don’t do Parkour, come by, make a donation, and enjoy watching people jump around! Do some photography, play some live music, bring some food, anything! Anybody is welcome to come and make this event enjoyable and fun for all.

Cost:
The cost for this event per person will be $10. As I said, 100% of the funds raised will be sent directly to the Red Cross.

Additional Info:
-Bring snacks and food and water for yourself!
-Rain or shine, sleet or snow, this event will be taking place. Weather does not affect our ability to get together and make a difference in the world.
-Invite your friends! Tell everyone about it. Gather donations at your school or workplace and bring them to the jam! This is a way for you to be proactive and truly make a difference.
-Bring some extra cash! We’ll be doing additional fundraising activities at the jam, including bake sales! (Who can say no to fresh, soft, home-made cookies?)

-Towards the end of the day, Adam McC will be offering a complimentary Tai Chi, Meditation, Relaxation and Chiropractic Healing session. That alone is enough reason to come.

This is a change to meet a lot of cool people, have a really great time, and be a part of something very powerful. Don’t miss an event like this.

Please visit the Facebook Event and click “Attend”! Or, reply to this message and notify me that you’ll be attending the event!

Also....

LVPK’s good friend John Douglas, who teaches Parkour in the Bloomsburg area and represents the CCPK Community will also be hosting a “Jam For Japan” event on a different day (April 2nd), so be sure to check out his Facebook event so you can attend that as well, hang out at another spot, meet more people, get more training in, eat more cookies, and make even more of a difference for Japan.
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=211841865497258


I am truly looking forward to seeing everyone at this Jam! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


All the best,
-Adam McC
Www.lehighvalleyparkour.com

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Pennsylvania / -New- Parkour Classes in Lehigh Valley
« on: February 12, 2011, 07:08:14 PM »
Hello all,

Just a quick notification that a new system of classes has been set up!

Lehigh Valley Parkour has been teaching classes out of Parkettes Gymnastics Center for a couple of years now, and they have unfortunately been cancelled, recently. However, this is a great opportunity for the community to expand. Stepping out of the gym and into the real, natural environment is only going to take the classes in a better direction.

The new classes are for individuals of any skill level, whether beginner or advanced practitioner. If you're interested in these classes, please contact me! Below is my information. I'd be happy to answer any questions you have and help you get started with your training!

-Adam McC

(484) 550-8719
adam@lehighvalleyparkour.com

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Here's the deal. I'm completely done with seeing these posts about people claiming what Parkour is and what Freerunning is and being purists and expressing themselves. I've tried to individually explain this to these people, but to no avail. Maybe with some background and structure, people will understand. Please, if you consider yourself dedicated to this art we practice, take the time to read this article. It's time to end all these shenanigans.





The Art of Movement: Parkour vs Freerunning

    For the past few years, there has been and endless debate about the difference between Parkour and Freerunning. Now, people can't even agree on whether a video that someone shares is Parkour, or Freerunning, or either. If someone does a frontflip, is it still a Parkour video? If they do gymnastics or tumbling, is it still freerunning? If they do stuntwork, is it just streetstunts? If they are only conditioning, is it actually Parkour? How is it that we categorize our movement? We have names for techniques that make communication more clear, so why can't we do that with our art as a whole, as well? In this article I propose to solve the discussion of Parkour versus Freerunning and give us a universal idea of the movements that we do, and how to categorize our art clearly and concisely.

    To do this, we must take the time to understand the history of where the name of our art comes from. So, let us go back in time:

    First, we begin with the word "parcours". This word, which can be broadly translated as "route" or "course" from the French language, is where it all begins. Most have heard of the military obstacle course "parcours du combattant", which is the French military obstacle course, similar to what American soldiers train in during boot camp to improve their agility and strength in preparation for a battlefield. It is from this word "parcours" that all things originate. So imagine, if you would, a hierarchy of words, with "parcours" at the top.

    The next step we need to do is begin looking at the people involved in the beginnings of our art. For now, we will primarily consider David Belle, Sebastian Foucan, and the Yamakasi. Consider each of these three groups a branch off of "parcours". Yamakasi, a word from the Lingala language meaning "Strong body", "Strong spirit", "Strong person", was a collection of practitioners who dedicated themselves to betterment through the discipline of training their art. Anyone who has trained with the Yamakasi, or as a few of them are now known, "Majestic Force", will hear them refer to it as "ADD", or L'art du Deplacement, which translates into "The Art of Movement". Why? Because this is the name they gave the art. They studied movement, and considered it an art, thus, the Art of Movement.

    The second branch comes from David Belle himself. David Belle trained with, but did not stick with the group of the Yamakasi for long. We all know of David Belle because he made himself more known, and made the art that he trained more public and brought it to media attention through movies and through the internet. Because of his goals to share the art based on his personal philosophy on Parkour, he wanted to make the art more appealing to the public. Thus, he took the original word "parcours" and changed it. He removed the silent "s" at the end of the word, and changed the softer letter "C" to the harder letter "K", to give the word a more hard, urban edge. Thus, the same type of movement changed name from "parcours" to "Parkour".

    The third and final branch this article will go into comes from Sebastian Foucan. Seb was also one of the original "Yamakasi" but like David Belle, decided to make his own way through the media. Foucan made his major debut in "Jump London", a documentary responsible for a great amount of awareness of the art of Parkour in Europe and even America. The term "Freerunning" was invented specifically for this documentary to make the art more self-descriptive. A foreign word like "Parkour" or "L'art Du Deplacement" does not describe what the art is very well to English speakers, and so they created a new name, Freerunning, for the purpose of clear communication to the audience of the documentary.

    Thus, we can see that all three names of the art are simply titles that were given by different people at different times for specific purposes. They were not splits from the original ideal based on a conflict of movement or principle. They are simply the three different directions that three different people or groups of people went. But they all origin from the same thing.

    So how does this help us categorize what our art is now? Well, in explaining the reasons for the three branches, we also will answer how it is that we can think of our art.

    To make it simple, the reason that these three different names were invented was because of the difference in the individuals who practiced the art. David Belle had his own personal philosophy which differers from Foucan which differs from the Yamakasi, and thus each changed the art just slightly to adapt to their lives and their purposes. What this boils down to is that each person takes the art of what we are calling Parkour and uses it for their own specific purposes. Some train for exercise. Some train for the fun. Some train for the community. Some train for self-betterment. Some train for multiple, all, or none of these. Everybody has their own reasons why they train Parkour. And so, Parkour goes through small changes on an individual basis, in order to adjust to each person.

    The same concept applies to movement, as well as purpose. Even though there are specific movements in Parkour, every person moves differently. Every person has movements they prefer, and movements they do not prefer. Often, this is dictated by the environment that the practitioners live in. Also, there are previous experiences that come into play. Martial artists, gymnasts, breakdancers, track and field athletes, every person adds their own experience and background to the art of Parkour.

    What this means is that for each and every person, in both movement and purpose, Parkour is different. My Parkour is different from your Parkour, which is different from John Smith's Parkour. We all train the same thing, but in our own way; Just as we can all go over the same obstacle, but in our own way. Parkour is a completely individual art that adapts to the person, just as movements adapt to the environment.

    This gives us two options. The first option is to personally rename Parkour, just as Foucan and Belle did, so that each and every person has their own name for what they do. This of course, would make global communication very difficult, especially as we're trying to expand awareness of what Parkour is to the general public, so that our practice can become more accepted. The second option, which is of course the option I am proposing, is that we all agree to use the words Parkour and Freerunning and L'art du Deplacement as having one meaning, which is the practice of that individual art that we all ourselves train in, according to us. Some may flip, and some may not. Some may condition more, and some many condition less. Some may strive for self-expression, and some may strive for efficiency of motion. But we are all on a path of fulfillment of our own individual goals through movement; a path named Parkour.

-Adam McC

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Injuries - Discussion / Can somebody help me identify this pain?
« on: August 05, 2010, 04:13:24 PM »
While jogging, I've recently been experiencing some sharp pain in my foot. Its difficult to describe, but I'll be as exact as possible. When I jog, after about 20 minutes of going, the pain becomes very sharp and distinctive, to the point of being impossible to ignore. The pain is on the outside of my foot, on the top and on the side. If I had to point to it, I'd be pointing at the Cuboid region.

In the past, I've felt a dull ache there, but bypassed it. It has now moved from a dull ache to real pain, so I can't ignore it any more. Does anybody have idea what kind of pain I'm experiencing? I'm utterly confused. I've never felt this kind of pain.

Also, I've never injured this ankle, past little twists that last no more than a day. No sprains or breaks. At this point, if I roll my ankle all the way over the outside as far as it goes, I begin to feel the pain.

Any ideas?

Let me know if you need any additional information

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Parkour And Freerunning / Tried out new shoes...
« on: June 19, 2010, 07:41:34 PM »
Hey guys. I made this post in "Consumer Whores", but as there were a solid amount of people asking me to make this post, I thought I'd put it in here so everyone could see it.

I recently got a hold of a pair of the new Innov-8 F-lite 230 PK shoes. Innov-8 is a pretty sweet brand that is stepping up to the plate, alongisde 5.10 and Kswiss, in the production of Parkour shoes. I was at a loss whether to buy the new 5.10 Chase's, and this new shoe, and since I already had two FiveTens, I wanted to give these a chance. I'm glad I did.

Here's the review I wrote in the shoe forum.

http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,27745.0.html


Here's the actual product, from their site.

http://inov-8.com/Products-Detail.asp?PG=PG1&L=26&P=5050973023

It's a pretty sexy shoe, I'm thinking it just might start competing up there with the shoes we're all so familiar with.

Anyone else try this out as well?

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Consumer Whores / Innov-8 F-Lite 230 Review!
« on: June 19, 2010, 06:59:38 PM »
Hey everyone! I recently got a hold of the new Lite 230 Innov-8s. I decided, since I couldn't find a good review anywhere, to make one. I've been wearing them consistently for about three weeks just to get over that initial amazement of a new shoe, so now that I've spent some time with it, here it is!



FIT:
On a scale of 1-10, I give these shoes a 9 on fit. They are extremely form fitting, very comfortable around the foot. It's the type of shoe where when you first buy it to put it on, you freak out because you can't get your heel in and you think you got a size too small. But once you stretch them out, they slip on every time. Another bonus is the soft, meshy material that runs all around the shoe. Because of it, you won't get that achilles or side of the ankle irritation that I felt from Ariakes, as well as new 5.10's. They feel soft and broken-in from the first second.



FLEXIBILITY:
On a scale of 1-10, I give these shoes an 8, in terms of flexibility. The best way I can describe this shoe is a Feiyue with a rugged sole. This shoe is flexible enough to roll up into a ball, or fold up in half, or even in three parts. The shoe consists of a thin rubber sole, and a soft, meshy material, thus it really bends whatever way you want. When I stand on a rail, the sole very visibly bends around the rail, giving me so much more control and feel, versus the 5'10s I typically train in. Again, I liken this shoe to the Feiyue, only built in a more rugged and trail-shoe-like design. Follow this link to see how the mesh top of the shoe bends according to the foot. http://i175.photobucket.com/albums/w134/a1s8k0/Adam/IMG_3191.jpg



WEIGHT:
On a scale of 1-10, I give these shoes an 8 in weight. They are incredibly light. Really, you don't notice them on your feet much at all. After wearing these shoes for about a week, I couldn't believe how thick and clunky the 5.10's felt on my foot. As before, I compare these shoes to the Feiyues. I am currently holding one in each hand, and the Innov-8 is just barely heavier.



GRIP:
On a scale of 1-10, and 10 being the grip level of the Fiveten Freerunner, which is the best I've experienced, these shoes get a 7. I find the grip on these shoes perfectly acceptable, but not outstanding, like the Fivetens. On a brick surface, they stick well, probably about the level of the Ariakes, slightly better than the Feiyues. Certainly, levels above that of the typical Nike sneaker at the shoe store. I tried a wall-up that I can usually nail with the FiveTens, and I came up about an inch shorter than usual, in my best try. They definitely stick less than Fivetens, but only a marginal amount. On rails, or smooth surfaces, I find them to be very effective, if not better, than FiveTens. I actually feel more comfortable on rails in these shoes, than in Fivetens. That may be due to the flexibility of the shoe as well, which makes landing easier than the stiffer Fiveten, but I also find, doing some Oleg-style rail work, that they stick nicely if you just give them a dust-wipe. Finally, they defeat my big pet peeve of the FiveTens, which is slipping on wet or damp grass. Because of the smooth surface of the Fivetens, I found it difficult to run hard on wet grass, as the shoes slipped everywhere. These shoes have a track-like bottom, which digs into the grass the way a typical trail shoe does, which gives me confidence when striding and running on grass. Overall, I think the grip is well-above satisfactory, but not as good as FiveTen rubber.



BREATHABILITY:
On a scale of 1-10, these shoes get a 10 for breathability. With the mesh top, my foot feels completely cool and aired out. Despite being a form-fitting shoe that moves with your foot, there is definitely some airflow in there that keeps my foot comfortable. You know that feeling where, after a long day of training, it feels wonderful to take off your shoes? I've never experienced that with these shoes. They always feel great. I do not notice them on my feet at all. I'm actually quite tempted to wear them casually, because they are so comfortable on my foot.



CUSHIONING:
On a scale of 1-10, I give these shoes a 5 for cushioning. They are definitely thinner, lighter shoes. Doing any kind of very high impact movement on concrete, or hard ground, and you will feel it in your foot. However, these shoes do supply more cushioning than I expected, when I first saw how thin the sole was. The rubber on the sole is much harder than expected, especially after spending so much time in the super-soft Feiyues, and so I was pleasantly surprised at how much impact I could take with such a flexible and light shoe. But nonetheless, I wouldn't go doing any 8 foot drops onto a curb with this shoe. The cushioning is, to pick a word, minimally acceptable. It fits my training method perfectly, but if you are used to a shoe with more cushioning, it may be a bit of a surprise. I would say that if you're trying to be lighter with landings, this is a good shoe for transitioning from heavy cushioning to Feiyues/Vibrams/Bare feet. It makes you softer without hurting you.



Durability
On a scale of 1-10, I would give these shoes a 7 for Durability. It's hard to say, as I've only owned them for a month, but after some significant use, I'm seeing no wear, except the rubbing off of the tiny bumps that come on the bottom of the rubber. The ball of the foot area is now flat rubber, but that's been the case for every shoe I've bought, from FiveTens all the way down to Feiyues. I wouldn't say they have exceptional durability, as I have seen some wear, but nothing worse than any other Parkour shoe. The simply fact is, we put these shoes through hell. It'd take one obnoxiously tough shoe to show no wear from what we do.



Price
On a scale of 1-10, I give these a 4 for price. Simply put, they are expensive. They run $95-100$, brand new. If you're already buying FiveTens and shoes upwards of $80 dollars, they are worth looking at, and, in my opinion, a solid contender amongst the top brands. However, if you just want some cross-trainers for starting your training, I'd buy some cheaper shoes and save up for these.



GENERAL COMMENTS:
Overall, I give these shoes a total of an 8/10, as a shoe. This is the same score I would give the FiveTens, which I have been wearing for over a year. The trade off is this. FiveTens give more cushioning and grip, while the Innov-8 are WAY more comfortable and way more light, look hella sexy, and just fit my training method these days, as I like thinner, lighter shoes. Basically, I'm a big fan of these. I own Ariakes, Fiveten V1s, FiveTen V2's, Feiyues, and now these. These are my favorite shoes.




The Bottom Line:
This seems repetitive, but the bottom line is, I highly suggest these shoes. I really like them. If someone said should I spend the money on them, and they were willing to put out that much money on shoes, I'd say, get these. These are exactly the shoes you want if you want to be able to perform most movements, but would like to focus on control and sensitivity and feel.

Pros:
Lightweight
Flexible
Breathability
They. Look. Sexy.
Fairly Durable
Sensitivity

Cons:
Grip is good, not amazing.
Not a lot of cushioning
Expensive.




Let me know if you guys have any questions!

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Parkour And Freerunning / Quick Q: CO National Jam?
« on: May 08, 2010, 05:43:55 PM »
Hey guys,

I got a question from somebody about the when the national jam in CO is. I searched around and couldn't get a solid answer. Is one even planned at this time? I feel like it wasn't that long ago.

Anybody know? I'd like to get back to this fellow.

Much appreciated.

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Pics & Vids / Some Model Work
« on: April 13, 2010, 06:15:01 PM »
Hey guys! Thought I'd share how lame I am.

I was hired (thanks to Ty and Gabe) for a Lehigh Valley Mall modeling shoot in Philly. Well, the pictures are finally out!

I'm sorry to say, they cropped the pictures a little, and the quality isn't that great, but I will soon receive the full quality versions. In the meantime, check out the Lehigh Valley Mall homepage to see all (but one of) the pictures they took of us. The second link is a really sweet behind the scenes video you gotta watch.

Pictures:
http://www.lehighvalleymall.com

Behind the Scenes Video:
http://www.lehighvalleymall.com/index.php#events-and-videos

Also! Those of you within range, if you drive by the Lehigh Valley Mall, I will also appear on a highway billboard, facing both ways on Route 22. Pictures of that will be up soon enough as well.

Enjoy!

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Hawaii / Adam's Comin' Home!
« on: April 11, 2010, 06:57:48 PM »
Hey guys!

My sis, who's still in Hawaii, is graduating this coming May, and I'm coming down to visit!

I'll be there on May 14, going to her graduation on Saturday May 15th, and I'll be free for a couple days after that. So if you guys are able to get a jam or hike or BBQ or something going that Sunday or Monday, I'd be all about catching up with my old HIPK family, and meeting all the new members!

Lemme know what you guys figure out! I can't wait to see everyone again.

-Adam McC

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Socialize / Lehigh Valley Parkour on FormSpring!
« on: March 23, 2010, 07:55:07 PM »
I decided to waste hours of my life.. I mean.. create a FormSpring for LVPK! A good chance to answer some questions and see whats up with fellow members of the Parkour community in America. Curious how we do? What events we're runnin? How many girls we have? Ask anything you like.

http://www.formspring.me/LehighValleyPK


-Adam McC
Lehigh Valley Parkour
www.lehighvalleyparkour.com

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In the Media / M2 on A&E Real Life Criminals commercial?
« on: February 19, 2010, 10:37:26 AM »
M2, I just saw a guy who looked shockingly like you running along, doing tic tacs off trees and performing landings on a TV commercial. That you?

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Parkour And Freerunning / Article: The Emergency Mindset
« on: February 12, 2010, 11:10:52 AM »
The Emergency Mindset

All too often do I come across a traceur with an all too familiar mindset. This mindset causes a number of misconceptions in terms of how to train in Parkour, and how to prepare your body for the future. I seem to encounter that a lot of people consider Parkour as preparation for an emergency. You know, a german shepherd chasing us, having to escape someone by jumping from rooftop to rooftop, etc. But the fact is, while Parkour can indeed is a useful skill for surviving emergencies, we need to look at a bigger picture, and understand the best methods for preparing for that one-in-a-hundred situation.

I was shown a conversation, recently, where a traceur explained his training method. He chose not to warm up or stretch, but rather treat his workouts like a surprise, not giving the body or the mind a fighting chance. After all, is that not how we'd be in an emergency? When that dog is chasing us on the roof, we can't be like, "Hey, Dog, one second. I need to stretch out my hamstrings, here!" His goal was to make training as realistic as possible, to prepare for that emergency. At first thought, this makes sense. When we do get caught in that emergency, we won't have time to stretch or warm up! So shouldn't we be preparing our bodies to deal with that situation?

Another hot topic along this mindset is the big drops discussion. Many people in the community find it acceptable to practice drops from large heights. Their reasoning is that should they ever have to perform a big drop in a real life situation, they want to know how their body will react. They want to see how their mind works in that situation. After all, if we never try that drop, how will we know if our legs are going to break or not? We need to know whats going to happen so we are prepared for that emergency. That's the argument. Seeing a pattern yet?

All these thoughts rotate around the concept that Parkour is about preparing for an emergency situation. But is this really the case? Do we really train for when that monkey steals our bracelet and we need to chase him through the forest? How about when a man is chasing us with a knife in a city? How about when zombies attack? When a building is about to blow up? When you need to pull a lady off the train tracks? To catch your runaway chiwawa?

The fact is, we can never really prepare for a specific emergency. Why? Because we don't know what's going to happen. Whats the point in hurting our body by training drops if the only emergency you ever get into is ground level? What's the point in training endlessly on walls and rails to overcome obstacles, and the only place we have to run away is an empty parking lot? Emergencies come in all shapes and sizes. Preparing for a specific situation is nearly impossible, if we don't know what will happen. The only way to prepare ourselves is to make ourselves as broadly able as possible.

And that is how Parkour training prepares us for emergencies. Through intensive training, our legs become stronger so we can run, jump, and land more effectively. Our core has more strength. Our upper bodies become toned we can support our weight with more ease. Our cardiovascular system becomes more efficient to help us last longer in any situation. Our minds become relaxed and fearless, so that we can think clearly in any situation. Our morals become more distinct, as we give value to things like hard work, dedication, responsibility, and discipline. These are the tools we use in our lives. Not only in emergencies, but in every day life to help us make it through our challenges, big and small.

So if your reason for Parkour is to prepare for an emergency, that's fine! But think broadly. If you want to be ready for any emergency, the best training method is a safe one. You want your body to be as healthy as possible so it can adapt effectively to the situation. A sprained ankle or a painful knee does not do well in any situation. If you want to be ready for emergencies, train smart. Stretch before and after your workouts. Always warm up, always condition, always listen to your body. Be kind to your body. Keep it safe. In return, your body will keep you safe. Our body is an amazing machine. Like a car, we need to take perfect care of it so that when we truly need its power, it is ready for us, ready to serve our needs.

Be responsible with your body. You will have it for all of your life. Make it a strong tool. Like bamboo, give it strength, but flexibility. Like water, give it flow, but power. Know your anatomy, know your limits, stay on top of your health, and that's the very best you can do to prepare for any emergency.

-Adam McC
Lehigh Valley Parkour

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Pennsylvania / Lehigh Valley Parkour Twitter!
« on: February 11, 2010, 08:04:21 AM »
Hey everyone!

We've had so much interest in the past few months that it's actually been difficult to stay in contact with everybody. It forced us to purchase a website and really get organized.So...  we've decided to take it to the next step...

...TWITTER.

Lehigh Valley Parkour now has a twitter! Sign up and follow us,

http://www.twitter.com/LehighValleyPK

Train safe

www.lehighvalleyparkour.com

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Pics & Vids / Working the Parkettes Gym
« on: December 18, 2009, 09:29:05 AM »
Hey all.

I've been fortunate enough to be able to train here for free, so I've spent some time working on some skills. Here's a quick video journal of some skills I'm working on perfecting. Fly aways, back layouts, front halfs, sideflips, gainers, and so on. Tips greatly appreciated! Enjoy the blooper reel.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n3rrhB7cQLU

http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=230789016662&ref=mf

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Pics & Vids / Ilabaca: Choose not to Fall
« on: November 28, 2009, 11:21:47 PM »
I don't know if this is been posted yet, but this is AWESOME.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nRSOe-rDa9Y

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Parkour And Freerunning / New LVPK Article: Ability in Modern Culture
« on: November 22, 2009, 06:13:26 PM »
     The Necessity of Physical Ability in Modern Culture


     As traceurs, we put priority on the ability to physically react to any situation, and be as capable as possible to adapt and flow with whatever situation arises. What’s more is that some consider this to be revolutionary in concept. We speak of our abilities as though it’s something incredible, something that few other members of society do. We set ourselves apart. Why is that? What makes us assume we are so prepared when others are just robots of society walking on sidewalks and up escalators? Simple. The evolution of our culture.

     Historians agree that American society has clearly moved from an agricultural society to a manufacturing society: production and consumption. While once our livelihoods were built on plantations and farms, and the growing of crops and supplies, we now live lives of production and consumption. A couple of centuries ago, a family was a unit of production, and the bigger the family, the more business and progress could be made. If there are more sons to work the fields and more daughters to knit the textiles, the economy thrived. But since that time, we have moved to different economical positions. Now, a family is a unit if consumption, and the larger the family, the greater the expense. More sons and daughters means more food to purchase and educations to pay for; more clothing to buy and accessories to attain. Because everything is a trade in our society, money for items, it makes us dependent and reliant on others for both safety and success.

     This is why the philosophies behind Parkour feel so revolutionary to this generation. Not since the days of agricultural society were we responsible for only ourselves. It was our own work in our own field that made us successful. We needed no employers, no unions, and no wages. This means that in order to survive, humankind needed to be able and capable. If a man’s understanding of the seasons were not up to par, his gardens would not prosper, and he would starve. If a man was not physically able to care for his crops, he would starve. It was a necessity to be adept and capable.

     In today’s society we are given a great many choices. If we are not physically capable of strenuous work, we may sit behind a desk and answer phones or type on computers for a living. If we are not of intellectual sharpness, we may dig holes in roads or drive trucks. Flipping hamburgers and filling cups with soda arguably requires significantly less ability that the work of old. And should we fail at that profession, we have the ability to choose another job, and continue earning our way through the world. This wiggle-room within our freedom allows for a lack of responsibility, due to an increase of ease in our world. Increasing levels of obesity in America stand as evidence to this. While a more complex environment stimulates our minds and raises the average IQ, it is no longer required to be consistently physically capable in order to survive. Literal survival in America is almost guaranteed, no matter your skill or ability.

     This is why it is so important to sustain our individual drive for skill and ability, to ensure our stability as human beings, and be as prepared and ready for anything that comes our way, whether a natural obstacle, or an obstacle of society, in the literal and figurative sense. When we achieve this, and only then, are we are strong enough to be useful.


-Adam McC
Lehigh Valley Parkour

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Pics & Vids / Training Bails?
« on: October 27, 2009, 06:56:36 AM »
Hey guys, I need a favor.

A while ago, I saw someone post a video where they purposely trained their bails and fall recoveries, to lose the fear and gain confidence in the movements. I just did a search for the video but could not find it. Can anyone find it? There's some stuff in that video I would really like to use.

Much appreciated


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PA Jams / Lehigh Valley Parkour Training Seminar 11/7/09
« on: October 26, 2009, 06:44:28 PM »
Yes indeed!

When:
Saturday, November 7th. 11:00am to 4:00pm

Where:
The Pine St. side of Emmaus High School (EHS)
Emmaus High School
Emmaus, PA 18049

Price:
Only $10 dollars for a full five hours of training.

Age:
10+

Any level of skill or experience is welcome. If you've never done any Parkour in your life, you've come to the right place! If you've been training for years, you've also come to the right place!

Be sure to tell your friends about this event! Parkour is a community based event, its extra fun to train with your friends!

Check out these videos of LVPK's past training seminars!!

LVPK Seminar I:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WTFYwTMZ8h8
LVPK Seminar III:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxUkUKl_5Gk

FAQs:
What should I wear? -Wear something comfortable. Considering the recent cold weather, bring some extra layers, including hats. Most any athletic shoe is acceptable-

Do I bring food? -You are welcome to bring your own food, but for only $5 dollars, you will be supplied with pizza and water.

What if I've never done Parkour? -Then this is the perfect time to start. Seminars are all about fun, nothing is expected of you.

Can I come late? -While the price remains the same, you can show up whenever you are available. There's no penalty for being late or leaving early. Make it when you can-

What if the weather is bad? -Unless we have hurricane force storms, we'll be training anyway! Parkour is about overcoming obstacles, even the weather!-


--There will be a bake sale! Some delicious home-made goodies, so bring a few extra bucks for the indulgences.--

If you have any questions at all, call Adam McC at:
484-550-8719

Or send him an email at

adam@playhousebooks.com

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