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Nebraska / Any UNL traceurs/traceuses?
« on: January 25, 2010, 09:22:52 PM »
Hey all you happy Nebraska people!
So I just got accepted to UNL about a month ago and I'm pretty seriously considering heading out to Nebraska, so naturally I'm just trying to guage how many other traceurs and other awesome parkour people are out that way. Is anyone actually AT UNL right now, going there next year, or in the area? Thanks :)

Women / Traceuse Training
« on: October 08, 2009, 11:24:28 AM »
Hey Ladies--
Just put out my first training video, with the help of a fellow traceur, Adam McC. Please check it out, comment, let me know what you think, give me feedback, etc.

Pics & Vids / Traceuse Gathering
« on: September 30, 2009, 11:38:07 AM »
This isn't me, but I thought I'd post it anyway: 2009 World Traceuse Gathering in London.

Socialize / SENIORS 2010
« on: August 16, 2009, 05:04:27 AM »
So in the spirit of getting to know my fellow senior classmates from around the country who also do parkour, I'm asking those in the class of 2010 to answer a few questions just so I can see what everyone else is doing this year.

Name: Carissa
Age: 17
Gender: Female
School Name and Location: Emmaus High School, Emmaus PA
School Size: 3000 students, 150-200 faculty
Graduating Class Size: approx 800
Classes You are Taking this Year: AP Biology, AP English, AP Government, AP French, AP Statistics, Honors Physics
Date of Graduation: June 6, 2010
Potential College Choices: Washington University[St. Louis], Drexel [Philadelphia], Cornell [Upstate New York], Georgetown [Washington DC]
College Major: Biology
Career Choice: Medicine (Doctor)

I can't think of anything else right now, but I'd be interested to find out more about everyone else!

Parkour And Freerunning / A Delicate Situation
« on: August 15, 2009, 05:05:38 PM »
I am the oldest of four kids in my family. I'm 17, and then I have three younger brothers, ages 15, 11, and 9. A short while after I started parkour, my 15 year old brother started parkour, and now we train together. That's fine, because he understands about training safely, the parkour mindset, his body is mostly done growing, etc. etc. etc.

So about a week ago, I went to the park to train, and my mom forced me to take all of my brothers along too. My 11 and 9 year old brothers immediately wanted to start doing parkour too, so they went around doing ridiculous wall-runs and vaults and other crazy stuff.

My brothers are huge daredevils, even before you throw parkour into the mix. So they were climbing up to the top of the slide (approx 12-14 feet high), jumping straight off it, not rolling, not doing correct landing technique, etc.

They actually were pretty decent at it, but that's besides the point. Anyway, I explained to them that safety came first and told them about rolls and how to roll properly and why you roll, etc. I showed them a correct landing and told them not to jump off anything high. They listened for a little while, but then went back to just running off of things and I had to remind them again.

So I was pretty excited, just because they were really into parkour and they really liked it and were pretty good at it and everything. We came home and my mom Flipped Out. She was really mad that I was "endangering their safety" and "filling their minds with dangerous things" and everything. She wanted me to stop them from doing parkour ever again, at least until they were a lot older. She didn't want them to get hurt, and I understand that.

Now, I need to discourage my brothers temporarily, but keep them interested in it, so that in four-seven years when they are ready to train safely and can actually take it a little more seriously. They still really want to do parkour, but my mom has pretty much forbidden them from doing it because it is "too dangerous for them". I know what she is saying, but I'm not really sure what to do with this. Help?

Website and Forum Troubleshooting / Upload Picture in a Post
« on: August 13, 2009, 10:14:16 AM »
I've been trying to upload a picture into one of my posts and I simply cannot figure out why it's not working. Help?

Parkour And Freerunning / Awesome Parkour Conversation
« on: August 13, 2009, 09:50:47 AM »
I've read these forums pretty thoroughly, and I've read a lot of stories about traceurs/traceuses who have tried to explain parkour to people or share it with their friends, and have received a very negative reaction from whoever it was : friend, enemy, parents, siblings, cops, whatever. However, last night I had work, and I had an awesome conversation with one of my co-workers about parkour.

First he asked me what that "insane jumping and extreme running stuff" I was doing was called. I guess he had been looking around my facebook and seen some links I had posted or generic facebook statuses like "Carissa achieved a kong vault today" or something. So I said "Oh, you mean parkour?" He said yes, that's what he was talking about and he thought it was really awesome that I was involved in something like that, and he thought it looked like a lot of fun. So I said that yes, it was a lot of fun, but it was also a lot of work. He asked about conditioning and training, so I explained how I trained and everything. He asked a few more questions about it and I told him about the general mindset of parkour and if it was "dangerous" or not, etc. He seemed incredibly interested, and he was also really respectful of it. When I explained parkour to another one of my friends he called it "Running from the cops 101" and saw no purpose to it beyond doing cool things to impress people and/or avoiding getting arrested. So the fact that my co-worker understood a lot of what I was saying was really awesome!

It got pretty busy at work after that, so we didn't get to talk more until much later. When we were closing up the store, he made a comment that really hit home for me. He said "So, since you do parkour and everything now, you must look at everything so differently. I mean, you look at sh*t and you think "wow I could do a vault over that" the world must look completely different to you now"". I agreed, and said he was completely right.

The best part was, I told him that we have monthly parkour seminars around here and he should try to come to one. He seemed genuinely interested and said he would definitely try. 


Parkour And Freerunning / Jobs/Careers
« on: August 11, 2009, 08:01:16 PM »
Out of curiosity, is anyone on the forums planning to go into a job that requires parkour, or in which they can use parkour pretty regularly? Has anyone fallen so much in love with parkour that they decided to forgo all plans for the future and find a job that would allow them to do parkour and get paid for it? And does anyone think that maybe if parkour was your job, you would get sick of it because you have to do it every single day and maybe you have a mean boss or the pay is lousy and you would start to not love parkour as much?
-Side note: Before I settled on my current career choice, I was really sure I wanted to move to Hollywood and become a professional stuntwoman. There aren't a lot of stuntwomen around, and the movies always need more women to jump out of cars and run across rooftops,etc. I was reading an article somewhere where for one scene in some movie, a male stuntman had to put on a blonde wig and do stunts because they didn't have a female to do it, and...a girl was supposed to be doing it in the movie. However, my career choice has now changed, but if it doesn't work out, maybe I'll just drop out of college and go do parkour for a living!

Well, let me know your thoughts on this, I'm very interested.

Diet / Diet Question
« on: August 05, 2009, 03:02:57 PM »
My question is -- is it necessary to have an actual diet to stick to? I've read a lot of the articles and posts on this forum and it sounds like a lot of traceurs/traceuses stick to very adamant diets and eat extremely healthy and all of that stuff. I know not all of them do, but it sounds like a fair amount do. I was just wondering, what are the actual pros and cons for sticking to a strict diet?
I eat healthy foods all the time. I eat fruits and vegetables, dairy and protein and grains and starches and everything that the food pyramid tells you to eat, and through parkour and other activity, I am very active, so I don't really see a lot of point to a specific diet. I'm not overweight, or even close to the targeted weight range of other girls my age (I'm 17 years old, 5 foot 7 inches tall, and weight approx 120 pounds). I understand the importance to eating good foods, but what is the actual purpose and gain from dieting?

Parkour And Freerunning / Backgrounds
« on: August 02, 2009, 02:39:07 PM »
I was wondering if anyone else came from atheltic or sports backgrounds and if they feel that other training has helped or hindered in your parkour training at all.
I know a lot of traceurs/traceuses have martial arts backgrounds. Some say that their martial arts training was very helpful for learning parkour, others say it hasn't been.
So I was just curious to see if anyone else came from other sports or movement related activities, and if so, how it has affected them. {Please feel free to also post if you came from a martial arts background and if it helped as well}

I'll start.

Figure Skating [4.5 years] -- Learned from a very early age to fall. A lot. Also helped a lot with balance, fluidity, an "artistic flair" through my movement, and worked a lot on jumping.
Gymnastics [2.5 years] --As you can imagine, I worked a lot on tumbling and balance. Did a fair amount of bar work, so I am comfortable with rails and other bars (both balancing on and flips over the bar, etc. etc). On the negative side, when tumbling in gymnastics, you are taught to Summersault, which is a roll straight over your head, down your spine. When rolling in parkour, you are absolutely NOT supposed to do this. I drilled summersaults for a long time in gymnastics, so right now I am trying to un-teach myself those rolls and Re-teach myself the proper way to roll :(
Softball [6 years] -- This sport taught me a lot about hard work, giving 100% to something you are truly dedicated to, falling often and getting back up, and waking up sore every day for weeks on end. There isn't much softball technique that goes into parkour, except maybe sliding, which got rid of my fears of hurting myself or getting dirty.
Swimming [3 years] -- Hugely built up endurance and stamina. Because of swimming, I no longer get winded easily and my lungs have hugely expanded. It sounds kind of stupid, but I think swimming also gave me some form of fluidity in my movement.

The sports listed above are the ones I dedicated myself to at some point in time during my life. I messed around in several other sports, but those four were the most serious. They have all left their mark on my training and abilities.

In the Media / Top Gear: Peugeot 207 vs. Traceurs
« on: July 12, 2009, 06:13:45 PM »
A clip from the British show Top Gear, in which two traceurs race a new Peugeot 207 through London.


Movement / Maintaining a handstand
« on: July 09, 2009, 09:07:36 AM »
Hi everyone--
I used to do gymnastics, so I'm relatively decent at handstands and balance and other stuff like that.
My problem is, I can't hold a handstand for longer than 4-6 seconds, maximum.
Any tips/tricks/suggestions/etc. for how to hold a handstand longer than that?

Parkour And Freerunning / One-Track Mind
« on: July 08, 2009, 07:10:17 PM »
Tonight my younger brother (also indoctrinated in the ways of Parkour) was at a minor-league baseball game with a few friends and some of their younger brothers. One of the younger kids commented that he *Loved* David Belle. My brother immediately perked up and turned around.

"You like David Belle, too??? REALLY? That's awesome!!"
The younger kid looked at him, happily.
"Yeah! I have his card and I know all his statistics!"
He realized, too late, that apparently there is a baseball player named David Belle, as well (I honestly don't know if it's even spelled the same way).

He excused himself from the conversation, muttering that he thought they were probably talking about two different people...the kid just stared at him with a weird look on his face.

Parkour / I'm a Girl with a Question
« on: July 04, 2009, 08:05:07 PM »
Hey everyone out there:
I'm a female traceuse getting started with parkour and I had a question about palm spins.
I have watched a few tutorials on Youtube (thank you very much to Ozzi and the Urban Current guys), but it's not enough just to watch a two minute video on the internet and suddenly be able to go out and do a perfect palm spin. I tried a few against a wall and just couldn't get it down.
Any hints/suggestions/tips/tricks would be greatly appreciated--

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