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Training Journals / ReTraining.
« on: October 01, 2008, 09:56:35 PM »
ReTraining
I'm back. I have increased muscle mass, and lost alot of excess weight. Unfortunately i have also lost all my cardio. I get out of breath after about 2 minutes of intense PK, I can't even run around my house 3 times without collapsing grasping for air.

Now i'm just shy of 6 foot, And weigh 135. I don't smoke cigs, do drink occasionally, and eat mildly healthy. I do not take any vitamins, do not take any medication.

Work out regimen
Pull Up-- umm   :-\ working on that. I can do 2 or 3 front hand.
Push Ups-- I can easily do push ups, usually in sets of 20 or so.
Sit Ups-- Also easily done, i usually do 30-50 at a time.
Squats-- No problem, i don't even count, just do them till i can't stand.


Parkour Regimen
I am still easing my way back into training.

Rolls- Yummy, but besides that i do usually 10-20 min of roll training a night.
Vaults- The bane of my existence, I have yet to start working on my vaulting skills again.
Wall Runs-  I am fairly proficient with wall runs still working on topping out.
Flow- I feel choppy, i have difficulty stringing movements together.
Efficiency-   I truly try my hardest to be as efficient as possible. I do not do flashy stuff.
Footwork- Probably my best attribute.



I will be recording my work out, some of my diet, etc... Any help would be much appreciated.

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Michigan / I'll Be In Ann Arbor
« on: September 29, 2008, 10:31:59 PM »
Shame i missed the big jam. But i will be in Ann Arbor 1 week from thrusday. I would love to meet up and do a little PK. Unfortunately i am just starting back up into it, so I will probably still be rusty. But eh, you gotta start somewhere. I will probably be in town for 4 or 5 days visiting my sister. So whoever is interested post and i will keep an eye on this thread. :D

So if anyone is available fo a week from Saturday or Sunday, i would love to jam.

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Socialize / RETURN, CyanideSoda
« on: September 29, 2008, 10:13:22 PM »
I have just come back from a long absence on the forum. Truth be told i just got so tired of the arguing, and politics i had to step out. I have not been doing as much Parkour as i would have liked to, i have however been getting in shape. Anyways just thought i'd post up my return and say, KY is back on the map.  ;D

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Parkour And Freerunning / Discipline and rant.
« on: April 14, 2007, 10:01:09 AM »
(warning-This is a rant. It may not make since, and it may jump around. It may offend. It may go against what you believe. Please be nice :)

The word discipline has alot of different meanings. According to dictionary.com
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–noun
1.   training to act in accordance with rules; drill: military discipline.
2.   activity, exercise, or a regimen that develops or improves a skill; training: A daily stint at the typewriter is excellent discipline for a writer.
3.   punishment inflicted by way of correction and training.
4.   the rigor or training effect of experience, adversity, etc.: the harsh discipline of poverty.
5.   behavior in accord with rules of conduct; behavior and order maintained by training and control: good discipline in an army.
6.   a set or system of rules and regulations.
7.   Ecclesiastical. the system of government regulating the practice of a church as distinguished from its doctrine.
8.   an instrument of punishment, esp. a whip or scourge, used in the practice of self-mortification or as an instrument of chastisement in certain religious communities.
9.   a branch of instruction or learning: the disciplines of history and economics.
–verb (used with object)
10.   to train by instruction and exercise; drill.
11.   to bring to a state of order and obedience by training and control.
12.   to punish or penalize in order to train and control; correct; chastise.

I checked other sources as well and all the dictionary's tend to be in pretty close thought on what the word means. How many ways does parkour fit into this definition? What about the definition sport? Maybe it's a martial art? So what is parkour? Well parkour is simply a word. What's important is not the word, or the definition. It's the action. It's how the people treat it. So let's forget catigories, and put parkour in it's own box. Parkour is Parkour. But you must also forget the definition. Lets look at parkour simply on the basis of how people take it.

So before you post in this thread, please take a minute, forget about the definition, forget about what it's catorgarized, and forget about what people have taught you, and just listen to what i have to say.  But on to more rant

Parkour, as a word has not taking it's final form. When most people hear the word, they have no idea what to think. We need to give this word a good appearence. We need people to look at parkour like a discipline. We need people to look at it, and think of it as people training there body's. Sort of like people look at the martial arts. They look at it as something to be impressed with, a physical feat. We do not need parkour to look like a sport, or an extreme sport. But how do we make a word appear like something to people who have no idea what it is. We act. I'm not saying we spread the word of parkour. Parkour will be spread no matter what we try. What we must do is teach.  (edit afterthought- The reason we need parkour in a good light is so that we have places to train, and so that society makes it easier on traceur's not harder. )

Parkour is spreading to fast. There is too many students, and not enough teachers. That's why i think the french are so impressive. They start parkour with a TEACHER, STUDENT, relationship. remember David Belle, and Stephane.  The yamakasi with what they are doing now. There is a definent teacher, who is showing the student how to do things. But also give them enough room to explore on there own. This student teacher relationship is what i think makes the difference between people looking at parkour like a martial art, and looking at it like an extreme sport.

Now, about dilution (http://www.worldwidejam.tv/parkour.blaneblog.1.html).  I think that teachers are required to stop the dilution of the sport. I think that's what the french have that we don't. Teachers to keep pace. To help the students progress along the path at a certain speed. I think teachers are required to pass on the knowledge. I don't think the way we have it works. I think we are to scattered. People come up with groups. In groups everyone is equal share.There's competition. That's where the arguing comes from. That's where the pushing harder to do bigger things comes from.

Ok. Sorry for the rant. Please post up your thoughts.


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Parkour And Freerunning / Training for true efficiency
« on: March 18, 2007, 02:48:52 PM »
I hear all this talk about training for efficiency. These people climb walls, and jump rails without even thinking about what situation they will be using these in. If we wish to train parkour for the reasons of efficiency, and being trully prepared if the situation calls, we need to think about how we will choose our path.

So first off, if you are chasing someone. This one may be a little outlandish. But say you see a crook steal an old womans purse. You must think of the path he will take, if your willing to follow him. Be aware that he won't make it easy for you. He may just run on the sidewalks. Or he could go down lots of back alleys. It's important that if he knows your pursuing him, that you don't jump over an unnecessary wall or rail. Because he could always alter his path so that you would be forced to go once again back over the wall. The only way to train for situations like this are training with friends. Get some friends, and play tag, or other similiar games. And make sure to study human nature, maybe some non traceurs. How they run, how people move. What they are likely to do. Get to know your enemy, and if you don't know who your enemy is, that means get to know the way humans work in general.

Secondly if you are being chased. Lets say the school bullys after your money again, or even a mugger, angry girlfriend? I'm not sure, but there are plenty of instances in which you might get chased. In these, you must remember, you've been trained. You can do things that they can't. If you are truly looking to evade someone, being the most straightforward isn't always the best thing. Sometimes if your being chased it will be better to take a medium large gap, or go over a large wall. This may completely stop your pusuer from chasing you. Doing something that they just can't allows for you to get away. But if this isn't possible, it's still best to take a difficult path. Well best ways to train for this one are just, pushing your self to be able to do bigger things, and once again tag. With both of the first two scenario's it's good to bring in the human element.

Ok, so one more. When your running to something. This meaning your trying to say, save someone from a burning building. Cliche, maybe but a good example. This is the one instance in which it is best to stick to absolute efficiency. No reason to do anything difficult if you can avoid it. Don't do anything that might slow you down. Just go. The fastest way possible. And this is the one that i think people train for the most. The real way to train for this, is just as it is. Go. Work with obstacles in many different environments. Think it through. Go through your mind and organize things. Which way is the fastest. When running is it best to jump that rail halfway along, or at the very end. Where should i change directions. Should i jump over it or go around.

So yeah. Sorry if it's a little bit long. But hopefully it will help someone somewhere.

Edit: It might be a good idea to look up the proper spelling of efficiency before writing a post with that word repeated so many times! Edited for spelling mistakes...

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Parkour And Freerunning / A Quick Reminder to Train in Nature
« on: December 22, 2006, 11:54:07 PM »
Ok so here i sit, bored, and with a broken collarbone.  I was trying to figure out what i could do to better the community, and decided that I'd put this out here to help people remember that training in Nature is an efficent way to increase themselves.

The nature, for most of us in the US this means the woods. At least it does for me. The woods, my sanctuary. The only place that i always feel at home. The woods never make me feel out of place no matter where i am. The woods are warm, welcoming, and personal. No matter how much i feel like relaxing and enjoying the woods, sometimes i just have to run. The feeling you get blasting thru the woods, dodging its sharp fines, and jumping it's tranquil stream. Running thru the woods just makes you feel good. It helps you relax and helps you release stress. But just as much it helps you increase your skills as a Traceur.

Many people complain that they have no where to do parkour. But the truth is, for most of these people, it's only a few yards away. In rural cummunity's it is sometimes hard to find urban spots to do parkour. So it's  time for us people who live in rural cummunitys to look to the woods. The woods hold, roots, streams, vines, trees, herbs, flowers, weeds, springs, hills, and plateus. Now look at all these options. When your in the woods, and you have the eye, you see constant oppurtunities. You see everything. There is a chance to do just about any movement you can think of. And it opens up possibilities to be even more creative then in an urban environment.

Now how to prepare. One thing i've noticed when i'm in the woods is, it's almost better to do it alone. When there are other people there you may need to pace yourself to them, or you may be tempted to stop and rest more often. So i advise trying it by yourself first, but do whats best for you. Another thing i suggest, is to not stop and drill when your in the woods. When your in the woods run! Blasting thru the woods helps you much more then drilling in one spot. So be prepared to run. Some people enjoy music, i prefer to just listen to the noises of the woods. Once again do what is best for you. If you plan on being in the woods for a long time, bring a backpack. With a cell phone, some food, some drink, and anything else you think you might need.

Finally, things that i think will be helpful for you to do in the woods. These are just a few things that i do in the woods, do not limit yourself to these things. The woods are so full of oportunity. Thats one thing that's great about them. No two people will do the same thing in the woods. One thing i do is just run. You take off full speed. This seems like it would be easy, and it would on a concrete wasteland, but in woods it presents many more chalenges. As you run you must be aware of your sorroundings. You never know where there might be a root, a snagging vine, or even a random ten foot drop off(trust me i've been there). This need to constantly dodge, dip and dive (to quote dodgeball) helps raise many skills that may be useful for Parkour, in or out of the woods. First off it raises your body awareness. The need to know where things are, and be able to know where your body is in relevance is impareative. Second off is your agility. You must constatly move to dodge this objects. This may require a large aray of body movements, so last off is your ability to make up movements that work on the fly. In order to dodge some of the things that get in your way you must think fast. You must be able to instantly realize that there is something in your way, and be able to adjust your movement to dodge.

Running is just one thing you can do in the woods. Another thing is tree swinging. If you live in an area wich provides large suitable trees for climbing, it can be very beneficial to play around in the trees. The movement in trees, helps your balance, your grip, and even more so your ability to deal with heights. The trees are a forgiving environment compared to the urban jungle. Trees give you branches to catch if you fall, and they give you grass and dirt to land on if you can't catch those branches.

Ok, so yes, you are more likely to chased in an urban environment then the woods. But training in the woods can help you alot, in your urban parkour. Plus, you never know where a chase could bring you, and the skills you need. But more than that, the woods are just a great place to be. They help you take a load off if your stressed, and they let you free your mind if your in need of your own peaceful place.

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Socialize / Traveling the US. Update 2
« on: November 07, 2006, 03:10:48 PM »
This Summer me and my dad made plans to drive all around the US. I plan on doing parkour at every single stop, and i am basing the trip partially around parkour. We know we'll make stops in Denver, Toronto, D.C., and New Orleans(family there). So if anyone is intrested in Jamming with me, and your town isn't to far out of the way. Just tell me and we'll work it into the trip. Sorry it's a little early, but we want to get the path planned as soon as possible. Thanks.  ;D


Madisonville KY (where i live)
Conersville IN (Where freestyle fox lives. Staying with fox, or camping. )
Toledo (May or may not stay the night)
Ann Arbor MI (Where my sister lives, and has a good scene)
Toronto Canada (Well duh, Giant scene)
(maybe montreal)
Rhode Island (peoples there.)
New York (Good scene, and manilla lives there. Staying with hardcore hopefully. :)
Ringing Rocks Park PN (cool place. Camping)
Philly (peoples)
DC N/A (Good scene)
Hiddinite NC (cool place. Camping)
Charlotte NC (Ohfoemxr lives there)
(possibility of at this point, going to NO (sorrounding areas) and Nashville, depending on how we feel)
Madisonville KY (where i live)

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Kentucky / The "scene"
« on: October 29, 2006, 07:45:43 PM »
Unfortunatly there aren't very many people that have stuck to parkour in KY. I saw a few people post and then quickly disapeer. If you are out there and doing parkour in Kentucky PLEASE post up. I personally do parkour in western kentucky with about 5 freinds, and on a fairly regular basis. I'd love to get the cummunity thriving, as of right now i am mainly involved in the Indiana cummunity, due to the lack of one here. So please, i'm willing to drive to jam, and get together, just post up, and we'll work something out.

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Training Journals / Cyanide's training log.
« on: October 23, 2006, 12:24:06 PM »
Ok so i'm CyanideSoda. Like many of you know. I've been doing parkour for about a year. Maybe a little longer. Now i have some really strange beliefs on how training best affects me. First off i don't condition. But i also don't do big moves. I train small things over and over again until i perfect them, and then can do them without any doubts. So with no furthur adu, My training journal.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Top Archeological sights for parkour.
« on: September 18, 2006, 01:59:08 PM »
Ok sorry guys. I was bored and thought someone might be intrested. I'll give a VERY brief description of what it is. Then tell negatives and positives, then drop some links to pictures.  Oh and there not in any perticular order.



Machu Picchu- Machu Picchu is located in Peru, it's an inca ruin.
+'s= Awesome wall runs, precisions, balancing, and drops. It's also almost indestructable.
--'s= Alititude sickness, Ledges that contain hundred foot (or more) drops. HARD AS HELL TO GET TO. (if you don't take the super expensive train that is.)

http://www.portalinca.com/machu-picchu-fotogrande.jpg
http://staff.stir.ac.uk/f.r.wheater/images/98%20Machu%20Picchu%20(25)%2015_8_04.JPG



El Jem- El Jem is an Ampitheatre in El Jem. (Sahara dessert). Created by romans long ago.
+'s= Nice wall runs, Awesome precisions, great jumps, and some just plain intresting stuff, some great underground.
--'s= High level stuff, Hot as hell, No source of water for about 3 miles.

http://www.geocities.com/el_camino10/Tun_colloseum_WEB.JPG
http://www.palinstravels.co.uk/photos/sah/main/sah_236_02_l.jpg



Gaeta- A fort occupied by the Romans in Italy.
+'s= All around great vaults, precisions, and wall runs. Also some very intresting souroundings. The city itself would be great, and the nature around there.
--'s= Very Difficult to get away with. Lots of fragile artifacts. My dad knows from expierence, cops there are tuff.

http://www.huepertexte.de/reisen/2006.02.27/P2270232_t.jpg
http://www.huepertexte.de/reisen/2006.02.27/P2270227_t.jpg
http://www.huepertexte.de/reisen/2006.02.27/P2270235_t.jpg
http://www.huepertexte.de/reisen/2006.02.25/P2250092_t.jpg
Tons of others on that sight as well




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National Jams / Garden of the Gods Possibly postponed, FRONT PAGE.
« on: September 11, 2006, 01:27:04 PM »
Ok, i've been thinking about this for a while. It's one of the best places i could possibly think of to have a jam. It has some of the best places to do parkour i can think of. There is free back woods camping, which means all you have to do is bring a tent, and you can hike out and camp. This means we can all have easy shelter. It's close to a town with a market, this means we can easily go into town and refresh supplys. We could stay there multiple days no problem. It's not to far out of the way for alot of people.

Anyways now a little bit about the actual landscape there. Garden of the Gods is a small area of Shawnee National Forest. It has alot of rock formations. They range from humongous cliffs, to cave's, to a serious of small boulders (similiar to what stephane was on in  USF3). It is highly wooded, and during most of the year there is not very many people there. This means it would be very private and intresting.

Now for the campsite. Last time i was there we found a PERFECT camp site. It's backwoods which means it's free, and shawnee dosn't require you to have a backwoods liscense. The place i'm thinking of is a clearing with about a 40 foot diameter. There's a cliff right by it that overlooks a lot of backwoods forest. But all around the lower part of the cliff is large boulders, small boulders, large rocks (boulders and rocks range from 3 feet around, to about 10 feet around), and caves. So we could easily camp out there, climb down, and do some parkour.

Anyways I was thinking about doing it sometime during spring break, but everyone's spring break is different. So if anyone can come up with a convient time to have it (after christmas probally), i'd love to hear it. I'm really commited to doing this jam regardless of how many people show. It's in southern Illinois. Google Shawnee national forest, or Garden of the Gods illinois. If you want more info on the place.  (Aero crew it'd be awesome if you came down. Indiana guys you should totally do it.)

We'll just have to be careful not to step on gods flowers.

For some pictures,  of one small spot, go here http://www.americanparkour.com/smf/index.php/topic,2109.0.html Those pictures were not taken for the purposes of showing what parkour could be done there. They were just for fun. But it does highlight a little bit of what it's like there.

If you want to skip the confusion of reading thru the entire thread, feel free to just PM me with questions.


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Ok. People time is coming NEAR. 270- 836- 0646 . That will be my cell phone.  You can call me any time on the way. I'll help you get there. If you want to come to my house call me (Home 270- 821-9448) and i'll hook you up with the address and everything. As for what we are going to do. No serious   plans. I figure we will just go with it. BRING A TENT, BRING FOOD TO COOK, BRING MONEY, BRING LIQUIDS. When camping all this stuff is important. It should not be raining, or to cold that weekend. So i wouldn't worry about super heavy duty sleeping bags.  Ok so for the scheldule

Friday Night- Anyone who wants can come to my house. I live an hour away from the actual GotG sight. The people at my house will head to GotG that evening and get set up. So if you want to meet us at GotG friday night just give me a call. We'll also sleep out there and maybe get a little jammage in.

Saturday Morning- The ones of us there will get up and get a little parkour done. Then we will head to the actual Garden of the Gods rock structure's parking lot. We can meet everyone else there. It should be easy to find. Once again CELL PHONE. Call me if you possibly can. If i don't have signal call Freestyle Fox.(Post your number up Dale >.<) That way we make sure you find us. We should be done with this around 1-3

Saturday afternoon- WE JAM. We hit up my favorite space, but try to stay off the actual rock face of GotG, because on the rockface we'd be likely to get kicked off. So we will hit that up sunday. Instead i know ALOT of great backwoods area, that is just buetiful for parkour. This is the main training ground, we'll eat our lunches out there. And jam out there. That's another thing BRING SANDWICH MAKINGs, AND CHIPS. They will come in handy for food on the go.

Saturday Night- We head back to the campground from a long night of training, and party our selves to sleep. I would say do try to keep alchohol to a minumum. Just because it is a jam, and we will be doing more stuff in the morning. Also don't stay up to late. We'll def get a fire going and cook our dinners though. Fun fun, fire.

Sunday Morning- We'll hit up the actual GotG rockface. Not much to do there but a little fun, and jam around any other area's we find. We will continue to do this all day, until we decide to go home. Anyone who wants to head to my house with me sunday, feel free. I have the entire next week off. So i can probally have some people over, and we can jam around the tiny little town i live in. Not much to do. And i don't expect to many people to be there.

Note- I may also have a guy recording us, just a freind of mine
Note 2- BE PREPARED, even over prepared. The camping will be rustic, so you will have to walk to get to the campgrounds. There probally won't be people around us to often, and you will need supplys
Note 3- Please listen to me, or fox, or my dad. We are hosting it, so we kind of have a plan for what needs to happen.
Note 4- PLEASE COME, and bring as many people as you can. This jam can basically get as big as you can imagine, and it won't bother anything. The nature is a big space.
Note 5- Get my cell phone, and keep in touch with me. If you can make it POST.

This jam is postponed, due to the cold, and lack of interest/people not being able to make it. If you plan on coming anyways, get in touch with me and i can still host it. It's just that noone is talking to me about it so postponed until farthur notice.

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I'll be sweeping thru South Carolina for a while. If you live on the beaches around charlston, in charlston, or in greenville, please post, PM, or email me at  "newb.stew@gmail.com". I would love to arrange a jam, and maybe be shown around a little.

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Pics & Vids / Finally found some garden of the gods pics. Enjoy.
« on: August 06, 2006, 08:17:15 PM »
Ok, i've been looking for these for ever. Sorry for the size. I wish there was a way to fit them to the page, but yeah sorry. I suggest that everyone, in illinois, western kentucky, south western indiana, or anywhere around southern illinois go to garden of the gods. i'm hoping on hosting a jam there sometimes, There are MORE to come, this is just a few i uploaded a while ago, in a little cavish area i found.


















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Parkour And Freerunning / Parkour in the wild.
« on: July 17, 2006, 05:11:29 AM »
Because of the area i live in, i've been forced to find alternative places to train.  Now you wouldn't think this would make much of a difference on the way i do parkour, but it does. Because i do parkour mainly in the woods, my style is very different from most traceurs.

I live near a forest. A fairly large one. And i have spent a many day out there just training. But it feels so much different then an urban environment. I have to jump streams, sometimes even swim in a couple of the large ones. I climb trees, sometimes it's easier to move from A to B up in the trees.  I move thru rock formations, which feels very odd compared to concrete.

All of these movements make the way i move different, then the way alot of urban traceurs move.  I stil haven't mastered my kong (been doing parkour seriously for 6 or 7 months), but i can climb a tree with no branches for 8 or 10 feet. For some reason i'm not that good at climbing straight up walls, but i can scale slanted cliffish things. All of doing parkour in nature has effected my style when i go into urban environments. It's a little different, i'm a little slower, a little less efficent. Partially this is because i'm always weary of where my feet land, due to the difficult terrain in the woods.

I guess i'm partially just explaining how it changes your movement, and half asking for advice on how to speed up my urban movement.

On a side note i'm going to garden of the gods (illinois one) Today. And i will post back telling you how it went tommorow (I'm camping there as well. It has some brilliant rock formations, and is in the great shawnee national forest.

(If you think this belongs in movement, go ahead and stick it there)

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Socialize / DDR a real good work out stradegy (SP?) IMO.
« on: June 12, 2006, 05:49:30 PM »
Ok, i've been playing very large amounts of DDR lately, and i find it a all around good work out for parkour.

First off it give me some cardio vascular(I think), Which keeps my endurance up.

Second it helps me strengthin my leg muscles, lots of fast steps and jumping.

Third it helps me be able to balance, and deal with body weight. Believe it or not on some of the really hard songs you have to be able to balance on one foot while basicly pressing everything with the other, and then reverse at split second.

And finally it helps me feel more agile with my feet. Ever since i started playing DDR i have felt more aware of where me feet are.

Anyways i just thought i'd tell you guys what i thought.

-peace.

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Socialize / Woodmanship
« on: December 20, 2005, 06:41:47 PM »
I've been noticing a few people post up that they are good in the woods. I as well consider myself an avid woodsman. It's always fun to just go in the woods and fool around. My current project is building a wig wam. It's coming along pretty well but it's tedious work.

Just thought I'd also let you guys know that i hate people who hunt with guns, And i hate people who kill animals and don't use every possible part. Sorry if you don't agree with these beliefs but they were kind of born into me.

I just made this thread to share experiences about the woods, and to discuss woods related topics.

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SC Jams / Greenville, sometime before Xmas.
« on: December 19, 2005, 02:01:07 PM »
If anyone lives in or around greenville i'll be visiting there and would love to jam.

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Kentucky / Kentucky traceurs
« on: December 18, 2005, 04:00:20 PM »
If you live in Kentucky and your a traceur please post this information here.

Name:

Location:

Age:

Team (If you have one):

Email:

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Movement / I'm having trouble landing kongs.
« on: December 17, 2005, 10:50:26 PM »
(Sorry if it's the wrong spot please point me to the right one.)

Ok guys so i'm having trouble landing my kongs. I can get my ass up,  i can dive out, i can plant my hands, i can tuck my legs back, i can get over, but i then i land on my knees/shins. Does anyone else have this trouble? Does anyone know a way to prevent it?

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Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / A teams section.
« on: December 16, 2005, 10:30:38 AM »
I just thought it might be a good idea to have a team section on the main sight. Kind of like the photo section except with teams. I don't know if you guys thought this was a good idea but i do.  :)

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