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My little brother plays basketball and he told me about these and at first I didn't believe him.

But I guess the shoe actually increases jumping ability by 2-3 inches and is banned by the NBA because it gives an unfair advantage and all of the players have contracts with other company's.

For 300 bucks I'm not so thrilled about using them for parkour/freerunning but I am definitely intrigued and would like to know if anybody has tried them.

http://www.athleticpropulsionlabs.com/shop/shoes.html

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Check out this vid

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2tF4ogw7lm8

Cool right??

But what the hell are those moves called?

The only ones I know the names for are dash bomb, palm flip, trinity flip and maybe a few others.

I want to find some vids of isolated tricks and or tutorials but have had no luck.  :(

The ones I am most interested in are the lazy vault into a back flip, kong into a front flip. Any vault into a flip mainly.

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Freerunning / foot work dancing
« on: March 01, 2010, 05:52:26 PM »
I have mentioned this to help people with a variety of different things and thought it was worth making it it's own thread.

This technique is for increasing agility and athletic balance and I accredit this tool to much of my pk/fr progress.

Foot work dancing (for lack of a better term) Just hop around on the balls of your feet kind of like a kickboxing stance. Then just quickly switch which foot is forward do some fake outs find where your arms give you the best balance. Move in all directions, spin to your left and right with different feet forward, jump spin in both directions. When you are doing this try to keep your flow good and smooth (music may help.) If you are stumbling then you still need work; you can also slow it down if you need to. If you get it down then try to speed it up!!

One of the biggest things is to be creative. Play with getting to angles where you would fall and spin/jump to catch your self. You can even mix in some quadrupedal movement. 

Now the advanced version. At this point in my training I rarely do the ground version but I am sure that it would still help. What I do do, is rail dancing on handicap ramp rails. WEEEEE!!!! trust me this is fun but make sure you stay safe with your progression.

Please try which ever one of these apply to you or both and share your story and results here.   

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Parkour And Freerunning / "Intelligent Discussion Police" sign up
« on: February 25, 2010, 10:41:35 PM »
This has been something that I have been thinking about and have brought up a time or two on other threads. I thought though that it deserves its own topic.

In order to constructively discuss things in a manner that moves the conversations here (APK) forward, I believe that members should be cognizant of how they communicate.

I would recommend, a minimum c+ high school or intro level college argumentative writing to be a standard. This means not stating opinions as facts and forming clear cohesive arguments backed up with facts and specifically relevant real world evidence. I don't care about spelling grammar and sentence/paragraph structure. This is after all an online form and a casual stance on grammar and punctuation is fine. The important thing is that you can make a solid argument and aren't wasting everyone's time.

I understand that not all of you are at that level of writing.. And that's fine, as long as you are making an attempt to follow the above guidelines. It really isn't that hard with a little practice you will be a pro in no time.  8) This is an invaluable tool not just in school but in life.  :)         

As a means to advance this agenda I am recruiting you!!!

This is kind of like the "Grammar Natzis" just allot more useful for progressing useful discussion. If you see people stating opinions as facts, using personal tactics, using unrelated examples to aimlessly push an agenda, ambiguity, jumpy or incoherent arguments etc. Please nicely point it out to the person and if possible offer constructive advice.

Please do not!! respond directly to these types of posts. This will even further discourage these obstructive tactics. Just ignore is probably the best thing that we all can do.

Here are a couple of links to help:
http://www.studygs.net/wrtstr4.htm
http://papyr.com/hypertextbooks/comp2/critique.htm

More useful links are welcome and if any one wants to list out other discussion helping guidelines please contribute here.

Sign up by giving a shout out below!!! 


BTW, I added the quotes around "Intelligent Discussion Police" as the title was really unclear to me before. If that's not the right places for them - sorry! :)  - M2

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Parkour And Freerunning / The monkey behind the machine
« on: February 07, 2010, 09:18:36 PM »
Just as a side note there is a pretty strong theory that bipedalism was actually developed in swamp like conditions based on dating and conditions that existed when early bipedal bones were found. The other evidence that supports this is primates that are currently developing more bipedal characteristics are found in a swamp like area.

check this out:
http://compuball.com/Inquisition/hominids.htm

If you look at mammals with little hair they are all found in aquatic environments.

Just an interesting tid bit...

There is no doubt that hominids had to survive in a wide range of environments after the bipedal adaptation and this is not even the most prevalent theory I just think it makes allot of sense as to why a silly adaptation would come to be. Quadrupedal "knuckle walking" is far more efficient and faster in natural terrains for apes than bipedal locomotion is/was for hominids/humans from what I understand. 

Dose this mean we should run quadrupedally?? Probably not most of the time. Our hips make it difficult.

After that adaptation hominids spent thousands of years in all types of terrains having to adapt both physically and intellectually. My challenge here is to discover and learn new ways to move based on our evolutionary background. Are there things that we are well adapted to that we are overlooking in parkour as methods of movement?   

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Socialize / Who is on the socilize form on APK to avoid the super bowl???
« on: February 07, 2010, 04:10:47 PM »
I'm just watching with my friends and I was just remembering why I don't watch football. Lol

I have total respect for the athletes but the sport... I just can't get into it.

Saints if I had to choose I guess.

I was just in New Orleans and those people are f&$^ing nuts about football.

They had a drunken party that the whole city went to at the airport, to welcome the Saints back from an away game.  :-\

I just can't get into sports like that..

 

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Parkour / Precisions onto hand rails.
« on: January 28, 2010, 05:12:28 PM »
So when I do precisions I always land on the balls of my feet because I know that's the way to do it and minimize the impact as much as possible.

However when I precision onto a handrail, which I am quite comfortable doing, I naturally land just behind the ball of my foot. I believe that this is the only effective way to perform this maneuver. All of the videos that I have seen people do it this way as well.

My questions are:
Is this wrong? Bad for my joints? If so are there any tutorials that show proper form?


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This is a thread designed to explore the different options and get some creative ideas about building advanced obstacles and even setting up entire park/courses.

Things that are welcome:

- Any creative ideas about the possibilities of built obstacles.   
- Thoughts from people about how to build obstacles.
- Ideas about materials
- Creative ideas about course designs (size, location etc.)
- Questions from people/teams interested in building their own obstacles or courses 

Things that are not welcome include:

-Arguing whether or not Parkour parks or built obstacles are good or bad.
-Discussions about the definition of Parkour and if using these type of obstacles "counts" as parkour


These discussions have been had in other threads. If you have ideas about these topics I would appreciate it if you could post your thoughts on those threads.   

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Training Journals / Jamisons workout
« on: January 25, 2010, 08:58:05 PM »
Been training consistent for about 2.5 months. Just thought I would start keeping track so I don't loose track if I miss a day or something. Also I can track my progress!!!!

-Hold my leg straight ahead, head high for 30 seconds by Feb. 25th.
-Hold split planche for 20 seconds by Mar. 5th
-Hold split front lever 20 seconds by Mar.5
-L-sit for 30 seconds  Mar. 15 th
-Increase my vertical 3 inches minimum. Starting from 23.5 on Jan. 10th and increasing 1 inch per month until April 10th. Test on Feb. 10th, Mar. 10th and April 10th. (My testing on this was an estimate by a friend with a 11" piece of paper and I think it was off. After testing on 2-20-10 I think that my original height here was closer to 21". I am really pissed.  >:()
-Shave 4 sec off of my 100 meter dash. One second per month for the next 4 months starting at 17 sec on Jan. 10th I think that I am going to switch this one to the 40 yard dash instead to work more on explosiveness. Still need to test.

Test my 5K time by May July 5th. From there begin shaving 30 sec per month for 5 months or until I loose 2.5 min.(switched to avoid conflict with jump training. Havent decided if this is a priority still)

 
1-25-10

APK warm up with 30 total push-ups per round and 4 muscle-ups added on.

a few minuets of working on split planch

2 x 10 box jumps 48 inches

Barbell skips 2 x 8-10/side 35 lbs

¼ rhythmic Jump squat with 45 lbs – 2 x 8-10

Barbell hip thrust 3 x 12-15 135 lbs

High pull 1 x 5 at 135 lbs

Pistols 4 x 6/side

Single leg calf raise- 2 x 20

Bench press 1 x 15 at 135

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Parkour And Freerunning / Vigilante!!!
« on: January 18, 2010, 02:46:05 PM »
The recent thread on good odd jobs for Traceurs got me thinking. I posted a bit there but I figured that it would be a good topic by it self.

I'll paste what I wrote there in the context of odd jobs but I thought a similar idea could be be applied on a volunteer bases in conjunction with a Traceur or team's local authority for the purpose of build a positive working relationship with your community.   

Like I said before by definition vigilante is illegal but it's good marketing haha.

The basic idea is that because we are always out in the city we could be an extra set of eyes on the ground for the police. If they formed a positive image of us as helpful responsible citizens both they as well as local businesses and the community in general will more tolerable of our training.

There are a series of ideas below that can also be adapted to this model if you guys are interested.   

Comments welcome.

Add your ideas or experience!!!

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Re: Good Odd Jobs for Traceurs
« Reply #19 on: Today at 02:04:27 PM »

Vigilante is technically illegal by definition but; for instance you could go door to door with a personal constitution that has a list of duties that you will and will not perform. And ask for a recommended donation and give out a price list of extra services.

It would be like a neighborhood watch just way better. Here is a list of good ideas:
Make sure that kids are safe, pick up trash, neighborhood watch (you could call the authorities if necessary), safety consultant, occasional check-ins if requested (generally for elderly neighbors), package safety when UPS or something is delivered (either hold it until they get home for them or just be around and check to make sure unauthorized people don't grab it), and watching after someone's house wile they are gone.

This won't be for everyone. You will have to be very mature able to defend your self if necessary but more importantly understand conflict resolution and de-escalation as well as all local applicable laws.

I would recommend educating your self on what is and isn't legal. Places that you could look for info are are:
-Executive security books (The Art of Executive Protection is good)
-Local laws and statutes
-Internet for good related articles or laymen descriptions of laws.
-When you are well informed consult your local police or sheriff's department and schedule a meeting where you can clearly explain what you are planning and ask what input or support they can provide.

Seriously don't be an idiot and make a bad name for parkour. if you mention it.

Also if show that you are responsible you will be at the top of the list for every other job in the neighborhood. Lawn mower, plant water guy, pet watcher/walker, mail getter when people are away garbage puter outer to make it look like someone is home. And probably way more that I'm not thinking of.      8) 8) 8)

You will have the best reference list in the world for future jobs and great first job experience that shows you are a self starter.

Make sure that you aren't breaking laws with how much you make and keep track of your start up and operating costs as well as how much you bring in.

BE A PROFESSIONAL!!

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In the Media / GYMKATA!!!!!!
« on: December 07, 2009, 10:20:29 PM »
GYMKATA Movie!!!!

So I was at a campground about a week ago (I'm on a road trip) and I got a flashback about a movie that I saw when I was a kid. I remembered a couple scenes but nothing about the story. Any how it literally took me 2 hours of scouring the internet  to find it but it was worth it!!! GYMKATA.

 This is just about the sweetest (in a very cheezy way) ever!

This movie "combines the skill of gymnastics, with the kill of karate" and was released in 1985.

The basic thing is that this champion gymnast goes to a weird nonexistent Himalayan country that has this "game" that everyone that comes to the country has to play. The game has ninjas that try to kill the players and they have to complete a series of obstacles. No outsider has survived in 900 years...   The prize for completing the game is one request granted by the king.

 definitely a week story line but the combo gymnastics, karate and some basic freerunning makes it well worth it. Plus how can you beat the hilarious factor.

 

I definitely endorse this movie for any one who wants to get amped up for training .   Also I found  t-shirts online that will allow you to show your support for the coolness of this movie.  I just got mine done at a t-shirt shop in a basic text for like $5 bux plus the $6 t-shirt.  There are a few places on line that you can get them, just search Gymkata t-shirt.

 I'll try to get a pic of my shirt posted here otherwise just check out my pic gallery in my profile.

http://www.americanparkour.com/gallery2/v/member/jp2ykz/IMG_0030.JPG.html

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Parkour And Freerunning / Las vegas freerunning
« on: December 07, 2009, 09:57:12 PM »
OK.. Maybe you are going to go to Vegas to gamble or act cool or whatever.

All of that is fine but as you might expect there is an unusually high percentage of douche bags there to act even cooler than you. My suggestion is to put some time aside do some jamming.  It will be way funner and cheaper; plus you will find amazing terrain that you simply can not find any where else.

 I was there to wait about a month before I had to go to San Diego for a work event. In that time I got a good feel for the city. There is a pretty well established PK/Freerunning Meetup group there but it's membership is exclusive and I had a bit of trouble getting a hold of any one. I think they are mostly focused on the professional bases stuff on the sight. It looked like there were a few other groups and if you try harder than I did you can probably find someone to jam with.

Regardless if you find someone to jam with or you go it alone  this place is way fun. There are tons of new developments all around with interesting and pk friendly architecture. Tons of good parks as well. And the strip is insanely fun. There aren't too many people there depending on whats going on because of the economy, so you should have some good room to move.

As long as you keep moving a bit you shouldn't get in too much trouble from the security guards (I only got 86ed once from a mall area cauz I was waiting around and jamming while waiting for a friend.)

Some places I hit up included:

-The mall across the street from the Wynn

      Bad ass out door area with a smooth marble like floor great for sliding under rails, long hand rails for precision balance, Tons of level changes and some pretty OK corner type gaps.

-Inside the casinos are also great

      Almost all of them have some fun things (stuff you won't find anywhere else.) Watch out for security though.

-In front of Treasure Island and around the side

      There are rope balances posts and rails to balance and gap all around the front area. There is an artificial rock wall around the side that has good level change and area to work.  Even further around the right side looking on there is a back handicap entrance with tons of rails that looks never used and is awesome for practicing flow precisions.

  PS.

If you are going to go to shows and stuff Circus De Ole is a clear choice. You will always be satisfied and it is $$ well spent. I've seen KA about a year ago and some other one I cant remember the name a couple years before that in Portland.  They were both amazing. This time I saw the Beatles one "Love" and it was cool but the the stunts and stuff were lacking. mostly music and visual based. I haven't seen it but I've heard that O is the most spectacular but it is really water based. 



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