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Age 30+ / How About Some "American 'Geezer' Parkour" Tee Shirts?
« on: May 26, 2007, 12:16:04 AM »
This thought hit me while scrolling through this topic...

How about we "geezers" get together and create our own "crew." We can call it; "American 'Geezer' Parkour," with tee shirts and the lot! LOL. Then we can just point to the shirt, hand anyone taking the piss about it a flyer explaining PK and run on about our business!

*giggle* Just a thought

Rhayne

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Pennsylvania / Calling All Boyertown/Pottstown Traceurs
« on: April 01, 2006, 07:25:51 AM »
Okay, here's the deal. I'm in the process of moving out of Philly (thank goodness!!) to the 'Burbs. That is, I'm moving to Boyertown, PA. As I have been visiting there recently, I have found that there are quite a few places to run and several smaller "cities" very close by!

I'm looking to link up, jam, or just train. If you're in the area or nearby, reach out to a fellow traceur! misanthropyst @gmail.com (don't forget to take out the space before the @).


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Parkour And Freerunning / APK Tattoo?
« on: February 25, 2006, 07:58:24 PM »
I have been doing some thinking (okay, don't run away just yet, I know my thoughts can be a bit, well, you know hehe) and I remembered seeing that people were getting the "Parkour Glyph" tattoo over at Urban Freeflow. This got me thinking. Would anyone get an APK tattoo?

My question before the community of APK is this, would any of you get an "APK" tattoo? If so, what would be your motivation? Would it be Parkour in and of itself, the mindset, or even just a love for the way of life that you have found? Or, would you get just a general tattoo representing Parkour?

I thought about it, I would definitely get a tattoo representing PK and the way of life that I have found. The American scene has definitely treated me well, so an "APK" tattoo could be interesting. I'd love to hear some of your thoughts.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Ladies of PK?
« on: February 05, 2006, 10:01:43 AM »
Okay, I've searched and searched, but haven't found a thread with this topic. If there is one, then someone has the right to drop kick me for not finding it lol. Okay, maybe not kick me exactly... that might hurt too much.

I was wondering just how many female PK'ers there are that have registered at APK.com. If you're out there, say it loud and proud!

Or, you could just whisper it. Your call... lol. Post a "Hi" here and let's see what the count reaches.

(Hope I don't get banned for this hehe)

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Socialize / Devane Escape: A PK Short Story (Incomplete)
« on: January 07, 2006, 08:06:10 PM »
I was hoping to inspire the writers out in the APK community to create stories that we could work on together and edit into a book of sorts. I know this is pretty random, but PK has helped open up some creative avenues for me. This could be somethng that is turned into a website that hosts stories, vids, and pics. I don't know, I'm just throwing some ideas about the creative side of the community out there. If you have anything laying around, let's get it out there! I have started one and wanted to get some 'editing' input from the lot of you! Thanks in advance!

"Devane Escape" by Rhayne

Philly traffic.

Rush hour.

     Every weekday at 5 pm, Philadelphians crowded the roadways and sidewalks busting it to get home after a long days work. The city had been pressed down beneath the weight of an anvil sky all day. The heavens looked to will open up like a bursting bladder, sending rain down in a gush. There was a sense of urgency amongst the evening commuters, eager to get inside before that happened. The air was heavy with expectation.
     Legs pumping. Fingers curled tight into a fist punching the air. Eyes on the gap between a fountain ledge, pedestrian bench and the back of the perp’s head she’d been chasing. Calves likes rocks. Quads burning. The bitter tang of exhaust and sweat. The world silenced and the cadence of each breath the only focused sound. No thought, just action and reaction.      
     The precinct issued two-way radio crackled with bursts of static as Officer Spencer Devane ran full tilt after the young purse snatcher. However, she had one thing on her side the mini-thug didn’t know about; her passion was an art known as Parkour. Without losing momentum, Spencer cleared the fountain gap, landing briefly on the bench, then executing a fluid vault right back into a full sprint.
      Bystanders looked on in awe as she quickly closed the distance between her and boy; clearing any obstacles, she encountered. A Jag sprang up in front of them and he took time to go around it. Officer Devane was looking for this opportunity, and she took advantage of it. Leaning forward, her body instinctively prepared for going over the car. She placed her hands on the Jag’s hood, bringing her body up into a horizontal position and pushed off with her arms. In that smooth motion, she cleared the car and gained a considerable advantage in catching the young perp.
     Reaching out, Spencer was able to grab the hood of the boy’s sweatshirt and pull him backwards. This brought him to a dead stop, tumbled, allowed her to flip him over and cuff him.

“When will you boys learn that crime doesn’t pay and running doesn’t help?� She took a moment to catch her breath and let her partner catch up.

“We will learn when you pigs learn that bacon is bad for the heart! How did you do that? I had some distance on you.� The Latino teen said in disbelief as he struggled on his stomach with her foot on his back.

“Shut it smart guy!� Grabbing the receiver clipped to her shoulder, Spencer called in the outcome. “5-5 David to Central. We got the little punk in custody. Could you send another unit take him in?�

Another burst of static. “Central to 5-5 David. Copy that. Purse snatcher in custody. Other units in route.�

Just then, Officer Joel Colvin jogged up the end of the alley.

“I… Just… How… I mean…� He could barely breathe and it made Spencer chuckle.

“Seems you need to get in shape old man,� She smiled and patted the gut that hung over the other officer’s utility belt.

It's a rough draft and nowhere near complete, but I'm looking for input!

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Parkour And Freerunning / To Define Freedom
« on: December 06, 2005, 09:52:48 PM »
To Define Freedom

     In the Parkour arena, there has been a question plaguing me as well as a few others for quite some time. The question pertains to the definition of the very art, sport, philosophy that we all practice. It is often referred to as “the freedom of movement.â€? However, this freedom is constantly defined.

     Is it possible to truly define freedom? Does the concept of freedom have limitations that we must judge and hold ourselves to in the same sense? The word limitation itself, in association with the term freedom, conjures images of the very term ‘freedom’ shackled in chains and constrained. Isn’t this the very thing that we, as traceurs or practitioners, are trying to escape with our very defiance, motivation, action and drive? If this is so, why then, do we give this concept a definition?

     I know that society demands us to define or label. We cannot escape the little check boxes that are forced upon us. However, aren’t these the boxes we fight against? On the other hand, are we only conforming to what society wants yet calling it by another name?

Is Parkour truly about freedom, or the freedom to define?

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Parkour And Freerunning / Realisation
« on: November 26, 2005, 06:31:08 PM »
I figured here would be the best place to get advice about PK, fear, new places, and meeting new people. So, if anyone is willing to help I'm looking for advice...

Today, I met up with two fellow PK enthusiast. I thought to myself all week, "Yeah, I'll meet up with others that enjoy PK and love to train as well. It'll be great!" We met and set out to PK in the surrounding area. Well, we (or should I say 'they') started out with a few roof drops which is something I haven't trained yet. They seemed pretty keen and well trained on them. So, we moved to another area (actually,we were ran off by the owners of the roof lol. Mob-looking blokes they were). Anywho, we moved on to a playground where I had a couple realisations of sorts. It was really rather cold, and even though I layered up, I was freezing even after a warm-up. This caused my muscles to feel quite tight; something that I never felt before. I also realised that I have a lot more fear than I ever thought before. It kept me from really doing anything. I tried a couple underbars and a few vaults, but I kept thinking how I had never trained here before and everything seemed so much higher. Fear basically took over my mind and body unlike any fear I've felt with PK before. I was also very uncomfortable. Overall, I felt like an arse and like I wasted their time all together.

My question is this, has anyone else experienced anything like this. It was almost as if my brain totally forgot the things I have trained alone, locked up completely and the cold just made it worse. Any advice out there?

Thanks in advance.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Your Own PK Style?
« on: November 23, 2005, 04:18:54 PM »
I have had a question bugging me since I first learned about Parkour and started researching it online.

Within the many readings that I have come across, people speak of "everyone will PK differently" or, "keep your own style." Yet in many of those explanations and discussions, people will say there is a "right way" and a "wrong way" in the art of parkour. My question is this, how is it possible to have your own style, yet PK in the "right way"? I ask from a newbie perspective.  ???

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Socialize / East Coast Meet-up
« on: November 18, 2005, 03:08:55 PM »
I imagine I'll get told this could go in another section, but I'm not quite sure where to put it. That said, here goes...

I think I heard about someone else doing this a while ago, but wasn't sure. What if all the PKers on the eastern US seaboard converged on one city in an East Coast Jam? From Maine to Miami, 'traceurs' from all over the East Coast in one big jam. If this has been done before, my apologies for bringing it up again, but as I stated before I wasn't sure if it had or not. VA or NC could be made the half-way point. I don't think anything of this size could be put together until this spring or summer, but it could be pretty nice!

Any thoughts anyone? (Please don't yell about the post, I might have to cry and you don't want that)  ;D

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