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I thought someone should go ahead and make a video that once and for all, explains what parkour is and isn't. Adressing media perceptions so we can finally explain it to people who don't know. Right now, it is just what I wrote from my expirience. I'm sure everyone on here has their 2 cents to put in, and I am welcome to the idea.

Imagine someone with an awesome voice with faint epic background music reading this:
What is parkour? That question is asked by hundreds of thousands of people. Everyone is told something. Not everyone is correctly informed. News teams try to get correct information, but hardly ever succeed. People who have never trained parkour either don't know it exists or just follow the media's perception. Newcomers will always ask that question, and it may take years of learning, unlearning and relearning to sift through the falacies.

What is parkour? First of all, parkour is not a reckless sport about jumping off buildings for thrills. It is none of those things. It is a total discipline. It quickly strengthens you and changes your lifestyle to something more active and healthy. Parkour is also very safe. Sure, what you see in videos are people jumping over things at high speeds, sometimes hardly looking where they're going. What you don't see are the thousands of hours of conditioning they did, and how long it took them to safely build up to what they do.

If you spend more than 5 minutes in any parkour forum, you will learn that high drops are bad for you and you shouldn't do them often. Another 5 minutes teaches you that there is nothing you can train on a roof that you can't train somewhere safe. Common sense points out that by that logic, parkour is against rooftop jumping unless you are completely trained and can do it safely.

What is parkour? It isn't an internet fad for stupid thrill seeking kids. People learn about it from the internet, mostly because they don't have places to learn about it in person. Parkour really isn't very thrilling in the technical sense. Most of our time is spent doing insanely difficult workouts. Gritting your teeth and pushing one more into the set of muscle-ups isn't a great way to find thrill.

When I jump over a large gap, it isn't to feel the rush of no ground beneath me. I jump to prove to myself that I really can jump nine foot lengths. From the outside looking in, parkour looks like something extreme. From the inside, parkour is just us living life.

What is parkour?. Safely achieving more than you thought you could. Climbing higher than you thought you could. Jumping farther than everyone believed possible. Taking flight in a world where we are perceived as flightless.

That's all I have right now. Tell me what you think, or if something needs to be changed.

Parkour And Freerunning / Progression.
« on: July 11, 2010, 07:33:41 PM »
I would say I am ok at parkour. I'm not great, but I at least know what I'm doing. I also feel like I'm not going anywhere with my training. It might be from a lack of new obstacles, but I don't know.

I got good at all the moves I needed to move fluidly, now I am working on things that are less needed (handstands and flips).

What can I do to keep getting better, really step my game up to the next level? I already condition all the time. Thanks in advance.

FAQ / Problem with the forum itself.
« on: July 09, 2010, 09:21:04 AM »
If I make a post that is so long that it uses the scroll bar, if I scroll down and click on something, it will automatically jump the scroll to the top. If I start typing, it scrolls back down then immediately jumps back to the top. It is really frustrating because I cant really update my goals list.

Anyone have an idea of what might be causing it?

Parkour And Freerunning / Lost motivation
« on: July 02, 2010, 09:28:57 AM »
I have been training since April of last year. I love parkour, I love seeing personal progress, I love this new way of life.

Training is a pain though. The nearest good area is a half hour travel on foot (Since I don't drive, thats all I have). I can do a very intense workout that takes about an hour, maybe hour and a half if I go slow. That being said, 40%-50% of the time I am outside for parkour is filled with boring monotonous travel. That is making training become a chore, rather than a fun activity.

It doesn't help that I train alone. I am a social person, so that would help, but none of my friends want to do parkour. There is also nobody better than me within a reasonable distance. I hear having someone better than you can really help motivate you like a coach. I have looked everywhere for new spots, and there are none.

There is NO WAY I'm giving up parkour, so the question stands, what can I do to get fired up about parkour again?

Consumer Whores / Airwalk Flips review
« on: June 21, 2010, 12:48:56 PM »

I owned a pair of these for a year or so and I am pleasantly surprised.
They cost about 30$ depending on where you go. That money goes very far. These shoes are lightweight, grip well, high durability and are very comfortable.
After I wore the grip out on my shoes I continued doing parkour in them, and it still worked alright.

Five stars. Absolutely reccomended.

Parkour And Freerunning / Canadian Wildfires = No Parkour
« on: June 02, 2010, 03:03:25 AM »
Some lightning touched down a bunch of times in canada and set a series of fires, and a couple are now burning out of control. Due to a southernly wind, the smoke is blowing over parts of New England (in the Northeast for those who don't know). My town has been completely enveloped in a fog-like smoke for a few days now. Officials are saying not to do any strenuous activity outside.  :'(

(yes I realize I sound a little selfish with my "oh no canada is on fire, the smoke is unfortunate to me" attitude, but I don't care)

Movement / I run weird.
« on: May 29, 2010, 06:13:16 PM »
It is very easy to notice when I'm on camera. I did learn that I have been running heel-toe, and I'm working on not doing that anymore. I also believe I have lousy foot placement. Though I don't really do stutter steps anymore, I have been struggling to get into a sweet stride for wallclimbs and such.

Is there anything I can do to work on that?

Parkour / dash... i dont get it.
« on: May 28, 2010, 04:44:01 PM »
If you can jump and get your legs over it, doesn't that mean that you pretty much already have your body passed the obstacle? Why would you need to put your hands down at all? I don't really understand why you need it.

Injuries - Discussion / Oh hi unexplainable shoulder pain. sup?
« on: May 26, 2010, 05:22:46 PM »
I have been having pain in my left shoulder whenever I do wall presses (spider climbs to some). I don't really know if it is a strained muscle or something, but it only takes two or three presses for the pain to shoot up. I haven't fallen on it, or stretched it too hard, and I haven't always had the pain, and I trained wall presses for a week or two before it started to hurt.

It is either in my deltoid or coracobrachialis... I think the second, based on which stretch helps to alleviate the pain.

It doesn't really impact my training much because wall presses are the only thing that make it hurt, but I do want to continue training them again ASAP.

Pics & Vids / What I Have... my first vid
« on: May 23, 2010, 08:31:39 PM »

Be brutally honest.
(Yes, I know the first roll I do is terrible.)

Parkour And Freerunning / Parkour as a career.
« on: May 22, 2010, 05:28:20 PM »
I'm sure it is possible, people have done it right?

people like Danny Ilabaca have only been training a few years and are still some of the most graceful traceurs out there. I feel like I can't get to be that good because I don't have anything really good to practice on. Looking at the footage I filmed today, I realized that I have nowhere to really practice flow, I am very limited with obstacles, which makes me very limited in my ability to adapt. I also don't have any more experienced traceurs in the area to learn from. I'm only 16 so I can't easily relocate.

I'm not usually a worrier, I have a cool head. I'm worrying about this though. Am I doomed?

By the time I have gotten good, other people will have gotten better, so why would I become famous, how can I make anything of myself if so many other people will no-doubt have already done that?

Movement / are ALL these techniques really that necessary to learn?
« on: May 13, 2010, 01:37:54 PM »
In the area I live in, I get around just fine and over just about every obstacle using just a kong, occasional sort of speed vault, cat jump, wall climb, muscle up, and breakfall.

I can understand how learning more would be useful if I ever move, might also be good for overall coordination.

...but the question stands. Should I go out of my way to find places where I can practice new vaults and moves if I don't really need them?

Parkour And Freerunning / Working skills out.
« on: May 11, 2010, 12:01:42 PM »
I want to save my energy for tomorrow so I don't want to have an intense conditioning day, I feel like doing more skills stuff. I'm thinking QM, some barefoot running, possibly handstands... anything else to suggest?

Parkour And Freerunning / I wish I knew more traceuses
« on: May 01, 2010, 09:03:13 PM »
Pardon me if this seems a bit brash, but I think a girl doing parkour is one of the most attractive things ever. (Guys back me up on this)

Any girl who can get excited over being fit and reaching physical goals like that, is awesome in my book. But none of the girls I know are willing to give parkour a try. They all think it is too dangerous, or they aren't strong enough. Despite my best efforts of convincing them otherwise, I still have yet to see any female doing parkour in person.

Why is there this big misconception that women cant do parkour?

Parkour And Freerunning / Getting discouraged
« on: April 26, 2010, 06:24:11 PM »
I have peen practicing parkour for a little over a year (I started last april). I live in the middle of nowhere and don't have a large variety of things to practice on. There is this one wall that I always practice on, it is about 10' tall. Recently, for the life of me, I can barely ever reach the top. Last year I was able to do it pretty easy, and my two friends that started training months after I did can get up the wall every single time. I have no idea why I am the only one struggling, and it just kills me to go practice with them because they have gotten so much better at basic things that I should be nailing by now. I have stayed fit, I feel just as capable as I did last year, but I can't kong a picnic table anymore, and I only made it up the wall 4/25 tries a few days ago.

Any ideas about why my progress might be backtracking?

Training Journals / Greg's Training Journal (Comments Appreciated)
« on: April 23, 2010, 09:00:46 PM »
Oh hey, why not?
Videos you should watch:
-ab workout --
-What I Have (my first vid) --

I usually follow the Yamakasi tradition of adding one to all of my sets. It helps show what you can really do. I'm really bad at vaults, they're my weak point. I'm trying to get a vault box so I can practice them on my recovery days.

Increase workout sets to
-25+1 wallclimb to muscle ups
-25 eight footlength precisions in a row
-25 nine footlength precisions in a row
-25 precisions up 5 stairs in a row
buy/build a box to practice vaults on
be able to kong a picnic table long ways
easily and commonly kong a long ledge at chest height
learn speed vaults
get good enough to apply speed vaults
learn dash vaults
get good enough to apply dash vaults
find out how much I can underbar
improve underbars by 2 inches
running jump 7 museum stairs
climb up a 10'8" wall
do a flip
do 1000 pushups in one school day
30 second handstand
Proper form planche

I'm REALLY pushing for that box. I feel so stupid with a goal like "learn speed vaults" after over a year of parkour.

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