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It's because I live here myself! Haha that simple.

Okay awesome! Are there a lot of y'all up there?

Thanks man, I understand!  If you know of anyone who'd be willing, please spread the word!

Hello fellow freerunners of Louisiana.  I know you guys are out there, just not as active on this website as before.  I'm wanting to make a documentary film comparing freerunning and skateboarding from the point of view of freerunners and skaters around Louisiana!

I'm virtually the only freerunner around where I live (Morgan City, LA), so I will need to travel to other cities to interview more freerunners.  If you are one, or know of any in your area, please let me know, and I'll see if I can interview you.

ALSO a big deal is that I also need money for travel, and more film equipment in order to make the documentary turn out as professional as possible.  So I made a kickstarter page! Please consider backing my project, or if anything just spread the word!

Thank you guys,

Hello, I'm wanting to create a documentary film that will compare freerunning with skateboarding, from the point of view of freerunners and skaters from around the state of Louisiana!

On these forums before, I've seen some topics arguing "Freerunning vs Skating," but I don't think one should be argued as better than the other. I'm a freerunner, but I often train alongside skateboarders, and I've noticed that a lot of things are similar, like the self expression, the goal of mastering one's self, and also the free feeling that comes with each movement. I think this would be a good topic to address in a documentary film.

What I need is money to travel to different cities around Louisiana, because I hope to interview skaters and freerunners from around the state. I also need a bit more filming equipment to make sure the film turns out looking as professional as possible.

Please check out my kickstarter page, and consider backing it! If nothing else, please spread the word about this project! Thank you guys so much!


Louisiana / Re: Why is LA boards so DEAD?
« on: October 02, 2012, 02:39:59 PM »
I too know a few guys who do it.  Just not so many.  I still try to train when I can.  It could be dead here because everyone's too busy training!

Freerunning / Re: Flipping Issue
« on: September 05, 2012, 01:57:25 PM »
I not long ago, reaally learned backflips and frontflips.  I had that mental block too for a time, I got over it slowly by trying them into pools, and also onto this track-mat at my school, which I'm sure is for pole vaults and such.  If you have a gymnastics gym anywhere nearby, by all means try that, because I'm sure it'll be way easier to try one there, but I didn't have that luxury, living in the middle of nowhere, Louisiana.

For the frontflip, I was never really scared to try them, though I never landed them on ground, I think mainly because I would always close my eyes.  I got out of that by reminding myself before every flip to keep them open. Then I started jumping high off my toes into the tuck, then I got frontflips down.

For the backflip, I got the form (jump STRAIGHT up, then tuck and lean back and spot the landing) as good as I could into a pool, then I got a friend to basically throw my legs over if it looked like I was gonna stall or bail, when trying it on the ground.  Just getting myself to do it only took a little while for some reason, but I landed on my hands and knees pretty much.  Then I kept working them until I landed them good.  After that I wasn't really scared to do them anymore. UNTIL, I bailed a few and couldn't do them for a few months.  Then I just went for it again one day, and unfortunately got into a bad habit of jumping backwards.  I had to drill them for a while before I started jumping straight up again.

For sideflips, one day I literally woke up thinking I could do them, so I tried them from a footish up and basically got it, but I still can't land on my feet for them too well.

For all, make sure you jump as high as you can, and tuck at the highest point!

Freerunning / Re: Gotta Be Close Now Right?
« on: September 05, 2012, 01:55:44 PM »
Yea, I landed my first frontflip with a walk-in.  I took like 5 slow steps then jumped high and tucked hard and barely landed it.  From there I just practiced a lot!

Louisiana / Re: Anyone near Franklinton?
« on: April 12, 2012, 03:53:40 PM »
I moved but they i might still be into it.

Parkour / Re: Problems Konging Long-distance
« on: February 09, 2012, 09:30:22 PM »
Thanks I'll try this tomorrow again

Parkour / Problems Konging Long-distance
« on: February 05, 2012, 07:57:17 PM »
Kong vaults always used to scare the crap out of me because I was afraid of faceplanting.  But I just went for it a few weeks ago and can now kong across a picnic table the short way pretty well. It feels really smooth going the short way, but when I try konging the table the long way (the table is about 6-7 feet and I'm 5' 7"ish tall), I can never get all the way through it.

I sort of dive into it, and first contact is my hands about a foot to six inches from the opposite edge.  But once I'm that far, my legs always come down and skid along the table.  In other words my feet never make it through.

Do I just need to work on my feet movement?  If so, how would I go about doing that?  This IS with a splitstep take off but, I do notice myself stutterstepping a little.  How do I fix that?  Could I possibly be reaching too far onto the table so that the angle of my arms cause my momentum to stop?


Louisiana / Re: Anyone near Franklinton?
« on: November 13, 2011, 05:23:37 PM »
Holy freaking junk I just moved away from Franklinton during the summer which makes me so mad now.!! Goshhhhhh now I live halfway across the state and don't know anyone.  I started parkour a bit with a friend in franklinton. He goes to FHS but I'm not sure if he'd still be into it.  I think I kept him motivated, even though he's really good at it. UGH!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Deaughh! Found a local parkour group...BUT!
« on: November 13, 2011, 04:55:17 PM »
I agree. I think it would be potentially very beneficial to all of you if you at tried to train with them. If they turn out to be idiots then at least you'll know for sure but you could possibly still learn a few things from them. If they don't end up to be strange kids after all, then you've got some training partners!

In short: just try it.

True, but I honestly don't really feel totally comfortable even saying something to them since I'm a new kid, they're seniors, and I've always been kind of quiet, so...? I'll see if my friends know them at all tomorrow...

Parkour And Freerunning / Deaughh! Found a local parkour group...BUT!
« on: November 12, 2011, 07:17:39 PM »
Ugh so I've been wishing my tiny town had a Parkour group since I moved here 4 months ago.  I just yesterday was told by a new friend I got when I moved here that there IS a group, and it's called "LA Flow" (it's in Louisiana).  So then I'm pumped, but he also said if you see graffiti's of "La Flow" you'll know why.  So that makes 'em seem a bit douchey right?  And then he says they're pretty much all seniors (and I'm a freshman).  I don't think I'd be comfortable as a new kid freshman trying to join a parkour group of possible douchey seniors?  I dunno. ??? And I just googled the group and it came up with this vid:
So they perform parkour for a talent show??  It makes me think they don't know what parkour is really.  But I don't know.  I don't know what I should do if anything...?

Parkour / Re: Landing the roll
« on: November 01, 2011, 08:25:46 PM »
Though I still really suck at rolling, I usually land and while my knees bend to absorb the impact I'm also falling forward in sort of a balled up dive motion so I roll right into...the roll. Sometimes I accidently hit my head but, yeah I'll  keep drillin

Freerunning / Re: Flipping Mental Block
« on: October 05, 2011, 07:27:07 PM »
So those listed exercises increase jump height? Or only general leg strength? Btw I usually over rotate on both my flips into pools.
The thing about any weighted exercises though is that I have no access to that equipment and stuff, being only 14, and not part of my football team, and without the knowledge of any gyms around, all I have is a pair of 8 lb weight things xD Which is why I'm also struggling to find a way to build upper body strength through bodyweight exercises. That rules out the weighted and deep squats I guess. Now pistols, they are just tough!

Freerunning / Re: Flipping Mental Block
« on: October 05, 2011, 03:37:36 PM »
a pool is no good since it puts your mind into a state where it knows you'll be "ok," it's just a dunk in some water.

But since I can physically finish the flip before hitting the water's surface, can't I be able to use the same technique for on ground? But yea I'll still have to get over the fear...

Welcome! / Re: Hello :o
« on: October 02, 2011, 05:52:56 PM »
I live in a town called Berwick that no one knows about (lol). Its near Morgan City

Welcome! / Hello :o
« on: October 02, 2011, 02:55:48 PM »
I've been around for a few weeks, but never introduced myself so...

My names Levi, and I'm pretty interested in parkour and I guess freerunning.  I grew up on playing Prince of Persia (the 1989 game) and always wanted to be like him, like running and jumping and stuff. Then when I turned 9 I saw youtube videos of parkour, and I was like, "WOOW people actually DO that!" and I wanted to do it too, but I waited until I was 13 to start.

 Or so I thought I started.  I used to live in a little old Louisiana town and no one really knew what parkour was, so it was just me and a friend who wanted to do it. We basically learned rolls, and then tried to jump off our roofs (which I realize is a stupid thing to start off with), did vaults (kongs mostly) at our local park, and some catleaping & wallclimbing. Then I had to move to where I lived now, and I know hardly anyone.

 I'm 14 now, and have been reading up stuff on here for the summer, and realize how stupid (lol) it was for me to do the jumping off stuff right off, and also some of the mentality aspects of parkour. (I often stare at like old buildings and rails and stuff, even though I haven't learned what to do on them properly xD) Now I'm wanting to condition myself better before really doing anything. Unfortunately I'm really skinny I guess, and often can't motivate myself to do anything...due to my uncomfortability of where I live:  I'm afraid people will think I'm an idiot (silly I know) on first impression, and stay away forever lol.

But whatever.  Hello and i hope to maybe actually start conditioning for parkour, if I can get myself to, and be part of this forum (its awesome!)

Pics & Vids / Re: Backyard parkour equipment
« on: September 27, 2011, 07:59:44 PM »
Ahh that's awesome! You would be the coolest dad ever! :D

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