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Oklahoma / New OKPK programs
« on: March 04, 2009, 07:10:29 PM »
Hello; long time no see!  Sorry folks; I've been quite busy the last few...erm, months.  ;D

Anyhow, I'd like to inform everyone that OKPK is working on a couple of projects that should be pretty epic and pretty awesome.  I can't really delve into too much detail as of now, but rest assured that I will post details here as soon as I have them.  Sorry to be so mysterious, but I basically don't want to give away details yet, just in case it doesn't work out.

These will be long term projects, so it may take a long time for them to be implemented, (e.g. >1+ years) but they should be very cool opportunities once they are!

I will also be posting the info on the OKPK Web site as it becomes more concrete.

Train safe!

Oklahoma / Re: Tulsa Parkour
« on: November 16, 2008, 10:41:49 AM »
hey jj shift, im from minnesota too and just started looking up parkour and free running.  would be awesome if tulsa had a permanent thing going.

"Permanent things" are started by self-motivated traceurs who train on a regular basis, regardless of who else shows up.  OKC had traceurs regularly training LONG before OKPK ever became an idea, and OKPK only "works" in Oklahoma City because we already have a regular core of traceurs and training.

If you want to see something in Tulsa, then start training regularly and tell everyone when/where you train.  You cannot sit back and expect someone else to do the work for you.  If you do not feel comfortable in your skill level, work on conditioning and easy skills over and over and over at the same time/place and let everyone know.  Eventually you will find other traceurs, and you will be much better yourself.

« on: November 16, 2008, 10:38:43 AM »
It would be awesome if we could get something permanent going in Tulsa.  Not fair that OKC gets to have all the fun. 

Sounds like you have it all figured out.  Tell us the details.   ::)

May I remind you that OKPK is a very small, informal organization of all volunteers who have other commitments aside from parkour?  It is nearly impossible to set up something permanent right now, because we have yet to meet any traceur with the skill level necessary to oversee any sort of program in Tulsa.  A program cannot be completely made up of new traceurs who do not know how to teach one another safe technique.

If you would like to pay us gas money to come up to Tulsa on a regular basis, we would be happy to set up a permanent schedule.  Until then, be patient.

Jordan Nelson

Oklahoma / Re: Any young people?
« on: November 06, 2008, 01:01:08 PM »
Hello;  actually, the majority of the traceur community in Oklahoma is in their teens and early 20s.  There are traceurs who are older, but you're in good company age-wise.  As far as Moore, I do not know of anybody, but if you're going to find them, it will probably be here!  Welcome.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: its all the same! right?
« on: October 14, 2008, 05:19:57 PM »
I no longer distinguish the two.  I honestly don't care anymore, because like others have said, I am training movement.

If I had to choose a name for what I do, I guess the most "accurate" choice for me would be to use l'art du deplacement, or art of movement.  That's what I tell people when I have time to explain.

If I'm just looking for a quick answer, "parkour."  And if they say, "that's like freerunning right?"  I'll just say "yeah, pretty much."  There's no use in semantics anymore.  Movement, movement, all comes down to movement.

Oklahoma / OKPK Master Schedule Thread
« on: October 14, 2008, 05:13:54 PM »
In order to be a little more user-friendly, here's a thread that will serve as the master shedule thread so we no longer have to make a new one every time we update schedules.  Instead, I'll just come in and edit the post to reflect any changes.

Speaking of which OKPK will now ONLY be offering sessions in Oklahoma City on Wednesdays and Saturdays.  On Wednesday, conditioning will be at 3:30pm and on Saturdays jams will be at 11:00am.

There are various reasons for doing this, mainly to allow more experienced traceurs a break from teaching so that they may also focus on challenging themselves to progress to a new level.  It also allows newer traceurs to take the techniques they have learned on Wednesdays and Saturdays and hone them while training in solitude, something which is extremely beneficial but often overlooked.

Everybody loves to socialize while training with others, but often this socializing can overshadow any real training taking place.  OKPK will continue to be a fun atmosphere with traceurs coming together to learn from one another, but hopefully 2 sessions a week will also allow traceurs more time alone to really concentrate and progress.

Jordan Nelson
Oklahoma Parkour Association

p.s. Chris, can you sticky this?  Thanks!

Pics & Vids / Re: Bruce, Lisses Traceur, and Place de Chevreuse closing?
« on: October 05, 2008, 08:54:40 AM »
Man; and to think that I was there and had the chance to go, and didn't take it.  >:( >:( >:(

Oklahoma / I'm out
« on: September 20, 2008, 06:47:59 PM »
Well, I separated my shoulder in my rugby match today so I'm out for a while guys!!!!  :( :(  Hope to heal up soon and get back to everything.  I'll still be conditioning lower body and everything, and maybe even experimenting with some one armed technique training.

Movement / Re: Idea for A Vault
« on: September 20, 2008, 06:45:18 PM »
I'm having trouble following the scenario, so if you could video the first part, it would be more helpful, but to be honest I think it would probably be most efficient to do a quick turn and use another typical vault or variation of one to get over the second part.  I'm all for innovation, but I'm not entirely sure there really is an efficient way to vault backwards in terms of both momentum as well as sheer mechanics of your legs and what not to get over it.

But heck, if you find a way to, more power to you!  That would be awesome.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: sub six mile?
« on: September 20, 2008, 12:01:01 PM »
Last year I got mine down to 5:40, but now I'm pretty out of shape compared to then, so I'm guessing mine would be about 6:45 or 7:00.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Defined?
« on: September 20, 2008, 05:33:42 AM »
It's an abstract noun, to be exact.  ;D  The sentence structure "_____ is parkour," may lead people to assume it's an adjective but in reality it's acting as a predicate nominative!  Man, I love grammar.

« on: September 14, 2008, 08:38:04 PM »
Sweet stuff!  Maybe some day I'll make the drive down from Stillwater.  It's closer than downtown.

In the Media / Outside Magazine October 2008
« on: September 13, 2008, 09:51:37 AM »
Demon and the COPK gang are featured in the latest issue of Outside Magazine (Oct. 2008).  I just happened to find it; I did not know it was going to be there.  The article is pretty good (I have not found it online; it is listed on the site as being included in the magazine, but I have only found the actual article in the magazine itself) and there is a video with Ryan and Sat online.  Only minor thing is the video title, "How to Parkour."  ;)  Other than that, it was pretty good!

Pics & Vids / Re: another new livewire vid
« on: September 12, 2008, 01:18:31 PM »
 :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o :o

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Prolonging Training Sessions
« on: September 10, 2008, 07:08:36 PM »
Hey guys, i have only been training for like an hour at a time recently and i really want to start prolonging my session.  There are a few things i have thought about and i want to know what you guys do.  Just so you guys know i don't have anyone to train which makes prolonging the session even harder.  One thing i have tried doing was repeating movements many times but the only problem is i don't like carrying supplies with me while training so i run out of breath eventually and need water and i usually dont bring water with me.  That being said i think i might just need to bring supplies like maybe a power bar and enough water with me.  I want to start training on weekends for 1 session about 2-3 hours.  I want to dedicate about an 1 1/2 to 2 hours on just training movements then the last hour or so doing strength conditioning.  My last question would be is how do you make most out of your training spot and when you are drilling techniques do you take a break in between or do you just continuously do it one after the other.  Any input would be appreciated

If you're going for several hours, by all means, feel free to take a break in there.  There's no problem with that.  Bring water and a snack, or take a break and run to a nearby convenience store or something and then go back to training!

Parkour / Re: Precision Jumps
« on: September 10, 2008, 07:06:48 PM »
my fear, mainly with round rails, is that i will slip off and not be able to catch myself/break my fall...

Build a set of practice rails like Demon's that were on APK's homepage and practice at ground level until you can hardly ever miss.

Pics & Vids / Re: New Livewire!
« on: September 10, 2008, 06:04:20 PM »
Haha, I laughed out loud when I first heard the background music.  ;D  I agree, it was just for kicks as a joke.  Not every video is supposed to be the super-motivational, philosophical kind that has a deeper message for parkour.  Remember your's ALSO about having fun!

Parkour / Re: Precision Jumps
« on: September 10, 2008, 04:50:53 PM »

Practice makes perfect!

You got your answer in your question  ;)

Practice more and more and more and you'll get it.....whenever, I promise!!  Time frames don't matter because they do differ vastly from person to person.  Some people you meet might just have a knack for judging the distance just right, but with practice it won't matter because you'll get it too!  So my advice, I guess, would be to just ignore how long it takes someone else to get a "move" or technique down and just practice a lot until you "hit it" and "feel" and know that you've got it for good.

Good luck! :)

Pics & Vids / Re: Editing software (question)
« on: September 10, 2008, 04:29:58 PM »
Buy a Mac. :D  >_>..

And second that one too!  ;D
I'm saving up.... $$$$$$

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Cops
« on: September 10, 2008, 04:28:19 PM »
how often do u guys run into cops?  and how do u guys deal wit that

does it help to have more people?

Occasionally.  Once every couple of weeks or so, sometimes longer.

To deal with it:
1) RESPECT! First and foremost.  Do NOT treat it like a confrontation, even if the cop IS being confrontational.  Be a diffuser, not a bomb.
2) Make sure you're not doing anything illegal to begin with (i.e. trespassing).  Public areas have plenty of training opportunities without the need for breaking the law by trespassing.
3) Politely greet and address the police officer (and don't call them cops to their face :)  Here is fine, but officer is better).
4) Try to explain that you are merely training the art of parkour, trying to move through obstacles efficiently and build up your body.
5) If they seem interested, explain some more info.
6) Don't mention roofs, and don't be on roofs.
7) If the cop's not interested or is confrontational do NOT attempt to argue.  Merely say "okay" and walk away.  I guarantee you can find some other spot.

If you follow these guidelines, usually they don't mind at all!  And if you frequent training spots often, they often get to know you.  In the downtown area of Oklahoma City for example, there's an area called "Bricktown" that has millions of good training spots.  The police officers there were suspicious of us for a while (a couple of weeks) but after several weeks of training courteously, leaving when asked, etc. they got to know us and now greet us as friends!!!

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