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Parkour And Freerunning / PKBC 6 International Gathering
« on: August 02, 2012, 02:28:46 PM »
We're hosting a parkour event in Vancouver, BC just over a week!  Check out the video for a glance at what we have in store.

Parkour And Freerunning / ORIGINS Parkour and Athletic Facility
« on: March 22, 2012, 07:49:55 PM »
New Parkour facility in Vancouver, British Columbia.  Coming Soon...

Florida / Re: Pinellis park parkour
« on: February 18, 2012, 02:22:37 PM »
There are some people who practice in Clearwater.  Visit that page to connect with people in your area.

Florida / Re: In Tallahassee
« on: February 10, 2012, 01:02:04 PM »
Check the Facebook group titled "FSU Parkour".  No one from Tallahassee posts on here.

Also, check out Florida Parkour:

Pics & Vids / Re: 2.5 Years Physical Progress (Pics)
« on: December 26, 2011, 01:04:17 PM »
Yep that's the one.

Out of curiosity, what are your numbers on your primary lifts and/or body weight strength skills?  I've been strength training for about 2.5 years as well and I'm interested in comparing progress.

Pics & Vids / Re: 2.5 Years Physical Progress (Pics)
« on: December 25, 2011, 05:57:24 PM »
Nice, KC.  I saw an L-sit video you put up on youtube fairly recently (2 months ago?) and my thoughts were "HOLY SHIT, this kid got huge".  What was your weight before and after?

General Discussions (Competition) / Re: Competition in Parkour
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:48:02 AM »
Parkour have had a global impact on everyone. Something that started out in a place like Lisses spread through the whole world. It won't be underground just because you don't have competition. It wont fade away. It's here to stay and it will keep growing. It's such a shame that a great site like this promote rubbish such as competitions. Not only because competition gather the worst kind of people, which cheat in order to win (we've all seen it before) but also because you can't measure someone's parkour in a competition. You can measure movements, but parkour, no.

Shut up.  Seriously.

Socialize / Re: Legalize Marijuana to save the world
« on: September 27, 2011, 02:46:59 PM »
Who said anything about it being healthy?  Its about being able to make your own choices about your own personal habits.  If I want to eat a donut, I have every right to eat a donut regardless of the health consequences.  You cannot force me to eat celery instead of donuts and you cannot use government to force me not to eat donuts.  To regulate my dietary choices is to remove my freedoms.  The action of eating a donut does not infringe upon anyone else's rights.  Thus, in a free society I am aloud to eat a donut.

Marijuana is not dangerous and is in fact, much less dangerous than a very legal and very lucrative drug that is for some reason more socially acceptable.  Its also much safer than hundreds of legal prescription drugs.

I haven't even touched on the problems with the drug cartels and violence on the Mexican border that would be solved through regulation.

General Discussions (Competition) / Re: Event Formats - Courses / Rounds
« on: August 28, 2011, 09:56:17 PM »
PKBC V Competition at Andy Livingstone Playground

Elimination Challenges:

Upper Body:
Wall Dyno
Hanging Dyno

Lower Body:
Standing Stair Jump
Running Bleacher Jump

Combination Skill:
Lache to Cat/Crane

Each challenge was scored out of 2 points based on performance.  10 pt maximum.  To move on to the 1st course you had to earn 8/10 points.  People were asked to pair in groups of two to accumulate as many points as possible in 1 hour.  It was based on the honor system.

The elimination challenges felt a lot like a jam except with set challenges to work on.  Many people were going around helping and giving tips to people trying to achieve the skills.  It was a very supportive environment and helped people realize some of their weaknesses to work on in the future.

~50 people attempted the challenges
~20 people moved on to the courses (we think a couple people lied about their points)

1st course:
Speed - short explosive course
Top 10 fastest times moved on to the other courses.

2nd course:
Problem solving and balance
Two targets had to be reached without touching the ground or wooden platforms of the jungle gym and return to the starting point.  A couple people didn't complete the course without scratching so they didn't move on.

3rd course:
Speed - short and technical course

4th course:
Abilities - Strength and conditioning

Not sure how the 4th course was scored, but included:
# of strides taken between two points
Sled drag with 75% Body weight
Number of dyno taps traversing a crack out of 5

General Discussions (Competition) / Re: Competition in Parkour
« on: August 23, 2011, 04:12:32 PM »

Organized competitions introduce many other problems, such as artificial/useless obstacles, increased rivalry, motivation problems, conflicting goals, and the involvement of selfish and immoral corporations and individuals

The people that have organized them are only well-respected by people with little understanding of the nature or benefits of Parkour. Large parts of the community are strongly opposed to the actions of these people, and several of these organizers are widely considered to be immoral and unethical, as well as disrespectful to the Parkour discipline.

You just called Ryan (and others from Apex Movement), Rafe (and Parkour Visions), and Rene (and others from PKBC including myself) 'immoral', 'selfish', and 'unethical', as well as 'disrespectful to the parkour discipline' for putting together grassroots-style parkour competitions.  THEN, you criticized M2 for not being polite and civil when he suggested that maybe your argument is NOT necessarily based on absolute, irrefutable facts as you seem to present it.

Grow up.

Rules / Re: Event Formats - Overall Event / Heats / Qualifiers
« on: August 16, 2011, 12:57:23 PM »
We have a competition coming up this Friday at PKBC's annual gathering.  Instead of an invitational/open format we will have a list of 5 or so elimination challenges.  Each challenge is scored based on performance, for example a dyno with both arms is 2 points and 1 arm is 1 point, 2 points for the precision 1 point for the crane, etc.  You'll have to accumulate enough points to move on to the obstacle course challenge, ex. 8/10.

I think the goal with the elimination challenges is to establish some standard performance level for athletes to meet in order to compete.  I think we're trying out 2 upper body, 2 lower body, and 1 combination skill.

I don't know much more about it because I'm competing, but we'll see how it works out on Friday.

General Discussions (Competition) / Re: Course Design for Speed Courses
« on: August 16, 2011, 08:53:47 AM »
APEX and Visions demonstrate the indoor, purpose-built courses and Jump City: Seattle demonstrated the outdoor, minimally altered courses. Personally I prefer the latter whenever possible; obviously weather can be an issue but I think it adds to real-world adaptability we all covet.

This year's Parkour Visions Invitational was held outside at Gasworks park and it went very well.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: beginner conditioning
« on: August 09, 2011, 08:00:56 AM »
@TomParkour isn't a sport, and it doesn't have to be high-impact either. Learning to practice Parkour in all it's different ways would, I think, be a better solution than weightlifting.


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: beginner conditioning
« on: August 09, 2011, 12:03:03 AM »
i tend to train parkour ~2-3 days a week.  any more than 3 or 4 and the repetitive stress of this high-impact sport hinders my training.  so i supplement with no impact strength training ~2-3 days a week.  this strength training allows me to train parkour for longer, get more quality practice out of my training, and do so with less injuries. 

i don't have improper technique and i don't overtrain when lifting.  the worst injury i've had from lifting was a tension headache.

so, like i said...strength training has allowed me to train more parkour (psssst:  this means it doesn't detract from or hinder my parkour training)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: beginner conditioning
« on: August 08, 2011, 09:51:17 PM »
(Keep in mind that I'm not really arguing for either side, just pointing things out whenever I feel like it)
It's not the same concept at all. Sleeping/eating has never taken time away from parkour training. The comparison with parkour and lifting weights can be done because they are both training methods and generally you have to choose one over the other (on days you do parkour you probably wont lift, and on days you lift you probably wont do parkour). Since this substitution has to be made then it can be said that lifting weights takes time away from parkour training. Sure, eating and sleeping are not part of parkour, but they don't take time away from it. I've never had to choose between sleeping and parkour, or eating and parkour. It's a bad comparison, really.

Parkour training has taken away from my parkour training much more than weight training has via overtraining, injuries, etc.  Strength training has actually allowed me to train more parkour.

Socialize / Re: Legalize Marijuana to save the world
« on: August 01, 2011, 11:42:17 PM »
And don't tell me productive people have used pot. They weren't productive while they were using pot. I know people who are productive that love smoking pot, but they just don't have time to smoke. Because they are being productive.

You have no evidence for that.  Anecdotally, some of my close friends use cannabis and are highly intelligent and hard working people (even after smoking).  Maybe the people who are unproductive when they smoke pot are just unproductive people in general.  And who the f#ck wants to be productive ALL the time.  Do you ever take some time to relax, play a video game, watch tv, watch a parkour video, or browse a parkour forum? BTW These are all activities that can also be done while high.

As a textile? Sure! Go for it! I know nothing that would indicate that being a problem. Plus, comparing to other current materials, I just can't imagine what would be wrong with it.

Except federal law which prohibits hemp from being grown in the US.  BTW hemp can't get you high.  Instead we outsource all hemp related jobs to Canada which makes all hemp products more expensive for Americans.

As a medicine? Dunno man... so much conflicting research. The sources in the Cracked article seem to indicate though that even in light of the perceived benefits, the net benefit is still negative, excluding cases where it's pretty much the only treatment.

Go watch the film In Pot We Trust.

However, in light of this, I still think people deserve the right to choose. At least as long as alcohol can remain legal, marijuana better be legal too. Keeping them in totally different categories legally makes no sense to me.

Its not the governments responsibility to baby people.  People should be allowed to make poor decisions for themselves as long as they do not infringe upon the rights of others.  Remember what happened with alcohol prohibition?  It created a black market and resulted in violence...just like we have today with marijuana and other drugs.  Just look at Portugal's success with decriminalizing all drugs.

Socialize / Re: Legalize Marijuana to save the world
« on: August 01, 2011, 01:11:39 PM »
I found a great link providing counterpoints for the legalization argument but I'm having the hardest time retrieving it... :(

But yea, worthwhile counterpoints do exist against the legalization side that everyone should be aware off. It's just typically not the popular side. I'll see if I can find that page.

Plus, it's just bad news in general.

...i gotta see this

Socialize / Re: Legalize Marijuana to save the world
« on: August 01, 2011, 11:18:37 AM »
Destroy the lower 2/3 of productive people to save the world.

...Carl Sagan used cannabis.  I wouldn't call him unproductive.

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