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Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: June 02, 2012, 07:02:44 AM »
Stay true to Parkour, and Parkour will stay true to you. It doesn't matter what mainsteam media does to it. thats what I say I leave you with this video:

Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: May 23, 2012, 04:35:37 PM »

"I used to do parkour and flips and stuff before it was known as parkour. Then it got all big and its dumb now so I quit. Its not the same."
                                                        -Random guy trying to talk down to me about PK, whom I invited to go train but instead gave me that excuse why he couldn't.

really?........ wow

Socialize / Re: mass Traceur/Tracuse Friend request on Facebook!!
« on: May 22, 2012, 03:57:57 PM »
It might just be me and my stubbornness but I never update facebook on my phone and it still lets me send messages in requests :P
I requested you, and if you don't get the message, I also asked if that spot your at in your profile picture is that big green rail set in Antioch, Illinois.
Looks mighty familiar....

why yes it is in Antioch... ever been to centenial park? also in antioch.

I also don't agree with adding complete strangers, cause there are alot of messed up people out there and I wouldn't want them to friend me. haha, so yeah, only people you recognize from APK i guess would be safe.

Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: May 21, 2012, 01:41:50 PM »
I've had a Sprained ankle for 3 months now..... I better come up with a new excuse.

Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: May 19, 2012, 10:25:32 AM »
"I used to be able to vault over rails and run up walls like you, but then I took an arrow to the knee"


Socialize / mass Traceur/Tracuse Friend request on Facebook!!
« on: May 19, 2012, 08:32:33 AM »
I don't know if anyone remembers but years back I was on here and one person thought it would be interesting to have everyone friend request everyone else on facebook because in essence we all are friends and family through Parkour. it was cool. I thought it was a good Idea then. I think its a good idea now too.

 I can understand if some people want to remain private but I'll start off. I'll give you all my facebook info and I welcome anyone to friend request me if they have a facebook. just put a reference to "APK" in the request so I know you're not a spammer. I want to see how big of an impact this has. according to the member list there is over 2000 members on APK. imagine all that Parkour camaraderie on FB, ohhh it makes me tingle. haha

Name: Jerald Donald Konkel (JDK the traceur)


ps. remember to say "APK" if you send me a friend request if you don't want to be ignored or declined.

Edit: I just realized that Facebook doesn't allow you to send a message with a friend request anymore. so.... if you reply to this on APK people should be able to put two and two together and recognize you on facebook if you so choose to friend them. thats if your name is not different on there.   

Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: May 19, 2012, 08:12:00 AM »
I had a person tell me that parkour was illeagal..... ??? I was like "WTF?"

hear is a very short summerized version of the convo:

Me: *practicing Parkour*

friend: "Hey thats cool, but I would stop doing that."

Me: "why?"

friend: "cause that lady over there doesn't like you guys jumping around like that."

Me: "So..."

friend: "she called the police, so I would get outta here."

Me: "I'm practicing parkour, I'm not doing anything wrong, this is a public park."

friend: "I got the police called on me the other day, I don't want to get in trouble"

Parkour / Re: What is better for landing from a tall wall?
« on: April 26, 2012, 02:51:09 PM »
in my experience, flips are more or less for show and finesse. however.... I can see them being useful over certain objects. But I doubt they can be useful to the point of being practical. 

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What shoes to get...
« on: April 24, 2012, 03:31:55 PM »
Less cushioning is better I think. Most people let their shoes do all the work for them, and when they are barefoot they can't walk...... even at home people tend to wear slippers. HAHA. in my opinoin your feet should be doing the work, not the shoe. such things as arch support and cushioning are meant for some people, In parkour however I think they do not belong.

In parkour, do you wear gloves? I don't and most don't but I've seen some traceurs with gloves, they can't be separated from them. they say "I'll hurt my hands" or some crap like that. lol the same idea can be said about shoes. Less is better. I wear Vibram Fivefingers, some wear KSwiss Ariakes. I've even had a guy take off his shoes and train in his socks. why he left his socks on I don't know, I think he didn't want to scratch his feet. anyway.....

what I was trying to get at and still am..... (I suck at short goodbyes)..... less is more.

Gorilla PK / Re: How Should I start off
« on: April 21, 2012, 05:35:36 PM »
cool, I wish u well in your training. also David Belle has been very inspirational to me, I would recomend following his example, and teachings as a guideline

Movement / Re: wall runs, help?
« on: April 21, 2012, 04:53:41 PM »
thanks everyone. ill take your tips and use them in my training. and jerald ive heard its you push out and use your free knee to transfer that outward momentum to an upward momentum. so all in all it gos from forward into wall, out away from wall, to upward and over the wall correct?

Correct. Using the opposite leg to add a little more momentum in the upward direction surely helps alot. but the pushing away from the wall is tricky cause you want to push more up than away. and you want to have a good foot placement on the wall, somewhere near waist height is good. anywhere lower and you won't get enough traction, power, or height. Anywhere higher and it kills your momentum resulting in too much effort to get over the wall.

The "getting over the wall" part of the wall run is not always the case. for instance if the wall has no option to get over and all you are doing is getting to a certain spot up the wall then lets say turning and jumpin off to get to a higher spot behind you. But its still worth training the Muscle up manuver for cases where you do need to get "over" a wall.

I personally love Wall runs, its one of my fav moves in parkour training

Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: April 20, 2012, 12:56:53 PM »
precision to the faaceeeee!!!!!  ;D

Face to the ground!!

I have gotten that excuse to: "why do parkour? I'm going to fight, not run away like a pussy."

those people don't understand that Parkour is not just about running away from a dude, or dudette. It is much more. Maybe running TO a problem or chasing someone down or solving a dilemma that "normal" folk can't solve.

I also get the excuse: "why learn to jump over that, I can easily walk around it" hahaha

Parkour And Freerunning / "The Freerunner" Mag
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:09:15 PM »
Sorry if I seem "Out of the loop" but I just realized that "the Freerunner" online magazine is no more, the current and lastest issue was April of 2010?!?!  :o I haven't been on the internet much but to find this out now, its sorta a bummer. I was looking forward of reading alot of issues I would have missed over the years. eh, everything good has to come to an end right? me personally I'm kinda sad,  :'( *Sniff* don't worry .... about *sniff* me..... I'll be *sniff* ok....... *Balls tears crying* WAHHHHH, ahhhhhhh!!!!

*runs out of room Hysterically* 

Consumer Whores / Re: My Ariakes Weren't Exactly What I Expected
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:29:56 PM »
I've heard nothing but bad things from the Airakes. but I never had them so I can't give a review on them.

Minnesota / Re: Good places to train?
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:17:20 PM »
My best advise, since I don't live anywhere near you, is to look around you. Explore your town or city and the neighboring towns. there is almost always great spots to train at within your reach. Best of luck to you and be safe.

Pics & Vids / Re: Florida Parkour - We Are Young
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:13:40 PM »
Nice, I've got a park like that in Antioch Illinois, Its all wood and great for training, may I ask where that park is thats in the video? I would love to know

Parkour / Re: What is better for landing from a tall wall?
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:11:10 PM »
Hang and drop from the wall is better than a roll.

What did you just say?  :-Sarcasm

If I hang and then drop from a wall of considerable height, I'm still going to roll. even if the drop is 8ft. A Roll is always better than just landing. anything that distributes landing impact and reduces stress on the legs is better. I don't know why you just said that.

Pics & Vids / Re: looking for comments and advice
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:04:08 PM »
Nice man, Thumbs up!

Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: April 19, 2012, 01:58:18 PM »
I don't have insurance. I've been training over 3 years now.

I have been practicing Parkour for four years now and I never had Health insurance. still don't. I've gotten hurt alot of times, actually I'm hurt right now. A foot injury from a drop. My wife yells at me everytime I come home with scrapes and bruises, which are minor injurys I don't worry about. If I could choose between having health insurance or not having it. I'd stick with not having it. why? I save money and My wife would still yell at me for getting hurt either way. lol 

Socialize / Re: Parkour Excuses....
« on: April 19, 2012, 01:51:10 PM »

I learned that people who ACTUALLY want to train will go out of their way to seek you out. Those are the people you want to train with."

This reminds me when I Started a group in my town aimed at able bodied, interested, and good friends of mine who wanted to do parkour.  It started off with my step brother asking me about parkour and simple vaults and stuff. he caught the "Parkour fever" and thats how it started. (a group of two). then I suggested he get his friend into parkour, he did. (now a group of three friends training parkour together). us three one day while training ran into these other three guys who were into parkour (one of them ended up being my best man at my wedding) and they joined up. (now a group of six). I then talked to a guy I met online and kinda joined him to the group. (now a group of 7) shortly after that people started making excuses why they couldn't do parkour anymore. Most of them said "I have school" or "I'm spending time with my girlfriend" and one by one they started breaking away. the only friends that stuck with me was my best man at my wedding, and my step brother. and my best man calls me constantly to meet up and Train Parkour. My Step brother is still in Highschool but thats understandable, sometimes homework can get in the way of training.

So at the end a group of 2 guys goes to a group of 7 guys, then down to a group of 3 guys.  with one guy in school constantly so it feels alot like a group of 2.  I realized instead of trying to get people interested in Parkour and build a big group, I should have just focused on me and my training.

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