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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Barefoot training
« on: February 01, 2012, 09:44:59 PM »
I just started actually. Decided I'm going to train as much as possible with bare feet. First week and my feet ache, in an oddly pleasant way. But I'm worried that perhaps my feet aren't strong enough yet. Few days on concrete, and damn, I feel good, and I can land safely most of the time, but I see a lot of flaws in my technique. Also, I'm afraid I'm gonna smash my toes on the rails! (Still I do it, and it's fun)

Any tips for a budding spartan to strengthen his feet when (or possibly when he's not) doing parkour?

Pics & Vids / Re: 1930's Parkour
« on: January 26, 2012, 03:00:11 PM »
Not to necro this but the curiosity got the better of me.

The footage you're watching is from an old documentary called "Gizmo!" made in 1977 (The footage itself is actually from the 1930's, but was featured in stunt reels primarily until compilated into "Gizmo!" in the 70's).

The man climbing the tree, and eating dinner, pretty much up until the train is called John Ciampa, an Italian-American, his stage names include Human Fly, Flying Phantom, and The Brooklyn Tarzan.

 His footage was included in the "Gizmo!" film uncredited, and spliced with Arnim Dahl (Who was the man from the train onward). Dahl was credited with Ciampa's work here (Without the permission of either man.)

That being said, I wonder how he must have felt? Ciampa lived to 1994, so he lived to see Parkour gain some of its popularity. Can't imagine how it felt to see what he loved to do since childhood explode like that.

I support this wholeheartedly.

Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Re: Chat function?
« on: December 01, 2010, 07:32:04 AM »
.... searched up 3 different version and never used the words "Instant Messaging..."

Unbelievable. Ignore this! I'm heading to zayne's thread!

Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / Chat function?
« on: December 01, 2010, 07:31:10 AM »
So I searched up 3 different versions of this and couldn't find it anywhere.

Have we ever thought of adding a chat function? Just a place for us to log in and talk to other traceurs who are web surfing, maybe ask a question or talk about inconsequential stuff?

I just figured it might be interesting with this community, is all.

Florida / Re: brevard county: borrred
« on: November 15, 2010, 07:29:36 AM »
Hey! I'm D.B. too!  ;D

Yeah, Graham's a good guy to train with.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: A great parkour game besides tag?!?!
« on: November 15, 2010, 07:08:56 AM »
My friends and I play Parkour "Red light, Green light" to drill control of bodily movements.

(obviously if you're midair, you complete the movement), but otherwise, you try to stop as much as you can.

FAQ / Re: tribes
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:30:42 AM »
I think he's commenting on the observation that we, as a group, tend to practice and film in groups. I believe he's also asking if there's a specific reason for this and if we have any official ways of organizing (Tribes, Teams, ect).

But I'm paraphrasing, of course!  ;D

FAQ / Re: Getting Permission
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:26:52 AM »
You could start a Parkour club at the college.

I know some guys from my college went ahead and did that. I would surmise that if you go through official channels they would have little to no problem with it, especially if you have a coherent and professional presentation prepared.

(It's also a great way to organize your area and become a major player in your niche, Hint hint)  :D

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Escape-Hunter. ([Violent] Game)
« on: November 03, 2010, 06:14:36 AM »
I'm gonna have to agree with the others on this one. While I think the idea behind this is truly epic, I'd suggest being discrete when playing, find a spot where people won't sick the police on your for suspected murder  ;D

Also, turning down the volume on your "death screams" may help in not, y'know, getting arrested.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: no grip hands and shoes
« on: October 08, 2010, 08:14:51 AM »
I know how it is, man. I live in Florida. There is NEVER sunshine in Florida, always raining.

As said before, hand grip requires strength, the sweat shouldn't be that much of a factor. at any rate, just carry a rag around with you (in your belt loops or in a pocket) to wipe off your hands. As for your shoes, don't be afraid to wipe off your shoes (with your hands or a rag) before you try a move. Your hands are gonna get filthy anyways!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Tough things to figure out
« on: August 24, 2010, 07:59:40 PM »
Believe it or not, you can also train DURING your classes. I do this be strengthening my calves and shins in my seat using Dogen's Titanium Ankles techniques. I also do hand dexterity exercises (when I'm not taking notes) to increase the agility of my fingers for use in Parkour (not exactly the most important thing, but hey! It's better than nothing!)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Banned in NYC
« on: August 23, 2010, 04:59:51 AM »
Preposterous!!! >:(

M2, Sha, and every jump junkie in new york, we're behind you 100%!

I'll certainly spread the word here in miami, if there's ANYTHING we can do, don't hesitate to ask, anyone. Seriously, our passion is at stake!

FAQ / Re: Am I too big for Parkour?
« on: May 29, 2010, 08:10:54 PM »
There's actually a subforum called Gorilla PK that deals specifically in large Traceurs/Traceuses. Everyone there is larger than most people, they can probably help you out.

FAQ / Re: Upper Body Work out
« on: May 06, 2010, 05:55:33 PM »
Okay... let's try this again.

First of all... PUSH-UPS! LOTS AND LOTS OF PUSH-UPS. They build your strength ridiculously. Anything else that works the shoulders (Free weights) will be great. Next you'll want to work out your back and your core, definitely. Pull-ups, planks, sit-ups, crunches, bicycle crunches, superman presses, leg-ups (to work your lower set of abs), and twists (to work your obliques) are great exercises for your needs.

Hope that helps.


Mel from Miami!

Sooo, a case of douchy Traceurs, huh? Ah, there are bound to be some everywhere. I'm sure I don't need to tell you that guys like that should go fornicate themselves with a rail, right? I'm sure you agree...

On the topic of improving your jump: You want to strengthen your legs (dum duh-duh duuuuum! CAPTAIN OBVIOOOOOUS! :o  ). Doing weighted calf raises, lunges, and of course, SQUATS! Yes, squats are amazing. As you progress, you will want to progress to weighted squats. My personal favorite is jump squats, really helps develop my explosive movement.

One thing I want to warn you on is symmetry. You want to work out your shins too. Working them helps improve your jump, greatly improves your landing, and prevents shin splints. To that end I employ Dogen's training technique, Titanium Ankles. You can find the link below.

Well, hope that helps!

Train hard and Live free!

FAQ / Re: help!!
« on: May 05, 2010, 08:07:56 AM »
Excellent! Very excellent! I'm glad things worked for you, Sophie.

Train Hard and Live Free.

Florida / Re: Florida Visitor Questions
« on: May 03, 2010, 11:42:51 PM »

So I guess these are my first questions...
  • What organized groups are in Florida?
Heyo! I'm Mel. I can't speak for many others, and I know there are a few other groups in the area. Specifically we're based in Miami. My friends and I run the FIU Parkour Club, we just sorta branch out and cover as much of Miami as we can. You can find our Facebook page in the following link.
  • Are there weekly/monthly/annual jams on the weekend?
Our team gets together weekly at the University. On weekends we usually get together with the other freerunners in the area to have a little fun in the surrounding areas. You can find meet-up info on our facebook page.
  • Any special events for summer 2010?
Quite frankly I've only heard rumors. Others are better equipped to answer that question.
  • Which areas of Florida are most active in Parkour/Freerunning in general?
In terms of Miami, there are lots of places to run! We mostly operate at Florida International University. Other hotspots include: Miami Dade College, the Miracle Mile in Coral Gables, as always, Miami Beach, and lots of other minor spots in the city. You can train practically anywhere!
  • Do outdoor meetups tend to stay in one area, move from spot to spot, or move constantly?
From personal experience, we Miami traceurs tend to migrate. A lot.
  • Since weather's not guaranteed, are there open gyms?
I know the Miami Freerunning Academy has open sessions on friday and saturday. I'm afraid I don't have the information though.
  • Anything else I should know while I'm packing?
BRING SUNSCREEN! The Miami sun (when it chooses to show itself) is a killer! And be careful on the roads. Despite stereotypes, i can honestly say we don't know how to drive... It's actually true...

Hopes that helps, buddy!

Parkour / Re: Is this normal?
« on: May 02, 2010, 10:50:15 PM »
Hmm, well, not to be "that guy" but judging by your profile symbol, you're either playing too much Mirror's Edge, or you're having a stroke.

FAQ / Re: help!!
« on: May 02, 2010, 05:51:45 PM »
spam her email :D

Lol, probably not a good idea. Did make me laugh though!

Soph, the point we're trying to make is to be insistent. You have to make them realize that this is not just a passing fancy for you. If they STILL choose not to listen, then you can continue on knowing you've done everything in your power to involve your parents. They have no right to argue should they still choose to ignore you. (Of course, you shouldn't say that. It's just something you should keep in mind.)

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