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Movement / Re: need help with my JUMPING HEIGHT!
« on: August 07, 2010, 09:45:45 PM »
If you combine proper plyometric training with power clean, power snatch, and parallel squat weightlifting then your vert should shoot up. Plus it's pretty good conditioning. Just make sure you lift properly so as not to hurt yourself.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Being afraid
« on: June 07, 2010, 01:12:59 PM »
The fear is always there, you just learn to deal with it, use it. It's not like the best are just fearless. They know their limits and use the fear as a tool. It comes with practice. The more you do parkour the more the fear becomes something secondary and not so limiting.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What is flow?
« on: May 23, 2010, 08:18:10 PM »
Here's another article that I think is pretty good.

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/199707/finding-flow

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What is flow?
« on: May 23, 2010, 07:52:03 PM »
Brian: Freud was kind of a messed up guy haha he also did enough coke to kill a small horse but I'm sure that wouldn't affect his thinking lol

Hazim: Yes, flow can be achieved in most challenging aspects of one's life. I believe one of the examples the article uses is the Sistine Chapel. Not athletic but still flow.

JD: yes, that could be described as a type of flow. More fluidity of movement but sure I'll give it to you. But a river also flows, a band has flow in their music. There are a million different "types" of flow. This is the psychological phenomenon experienced when extremely focused on what one is doing. Your "flow" isn't what we're talking about here. Read the links if you care to become informed.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What is flow?
« on: May 23, 2010, 11:35:16 AM »
What Freud did is impressive for his time period but I personally think Freud, Neo-Freudians, and most of the psychoanalytic viewpoint is out of date. It's extremely popular due to Freud's fame but I think there are many other psychological views that are more accurate and more effective in a clinical scenario. IMHO but to each his own.

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Parkour And Freerunning / What is flow?
« on: May 22, 2010, 07:16:51 PM »
So it seems like a lot of people on here have no true idea of what flow is. Some have experienced it, some can describe their experience, but no one knows how to efficiently achieve flow. So what is flow? Flow is actually something that was studied, named, and understood by a psychologist. It's something that, to be understood, should be thought about from a psychological perspective. So, here is a link, yes it's wikipedia but it actually is accurate, easy to understand, and gives a great idea of what flow is and how we achieve it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flow_(psychology)

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Massachusetts / Harvard PK
« on: May 17, 2010, 07:42:49 PM »
Anybody know if Harvard has a pk club? Anyone from the area who would be interested in joining one feel free to post

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Pennsylvania / University of Penn
« on: May 17, 2010, 07:41:55 PM »
Anybody know if U of Penn has a parkour club? If you're from the area and there is no team would you be interested in joining one?

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Does anyone know if the University's of Penn, Harvard, Western Michigan, or Ball State have a parkour club? Also, if you're from one of those areas and would be interested in joining a club feel free to post.

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IN Regions / Ball State University Parkour
« on: May 17, 2010, 07:37:54 PM »
Hey there, just curious to see if there is a BSU parkour team already in existence or if anyone would be interested in joining one.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Experiment
« on: May 05, 2010, 08:22:41 PM »
Also by stating your objective to those completing the experiment it skews the results. Traceurs will naturally draw a more creative path knowing that you're trying to prove parkour breeds creativity. Just giving subjects the directions without the objective of the experiment eliminates this.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Experiment
« on: May 05, 2010, 08:20:24 PM »
Just remember that this experiment has a few flaws. It's voluntary response therefore you're going to get a high number of very creative responses and little responses with a traditional pathway.The fact that it takes effort to get the picture then draw the line then resubmit it will discourage those who would draw a simple path or are not motivated to do so. This experiment is interesting yet highly biased in its current setting therefore any conclusions drawn from the data will be invalid due to the bias. If you wish to complete a valid study then you'll need to correct for this. Stratified random sampling using live people not the forum is my suggestion. Hope this helps

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Consumer Whores / Re: Best Store to Shop At
« on: April 22, 2010, 06:56:04 PM »
C9 gear is cheap for a reason, its not made from the best material and you get what you pay for. If you're looking for something cheap and easily replaceable then C9 is a decent option but if you want something thats going to last it might be worth shelling out a few extra bucks for it (like compression shorts, under armour is a bit expensive but theyre very durable and last for a real long time plus they dont take the beating the outer wear does) thats just my take on C9 and other off off brands like it. usually just a personal preference though

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Michigan (Ann Arbor) / Re: Canton, MI
« on: April 21, 2010, 07:25:16 PM »
If you care to make the trip out to Ann Arbor theres a pretty dedicated group that meets up there.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: PK/FR Speech
« on: April 12, 2010, 07:46:22 PM »
yea you were right. I was able to find a few things. Not quite what I was looking for but oh well. The looking continues. Thanks for the help.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: PK/FR Speech
« on: April 12, 2010, 06:59:43 PM »
Yea I've seen them before but all of my searches turned up a blank. Words like speech, presentation, etc. If you could drop me the link to the other ones that'd be great.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: In serious need for motivation
« on: April 12, 2010, 06:48:46 PM »
Definitely mix it up. Too much repetition leads to boredom, failure, and quitting. Try joining an MMA gym or a martial arts gym for a bit. I find doing that really helps put the fun back in everything and reminds me that it's not all about training and to let myself have fun. Plus what you'll learn doing MMA or martial arts will translate back into parkour. It takes a surprising amount of body control and awareness to execute some of the moves. Just look for something that you think is new and fun and go for it. Have fun again. Hope this helps bro

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Parkour And Freerunning / PK/FR Speech
« on: April 12, 2010, 06:44:33 PM »
I'm going to be giving a speech for a class on PK/FR. It's just an informative type speech about 5-7 mins long. I'll have a powerpoint accompamient. Any thoughts on some of the most important things to include? Obviously I don't have a very long time so tell me what you guys feel is the most important aspects of PK/FR to understand as an outsider looking in.

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Michigan / Re: what are the best places in annarbor to do parkor?
« on: April 10, 2010, 07:46:22 PM »
Ann Arbor has a parkour club. Come out to campus and we meet outside the dental building. It's a great place to train and everyone's very friendly. Great teachers too :p haha we meet tuesdays and thursdays 5p-7p and sundays 4p-6p. hope to see you there!

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Parkour / Re: Creativity
« on: April 09, 2010, 10:32:05 AM »
So if I go through a run nice and efficient at first then add in some flips or tricks in towards the end am I a traceur at first and then a freerunner? I'd argue that we're all freerunners by the common definition on here. Plus why does there have to be a difference between the two? Does it really matter what you're called? Just go do IT and don't worry about what it's called. The name is probably the least important thing. Do whatever it is you do and enjoy it instead of fighting over silly semantics.

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