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Pics & Vids / Re: Trying to learn kicks.
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:21:06 PM »
For the 540 and tornado kick, which are the only two things I've really progressed in, you don't need a LOT of flexibility. What I saw with the 540 kick was that you're trying to kick with the inside of your foot. Someone told me that you have to kick with your foot pointed and using your leg hitting completely across with the flat of your top foot. It helps when you also point your toes on the leg that you bring your knee to spin around on. To fix the low kick problem, you have to turn your hips. If I'm right you were kicking with your right leg, so imagine driving your right hip while you're in the air until your left hip is somewhat facing the ground and your right hip somewhat facing up at the sky. But that's the idea. Before I fixed this it felt like my hip was popping out of place whenever I tried to kick high, if you're doing it right your hips should not be square and should be pivoting. If you have any experience with punches or kicks, you'll know that a lot of the power comes from turning your body into the blow.         

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Trashcan Vaulting
« on: August 25, 2011, 02:03:51 PM »
@Roberto I'm going into high school about a week from typing this  ;D

Yea, schools are HUGE places to practice, not that I have tried yet. I'll have to see if there are any signs in front of the school that say "No Trespassing". Probably not, because one time I was there after school there were a bunch of guys riding their bikes inside.

If I could start training at my old middle school it would be HUGE, because there is an elementary school connected to it.

Ridwan, you should move next to a school  :P

I kind of feel like I'm the same with you on the first two points.  15 consecutive pushups doesn't sound too bad if you have the right form, and 4 to 5 pull ups is getting there. I have a hard time progressing with pull ups since I had a hard time learning how to do assisted pull ups correctly. Just keep working on whatever you're doing and you'll get better at it. It's hard to tell when you're actually proficient with your strength level, but parkour utilizes your entire body when it comes to breaking down the movements, so don't exclude any of your muscles when it comes to training.

I almost feel like I'm talking to myself when you described Point 2. Parkour is the only thing that stuck in my life for more than two weeks. Standing right behind me in my room is a bass guitar and an electric guitar. In my garage is an electronic drum set. None of the three have I tried for more than a month at most before I put it down. Sometimes you have to realize that parkour is so unique in comparison to some of the other hobbies we have that it's just impossible to walk away from. But you can't force yourself to be interested in something you're really not interested in. Parkour may or may not fit your lifestyle and your interests. But if parkour something that you want to take seriously, you'll commit and by itself it will grow completely on its own. Parkour can not just be a part of your life, it is your life. You'll walk by a rail in the parking lot and think "That'd be fun to play on." Plus, just imagine yourself in a few years, fully fledged traceur. A lot funner than when you began, right?

I can't speak much about your third question, but something that David Belle once said, and sorry if I paraphrase badly: "You can't be afraid of a jump just because it's 10, 20 feet in the air. You'll know that you've trained a hundred times a jump that was X distance far, what difference does it make if there's a drop between it?" Here's another one, read right from YouTube: "I believe that the end result of parkour is to become entirely autonomous in life. And to be able to say all by yourself, 'Well this here... I don't have the distance, but I'll train for 15 days, drilling 50 jumps in the morning and at night. In a month I'll have it.' That's knowing yourself. 

FAQ / Re: Just a small question
« on: August 25, 2011, 01:29:13 PM »
I know right? I love this site! I personaly don't know _anybody_ from this site but there are a whole bunch of people that have helped me. And I think that's the best part. How people will help complete strangers!

We're not complete strangers, we're all traceurs!  ;D

Socialize / Re: Name something that made your day suck or awesome!
« on: August 24, 2011, 05:17:16 PM »
It looks too cartoony now.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Trashcan Vaulting
« on: August 24, 2011, 04:38:38 PM »
Pretty much what Roberto said. There's got to be at least ONE rail you can vault over without falling 10 feet. Once you improve your vaults you'll be able to see a lot more obstacles that can be practiced on, since you know that you can go farther and higher.

What I was wondering was why so many people here seem to encourage practicing at schools. I know that if someone as an authority asks you to leave, you leave and be respectful. But I thought after school hours = trespassing? I'd love to know how this works, because I live about a five minute walk away from my school.

Movement / Re: Double Kong/Long Distance Kong problem
« on: August 24, 2011, 10:42:26 AM »
It helps a little bit, thanks, and I actually do the kong drill a lot. Might be a problem with the take off leg (not the trailing one), since I know handstands are a lot like diving for kongs. Usually if I'm not trying hard enough trying to kick up into a handstand, my right leg (which is in front) sometimes bends all the way down while my left leg goes straight up.

Consumer Whores / Re: nike darts
« on: August 23, 2011, 07:47:01 PM »
I haven't been able to try them out long enough, but I know for sure any spots near the toe area won't rip because there's a leather piece that rounds the front end of the shoe. The sole and its grip will last a decent amount of time because the sole at the bottom covers the whole foot but stays close to the shoe, so none of the rubber pieces can fall out on a wall run.

Hope that helps, once it cools down in my area I'll be able to go outside and test the grip. Just in case you need to know, I have the Dart 8s.

FAQ / Re: Just a small question
« on: August 23, 2011, 07:33:29 PM »
Landing correctly means making contact with the ground (I hope) and absorbing the impact by bending your legs. Here's what I'm talking about:

This shouldn't be substituted for rolls and should generally be used for small drops. Parkour rolls are used to absorb the much larger shock that comes from larger drops. I hear some people say that normal landings can be used up until your height or higher, and then at that point that's where a roll becomes efficient.

PK rolls aren't just used for landings, but can help you avoid injury if you bail trying to do a trick like a front flip, kong, etc. 

I really can't remember what made me discover PK/FR, because it was years ago. But I know I probably wouldn't have known if I didn't take gymnastics in fourth grade. It turned out that both of my coaches were traceurs, although I wouldn't have known it for a couple more years. My dad owned a cybercafe back then.  Eventually my gymnastics coaches came in to the store one day to check it out since they played games too, games like World of Warcraft and Counter-Strike, just stuff like that. We ended up talking to each other a lot whenever we were in the store. Some time in the future, probably fifth grade, one of the coaches showed me, my dad, and a couple others a parkour/freerunning video (maybe if I had paid more attention I could have picked up on that and became a pro YEARS ago). Anyway, that was the first time I'd ever seen anything that involves jumping on rooftops and flipping off them. Fast forward later in the year, I was hearing a lot from my friends about this game called Assassin's Creed in one period and how this guy would sneak around and stab people, apparently it was really fun. Somehow it appealed to me and I asked my parents if I could get it, but in the end I wasn't allowed to. Some time later during the holidays we planned on visiting my grandparents in another state. I guess I was going to bring my Xbox with me, and my dad figured out my gymnastics coach had a copy of Assassin's Creed since I had really been wanting to play it. So I borrowed it from him, and STILL in my time in Nevada I did not pick up on the "freerunning" aspect of the game. I even thought the game was boring and difficult and stopped a quarter of the way through. But for my next birthday I decided to get Assassin's Creed 2. A little while before this one of my classmates and his friend were just screwing around one day at school and were doing little two step vertical wallruns. A lot of other people, including me, tried to do it. I failed.When I played Assassin's Creed 2, I realized that, based off of those wall runs I had seen my classmate do, that this "freerunning" was actually possible. (It seems like quite a few people here come from an Assassin's Creed background). At the same time, one of my former gymnastics coaches came into my dad's cybercafe and talked about advertising for his parkour classes here. I joined the conversation and he explained what it involved. So by THEN I was very interested in how this all added up. I looked up freerunning, then eventually parkour, and etc. This started the chain of learning about its history, the idea, the moves, the tutorials, and eventually here. I wanted to go to this parkour class. But my parents were having financial issues and it was $15 for a class every Saturday. Yet I could have trained outside. By then I was probably 11 or 12.  I'm pretty sure I used the excuse of "I'm not cut out for this" or "I'm not crazy" or "I'm not fit enough." But a year ago my dad was watching the P90X infomercials on TV as he was overweight. He decided he was going to go for it. He lost 30 lbs (unfortunately he's still a tad bit over average weight). At the beginning of the school year of my new school I thought maybe I would try it, it seemed so effective, but I only got through the first few days with a lot of pausing and cheating. But by the time that school year was about to reach its end, I remembered how great it was for my muscles to be sore and the boost in energy. I remembered all the times I would go in my backyard and try to do a wall climb and just couldn't do it. I consider P90X my beginner conditioning for parkour and as I type this I'm on the last week of P90X. I now have no excuses for being out of shape as I always was skinny. As my parents came a little out of the financial issues, I was able to start taking the parkour classes the beginning of this summer as it's blazing hot outside of the gym. My dad made a deal with my former-gymnastics-coaches-now-parkour-coaches and now I'm able to go to class until next summer. Now that I think about it, there were so many scenarios it would have been impossible for me to have not discovered Parkour/Freerunning.

Sorry for the essay.

Movement / Re: Double Kong/Long Distance Kong problem
« on: August 22, 2011, 05:16:24 PM »
It's really just a question of how to get my legs higher. If you've ever seen a double kong vault in action a lot of people seem to extend their legs on the second part of the vault so they don't clip their feet when they move their hands.

What I meant by keeping my legs straight out is just the part for the initial dive. I don't want to have this problem when I start progressing to farther kongs or double kongs. When I say straight legs I don't mean when I have to tuck in to follow through the vault, but to get my legs closer to the height of my hips so I don't scrape my intended obstacle. A little confusing right? Basically, my reason for wanting to get my legs higher, or at least level with my hips, is so I can get enough room to bring my legs through without my feet making contact with the table, wall, etc. 

Movement / Double Kong/Long Distance Kong problem
« on: August 22, 2011, 03:30:32 PM »
I seem to have a problem when it comes to diving up to a certain distance. I couldn't seem to find a topic that involved the question that I had, so here it goes. I'm not sure if it's a strength issue, or just technique. I was just at my gym a couple of hours ago when we were drilling kong/double kong vaults with blocks probably about 5-6 ft in length. I already use the split foot take off technique and I believe my hips are already really high, but I can't bring the lower half of my legs straight. Sometimes I can make the vault, but most of the time it seems I can't stretch out my legs so they won't hit the block right when I'm about to land. I was wondering what I can do to get the lower half of my legs to be brought up somewhere around a 45 degree angle like this:

Right now with my kong vaults they can occasionally look like this: . It really bugs me that I can't land double kong vaults because I land on my feet before I even begin the double aspect of it.

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: August 22, 2011, 02:15:49 PM »
Hey all, I'm Nick Fernandez posting from California. It's nice to have the forum registration up and going, it's a special surprise since I'm about to turn 14. Anyway, I've known about parkour for 1-2 years already and watched a lot of tutorials, especially by UrbanCurrent, but just recently started training at the beginning of the summer. Right now it's about 120 degrees outdoors where I live, so I've been sticking to conditioning and exercising but training parkour and freerunning and bailing frontflips at the gym with a couple of parkour coaches and friends. I'd be happy to help everyone on these forums and would hope to receive help as well.


Welcome! / Finally!
« on: August 22, 2011, 12:04:01 PM »
Hey all! I'm glad to be here. I've been on these forums for a while now, but probably like a lot of other people, I haven't been able to register. I'm 13 years old, I've learned a lot about parkour and its philosophies through these forums, but just got the chance to start conditioning this summer. At the same time I contacted one of my friends who took a weekly/twice a week parkour class at a gym near me and ended up making a lot of friends and I am now being taught parkour and a bit of tricking. I hope to contribute on these forums and learn a lot from everyone here! 

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