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Socialize / Optical Illusions
« on: December 01, 2007, 06:02:25 AM »
Give your eyes a break from reading on this forum: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOP37A1EhEs&NR=1

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Pics & Vids / Skateboarding without skateboards
« on: November 28, 2007, 06:55:03 AM »

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Socialize / 1000th Post
« on: November 20, 2007, 12:35:44 PM »
ONE THOUSAND POSTS. THAT'S RIGHT, THE BIG 1 0 0 0

I hope my computer doesn't explode in my face when I hit enter! Just think, I only need to post 1400 more times for it to become instinct. LOL

:P

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Parkour And Freerunning / Moving Through Fear
« on: November 12, 2007, 06:04:35 AM »
I loved this article. Check it out:



Moving Through Fear



By Dan Edwardes

It is the little fears that quietly steal our lives. The grand concerns – death, loss, the meaning of existence… these things, by and large, we can and do ignore for most of our days. Philosophers and theologians may quibble and fret over the details of such imponderables, but most of us have not the time, or lack the inclination, or perhaps are just fortunate not to be burdened by too much curiosity. And many fears are rational, of course, and can be friends to our lives; the fear that heightens our awareness in a dark part of town, for example, or the fear of falling that we suddenly develop when standing too near a cliff’s edge on a windy day.

Fear, however, is a clever beast. It is behind fear’s reasonable façade that the real danger lies, poised like the scorpion’s tail, ever ready to sting.

How much of your day is given over to the small fears? It is more than you would at first think. They are the kind we barely notice, and yet rarely ignore. They are the fears that make each day comfortable: The fear of standing out that bends us all to conform in almost every way; the fear of being laughed at that holds us to silence when we would rather laugh out loud; the fear of rejection that causes us to avoid so many potential connections. These fears we are used to, for they get us through the day smoothly and with as little conflict as possible. They are the fears that get us to work on time, that prevent us from challenging the opinions or methods of our superiors. They are the fears that drive us towards the so-called respectable goals we are told are worth achieving. They are the fears that make us imbibe poisons when young so that our peers will accept us.

Fear ensures we are constantly on the defensive, always responding in the present to our worst imaginings of what the future will bring if we don’t. The fear of consequences limits the actions we take. Fear becomes the actor in our lives, while we gradually join the audience, becoming passive spectators at the routine events of each of our precious days. So it is that we spend so much time pandering to our fears that our lives pass us by, until there is not even a whimper, let alone a bang, at the end.

What has all this to do with parkour?

To practise parkour is to seek fear on a daily basis, to confront it head-on, to face it naked and alone. In parkour, you are stripped to your essence. There is no equipment to rely on, no safety harnesses or padding to protect you, no teammate to take the brunt when you are tired. It’s you, and you alone.

Everything: For to practise parkour is to seek fear on a daily basis, to confront it head-on, to face it naked and alone. In parkour, you are stripped to your essence. There is no equipment to rely on, no safety harnesses or padding to protect you, no teammate to take the brunt when you are tired. It’s you, and you alone. The only things that prevent you getting hurt or injured are your skills, your judgement, your ability – no one else’s. Now that in itself is a great realisation; but it can also be a great burden. It is you and you alone who face your fears; other people’s theories have no importance whatsoever here. You cannot understand your fears according to Freud or Jung or anyone else – they are not with you when you cat-leap or drop and roll; they are not there when you vault. At those moments there is only you.

Parkour is movement, and all movement is connected to fear. It is through a principle known as fear-reactivity that our bodies learn at a tender age what not to do, how not to move, why not to fall. We learn to avoid pain and to seek comfort, and if we experience discomfort due to a certain action our bodies actually discourage us from trying that particular action again. Simply put, fear-reactivity is our conditioned pattern of behaviour involving movement, breathing and posture. It is “a learned, conditioned reaction to stress, shock or trauma. It embeds in each one of us; no one escapes it.”(1)

Obviously this conditioning is of the past. Our bodies are reacting in the present to the fear of that which has occurred in the past. Thus, fear is of the past. It lives in memory, and from there is projected into the future, and usually we find ourselves living in fear of one or the other – the past or the future. Now, this means that in the present moment fear does not actually exist. So to be free from fear, what we must do is live within that present moment, live fully here and now. Not easy. But parkour is a discipline that can assist us.

The more you are able to bring your focus fully to where you are, to what you are doing, the less energy and thought you will give to fears born of the past and the future. All that will remain is action, complete and undiluted.

It is a fact that our natural physical potential and talent is far beyond what we limit ourselves to doing. It is our conditioning, mental and physical, that prevents us accessing this natural ability, and therefore it is not so much the acquisition of skills and techniques that will lead us to explore this talent but rather a stripping away of our own restraints. It is not about a regular increase, but a regular decrease. We need only to get out of our own way in order to find our potential. We need to eliminate our fears to unleash our natural ability and grace. Both mentally and physically, the practise of parkour demands that we be fully focussed in the moment and free from old limitations; after all, its entire approach is one of freedom from boundaries. And it is in that moment of pure practice that we can begin to overcome our own fear-reactivity, through being aware of it and breaking away from its patterns.

It is a process. Watch yourself; observe. Notice the doubts, the hesitations, the negative patterns, and the tensions within your body as you move. Realise that those things are all choices you can do away with. Tension is a choice. Try it now. Run a quick self-diagnostic of your body and you will likely notice that some muscles are unnecessarily tense: now choose to relax those muscles. Easy, once you are aware of where the tensions are. The trick is to encourage this awareness to surface as often as possible, and we can facilitate that by actively being aware during practice. This way we learn to choose our actions and responses rather than simply being a product of our reactions. From there comes the ability to tap your own real potential, and from that comes mastery.

The more you are able to bring your focus fully to where you are, to what you are doing, the less energy and thought you will give to fears born of the past and the future. All that will remain is action, complete and undiluted. This concept has many names across many cultures and philosophies – but again, someone else’s name for something is not yours. Practise it, experience it, go into it; then you will find you do not need to have a name for it.

Extreme sports enthusiasts from every discipline as well as survivors of extreme situations generally attest to the same thing: at moments of great pressure and necessity, the anxious mind gets out of the way and allows our latent, seemingly superhuman, abilities to take over.

Fear is a static thing; it does not live in movement. Imagine a jungle path at night. You walk the path warily, your mind imagining a sudden attack from a snake or a spider dropping from the canopy above; you know fear then, and it grows with every step you take. However, imagine what happens when that snake does bite out of the blue – you react instantly, your body and mind suddenly absorbed utterly in the moment in a combined effort to leap out of range of the attack: The startle-reflex. In that moment, there is no fear whatsoever. All of your being is engaged in escape, in movement. The fear existed before the attack, and it will no doubt return after the attack (if you were quick enough, of course!), but for the brief moment of the action fear did not exist.

What is fascinating is that for the much larger period of time that you were on the path, feeling afraid, the fact is that you were quite safe and not being attacked. For the brief period when you were actually in danger, the fear ceased to be. Extreme sports enthusiasts from every discipline as well as survivors of extreme situations generally attest to the same thing: at moments of great pressure and necessity, the anxious mind gets out of the way and allows our latent, seemingly superhuman, abilities to take over. We move through the fear, and it loses its power over us.

Now imagine what it would be like to expand the moment of no-fear so that it spreads into the rest of the time on the path. The resulting state is one of permanent awareness and readiness, but one that requires no effort or paranoia; indeed it is utterly removed from paranoia, which is only the complete absorption into one’s projected fears. It is a state of graceful and efficient movement, free from fear-reactivity and residual muscle tension and in harmony with thought rather than in conflict with it. This is our true nature, the one that lays hidden most of our lives until we learn to move beyond fear.

You might even find that, without fear, the walk in the dark jungle becomes an enjoyable experience.
Reference

(1) : Scott Sonnon, Body-Flow: Freedom from Fear-Reactivity, 2003, p.14

© Parkour Coaching Ltd.

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Pics & Vids / Google censored my video tribute to Lisa Salters
« on: November 10, 2007, 01:47:46 PM »
Aaaaaaaaaaaahahahaha! It was up for only one day before it got removed..

Here is the link to where it was: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8269587036304175108

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Parkour And Freerunning / Le Parkour - An Overview
« on: November 07, 2007, 07:15:54 AM »

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In the Media / APK referenced in Greek Website
« on: November 02, 2007, 09:02:28 PM »
I stumbled onto this nice (but not altogether accurate) article about parkour on a Greek website, and they put a link to APK at the end of the article..

http://www.mosaiko.gr/view_focus.asp?id=59

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Pics & Vids / big media gets pwned :D
« on: November 02, 2007, 01:00:29 PM »

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Pics & Vids / classic video
« on: November 01, 2007, 07:36:51 PM »

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Parkour en español / Hola!
« on: October 29, 2007, 06:01:42 AM »

Los oradores españoles están bienvenidos aquí. ¡Yo no hablo español, pero practico la disciplina de parkour!

(¡La traducción automática del idioma atiende a en el trabajo del internet muy bien!)

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Socialize / Has anyone seen this movie?
« on: October 27, 2007, 01:55:11 PM »

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Pics & Vids / David Belle & the New Yorker Event
« on: October 19, 2007, 12:41:48 AM »

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Parkour And Freerunning / Parkour Generations coming to New York?
« on: October 18, 2007, 07:37:28 PM »
I learned from Dan Edwardes (Parkour Generations & Parkour Coaching, Ltd.) some info that should interest many of you.

To quote Dan:

"We are actually considering coming to New York to put on some workshops soon, after meeting Ryan Ford and seeing how much work there is to be done over there. We are also thinking of one in LA, as we have several contacts there."

He also shared with me this encouraging news:

Quote: "Hmmm.. politics. The funny thing is, most of this politics rubbish is in-fighting between groups who have very little experience of what parkour is really about! So why are they fighting at all?? They should just concentrate on training and trying to acquire the correct knowledge. This is one of the reasons we are keen to get over there, to provide some workshops at which many of the first generation guys will be present so NO ONE over there can argue about it and EVERYONE can just turn up, train, and hopefully learn to get along as they should. One of the prime virtues for a traceur is humility... and there is very little of that amongst these people! Shame."

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Suggestions - What can we do better???!!! / APK Registration Failure
« on: October 03, 2007, 06:27:25 PM »
Alot of people have trouble registering for an account on APK because they come to the main page (americanparkour.com), click on the white button at the top that says Forum, and then click on the gray button that says register. If you take this route, you will reach a disfunctional registration form, that does not allow you to see the security letters, preventing you from registration. I had this same problem when I first tried to register, and then finally by trial and error, I figured out that you have to scroll down, look on the left for the panel that says "APK Login" and then click the link in that panel which says "No account yet? Register".

I was just reminded of this by the folks over at New York Parkour, who wanted to join our forum, but could not get registered. We should get that fixed. Also, my attention was called to the fact that after you do finally figure out the correct registration method, the americanparkour.com email server doesn't always respond to your application in a timely manner. For some reason it stalls on sending the confirmation email. There could possibly be a problem with the mail server not recognizing domains which are missing from its DNS Lookup directory. That would probably explain why every time I try to send an email to M2 from my personal email account at swaca.org, my email gets bounced right back to me.

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Americans Abroad / Toronto, Ontario, Canada
« on: September 15, 2007, 07:49:41 PM »
Hey everyone :)

Today I got the opportunity to meet up with Dan Ioboni and the TOPK crew at their Saturday meet in High Park. It was very nice. There are literally thousands of great places to train in Toronto. For those of you who have never been up here, the scene is well developed. There are hundreds of traceurs here, and I was informed by the locals that more than 50 of them are very serious. I used to live here in TO, but at that time I didn't know about parkour. It was nice to return to this city as a traceur and find such a thriving community. Toronto is the most ethnically diverse city in the world, and is about the size of Chicago, making it quite an interesting place to be. I highly recommend anyone who gets the chance to come up here and train some time.

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Parkour And Freerunning / National Shutdown on College Parkour Clubs?
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:36:27 PM »
Recently, the OSU Parkour Club was interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch, which is our city's largest newspaper. The article they published, along with the video footage they posted on their website was very nice. It actually was the main story on the front page, and it has drawn a lot of local attention. The problem with this is some of that attention is coming from the heads of the Ohio State University, who were very angry to find out that the founder of the club, Joseph Torchia, is not officially certified as a Parkour Trainer, and that we have been holding our training sessions on university grounds. Keep in mind, that we applied for an official club with the OSU Athletic Department, and were approved. Since the article has come out in the paper however, the Athletic Department Faculty are in a bit of a jam. They basically told us that the shit has hit the fan. We have been issued a statement from the chief of the campus police to refrain from doing any more training on OSU grounds until further notice.

We are going to try to correct this situation by educating the school officials about parkour in order to dispel their misconceptions as best as we can. What disturbs me the most about this was that a member of the OSU Athletic Department mentioned to Joseph, our club founder, that there has been talk among the universities of shutting down ALL of the college sponsored parkour clubs, nationally. I don't know any more details about it other than that, but I thought I would give you all a heads up, just so you are aware. It looks like we might have a rocky future ahead of us, with the sudden drastic increase in media coverage and subsequent rise in popularity, so everyone is going to have to work a little bit harder to get our discipline accepted by the society. This is just something we all need to think hard about, because it is looming in our immediate future.

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In the Media / The Columbus Dispatch Article on OSUPK
« on: September 10, 2007, 09:11:19 AM »
This article was fairly accurate, however, I am not 32 years old. Rather, I am soon to be 34! :)

Included at the end of the article is a nice link back to the AmericanParkour website as well. Check it out. This is a good example of positive media coverage. :)

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/local_news/stories/2007/09/10/Parkour.ART_ART_09-10-07_A1_RU7RDI6.html?sid=101


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