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Socialize / Re: Long haired traceurs
« on: April 17, 2006, 10:50:32 AM »
Err..  My hair is pretty long, but not long enough to tie in a ponytail (anymore).  So it's just annoying.  LoL.  Getting it cut soon, though.  I've just hoped it doesn't get in my eyes or in my way in any way.

Socialize / Re: Scene size?
« on: April 17, 2006, 10:48:02 AM »
I would say if we got everyone in the dc va md area together, we could have 50-60 people easily.

Yeah, I was figuring all of VA, DC, and MD together.  I figured we'd have at least 100.  And including all active and inactive traceurs, 200?  I dunno.  Maybe that was just a far too generous guess.

Socialize / Re: V for Vendita
« on: April 16, 2006, 03:14:40 PM »
It's the movie "Brazil" meets the book "1989"

I suggest that everyone here try to find a copy of Brazil to watch. It may be hard in some places, but it's really worth it.

The topic of totalitarian governments has been prominent in all forms of literature for eons.  I wouldn't say that it's unoriginal.  I mean, it's a comic book.  Nearly every comic has it to one degree or another or at least has done it before.  Look at Batman Year 100.

Pics & Vids / Re: The Jin Clan-Video
« on: April 16, 2006, 03:08:00 PM »
A good video.  Wouldn't shirts and pants quite THAT big get in the way, though?  I dunno...  Also, I noticed someone landed a roll and rolled over his spine instead of going from opposite shoulder to opposite hip.  That's a big no-no and just asking for injury later on.

Socialize / Re: montagè of parkour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
« on: April 16, 2006, 09:48:36 AM »
Cool.  Looks good.

Pics & Vids / Re: new vid
« on: April 16, 2006, 09:45:37 AM »
Looks pretty good.  Was enteratining.

Movement / Re: DVD-Tic Tac's
« on: April 16, 2006, 09:45:05 AM »
May 9th I'll be back.  I'll be working a lot, but I should have a lot of free time in the evenings.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: cops? trouble?
« on: April 16, 2006, 09:32:43 AM »
Yeah, if you're actually doing something illegal and the cop has a good reason, then you should actually obey.  My anti-cop sentiment extends only so far.  :)

Socialize / Re: Scene size?
« on: April 16, 2006, 09:08:34 AM »
It doesn't.  I just want to compare.

Movement / Re: DVD-Tic Tac's
« on: April 16, 2006, 08:43:06 AM »
I'll just wait till I'm back in DC to grab it.  Or maybe I could meet up with one of you guys and buy it with cash?  Lol.

Socialize / Scene size?
« on: April 15, 2006, 04:21:30 PM »
Since I go inbetween the US and Canada, I recently have started to frequent the Toronto board as well ( ).  I posted there trying to find some people to train with and told them I'm from the DC area...  And they said that the scene in Toronto is "probably much bigger than what you're used to."  Now, I didn't tell them I haven't been back to DC yet so I don't know how many people are actively engaged in VA/DC/MD Parkour...  But I said that I seriously doubt that TO could compare to DC since from what I can see here, there are a LOT of people in the area.  However, I do remember talk on APK about a Toronto jam a long while ago that was momentous and just huge...  So I'm just wondering which area is bigger in terms of people?  Or if I could get a roster of all the active traceurs in the area from this board alone?

Movement / Re: DVD-Tic Tac's
« on: April 14, 2006, 08:58:47 PM »
Is the tribe DVD that useful?  How long does it take to ship?  (To Canada?)

Diet / Re: so i've decided.....
« on: April 14, 2006, 06:54:55 PM »
sounds delicious, even better; a peanutbutter and bannana sandwich and the V8

Was actually going to suggest that.  Toast, spread with peanut butter... sliced up banana.  Mm...

Pics & Vids / Re: Another TXPK VID
« on: April 14, 2006, 06:11:11 PM »
Wow, looks like that part of Texas is just awesome for Parkour.

Pics & Vids / Re: Attempts at a Backflip
« on: April 14, 2006, 03:42:39 PM »
I think they were doing a pretty good job spotting that.  In any case, very nice.

And WOW, you kids are young.  @_@

In the Media / Re: Uth TV: Jupoff and Akh Horus
« on: April 14, 2006, 09:01:51 AM »
That's cool.  Which one is which?

Socialize / Re: UFC!!!!
« on: April 13, 2006, 09:48:04 AM »
Gear, I've been in a small number of fights.  When someone is only punching/kicking, it is VERY easy to maintain proper form.  Fighting a grappler is different.  The most beneficial aspect of capoeira is that it can disable any grappling fighting style because it is fought on the ground.  The majority of grappling styles like Jujitsu and Aikido assume that the person's fight will remain on the ground.  That video was amusing, though.  It shows you the limitations of that brand of kung fu.  Gear, I agree that adhering to one particular style is bad.  You need to adapt.  I have nine years of Binh Dinh Kung Fu, three years of Tai'Chi Chuan, and a handful of Aikido under my belt.  I don't think that I'd be able to adapt to every situation, but in a real fight when someone who isn't trained in anything seeks to fight me, it has never been that difficult.  The worst that's ever happened was when I went up against someone who was trained as a boxer and I didn't have enough time to react to his arms before he pulled them away again (I'm used to people following through on their punches; the quick jabs confused the hell out of me) and as a result, I... well... that didn't end well.  :)

Deadpool, I do not watch a lot of UFC.  I have watched a few episodes here and there adn I do not profess to have seen the majority of the fighters involved.  What I have seen has been rather unintelligible.

I will say this, though...  I was in a spar with a wrestling friend of mine...  He has no training whatsoever in any martial arts...  I got him into an Aikido armlock and he rolled out of it without any harm to himself.  I sat there for a good ten minutes trying to figure out what the hell happened.

Pics & Vids / Re: Video from Denver, CO Tempest Jam - Feb. 26
« on: April 13, 2006, 08:08:03 AM »
Awesome video.  Looks like it was a lot of fun.  Man, some of you guys are strong.  ;_;

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour vs. L'Art Du Deplacement
« on: April 11, 2006, 08:46:32 PM »
I don't know if I agree with either definition.

The way I see it... Parkour is not just about efficiency.  But at the same time, L'art du deplacement is not efficient enough.  I have always seen Parkour as a means of moving through your environment in new, creative, and different ways WHILE maintaing an efficiency of movement.  But creativity is key, i think.  I think it's imperative to look at the environment differently.  To have new ideas about how to move.  Traditional parkour that only places emphasis on efficiency neglects this.  So I really don't know where my definition came from.  It just seemed more fitting to me.

Socialize / Re: UFC!!!!
« on: April 10, 2006, 05:22:32 AM »
Hmmm...sorry, but street-fighting is actual REAL fighting. If you get into a situation outside of the dojo, it won't be contained within the strictures of some form you learned. I think that MMA is quite a bit more useful than most of the "pure" martial arts as far as practical self-defense is concerned.

Outside of a dojo, proper fighting techniques will always be superior.  You don't need rules.  You need to know how to react and how to disable.  You need to know how to move.  Street fighting may be real fighting, but it's an inferior form of fighting and will never stand up to a martial artist.

As for Stereo, I really don't care waht they say or what they've trained in.  They never show anything other than mindless techniques.  The only time I see any form is when it happens to be Muay Thai fighters and that's essentially a kickboxing discipline.  It's heavy-hitting and a good style, but I'd rather see real fighting with real training.  Whatever they have learned, they sure don't use it.

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