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Movement / Re: Pointers
« on: March 27, 2006, 10:08:22 AM »
and don't forget to place you hands as far on the obstacle as possible, it really helps

Yeah, I was drilling on this thing that was about 1.3" feet long (not high, but like.. horizontally) and not just a standard rail (though I did do a standard rail, too).  It had two rails on it, and I made sure to grab the second one.

Socialize / Re: PK training blits over
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:51:54 AM »
That's excellent.   ;D  I started recently, too.  And yeah, a lot of the stuff just takes repetition, I've noticed.  And then it's smooth sailing from there.  But if you've got the basics down on small stuff, maybe it's time to move onto bigger and better things?  What I really want to do is start off in a cat grab position, kick off, do a full 360, and grab the same ledge again.  I think getting really proficient at that would be excellent training for cat-to-cats later.  Especially cat-to-cats on walls rather far from each other.

Movement / Re: Pointers
« on: March 27, 2006, 09:24:28 AM »
Yeah, it's the latter jump that is presenting problems.  Well, not really a problem, I guess.  It really is just dependent on me drilling it more, I suppose.

And yeah, I'll see what I can do about finding a place to do cat jumps to.

Socialize / Re: New Tony Jaa movie
« on: March 26, 2006, 10:15:08 PM »
In Vietnamese, that movie title translates something to the effect of "Shrimp Roll."

I assume it's very similar in whatever language the film is in.

Movement / Pointers
« on: March 26, 2006, 10:09:02 PM »
So I was drilling some stuff at a playground today (those places are godsends) and I was doing some balance drills and precisions, which just will take some time to get down perfectly...  But there were two storage buildings adjacent to each other that looked like a lot of fun.  I wall-ran up one, got on top of it, and was kinda daunted by the leap to the next building.  It wasn't very far.  On the ground, I tried to see if I could make the jump and doing a running jump and landing in a roll was possible, btu I ran the risk of rolling OFF the building (just a small storage building).  I wouldn't have beena ble to do a standing jump and made it, but what I could've done was do a cat leap...  And this looked VERY possible.  It was probably the perfect distance for me to start drilling cat leaps.  But I got SO shit-scared of overjumping and smoking my face on the ledge that I just didn't dare.  So my question is...  Is there any way to practice cat leaps without... well... being scared out of your mind?  I mean, it wasn't a far drop down, but it was enough to really just scare me.  Should I just bite the bullet?  Preferably, I would be able to drill cat leaps from the ground and leaping at some ledge, but I don't think I know of any place where I could attempt such a thing.

Sooo...  Where did you guys start learning cat leaps?  Maybe there IS something nearby that I'm just not seeing the potential for.

As for the second point of business, I was drilling kong vaults, too, which weren't so bad at all, but my technique was kinda sloppy and it kinda ended up like a lazy vault halfway through (with most of my weight going to one arm and me just letting my body fall over the rail instead of pushing off the rail).  I think this has to do with a bit of fear, as well, and maybe just a lack of a particular muscle strength, but I was just wondering if I could get some pointers on this,t oo.  Also, I was kong-vaulting stuff that was about waist-height and I'm pretty sure kongs are designed to allow you to vault over things chest-high?  How the HELL do you manage to do that?  Is it leg-strength to be able to jump that high?  Just seems kinda daunting.

Other than that,t oday was pretty productive.  ^_^

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Picture of the Week
« on: March 26, 2006, 09:58:57 PM »
I don't think I've ever actually seen the pictures for which the poll contained.  Where do you view them at?  When I click the PotW image, it sends me to see the previous winners and not the four up to be voted for.

Socialize / Re: Spore game demo movie
« on: March 26, 2006, 04:36:53 PM »
Honestly think this will be the greatest game in existence.  Spore 2 will probably be better for multiplayer.  Lol.

any idea how far that is from DC? if its not to far il try and make it a coupla times

It's about twenty minutes from DC to Fairfax Co.  Not very far at all.

I'm up for Fairfax Co, but I won't be back in Virginia until May.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Solo Training
« on: March 23, 2006, 06:32:21 PM »
I -am- one of those people who needs someone else, but I only need to see them even once a month for me to get the proper motivation.  It's just a competitive thing, really.  And I know it shouldn't be, but it's always been that way.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Solo Training
« on: March 23, 2006, 01:30:53 PM »
I see his point.  It's also more of a meditative thing to train alone, too.  But at the same time, you should know that you're doing things correctly.  Though, not everyone has the advantage of having practiced traceurs around them.

Virginia / Re: Hey...
« on: March 22, 2006, 09:09:44 PM »
PK CTF sounds AWESOME.  Just wait till I'm back in town.  LoL.

Socialize / Re: Any Debaters out there?
« on: March 22, 2006, 11:41:42 AM »
I'm more of a political and social activist, but debating comes in with the territory.

Pics & Vids / Re: Jump Britain on Google video
« on: March 22, 2006, 11:10:24 AM »
This is a really cool video.  I'mma see if I can find Jump London, now.

Virginia / Re: Hey...
« on: March 21, 2006, 11:39:19 AM »
PK tag?  I'm certain that that could be interesting.  But you'd never know when someone is the new "It" cause they'd probably be out of view when they got tagged.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Just started...
« on: March 21, 2006, 11:35:01 AM »
No worries.  I understand what was missing from my landings, now, thanks tot he people in this thread.  I'll practice from smaller jumps to make sure I have it down fluid enough before moving onto bigger.

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: March 20, 2006, 10:08:08 PM »
Oh, I'm new.  LoL.  Didn't see this thread before.

My name is Andy and I am from Alexandria, Virginia OR Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.  Whichever you prefer.  I was actually born in Houston, Texas, but I've lived 18 years of my life in Alexandria.  I've lived in Hamilton for two years, but I still spend summers back in VA.

New to Parkour, as my posts must surely lead one to believe.  Am having a lot of fun and it's, in the first few weeks of pure physical training, has a noticeable change in the health and aesthetic appeal of my body.  So let's hoping that it'll have more.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: how do you respond to people?
« on: March 20, 2006, 09:54:42 PM »
If a wall spin is what is in your avatar, could you explain proper technique in doing one?  I haven't found a tutorial online for that particular move just yet.

As for a response to people...  I think I'd just pretend not to know English or something.

Virginia / Re: Hey...
« on: March 20, 2006, 07:56:14 PM »
Think I could meet up with you guys sometime in the summer to practice/train?  Give me some direction?  Lol.

District of Columbia / Re: Weekly sessions
« on: March 20, 2006, 07:52:01 PM »
I probably wouldn't get off work till around 6PM, so I think that's out for me.

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