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Messages - Sam Slater

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Pics & Vids / Re: Fight Skit
« on: December 22, 2008, 05:28:10 AM »
The bully receives the ground well.  The girl does need work on her acting, mainly during the dead spaces where the antagonist is standing back up.  The pacing of the fight was good at the beginning, but as it went on it slowed down some.  I was very impressed with the fact that the girl was comfortable hitting you. 

You guys did a good job with this scenario, and I'm sure you had fun doing it. 

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: December 22, 2008, 05:12:06 AM »
I am going to Westminster Tuesday the 23rd (tomorrow).  I will not however be able to drive anyone.  I have to pick up my wife at 3pm and we are leaving her work (in Crofton) and heading straight up to Westminster from there. 

Contact each other to see about transportation, as it would be awesome if you guys could make it.  The last time you came up it was a fun day.  I recommend you try to leave the Glen Burnie area by 3pm, so that we have at least 1.5 hours of daylight to train in up there.  You guys are more than welcomed to leave earlier than that though.

Socialize / Re: Just getting into Graphic Novels, suggestions? thoughts?
« on: December 18, 2008, 07:58:32 AM »
I didn't mean to kill the topic.  :-[

Socialize / Re: I'm such a nerd
« on: December 18, 2008, 07:57:55 AM »
92%, avg error 14miles, 346sec

Socialize / Re: Just getting into Graphic Novels, suggestions? thoughts?
« on: December 15, 2008, 08:15:25 PM »
Batman: The Dark Knight Returns

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: December 14, 2008, 04:33:38 PM »
This week, Westminster Trip.

Leaving from Glen Burnie High at 3pm.

Training in Westminster from 4pm to 6pm.

Return to Glen Burnie between 7pm and 7:30pm.

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: December 08, 2008, 07:46:09 AM »
Got a suggestion to do Lake Waterford Park's playground tomorrow, so that's where I'll be from 3:30 to 5.

Pics & Vids / Re: "Reckon" - New Frosti Vid
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:38:42 PM »
I enjoy watching your videos.  You don't put one out often, but when you do it is worth the watch.

Socialize / Re: YouTube questions
« on: December 02, 2008, 09:02:52 PM »
Have you tried using the youtube help, or the youtube forums?  Just did a search and found these:

From what I have read, there is a certain frame rate requirement for the High Quality option to be applied.

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: December 01, 2008, 05:36:52 PM »
We'll just do Glen Burnie again this week.

I'll see you all there at 3:30pm.

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: December 01, 2008, 09:27:17 AM »
OK, it seemed as though we were leaning towards driving up to Westminster for a few Tuesdays.  If that is the case, we need to set up details. 

I would want to leave the area (Glen Burnie) and be heading for Westminster at 3:00pm.  We would then arrive in Westminster at 4pm, and train for 2 hours.  This has us leaving at 6pm, getting back in town at 7pm.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Please Help Me Get Started
« on: November 17, 2008, 05:36:19 AM »

It sounds as though you have already been there, but in the event you haven't ...

In regards to "getting started"  you should start with conditioning.  Proper squat technique is key as it will help with landing and absorbing properly for everything.  I have heard a lot of people come from other sports or athletic disciplines say they are fit, and what you have to understand is that nobody questions that you are fit for what you do, but you are doing something different now, and it will work different muscles and require a different type of fitness.  Parkour and Freerunning will put more strain on the joints than many other activities due to the impact of jumping and landing, vaulting, etc.  You must strengthen the muscles around these joints to decrease the strain on them.

Your concern about practicing single moves is a valid one, however it is important to spend time on both individual techniques and working on transitions.  The only way you get good at something is through repetition, so repeating a single vault, top outs, cat leap, precision, etc. over and over will help you understand how to perform in a less clumsy manner.  Repetition is also a great way to condition.  Once you have confidence in basic movements, you begin to string them together into small sets.  You then repeat that set over and over, and over time the transitions between the movements in that set will become much smoother.

It sounds like you have already found places to practice.  All I would caution is don't look for rooftops and things of that nature.  Find someplace where you can do a few things over and over without putting too much stress on your body, and where you won't be arrested for venturing. 

Shoes are a little less important.  It is great if you have a pair of shoes that offer you good traction and grip.  If you train on concrete and other such surfaces, a shoe with a lot of surface area is great.  If you train in grass and dirt, then something with some tread would be better.  Don't focus too much on this.  Same thing with music, just listen to whatever you enjoy.

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: November 11, 2008, 06:23:29 PM »
All right, going to AACC (Anne Arundel Community College) next few weeks (18th, 25th, and Dec 2nd).  Meeting at the large hill in the quad at around 4pm.

Mid-Atlantic / Re: Washingtonian Magazine Jam - Sunday, November 9
« on: November 08, 2008, 09:44:29 PM »
Is there a parking lot or do you need to find on street parking, and it there is a lot, what does it cost?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Help me by telling me your stories
« on: November 06, 2008, 08:32:56 AM »
Had an interesting exchange with a young woman in my public speaking class back in college.

The class was introduced to Parkour by Brian (Doc Akh) in one of his speeches, and most were relatively unimpressed, thinking that it was just random jumping around.  One of our classmates gave a speech at some point in the semester about running in track, and during the questions segment after his speech someone asked if he did "that running and jumping stuff that they do" while pointing to us.  The speaker said no, and the person asking the question said that he just didn't picture this person doing track.

Here is where the fun begins.  In response to this little banter, the young woman sitting next to the person asking the question decides to interject a comment.  She says, "Of course he doesn't to that stuff, he's normal.  Normal people go to the track to run, and they lift weights to exercise," while glaring at myself and Akh. In rebuttal, I comment "You are absolutely right, that is what normal people do.  But being normal is so dull and boring."  She didn't like that.  I don't think that she expected me to say anything, because she immediately fires back, "Your mutha!" which made me chuckle some and reply, "You are right, she is kinda boring. Have you ever had the pleasure of meeting her?"  At that she just glared and sunk back into her seat.  I don't think she was used to people engaging her in a calm manner when she attempts to insult them, and without that aggressive and angry energy to feed off, she stopped.

It didn't happen during practicing, but it was regarding the practice of it, and it does demonstrate that parkour is viewed as going against the cultural norm that is conventional recreation and exercise.

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