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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: November 05, 2008, 07:47:02 AM »
Next week, same time, but we'll start on the side where the track is and then move to the red railing area.  After next week I would like to perhaps spend 3 weeks going to AACC.

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: November 02, 2008, 08:37:23 PM »
Looking at doing AACC after 2 more weeks at Glen Burnie.


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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: October 28, 2008, 10:56:11 AM »
I'm going to be there sometime between 4pm and 4:30 ( i have to pick my wife up from work and get her home).  I will be there for an hour or two.

Travis, I'm going to try to get down to Primal 2 or 3 times a month (at least), so we'll hook up.  If you ever can make it  up here you are more than welcomed to.  I have also been sparingly traveling up to see Brian in Westminster to train with him and help him with a group he teaches up there.

syed8rahman - Bethesda is a little of a hike (an hour or so) from us up here.  Chat with Travis and the people at Primal, as they have jams in bethesda and silver springs frequently.


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Maryland / Re: i need a trainer
« on: October 26, 2008, 07:39:22 AM »
Momo, are you Jack Calder?

Believe it or not, there are quite a few good traceurs that live in Silver Springs.  I know that a few aren't keen on the internet (they'd rather be training).  I would suggest either participating in one of the jams that are held quite often in Sliver Springs (like the one that is going on today) and speaking with people face to face.

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Mid-Atlantic / Regular Training - An invitation to come play
« on: October 24, 2008, 06:54:39 AM »
My schedule on Tuesday afternoons opened back up, so every Tuesday I am going to be out training for a few hours starting around 4:15pm.  I usually just train at home or at the small park nearby, but I'm going to venture to Glen Burnie High School again and train there for the next few weeks.  After that, I don't plan to travel far, but I will alternate locations every few weeks, perhaps every month.  I am simply putting this out there as an invite if anyone would like to come out and play.

disciple [at] americanparkour [dot] com

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Maryland / Regularly Training - An invitation to come play
« on: October 24, 2008, 06:54:01 AM »
My schedule on Tuesday afternoons opened back up, so every Tuesday I am going to be out training for a few hours starting around 4:15pm.  I usually just train at home or at the small park nearby, but I'm going to venture to Glen Burnie High School again and train there for the next few weeks.  After that, I don't plan to travel far, but I will alternate locations every few weeks, perhaps every month.  I am simply putting this out there as an invite if anyone would like to come out and play.

disciple [at] americanparkour [dot] com

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Silver Spring Training Jam October 26th
« on: October 24, 2008, 06:43:23 AM »
After looking up photos of the park, I just have to double check;  Is this the park that many refer to as "Zen Playground"?

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Maryland / Re: i need a trainer
« on: October 24, 2008, 06:40:31 AM »
Jack, I'm just curious; what did you base you statement that MD doesn't have a lot of experienced traceurs on?  :)

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Maryland / Re: AACC Freerunning Buddies?
« on: October 01, 2008, 06:48:15 AM »
I'm surprised that you guys have trained there as much as you seem to and haven't had this issue sooner. When I started, I only got to train there about a month before I started getting that threat.  Good Luck.

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Glenn Burnie Jam
« on: October 01, 2008, 06:30:36 AM »
Under usual circumstances I'd be in, but i have a rather important commitment this weekend.

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Otaku Jam 08!
« on: July 25, 2008, 04:18:40 AM »
I'll see what I can do about getting there.  I don't get to train with others often enough as I'd like.


Did you guys actually utilize the fountain at the inner harbor?  I have tried to train there twice and both times my training was very short lived.


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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Umcp Jam, 26th or 27th
« on: July 25, 2008, 04:13:37 AM »
How late do you guys anticipate being out on Saturday?  I would like to drive down after I get off work, as it has been years since I have been down to College Park to train.  If I could get a cell phone number to call when I am done it would help.  If you are not comfortable displaying your number on the net, email me.

disciple [at] americanparkour [dot] com

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Wanna work with kids?
« on: July 25, 2008, 04:10:06 AM »
If that is the date, as long as I have ample time to notify work I should be able to get off.  I too did not go to the training, so what boat am I in in that regard?   Zac and myself as well as a few other APK Alliance members have been working on a sort of 2 or 3 hour seminar format that could be useful if Adam does't have what you are looking for.

Please email me with further information"

disciple [at] americanparkour [dot] com

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Mid-Atlantic / Re: Wanna work with kids?
« on: July 17, 2008, 04:02:04 AM »
Sorry Daed, I can't help you on this one.  Saturday is booked at work and I can't take off.  I hope somebody responds and you get some help.  Good luck.


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Maryland / Re: Lets get some parkour going!!! jeez
« on: July 16, 2008, 03:59:53 AM »
Glad to hear another person has taken up parkour/freerunning in the area. 

If you are looking to train with others, my advice is to announce when you are going out to train and invite others along.  Be proactive.  There are many people in the area who train alone, however when a training session or jam is announce, and people are given enough notice, the turnout is usually quite good.

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Much better.

"Also though, we have to analyze what we're doing."  - I would recommend "Beyond practicing, we also have to analyze what we are doing and why we are doing it.

'We' is in there a lot.  I would try to replace it with 'traceurs' (if you define that term at the beginning of the article), or 'practitioners of parkour' or something along those lines to make it less repetitive.

"I drilled it into my mind how to do this." - this sentence really isn't necessary. 

"Many have asked us if we run through campus without inspecting anything.  This would not be very good."  - recommend 'Many people who I have spoken to about Parkour have asked us if we simply run through the campus without inspecting anything we are interacting with.  That would be foolishness on our part.  In actuality ..." and then I would move this to the beginning of the paragraph before that starts with "Actually, many of us would just walk through various parts of campus and scout out areas that might be good for Parkour. "  I would also combine those two paragraphs once edited.

"With Parkour, you get more acquainted with your own body, get much stronger and fitter, ..."  recommend 'more physically fit' in place of 'fitter'.

You ended a sentence with two periods in the paragraph about what sports you have done.  I would combine that paragraph with the one that follows it, and take out the two word question that the second paragraph starts with.

"In something like Parkour (just as gymnastics), your injuries are dependent upon your own fitness and skill levels."  Not sure you want to compare parkour to gymnastics when a paragraph or two before that you said that you are guaranteed to get injured in gymnastics.  I know you are talking about a different aspect of gymnastics, but the more parallels that you draw, the more the reader will connect the two activities.



Keep up the good work.


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Maryland / Re: I95 Corridor
« on: July 10, 2008, 10:03:42 AM »
Welcome, and congratulations on taking such an initiative to becoming healthier.

Where in Howard County are you?  If you are far enough north, Brian 'Doc Akh' Belida is in Westminster (Carroll County).   There are a few guys that post here in Baltimore if you are closer to the city.  Then there's a decent size group in Anne Arundle County (Glen Burnie, Pasadena, Severna Park, Arnold), and a large contingent in DC that frequents Primal Fitness and usually announces about a jam (get together to train and help each other) a month.

Many people frequent the 'Mid Atlantic' Forums that are the last 'locals only' page.  I usually suggest double posting in both the Mid-Atlantic and Maryland sections.


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It looks like a good article.  Just some suggestions.

"By far I had the most in gymnastics and it's almost inevitable to not get injured in gymnastics." - that line doesn't seem to make sense.  If you meant to say everyone gets hurt, I would say "It is almost inevitable that you will get injured in gymnastics."  If you meant to say that nobody gets hurt, then I recommend saying "It is almost impossible for someone to get hurt in gymnastics."

"You are responsible for your injuries ultimately, which if you think about it can be safer if you're smart about it." - Just recommend you move the 'ultimately' to the beginning of the sentence.

As a note on the tone of the article, I can tell that you are passionate and upset about the topic you are discussing, however the article at times sounds like it is attacking the reader.  Writing certain words in all caps for emphasis can come across like slowing down saying something because you think it will help them understand you. 

This paragraph - "One of the biggest "what???" thoughts I've gotten in my mind was during a demo we gave for a few officials of the university. One of the risk management ladies while trying to understand what we do asked "So you just run through campus without inspecting anything?" I almost nearly slapped my head with my palm. Why would anybody run through an area doing stunts like we do in a non-emergency setting without first inspecting EVERYTHING? It really blew my mind how anybody could think we ACTUALLY just randomly run through campus."

It might seem like common sense, however the people who ask questions like the one you refer to really can't assume that everyone is smart enough to put safety before enjoyment due to the current culture we live in.  It might actually be these people who are reading your article to learn more about Parkour.  This paragraph might insult these people, as you seem to infer that they are unintelligent if they think what they think.  These are the people you are trying to convince, so I would en devour not to alienate them.

The article is good, just try to remember who you are writing to/for.  This would be ok for a personal blog, but if you are trying to teach or explain something to someone who might have aversions to what you are selling you need to try to be as professional as possible.

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Mid-Atlantic / Glen Burnie Training: Sunday 7/6/08
« on: July 06, 2008, 08:27:03 AM »
I'm taking Akh out to check out Glen Burnie High School and a few other areas locally.  Anyone interested in coming to train with us is more than welcomed to join us.

We'll be getting to GBHS at about 2pm.  Try me at my cell: four 4 three 8 eight 3 one 1 two 9

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