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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Realisation
« on: November 26, 2005, 11:25:14 PM »
That's all completely normal, i know those of you who know me of course see me as the coolest person probably ever and most likely think i have no fear due to the fact that i can catch bullets with my eyelids and breakdance fight pirates for fun, but it's actually not true. Fear happens to everyone at some point, there is some point where mentally you're just not prepared for what is in front of you, no matter how much you've trained, no matter how many times you've done it. Your mind is what allows you to do the things you do, it gives you the confidence to perform the movements necissary to do the complicated techniques we do. If you think about it, somethign as simple as a side vault can be broken down to millions of tiny individual pieces that all require thought and control, there are also an equal number of way to make a mistake while doing it. Our mind asses these possiblities and makes a decision based on these facts as to whether or not we can do it, fear comes in to play when our mind says to us: "Hey, you may be good...but you're not that good, wait a few weeks before you try that." But what some people forget is that the tiniest thing can throw off a person's idea of possibilities. The easiest example is this, say you're at a jam doing a turn vault, you jump over your foot slips, you bash your shin, fall down, etc. You get up and move on but later on you go to do a turn vault and suddenly you notice your steps are off, the ground is slippery from rain, peopel are watching you, your leg is tight, then you crash into the rail never even attempting the vault. When you become afraid you begin to forus on all the things that say you shouldn't do this. The best advice i can give, being someone who is constantly finding themselves considering whether or not you can do something is to train. Training alows us to try things at our own pace and in our own way and once you become comfortable with the moves you can do them, if you become afraid of a move it's okay because you just keep on training and you'll never stop doing it, you jsut keep honing in your moves, making them better, and avoiding mistakes more and more often, getting comfortable doign them and more confident in your abilities. The more consistent you are the more likely you are to be able to overcome fear and be abel to perform any move you are comfortable with anytime anywhere.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Has Parkour lost meaning?
« on: November 26, 2005, 05:26:11 PM »
For the best of my knowledge freerunning and parkour never had any difference in meaning, freerunnign was simply the term used to make it more suitable to english speaking audiences. Also i'm fairly certain that 3run is not the name of any type of parkour, if it is i'm am unaware of what it refers to, but i thought it was jsut a website, much as i've heard "parkour" called "urban freeflow."

Tricking / Re: Wall Flips
« on: November 22, 2005, 10:20:23 PM »
Personally i think it's best to be able to do some sort of backflip, either standing, round off, or from height, although i have known several people who learned wallflips before backflips. I think that knowing the feeling of performing a back flip helps greatly in doing wallflips, i attempted to learn them before i could backflip and it was not pretty but after i got backflips down my wallflips improved tremendously and exponentially faster. ALso it helps to be comfortable doing vertical wall runs, getting the feeling of running up the wall will get oyu comfortable running at the surface and dealing with it because it's not somethign one usually does.

Hope that helps.

Pics & Vids / Re: "Fun" Video
« on: November 22, 2005, 08:25:48 PM »
Hey remember how we had that jam in Hawaii once, then remember how we're mods for HI now? Yeh good times, i'm going back to Hawaii this WInter i've gotta see if anybody wants to pk while i'm there. if you have any info on anybody could you message me? Thanks man, yeh heal up man i'm waiting to see if you still pk or if you just make sweet submissions for Threadless...i kid, but seriously i want to buy some of your designs.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What IS Parkour?
« on: November 20, 2005, 10:57:44 AM »
APK stands for American Parkour yes I know, but if as a website it was limited to the sole act of parkour it would be cut off from embodying thelarger picture, the life of a traceur. The workouts gear posts aren't pk, but they will help you with pk, the articles people post aren't pk, but they are the idea of pk, they will help us see it with new eyes, and the different aspects of pk may or nay not be what you believe to be pk, but they are parts of, they may be offshoots or they may be building blocks. So what we have here, call it what you will, only stands to better serve the people this website caters to, the American Parkour scene(and anyone else who wnats to drop by they'll be welcome too) and all the things that might at all be intersting or helpful to them.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: The Mission
« on: November 19, 2005, 07:48:46 PM »
A long time ago peopel were still making the same arguments that they are making now, which is jsut proof that they are pointless and aren't going to go any where, but either way they made the critisisms about what could and couldn't be done and i for the most part stayed out and i still do today because when i go out and put on my shoes, anythign i do is ok. Say i want to do a flip, no one is jumping out halfway through my rotation and knocking me out of the air. It may or may not be parkour but i did it and it's done so really i don't think any difference was made whether i did it or not, except to myself, and you know what that did for me? It made me happy, i did what i felt like doing and i really think that parkour isn't a life or death thing, it's something we do because we choose to do it, and so if i'm not enjoying it i'm not going to do i and that's prety much it. When i started the Movement, my old krew in Michigan i made a post about what i thought our team would embody:

too often now do we find people complaining about what is and isn't parkour, what is pure pk, what is true and what is not. People saying that my flip is not flowing enough to be parkour, that my climbing this building is too slow to be parkour, that my handstand isn't moving so it isn't parkour. But it is my art, and art is about expression, this is my expression of how i want to move, of how i will stop, turn, jump, roll. But most of all it's how i will enjoy myself. Too often do we forget that this parkour which we love, is something we do because we love it, not because we have to. By putting so many dampeners and restrictions on what is true and what isn't we are only taking away from the enjoyment which we do this sport to find.

And that's what we did, and what i continue to do anywhere i go. I could argue about the ramifications of my statements but i'd rather just go out and do what i love to do, from my time spent with the VA-Parkour guys i picked up one valuable lesson, something i always knew but never could put into such elegant words, i'm not sure if i've got the verbatim quote but i beleive it's something along the lines of:

STFU & Run!

And whenever these questions come up those words tend to sound more and more appealing.

Movement / Re: The vertical wall-run
« on: November 16, 2005, 11:11:01 PM »
When i do wallruns the purpose of the second step usually is less of a height gaining step but more of a stabilizer. The second step is never going to be able to push you up the wall like your first one, but what it can do is direct your movement, the first step is your power step, it gives you all your momentum, but it is just and up and out step, all your inertia goes into that step and comes out in your motion, the second step points you in the right direction, strightens out your path, and keeps you from crashing into the wall or goign off line.

If you just remember a few simple rules you'll be fine on this technique. Don't run into the wall, push up and out. put all your weight into the wall, that way you get maximum push. I'm sorry i could go o for quite some tiem on this specific move, i've recently spent some time dissecting it. IT's a very simple move but highly effective and there's always room for improvement.

Michigan / Re: Introduce Yourself!!
« on: November 16, 2005, 07:07:43 PM »
I'm asian mike, i live in Chicago now, but I was Frosti, co founder of the Movement.
I've been doing pk for a few years now and I'd like to think it's become something like a big part of my life.
So I'm going to college in Chi-Town and have taken my place in the Aero krew with my good buddy Ando, but i miss my krew from back home, but it's in cpable hands, Levi is definitely worthy to hold up TCPK without me, but hopefully he'll be coming to visit soon enough.
I'm also involved in some martial arts, mainly Aikido which i've done since i was a wee tot, bouldering and buildering, breakdancing, and i'm a Cinematography major here at Columbia College.

Why i'll be a good Mod, i think i'll be a good mod because i'm here for the people, i care about the people, and i am one of the people. I have been to jams all over Michigan, including PKMI1, and also in Hawaii(where i'm also a mod), New York for both PKUSA's, DC, Toronto, and many more. I'm also the only person to ever pk the Hudson River. This one one of the many reasons i will make a stellar mod for this forum, so i hope you all vote for me, Frosti, to be your mod, even though i already am. Thank you, and good evening.

Movement / Re: Maddy Grass
« on: November 16, 2005, 05:52:11 PM »
One thing that you may be mistaking isn't the actual move of the land and roll, it's the movement before the result. Often if you do not have enough forward moementum it makes it increasingly difficult to roll, because instead of tansferring your momentum into a roll you are driving all of your force into the ground, straight down. In this case it can cause a person to land and absord then force a roll out of the straight falling motion. That's one thing you should remember, if you're doing everyhting right, at no time in parkour are you falling, you are always controllign your movement, you re jumping or vaulting, you can fly, but when you start fallign you have lostcontrol and you are headed towards either injury or in this case an sloppy landing. So try jumping out more, this should create a more natural flow for the roll since it is by nature a movemetn of forward momentum.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Farewell
« on: November 13, 2005, 03:30:15 PM »
The best to you, i hope all goes well.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: What IS? Parkour?
« on: November 11, 2005, 05:57:05 AM »
You never cease to amaze me with your negotiating abilities, I am desparately waiting to see what we can turn out from this. But no matter what you're absolutely right, no side was taken, that was the point and people seem to assume that if no one states a side for apk then they are against them. But that's the price you pay for being open minded and accepting of all...

Hawaii / Aloha
« on: November 10, 2005, 02:08:12 PM »
Hello from your only snowman in Hawaii, actually i'm not in Hawaii, which is quite a sad fact indeed. I'm in Chicago, but i'll be in Hawaii this Winter for a few weeks, so I'm sure there will be some pk then, who shows up though that is up to anyone out there. So ifyou are part of the PKHI scene make yourself known, get it out there.


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Quick question...
« on: November 10, 2005, 11:34:14 AM »
I think the general idea behind this website is rather than talk about what we should be doing here online, instead we should be out doing it because it's a whole lot more fun than emoticons and flames. Because no matter what you say pk will always involve overcoming obstacles and for any of you who have studied any eastern philosophy you know that the best way to overcome a problem is to not have any problem at all. Now what was that VA-Parkour video I saw, I just can't recall the name...

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