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I don't know what you guys are talking about, I was amazing. Techno music never looked so good.

Pics & Vids / Music Video With an Interesting Message
« on: August 12, 2008, 09:53:08 AM »
This is from an Australian Hip-Hop Group called "Hilltop Hoods."

Watch it and see what you think.

I had nothing to do with the creation of the video.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: The Coolest Thing You've Ever Done
« on: July 20, 2008, 06:22:29 AM »
I was born.

Feel free to thank me anytime.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Stop the Bullshit campaign - Real Names
« on: June 04, 2008, 09:04:17 AM »
I actually have more people who know my nickname than my real name(thanks network tv!) but I do like the idea. Secretly my hope is that everyone will change to their real names and I'll be the only one left with a super cool nickname. I'm a rebel without a cause. I think I'll go buy a leather jacket.

Pics & Vids / Re: I FREERUN LA!!! Team Tempest style
« on: May 25, 2008, 06:10:55 PM »
I enjoyed it. Yeah, it was ok I guess. Mostly I just like your colorful outfits.  ;)

Congrats guys, we've been waiting a long time to see this and it was well worth the wait.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: K-Swiss Free-running Tour: UPDATES
« on: March 07, 2008, 07:44:11 AM »
Basically what he's saying is: "Frosti, thank you for being so awe inspiring. College girls love you. You're my hero. Love, Skipper."

Pics & Vids / Re: Sam & Brian : Sunday at the Dojang
« on: February 28, 2008, 07:27:39 AM »
I actually really enjoyed that video. When I saw the location I was perturbed as to how much creativity could come from it, but you guys did some impressive stuff there. I really enjoyed the fact that all the obstacles were not only interesting shapes, but also movable, that takes a lot of control to work with. Well done guys, I give this video three smiley faces.  :) :) :)

In the Media / Re: Metromix
« on: December 18, 2007, 06:50:09 PM »
Okay one guys, if MLW wants to say he doesn't ever make excuses that's fine by me, doesn't have anything to do with me, if wants to give me tips on a technique he feels he has to aptitude to assist me in improving on that's great, after over six years in the parkour community I've learned that there is always more learning to do and always someone who thinks they can tell you how to do something better. So it's all good. What I can't understand though is what you're actually talking about, could you please link me to the video you're talking about because I've watched all the metromix videos on youtube and none of them line up to anything you're talking about, so maybe we could clear this up and get it over with so I can stop explaining that I have bomb ass rolls that I've been doing since I was 4 years old and my parents were teaching Aikido and people can stop making jokes at your expense just because my boys have my back, which I appreciate as always.

So link me man and we'll figure it out, no hate.


In the Media / Re: Metromix
« on: December 14, 2007, 10:09:53 AM »
Matthew obviously we explained to them what a traceur was but what they put up is out of our control, the media prefers creating their own terms that are more viewer friendly (aka not french) if they feel their audience will be more responsive to it. As for my rolls, I just went back and watched the whole video and there's only one roll and it's barely even on camera, the only thing that is on camera is the photographer that sat down in front of me and I avoided.

Pics & Vids / Re: Showtime at Santa Monica Pier
« on: December 08, 2007, 01:45:12 PM »
The most impressive part of the whole video was Gabe's epic hair.

The rest was pretty cool i guess.  :-Sarcasm

Pics & Vids / Re: Go - A parkour sampler by TK17
« on: November 26, 2007, 03:13:09 PM »
First off I completely agree with everyone that this was a well filmed video with an excellent display of ability.

The only question I have is of the "parkour-only" definition. Now perhaps I'm wrong but I feel like this is something that has bothered me in many other circumstances. Movements such as the underbar at 3:20 or the tic tac at 3:13 you say are included as parkour because they help divert your momentum but to me it seems like you are 1) adding a 270 degree spin to what could simply be a 90 degree turn, and 2) that you're performing a technique when simply continuing on your way by simply angling your run earlier on would avoid the situation, saving time and energy. Now especially in this situations where you describe foreknowledge of the areas wouldn't it just be easier to turn instead of adding a superfluous movement?

But this isn't to specifically come down on you, perhaps you do have an explanation as to why different extra movements were added in these situations, but my point is that I think that a lot people look over extraneous movement if it's not distinctly a freerunning technique. Videos like Blane's "Docendo Discimus" are great examples of training for parkour but they also include freerunning training. Spinning around a pole is just as inefficient as a sideflip.

I think we both have the same goal, to spread a positive and accurate idea of parkour, I just want to make sure the message that you portray with your video as we as Blane's video or any other is clear to new traceurs and freerunners.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: The Five Steps
« on: November 04, 2007, 01:46:10 PM »
I did not write this as a means to replace any method of teach or to say that this is all you need to know to understand parkour, basically the purpose of it is to make the ideas of parkour easier to understand in a tangible way. The idea behind the five steps is that any movement can be broken down in to them and understood, like recreating a picture by sectioning it off and copying what's in each square, but also to understand that that step five of one move is the same as step one of the next. This idea can be used to explain that every movement is only part of the nnext even if the two movements are each just single strides in a run, or if step five of one move is landing a precision and it is also the first step of taking off to do a cat leap. Basically what it all comes down to, like Muse and Demon were saying, is that it's not about the individual movements, each step is equal to the next only a smaller piece of a larger production. The goal of this article is to make the essence of parkour understandable in way that takes the philosophical ideas of parkour and makes logical and palpable to a traceur. One can see the that it is not about the individual techniques because each move is only the beginning of the next move, equal in value and importance to the previous and the next.

Hopefully it helps.  :)

Parkour And Freerunning / The Five Steps
« on: November 01, 2007, 09:02:25 PM »
Hey everyone, I wrote an article about understanding the way we move, and the roots of our discipline.


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour / Freerunning Certification Process
« on: September 16, 2007, 07:10:32 PM »
To me this is comprable to a film degree. While it really means nothing to say another filmmaker as to how good you are as a director or cinematographer, it does show someone like a school that's looking for someone to teach a film class that you know the basics that they want taught or an organaization that you're fit to start a club. This kind of thing would be a way to separate ourselves from the image of a bunch of kids trying to cause trouble by rebelling and jumping off stuff to a group of disciplined and dedicated people who are passionate about what we do and we would have a way to empirically prove that we are capable to teach a class at a gym or start a club.

In the Media / Re: K Swiss
« on: September 13, 2007, 04:02:15 PM »
If hair and make-up did their jobs right no one will ever know...

Xin and I doubled Tyson and Victor in "Even Playing Field"

Levi doubled an actor/model named Todd in "Race to Center Court" (with some additional director's cut footage from myself and Xin)

And I doubled Anna Kournikova in both ads

In the Media / Re: K Swiss
« on: September 12, 2007, 10:24:45 AM »
I think i've heard of it, i guess it's supposed to be pretty cool. I guess...

Pics & Vids / Re: Frosti, Hak, Moses New Video
« on: February 05, 2007, 11:41:12 AM »
1. Yes that is Moses off his "Have You Seen This Man?" CD check him out he's good:

2. Yeah he's pretty tall.

3. That roof is pretty much just sheet metal over some i-beams with no where to go. This spot we just happened to walk past and trained for about half an hour, not a lot of impressive stuff but a nice secluded area to practice some specific techniques.

4. Yes, Moses is that good.

Pics & Vids / Frosti, Hak, Moses New Video
« on: February 05, 2007, 09:59:25 AM »
Really I just happened to have footage from '06 from a few of our training sessions, i edited most of it over break and then when school started i got too busy, so i just sort of threw some titles on it and thought i would put it out there. So here it is:


Music: Kid Static - "Fight Song"

Pics & Vids / Re: Freerunning pokes it's head in new place
« on: February 01, 2007, 11:37:43 AM »
Like i said at the top my mom mailed it to me, but hte comic is "Sally Forth" and it features no freerunners as far as i know, just a middle aged couple, and theirteenage daughter.

Pics & Vids / Freerunning pokes it's head in new place
« on: January 31, 2007, 08:37:56 PM »
My mom sent me this clipped from the newspaper today:

Just thought you might like to see.

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