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Movement / Re: Slowing down a roll?
« on: June 09, 2008, 04:15:44 PM »
thanks for posting this. the last 2 videos on that thread should help a lot, expecially the 4th one, since thats the type of roll im trying to do.
why isnt it stickied anymore?

Movement / Re: Slowing down a roll?
« on: June 09, 2008, 03:08:06 PM »
I've been looking into purchasing a video camera, but for the time being, no.  :-\
i could upload a picture of the bruises if u want [lol]
im hitting on my back around where my beltline is.

Movement / Slowing down a roll?
« on: June 09, 2008, 02:14:42 PM »
Often when I roll the back of my pelvis hits the ground harder than it should.  It doesn't hurt but then again, I haven't tried it on concrete. I've read that this can happen because I'm rolling to fast, causing my legs to get untucked and my body being less round.  Is this the cause of my hips hitting?If so, how do i slow down my roll?

Also, sometimes instead of rolling from my shoulder to opposite hip, I roll from my shoulder to the middle of my lower back/pelvis.

I use the roll where my right arm moves back toward my left foot and I go over my right shoulder.  Any feedback would be appreciated for either problem.

Movement / Re: When to roll?
« on: June 09, 2008, 06:13:55 AM »
im no expert, but i typically roll on anything 5 feet tall or higher.  sometimes lower if i take a big jump.  btw im 6'5''

Parkour And Freerunning / Learning Methods?
« on: June 07, 2008, 09:33:49 PM »
Almost every tutorial and piece of advice posted on this site seems to include the disclaimer, “ease into it,” “take baby steps,” “progress slowly,” etc, or risk injury.  But let’s face it, for most people, parkour isn’t a lifelong sport.  Eventually, my muscles and joints won’t be able to take it anymore, and I will be unable to develop my skills any further.

So how slow do you expect me to take it?

My best friend is a naturally gifted athlete, and is fearless on a level I am unable to comprehend.  He was raised on the “No pain, no gain” and “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger” philosophies (his father is a US Marine). Together, we have been doing parkour for about a month.  In comparison to my friend, I take things pretty slowly.  I build up my technique until I am confident that I can perform whatever move I am practicing without risk of injury.  My friend is the opposite, preferring to go full blast into the maneuver on his first attempt and get it over with.  He learns the maneuver in a couple minutes, and I learn it in a couple days or weeks.

Obviously, my friend is progressing much faster than me.  I am, by no means, in competition with him, but it is disheartening when we go through a run and he has to stop and wait for me to find a slower, easier, alternate route, because I haven’t perfected my technique.  Even if he gets injured, he will be fully healed long before I catch up to his skill level.


Is there a truly “proper” learning method to parkour?  Should developing traceurs stick to training slow and safe?  Or should they live by the Nike slogan and “Just do it!”  (After all, who hasn’t attempted a drop they probably weren’t prepared for and gained knowledge from it?)
Is there an appropriate balance between my friends fearless strategy and my cautious learning process?  Or does it just vary between each person?

All contributions welcome, just don’t flame my friend or me.

Movement / Re: Landing/Rolling on off-camber slopes?
« on: June 07, 2008, 10:29:05 AM »
rolling isnt the problem.  i have trouble landing on slanted ground in order to execute a proper roll.

Movement / Landing/Rolling on off-camber slopes?
« on: June 07, 2008, 10:11:43 AM »
after watching the advanced roll techniques vid on apk, i went out and tried it.  jumping from ~6 feet onto flat ground felt clean and smooth.  then i tried off my back deck onto some soft grass from ~8 feet.  the landing is slanted downhill from me.  when i landed, the slant threw everything off.  my knees slammed into the ground before i could recoil and my ankle tweaked.  i re-attempted it with the same results.

any advice for landing/rolling on off camber slopes?

if it helps, im 6'5'' (yah, really tall) and lean

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