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Pics & Vids / Re: New UCC Tutorial: 360ยบ Underbar
« on: May 10, 2009, 05:09:53 PM »
Good stuff.  I've kind of been BSing these for awhile.  Now I know how to perfect my technique.  Thanks.

Pics & Vids / Re: Critique My Roll Please?
« on: May 10, 2009, 04:50:13 PM »
Do it on flat ground first, please.  Learn it until its absolutely painless.  Then learn it on concrete until its painless.  Then start adding height.  Your legs are crumpling beneath you, so you aren't conditioned for jumping off something that high.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Most difficult obstacle?
« on: May 10, 2009, 04:43:48 PM »
Spike pits.

As for the chainlink fences, I think your answer is called a gate vault.  Here's a tutorial:
It's not a very good tutorial, but you'll get the idea.  For a chainlink fence, instead of grabbing onto the rails, you'll just grab the top rail and the actual chainlink.  Make sure your beltline is above the top of the fence so you don't get caught, and only do it on chainlink fences where the wires are bent down at the top.

Finished.  When can we see the results?

Injuries - Discussion / Re: Hurt shoulder
« on: May 06, 2009, 06:11:40 PM »
I tore my labrum and had surgery in december.  The doctor gave me a few simple resistance exercises to do for physical therapy, which you can probably google.  When I was well enough to lift my arm above head height with no pain, I started swimming.  It's low impact and provides a good therapeautic motion for your shoulder, so you might try that after the first month.  OK with your doctor first, though.

Movement / Re: le kong!
« on: May 06, 2009, 02:26:12 PM »
ground kongs
concentrate on extending your body and using your hands to propel you forward, not just stopping you from face planting.  keep good form overall, and this should make doing real kongs feel a little more natural.

Pics & Vids / Re: BEST parkour parody i have seen yet.
« on: May 04, 2009, 08:49:02 AM »
"so many options!" lol

Same problem.  The survey won't go through if you select "never heard of it."  May I ask what your thesis for this project is?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: My A** Is Stuck to the Seat!
« on: April 28, 2009, 08:20:55 PM »
If you don't think you can completely give up your computer and go cold turkey, try using the computer as a reward for training. 

For instance: 1 hour of training = 1 hour on the computer.

Movement / Re: Name of movement and how it's done.
« on: April 25, 2009, 03:49:12 PM »
also make sure to keep your head facing down.  lifting your head will cause your back to arch the wrong way.

Pics & Vids / Re: Spring training
« on: April 24, 2009, 12:09:02 PM »
very impressive and creative stuff.

Pics & Vids / Re: Parkour.... on a bike?
« on: April 23, 2009, 07:05:31 PM »
A traceur probably could outrun him because trials bikes are single speed and geared extremely low for maneuverability and leverage, so they don't go very fast unless your headed downhill.

Pics & Vids / Re: Gainer Full to Precision tutorial (fianlly!!!)
« on: April 22, 2009, 04:30:19 PM »
that was epic.

Pics & Vids / Re: Parkour.... on a bike?
« on: April 21, 2009, 08:57:52 PM »
its called trials biking, and its probably been around longer than Parkour :P
so its probably more appropriate to say that we do trials biking without the bike than he does parkour with one.
although he does combine more freestyle BMX into his riding than most trials riders do, making this video pretty incredible.

Pics & Vids / The Ideal Parkour Vid?
« on: April 16, 2009, 01:35:49 PM »
I was out training today when a girl I know was jogging past.  She stopped for a few seconds and asked what I was doing.  She was in a hurry to get back to her jog (and absolutely gorgeous), and I was out of breath and admittedly a little bit embarrassed because I just failed a cat leap.  Long story short, I don't think I made a good impression for either Parkour or myself with the clumsy definition I gave her (which I do not care to repeat here).

Luckily, I have her friended on Facebook.


What I need is a link to a video that would best portray what Parkour is to a person who has never witnessed it.  It should be short and well-composed, with minimal goofing around.  I don't really do tricks, so let's try to keep those out. David Belle videos may be a bit extreme and give the wrong impression, awesome as he is.  Any suggestions?

I apologize if this has been asked before.. I don't really know what to put in the search bar for it.

Pics & Vids / Re: Indiana National Jam 3/27-3/29
« on: April 14, 2009, 01:38:06 PM »
Well done.  As a TV journalism student, I enjoy seeing properly and uniquely composed photos/footage.  Hope to see more.

Movement / Low kongs
« on: April 12, 2009, 07:13:42 PM »
Any tips for doing kongs over low (maybe 2 feet high) and long (4+ feet) objects such as a bench with no backrest?  Is this even a practical movement worth learning?  I've seen it in videos here and there, and was just wondering.  I'm 6'5'' and could use some advice on keeping it low.


Pics & Vids / Re: what makes a good vid ?
« on: April 12, 2009, 06:48:32 PM »
For me, a good Parkour vid consists of good camera/work editing and, of course good parkour.  People have written books about the former, so I would suggest a google search to get to know the basics of filming.  The latter is entirely up to you.  Music and narrative are personal style choices, and can help or hurt depending on the viewer.  I personally like it when you can hear the sound of shoes scuffing and landing.

The basics of film, not unlike parkour, can be learned by watching and researching it, but it just takes practice and an eye for creativity to get good.

One of my favorite examples is this short video by Julie Angel:

Happy filming :)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Mocking/Being laughed at
« on: April 11, 2009, 04:15:16 PM »
"When people get hostile, just put on a bigger smile and ask them to dance."
Or in this case, ask them to train with you. :)

Pics & Vids / Re: HD Camcorder
« on: April 10, 2009, 10:06:51 PM »
Well.. no.
If you shoot in non-HD fullscreen as opposed to widescreen, then edit in a widescreen format, you will either have black filler on the right and left OR cut the top and bottom of every shot (to fill the black spaces on the right and left, you would have to zoom in).  Either way, it sort of defeats the purpose.

I hope I made that understandable.  BTW I'm not sure but it might be possible to get a widescreen camera that isn't HD or vice versa. 

I'm currently using a Kodak Zi6 for personal videos and my University's expensive camcorders for actual work.  The Zi6 shoots in 720p widescreen and is good all around, but has terrible sound quality (and no mic input) and the lense is very limiting for a widescreen camcorder.  It runs about $150.

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