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I hope to see this materialize, along with some kick ass videos...

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Forum Revival-Give us your thoughts
« on: November 23, 2011, 12:39:04 PM »
I feel like there was an entire era where forums and Parkour/Freerun went hand in hand. But it's pretty much dead at this point. We all keep in contact with our community through Facebook, information on learning Parkour is readily available, compared to even when I first started training (a mere three years ago). On top of that, almost every single topic involving Parkour has already been discussed, believe it or not. I feel like there have been multiple waves, where specific topics are reiterated by new Traceurs, but it's gotten weaker and weaker every time.

It's going to get to a point (if not already), where forums will lack any productivity, and would be better off being archived while there is still a chance to keep more clutter from being posted on the forum, and used to reference back into past conversations (used to look through .net when it was closed, I got more from that than any open forums). Just look at UF & .Net, which have since been closed. Only a matter of time.

But yeah, I guess if APK stays open you might as well make it the best it can be. So incorporate whatever ideas Gabe Arnold has....

Movement / Re: Distance After Kongs
« on: November 20, 2011, 12:48:06 PM »
I really don't understand the horizontal bit. No one really explains it in depth all they just say is jump up instead of forward to get more distance on your exits. That's not really helpful =(

Maintaining speed throughout the movement is essential. "When it comes down to it, it's mainly a strength and power thing in the legs and hips while using the upperbody as non-invasively as possible (as in not actually stopping some of your momentum when you put your hands down which is pretty common)", is pretty much a perfect explanation for it.

What helped me a lot was working on my spit foot, maintaining speed throughout the run and movement (remember not slowing down, take confident steps), and keeping my chest up and open throughout the takeoff/vault (rather than hunched over with your chest parallel to the ground).

Movement / Re: Distance After Kongs
« on: November 18, 2011, 08:38:49 PM »
work on your split foot take off. Kong pres are mostly from the legs.

Pics & Vids / Three Amigo's
« on: October 31, 2011, 06:35:52 PM »

"Thomas Dolan and Marco Santana came down from NY for some fun training. The result is a small sample of what happened that day!

Also, check out fellow traceur from the UK, Callum Powell's music!
Song: "The Gonk"

-David Jones"

Pics & Vids / The 2011 Philadelphia Parkour Games
« on: October 13, 2011, 05:13:33 AM »

The Philadelphia Parkour Games, held on October 8, 2011, was a massive success. With well over 20 competitors, and a massive audience (containing Traceurs and the general public).

Overall, this competition went great, and we can't wait to do it again next year.

-David Jones



Results / Re: 2011 Philadelphia Parkour Games
« on: October 13, 2011, 05:10:58 AM »

Pics & Vids / Re: Twixtor/Slow motion parkour(Dream.Fly.Enjoy)
« on: September 16, 2011, 04:36:25 PM »
Gotta use 60fps video, 30fps doesn't offer enough information for Twixtor to work with.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Leave No Trace Tracker
« on: September 12, 2011, 03:01:48 PM »
Community: Philadelphia/South Jersey Parkour Communities
City: Philadelphia, PA
Date: September 11th, 2011
Location: Kelly Drive
Write up: What a bump in turnout for our 2nd Leave No Trace event!  This time we met behind one of our most visited jam spots, The Philadelphia Art Muesum.  Yup the spot in Philly where you can watch at least 75 people a day trying to imitate Rocky.  This area recently flooded due to Hurricane Irene and a lot of other rain storms we have gotten.  This flooding caused a lot of the trash to float up and once the water receded, the trash stayed.  One of our participants got before and after photos of an area with an over abundance of Styrofoam (one of my trash cleaning pet peeves...this stuff just doesn't decompose!!!).  When I get those photos I will share them also.  We cleaned a lot, and I couldn't be more proud of this community.  We jammed around the city for a few hours and finished the day up with some amazing smoothies.  Successful day!
Attendees: 20
Bags of Trash: 17+

Beautiful :)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: APK Forum Ambassador Program
« on: September 09, 2011, 07:03:31 AM »
Sounds cool, but I need way more experience and a lot more training.

For forums? No, no you don't.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Videos getting disrespectful
« on: September 07, 2011, 06:59:53 AM »
And a lot of these videos are on such obscure channels, a lot of Traceurs don't even know about them let alone your average person who types "Parkour" on Youtube...

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Videos getting disrespectful
« on: September 06, 2011, 06:33:01 PM »
edit: sorry, this was a response to Devin that was sitting on my phone, unposted for the past five hours. In addition to my intolerance to hip-hop music I am also apparently too old to understand modern electronic devices.

If you don't like Hip-Hop, it just means that you haven't looked around enough.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Videos getting disrespectful
« on: September 06, 2011, 04:50:44 PM »
You are all paranoid.

And this is why there is a stereotype on the typical APK/American Traceur.

Pics & Vids / Temple University Scraps
« on: September 06, 2011, 02:42:00 PM »

Featuring me, Tyler Burger, and Larry McDonald.

Pics & Vids / Re: Summer Swells 2011
« on: September 06, 2011, 02:38:14 PM »

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Videos getting disrespectful
« on: September 06, 2011, 02:33:23 PM »
I don't know about you guys but this sort of disrespect runs outside of videos as well in my experience. Things like stopping completely random people trying to walk by so that someone can run up and do something. I hated that... Whenever I am training I wait for anyone walking past to clear first.. I've never asked anyone to stop, or wait while I do something. If they want to stop and watch me do whatever it is I'm setting up for, I don't mind, but I always make sure not to get in the way of any pedestrians.

Another thing I find disrespectful is when people scream out "CLEAR!" or whatever like-wise word so they can do something. Meanwhile I'm trying a quick movement or two on the obstacle they want to use when they ask me to clear out of the way. I just hated that... because it's not like I'm just going to sit there and hog the obstacles everyone else came out to train with, so I'll try a thing or two, then get out of the way for whoever else wants to go. That sort of thing really killed the mood for me at sessions, is very impatient people that want to do a big jump and land like shit while someone else is trying to do a couple of things really quickly. Not to mention it's obnoxious as hell...

I agree with these two things.

Besides that, I honestly don't care all that much about what goes on in videos. A lot of people sound way to uptight. Just because you do Parkour doesn't mean you have to be a saint, it's stupid in my opinion.

And music is subjective, I'm not even gonna bother with that.

Consumer Whores / Re: Daniel Ilabaca/Ryan Doyle: Prefered Shoes?
« on: September 06, 2011, 11:08:04 AM »
Kalenji's (specifically the Success model which is discontinued, so a lot of people use Kalenji Ekiden 50's now) are preferred by Danny and most of the community in the UK.

Ryan Doyle is probably using WoofPoof KO's since he's a major part of that federation.

David Belle- "Speed Air Man" (Don't know why it hasn't been said yet)

Chris "Blane" Rowat- "Power is Nothing Without Control" (Or any other video you think, Blane has influenced so many back in the day)

Oleg Vorslav- "OUT OF TIME" (His rail work is utterly ridiculous, and anyone who doesn't immediately want to go out and train after watching this has a problem)

Daniel Ilabaca- "Summer Fun" (The moves he's performing at that point in time are far beyond a lot of people, even to this day)

David Belle- "Accroches Toi"

There's so many others.... lol. I'll be back later.

« on: August 29, 2011, 11:14:26 AM »

Won't be making videos for the next few months, big video will keep me from using saved up footage for awhile.

Until then,




-David Jones

100K Threads / Re: 1,000 Standing Backflips
« on: August 25, 2011, 11:35:19 AM »
+103 over the last 3 days.


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