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Very well done. The interviews show good insight to the community. +1 for awesomeness.

Socialize / Re: Can we keep a conversation with meme's?
« on: March 24, 2011, 09:18:07 PM »

Movement / Handstands
« on: March 10, 2011, 02:55:56 PM »
I'm pretty frustrated with my handstands. I used to be able to do them moderately well, kicking up and holding a 10-15 second handstand 3 out of 5 tries. I've been toying around with them for a couple of years now, being very inconsistent with my training. I never seem to make progress though, which leads to me not wanting to do them. Lately, I seem to have lot all my skill with handstands. I can't even kick up into a good one for my life anymore. It's really annoying since I'm back at square one.

This is a question for those who are pretty experienced with them. Where did you learn how to do handstands? What tips or methods did you learn to kick up consistently? In general, how did you learn how to do handstands?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: 10 push ups
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:39:17 PM »
Dude Matt!  You wouldn't believe me but I had the exact same idea not 2 hours ago :)  Although I was going to do every facebook post hahaha. :P

Beat'cha to it! ;)

That means I win, right?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: 10 push ups
« on: February 28, 2011, 07:14:16 PM »
10 push ups or 5 pull ups per post for me.

Just to keep the options rolling. :)

You know, I think we should move this idea to other areas of internet browsing. Such as, for every Facebook status you make or other things. I'll start doing it for every Facebook status too.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: 10 push ups
« on: February 27, 2011, 08:24:46 PM »
This may make people not want to post anymore. ;)

Don't you think the parkour intro should be done before the warm up?

Er, yes. That's what I meant to do... :P

Washington / Re: Moving to washington...
« on: February 27, 2011, 08:20:01 PM »
There aren't any regular jams, but if you would like to jam somewhere, ask on the Facebook group or Parkour Visions' page and see what's up.

Parkour Visions in Seattle has lots going on every day with their classes and open gyms. Otherwise, you'll have to plan something out with others.

Welcome to Washington, by the way!

Socialize / Re: Stevie Leifheit (the true bio on a real-life superhero)
« on: February 25, 2011, 08:09:47 PM »
13. Mt. Midoriyama wishes he could climb Stevie.

Community and Club Leaders / How to Teach the Basics: A Guide for Beginners
« on: February 25, 2011, 06:15:09 PM »
Hey guys, I think we should compile a basic and simple list of how to help new teachers begin teaching others. Everyone can throw their thoughts in, then I or a mod can edit a list with bullet points on the main ideas of teaching beginners.

I think a training day would run something like this:

1. A Short Parkour Introduction
2. The Warm Up
3. Training the Basics
4. Ending the Session

And under each section, we'll throw in bullet points detailing briefly what's should be going on. If you have other ideas for the beginner's training day, feel free to throw them out there. :) You can post with your full thoughts and ideas on teaching, and then those ideas and points can be summed up shortly. Don't be afraid to give too much information!

I'm hoping this will become an easy to use guide for anyone looking for help on teaching. If it gets filled up pretty well, maybe it can be stickied.

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Helping train newbies.. Need help!
« on: February 25, 2011, 06:06:15 PM »
The others have summed the basics up pretty well.

But one thing I really like to stress is making sure that your students are comfortable with what they're doing! You don't want to them continue doing something that hurts, or something that their really afraid of doing. Sure, teach them to get over their fears, but don't force them to do anything.

You want them to enjoy parkour. Ask every now and then if they're doing alright. Make sure no one is unhappy. You're trying to introduce them to parkour and get them interested. Once they're really into it, then you can start pushing them a little more.

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Welcome to the Leaders Forum!
« on: February 23, 2011, 09:57:48 AM »
Someone find the vaultbox instructions... I did a search but the one I was thinking of didn't come up, oddly enough.

Things made from STURDY's instructions, are absolutely solid.

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Custom T-Shirts
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:18:01 PM »
I wonder if APK is willing to make shirts for communities. Try asking someone in that field?

Try asking Tyson or Rafe at Parkour Visions where they get theirs done. I know they do it from an online supplier.

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Leaders Unite-Introduce Yourselves.
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:05:31 PM »
Washington reporting in.

Hey, I'm Matt. I run the Washington Parkour Forums, although they're almost a dead species and I'm too busy to look through them in depth anymore. I always try to help beginners get along their way because when I was a beginner, many helped me. I like to return the favor. Pretty much I'm the Washington representative on APK. If you've got any questions about the Washington community, feel free to contact me!

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Welcome to the Leaders Forum!
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:01:29 PM »

Sticky a post in this forum with all the of United States Contacts and the Global Contacts?

Or just link to the USA/World Directories?

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Teaching Tips? (Expert help desired)
« on: February 21, 2011, 08:18:54 PM »
Matthew, the post that you were responding to is over 2.5 years old, and Alec already said that the teaching was successful. Just sayin' ;)

Apart from that fact, great response! I agree with most of what you said.


I didn't read the time stamps. Someone necro-posted :P

I thought this was a familiar thread...

Community and Club Leaders / Re: Teaching Tips? (Expert help desired)
« on: February 21, 2011, 10:14:45 AM »
Thanks guys! This has definitely filled quite a few holes.

One thing I'm worried about is that we will have a bunch of people show up, but once they learn that you actually need to work hard, they will wuss out. I know a few will keep with it but I think the quite a few might think it's too hard... possibly even go out on their own and end up hurting themselves. And then there is the group that will want to learn how to backflip off a roof immediately... :-\

Starting a high school parkour club is difficult. You will quickly find that almost everyone interested, if not all of them, will be joining and hoping to gain what you did not expect them to want to gain. You must realize that most of the kiddies that want to join don't understand the principles of parkour, and they simple want to blaze through training, taking the biggest things the fastest way they can. They have never looked into parkour besides watching the big fancy YouTube videos. That's what I learned when I tried to teach at my high school.

I had LOTS of people interested in learning. I would say 15-20 at one time. This is when I first began to advertise that I would begin helping teach beginners after school (not as a club, but as my own thing). They all showed up, eager to learn. I asked if any of them have looked into learning parkour on their own, and none of them had. So I tried to tell them what parkour's about, briefly. After a little while, interest died and only a couple of my friends that I trained regularly with remained. Everyone else went back to their other after school activities because they lost interest.

So then I offered up again teaching some individuals parkour. I said this time I will only be there to ASSIST them in their training. I WILL NOT be babysitting them. I told them to look up parkour, learn about it, read about it, find out what it's about, and most of all: LEARN TO TRAIN ON YOUR OWN. I said we can meet 2-3 times a week, and I will be there to assist you in learning "moves" and giving tips. When one trains on their own that is when they learn what parkour is really about. I don't want them only training on their own, but that's a huge part of where the mindset of parkour comes from, in my opinion. So it's essential to learn to do that.

It worked for about 2 weeks. Then the individuals lost interest and nothing really followed through. But I wasn't really keeping a tight schedule because I had very busy school days sometimes. So it was party my fault too. If you're dedicated to a club enough, I'm sure you can make it work.

One thing I would like to point out is I'm almost against people being brought into parkour with classes and teachings in a way. This is because when one becomes dependent on those classes to train, well they're not really doing parkour. They only train when they take their classes, and only like to train at classes. They also do not developed the problem solving skill since they're being fed by their teacher what they need to fix in their movements. They also never learn the real philosophies of parkour because they haven't joined the greater community on the internet and had discussions like the ones you see on APK. But I'm not set in stone on this idea, it's just something that I see could possibly be the result of learning parkour only through classes. But classes have advantages too: Learning safely and learning from the experienced.

But I was just pointing out that you should teach them not to become dependent on your club, Alec. Teach them to train on their own, and be able to learn on their own. Don't babysit them. Once you spoon-feed them it will hinder their ability to learn, in my opinion. I'm not saying don't teach them, I'm just saying don't make them reliant on a teacher to learn. If that makes sense.

Pics & Vids / Re: What if you saw this at your school?
« on: February 20, 2011, 09:33:05 AM »
i would sneak out of my seat and join you

As would I ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: A fight hard to win
« on: February 02, 2011, 09:07:48 PM »
I also have a "friend" (more like acquaintance) who has picked up "free running." He likes to climb onto buildings and roofs because he enjoys the danger. He's one of those very wreckless teenagers.

You have to realize that if they're that kind of person, the kind that love trouble and create it on purpose, then they will find the dangerous side of parkour as what appeals to them. And if they do that, simply tell them that they're NOT doing parkour. They're just climbing s***. As long as they ARE NOT USING THE NAME PARKOUR/FREE RUNNING to explain why they're being dangerous, then I don't really care what he does. So convince them that they're not doing parkour, but some other thing.

Now, if you can convince them to not be stupid and dangerous, that's a good thing. But sometimes you just can't, since the danger is why they do it.

Socialize / X-Ray Dog Albums
« on: January 29, 2011, 10:43:48 PM »
My fellow internet friends, I have been on long searches for complete albums of X-Ray Dog. They are an elusive group, and are hard to find. If someone has access or knows of a good place to get such albums, I would love you greatly if you could please PM it to me.  :) ;)

I would be forever greatful, and love you for 5 years. After which time passes, the terms and conditions of my undying love would no longer stand.

Most specifically, I'm looking for the Night Hounds album, but others work too!

You can also use this thread to discuss about X-Ray Dog. What are your favorite songs?

Mine (SO FAR) are:
Tomorrow's Heroes
Final Hour
Screaming Souls

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