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Socialize / Re: BanMan!
« on: January 22, 2011, 02:07:26 PM »

Socialize / Re: Book Title Ideas (Please Read!)
« on: January 21, 2011, 10:10:01 PM »
Write it, then title it?

Unless you have a theme already in mind. The title should be based around the theme of the book.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Woman in Parkour and freerunning
« on: January 21, 2011, 09:46:23 PM »
Whoa, super thread-revive. :o

But yes, there are a lot more female traceurs than there appears to be. They're just more shy and don't like to produce as many viral videos as their male counterparts. ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: APK Forum Ambassador Program
« on: January 20, 2011, 09:09:30 PM »
Psh, I don't need an official title to be friendly and welcoming. :)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Closed Minded Parents
« on: January 16, 2011, 06:29:29 PM »
Ask them if they'd let you spend your life playing Football/Golf/Tennis. If they don't mind, ask them why someone who devote their life to hitting/catching a ball.

This is pretty much the approach I always try to use when explaining parkour to someone. When you can relate the practices of parkour to something they're familiar with, it opens their minds a bit. When they start to see the relations, then they can understand it a little more.

Remember, whenever anyone is introduced to something they've never seen before, usually the first reaction is a negative one. Pretend you've NEVER seen football before in your life. You only know parkour. Someone shows you a video of NFL players smashing heads to chase a ball. You're going to think that's absolutely stupid. Why would people break bones to fight over a rubber ball shaped like a stupid elongated egg?

Now someone who knows football but has never seen parkour. They'll think: Why the hell are people jumping off of stuff? That's ridiculous. It's like they're trying to be stupid on purpose.

Show them what parkour really is by explaining with an analogy. Everyone sees things differently, based off previous knowledge.

Stand in their shoes, make them stand in yours.

Pics & Vids / Re: Tree Training on the way to recovery
« on: January 14, 2011, 09:40:34 PM »
Good to see you're moving around again Rafe.

But I dunno...Doing parkour with a cast and crutches was pretty awesome. Personally, I think you should try breaking both legs and/or achilles tendons and master crutch-parkour. :)

Pics & Vids / Re: Texas-US Winter National Jam
« on: January 14, 2011, 03:03:49 PM »
Yep. Toorock was there. He's pretty cute IRL. And why in god's name did they film the stupid kid in the red plaid shirt...

I've finally caught you on film, Shae!

Now I can take that clip and edit it and publicize it to the world! Muwahaha. ;)

Socialize / Re: Calling the cops.
« on: January 06, 2011, 07:32:50 PM »
I only read the Original Poster's post, and a couple after that, so excuse me if I missed anything.

I think you should not consult your internet friends for something like this. You should discuss this with your friend and whoever else, in real life, you think you should.

This is not something to be played around with. Asking for help on the internet can only do so much, and it's not the best idea. Ask real people around you, as they can help out the most.

My answer to the first and main question:

There needs to be a good balance of this. But I find it more important to learn how to BE ABLE to teach youreslf on your own. This does not mean you MUST teach yourself to learn parkour. A lot of times, I hear of teenagers or beginners that get into parkour only if they have classes, or if they get help from more experienced traceurs, or they like doing it because it's fun with friends.

Because they rely on having company while training, they never learn the analytical skills needed to improve techniques. They always wait for someone to point things out. This may not always be the case, but it seems it's more true than not, from personal experiences. I have two friends who have picked up parkour because they've learned of it through me. They only train when I go out and invite them. It's been over a year of not too serious training with them, and I've noticed that they have not developed  any skills on their own. I watch them when I train, and they just "go for it" when they try new moves. They never stop to think about how a "move" works, and new ways to use that "move". They never stop to improve on their "moves", because they have not learned the patience or skills to analyze what makes the "move" more correct. They only improve a little bit when I point out things they could work on. Even so, they don't play around with what I tell them long, as they lose interest.

But of course, that could be from their personality. Not necessarily through training with others or being taught.

When you learn to train alone, you learn to slow down and analyze your movements. How many of us that have picked up parkour by ourselves, have read or watched a video or article that demonstrates how a "move" is properly done, then try to duplicate that move over and over? We analyze the video or article, and go out to practice those same "moves." When we practice, we play with different methods of doing the "move" until we find the one that works best. Even so, we continue to tweak bits of it here and there in order to create an even better "move."

This analytical skill is an important one, as it's very hard to progress without it. If you have this skill, then you should be able to learn from others much easier than if you did not have it.

I don't find any problem with being taught parkour from someone. They have years of experience which can get you months ahead in your training. But how did these traceurs gain their experience? By using all of the skills they learned through teaching themselves parkour.

So I find that having the ability to teach yourself parkour is very important for the success of your training.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour vs. Paintball
« on: January 04, 2011, 06:41:15 PM »
Uhm, it was definitely planned - they have shots form 4 angles of him doing sick jumps and flips -- and I don't think any one person, regardless of their capabilities - could take on an experienced team like that and go unscathed very long :)


Hardcore staged.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: G4 Tv Show Jump City: Seattle
« on: January 03, 2011, 07:00:31 PM »
Yeah, true. When did YOU first hear about it?

I believe quite early, as he and the before mentioned fellows were there for filming of the production.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Traceurs like warmer weather
« on: January 03, 2011, 06:57:52 PM »
Western Washington (State) has a HUGE community, even though we're not all connected. Outdoor training dies down a bit and strays beginners away during all seasons but the summer. It's pretty much always raining here if it's not the summer. But even then...

If it's not raining, it's very chilly (like now). It's below freezing here, which also hinders training and motivation.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: G4 Tv Show Jump City: Seattle
« on: December 31, 2010, 08:32:14 PM »
Does anyone have more information on this? I can't find anything on G4's website about it.

Being in the Seattle area, it would be great to know much more about this.

Pics & Vids / Re: Training, Training, Training...
« on: December 31, 2010, 12:07:55 PM »
In my opinion, you've got one some of the most original "moves" going on there. They're awesome!

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: self esteem petition i guess ?
« on: December 27, 2010, 06:40:58 PM »
I have been doing parkour for over 2 years now. There are many others I have seen and heard about that have a skill level much higher than my own. I have a very solid foundation on all the basic movements of parkour, but if you ask me to do anything large, like a kong to precision on a railing, a 12 foot wall run, a dead hang muscle up, a 9 foot standing precision, front flips, or back flips, I can say that I can't do any of those things yet.

Yet there are others who can do all of those things, and much more, even though they've trained the same amount of time as me or less.

Even with such a moderate skill level of mine, I'm one of the local community leaders in my area. I am definitely a traceur. Why is this? It's because I believe in doing parkour. Not being good at it. But rather, trying to become better at it. Trying to become a better person from it. It's my mindset that has gotten me where I am, and I'm happy with it. Sure, I wish I COULD do all those big moves I see others do. But that's motivation for me to train harder, and work my way up to that level. It may take longer for me than others, but I know that if I try hard enough, I will one day reach that level.

So don't think you're not a traceur even if you can't do all sorts of big, fancy moves. It's like Alec said, it's in your mindset.

Socialize / Re: Christmas Suprise!
« on: December 24, 2010, 09:34:49 PM »
It's not even Christmas here yet. :'(

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Wall climb Dilemma
« on: December 24, 2010, 09:33:40 PM »
It's either

A) A strength related issue
B) A technique related issue
C) Both of the above.

My guess is that it's mainly strength. It takes a lot more strength to get above that wall and do a climb-up than it looks like! Condition towards muscle ups on a regular pull up bar. Once you can do one of those, it makes a climp up much easier.

Socialize / Re: Is it a white christmas where you live?
« on: December 24, 2010, 12:33:23 PM »
(Western) Washington reporting in.

Not at all. The Puget Sound only gets rain.

Socialize / Re: Add Your Own Caption Contest 3.0!
« on: December 24, 2010, 10:19:02 AM »
"No, no. I couldn't POSSIBLY use more money. I'm an actor, remember?"

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Artful Dodger Dodges My Search for DJH
« on: December 21, 2010, 05:41:27 PM »
Found it off of Google.

Jeez man, check your own website ;)

Haha, like I said, this history is all WAY before my time. Besides, I run the forums. I don't manage and update the website. :P

This is really interesting history. There's a whole lot to it, but it's definitely a good read. I'll have to cram it all in one session sometime.

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