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Pics & Vids / San Francisco Parkour March 2011 Monthly Jam Video
« on: May 19, 2011, 11:26:34 AM »
Took me awhile to get around to editing it, but once I sat down this footage practically edited itself.  This was a great day, we raised $176 for the American Red Cross's Fund for Disaster Relief in Japan and trained hard!  Also, in this video Brian Orosco shows what it takes to be a true Ninja Warrior...

Pics & Vids / Beautiful Sun Rays
« on: May 15, 2011, 04:09:02 AM »
Distracting myself from finals by training and editing videos:

Pics & Vids / Mustache Party - Santa Rosa Freerunning
« on: May 14, 2011, 01:06:10 PM »
I realized the other day that most of the videos on my channel were gym videos.  That's lame, so I decided to start editing my backlog of footage. 

Here's a day in the life of Santa Rosa Freerunners: Mustache Party

Features Christian Fairfax, Zack Weldon, Shane Sperling, Dave Martinez, and myself.

Freerunning / Twisting Help
« on: May 01, 2011, 06:35:08 PM »
Hey y'allz...

I tend to generate torque for twisting movements with my legs and lower body rather than my arms.  My background is more martial arts, especially TKD, so it makes sense that I'd do that.  However, I'd like to improve my technique and be able to use my set with my arms to generate the twist as well.  I don't think I'll ever get twisting flips or a b-twist with my current reliance on my legs to generate the spin.

I'm hoping you guys can recommend some drills or tutorials that would help with this.

Here's a video of me doing speed twists, a lazer twist, and 360 precisions.  I've also been working 360 wall runs and screwdrivers in the gym.

Also, I'm pretty much a tricking/acro noob, so please forgive any terminology errors and show me the way.  Thanks in advance!

Pics & Vids / sweet moves bro - Gym vid
« on: April 20, 2011, 09:59:34 PM »

Short video from a session a few weeks ago.  The crazy awesome Brasilian is Paulo Victor, who's living in San Francisco now, and the amazing Vietnamese guy is Alex Duong.  There's some famouser people in it too.  ;)

Pics & Vids / After Nine Months of Rehab...
« on: April 06, 2011, 11:59:42 PM »
In July 2010 I broke the first rule of acrobatics: never land on your head.  In the months and days following my mistake, I spent lots of time with doctors, a surgeon, a physical therapist, an acupuncturist, and towards the end of the rehab period a massage therapist.  When they gave me the go ahead, I slowly worked my way back into parkour and weight training.  On April 5, 2010, I decided it was finally time to try a flip again.  Here's my progress in the gym that night.

I'm fairly certain that anyone who's ever worked through fears to master a movement, or conquer an obstacle can relate to this on some level.  Even though I'm not very interested in flips, generally speaking, I'm very proud of this video.

Thanks to Zack Weldon and Christian Fairfax for holding the camera and lovingly encouraging me to "man up."

"Nine Months" by Brett Robert:

Pics & Vids / SFPK & Ryan Doyle
« on: February 27, 2011, 09:48:53 PM »
Enjoy!  Featuring Ryan Doyle, Brian Orosco, Christian Fairfax, Paolo Victor and more...

Feedback welcome, here or on youTube!

Parkour And Freerunning / American Dad Freerunning Sequence
« on: January 23, 2011, 07:58:32 PM »
Did anyone else see that tonight?  I think it's a new episode.

The man characters Stan and Fran make friends with a younger couple.  On their third double date, they go freerunning together.  Total awesome.  The scene was set to the music from the B13 opening chase, and the young kids and Fran do the crazy through the window underbar David Belle does in that scene.  Pretty funny.

Socialize / Kitten's Courageous
« on: January 22, 2011, 11:37:35 PM »
This is what happens when I get gift cards to big box stores for Christmas: I buy swords.

Socialize / Name something that made your day suck or awesome!
« on: January 20, 2011, 12:19:33 AM »
So, I was at an indie-rock show in the on a broken down barn of a collective farm in Santa Rosa a few years ago.  At the end of the second night, the singer from the headlining band was bantering between songs.

"Name something awesome you've done lately," he said.  The room was silent.  I really wanted to shout all the things I'd done in that week: ballet, surfing, parkour, etc.  Then I remembered this was an indie rock show, and as much as I love the music, these hipsters would either think I was being ironic, or be hateful because all they do is drink, smoke, and trim their ironic mustaches.  In the end I said nothing, because I didn't really want to get into with these people.

Anyway... we're not hipsters, right?  We do awesome things every day.  Name something awesome you did today.

I'll start: I worked on my awesome nunchaku skills.

EDIT: That band was actually pretty metal in the end.  They're called Litany for the Whale, here's a song on youTube:

Pics & Vids / new beginning
« on: January 05, 2011, 11:18:29 PM »
Hey y'all!  I had a very bad injury in July that led to surgery to repair the torn labrum in my left shoulder.  Since I was cleared to return to work this week... I figured I was cleared to get back to parkour too.  Finally, I'm back after hundreds of hours of rehabbing at the gym, countless acupuncture sessions, and dozens of appointments with my doctors, my surgeon, and my physical therapist (including one today.)

Nothing spectacular, just a couple clips from my first gym & outdoors sessions.  I was actually shocked I can already bust kongs, as the shoulder injury was pretty severe.  Big thanks to everyone who checked in with me on Facebook, encouraged me in my rehab, took care of me, and gave me advice about how to structure my rehab, or what to ask the doctors.  Special thanks to M2, Freestyle Fox, Steven Low, Ryan Fulmer, and my friends who nursed my crippled ass back to health.

Pics & Vids / superhappyfuntime
« on: November 12, 2010, 12:10:03 AM »

My first attempt at video editing.  Lots of gym stuff, shots from large jams, goofs, gags, a couple cameos, a giant barrel of ale drag racing on some railroad tracks, bunches of my friends, and a couple animals I know.

After getting injured July 7, I haven't been able to train at all.  Glad I did this, it helped me reconnect with parkour in a lot of ways.

My next vid will have some longer runs, not so much one-off moves.

Injuries - Discussion / Tibial tuberosity pain and swelling
« on: November 04, 2010, 12:38:02 AM »
Last Monday (10/26) I went to run sprints after my strength workout (which is mostly maintenance and one-arm lifts because I'm still rehabbing my shoulder).  I ran a warm-up lap and immediately had sharp stinging pain running up and down the outside of my right knee.  I immediately went home and RICE'd it, even wearing a cloth brace/bandage for three days.  Went away completely, which was a huge relief as I was worried I'd torn my LCL.

Did my regular Friday workout, ran 3.4 miles Saturday.  No recurrence of pain, everything was groovy.

Monday I did my regular strength workout, then ran 3 800m intervals.  Fine, no pain, no swelling.

All day Tuesday I was fine.  No exercising, no running, no parkour, no falls, no blunt-force trauma: nothing happened which would explain the injury (to me at least).  Then I was getting ready for bed, kneeled down to put my clothes away and noticed pain and tenderness below my right knee on the tibial tuberosity.  Incidentally, I have unusually prominent tibial tuberosities on both legs.  Went to bed thinking no big deal.

Woke up today and the swelling and pain had both increased.  I have a doctor's appointment Friday.  My mobility isn't really limited.  Mostly normal flexion and extension, no collapsing, and the pain is manageable.

I am 30 yo male, no previous injury to this knee (torn meniscus '07 left knee), 5'9", 160 lbs.

Most of the information I've found about pain & swelling at this site deals with Osgood Shclatter's Disease or Jumper's Knee, which I am too old for.  Patellar tendonitis?  Any other things I should look into?

What diagnostics should I request?  Ultrasound, MRI, radiography?

Thanks for any input.

Injuries - Discussion / Torn Rotator Cuff
« on: July 23, 2010, 04:06:49 AM »
Yo, thought I'd get some feedback from the educated folks here. 

Two weeks ago, I was going for a double front flip into soft things, ended up as more of a one and a half.  Moderate concussion, neck sprain and torn left rotator cuff.

(Shoulder and neck x-rays showed no fractures anywhere, but uneven-ness between R & L shoulders consistent with torn rotator cuff, currently awaiting results of shoulder MRI.  I'm fairly certain it's an rc-tear.)

I have severely limited range of motion, with visible shaking of the arm near the end of the range of motion,  constant dull pain in general area (no specific area is tender on palpation), difficulty sleeping through the night, with slight gradual improvement over the two weeks since the injury occurred.

I get the feeling that my general practitioner is steering me towards a conservative approach: PT and if it's not better in 7-10 days, then reassess.  Normally I'm all about the conservative, least-invasive approach, but from the little bit of reading I've done, it looks like I'm a strong candidate for surgery.

RC cuff tear seems common in older folks as a cumulative wear & tear injury, and the conservative approach works well for them.  However, early surgery is the usual approach with younger folks injured in an acute athletic-type injury.

Correct me if I'm wrong.

I feel like I should push for surgery.

Check this shit out suckas!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One Tough Mudder

Designed by British Special Forces vets.  Looks fun.  Who's in?

There's one approximately 187 miles from me.  Let's start forming some teams and get those discounts!!!!!!!

Injuries - Discussion / Recurring L5-S1 Strains/Sprains
« on: January 09, 2010, 09:08:34 PM »
Injury History
I've had recurring L5-S1 (lower-back) strains and sprains over the last 5 or so years.  They have occurred during a move from one house to another (don't know exactly how), doing squats (years ago), and doing squats and deadlifts recently. 

In November '09 I incurred a left-side strain doing warm-up sets of squats.  I attribute improper cool-down the day before, followed by taking a flight from Denver to San Francisco, then driving home that night as a huge factor in that strain.  I saw a doctor and it was diagnosed as L5-S1 sprain, because I had a dance performance I chose to take a course of prednisone (with strong caution and against recommendation).  I was able to complete the 3 performances and all dress rehearsals, within a week of the injury.  I contemplated discontinuing lifting afterwards, but realized that it's important to me.  A 9ft broad jump is my goal in life right now.    After a couple weeks of rest, I recovered completely and got back to it.

Then about a week ago, I incurred another strain, this time felt on the right side.  I was deadlifting 255# at the time, and felt it during the last two reps.  Cut my workout short and did a little cooldown stretching.  This happened on Monday, I was able to complete my workout on Friday.

29 yo (for another week ;)), 5'9" 170# currently doing Starting Strength, about 1.5+ years parkour experience

PRs 3 X 5:
Squat 245#
DL 260# (1 X 5)
Press: 115#
Power Clean: 165# (3 X 3)
Bench: 170#

My flexibility is above average.  I can do full front splits bilaterally, almost got my straddle splits back , decent back bends.  I stretch often due to my dance training (about 5-10 hours a week of classes and rehearsals).  In the past I've found that regular stretching relieves quite a bit of lower back stiffness and soreness which I've had in the past during periods of relative inactivity.

My questions.
1) Should I wear a weight belt when lifting?
2) Are there any assistance exercises I should consider to strengthen my lower back? (Back extensions, good mornings, SLDL, RDL, etc.)
3) Any other recommendations?

National Jams / California Jam Spring 2010: March 20 & 21
« on: December 13, 2009, 02:56:10 PM »
Who: You are invited!
What: A jam to celebrate the beauty and diversity of the California parkour community.
Where: Northern California, in the Greater Bay Area, specific locations TBD (suggestions welcome)
Why: If you can't answer this for yourself...
When: March 20 & 21, 2010 Let's kick spring off right!

How: This will work best with your help!  We'll need help coordinating places to stay, rides for people during the jam, info sharing on carpooling from other parts of the state or country, cheap airfare, etc., etc.  This is not just an opportunity to train and have fun, but a chance to deepen the connections with traceurs from other areas, as well as develop leadership skills within the community.

After Shane Daniels set up a big California Jam in October, several of us from all the communities involved in that thought it was too awesome to not happen again.  Hopefully 2010 will be a great year for California, with a Spring and Fall jam and another Massive West Coast Jam.

We'll try to set up an efficient means of communication for all those willing and able to step up and help lead on this (I need help on that), but for now you can email me directly at (or respond to this thread) to let me know you're interested in helping.

Socialize / Frolicking With Six-Legged Rainbow-Striped Tigers
« on: December 09, 2009, 05:14:42 PM »

Parkour And Freerunning / How has parkour changed your life?
« on: November 11, 2009, 12:25:47 AM »
Someone reanimated this thread on SFPK that I'd forgotten about.  Good topic, so how about y'all?

How has parkour changed you life?  How have you changed since you started parkour?  Physically, mentally, etc.

For me I can tell you I've changed quite a bit.  A couple months after I started parkour I quit smoking, cold turkey, and I haven't had a single one since then (May 5, 2008).  My diet has improved and I know more about exercise now too.  I'm a friendlier person, definitely happier, more relaxed and easy going.  Career wise I'm back in college full time after a long absence and getting ready to transfer to a university and complete a B.A.  From sea to sea I have new friends, wonderful people who have welcomed me into their lives.  Even my relationship with my family is much better.

As much as possible, I apply the traceur's approach to all areas of my life.  Any obstacle can be overcome, and as I train harder my abilities push my limits ever further.

CA Jams / SFPK Monthly Jam October 18, 2009 in Davis, CA
« on: October 14, 2009, 04:11:20 PM »
This time we're off to Davis, CA!  We'll be at Rainbow City Park.

Check the thread on SFPK for all the info!

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