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CA Jams / BIG BIG BIG Jam Weekend 10/10/09-10/11/09 in LA area!
« on: October 06, 2009, 12:39:25 AM »
Hey APK, thought I'd hip you to the quite awesome, quite large jam happening this weekend in the Los Angeles area!  Several members of San Francisco Parkour will be heading down to go visit our old friend Shane Daniels, and of course train all weekend long! 

The festivities start Saturday October 10 at Hillcrest Park in Fullerton, CA.  Jammage commences at noon.  Sunday will be at UCLA, once again beginning at noon!

Everyone is invited and attendees are confirmed from Santa Rosa to San Diego, as well as all points in between and perhaps beyond!  Many, if not all, of California's diverse parkour communities and teams will be represented.  Hope to see you there!

For more info, see the threads on:
PK Cali

P.S. Thanks to Shane for organizing this!

Pics & Vids / Freerunning the Distance
« on: August 19, 2009, 04:27:51 PM »
A video by my training partner and good friend Michael Corley a.k.a. Adroit (the guy who can crane things taller than him.)

Freerunning the Distance

SFPK August Monthly Jam - Presidio, SF - Sun. August 16th @ 12 Noon
SFPK Bay Area-wide Monthly Jam - August


Sunday, August 16th, 2008
12 Noon


San Francisco, CA

Meeting Point -

Julius Hahn Playground


From Embarcadero BART:
1. Walk to Sacramento & Davis
2. Grab the 1 California bus in front of the Hyatt, and take toward Geary & 33rd Ave. Bus is $2 each way.
3. Get off at California & Maple (past Divisadero and Presidio streets).
4. Walk 5 blocks (abuot 10 minutes) up Maple st to the edge of the Presidio (W Pacific Ave.)
5. Turn right, walk about 2.5 blocks. Just inside the Presidio is the park.

...That's about 45 minutes. Google maps has a public transportation directions option which is where these directions came from.

Driving Directions - Use the "Julius Hahn Playground" link above.

Carpool Rides:
<Please post if you'd like to offer rides to others, incl. how many spots are available>


Anyone and everyone is invited, come check it out!

Dapper Ninja + Victor, MadScience, Jonah, Bob, more SacPK
Beretta + friends
Gambit + SLPK
T.K. (after 4PM)

Training Journals / Beretta's (Brett Robert) Log
« on: July 15, 2009, 10:38:18 PM »
Alright, I've kept a log on SFPK for about a year now, but as different people are on here and I feel like I might get more specific feedback here, I think I'll start mirroring it here.  Just a warning though, it's like half blog/half training log.  As I'm spoiled by a relatively decent metabolism (and hindered by unwillingness to learn more about nutrition right now) I mostly post about exercise/parkour, etc., not so much about food.  Except when I cook something spectacular.

Anyway, on with it.

Tonight I began the weightlifting program Chris Salvato recommended for me.  (Thanks again Chris!)  I've been anxious to start, but hampered by a couple minor injuries (slight back strain, weird painful bruised/swollen vein thingy on my abs).  Yesterday I was able to do some parkour and today I felt way better and completed tonight's Modern Dance class (30 minutes of pilates & stretching, followed by two hours of learning and performing a complex and new routine in a room that was about 95-100 degrees F) with minimal discomfort.

Super stoked, so it was off to the gym, after a bit of rest and a stop at the comic shop.

At the gym I started with a warmup, jog/pk around the building, followed by joint rotations, some broad jumps, and handstands.

Routine A:
Squats: 3 sets of 5 reps.  I'm trying to figure out what weight to do.  I'm beginning to realize I'm stronger than I give myself credit for.  Each of these sets was a personal record.
1st Set: 225 X 5, easy
2nd Set: 235 X 5, easy
3rd Set: 240 X 8, easy

I kept going on the last set beyond 5 reps so that I could assess my strength.  I will probably start at 245 or 250 next time.

Chris: you recommended adding weight every trip to the gym, squats are the beginning of both workouts, does this mean I go up every time on squats (increase weight 2x a week)?

Deadlift: 1 set of 5 reps. After such success on squats, I decided to go for it on DL.  I asked a group of dudes to spot me, as they are some of the only ones who looked strong enough/comfortable enough around weights to do it right.  I forget not everyone's as nice as PK people, so these over-bulky bros made their weak new guy spot me alone.  Fortunately I did not need a spot at all.

225 X 5

I was glowing and floating after this.  My previous PR, 2 weeks ago, was 185.  I have not been pushing myself to lift big enough apparently.

I didn't know exactly what to do for these as the recommendation was "explosive/weighted."  I figured this as an either/or recommendation, but I did both.

3 X 5 Explosive pull-ups.  I pulled hard and brought my hands off the bar on the first set.  It felt great so I decided to try clapping pull ups.  Got 'em!!!!  Four consecutive clapping p/u on the last set, with a kip!  Stoked.

3 X 5 Weighted pull-ups.  Deadhangs, with a dumbell between my feet.  Did a 25# DB on the first set, 30# for the next two.

I know it's border-line silly, but the Yamakasi always talk about doing one more rep for those who can't train with us today.  Just before my last set I started thinking about my friend Silas.  About two weeks ago Silas, aged 20, died of a heroin overdose.  Last Friday we memorialized Silas.  He was an incredible kid, a gifted pianist, an intellectual and a kind soul who had touched many lives during the time he was clean.  I'm not sure Silas would have appreciated strength training in the way I do, or how exactly my training will help me help others.  What I know is that I thought of Silas, and realized that it's for him and all the people I love, not just myself, that I bother training.

Maybe the reason I survived my own battle with addiction and have stayed clean (and sober) for more than 5 years is because I found a spiritual path to walk, and a way to supplement it with this art and life we live and call parkour.

Life is beautiful.

California / Sacramento!
« on: June 14, 2009, 09:21:16 PM »
There's a great group of traceurs and traceuses in Sacramento!  I trained with a bunch of 'em today in San Jose.  You'll have a blast!  They train at least every Wednesday and Sunday and many of them train 5 or 6 days a week.  Every month people from all over Northern California meet up for SFPK's monthly jams.

Here's the Sacramento Thread on SFPK.  Hope to meet you someday soon!

(I live in Santa Rosa, 2 hours west of Sacramento.)

California / Santa Rosa / Sonoma County
« on: June 12, 2009, 10:59:04 PM »
Hello to any and all.

If you're in or near Santa Rosa, CA, well, so am I.  There's a few of us with more than a year in parkour training and various other backgrounds.  We train together every week, can teach you, love traveling out of town to big jams and we can easily be found on SFPK.

Cheers, hope to meet you!


P.S. Feel free to contact me as well!

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