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I'll have to make some conditioning videos, after seeing yours I got some good ideas.

I have a few as well.

I do "Parkour Burpees."  Instead of crouching down, I jump horizontal into a kind-of/almost jujitsu forward breakfall (I'm airborne and horizontal), then thrust into a pushup, "kong" the legs through past the hands, then jump-squat up, raising the arms.

Might need to see a video to get the idea.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Fight or Flight?
« on: March 24, 2009, 05:11:07 PM »
Navy Seals are trained to ask themselves these questions b/f any engagement.

From "Close Quarters Training" (CQT)

1.  What is the level of my skill
2.  What is the capability of my enemy/opponent
3.  What is my enviroment/situation

#3 is very important.  In an enclosed environment parkour may not be an option. 

For civilians there are more good questions to ask yourself:

4. Is(are) my attacker(s) armed?
5. How far am I willing to go?
6. Will the bystanders (if any) get involved?

Also, I feel the need to point out some concerns about environment.  First, there is a massive difference between a fight in school and a fight on the streets or in a bar or night club.  In school there are administrators and possibly police officers who will intervene, usually before there is much potential for injury.  Anywhere else, all bets are off.

I've witnessed a lot of violence and partaken in some.  I can gladly say I've changed my life quite a bit and I haven't hit anyone in a few years now.  The last time I did hit someone, two guys began hitting me because they thought I was f-ing with their roommate (who was my friend Donny, the guy I was trying to help, oy!)  When I got hit first, I was walking backwards with my hands up trying to shout "What's going on?" over the music, while one of the two was grabbing my throat with one hand.  Then the other came up and knocked me on the ground.

I got up and ended up being OK, but if I was in the same situation today and able to think clearly throughout it---which is not a given, I don't care how much you've trained, or fought---I would handle things differently. 

The truth is, no matter how much I practice peace, there is violence in this world.  Violence and the violent are inherently unpredictable.  If a stranger attacks me, I will defend myself vigorously.  If someone grabs me by the throat in an aggressive fashion, I will break his arm, kick his knee, gouge his eye, punch his throat, take any weapons he has and run while shouting "Fire" and seeking police or security of some kind.

I've seen too much, and I know how awful it is to be on your back in a fight in a dark club, with loud music, on uneven ground facing multiple opponents.  I can take a punch like a motha', but no matter how rippling your abs or how macho you are a twisted knife or a bullet could be the end.  You never know the intentions and lethality of the other person.

It is always better to walk/run away or talk it out.  Always.

But beware, even if you're talking to the person, observe your environment. I've seen one guy come up to "talk about it" while his friends crept up behind the victim and pounced with bottles, chains, etc.  Nothing is more disgusting than watching several men kick one man on the ground, except perhaps being in on it.

Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: March 24, 2009, 04:44:39 PM »

Training Journals / Re: Muse_of_Fire's Training Log
« on: March 19, 2009, 09:42:12 PM »
I have to say I really love Ballet.  The human body can move in so many ways, it's fascinating.  As traceurs, movement is our medium.  (Movement is life!)  The same for dancers.  After six or so years of martial arts, and a year of parkour, and a lifetime of play, it's interesting to get a whole new perspective on movement. 

Ballet is a particularly nice contrast to parkour and Krav Maga, the last art I studied.  Ballet asks us to move in ways that are terribly uncomfortable to almost-thirty-year-old neophyte.  Aesthetics and rhythm are its priorities, rather than efficiency, power or natural biomechanics.  I'm very glad I decided to give it a shot, and I highly recommend it to any serious parkour practitioner.

I've also started capoeira and I'm going to take Modern Dance this summer. 

Good job staying away from the pizza!  I had pizza for lunch and boy did I regret it several miles into my after work run.  Tomorrow is "pizza Friday" at the school I work at, and I can never turn down a free lunch (especially on a T.A. salary!)

Happy training!

Socialize / Re: Anyone else feel like puking a little?
« on: March 19, 2009, 09:08:42 PM »
Awesome, I saw this just in time to give me dinner ideas!!!!

Training Journals / Re: Muse_of_Fire's Training Log
« on: March 16, 2009, 05:18:59 PM »
Haha!  I just found your log... you're right: movement=life.

It's good to see a fellow traceur/traceuse into Ballet.  I'm almost 30, but I'm taking an intro class at my local college, due to the curiosity parkour has inspired in me.

Keep up the studies and struggle for balance.

Cheers from San Francisco/Santa Rosa, California!

Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: March 16, 2009, 05:11:50 PM »

Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: March 15, 2009, 05:00:14 PM »

Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: March 12, 2009, 11:22:12 PM »

I'm one of two SFPK Area Reps for the North Bay Area.  The town I live in, Santa Rosa is a medium-sized city (150K+ pop.) a bit more than an hour's drive north of San Francisco.  Geographically, we're a bit isolated, as we're the county seat of a rural county that is not connected to other large cities, like the rest of the Bay Area.  Because our community is smaller, much, much smaller, than many others and because our locality is a different kind of place, sometimes we have different perspectives on what SFPK can do as an organization to promote parkour in Northern California.

When I was asked to be an Area Rep, I was pretty honored.  I don't have the parkour experience that the other reps & admins do, I'm about a year into it, but I do have some life experience to bring to the table.  Assembling a more diverse collection of viewpoints was one of the great benefits of this program.  Our age range for Area Reps is 16 to 29, me being the oldest.  There are Reps from big urban cities (Berkeley, Alameda, San Francisco), suburban areas (Marin County, Folsom), rural areas (Tuolumne, Murphys) and every kind of in between (Santa Rosa).  Some Reps most people would call freerunners, others who most would call parkour purists: we all get along, train together as much as possible, laugh, and disagree peacefully and civilly in person or online.  SFPK encourages freedom of thought, as well as movement.

Having more cooks in the kitchen can slow some things down, but we don't require a consensus, or unanimous approval before proceeding with most things.  The Reps provide a clear and easy channel to pull new traceurs and traceuses into the community, but we've used the position to do other things as well.  Late last year, NoSole suggested we do charity work together and the reps have taken that and run with it.  We've helped organize "Charity Jams" at local Food Banks, a Surfrider Beach Clean-up (although that was really Meatlad, a "mod"---though he doesn't ride a scooter), as well as joining several charity 5k/10k runs.

As with everything in parkour, the best personal benefit to me is strengthening friendships with other traceurs.  The friendships formed through this life are inexplicably deeper than most others.  Most of the SFPK friends I have, I see only once a month for maybe 6 hours at our monthly jams, but they're some of my best friends.  It's a great group of people, a great idea, and I'm really glad to be a part of it.

Anyway, that's my extensive two pennies' worth.

Brett Robert
aka Beretta

Lexicon / Re: Emo Wrists
« on: January 27, 2009, 06:33:39 PM »
So if my wrists aren't that scarred, is that a good or a bad sign? 

P.S. Wristbands?  They're all the rage in Northern California.

Socialize / Re: The Snaps Jar
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:41:02 PM »
Snaps to:

From SFPK:
Corndogg, Meatlad, NoSole and everyone else who came before me and helped build an incredible community!
Lethalbeef for pushing me
Everyone else for being there

From everywhere else:
Tyson Cecka for awesome skills and conditioning drills

Zac Cohn for being the first person to give me any Parkour instruction at all

Dan Edwardes for showing me how hard to train

King David for doing a reverse vault over the bed of my truck and showing me how to do incredible moves while being incredibly relaxed

TK17 (Duncan) for showing me there's always more QM and conditioning that I haven't seen yet

Demon for an awesome site & resource

Everyone at APK for community building!

Socialize / Re: Word Association
« on: January 05, 2009, 10:19:40 PM »

Thread & Board Archive / Re: UCSC Traceurs?
« on: November 10, 2008, 04:20:37 PM »
SFPK is holding a jam at UCSC November 16, 2008 at noon... if you're still around come join us.  Get the details at

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