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Unless you have something worth saying, STFU or GTFO.

He has something worth saying and to the many of us on here who have met Rafe we all know he's far more versed on the subject of fitness than you.  Stop being an internet tough guy.

1. What Rafe said.
2. This thread belongs in personal training logs.

California / Re: Former "The Tribe" NEW TEAM
« on: April 19, 2012, 03:06:39 AM »
Unfortunately, I am not physically capable of exchanging these items online. We can meet somewhere in California or in USA in general.  An instructors license may be earned through hard working on the "Left" half of "The Tribe."  Any questions? Contact me on here or email me @
                  - APK Venom

Really, you want to meet somewhere in California?  I'm down.  Why don't you come to the next SFPK Monthly Jam May 20 at Mount Diablo's Rock City?  It's an amazing place to train.  If you can't make that, come to our National Jam in June, or any other event.  Just let me know you're coming.

Until then, stop making up stuff.  You have no instructor's license and were never on The Tribe.  You can make friends without lying and making up false accomplishments.  We'll respect you a lot more that way.  If I'm wrong, prove me wrong by naming the agency, posting a photo, or a link.  Here's an example:  If you click this link and scroll down towards the bottom you will see me listed as an Apex Movement Level 1 instructor:  You'll even see a quote from me describing the cert.  Further, here's a picture of me with the cert trainers right after we finished the 3-day intensive workshop:

No harm, no foul though.  You should seriously come to the SFPK International Jam, we had ~120 people last year, making it the largest outdoor parkour event in California to date.  If you show up you might meet real members of The Tribe, or Tempest, or other teams.  Happy training.

California / Re: Former "The Tribe" NEW TEAM
« on: April 17, 2012, 12:42:55 PM »
1. There is no such thing as a National Instructor's License to the best of my knowledge.  Who was the agency you earned this certification through?
2. You are claiming to be a former member of the The Tribe, but offering no proof.  Prove it.

Freerunning / Re: My front flip struggle
« on: April 16, 2012, 12:57:29 PM »
I know you guys will want a video but i dont think ill be able to get one up...  :(

You don't have a friend with a phone that does video?  Get a video, otherwise everyone is just speculating or throwing out general advice that may not apply to you.

Three general tips I give everyone for gaining height in front flips are:
1.  Look up when you're taking off.  Many people spot the ground where they punch, but this can rob you of height.  Trust your feet.  Look up.
2.  Fully extend your arms for your set.  Most people don't do this.  Use your set to gain extra height, I prefer punching the arms straight up.
3.  Tuck tighter, not sooner.  A lot of people tuck too soon, make sure you get everything out of your jump before you start rotating.

NOTE: Be careful with making adjustments, especially if you're doing this outside.

I would also suggest that you work on standing flat-ground fronts if you have access to a gym.  You may never land standing fronts, but they will help your running fronts.  Good luck.

Pics & Vids / No Excuses: No one to train with.
« on: April 15, 2012, 11:33:50 PM »
I think I'm going to keep up this series of short video responses to all the common excuses I hear people give to explain why they won't train. So far I've tackled age, rain, and now solitude. I hope you enjoy it.

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Really? No way, get out. <-- Sarcasm. I'm pretty sure you have to realise I was goofing you guys.

Sarcasm, besides being a form of passive-aggressive behavior, is often not easy for people with Asperger's syndrome or other forms of Autism Spectrum Disorders to grasp.  Walter may not have understood what you meant in your first post, which would explain why he responded so literally.  I suggest you tone down the sarcasm here to avoid confusion.  Actually, I suggest you tone it down everywhere, but do what thou wilt.

I've found parkour to be an incredibly effective treatment for my depression.

Training Journals / Re: Zach Sergeant- Parkour and Freerunning 365 Log
« on: April 04, 2012, 11:27:02 PM »
I think you should spend 5 minutes everyday in the gym on just full-turn jumps on the tumble track, like we did last night.  Go overboard with demanding perfect form of yourself there: toes pointed, legs completely straight, knees squeezed together, abs and back tight, torso straight and upright.  Perfect your spinning/twisting in the simplest possible variation, then work the more difficult variations right after.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Do you see others practicing?
« on: April 01, 2012, 03:33:42 PM »
You'd think living in California would spawn a whole bunch of experiences with traceurs-in-training. But, no, so far it has just been me. But then again, I live in the East Bay in a small-ish town (and if you live out there too, feel free to chime in), so I can only imagine people are much to busy with trying to leave aforementiond small-ish town. I do not blame them.

I feel a little strange practicing alone. With a bunch of people it just looks like some large kids, playing on very large obstacles, but alone it looks strange. But I've gotten over it now, invite it, even. There's just no way for me to practice parkour without looking insane. But so be it.  ;)

Where do you live in the East Bay?  There's a huge and active community in the Bay Area, visit, and there are micro communities all over.  I know there are people in Oakland, Berkeley, Tracy, Pleasanton, San Ramon, and probably elsewhere too.  The Berkeley group is pretty huge, and you could always take BART out there.

California / Re: Danville/Alamo
« on: April 01, 2012, 01:42:09 AM »
Bear in mind this thread's a year and a half old.  That said, there's a Facebook group for San Ramon Parkour:  Check it out.  Meet them, train with them, then take over the world.

Injuries - Discussion / Re: Concussion
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:30:19 PM »
That sounds awful.

Any time you suspect a concussion, it's wise to consult a physician.  I always do.  If you lost consciousness at all, or had any loss of memory, then you should DEFINITELY see a doctor as soon as possible, as in go the emergency room now.  Even if you didn't have the above signs/symptoms, it wouldn't hurt to at least call your doctor.

Most concussions are minor, but there are some that can be life threatening, and only a doctor can determine if it's worth running the tests on you to determine whether or not you're in serious danger.

Other than that, definitely do not train for a few days.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Challenge
« on: March 29, 2012, 06:26:34 PM »
a back flip is a trick. Just because you do some parkour prior and post doesn't change the fact. : )

You don't know what tricking is.  It's cool.  We can't all be superheroes. ;)

Tricking is a way of combining flips, kicks, twists, and other acrobatic movements in novel and interesting patterns and is performed without using any obstacles. 

A backflip off a wall is not tricking.  Sure there are movements that some people would describe as a trick, juggling for example, but that does not make them part of the discipline of tricking.  Tricking is not a derogatory term for any type of movement you don't like.  It's just something different. 

Some of us trick and do parkour, some don't: no big deal.  Have fun and follow your own path, but along the way it's good to at least know the basic definitions of similar disciplines, as well as the differences between them.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Challenge
« on: March 28, 2012, 08:20:18 PM »
I don't do tricking challenges : )

Umm... that's definitely not a tricking challenge.  A tricking challenge would be do a combo with a flip, a kick, and a twist on grass.  It would never involve a wall.  *sigh*  :'(

Pics & Vids / No Excuses: Rainy Days
« on: March 25, 2012, 09:52:57 PM »
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A short video I made.

Pics & Vids / Angel drop with full-twist, 360 cats, rail-running, etc.
« on: March 25, 2012, 12:59:45 PM »
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My homies Christian Fairfax (in the red) and Zack Weldon (blue tanktop).  Damn they're good.

Movement / Re: How to improve the esthetics of my parkour
« on: March 25, 2012, 12:38:47 PM »
In addition to what Adam said, I'd like to add that mostly what you will develop in that journey is relaxation.  To be able to move with you entire body relaxed into the correct posture, tensing only the muscles that are being used to generate the motion is to achieve fluid movement.

I suggest you work on some basics: running, precisions, etc. every time you train and concentrate on feeling your body.  Is there unnecessary tension anywhere?  Are you flexing muscles that you could relax?  Are the various muscle groups working together in the correct rhythm?  Do this with very simple moves concentrate first on feeling what's happening, then later on correcting any errors.

Good luck.   

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Challenge
« on: March 22, 2012, 08:28:50 PM »
Deadlift 1.5-2x your bw for 3 reps.

You f#cking pussies.

Done that, and really the only worthy challenge so far.  In fact I've even squatted 1.5BW x 5. 

I additionally challenge anyone here to 1.5BW dip, i.e. you wearing a dip belt with half your bodyweight attached to it and do at least one dip.  Points for reps. 

Also, muscle-up on rings.  The little girls at my gym can do them, so can you.  Once you master that, weighted muscle-ups on rings.

Also, you better believe I even.

Movement / Re: Help my front handspring? (video)
« on: March 17, 2012, 06:29:24 PM »
It's hard to tell how well you're blocking your shoulders, but that might be an area you could improve.  Keeping your legs extended, like Nick said, and heel driving harder might help too.  You could also try to keep looking at your hands a little bit longer.  Good luck, not sure if that helps.

Training Journals / Re: Beretta's (Brett Robert) Log
« on: March 16, 2012, 01:47:46 AM »
I haven't stopped training, just stopped writing about it.  I'll probably get back to the writing at some point.  School's kicking my ass.

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Socialize / Re: Legit question: what makes a guy attractive?
« on: March 09, 2012, 05:27:16 PM »
My favorite thing about this thread is that it's topic is what women find attractive in men and everyone seems to have ignored the one post by a woman.

I feel like a girl should throw in an opinion here.... personality.  Period.  How you treat people, especially her.... how you carry yourself... confidence... humility... the ability to protect her whether she needs  it or not.  If you're interested in a girl who only sees what a guy looks like on the outside then she's not worth pursuing...  yet... not until she gets her head on straight.  The inside is what really matters to a girl worth getting.

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