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Gorilla PK / Re: Website
« on: May 16, 2011, 10:33:18 PM »
A site would be cool though. Have a lot of gorilla friendly material on there.

I bet if you ask a web moderator nicely, under the Tutorials page here:   they could designate certain tutorials as being developed for/by "Gorillas" in the subject heading.   Then when you click "Gorillas" in the title of the article, it will pop up a notification with the definition of "Gorilla".....That or maybe use an * to indicate a footnote at the bottom of the page.

Socialize / Re: i need your help traceurs.
« on: May 11, 2011, 08:49:57 PM »
Here's a few pro & con ideas you can use as a basis for your argument.  Try talking to a sport coach at your school for more Pro's, and administration for more Con's.

Interdisciplinary sport (running, gymnastics, martial arts, etc.)
develop coordination, flexibility, endurance and strength
No bias based on gender, age (unless you're like 80 years old), or physique (see Gorilla PK board) because of its personal adaptability.  A gorilla traucer might not be as fast, or able to jump as wide a gap as a smaller traucer, but they might be better at Kongs, vaults, muscle ups, etc.
Helping students and faculty traucers adapt new ways of perceiving physical and intellectual obstacles.  Ex: "If i can tic-tac off a wall, into a cat leap to muscle up to a second or third story ledge, then learning what a gerund is, won't be hard."

Damage to university and public property
Damage to persons (the traucer or random person on the street cream'd by a run-away kong vault)
May encourage trespassing (or will result in accidental trespassing when you're on a roof)
As a course, requires a coach, probably with some sort of proper training and certification
May cause issues with campus security patrols dealing with traucers on places they shouldn't be.  How can some rent-a-cops punish/arrest/reprimand someone on a rooftop, that has no conventional access for a non-traucer?
Cost of any equipment related to a Parkour class (mats, foam blocks for Kongs, vaults, etc).

In the Media / Re: Jump City: Seattle (A post they made on Facebook)
« on: April 11, 2011, 07:45:46 PM »
B) I beg to differ. It affects me everytime I'm distracted because someone commands me to do a flip off the rail I'm trying hard to stay on, or the same thing happening while doing some other drill, or just when I'm walking down the hallway. I get the feeling that all these annoying little distractions would diminish if people knew what parkour really was.

That just sounds like douche bags.  "Hey flippy, do a flip."  Sounds like the kind of people that would yell crap at you for doing anything they dont.  "Hey jock, go catch a football."   "Hey nerd, go roll a 20 sided die."

Think of it this way, ignore those people shouting nonsense the way you might ignore your roommate watching TV while your trying to read.  If you have trouble ignoring either of those things, then think of it as training for both parkour (focus on your surroundings/body position) and academics (focus on your studies).

....and you've got people going like "that parkour shit is crazy," and leaving it at that (I overheard a conversation, ending with this, about the MTV PKC). Some new recruits? Yes, but limited to those who get G4 and realize they can get to this point. I suppose we'll have to correct those of them who are not exactly clear on how parkour training goes...I'm doubtful about how many of those will stumble upon the forums.

probably only those that would be interested in learning more about parkour and freerunning to understand any distinctions between the two, as well as those looking to become actively involved in the sport.

In the Media / Re: 1000 Ways to Die
« on: April 11, 2011, 07:36:59 PM »
This really doesn't shine a good light on parkour but when I saw it on TV yesterday I knew I had to put it here.

Don't worry about the kind of people that watch Spike TV, or 1000 ways to die, getting up in arms or immediately thinking parkour is something bad (like those zealots that thought D&D was devil worship).

Besides, you cant take the show too seriously...

That show has people dying in terrible, inappropriate-to-post-on-the-forum ways. [fixed by Andy]

Also, their "expert" is some random cardiologist that they name, but won't give any credentials for.

Pics & Vids / Re: Justin Sheaffer: Farewell Colorado
« on: April 10, 2011, 06:29:41 PM »
Watch the few seconds between 2:22 and 2:24, when he runs at the camera, he looks like Gary Busey.

Why would you not want traucers to be able to become trained professionals with legit credentials and thorough training that ranges from parkour movements to safety and medical emergency preparedness? 

Would you go to a doctor to perform surgery if he didn't go to medical school, he just did back alley abortions and operations?  Course not, so why would you go to someone and ask them to tell you how to do something as life threatening as jumping off of a building, when they have no formal certification as an instructor of parkour, and all their credentials include is what they say they've done on the internet?

Not to mention, it's not like the second a formal training program for parkour trainers emerge, this website and every other website that even gives suggestions on parkour practice, will be completely shut down, nor will word of mouth.

Socialize / PC freewares
« on: December 26, 2008, 09:06:06 PM »
Here's a list of some great freewares that i've been testing out from a pc hacking mag that'll remain nameless.

7-zip (like Winzip but 10x better)
ATITool (NVidea & ATI overclocking app)
CPU Burn-in (test max safe CPU temp to assist with over clocking)
CPU-z (full system specs more than system settings can show)
Cryptainer LE (128 bit encryption software, and can secure your system using 448 bit password encryption on anything from Win 95 to Vista)
Spybot search and destroy (spyware and malware)
Sandboxie (run programs from a secured space that means it can affect files or programs outside it's own sandbox i.e. spyware from popups stay in the sandbox and don't hurt you)

most of these can be found on google.

Consumer Whores / Re: The Perfect Pullup?
« on: December 21, 2008, 10:37:18 PM »
i've tried the perfect pull up, its pretty interesting but bulky.

I would ultimately suggest the iron gym.  Just got one for 20 at the newly opened Dicks and it seems to work better, and it's small enough to toss anywhere, even in my dorm.

Iron gym is good for pull ups and push ups, even sit ups and hanging ab crunches, but it's not as great as it could be for dips (low handles).  It's mounting is pretty cool too, since it just hangs from a door frame.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Transferring
« on: December 19, 2008, 10:05:56 PM »
if you can stand on the edge of a building and shut out the world, you can shut them out.  It's even easier if you're doing it when no one's there before/after school hours.

Just do what you wanna do.  People do it everyday, they talk to themselves, they see themselves as they'd like to be, but they still don't have the courage to just run with it.

Parkour And Freerunning / parkour gloves?
« on: December 07, 2008, 10:51:14 PM »
Does anyone know of any particular mountain climbing gloves, or similarly styled gloves that work well for parkour?

I know its best to have good hand and finger strength, but in order to prevent abrasions and excessive sweating from getting in the way, gloves seem to be the best solution.

*edit*  I do know that there are many people that are against using parkour gloves, and i've read all the complaints, but im still keeping hope that there are some good reasons.

Socialize / Re: How Do You Make Sparring Swords?
« on: November 01, 2008, 11:44:41 PM »
those swords may have been a part of what's known as Belegarth.

I used to participate a few years ago and it was a lot of fun.  The best part were the weekend or even week long events that involved drinking, feasting, massive fights and things like fire breathers and belly dancers.  Fortunately there's probably 5 or more heavily active groups in every state of the US and several in Europe.

Here's a good video from a central IL mini-event that draws over 300 people each time.  Larger weekend events tend to draw 700 to 1k or more people.

Socialize / Re: Traceur[?] gets pwned by bus
« on: October 25, 2008, 08:10:57 PM »
2 of his 3 friends ran for it, lol.

No wonder PK can have a bad image.  People fake their death, and then idiots jump into roads, and their spotters bail and run from the scene without trying to help.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Eon Death a Hoax
« on: October 25, 2008, 07:48:08 PM »
NEVER accept team Kinesis as a valid source of info or a valid pk group.  That is what you wanted us to learn right Noxiousturd?  You and Eon has given your name an uncredible reputation and apparently that is what you wanted to do...

Agreed.  Also, why is it that Eon can't come forward and say anything? 

He kept posting to defend himself and say he would explain it, and so far, all we have is Nox explaining how he got the giggles from making a fake memorial video on the internet.

Personally, i wonder what's going to happen to team kinesis.  Do they have corporate sponsors for events, etc?  How do they feel about this?   What will media groups that love slandering PK as dangerous do when they hear that a major group in Greece decided for fun, and to teach the internet a lesson, that they would fake a death.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Eon Death a Hoax
« on: October 25, 2008, 10:29:34 AM »
What really needs to happen is for some reasoning behind his actions to be brought forth.

Everyone wants to know why, and he keeps on saying he'll make it all clear soon, but in reality, he's just being suspicious, probably because there was no reason other than his own ego wanting to know how many people he could upset.

So what now Eon?  Are you going to say anything that constitutes a reasoning behind your idiocy?  Or will you make your team mates suffer indignity because of your underhanded lies?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Eon Death a Hoax
« on: October 25, 2008, 08:10:06 AM »
I can't wait to hear the reasoning behind all of this.

Also, did you think about the damage to the sport this hoax may cause? 

While I'm new, i'm dedicated, and hearing the news of your death didn't shake me, but imagine how it may have scared some people away from the sport.

How many people would want to do something if they heard about someone splattering their brains on the sidewalk while training?  What about parents that are trying to understand what their children are doing?

I can't imagine any parent would be overly excited their kids were jumping from rooftop to rooftop as is, but now add the factor of death, and douche bags that fake their own death for fun and the sport as a whole may be taking a huge hit.

Illinois / Oz Park Training
« on: October 25, 2008, 07:41:25 AM »
Original link:

(Posted by Cody Beltramocobo)

The session will be starting on Wednesday at 7pm and will probably go until around 10 or 11pm.  We will be focusing on basic vaults, balance, precisions, cat leaps, and general flow.  If you're planning on going, and are going to arrive after 7 (Or if I'm not there at 7), just call me or someone else that's planning on going so we can delay accordingly.

If you need directions, it's located here:,41.921599,-87.645750&saddr=%0A&daddr=41.921631,-87.645686&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=1&sz=16&sll=41.92179,-87.642939&sspn=0.01199,0.014141&ie=UTF8&t=h&z=16


So, Wednesday sounds like a good day for most people, so I think I'll make this a weekly thing.

The Session will start around 7/7:30ish (Depending on traffic), and will end probably around 10 or 11.

If the weather is iffy or if something comes up, I should post it before 5 on that day.

Expect a video some time soonish showing what goes on at these sessions (I might wait another session or two so I can record without forgetting my tripod).

Socialize / Re: Tattoo
« on: October 24, 2008, 08:17:43 PM »
stay away from any asian kanji.  I hate seeing silly blond bimbo's w/ chinese tattoo's and no idea what they mean, or teen guys with asian tattoo's trying to be a free thinker by being 1 more idiot with an asian glyph.

I might suggest if you have a personal symbol, use that.

If you like the whole taoist philosophy, maybe a ying yang style, I have considered a tattoo of 2 coy fish swimming in circles around each other.  1 black w/ a white dot, 1 white w/ black dot.  Ying and Yang style.  You could add your symbol in the background.

there's nothing and i mean NOTHING in illinois yet.  You would also have a good venue from out of state visitors from MI, WI, IN, and a few other central us states.

Socialize / Re: You know you're a traceur when...
« on: October 24, 2008, 07:31:20 PM »
when all your joints in your ankles crack when you walk up the stairs.  :)

when you don't even climb the stairs.

Welcome! / Hey
« on: October 24, 2008, 11:12:59 AM »
20, male in Illinois looking to get into parkour.  Read all the FAQ, the tuts, and vocab on the home site, and now i'm jumping on the boards.

Hit me up if you're in the IL area around Aurora, Oswego, Yorkville, Plano, Morris, etc.  I bounce between those cities.

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