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Pics & Vids / Re: Texas Insanity- Tapp Brothers
« on: July 16, 2010, 01:34:12 PM »
Yeah man, I remember getting a text with one of those pictures, it made me finally realize you guys were human, I kept thinking you were cybernetic... lol.  but nah guys, this video is awesome....

Kansas / Re: Wichita
« on: July 10, 2010, 10:53:35 AM »
wondering if anyone was down for training tomorrow?

Kansas / Texas dude in Wichita.
« on: July 10, 2010, 10:51:39 AM »
What's up guys, this is Stephen from TXPK, I'm in Wichita for the weekend visiting a friend of mine, she has to work tomorrow (sunday July 11) from 1pm-4pm and I was looking for some people to train with!  My number is 7137758712 send me a text or something if you're down!

Kansas / Re: Good spot's in Wichita?
« on: July 09, 2010, 09:32:56 AM »
Hey guys, I'm normally part of the Texas scene, but I'm going to be in Wichita this weekend to stay with a friend of mine and was wondering if there's gonna' be people out training tomorrow.  Don't know if I'll be able to stay too long (don't know what she has planned, but when she lived in Texas she always loved coming to my spots with me and watching me train) but I'd love to meet up with some local people and see how y'all do it in Kansas!

Texas / Re: Any Peeps in Downtown Dallas ??
« on: June 08, 2010, 11:39:16 AM »
Lee Park every satuday at 10 am.  It's called parkour in the park, there are some amazing guys out there!

Pics & Vids / Re: Matt Thomas 2010 Showreel
« on: May 04, 2010, 04:15:17 PM »
HAHAHAHAHA!  Why have I never thought of that?  except, my stutter step looks more like shaggy from scooby doo...

Pics & Vids / Re: Matt Thomas 2010 Showreel
« on: May 04, 2010, 02:27:55 PM »
I completely agree with you on that point.  But, we've all done it at one point in time, and he's even said himself in a previous comment that he understood it wasn't the smoothest flow in the world but he still included because he liked the spot.  I don't see anything wrong with that.

Pics & Vids / Re: Matt Thomas 2010 Showreel
« on: May 04, 2010, 06:51:55 AM »
My points to bring up in Matt's defense (figure so many people are going to side against him he should have some back-up as well):

1.  A strait roll IS the most efficient way to go into a front tuck off a roll.  I tried to argue this point very recently and had MANY runners at the jam we were attending prove me wrong, one person even gave me an example of what a shoulder roll into a front tuck (not a webster, a legitimate front tuck) would look like, wasn't too pretty.... (2 points of example are Damien Walters and the Tapp Brothers will both use strait rolls in their tumbling when on grass)

2.  Parkour is in fact about fiinding your own way.  Why are the people who hold themselves so highly in this community trying to cancel out that point?  If you're not happy with the way he moves, but it's worked for him for the past few years of his training, then, why should you even care?  his movements are his movements not yours.  I think he would know how to utilize his body better than anyone else would know how to utilize his body.  Much like me with mine and anybody else with theirs.

3.  One of the biggest rules of parkour/freerunning whe going for a movement is check your landing, (i.e. is it muddy, is it wet, are there rocks underneath the grass).  When does successfully you can cancel out the risk of something "hiding" beneath the grass

4.  The very fact that he is still able to show logical thought/non-aggressive wording proves he's taking all the criticism given and just defending the points that he believes are a bit overdone (i.e. strait rolls)

Once again, my 2 cents as a friend and teammates of Matt.  Take it as you wish.

Able to come out to denton?  If so, I sponsor weekly trainings at Eureka playground in Denton at noon every saturday.  More info when I hear more from ya!

Pics & Vids / Re: Matt Thomas 2010 Showreel
« on: May 02, 2010, 11:22:53 AM »
Not that Matt needs my back-up or anything, but, I feel like saying a couple things on the beating some people on these forums always attempt to give him.  I'll keep this short and sweet.  As somebody who not only gets the opportunity to train with Matt on average of once a week but also a friend of his who does give him plenty of flack for his strait rolls (which by the way, are more efficient than a cross-shoulder roll when it comes to flow of tumbling, flow, something we traceurs care a lot about apparently), I can attest to the fact that he knows what he's doing, practices constantly, and keeps safety as a priority of running.  And me personally, as someone who sticks primarilly to the strictly parkour side of running and is just barely starting to learn flips/acro, there are a lot of things I've seen matt do in training that thoroughly, well, blows my effing mind.  To say it in regular terms.  In my opinion, I don't really think that there should be a huge case of urgency for his safety, he knows what he's doing.

Just throwing in my 2 cents  ;)

Pics & Vids / Re: Muscle up Variations
« on: January 29, 2010, 10:30:55 PM »
that's what I've always been told.  gotta admit, I was lazy with conditioning for a bit... so, I'm getting back into more serious conditioning now.  Including muscle-up negatives

Pics & Vids / Re: Monthly Progress vid. Month 1
« on: January 28, 2010, 08:34:15 AM »
Good to hear brother.  Yeah, ribcage high is a good start, remember also that in actual training it's normally a good idea to roll off every drop from shoulder level up.  But, that should be adressed at about month 3 or 4.  And after you can do that is a good time to drill rolls on concrete.  Trust me, rolls on concrete will take a little bit of time to get right, but if you have them down smoothly on grass, concrete won't take TOO much effort.  My 1st ever roll from a drop on concrete was at about month 9 and I felt NOTHING.  But, that's from drilling my rolls 20-30 minutes every day.  I still do that.  Sounds like you know what you're talking about and understand the warm-up aspect of it also!  You'll progress so much quicker than I did bro!

Pics & Vids / Re: Muscle up Variations
« on: January 27, 2010, 10:18:39 AM »
Thanks brother!  I have still yet to do a muscle-up, getting up walls is a very difficult task, it's a doable task, but very difficult...  I'll start these progressions this weekend.

Pics & Vids / Re: Monthly Progress vid. Month 1
« on: January 27, 2010, 10:09:20 AM »
How am I the 1st one to bring up rolls or flow ????  Flow looks like it's getting decent toward the end of your 1st section.  But I didn't see a single roll in that video...  Rolls are the most important thing in parkour.  They will save your joints so much stress.  I'm gonna' be perfectly honest with you.  it seems your training routine is good.  I didn't really learn the monkey vault til about month 6 or the reverse vault til about month 8.  I'm still not able to do a muscle-up (started out over a year ago and weighed over 300 pounds, I now weigh 235, had some weight to lose first, now working on muscle control like that) so I will say you're doing really good.  Just work those rolls, a lot.  Good training though. ;)

Pics & Vids / Re: Crazy jump 100% - "Fantastic 4" 2010
« on: January 27, 2010, 09:56:45 AM »
I am REALLY tired of watching videos with nothing but tricking...  It's not because I don't do tricking, I'm learning tricking, but I'm never really gonna' use it as solid videos.  I just don't quite see the point of it...  It doesn't inspire me...

Texas Elite, my name is Stephen Laster and I live in Denton and make trips to Dallas to train at least once a month.  I'm more than happy to help you learn and train with you.  I'm not really on APK all that often I'm mainly on   If you log on there my username is Baldur, and my number is all over those forums (including the DFW phone list set up on the Dallas area forums).  I haven't met anyone in the D/FW PK scene not willing to help train.

FAQ / Re: how do i jump further for precision jumps?
« on: January 15, 2010, 07:26:48 AM »
breathe normally, I normally take 4 second breaths in 4 second breaths out when I do my QM.  The fun one is backwards upstais. lol.  And btw, one thing you'll learn, is that NOONE is a better traceur/traceuse than anyone else, people are more advanced, but not better or worse.  don't put yourself down, just progress at your own rate, and enjoy yourself.  Remember, we're all kids of all ages, and the world is our playground.

Louisiana / Re: Coming to visit.
« on: January 15, 2010, 06:00:41 AM »
Even if noone comes out, I would at least like to know some good places to train, it's still 2 months away, just saying...

Pics & Vids / Re: PK O.U.T. 2010 Demoreel -enjoy-
« on: January 15, 2010, 05:22:22 AM »
Yeah, and for everyone out there worried, I train with the PK OUT guys a good amount, they all know what they're doing and when it comes to a harders surface all they do is the PK roll. ;)

Louisiana / Coming to visit.
« on: January 14, 2010, 08:25:28 AM »
Hey what's up guys, my name is Stephen and I'm part of TXPK.  I have a friend of mine that lives in New Orleans and I'm gonna' be coming up to see her in March.  I've been training for tid over a year and am training other people down here as far as there basics and all that good stuff.  I was wondering if there was a way when I get an official date there could be a jam or something that I can attend?  One of the things I aim for no matter where I go is to find more people to train with.  Just let me know what's up.  And if a full jam can't happen then just let me know if anyone wants to train probly in mid march!

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