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Pics & Vids / Re: Mythical Virginia Tech Last '07 Spring Jam
« on: June 29, 2007, 07:02:44 AM »
I liked the fliming.  It was flimed very well.

Pics & Vids / Re: Pop Tart Parkour Chase
« on: June 27, 2007, 01:14:01 PM »
Acting, audio, and FX aside, this is really well made.  it's leaps and bounds better than most videos made by kids your age.  The shots and editing were really above what I see some people enter in film festivals around here.  Nice work guys. 

My only real tip is (and I know it's hard all day in the heat, but) keep the energy up.  If you're running for your life, you're not going to slowly trot up to a rail to vault it.  Nicely choreographed. 

Pics & Vids / Re: New parkour rush _video from Tyson Cecka
« on: June 26, 2007, 12:02:15 PM »
Seriously Tyson, you are a human gorilla.  The way you move through that place has the speed, flow, and power of an ape.  As said above, you are a beast.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: shy about training
« on: May 23, 2007, 06:07:00 AM »
I find that if I get nervous cause someone's watching, then I'll screw up, and maybe fall, and that ALWAYS gets a cop's attention.  So instead of standing around and looking suspicious, try stopping for a second and stretching.  Stretching makes it look like you know what you're doing, and you're serious about it. 

Pics & Vids / Re: Texas Parkour, Miscellaneous Footage
« on: May 23, 2007, 05:57:44 AM »
Get a better camera.  Your Parkour deserves it.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Anti - Competition Thread
« on: May 16, 2007, 07:23:02 AM »
I understand your point, but we can't endorse competition in the hopes of heading off corporations from doing it.  Once we endorse competition, we are no longer endorsing Parkour, and so we couldn't possibly be defending it from being tainted, when we are tainting it ourselves.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Anti - Competition Thread
« on: May 15, 2007, 01:00:46 PM »
Anyone who is trying to make Parkour "hard to find out about" is an idiot.  Park of Parkour is teaching, and spreading the word. 

My fear is not that people will see parkour and do bad stuff.  They can see it on YouTube right now and do bad stuff.  My problem is the idea of a commercial entity branding parkour as a competition.  If people see it on TV, and see that it has financial backing, they'll instantly assume it's legit, even though there is debate raging int he PK community about competition and parkour. 

The problem isn't that people might get the wrong idea about parkour from competitions, it's that parkour isn't competition.  So it's not about a bad effect from the event, it's about the event in and of itself being wrong.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Anti - Competition Thread
« on: May 15, 2007, 11:27:31 AM »
But you're assuming that televised competitions are the only way these people will see this stuff.  Once again, you're saying that sense people might see some good stuff during a competition, then the competition must be good.  But that just doesn't add up.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Anti - Competition Thread
« on: May 15, 2007, 09:45:20 AM »
Why does everyone assume that competition teaching people about PK is a good thing?  Sometimes things NEED to be taught in a one-on-one situation.  Watching a hockey game doesn't teach you how to ice skate, so why does everyone say "more people will learn about parkour" like these competition will give them the full idea of what Parkour is?  (which it can't seeing as its a competition, and PK has nothing to do with competition)

Tricking / Re: rail flips
« on: May 15, 2007, 05:32:42 AM »
If you're asking about the handspring style, I'd suggest you first get a front hand spring down.  Vut then again, doing it on a rail is actually easier (you're not dropping down as low.)  it's actually a pretty easy move.  If the rail, or whatever obstacle is waste height, you don't event really have to push off much, just maintain your height.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Anti - Competition Thread
« on: May 15, 2007, 05:30:36 AM »
saying that competition can help people become useful doesn't mean that the competition is a good thing.  You could hold a gun to someone's head making them work out, and they'd become more fit, but that doesn't mean holding a gun to their head is a good thing.  You know, the whole "does the end justify the means" thing. 

I just find it funny that three weeks ago everyone was freaking out about the unbridled truth in Blane's "Dilution" and now, less than a month later, everyone's talking about training for competitions.  One second everyone is talking about the importance of long time strength training, and now everyone's talking about competition, which always pushes a "get rich quick" style of fitness. 

I just don't understand how pro-competition people don't see that the two things, parkour and competition, are diametrically opposed. 

If you want to run an obstacle course, fine, do it, but don't call it Parkour.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Anti - Competition Thread
« on: May 05, 2007, 07:16:53 AM »
Wow, Devon just tore that apart. 

Pics & Vids / Re: Podcast: Parkour Television
« on: May 05, 2007, 07:11:50 AM »
PKVM is really well made.

It doesn't come out weekly or anything, but they make a darn good video.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Anti - Competition Thread
« on: May 04, 2007, 11:33:29 AM »
We can claim all day that we'd help each other out at competitions, but the fact of the mater remains that competition is about being better than others.  It's putting one goal above all others: winning.  The motivation to compete is to that you are better than others, not to spread Parkour.  We can claim we'd do it to spread the word, but within 3 years new "traceurs" would show up, only in it to win. 

Parkour is not about rivalry.  Trying to be better than someone is completely against what PK stands for, and competition is solely about it. 

PK is about bettering yourself, not besting others. 

Also, the idea that competition could motivate new people into PK is BS.  How many people watch soccer passionatley, but never play the game themselves?  Not to mention, if you have to see "traceurs" compete to become motivated to try PK, then you're starting PK for all the wrong reasons. 

We're inspired by videos because we enjoy seeing the movement, and we long to move ourselves.  We don't see videos and say, "I need to do that, so when I've done it I'll have a medal."  We feel the need to do it becaue we want to overcome personal obstacles, to prove it to ourselves, not to others. 

The only way you could have a competition, and it still be true to PK is if no traceurs saw one another, no one watched, and the scores were never compared.  But that wouldn't be competition now would it?  That's cause competition and PK are opposites.  Plain and simple.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Member Banned
« on: May 02, 2007, 05:43:09 PM »
The whole time I'm reading this I can't help but see the "arguing on the internet is like the special olympics" picture.

There are so many more important things than this.  Getting riled up over someone calling you a liar seems ridiculously immature to me.  It be one thing to be destructive to the community...but calling one member a liar...I just don't see the reason to ban. 

Your site, you're rules.  Sucks that your site happens to be so popular.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Member Banned
« on: May 02, 2007, 11:25:25 AM »
I know how you feel man.  Once, someone told me that my pants were on fire.  I had a hard time keeping my composure. 

Stay strong.

Tricking / Re: If I were to create tutorial videos...
« on: May 02, 2007, 07:33:09 AM »
I'll never understand what people have against voice overs. 

If you're going to use text, for everyone else's sake try and stick to plain, sans-serif font, in white, on black background.  If you can't, try and get as close to it as possible.  It's a how-to video, so you don't need fancy fonts and weird colors (and especially not 300 word per minute star wars scrolls.)

Also, you could cut out some time if you left out all the newb jabbing.  Yeah, no one likes the "tel me how now!" guy, but if you cut out all the making fun of him, it could cut down your video time.  And when people are looking for tutorials, they'll pick a well organize 2 minute tutorial over a funny 5 minute one.  They want the info as fast as possible, so why not give it to 'em?

The amount of tutorials on the internet are just evidence of the lack of good ones.  If you put together a good tutorial, and people know about it, then others will just link to it, rather than making their own. 

If you really want to make a series of them, go for professionalism, thoroughness, and keep 'em short. 

Injuries - Discussion / Re: shins????
« on: April 19, 2007, 07:02:42 AM »
Welcome to shin splints.  They hurt, but they're aren't bad.  They'll go away with time.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: How to convince.
« on: April 18, 2007, 07:33:36 AM »
Heh....I have a pair of soap shoes up in the closet...

Ignore them.  Like all the "extreme" folks, they'll get bored really fast.  Don't hate on 'em though, they just want to move.  Sure, it's sad they don't have the commitment/discipline to follow PK, but you can't blame them for wanting to move.  Isn't that why we all started PK?

Pics & Vids / Re: The Jin Clan 2007 video
« on: April 16, 2007, 07:10:11 AM »
I stopped after 6 minutes.  Long, and very repetitive.  You really should edit down to the best, most impressive stuff, and put that together.  Showing how long you can hang sideways on a poll is boring, to show it twice is just ridiculous.

Not to mention, less repetitive music would help in making the video feel not so long.

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