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Socialize / Re: who else cant wait for winter?
« on: August 28, 2010, 05:31:28 AM »
all summer all i wore is shorts, never a shirt. thank god i don't have a job where i need to wear one.

Lucky, lucky dog...

I get to wear full uniform with undershirt, pants bloused(sp?) in my boots, and a heavy ass gun belt even when it is 100+ outside. Makes me sad in pants...

Socialize / Re: Should I start Krav Maga?
« on: August 27, 2010, 05:06:53 AM »
most serious ninjitsu schools have changed the name to taejitsu to keep people from going "oh cool ninja's!" and doing it and not taking it seriously.  but yeah, look for taejitsu,  (im not sure if im spelling it right)

I believe it is spelled Taijitsu.

We'll need someone a lot more knowledgeable in English translations than me, but if i'm not mistaken(which is probable), "Tae" is the romanization used for the Korean sounds, i.e. Tae Kwon Do, Taekkyon, etc.

I only say that because if I saw a school with the name Taejitsu or Taejutsu, i'd be inclined to believe they were a Hapkido school trying to sell themselves as something they're not...

Socialize / Re: who else cant wait for winter?
« on: August 26, 2010, 08:03:51 AM »
I like it because the parks won't be crowded with people.

Movement / I did my first kongs, but...
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:55:59 AM »
...i'm having trouble keeping my momentum going into the landing. It's weird, but here's the problem.

I can do the kong, but i'm thinking that I just don't have the rotation down enough to get my feet back under me completely for the landing. Every time I land, I end up nearly stopping my momentum completely. After doing this about 10 times yesterday, it started to become painful, even on the grass. It's like i'm landing at a 45 degree angle in the opposite direction or something. And after a while, my lower legs can't take it.

So i'm thinking that i'm just gonna revisit my landings a lot and drill the crap out of them along with drilling speed and lazy vaults, focusing on landing with that forward momentum. I'm just going to ignore monkeys/kongs for a while now that I know I can do them.

Do you guys have any tips for helping with this forward momentum problem? Is it a commitment issue? Speed issue? Technique issue? Combination of all these?

Socialize / Re: I would just like to say...
« on: August 26, 2010, 03:50:23 AM »

I was able to do my first kongs yesterday. I blame it on the weather.

Socialize / Re: Ponderings
« on: August 25, 2010, 08:17:29 AM »
I think you did the right thing, but it is hard to say when it comes to family. You're the only one who really knows them.

To me, it sounded like your dad's heart was in the right place, but he just took the wrong approach. He obviously cares for you and is just worried about your safety.

However, it is really hard for parents to realize when their children are becoming their own person. When they start distancing themselves from their parents and come to depend on themselves, it can be hard.

In my opinion, I think you handled it very well. You let it slide until you felt like you couldn't any longer. It could have gone a lot worse than it did.

Diet / Re: I just went to the local natural food store
« on: August 25, 2010, 08:10:02 AM »
Organic?  Nah, depends on the source.  I'm kind of skeptical that it is better.

Fuji apples, on the other hand, are f#cking delicious.

For real. My buddy had one with me. We agreed they were the best apples we've ever had. Why the crap doesn't walmart have these? Or if they do, why the crap haven't I ever had one...?

I told my wife that i'm taking her to the natural food store on our next date. We're gonna have a fuji apple dinner. She just called me a "f#ckin' idiot."  ;D

Diet / Re: I just went to the local natural food store
« on: August 25, 2010, 08:02:42 AM »
Nah, I think it was because it was a fuji apple. They don't sell those at our walmart

Diet / I just went to the local natural food store
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:53:40 AM »
And bought an organic fuji apple to try out.

Why has this been hidden from me for so long? That was the best damn apple i've ever had! Easily! Nothing even comes close to how good it was.

If all the organic food is this good, starting a paleo diet might be easier than I thought.

Socialize / I would just like to say...
« on: August 25, 2010, 07:51:51 AM »
...that it has been around 100 degrees here for a month now.

Last night a cold front came through for the first time. The high for today is 84 with a nice breeze all day long.

I guess that makes today one of the best days of the year.

Envy me. I'll be out running and practicing for hours today.  :P ;)

Socialize / Re: Should I start Krav Maga?
« on: August 24, 2010, 11:51:43 AM »
I think that your decision should be based upon your ultimate goals, especially in regards to parkour. For instance:

- Are you wanting to learn to fight?
- Are you more interested in the athletic side of martial arts?
- Do you care about rankings, belts, forms?
- Do you want to learn it as a supplement to your parkour?

The reason I ask is because parkour is said to be a "martial art" by some. Basically, why fight when you can just run away and have no problem losing them?

If you are looking to supplement your parkour training with a good workout, I would say go for the TKD. Why? Because most TKD schools incorporate a lot of jumping, spinning, and tons of fast, controlled kicks. This would do wonders to increase your body awareness.

Krav Maga, on the other hand, is more about destroying your opponents as quickly and efficiently as possible. You won't find any complicated movements or techniques in this style.

Some other questions to consider:

- Are the instructors' credentials real? This is a big deal in some places. Watch out for hungry businessmen.
- How are the payments taken care of? Are they going to try and lock you into a 2 year contract that automatically drafts out of your bank account every month? Does it automatically renew each year unless you catch it on time?
- How are the classes structured? Are they going to put the new guy in the ring with someone who is going to beat the crap out of you your first night?
- Do they wear proper protection? Cup, mouthpiece, at least 8 ounce gloves, etc.?

Most schools will let you try out a class or two for free. You should definitely take advantage of that before considering anything else.

Socialize / Re: Nerd thread
« on: August 24, 2010, 11:40:31 AM »
Assassin's Creed 2 was pretty amazing, imo. Although the combat was broken. All you had to do was go unarmed and do a disarm and you won. It never got old for me though.

The new one looks even better. They've improved the combat and introduced multiplayer. It seems like an excellent idea to have 8 people on one map, all trying to blend in to make the kill. Especially when the chases start. Rooftops, leaps into haycarts, horse chases through the city, etc.

One of the things that I would like to see would be the implementation of some more parkour vaults into his movements. Speed, dash, monkey, kongs. It would be pretty cool if they just had him perform each one at random.

And COD: Black Ops looks amazing.

Socialize / Re: Motivation
« on: August 21, 2010, 05:25:26 AM »
Stop thinking, start doing.

I'm kinda with Dan on this one.

I used to have a lot of motivation problems. It took me a while to realize that I was overthinking it way too much. For me, the biggest obstacle was always initiating. I'd be excited to practice/workout once I actually got there, though.

If you think about it too much, you're gonna find excuses not to do it.

Here is a quote from an article written by Dr. Yang. This was written about martial arts, but it holds very true for anything in life:
Morality of mind is for the self-cultivation which is required to reach the final goal. The Chinese consider that we have two minds, an “Emotional mind” (Xin) and a “Wisdom mind” (Yi). Usually, when a person fails in something it is because the emotional mind has dominated their thinking. The five elements in the morality of mind are the keys to training, and they lead the student to the stage where the wisdom mind can dominate. This self-cultivation and discipline should be the goal of any martial arts training philosophy.

Socialize / Assassin's Creed Brotherhood
« on: August 20, 2010, 08:07:42 AM »
Please tell me that some of you XBox guys are gonna be getting this game?

It comes out in November. For those of you who aren't familiar with this, it is essentially the continuation of Assassin's Creed 2, but it takes place in Rome.

The cool thing about it is the multiplayer, though.

I'm really hoping that they have more than just a "deathmatch" type of multiplayer. It would be pretty awesome if there was something similar to the "Races" from Assassin's Creed 2. Then we could have a bunch of us on there actually having to find the most efficient routes to the end of the course.

Of course, we could probably just make our own "courses" in the game.

Anyways, it is definitely something you won't want to miss if you own an XBox or PS3 and enjoy parkour.

APK Store / Products / Tutorial DVD
« on: August 20, 2010, 07:55:32 AM »
Not my real question, but as an aside, did you guys change the cover?

I was looking at the description because i'm bored to tears at work today and I saw this at the bottom of the page:
Bonus: In addition to video tutorials for many basic movements, the DVD contains Printable PDF Tutorials which you can take with you to your favorite training spot!

Is this new or will it be on the one that I ordered a few months ago?

The reason I ask is because i'm just now getting back into parkour after rehabilitating an injury from deadlifts(again). If I had a small portable dvd player, that would be awesome, but being able to read what i'm doing wrong or missing would be pretty helpful too.

Arkansas / Re: Fayetteville Area
« on: August 18, 2010, 10:42:37 AM »
We use the square and Dickson - I recently heard about a place in Fayetteville, I think it was called UBC Church, I don't know... Near Dickson I think. You might look for that. Oh and up at the mall there is a place called Gymnastic Joes (not the best place ever) but for five bucks you get an hour of freetime during which you can practice flips and the like. I think it 8-9 PM Wednesdays.

And hey Jesse. Haha.

I just wanted to tell you that you were right about UBC church over by Dickson. It is great. I just hopped the fence at the playground and felt like I had hit the jackpot.

Movement / Re: Monkey's N' Kongs
« on: August 17, 2010, 11:50:17 AM »
I learned monkey vaults my first day. Still can't get the damn kong, though.

The way I did it was I went to the local city park where they have the rubber stuff to keep kids from hurting themselves if they fall. The park has this long, thich balance-beam type of thing with multiple hinges on it so it moves up and down as you walk on it. I went to the end piece and drilled it because when I did fall, it didn't really hurt.

You might benefit from something similar in your area.

Socialize / Re: Socialize's Official Martial Arts Thread
« on: May 25, 2010, 10:42:50 AM »
I trained in Unified Fighting Arts under Sifu Marc McFann for about 3 years. After that I had a stint in Judo for about 6 months. I've dabbled in just about everything to get a feel for them.

For me, Muay Thai, JKD, and grappling are where it's at.

I'd like to start training again, but I don't have the time or money with kids and a wife. With that said, i'll probably start training basic muay thai again once I get my shoulders to heal up.

I'm still wondering why they are having live broadcasts of the show.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: this is horrible...
« on: May 14, 2010, 08:50:30 AM »
This is how all sport reporters should work:

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