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Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: April 09, 2018, 10:00:08 AM »
Welcome Colin! What part of California are you located in?

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: March 11, 2018, 06:51:13 PM »
Hey guys Welcome (back in some cases). Even if there aren't a lot of people on there is a lot of good general knowledge here. It's like a big library.   

Sorry the forums have been broken for a LONG time. I was finally able to get them fixed after our main site made us update PHP. We will be putting an announcement out on facebook and probably some #tbt posts in the coming weeks. I finished up the last email bug earlier today so we are ready for people to request their passwords. 

Welcome! / Re: Welcome Thread - New Members please announce here!
« on: February 13, 2018, 10:31:21 PM »
The forum is back baby! Welcome new members!

Pics & Vids / DC Madness - The Tribe
« on: June 25, 2012, 02:29:50 AM »
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One of my new favorite videos! I love how there is awesome movement without them having to be 30 ft in the air. 

Welcome! / Re: NEW (richmond, va)
« on: June 21, 2012, 04:21:28 PM »
Hey Welcome to APK!

Since you are new I would suggest the Movement section to start looking for tutorials.

If you want people to train with try posting -> That is the Virgina section and will be entirely people from your state.

The best advice I could give is have fun!

Good luck!

Let me explain why he nike dart 8 isn't a good choice. I won't even bother you with the bio-mechanical problems they could cause. (For that go to

From a parkour perspective you want to be able to feel the ground for balance on rails at the very least. Those look like they have some seriously thick souls. They may be "good" running shoes, but the padding makes them bad for Parkour.
 Second, the soles themselves are built wrong and are most likely not grippy on most surfaces. For grip you either want special rubber (vibram, 5.10 stealth rubber, etc..) or great surface area (ie. flat soled shoes like purpose built parkour shoes or most minimalist shoes losts of shoes without tread really.) These features both help with the friction needed to wall run, stick rails (if you land precisions incorrectly), tic tacs, and many other techniques.

I would start with some minimalist running shoes and maybe some feiyues. (they are like 20 bucks at APK or amazon)

Kansas / People in Kansas City
« on: June 20, 2012, 08:34:58 AM »
Hey is anyone in Kansas city area? I know someone who moved there recently and was looking for some contacts?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour in NYC
« on: June 20, 2012, 08:26:06 AM »,21.0.html

Here you go there is a large group of people in NY. Post there for some contacts.

Welcome to the states By the way.

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.

+1 for all of that.

I have never been diagnosed with depression but a few teachers actually thought i should go see a doctor. For a while I thought they may be right. Practicing helps me a lot. I'm much happier. 

I remember that. I also laughed when that she spelled Mark's name wrong every time she had it in the book.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Well hello, Mr Arroyo
« on: March 17, 2012, 03:31:09 PM »
I like how J lo gets to wear under armor and Dan has to wear generic. He looks funny. (not because he isn't wearing under armor but because he does.)

Parkour / Re: Getting feet up
« on: February 27, 2012, 06:05:35 PM »
Probably tomorrow night. I've got a big trip coming up to either a castle

or the city Museum in St. Louis on Thursday so I'm trying to take it easy.

I'll get some up tomorrow. 


Parkour / Getting feet up
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:07:22 PM »
So I've been working on kongs for a while and I'm ok but I'll never be able to get the distance I want without fixing my feet.

 I understand the difference between a punch and a split foot take off but I can't get my feet up. Some people I've seen can get their feet almost 45 degrees from their head. Mine can't go beyond maybe 15-20 at best. What can I do to get my feet up?

Socialize / Re: joe & sarai are having a baby!
« on: February 27, 2012, 04:59:41 PM »

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: School Lesson Plan
« on: January 30, 2012, 07:34:06 AM »
Someone on here has a curriculum for a gymnastics gym Parkour class written up I can't remember where I saw it. you could modify it for gym class.


There is the thread discussing the article. Also you can always PM someone like Mark (You my be better off finding his e-mail.) He has been in Parkour for a long time. He founded APK, helped other Organizations, watched communities grow,  seen great things, and terrible changes. HE would be one of the best people to talk to.

Also Julie Angles book looks great but I haven't read it. I have searched through the book on Amazon.     

When im back on my computer il find it for you but somewhere on thus board is a book that someone used parkour and its effect on society from a sports perspective talking about teenagers in Canada. (Not Julie's book) you can read the whole thing online

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: buildering
« on: January 07, 2012, 03:00:55 PM »
I doubt there will be and I will give you a few reasons.

First-While you could argue that it is related to Parkour (because people use parkour to builder) it is not Parkour therefore would go in offtopic. Going with your idea you could also justify a section strictly for CrossFit, Urban Exploration, spelunking, rock climbing, MovNat and, Weight training. 

Second- Your logic is flawed. You need the demand before you have a supply. Just because people will click on it doesn't mean that they will post anything useful. And the last thing we need is another dead Sub Form.

Third- A lot of buildering (not all I know) is done by blatently trespassing. Instead of playing on a playground you are climbing up a building which police always frown upon.

A better idea IMO would be to start a thread in Gen off topic. Or ask for a sub-form for discussion of all activities related but not being Parkour like the short list above. But even that is a stretch. With that said I think climbing buildings is fun (I've climbed houses to help people locked out or my own buildings for fun) and takes a lot of strength and if I could find places I can do it without being arrested I would. If anyone wants to give me a list of those be my guest. :)

Consumer Whores / Re: what kind of camera should i get for under $200
« on: December 22, 2011, 04:49:03 PM »
BAM!!!!! i have the playsport zx3
I just order the zx5 on sale from amazon almost half off. It looks awesome.

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