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Wisconsin / Re: Parkour Generations: July 21-25
« on: April 10, 2011, 07:45:05 AM »
Update:

We are still finalizing the schedule and working out the details so this information is subject to change, but it should help you with planning. As the details become final we will be sure to update you:

1. We are looking at 3-3.5 days of training. I want to reserve the 21st and 25th as travel days for Parkour Generations
2. Plan on paying approximately $100-$125 for all 3 days of training, or $40/day if you just want to do individual days. A final price will be announced once we have made airfare reservations, etc. We will try to get this final figure to you well in advance.
3. You provide your own accommodations. We are working on an arrangement with a private dorm downtown. Last time we hosted Midwest, we were able to get a rate of $18/night at a nice, centrally-located place. We're working on this now, but no guarantees on the rate until we get something nailed down. If it doesn't work we can provide the names of hotels in the area.
4. We are working on providing an "add-on" experience at a local gym on Friday night before the event starts. Still tentative but we'll let you know.
5. Plan on an overnight camping experience in a natural area on the last night. Again, still in the works, but it could happen.

So... if you were planning to do the whole weekend, your schedule and costs MIGHT look like this (assuming our plans work out the way we want them to)--taking high estimates here to be conservative:

$125 for a weekend of training:
*Saturday downtown Madison & campus area
*Sunday at a state park
*Monday morning light jam at state park
*add $15 for Friday night gym session (optional)

$18/night accommodations for Friday night & Saturday night

approx. $25/person for cabin rental (if this happens) for Sunday night. Or bring your own tent and use a tent site; park fees for that range around $15-20 depending on where you are and how many people)

Food is on your own, although a portion of your training fees will go towards a BBQ on Sunday night. There are tons of places in downtown Madison to eat on the cheap, all within walking distance of where we will be training. Saturday morning you will also have the option to visit our Farmers Market which is a great place to find fantastic local produce and delicious Wisconsin cheese, among other treats! So you can stock up on vittles for the weekend (and for the state park days) there if you like.

Hopefully that gives you an idea for planning purposes. Remember, these numbers are, at this point still very tentative. More details to come as we know more!

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Wisconsin / Re: Parkour Generations: July 21-25
« on: April 07, 2011, 05:04:20 PM »
Yay, Chad & Brett!

We would love to have you here! Chad, it would be great to see you in Madison again; and Brett, I would love to show you my town! I seriously hope you can make it out this way (and maybe take company class with me if you want?)

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WI Jams / Re: Parkour Generations: Madison, July 21-25
« on: April 07, 2011, 05:03:09 PM »
Jacob, we are still working that out. The cost will be somewhat mitigated by the number of people who come, but we are trying to collect enough for probably 3 members of PKGen to fly over from Europe and stay here for 5 days. This is something we at Wisconsin Parkour can't afford to cover totally out of our own pockets.

If you're interested, let us know. Replying to this thread with interest doesn't constitute a commitment. But it does give us an idea of how many people and then we can get a sense of cost for you.

Hope you can make it!

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National Jams / Parkour Generations MadTown: July 21-25, 2011
« on: April 05, 2011, 12:25:12 PM »
Wisconsin Parkour is pleased to announce that members of Parkour Generations will be in Madison from July 21-25 for a weekend of parkour training. Training seminars and classes will be available to traceurs of all experience levels throughout the weekend. Mark your calendars!

Please let us know if you are interested in attending, by replying to this post. This will help greatly with planning purposes. More information will follow soon!

Hope to see you in July, for a great weekend of training!

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WI Jams / Re: Parkour Generations: Madison, July 21-25
« on: April 05, 2011, 12:17:45 PM »
Yup, getting there, Jordan. ;-) Will we see you in Madison in July?

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Wisconsin / Parkour Generations: July 21-25
« on: April 05, 2011, 12:13:52 PM »
Wisconsin Parkour is pleased to announce that members of Parkour Generations will be in Madison from July 21-25 for a weekend of parkour training.

This is your chance to learn from some of the best traceurs in the world. Training seminars and classes will be available to traceurs of all experience levels throughout the weekend. Mark your calendars!

Please let us know if you are interested in attending, by replying to this post. This will help greatly with planning purposes. More information will follow soon!

Hope to see you in July, for a great weekend of training!

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WI Jams / Parkour Generations: Madison, July 21-25
« on: April 05, 2011, 12:12:04 PM »
Wisconsin Parkour is pleased to announce that members of Parkour Generations will be in Madison from July 21-25 for a weekend of parkour training.

This is your chance to learn from some of the best traceurs in the world. Training seminars and classes will be available to traceurs of all experience levels throughout the weekend. Mark your calendars!

Please let us know if you are interested in attending, by replying to this post. This will help greatly with planning purposes. More information will follow soon!

Hope to see you in July, for a great weekend of training!

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Community and Club Leaders / Re: Leaders Unite-Introduce Yourselves.
« on: March 04, 2011, 07:47:58 PM »
Gah! How did I miss this thread?

Alissa (aka "Muse")
Wisconsin Parkour
based in Madison, WI
www.wisconsinparkour.com

What a great forum idea! Always good to collaborate with other community leaders!

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Wisconsin / Re: trying to get a group together in whitewater
« on: March 04, 2011, 07:14:25 PM »
Contact Joe Kluz at UW-Whitewater if you haven't already. :)

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Wisconsin / Re: Congrats Wisconsin Parkour
« on: September 29, 2010, 07:20:20 PM »
Thank you so much! We were all very flattered and honored to achieve this certification. We hope to put our new certifications to good use, leading training sessions and jams wherever we can! Thank you again for your kind recognition.

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MadParkour / Re: Some gym training
« on: September 29, 2010, 07:18:30 PM »
Check out the Wisconsin Parkour MBG nights in Madison (Fridays 6-7:30). We hope to be adding more gym training in the near future as we branch out to partnering with other gyms. Hope to see you there!

Having said that, the weather is still plenty nice for some good outdoor training. Embrace these days while they last!

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Wisconsin / Re: Thoughts on an "End of Summer" Jam
« on: September 09, 2010, 03:49:29 PM »
I like this idea.

Make it so. Let us know the dates, times, prices, locations.

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Wisconsin / Re: Milwaukee
« on: September 09, 2010, 03:48:36 PM »
It is only as reliable as the people willing to show up to training. If there aren't enough people able to show up on a given day then class will be canceled. There's nothing stopping you from training on your own, though, even if you aren't able to connect with a scheduled WIpk class!

Also, I'm not sure if you were replying on your phone or what but your post is kind of garbled. I don't really understand what you mean by your message, except for the complaint that it's unreliable. If you have specific feedback that would help WIpk, please articulate it clearly so we can address your needs.

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Wisconsin / Re: New guy milwaukee
« on: September 09, 2010, 03:45:01 PM »
Best way to contact Wisconsin Parkour is through email:

wisconsinpk@gmail.com

Good luck!

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Training Calendar / Re: PK Training Sat 9/4/2010 12pm?
« on: September 09, 2010, 03:43:40 PM »
I teach till 12:30 but I might be down for a little bit.

As to spots... might I suggest one of the following:

1. P-Stones
2. Library Mall
3. Steenbock

Send me a text or give me a call if/when this goes down and let me know where you are I'll see if I can make it!

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MadParkour / Re: Parkour training at the MBG
« on: August 26, 2010, 07:00:50 PM »
So glad you enjoyed it and glad we were helpful. We enjoyed meeting you too and hope to see you and your group many more times in the future. Thanks for making the drive!

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MadParkour / Re: Parkour training at the MBG
« on: August 25, 2010, 01:28:12 PM »
Yay!

There will be NO parkour at MBG the week of September 30. The last Wednesday class will be tonight (8/25), and then classes will resume again on Fridays starting September 10.

Hope to see lots of new faces!

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MadParkour / Re: Ride the Drive?
« on: August 25, 2010, 01:26:18 PM »
I was checking out the RTD website and it said "Travelling Acts - All over the course - 11am-3pm Mad Parkour" What's this mean muse? Are we just gonna go around and pk up whatever we can wherever we can on the route? How are we going to get around as a collective? We're just gonna hoof it from spot to spot? I really suggest people bring bikes if they have them.


Keys:

We will start at Mo Terrace and will stay there as long as we can. I have a couple other spots along the route (not too far) picked out that we can go to if we need to. Part of this was because our location took a long time to establish this year. The P. Stones were a problem last year because our audience caused bottlenecks, so they wanted us in a different location. Finally we settled on "roving" the course, with a handful of spots picked out. I think MoTerrace will be fine for the better part of, or all of the day; but since they don't have a spot for us "officially" staked out (most other groups have a chalk outline on the sidewalk where their area is), then if we need to move for bike traffic/other groups we will just have to punt.

Sorry it's so vague--the organization was a little less "together" this year.

Looking forward to see you there!

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Banned in NYC
« on: August 25, 2010, 06:06:26 AM »
Muse, you're my new hero. ;D
Thanks for presenting a good primer on PR work, it would help not just for Parkour, but any other activity as well. I was surprised how little of it I was doing myself after reading through it all. Need to start incorporating that stuff into our work over here in Mumbai.
Do you have a business degree by any chance?

You and MThomas are both too kind. :) Glad my ramblings could help. No, I do not have a business degree but I have life experience (personal and professional) in this area and I have been told I have a "knack" for networking/public relations, although I'm sure peoples' impressions are exaggerated.

I'm very excited to hear how things work out for Sha and parkour in NYC as his meetings move forward.

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Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Banned in NYC
« on: August 24, 2010, 08:49:51 PM »
Thank you. :)

True, semantically, "definitely" is not the right word choice there. However from a standpoint of rhetorical strategy, it's a good word to use when part of a talking point.

The whole strategy of talking points is based on the idea that listeners' attention spans are short, and therefore you want to convey a very clear, brightline idea in a very short message. There should be enough information in the talking point to get them to press for more.

We can assume that the person has been exposed to enough "roof jumping" data about parkour because he/she asked about it. Therefore, the disconnect between what they think they know and what they've just been told should (and does, in my experience), get them to ask for more.

I agree that eventually you can and should have the roof conversation with them--yes, many high-level practitioners do roof-jumping. Yes, it is an aspect of parkour. But it is such a small part, and it is certainly not the sum total, or defining movement, of parkour. Arguably the risks of even allowing the roof a smidge of authority in the conversation, before the person has a solid understanding of parkour, are greater than the risks of their perception of misinformation.

The central idea behind the talking point strategy is that you use small bits of information in a repetitive way to shape peoples' preconceptions about things, to build a basis of knowledge from which they can approach more nuanced information in a critical/educated way.

And yes, the talking point strategy can be (and is!) abused to misinform. That's basic political strategy. But in this case IMO it wins out in the risk/benefits analysis.

Just my opinion, of course.

On a separate note...

Yes, managing all of those things can leave very little time to train. But it can be done and in my very passionate opinion is a critical component of the job description for any local "scene leader."

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