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Parkour And Freerunning / Nondezvouz VS. Rendezvouz?
« on: July 21, 2010, 11:39:32 AM »
As August approaches we see coming with it a choice to be made in London. August 14-15 sees two powerhouse jams occurring in the same place: London's Southbank. The two jams are Rendezvous 5, hosted by Parkour Generations, and the first ever Nondezvouz jam hosted by event creator Brad Wendes and the community at large. Why is there a choice to make? One is free and one is not.

Let everyone know your opinion on the topic. Two jams, one spot, one is free, and one is not:


(excerpts from the two jams' information pages)


Parkour in the UK has always been very community-driven, and there have always been more experienced practitioners who are happy to help out others.

Back in 2004 / 2005 the London scene was thriving, and growing.If you wanted to train, simply arrive at the Southbank and train, there would always be others around to help you out.

The thought of PAYING to attend a group training session on the Southbank is offensive to those that remember these simpler times.

So here we have NONDEZVOUZ ONE, the first of many events.We invite practitioners from around the UK, and around the globe to come to London, train together, enjoy the city, enjoy each other's company and share in our common love of Parkour / Free Running.

Positive Parkour Training over two days in London.

We can share hotel rooms, sleep on each other's sofas / floors, and hopefully all come together to make an awesome weekend of it!Oh, and it'll be FREE to train together, as it SHOULD be!

From Date : Saturday 14th August
To Date : Sunday 15th August
Location : London’s Southbank Centre and training hotspots
Who : A community-driven weekend of training led by experienced UK Parkour Practitioners with special guests and familiar faces.
What : 2 days of hard training and application of parkour
When : Saturday: 10am-8pm and Sunday: 10am-whenever we tire
Cost : NOTHING, not a penny, outdoor training in public spaces should ALWAYS be free

Group Warm-Up for everyone at the start of the day
Optional night training session on both days
Special Guests and familiar faces
Q&A session with anyone you care to chat to
YouTube vids on iPhones being shown throughout the day!
Best community atmosphere anywhere, and it's free!


Rendezvous 5:

Rendezvous 5, the biggest gathering of traceurs from around the world, is finally here… and for the second year running it will be a summer event! Two days of intensive training and practice in parkour/art du deplacement at some of London’s best hotspots, led by some of the world’s most experienced practitioners and once again hosted by the Southbank Centre, this year’s gathering will also offer a number of extra features running throughout the event.

As with all the Rendezvous gatherings, this event is primarily a structured training event that will push you to your limits and expose you to the knowledge and methods of several of the founders and guiding lights of the discipline from France and around the world. And this one is shaping up to be by far the biggest and best Rendezvous to date…

From Date : Saturday 14th August
To Date : Sunday 15th August
Location : London’s Southbank Centre and training hotspots
Who : Led by Parkour Generations and the Yamakasi Founders, with special guests
What : 2 days of hard training and application of parkour
When : Saturday: 10am-8pm and Sunday: 10am-6pm
Cost : £30 for both days, £20 for an elected single day (Plus Paypal Charge of 3.4%+0.20p)

Rooftop Warm-Up
Optional night training session on the Saturday
Special Guest Instructors
Q&A session with the French founders and PKGen members
Big screen showing of a host of parkour films and edits, hosted by film-maker Julie Angel
Limited Edition T-Shirts and Poster Prints

FAQ / Re: Why sweats?
« on: January 14, 2010, 11:09:13 AM »
I wear sweats because they keep me warm! I don't know about you guys, but they don't protect me all that much from those cuts and what not. I like the way they feel, freeing me from the constrictingness of jeans and other pants. I've basically started wearing looser clothes because of parkour, so the "wear what you train-in" bit actually applies to me!

Thread & Board Archive / Frostis interview.
« on: January 06, 2010, 12:51:52 PM »
Hey Frosti, I dig all of your videos. I'm definitely a fan of the Levi and Frosti show.

Just wondering what you do if you feel like you've plateaued. How do you get the motivation to keep going?

Where is parkour going for you? Wherever the wind blows? ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: BBC Reports "Pakour 'Damage' Complaints Rise"
« on: December 30, 2009, 12:36:03 PM »
Daniel Ilabaca and the members of WFPF in that video had permission from the fair to play on their coaster. If anything, I think that portrays traceurs in the light of skill, precision, and courage. Yes, they are very very high, but these are some of the leaders of our discipline and they have the skill to do what they do, which is why they do it.

Pics & Vids / Re: whattt.... the.. this kids out of his mind. !
« on: December 25, 2009, 10:45:44 PM »
I love how psyched he got when he landed on his back attempting the double front. Had he been slamming his face into the ground before? Kid is insane, I love it.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: BBC Reports "Pakour 'Damage' Complaints Rise"
« on: December 17, 2009, 04:49:34 PM »
The lack of information in this article is unbearable. I would like to see some sort of picture of the massive amounts of damage that would need to be occurring for such an outcry to happen. I'm not saying that damage does not happen in parkour: sometimes we don't look before we leap and we land on less than stable rails, bending them, cracking them, pulling them from their foundations in walls, sidewalks and stairs. However, aside from those occurrences, which are few and far between, police in EVERY country should be focusing on something more dangerous, less productive, less beneficial, and generally "bad," besides parkour. Maybe something like crime.

A response in the comments of the article by Carolyn Chambers, a member of the council that will be deciding the fate of parkour in Cambridge::

Free running
Posted By: Pc Carolyn Chambers on 16-Dec-2009
This article does not fully inform the reader of what the Police and council are trying to do. It's not so much targetting free runners but working with them and those affected by some of their actions. People may not appreciate that the Police receive regular complaints regarding free runners and we have to respond to that. I totally respect the discipline of Parkour and find it highly impressive but free runners must be aware that they can cause damage and nuisance by what they do. The police can't condone free running or say where it is safe to do it for various reasons. We met with several free runners last night and had a really useful meeting, they were a great bunch of lads and we don't think the worst of these young people, unfortunately a few free runners may be giving the rest a bad image.

"free runners must be aware that they can cause damage and nuisance by what they do"

-Which is why we check our surfaces, and structures before we do movements. Believe me lady, we don't want to be jumping on anything that can break. First and foremost, we are respectful, secondly, it would be UNSAFE.

"The police can't condone free running or say where it is safe to do it for various reasons"

-Name them. Tell us why we can not move through the environment. My hand can not damage a brick wall. Perhaps my friend's skateboard, or BMX bike can, but not my skin, heart and calluses.

"unfortunately a few free runners may be giving the rest a bad image"

-This seems to be prevalent in any sort of activity. If there are people on a roof, feel free to stop them. If there are people damaging property, feel free to stop them. But, if there are people hopping over a few walls here and there, shake their hands and tell them that they are breaking the mold on our generation.

The comments of that article are filled with local Cambridge traceurs, all stating what any traceur would: Safety and Respect.

One of them brings up an argument to this quote from the article: "...we cannot condone anyone placing themselves at risk in this way..."

Response: ((Posted By: Lazer Freek on 16-Dec-2009)) "Good thing that these practitioners never place themselves in extreme risk then. If that was the case, you might want to look at banning your local rugby groups as well."

The fact remains that people in authority positions ARE looking out for the community as a whole. For this I respect them. I especially appreciate the fact that they are talking to traceurs about the problem as well. As a whole, however, government officials simply are ignorant of the art of parkour. I do not mean that in a derogatory way, of course, simply a fact. They do not feel the need to put time into learning about something when it would be easier to ban it.

Just my 97 cents.

Hey man!

Check out the Richmond section of the forums over at

We Virginians spend most of our time discussing local things there as opposed to on APK (not that we don't love APK!!!)


"The Freerunner" Magazine / Re: The comics are awesome
« on: October 15, 2009, 02:01:53 PM »
Haha! Yeah I loved the latest one. The answer...being a slap....priceless. I actually lol'ed a little.

Thread & Board Archive / Paul "Leon" Mederos Community Interview
« on: October 01, 2009, 05:56:46 AM »
Just one question:

Boxer's or briefs?


Thread & Board Archive / Re: Need to help my cousin with his poetry
« on: September 24, 2009, 07:16:04 AM »
i'm sure no one on this site cares about poetry... Bother someone else. [WTF]

Before you randomly flame people online, maybe take a second to think about what you're saying.

I am an English major in college and will either go into story writing or poetry when I graduate. So some people do care about poetry on this site.

Not to mention, this post is months old. Don't bring up old, dead posts for no reason but to flame someone.

How about a Virginia Tech colored one for us VTPK guys? Ha, just for kicks, yeah?

I haven't posted here in forever.

You know, I thought the addition of laces would throw me off.

However, I find that I quite enjoy them. Other binding techniques would  be troublesome, and perhaps easier to break. Good, old-fashioned laces, will do the job quite nicely.

These are amazing, well done.

Pics & Vids / Re: Need a pic
« on: August 04, 2009, 09:06:47 PM »
Ah! You should totally use the picture of me ;)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: getting in touch with stephane
« on: May 17, 2009, 08:10:35 AM »
Was it the old Yamakasi video? Because that wasn't his "headquarters" was his house...

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: getting in touch with stephane
« on: May 05, 2009, 08:15:10 PM »
Your absolute best bet would be Majestic Force, imo at least.

Well, sponsored would mean you have to wear those things and I definitely wouldn't. I don't know how you're expected to trick safely in them.

I wouldn't support that company/design...

Agreed. I'm not sure I could walk safely in that. They are pretty much platform shoes... not my idea of a good time.

Parkour / Re: Wall climb help (has video of me)
« on: April 29, 2009, 04:22:32 PM »
A wall run can be either vertical or horizontal. Generally you just specify by saying vertical wall run or horizontal wall run.

Make us another video!!!

Socialize / Re: Leon Mederos is hawt
« on: April 29, 2009, 12:52:07 PM »

Pics & Vids / Re: The "UNKNOWN" Parkour wonder!!!
« on: April 29, 2009, 10:23:18 AM »
nahthe guys name is scott jackson

Yeah just saw on UF's page. They look similar, Kie seems a bit more powerful, but this guy is getting there.

Excellent, Cloak!

Way to keep motivated. I'm sure that if you stick with it you'll feel great gains soon. Don't be an internet stranger now!

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