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Socialize / The Neverending Fast - a new challenge for you
« on: September 09, 2011, 11:19:40 AM »
Hey everyone,
Traceurs "train to be ready for any situation," but so often we limit that to "any situation as long as it involves movement and we have no major disabilities." So a few years ago, I started experimenting with different ways of inconveniencing myself while training (can't use left arm, have to carry a baby-sized object, etc). My favorite experiment came about when I started wondering what it would be like if you had to function in an emergency situation, but there was no food available for a while.

So I decided to do a 72 hour fast (nothing but water), while continuing my daily activities. I still went to class, I ran a few training sessions, and jammed a bit. If I was invited to something and I normally would have said "yes," I said "yes."

A martial artist friend of mine and I have decided to make this into a bigger project that we're calling We're encouraging other people to engage in these 72 hour fasts consecutively, so over the course of a year the group has maintained a single, unbroken fast.

We launched on September 1st, and we've already had a good group of people sign up. I figured that since Parkour really inspired this whole project, some of you might be interested in taking part. To sign up, just go to and fill in the form. Check out the calendar ( to see when other people have signed up. Overlapping dates is okay - and actually encouraged!

Our next gap is tomorrow, so if you want to sign up and start right away... do it!

Hey everyone,
I haven't been around a lot the past year or so, but I used to be very involved with helping to run APK (see post count). Even now though, I still get at least a dozen emails a month from people asking what shoes they should get, so I decided to write a quick blog post reviewing the five shoes I have the most experience with. It was posted up on the main page a few weeks ago, but I thought I'd post it here in case someone missed it.

Feel free to send this to people when they ask you for advice. I didn't include a few of the more recent shoes that have been getting a lot of talk recently since I don't have any experience with them (I'm also not particularly fond of a lot of the recent shoes like the KOs), but I'd be willing to expand the article in the future.

Anyway, enjoy! You can see the article on my blog here:

I wuz out trainin n i slipd durng a kong. But then i reelized that tis waz mor efishscent. Wach the vid!

I used to blog quite a bit about parkour (and a lot of other stuff). I slowed down, and then stopped due to some technical issues. I resolved those a few days ago, and I've started to blog again!

The first one I wrote is about the importance of travel.

I'm hoping to start blogging close-to-weekly. I'm going to take requests for the next blog, so if you have a question, ask it here! It can be about me, about parkour, about my thoughts on parkour, or about my thoughts on anything else! If someone asks something really good, I might write a whole blog post, otherwise I'll take a few of the most interesting and write a post based on those.

Let me know what you think!

Socialize / Word Association v2
« on: May 11, 2010, 08:18:41 PM »
I locked the other thread because it was way, waaay too big, so now here is version two!

The rules:
I will post a word. The next person posts the first word that comes to mind when they think about that word. The next person then posts, etc etc.

First word:

Mid-Atlantic / XTreme Acro - TONIGHT! (Saturday) - ONE NIGHT ONLY
« on: April 10, 2010, 03:58:07 AM »
I'm in town for a family thing for the weekend, and I'm going to be in the Bethesda area in the late afternoon. Now, plans aren't 100% yet, but I was thinking about trying to get to XTreme Acro for their 7-9:30 open gym tonight (it's up on their website as "Open gyms are back!" so I assume they're on).

I'd love it if all of you could come and see me! I'm not 100% sure yet, but it's looking like a "I should be there" right now.

Come seeeee meeeee and fllliiiipppp with meeeee

New York / Rochester Rocks Jam - April 16-18th
« on: March 30, 2010, 03:24:28 AM »
Rochester, NY rocks - and we're going to show you why. April 16-18th traceurs from all over New York State (and surrounding states) will be descending on Rochester, New York for three days of jamming and fun! The highlight of the event will be our weekly Saturday jam at Manhattan Square Park, one of famous architect Lawrence Halprin's favorite pieces. We'll be exploring everything else Rochester has to offer, then wrapping up with a gym jam on Sunday.
For more information, check out To RSVP, email or sign up on the Facebook Event.

As always, attendance is free and housing is provided. Zachary Cohn and Jesse Danger are attempting to spark a tradition for major state and national jams to have a charity element attached to them. We're asking for the donation of either $5 or a canned good that will be given to a local foodbank, and we hope that all major jams will adopt this practice!

Parkour And Freerunning / Leave No Trace Tracker
« on: December 23, 2008, 09:03:28 AM »
The Leave No Trace Initiative was started as a way to encourage communities and individuals to show respect for their training environments and as a way to give back to their community. It also serves to show the world that we're not just dumb teenagers jumping off of stuff - we're actually serious about what we do.

Since it started, there has been at least one coordinated Leave No Trace Day, and then various other communities have held events throughout the year.

I'd like to show the world, in a single, consolidated place, what we're doing and how well we're doing it. If your community has held, or is holding, a Leave No Trace cleanup, post here once it's done with a write up, and pictures, and bags of trash picked up. At the bottom of this post we'll keep track of how many events have been held and how many bags of trash have been picked up. I think it'll be easy to see this number grow VERY rapidly. It'll be something that we can not only be proud of, but something that we can show the world!

Please use my post below as a template (if you don't have the write up linked somewhere... email it to me! I'd love it if we could post every single write up on APK's front page, so email it to me and I'll get it up there!), and try to keep discussion at a minimum. And remember, we're trying to catch up, so if you hosted one last year, post it up anyway!

Leave No Trace events: 49
Bags of Trash: 481

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