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Black ones are cool.  White ones OK.  Brown ones look like a dead persons feet  :o  Knit, umm.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Train by List?
« on: January 09, 2011, 12:16:48 PM »
30 second continuous movement drill

Consumer Whores / Re: Which Onitsuka Tigers?
« on: January 07, 2011, 03:19:24 PM »
How are they compared to Feiyues and the 5-10's?

Haven't tried the Feiyues.  I didn't like so much padding at the bottom of the Freerunners, haven't tried the Daescents but I'm guessing the 66's are still lighter and more flexible, and the Chase I feel is not appropriate for parkour at all.



Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Train inside or outside?
« on: January 07, 2011, 11:14:55 AM »
Both but prefer and tend to outside.

Weather is just an obstacle!  Don't disassociate yourself from the environment and the elements.

Consumer Whores / Re: Which Onitsuka Tigers?
« on: January 05, 2011, 11:37:12 PM »
I train almost exclusively in Mexico 66's.

Lightweight, snug, "good enough" grip, toe coverage, nice feel through the thin sole.  Perfect for me, I think I have 4+ pairs.

Women / Re: Girl Parkour Clothes?
« on: January 05, 2011, 10:58:35 PM »
since it is wrong for women to wear anything but dresses, coming down to ankle length of course, i think dresses are in order

Vote for ban.

I dunno if thats the official name or not, I was a bit excited and kinda jumped the gun and that was one of the names thrown out there.  :P

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Competition in parkour.
« on: January 03, 2011, 08:25:44 PM »
I don't want to defeat the obstacles, I want to make sweet, sweet love to them.

National Jams / San Francisco International Jam - June 17-19, 2011
« on: January 03, 2011, 08:17:53 PM »
That right folks, its on!  West Siiiiiide!  SFPK wanted to up the ante this year after a fantastic CA+wide Jam last year and make this year's a National Jam.  SF Parkour will be hosting, with support from Parkour Connections, the Berkeley Parkour Collective and many more of the awesome local communities in the SF Bay Area.

Friday 6/17 will be a chill warmup day for people coming in early.
Main jams will be Saturday 6/18 and Sunday 6/19, with multiple spots in both San Francisco and Berkeley.  We will likely have a Ninja Warrior challenge as well.

Lots of info coming very soon, but its definitely on so start planning to come jam on the best coast!

 ;D  8)

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: How to make a good parkour video?
« on: January 02, 2011, 02:42:11 PM »
Handstands on anything possible.


Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Personally Designed Parkour Park
« on: December 05, 2010, 09:54:43 PM »
Cornstarch and water

Dunno if it'd work, am curious though!  Sounds like speed+pressure makes it hard.  You'd need to keep it all sealed and capped up, so maybe the bar is filled and capped and then you have the end connectors?

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: It's easier to knock down than build up
« on: December 05, 2010, 07:14:03 PM »
Just saw this posted on Facebook by someone...

So true and certainly something to be worked on by all of us.

?  Saw what part?  I just wrote this myself... 

Parkour And Freerunning / It's easier to knock down than build up
« on: December 05, 2010, 11:46:21 AM »
It's easier to hate than support.
It's easier to judge others than judge yourself.  Or not judge at all!
It's easier to exclude than embrace.
It's easier to leave a trace than to clean up.
It's easier to ignore than to educate.
It's easier to quit than to persevere.
It's easier to make excuses than to be diligent.
It's easier to just stop in front of an obstacle than to overcome.

But what kind of traceur do you want to be?  What kind of person?

In a "flight" situation to "escape and reach" you may be intentionally putting obstacles in between you and your pursuer, obstacles that will slow them down whereas you can pass them quicker and put more distance between you.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Stripped to its Essentials
« on: November 05, 2010, 11:03:50 AM »
You make useful points, but your last bullet point is misleading.
The realization that you need to stop conscious thought when the time comes to act is an important one, but it's not the end of the story and it's therefore dangerous to make generalizations about it. Also in your training comes the realization that conscious thought, with all it's logic and definitions, has a vital role in practical situations both before and after the action itself.
This illustrates one reason why we should guide people by showing them questions and challenges instead of presenting them with answers, tempting though it may be to try and offer them a shortcut to the solution in this way. Answers change, questions remain the same.

Dave - Nowhere did I say conscious thought would stop.  I said that while in the moment, in practical application, leaning on definitions is meaningless.  You will not be thinking "I should do a parkour move now.  Now I should do a freerunning move.  No wait, thats not a freerunning move."  Your conscious thought will be based on current need, independent of definitions.

Really, really, ridiculously good looking.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Parkour Stripped to its Essentials
« on: October 26, 2010, 10:17:59 AM »
A hard topic, trying to use a few words to describe a physical discipline and philosophy.  I don't think you can separate physical from mental though.  One simply cannot exist without the other, otherwise you are a vegetable or a brain in a jar.  I try not to think of them separately (nor the spirit, but thats another story).  The problem I continue to see is when people try and create a clear black-and-white definition with a boundary of what parkour is, and isn't.  I don't think you can be that explicit.  It's not based on hard and fast rules, it's based on the individual's intent in a specific situation, and as that's always a personal and subjective thing it makes it difficult to define in broad, general terms, yet still be specific enough to differentiate it.  I feel that defining what is and isn't creates a boundary, a dividing line, an obstacle, and that's not really what parkour is about.  We do need to define it to some degree though, since that's part of communicating and educating others, transferring that knowledge.  Many practitioners also want to protect the idea of parkour, and not have it diluted or corrupted, especially as it becomes part of their identity.  I think people have highlighted the fact that there is parkour as a "thing" and then there is your own training for that "thing", and that people may train for it very differently.  That's an important distinction. 

How I have been approaching it thus far, though always trying to learn and refine further, is:

  • I try and act as a guide, not an all-knowing instructor.  Everyone should always keep an open mind, there is always more to learn.
  • I try and describe parkour as best I can, noting that there is no clear black-and-white definition.  There are lots of online resources and opinions to point people to.
  • I encourage people to get out there and start training.  Virtual and online only gets you so far, you have to experience the movements.  Only then will you be able to start understanding what parkour is, and how you want to embrace it.  Everyone will approach it differently.
  • As your knowledge increases, and your training progresses, you will not only be able to describe parkour more clearly, but understand that in practical application definitions are meaningless.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Opinons of training in the rain
« on: October 26, 2010, 08:44:19 AM »
Rain is just another obstacle.

Parkour And Freerunning / Re: Your Favorite Video Style?
« on: October 08, 2010, 07:09:41 PM »
I love watching videos that have natural sound, ie don't have a soundtrack or dub. 

Not saying it should be one way or another, but I do love unaltered recordings.  Edited sure, though the longer take the better.  But sped up, down, fisheyed and the like just takes away what I love most - the natural movement.  Using wires, faked up cuts, and whatever other film/movie techniques cheapens the natural parkour shown in the same sequence.  If you show something in slow mo, at least do one cut with it at realtime speed as well!


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