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Ash-assin
03-10-2007, 04:32 PM
Does anyone else do parkour in real life?
The way its used in the game looks like it will be amazing.

Ebai1990
03-10-2007, 04:38 PM
not really... every now and then me and a few buddies might mess around and try to climb walls and stuff like that.
i dunno if that would classify as parkour... i would just call it temporary ******ation and complete disregard of personal safety

altairrocks
03-10-2007, 04:46 PM
I do, its awesome.. but I can't do anything like Altair can do.

Ebai1990
03-10-2007, 05:24 PM
oh you mean spider-monkey your way up any thing that sticks out more than two inches?

dont beat yourself up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

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Ash-assin
03-11-2007, 04:44 PM
Originally posted by Ebai1990:
not really... every now and then me and a few buddies might mess around and try to climb walls and stuff like that.
i dunno if that would classify as parkour... i would just call it temporary ******ation and complete disregard of personal safety
well tachnically it is parkour lol, anything that gets you from A to B using only your body is parkour http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

SpyderNynja
03-11-2007, 11:42 PM
I do! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Dark_Prince11
03-13-2007, 09:04 PM
I've been doing it with my friends for some time now. I can do a little wall run, jumps, rolls, etc.

Btw, yes this is my post in a long time and this one will also probably be my first post for a while. Not really gonna be coming to the Ubi boards often. But hey all who might remember me. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

noobfun
03-14-2007, 05:58 AM
Originally posted by Dark_Prince11:
I've been doing it with my friends for some time now. I can do a little wall run, jumps, rolls, etc.

Btw, yes this is my post in a long time and this one will also probably be my first post for a while. Not really gonna be coming to the Ubi boards often. But hey all who might remember me. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

ive been known to trip over stuff when im drunk does that count?

blaneuk
03-14-2007, 07:51 AM
I've been practicing Parkour for 3.5 years now and I'm excited to see just what Altair can do... as long as it's kept realistic I'll be happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y22WKjwPg5g

There's a video of me training. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

noobfun
03-14-2007, 08:12 AM
Originally posted by blaneuk:
I've been practicing Parkour for 3.5 years now and I'm excited to see just what Altair can do... as long as it's kept realistic I'll be happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y22WKjwPg5g

There's a video of me training. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

nice, liking the scaffold stuff

SpyderNynja
03-14-2007, 06:19 PM
that rocked http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif huge inspiration right there

TheRealJimV
03-14-2007, 07:46 PM
Originally posted by blaneuk:
I've been practicing Parkour for 3.5 years now and I'm excited to see just what Altair can do... as long as it's kept realistic I'll be happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y22WKjwPg5g

There's a video of me training. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

Nice video http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

The only thing i can do is a complete backflip and frontflip .

XxKillabytexX
03-15-2007, 04:00 AM
I cant do nothing at all but there is always time to learn. How do you keep your balance?

Ubi_Rickas
03-15-2007, 05:05 AM
The upper body strengh is amazing.

blaneuk
03-15-2007, 05:49 AM
I cant do nothing at all but there is always time to learn. How do you keep your balance?

Practice! That's all there is to it. There are no shortcuts in Parkour, just experience. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

It's never too late to start! If you need any advice on how to get started then let me know.

Glad you liked the vid.

-Blane

theSpyGuy150
03-16-2007, 04:57 AM
Do you need to do lots of strength, stamina, etc training before you start parkour? Or can you just start on basic parkour stuff and through practicing that you will become fitter?

XxKillabytexX
03-16-2007, 05:29 AM
Practice! That's all there is to it. There are no shortcuts in Parkour, just experience.

It's never too late to start! If you need any advice on how to get started then let me know.

Glad you liked the vid.

-Blane


I need advice!

what should I start with?

blaneuk
03-16-2007, 05:32 AM
Well, you could just start practicing the basics and this will build a certain amount of strength, speed and stamina over time but if you truly want to excel in Parkour, as with many things worth achieving, you have to dedicate a significant portion of your life to it.

Everything from your diet and sleeping patterns to what you do with your spare time needs to be planned. Strength training, speed training, study in to muscle function, flexibility, recovery times etc. is all necessary to truly reach your potential. This is partly why it is considered a discipline rather than a sport, the other reason being there is no competition or ranking system.

So if you are interested in becoming a traceur (practitioner of Parkour) then I would suggest trying some very simple and basic movements such as balancing, passing over low obstacles and maybe some small jumps between two low objects. If you find you enjoy this and want to get better then the answer is to compliment regular practice with some strength training. With time you'll learn how to balance the two and soon you'll realise that your ability to move through an environment is directly linked with two things, your experience and your physical condition.

There are no shortcuts. Just practice.

Once again if I can be of any assistance to anybody considering starting Parkour, please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions you might have.

-Blane

XxKillabytexX
03-16-2007, 05:36 AM
So I should just start off with easy things like what?

Also I go to the gym 5 times a week is that counted as strength training?

blaneuk
03-16-2007, 06:08 AM
So I should just start off with easy things like what?

Also I go to the gym 5 times a week is that counted as strength training?


Well for your first day of training I would recommend going out and finding a low, thin wall or a very low horizontal rail/pole.

After some jogging and light stretching to warm up and perhaps some pushups and crunches, try to stand on the rail/wall without falling off. Once you can do this then progress to:

-Standing on one leg (make sure you try both right and left).
-Walking along the wall/rail.
-Turning on the wall/rail to face in the other direction.
-Crouching and trying to maintain balance.
-Any combination of the above.

Balance is the most crucial ability to have in Parkour. It's very low impact for the body so almost anybody can do practice this and it's something that you can improve quite quickly by just practicing for 15 minutes a few times per week.

If you want to try something else then try to pass over some low obstacles (perhaps hip height but it depends on your confidence). Use your hands to support your body as you aim to get your legs over. This is known as a vault or 'pass' and there are different techniques you can use in different situations including:

-Passing the obstacle with your legs to one side.
-Passing the obstacle with your legs between your arms (this is useful for gaining distance to land on another object).
-Passing the obstacle with one arm, useful for maintaining speed.
-Using a specialised technique known as a 'demi tour' or 'turn vault'. This technique involves passing over the obstacle and ending in a position where you face the direction you came from and are hanging with your arms on the other side. Useful for situations where you want to lower yourself closer to the ground before dropping.

Another great way to practice when you are first starting Parkour is to pick two points around 30-50 metres from each other with a variety of obstacles in between and try to go from A to B as quickly as possible whilst tackling the obstacles directly rather than running around them. This type of training develops your creativity and improvisational skills as opposed to learning a list of techniques.

Saying that, there are a variety of tried and tested methods and techniques that will allow you to overcome the majority of obstacles you might find in a city, forest or any other urban/rural environment.

As for going to the gym counting as strength training, that depends entirely on what you do at the gym.

-Blane

Era2007
03-16-2007, 04:54 PM
Excellent. I don't know how else to put it.
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theSpyGuy150
03-17-2007, 01:05 AM
I'm 14. Would parkour be bad for me since maybe my muscles haven't fully developed or something? Should I wait another year or two and in the meantime do some strength, balance, stamina and speed training so I'm fit enough when I do start, or should I just start on really basic stuff now and slowly move to more complicated things?

I am willing to commit some time to the more boring but necessary things, but I do have other things to do, namely school. I probably won't give up though, as my dream lifestyle would be to become a full-time writer, live a beach town and surf, and do parkour.

XxKillabytexX
03-17-2007, 02:01 AM
Thanks heaps for your advice Blanehttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Ill try doing somthing tomorrow.

The only problem is that the area I live in isnt exactally urban its a valley and there arn't many obsticles throughout it. Is there anyway I can make obisticles like jumping over a bin or somthing. Got any suggestions?

Also another question...
Can you make a living out of Parkour are there compertitions or somthing like that?

Thanks again for your help http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Blurzz
03-17-2007, 12:25 PM
Originally posted by XxKillabytexX:
Thanks heaps for your advice Blanehttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Ill try doing somthing tomorrow.

The only problem is that the area I live in isnt exactally urban its a valley and there arn't many obsticles throughout it. Is there anyway I can make obisticles like jumping over a bin or somthing. Got any suggestions?

Also another question...
Can you make a living out of Parkour are there compertitions or somthing like that?

Thanks again for your help http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

You can do prkour out of pretty much anything, you just have to have the imagination for it.
As for the second question, I'm pretty sure there aren't any official competition places. However, you can always get some friends together and do it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

assassinman568
03-18-2007, 06:54 PM
i live in a small place and there are not that many oper places to do this and all the building are taller than i can climb wat do you suggest

blaneuk
03-19-2007, 04:05 AM
theSpyGuy150 - I practice with some guys who started when they were 14/15. it's good that you're being cautious, but I can say with confidence that you can certainly begin practicing at your age. As long as you're careful and train sensibly then now is a very good time for you to begin preparing your body for Parkour.
Try to avoid TOO much strength training and conditioning and instead spend lots of time balancing, climbing trees, swinging around, running, some jumping etc. Stay active and focus on improving your basics and by the time you're 17/18 you'll have a great foundation to build on.

The 'boring' bits will probably only seem boring for a while. When you realise closely related your physical condition is to your ability to move, you will begin to enjoy both the conditioning and the movements equally.


Good luck with your ambition, I hope it works out for you.


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XxKillabytexX - I have some good news, you can practice anywhere! If you live in a rural environment then there's a good chance you'll have plenty of trees and perhaps even rocks surrounding you. Parkour can be practiced here since its purpose is to teach the practitioner how to move effectively to escape, chase or be useful in other ways. Anywhere you meet obstacles is a place to practice.

Bins or man-made obstacles are fine, you might be surprised with how much you can do with just a few items to work with.

You could technically make a living from Parkour at the moment, but you would have to be right at the top level to stand out from the crowd and get that sort of work. There are many examples of Parkour being used in the media right now with Casino Royale featuring a Parkour chase scene and the Luc Besson film, Disctrict 13 also featuring Parkour.
You may also have seen commercials, music videos and other places using similar ideas. I personally feel this is just a phase and once Parkour loses its 'cool new sport' vibe that it has right now then it will die down a bit and there will be very little call for a Parkour specialist in TV. Perhaps action movies will continue to use similar movements to entertain like it's done for years with the likes of Jackie Chan.

There are no competitions in Parkour as it is not a competitive activity. It was created for the purpose of useful movement to aid someone in escaping danger, chasing down a thief, hunting, saving someone from a burning building etc.


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assassinman568 - Despite what you may have seen from videos, you absolutely don't need buildings and rooftops to practice Parkour. This is only used for media purposes and it would be dangerous for a beginner to climb on to rooftops and buildings. Ask anybody with some experience (over a year) in Parkour and they will tell you that it's 90% ground level with a little height training thrown in to build confidence. Most of what we do is done on the ground.

If you read above and my other posts then I offer some alternatives to training in a city but I would need to know a bit more about your specific surroundings to offer any more advice. If you provide some examples or photos of your environment then I could help you further.

XxKillabytexX
03-19-2007, 04:46 AM
Thats great news about the trees and stuff.

No mean to brag but Im a great tree climber.

I've had 4 concussions from falling out of trees HELL YEAR.

I have giant trees near my house and if climbing them is considered as parkour than im as happy as hell http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Anyway ill give you some photos of my area soon see if you can give me any tips.

once again thanks heaps for all your help http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

blaneuk
03-19-2007, 05:34 AM
No mean to brag but Im a great tree climber.

I've had 4 concussions from falling out of trees HELL YEAR.

Isn't that a bit of a contradiction? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

...No problem, happy to help. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

assassinman568
03-19-2007, 10:51 AM
blane if you could give me an email adressor some thing id be happy to give you some pictures of my nieborhood. and what i meant was that this place is pretty flat not that many obstticles. but this sounds pretty cool if you have a diet id be realy happy if you gave it to me.

XxKillabytexX
03-20-2007, 01:41 AM
That would go for me as well Blane.

blaneuk
03-20-2007, 03:32 AM
You can contact me at: 'blane (at) teamtraceur.com' with any specific questions you might have. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

My diet focuses on plenty of foods that are high in protein to aid muscle recovery and growth, complex carbs to give me plenty of energy, fruit and vegetables because they're amazing and a little amount of quality fats (like olive oil) to keep me healthy.

I'm not sure how much you know about diet so I'll give you a few examples of what I eat. The important rule is simply, 'nothing in excess'. Try to mix it up from day to day to keep things balanced to ensure you're getting plenty of what you need.

Try to cut down/out foods high in sugar and fat and avoid fizzy drinks. I only drink water, semi-skimmed milk and fruit smoothies.


Some foods high in protein
-Turkey
-Tuna (and other fish)
-Chicken
-Egg whites
-Nuts

Some Good carbohydrates
-Potatoes (not chips/fries)
-Brown bread
-Pasta
-Rice

Various fruit & vegetables
-Bananas
-Oranges
-Grapes
-Melon
-Mango
-Sweetcorn
-Broccoli
-Carrots
-Cauliflower
-Brussel sprouts

Sources of good fats
-Brazil nuts
-Avacados
-Walnuts
-Sardines

Since Parkour is very demanding on the body I take a few supplements to help my joints to recover and healthy.

I take Glucosamine Sulphate, Cod Liver Oil and a Multivitamin everyday.

-Blane

wirelessfetus
03-20-2007, 05:11 AM
this guy is more on the martial arts and acrobatic side, but I still find it quite enjoyable to watch. The beggining is similar to parkour

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D2kJZOfq7zk

XxKillabytexX
03-21-2007, 01:39 AM
Hey I had my first parkour stack already. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gifYAYhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

I was running along a fence and I stacked falling onto a post winding myself really bad.

But I got a really good cut right accross my chest so its all goodhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

blaneuk
03-21-2007, 03:21 AM
OK, when did I recommend running along fences?! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Don't try to run before you can walk. Keep it simple and slowly build up! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

-Blane

XxKillabytexX
03-21-2007, 04:04 AM
It wasent like a sprint or anything more like a fast paced walk http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

Also what shoes do you use? Mine dont have much grip.

blaneuk
03-21-2007, 05:22 AM
I'm currently using New Balance 1050s. But you will be fine with any comfortable running shoe.

Try to find shoes that:

<LI> Have good shock absorbency (but avoid the Nike Shox style of cushioning, trust me).
<LI> Have a good grip.
<LI> Have no plastic sections on the sole (these notoriously lead to slipping on metal surfaces).
<LI> Fit well and offer good ankle support.

-Blane

assassinman568
03-22-2007, 09:24 AM
what should i start off doing to get fit cause im not realy that fit. im 14 right now. there are plenty of trees around my house if i could use those.most of them are pine

also i found this video it's cool http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=515642196227308929

SMOOTHRJ1
03-22-2007, 08:24 PM
yea wats up blane ive been trainning for a good 1.5 weeks and ive pretty much mastered the kong vault,the vault,the lazyboy, and somthin else.but yea i practice at my park but my area is nuthin but flatland. i climbed my houe(very stupid idea)and finnaly mastered the land and im stuck on the roll. im very strong and built speed is goo stamina is alright.., but hell i need somewhere else to train...im havin alot of trouble with jumpin distances with all the vaults and balance any advice

Doogsy1
03-23-2007, 12:49 AM
What I hate is when people get the fancyness of free running mixed up with the efficiency of parkour. If I'm correct, parkour is about using your environment to get to any location one desires, not doing backflips and stuff.

Anyways, I saw this documentary where these French guys (one might have even been Daivd Belle) where they where teaching 5 year olds and stuff how to jump correctly from rock to rock to prepare them so I suppose there is no time that's too early to start.

XxKillabytexX
03-23-2007, 01:26 AM
What I hate is when people get the fancyness of free running mixed up with the efficiency of parkour.

Last time I checked Parkour actually ment free runninghttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

blaneuk
03-23-2007, 04:13 AM
assassinman568 - 14 is a good age to begin preparing your body for physical activity and a great time to get fit - As long as you don't overdo it then you'll be fine.
If you have plenty of trees nearby then you can use them for pullups, chinups, hanging, swinging, climbing and moving around in. Combine that with pushups, some ab work and running and you will quickly become stronger, faster and generally fitter.
Diet also plays a crucial role in becoming fit.

SMOOTHRJ1 - Well done on getting out there and training. If you truly have mastered the techniques you mentioned then you have achieved something that other guys with 18 years of practice haven't achieved. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif
True mastery of a technique in Parkour is next to impossible. Unless you can use that technique in every possible circumstance then you have not mastered it.

Traceurs (practitioners of Parkour) often spend hours repeating the same jump over and over again. It is common for a jump to be repeated 50, 100 or even 200 times. Then they go back when it's dark and do it again 200 times. Then they go back when it's windy and do it 200 times. Then they go back when it's raining and do it 200 times.
Finally when they can do it in the dark whilst it's raining and in heavy wind 200 times then they might consider they've become 'not too bad' at it.

I don't mean to discourage you but I just wanted to explain that although you may be able to do a couple of things, you are probably years away from mastering anything. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

As for improving your jumping distances and balance, I'm afraid there are no shortcuts. Every solution in Parkour can be found in practice, just repeat again and again and you will gradually improve as you become stronger and begin to hone your technique. Additional strength training will speed up the process but it just takes time. Don't expect results overnight and if you truly want to excel at Parkour then be prepared for a long and tough (although worthwhile) journey lasting many years.

Sanctuary5 - You are correct. Parkour is about efficient movements and techniques that will be effective if you are chased and need to escape, or have to catch someone in a chase situation. It is purely functional and develops the ability to be useful in any situation, for example saving someone from a burning building or escaping from a collapsing structure... Parkour can help you in these circumstances.

Free Running is another branch on the tree of movement but is not to be confused with Parkour. Useful techniques are replaced or given less priority over flips, spins and other less useful (in an emergency situation) movements. I cannot go in to too much detail about this practice since I'm not a Free Runner but I know enough about it to tell you they are separate practices.

-Blane

irishassassin24
03-27-2007, 01:09 PM
I can do forward rolls, backward rolls, sausage rolls (woops my bad!),One handed wall vaults, SAS gate vaults and backward flips (Prince of Persia style). Thats about it. Oh yeah, I climbed up a tree once. If we're talking how to keep fit I just do 80 press-ups and sit-ups a day and around 50 chin-ups a day on top of the rugby,swimming and consistent running i do

XxKillabytexX
03-28-2007, 04:25 AM
I got one handed Vaults down really good. Also I can get on nearly every roof in my streethttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gifI still cant get a King Kong vault though. Any tips on how to do it?

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evasion438
03-28-2007, 05:27 AM
blaneuk i watched ur vid its awesome as. and you said youve only been doing it for 3 and a half years. im still vaulting benches and climbing up walls but i am getting better. im pretty broke so i have to live with worn uout skate shoes but i try to make do. im also having troube with monkey and kong vaults, i feel they are too hard to commit too. any tips for getting the feel for them?

blaneuk
03-28-2007, 08:11 AM
irishassassin24 - If you truly stick to that daily routine then you are severely limiting your potential strength levels.
Doing what you mentioned every day is a bad idea. Muscles do not grow stronger when you exercise, they grow stronger when you rest. The idea is to train hard to exhaust and break down the muscles, then allow time for them to regrow stronger in an attempt to protect them from breaking down next time you exercise.

I suggest doing that routine only 2-3 times per week. Perhaps Monday, Wednesday and Saturday or Monday and Thursday.

Depending on how much you know about the body and how much you know about exercise, you might find this hard to believe, but in your case, by doing less exercise you can become stronger. Spend the days in between working your legs or doing something else. Cardiovascular exercise such as running and rugby *can* be done everyday but if you want to be at your best then you need to once again allow more rest time in between training sessions.

XxKillabytexX and evasion438 - A monkey vault, kong vault, king-kong vault and cat pass are all the same thing. They involve passing an obstacle using your hands with your legs passing through the gap where your hands were. Whether you keep your hands on the obstacle throughout or not isn't important to the name of the technique. It's all the same. Some people may disagree with this but those are the people who spend too much time trying to define everything and not enough time just moving and training. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

So as for executing the technique, try to find a low (around hip height), horizontal, thin wall or a rail, ideally in a park with either a soft artificial floor, nice thick grass or if possible then find a gym with some crash mats.

If using a rail, you want to place your hands on it around shoulder width apart with your palms around the rail and your thumb underneath.
The idea is to use your legs to give you height and forward momentum and your hands to maintain balance in the air and reshape your body position so you can land on your feet.

If using a wall, you want to once again place your hands shoulder width apart but this time use open hands and use your palms to do the work.

Committing is scary for a start which is why you need to first use a soft surface that you're not afraid to fall on. You are likely to fall a few times before you learn this technique so safety is very important.

For a start don't use a run up. Just put your hands on the obstacle and jump up and tuck your knees. See if you can support your weight on your hands momentarily. When you get used to this then try the same thing but touch your feet on top of the obstacle in between your hands. From here it's just a case of practice and building confidence. Soon you will be able to go up, support your weight a little and push off so you land on the other side of the obstacle. It may sound obvious but make a concentrate effort to bring your feet down quickly once your feet go past the point where your hands were/are.

I recommend that you watch as many Parkour videos as possible that feature the technique and become comfortable with the exact execution of the movements involved.

There's an old video of me that has quite a few examples of cat passes that may help you. You can find it here (http://youtube.com/watch?v=T1V-yaGESJ4).

Sorry I can't be of much more help than that, it's very hard to explain just using words!

-Blane

evasion438
03-30-2007, 11:18 PM
i have sort of got it. im finding it hard now to take my hands off the object for the 2nd half so its mostly just like swiniging on my arms. i will keep working on it, and thanks heaps for the help.

knife_X
03-31-2007, 06:38 PM
Originally posted by Ash-assin: well tachnically it is parkour lol, anything that gets you from A to B using only your body is parkour http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

well then I do it everyday... it`s called walking haha :P

evasion438
03-31-2007, 11:55 PM
i wouldve said aything that gets you from a to b as quickly and efficiently as possible is parkour.

SpyderNynja
04-01-2007, 09:40 AM
ah but shouldn't there be obstacles to overcome in your path? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Kongs huh? I would advise to start on low soft areas as mentioned earlier to get the feel of "going into" the move. If you're having trouble letting go of the obstacle as you pass over it when you try the higher ones, try to propel your body forward with your hands and tuck your knees in, thats what I do, it gives you more speed, more distance and more overall efficiency of the move to overcome low passes and benches and whatnot. The kong is one of my most favored maneuvers.

XxKillabytexX
04-03-2007, 05:47 AM
Hey blane,

Im getting better at the vaults and jumps and stuffhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Can you recommend anything up a level just a little bit harder?

That would be great thanks.

Rowan (Yes that is my real name)

blaneuk
04-04-2007, 02:42 AM
Well keep working on your balance! It's a skill that you need to practice all of the time and maintain it when it's close to perfect. Perfect balance is almost impossible to achieve, if you think yours is good then try closing your eyes and repeating the same movements to simulate a dark environment. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Try combining everything you have learnt so far in to a short, fast sequence and drill it until you could use it to escape from somebody chasing you.

Try moving around in trees just swinging on the branches, moving silently across rocky surfaces and landing silently from small drops (start with 1 metre or less).

If you don't fancy any of that then watch some videos and if you see something you like then try to learn how to do it.

Good luck, I check back here daily so if you need any help, just ask.

-Blane

AC__fo__PS3
04-04-2007, 07:50 AM
Hey guys,

I have been practicing parkour for like 4 months and really wanna learn how to do a wall flip of a tree or other obstacles.

any tips Blane?



heres a vid of me and my friend http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mr9HED7AJRk

blaneuk
04-04-2007, 09:00 AM
This (http://www.wikihow.com/Run-up-a-Wall-and-Flip) tutorial should help but I cannot personally give you any advice on this movement.

Wallflips and tricking is something different to Parkour and you would need to ask someone else for more advice on that subject. All of my training is towards the goal of being able to move in such a way as if to escape, chase, hunt and move through an environment as quickly as possible, much like obstacle coursing.

I can answer most questions regarding this type of training - but virtually none related to acrobatics, tricking and the similar practices.

-Blane

Edo_555
04-05-2007, 03:04 AM
Assassin's Creed project looks promising http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif. Interesting background with + dark and stealthy character with realy poetic name + european parkour.



Just some interesting la parkour examples:

This one is nice:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pkf7MihF2o

Le parkour in Latvia:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=parkour+Latvia&search=Search

These arn't high resolution videos.
Assassin Creed aslou should use footskatinghttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

XxKillabytexX
04-05-2007, 03:16 AM
Heres a good Parkour vid (http://www.tagged.com/video_player.html?uid=20565305&vid=45661&ect=4xc5bzc&al_n=yav89jx0n)

Well it starts off good

Th3_Assass1n
04-05-2007, 10:31 AM
Hey, I do parkour, but it's a little hard some times, since we have winter and snow and ice half the year.

I live in a quite small place, with no real good structures to train on, but I hope that I'll be able to find some sweet spots soon.

XxKillabytexX
04-06-2007, 06:32 AM
Hey can anyone give me some tips on how to get more confidence with parkour. Cause I try to do some stuff but im a bit to scared to try it if you know what I mean. So any tips on how to commit to parkour would be great.

Thanks
Rowan

shadow_wolf404
04-06-2007, 12:27 PM
yeah me and my mate who have been inspired by assasins creed get together and go out for whole days of parkour

still cant do anything like altair

p.s does anyone know anywere really good for parkour around oxford much apreciated

llhenry
04-09-2007, 04:18 AM
all who are serious about starting free running should look here http://www.rip-cord.co.uk/phpBB4/viewtopic.php?t=2575

XxKillabytexX
04-10-2007, 03:14 AM
Ok Guys, Ive searched the net and this it what I got on Parkour and free running...


The BEST parkour and freerunning website.

Urban Free Flow aka 3flow (http://www.urbanfreeflow.com/)


My top five parkour vids

1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUksaD-JJgI)

2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jquXcwooV6A)

3 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=T1V-yaGESJ4)

4 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=WkHPQPozDRs)

5 (http://youtube.com/watch?v=JEbYtOEftc0)


Thats it. I hope it helps those like me who are learning parkour.

Thanks.
Rowan

P.S If anyone has any tips or tricks on how to gain more confidence with Parkour than can you please tell me.Thanks.

Also. Blane how long have you been doing Parkour for? and when you started did you really suck (like me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif)

QuailBones
04-10-2007, 10:32 AM
Eh, I use to be able to do things like this, but sadly in November of 2005 I was diagnosed with cancer (as the name suggests). It was in my knee so now I have a hard enough time just walking. Sucks because one of my favorite things to do was skateboarding.

ryukoken69
04-10-2007, 11:11 AM
is parkour where you put your left foot in then take your left foot out, you put your right foot in and shake it all about???
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

bloodline6
04-10-2007, 08:12 PM
i've been doing it for quite some time and the rush of it is unbeliveable and the freedom it's just an amazing thing to do but right now i had messed up my wrist so i can't do it but i can't wait untill it heals

blaneuk
04-12-2007, 04:52 AM
Also. Blane how long have you been doing Parkour for? and when you started did you really suck (like me Frown)
I've been practicing Parkour for 1,310 days now - I started on September 10, 2003.

You don't suck, you're simply new to Parkour as I was once and as every traceur is/was at some point. Stop worrying about how good (or bad) you think you are and just focus on improving a little each time you practice. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sorry to hear about your condition Carly, it's a shame when factors beyond your control have such a negative effect on your life. Good luck with everything.

-Blane

XxKillabytexX
04-13-2007, 02:28 AM
Um...Ill ask my question for a 3rd time (lol).

Any tips on how to get more confidence with parkour.

Thanks
Rowan

blaneuk
04-13-2007, 03:18 AM
Practice the basics over and over and over until you can do them without thinking. Then go to new spots and try to use the techniques there if there are suitable obstacles, if not, create some new techniques to overcome the obstacles. Adapt to new environments and always work with the obstacles and try to pass them.

Confidence comes with experience, just try to improve a little every day, you can't rush it.

If you have access to a gymnastics environment or some mats then perhaps using those will help you to build confidence with certain techniques. If not then try to practice on grass before moving to concrete.

Experience and the 'ability to trust your ability', will build confidence. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

-Blane

assassin1994
04-19-2007, 11:55 AM
i just gotta get this off my chest, did Sebastian Foucan invent parkour?

Karl_93
04-19-2007, 12:00 PM
hrm the jumping off two story building and rolling seems to be quite beyond me lol. how do u do this without killing urself?? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif

XxKillabytexX
04-20-2007, 02:13 AM
I think its all to do with shock absorbing. I know thats why you have to roll at the end cause it takes off the G forces.

The best I can do is about 4 meters but I have no idea how they do all that 2 story building stuff.

blaneuk
04-20-2007, 05:41 AM
i just gotta get this off my chest, did Sebastian Foucan invent parkour?

Nope - David Belle did, inspired by his father and upbringing. Sebastien later took Parkour and added his own philosophy and made a new practice called Free Running.


hrm the jumping off two story building and rolling seems to be quite beyond me lol. how do u do this without killing urself??

David trained steadily and progressively and slowly built his body up to a level that could take drops like that without any 'significant' damage to his body. If you attempt two-story drops without years and years (10+) of prior training then you are going to hurt yourself... you might not break anything if you're very lucky but the long term damage you are causing is exceptional.


I think its all to do with shock absorbing. I know thats why you have to roll at the end cause it takes off the G forces.

The best I can do is about 4 meters but I have no idea how they do all that 2 story building stuff.

It's partly to do with absorbing the shock but mainly to do with rolling to transfer the downward momentum in to forward momentum and spread the shock. Like a a skier taking a big drop, the great forward momentum helps the landing become softer for the body as opposed to just dropping straight.

Please stop dropping 4 metres - your body simply isn't strong enough to take that kind of impact yet. You may not notice any injuries and you may walk away unscathed but you are causing major long-term damage to your knees and ankles. You need to build these things up over time and judging by how long you've been training for, I doubt your body is ready to take 2 metre drops without causing doing damage, never mind 4 metres. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif

-Blane

Karl_93
04-20-2007, 02:33 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif thats nice to no ahead of time http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif {two days later u see on like newspaper headline, "crazy boy jumps off the empire state building!!"} that would sux lol

slowmoparkour
04-21-2007, 02:09 PM
Yeah, parkour is great! I'm really thankfull for this game. It will surelly be a success. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif (Just so everybody knows-tricking, flips and stuff ISN'T parkour!, i'm just saying http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

TraceurX
04-22-2007, 06:06 AM
Blane, dude... I was way surprised to find you on here!

I don't know you personally, but i've gotta say, nice work on you're recent 'dilution' article, and on your old 'power is nothing without control' video. You rank up there with the most inspirational traceurs I know of, along with the Armitage Brothers and Belle himself.

Doesn't matter that you may not be as good as Belle, your impact on my progress through parkour has been almost as strong as his.

Thanks.

DeViLsMiraGe
04-22-2007, 03:28 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif has anyone here got any tips on how to absorb the impact from jumping from a 5 meter high wall http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_eek.gif

and also , whats the safest / quickest way to roll after a high jump ?

ryukoken69
04-22-2007, 05:17 PM
no I dont parkour but I do boot scooten boogy, and eletric slide!
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

moawolf
04-23-2007, 04:30 PM
Yup i do parkour i think that the video you posted blane was kinda funny. You just leave it there all humble when you posted it. You are on team tracuer right wow i never figured i would see you on this forum gj blane.
BTW i do parkour too.
Blane vs. Altair who is better?

moawolf
04-23-2007, 04:31 PM
Wow i forgot blane you were the one with the dilution article best article on parkour for a while!

XxKillabytexX
04-24-2007, 04:57 AM
Hey guys.

Um I know that flps and stuff arnt parkour but im more tring to get the whole 3flow thing.

so...

Any tips on how to do some flips (nothing to hard)

Thanks for your help
Rowan.

blaneuk
04-24-2007, 05:25 AM
TraceurX - Nice to see another practitioner around here! I was drawn to these forums after seeing some AC videos and noticing the obvious movements being similar to those that we practice. I just check back for updates to this thread to help people understand and get started in Parkour!

I'm glad you like my article and my old videos, thanks for your support. Hopefully we can meet up and train some time.


DeViLsMiraGe - Yes I have one very useful tip, stop trying to jump from a 5 metre high wall.

Your body isn't ready for this and you will do a lot of damage to it. If you truly want to learn how to condition your body to take drops then it takes a lot of training, commitment and discipline. Start with half a metre or a quarter of a metre and learn the basics, then slowly progress as your muscles and bones become stronger.

As for rolling, it just takes practice to learn how to naturally roll after a drop, start on ground level on grass and then practice until you can do it well. Then move on to concrete and try it again at ground level. When you can do it over and over without pain then add a slight drop before the roll, no more than 1 metre, preferably less.

Basically the answer to all of the questions in this thread can be answered with the words, "repetition, practice and patience".

Moawolf - Yeah I'm in Team Traceur. I also wrote the article you mentioned and I'm glad you liked it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


Blane vs. Altair who is better?

Haha - I'm sure Altair's stamina, speed and strength are all superior to my own. I'd like to train with him some time. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

-Blane

blaneuk
04-24-2007, 05:34 AM
XxKillabytexX - Maybe check out www.trickstutorials.com (http://www.trickstutorials.com) for advice, they have forums, videos, articles etc. Good luck.

-Blane

King32Gofather
04-25-2007, 05:25 AM
hey blane my names grant or GK
iv been training in parkour for about 2 yrs.
That scaffolding stunts u were doing are really similar to my own but i prefer to perform a bit more flips than that (not saying u cant do good flips) oh hav u seen the trailer for AC--Im guessing u hav - well u'll notice how fast he climbs that wall to escape im only hoping that the games climbing speed will b that quick.,.,.,.,.,.,.,.

i know wat u said about upper body strength and i'll let u know i do quite a bit of fittness training already as i am an competition boxer http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif...(anyone else fight?)

im sorry but i dont hav any videos to post 4 u http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif

And also do u hav any special remedy's for brusing or sprains cause i recently did a double backflip off the side of a building that i climbed...i landed it but **** it hurt http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/1072.gif... sooo for any other dare devils out there dont think u can just jump into the proffesional stuff right away...

my favourite stunts are running along walls and leaping from balcony to balcony(u wouldnt wanna slip (3rd storey))

and my favourite thing about it is the massive adrenaline rush u get wen uu totally kick ur previous track(course) time

wat keeps u goin???

peace

XxKillabytexX
04-26-2007, 03:17 AM
Wait on wait on.

You did a doubble back flip!
dose that mean you span twice in the air and then landed?

If so...

HOLY **** thats crazy man how high up were you for that?

Also http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gifYAYhttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I did my first flip today I was bloody supprised when I did it cause I have only been doing freeflow for about a month now. Also im getting better I can do some stuff now that I never would have imagined that I could do when I started off (I still suck though http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif )

Anyway...Just saying congrats on doing a doubble backdlip (if that is what you did)

Also any tips on doing a Kong vault. I still cant get it http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

Thanks
Rowan

Karl_93
04-26-2007, 12:28 PM
Heres a story I wanna share about my old school. I'm not sure if this is such good advice for parkour, but this goes for a lot in life, especially long distance running, since I do that too. "Your only limits are what you set them out to be."

An american mile is 1600 meters, or 4 laps. My time is like 5:45 and I'm 14. A fast high school guy would do this in about 5:20 I think. Well this one girl has never run in her life before, but in PE class the teacher makes everyone do the mile. She wasn't there on the day everyone else did it, so she had to do it the day after, by herself. She had no idea what was fast, and ran the mile in about 5 minutes, without anyone expecting it!

Most people think, oh my friend got 6 minutes and I'm a bit faster than him, so I'll go for a 5:50, but all this really does is slow you down. Your body has limits way beyond what you think! I'm not saying you should rush your training, but trying to tell you that state of mind does a lot more than you would think. Like fear of doing a backflip. You falter while flipping, you hit your head and break your spine. Not something you wanna do lol http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
but anywayz dunno if I'm that clear in what I'm trying to say lol. never pay attension in english class http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif Well hope this helps!

XxKillabytexX
04-27-2007, 03:10 AM
Is that addresed to me?

If it is than...

I hear your argument about not moving too fast and I aggree with you. Now trust me im not moving to fast im still doing flips on a matress on grass so there is really no way I can hurt myself bad. Now im doing this because I know my limits and I know the moment that I go onto solid ground im going to snap myself. So I want a zero percent failer rate before I go onto solid ground.

So yer in my opinion im not moving to fast. Im just going at my own pace and im not trying to show up anyone im just trying to get a little better each day.

Thanks anyway.
Rowan.

P.S. Anyone got any tips on how to do a Kong vault.

Karl_93
04-27-2007, 11:13 AM
It wasn't aimed at you especially just thought it was a cool story http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif lol. no tips on the kong vault. Any tips for wall climbs? like when hanging on a wall and you have to get over the top? I can't seem to do them without exerting myself like hell!!! Dunno if my body just hasn't developed enough or if it's technical and I need more speed or something. Help plz!! thx http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

XxKillabytexX
04-28-2007, 02:49 AM
I have a bit of trouble with them but I find the more I do them the easier they get.

King32Gofather
04-29-2007, 03:46 AM
hey well done 4 ur first bflip

and 4 the kong volt 2 things
-streching is essential
-practice makes perfect

i know ur probably gettin sick of people tellin u to take it slow and practice makes perfect but so was i and thats how i broke my nose... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif ...haha

oh yeah the double bflip i did was about 3-3.5 metres high and i landed on grass(i think if i landed on concrete i would've broken my legs)

but the only thing u should nva listen to is the people who say that u cant do it!

goodluck http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Karl_93
04-29-2007, 11:07 AM
Hey I got a question that I'm not sure about. Shouldn't you bend your knees more than 90 degrees while landing? And does a slap help?? I'm kinda a bigginner so ya have some patience with me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

quicksilver_502
04-29-2007, 01:15 PM
i'd like to but am lazy and don't like jumping off big buildings. ah well. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif

XxKillabytexX
04-30-2007, 04:27 AM
Hey I got a question that I'm not sure about. Shouldn't you bend your knees more than 90 degrees while landing? And does a slap help?? I'm kinda a bigginner so ya have some patience with me

A slap??? http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_confused.gif whats a slap?

Also I find it easier to roll land, and from what I can gather thats the best and safest way to land http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

King32Gofather
04-30-2007, 10:25 PM
killabyte is right try to land with a roll to disperse the pressure from the jump...

and when ur practicing ur landings jump down on an angle because it is much easier to land with a roll then.,then from a vertical drop

and yeah i've been doin parkour for bout 2yrs and i've neva heard of the term "slap" maybe its a different country thing or sumthin cause i dont know wat uu mean http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Karl_93
05-01-2007, 03:47 AM
supposedly for vertical drops i guess
http://www.highlanders.co.za/parkour/training/?id=7
and ya i no bout the roll just wonder wut this was lol

XxKillabytexX
05-01-2007, 04:08 AM
@ Karl

Here use this site (http://www.urbanfreeflow.com/)

Heres the tips section (http://www.urbanfreeflow.com/fundamentals/fundamentals.htm) It helps me out heaps http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Thanks
Rowan

Karl_93
05-01-2007, 04:14 AM
exactly on the tips section. go to landing. tada my slap! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif
thx anywazy

XxKillabytexX
05-01-2007, 04:58 AM
I still prefer a roll landing.

Rowan

skater1994
05-01-2007, 11:42 AM
He Blane one of your videos is also on parkour.nl am i right?
i also doeing parkour it's a realy fun sport

Karl_93
05-01-2007, 12:38 PM
lol hey I'm spider man!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif i got bitten today while climbing trees lol, not gonna do that for awhile, though maybe I'll get super powers now whoot!! then I won't have to train http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/touche.gif

Assassin_411
05-01-2007, 03:33 PM
So the Parkour is hella crazy... Really awesome what everyone is doing! My questions is, what are some of the injuries that you all have gotten?

JGaSSaSSinS78
05-01-2007, 06:54 PM
Hey guys ive been doing parkour for about 1 year seriously and 3 more on and off. For anyone who needs to work on aerial moves like technique for a flip or something i would suggest a tramp for technique only.For the injuries question i have broken an ankel,wrsit,and lots of fingers.

XxKillabytexX
05-02-2007, 02:56 AM
So the Parkour is hella crazy... Really awesome what everyone is doing! My questions is, what are some of the injuries that you all have gotten?

Ive only just starded parkour and ive already.

~Pulled a muscle in my chest that kains whenever I try and do somthing (and the bloody thing wont heal) http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_mad.gif

~Ive also landed straight on my head from about a meter and that gave me one hell of a headace http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif

Before I knew about parkour I used to climb trees and from that I got...

~A dislocated sholder or 10

~Sprained my legs and arms a few hundred times

~And a concussion http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Ive also fallen heaps of times out of trees and off ledges and stuff but never broken a bone. Dont get me wrong ive been in plenty of incidents where I should have broken a bone but I never have. I owe it all to drinking 2 liters of milk a day since I was 8 without fail.

All of the parkour injuries happend within a month and I think it was just cause I was starting (I still suck and stack bad about once a day but its all good http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif)


I really hope I havent put anyone off parkour. Most of those injuries were based on my stupidity I tried to do stuff I coludnt. So if you know your limits you wont get hurt.

Thats about it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Rowan

Assassin_411
05-02-2007, 01:12 PM
Dang man.. that is pretty crazy.... Yeah.. i know about muscle pulls that just wont seem to heal.. i pulled a muscle in my upper back and thought i was never gonna breathe right again..

much props to you continuing to rawk the parkour. good stuff.. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

Karl_93
05-03-2007, 12:43 PM
Well not really a parkour injury, but when I was like 7 I broke my arm like crazy. My bone was like sticking out of my elbow http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/bigtears.gif hurt like a *****... well ya so it kinda healed rong so now my left arm is weaker, and less coordinated, so i have to work with it a lot. Well as for parkour injuries i dont have anything, just minor cuts and brusies, (and my spider bite) http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif well I'm relatively new to parkour and hope nothing bad happens to me http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

XxKillabytexX
05-06-2007, 04:33 AM
Hey Blane I read your Dilution article, thats if it WAS by you. Im a bit confused did you write it? or did someone else write it and you just posted it?

Its here if anyone wants to read it (and you sholud read it) (http://www.aparkour.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=772)

But I read it anyway and I have to say it really made me think. I really understand and I no longer feel like I have to compete with anyone else (espically when most of my friends are better than me) so yer thanks for that cause I was really getting worried and was even considering giving up parkour but thanks to that article and a flawless lazy vault I did today my confidence in my parkour ability has been restord.

Also where have you been Blane? I havent herd from you in a while http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif I also saw your Lisses 2007 video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89PrgSezHoA&eurl=http%3A%2F%2Fblane%2Dparkour%2Eblogspot%2Ecom %2F) and I liked but you could have chosen some happier music http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif that music was a bit depressing (lol)

Anyway thats about it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Rowan

Karl_93
05-11-2007, 07:03 AM
wheres blane!! *twiddles fingers*

blaneuk
05-11-2007, 09:02 AM
Hey all, sorry I've not been around recently.

Yes, I wrote Dilution a little while ago and posted it on my blog (www.blane-parkour.blogspot.com)... it has since been spread to many other Parkour websites and forums for all to see. I'm glad you appreciated it. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Sorry that you found the Lisses music a bit depressing! The video was mainly for the guys who went and a lot of the lyrics suited the personal journey we took that week.

It's sad to hear about all of the injuries people have been explaining, I think this might be due in part to rushing things and trying to jump before walking. Accidents do happen but generally Parkour is a VERY safe thing to do due to the emphasis on slow, steady development.

Parkour helps you become very aware of your surroundings and environment and you are therefore less likely to be the victim of accidents, falls and injury.

In almost 4 years, the only injury that was more serious than a bump or bruise was landing on my wrist with my full bodyweight. I bruised a bone and was out for about 5-6 weeks. Compare that to many other sports and one injury in 4 years is very reasonable.

Small cuts, bruises and abrasions are good because they remind you that you need to work harder to perfect your techniques. They also remind you that you're human and need to focus 100% during a jump.

To answer some earlier questions and clear up some things...

'Slapping' the ground describes a technique used in Parkour to lessen the impact of a drop. If a roll is not possible due to space restrictions or for some other reason then you can use your arms and hands to cushion some of the impact, much like a cat would use all 4 limbs in the total process of compression.

It's important not to take the cat simile too seriously as we definitely don't want to land on our front limbs (arms) first! Land using the legs first of course and compress whilst leaning forward... then the hands contact the ground and the arms are used to take some of the weight so it's not all transferred to the legs. It takes a lot of practice to get this just right and to get the balance of cushioning just right, but in the long run it's worth learning.

skater1994, yes I'm sure a video or two of mine has appeared on parkour.nl. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Now I have more free time during the day I'll keep my eye on this thread!

Happy training everyone.

-Blane

evasion438
05-13-2007, 06:20 AM
working on dash vaults right now. they take alot of committing. but i got the monkey and kong after a while so i will get these.

SpyderNynja
05-13-2007, 10:22 PM
it's really nothing, we can do SO much better, but here's some quick jumps and vaults we got today.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EgZbrOhG5NY

I'm the one with the blue mohawk http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Hjassassin
05-14-2007, 02:38 PM
wow, never thought I would see "The" Blane on this forum :P

u rock, your vid made me start training parkour http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Jiaan_Falcon
05-14-2007, 08:25 PM
@Blane: I've got a question, I was wondering what kind of traing a girl would have to do. As much as I hate to admit it, guys are generally stronger than girls, and I'm not exactly the strongest person out there. In fact I've got virtually no upper body strength compared to some, but I am stronger than most think. So what do you think I should do.

King32Gofather
05-16-2007, 07:49 PM
hey a swiftslasher i'd think about doin alot more practise before postin anymore videos if i were u...no offence but i'd say the most exciting thing in ur vid was that sweet looking play equipment http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

XxKillabytexX
05-17-2007, 03:55 AM
King32,
swiftslasher7 's video isnt that bad and dont forget it is titled Parkour SAMPLER so maby he can do more stuff. However I consider myself quite bad at Parkour and I can do everything in that video appart from a tick tack and those flip vaults over the chairs.

Also @Blane (or anyone who can help)
Heres my training schedule:

Warmup = Streching, 3 sets of 12 pushups, 3 sets of 12 chinups
Cooldown = Streching

Monday
-1hr light training after school
-broken into:
-10min warmup
-20min training focusing on upper body
-20min training focusing on lower body
-10min cooldown

Tuesday
-1hr,45min resonable training
-broken into:
-10min warmup
-45min focusing on upper body
-45min focusing on lower body
-5min cooldown

Wensday
-1hr hard training
-10min warmup
-20min focus on upper body
-20min focus on lower body
-10min cooldown

Thursday
-rest

Friday
-resonable training with overall focus (warmup and cooldown included)

Saturday
-Sport in morning (baseball)
-1hr, 30min Parkour session with overall focus (warmup and cooldown included)
-Gym session in afternoon

Sunday
-This is where it all comes together I go out usually with a friend or two and just jam around at parks and carparks and stuff for about 3hrs (warmup and cooldown included)
-Gym session in afternoon


Now I was just wondering if I should be doing stuff differently so any recomdations you could make would be great.

Thanks http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Rowan

blaneuk
05-17-2007, 04:58 AM
Jiaan_Falcon: There are quite a few girls practicing Parkour currently and I'm sure that number will grow over time. You can see a few videos of girls training here (http://youtube.com/results?search_query=girl+parkour&search=Search).

As for differences in actual training, you are correct in saying that girls are generally not as strong as guys due to various reasons but that doesn't mean your training should be any different.
Place an emphasis on upper body training such as pushups, pullups, any sort of climbing, swinging around in trees and hanging from things. All of the above will strengthen most of the muscles needed in your upper body to improve your ability to move.

I wouldn't say do anything different from the guys, just understand that you might have to work a little harder to achieve what they might. Treat it like a challenge and just focus on improving a little each week. Try not to compare yourself to others and just try to be satisfied with seeing a gradual improvement. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

XxKillabytexX: That sounds like quite a good, well-rounded regime you have there.

I would suggest adding some light jogging, skipping or crawling BEFORE you stretch - you should never stretch when your muscles are cold. Warm them up first then stretch. Do the pushups and chinups before the stretching if you like as this will warm you up too.

Besides that, if that regime is working for you then keep it up. Be sure to make it a little harder every week or so just to ensure you're progressing.

The most important advice I could give to someone looking to train more is to listen to your body.

If your legs are tired, train your arms,
If your arms are tired, train your legs,
If both are tired then focus on your core,
etc.

Listen to your body and react to how it feels, if something is tired and sore then it needs rest to heal and regrow. Don't force an upper body session if your arms are tired just because you made a plan to last week. Listen and adapt to overcome.

swiftslasher7: I've not checked out that video yet but I will! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

SpyderNynja
05-17-2007, 09:10 PM
Originally posted by King32Gofather:
hey a swiftslasher i'd think about doin alot more practise before postin anymore videos if i were u...no offence but i'd say the most exciting thing in ur vid was that sweet looking play equipment http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif

its not my best at ALL http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

we haven't had any good obstacles since manhattan, but i'd figure i'd throw something in just for the heck of it http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Karl_93
05-18-2007, 08:03 AM
I live in Sweden and the obstacles here sux. Well not really but there all spaced out a lot and the only real good places to practice are places where I dont feel comfortable-running round someones house or yard lol. The playgrounds are ok but no like urban areas here where ppl dont care wut u do. My favorite places to go are schools since they have a diversity of things around. Anywyaz I don't feel comfortable with lots of ppl watching and kinda just lose my vibe but guess i just gotta get used to it. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Kamiks
05-18-2007, 08:14 AM
Hey, lol, I live in Sweden to, and my name is Carl as well. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif (Though with a C)

I find the terrain kinda hard as well, but you just have to improvise. At first, I didn't find a single thing, but now I can find things everywhere. I've improved a hell of alot by just climbing around.
I do not climb peoples balconies or such, since that is illegal (here at leasthttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif), but I do climb up things like garages, or parking houses. Donno if that is illegal, but people tend to take that more lightly.

Where do you live btw?

Karl_93
05-18-2007, 08:28 AM
Lännersta, Boo, kinda near Nacka, so pretty much just the outskirts of Stockholm. You? Man thats pretty sweet cuz I don't no many ppl here that do parkour! Lol I guess if climbing garages is illegal and the police are after you than u'll just have to parkour ure way outa there! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif Thats what it's for anywyaz! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif As I said before, I just stick to playgrounds and schools, so I don't have to worry about if it's illegal or not. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Kamiks
05-18-2007, 12:10 PM
Cool, I live in Karlstad, and from what I know, there's like 15 people here doing parkour. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

But yeah, that's kinda the plan. If they try to catch me.... Well, their gonna have to try. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

I usually go to playgrounds and schools as well, but I kinda crave new things sometimes.

XxKillabytexX
05-23-2007, 06:11 AM
Hey, Just a question.

I feel like im going backwards in my training. I dont know, its just that over the past few days I havent really inproved with anything and im having a bit of trouble getting past my mental blocks. So any tips?

Good news on the other hand is that I have found an alrite place to train and it looks like I might be able to make the next Australian National Parkour Jam and I cant wait for that.

Also one last thing to Blane,
Where were you into about 2 months of your training? Like what stuff could you do?
Just a comparason to see how im going.

Thanks
Rowan

wollbert23
05-23-2007, 08:51 PM
Id love to do it, but I have not very many places at all around where I live and its not too well known around here either.

blaneuk
05-24-2007, 02:31 AM
Rowan, I would definitely recommend that you go to that Australian National Parkour Jam that you mentioned - you would no doubt learn a lot and make some new friends to practice with.

As for feeling a lack of progression recently, this happens sometimes but rest assured that something will be improving even if it's not obvious what that is. Every time you practice you will be building muscle memory, improving your spatial awareness and strengthening neural pathways. Just because you can't jump further or vault faster than you could last week doesn't mean you're not improving. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Also, try not to compare yourself to anybody else. It doesn't matter how good or how bad I was after two months, all that matters is how you feel after two months. Parkour is a very personal journey and each person should focus on their own progression without comparing themselves to others. We all progress at different speeds and in different areas with more ease. I remember I was better at two months that I was at one, but not as good as I was at three.

Wollbert23, unless you live in a flat field with thousands of flat fields around you then I find it difficult to believe there aren't ANY obstacles around you. Take a walk in a straight line and every time you are forced to change direction in order to continue, means you have met an obstacle. This obstacle can then be used to practice Parkour with. Try to overcome that obstacle directly and repeat the process over and over until you can do it cleanly, quickly and without stopping.

You might be surprised to find others in your area who practice. Where are you from? Perhaps I could put you in touch with some locals who already train.

-Blane

XxKillabytexX
05-24-2007, 05:19 AM
Hey Blane,

Got anytips for a turn vault?
I can do a pop vault and a two hand vault but I cant seem to get my mind aroud a turn vault. Its not a mental block or anything I just cant seem to do it. Ive watched heaps of vids on it but still no luck so I wondering if you could help me out with them.

Thanks
Rowan

TraceurX
05-24-2007, 12:43 PM
Yo Blane. What shoes do you use? My free Adidas Traceurs have started smelling pretty bad recnently... So i'm probably going to invest in some new ones. Any advice?

Obscur1910
05-26-2007, 08:40 AM
I'd suggest anything with horizontal bars going across for good traction when running/climbing walls etc.

sparkikus
05-26-2007, 10:35 AM
blane is a legend in parkour, very well known and a true inspiration to all of us who train in bristol uk.

we all quote if someone does something impressive, it was done "blane style!"

have read your blogs mr blane and we all agree your progression is ultimately phenomenal.

would be great to here from you as i would be the envy of all down here =P

"power is nothing without control"

e41000
05-26-2007, 11:29 AM
Yo Blane im from Bristol too, been practicing for almost 2 years now, just wondering did i see u in a vid with David Belle giving u a lesson on Dame duLac? p.s. would love to come along to hell nite sometime. E4

Mitsukorocks
05-27-2007, 02:38 PM
The Bristol Traceurs have invaded the AC boards http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Me, e4 and Sparkikus are planning on going to Leicester to train at some point. I'm recovering from a serious injury at the moment but hope to begin training soon enough.

Other than Hell nights do you have other regular jams?

- Matt

DimDagger
05-27-2007, 05:24 PM
I used to be very into parkour, not so much anymore because I have other more urgent interests. I love climbing around and jumping though... the stuff Altair does is definately parkour, the founders themselves have stated that the sport has always been there, just not classified.

blaneuk
05-29-2007, 06:10 AM
Rowan, find somewhere with a low rail to practice turn vaults on. You might need to build some more upper body strength before you find this technique easy since it relies on supporting your entire body weight on your arms temporarily.

Assuming you have watched a few examples then you will have a basic idea of what this technique comprises of so I'll just mention some fine details.

If you are turning to the left then you want to have your right palm facing up and your left palm facing down. The right hand doesn't move along the rail, it just twists slightly so the palm ends up facing downwards. Only the left hand leaves the rail and moves to the other side of the right hand.

If you are turning to the right then you want to have your left palm facing up and your right palm facing down. The left hand doesn't move along the rail, it just twists slightly so the palm ends up facing downwards. Only the right hand leaves the rail and moves to the other side of the left hand.

Make sure you concentrate on hand placement first, then worry about your feet. This is very important as if you miss with your hands then you will fall whereas if you miss with your feet then you can still hold on.

That doesn't mean you shouldn't think about your feet because they are important. The technique will change slightly depending on the obstacle but generally try to bend your knees deeply and contact the wall (or whatever) with the balls of your feet.

Just keep practicing and you will get it. Do not try this at height until you have perfected the technique. I don't mean when you think you're good at it, I mean when you can do it at ground level 1000 times perfectly, in complete control. Even then it can be a dangerous technique if performed incorrectly so care and common has to be taken.

TraceurX, I currently wear New Balance 1050's but any good pair of running shoes will be fine. By 'good' I don't mean expensive - you don't need to buy £100 shoes to practice Parkour, just find some comfortable running shoes with good grip, some shock absorbtion (but avoid Nike Shoxx) and adequate ankle support. I can recommend 'Kalenji' as being a cheap brand and good choice if you can find any but if you can't then Nike, Adidas or New Balance (amongst others) all offer a wide range of affordable running shoes.

Sparkikus, Thanks for your kind words and I'm flattered that you're inspired in any way by me, I'm really nothing special. Thanks for keeping an eye on my blog, it's much appreciated and feedback is always welcome.

e41000, Two years now? Wow, great, I hope you've enjoyed your training so far! I think I know the video you're talking about but unfortunately that's not me receiving a lesson by David Belle... I think it was a Russian traceur. As for Hell Night, you are always welcome and they are usually Wednesday evenings from 7pm - 11pm. The format has changed a little and is less structured but if you want to come along then send me a private message and we can arrange something.

Mitsukorocks, Yeah it's cool to see so many traceurs on these boards supporting this thread! You are all welcome to come up to Leicester to train, I'd be happy to show you around. Sorry to hear that you're currently injured, I assume you've been to a doctor about it but if there's anything I can do to help you recover then let me know. Take it easy and concentrate on strengthening other parts of your body and when you're healed, don't rush back in to things, you have all the time in the world. Although I train every day, the Leicester traceurs tend to meet up on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays around Leicester University to practice together. You are all welcome to come along to any of these sessions, just contact me beforehand and I'll do my best to help you out and show you around.

DimDagger, I hope you enjoyed your time training in Parkour and remember that the door is always open for you to return to the discipline if you find yourself with more time! There have been many people I have known who have left the discipline behind but they all agree that it taught them something about themselves and was worth spending some time trying. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

XxKillabytexX
06-02-2007, 03:39 AM
Hey Blane,

Thanks for the tips on the turn vaults. I got them first time. Turns out I was just placing my hands wrong.

Just a question,
This last week I have been really busy and appart from the occasional half hour at school I havent really been able to do some Parkour. Its not a long term thing, I should be back to my usual routine next week but I was just wondering if not doing much for a week can have a serious effect on my parkour ability espically while im starting out.

Also im focusing on handstands right now, so any tips for them would be great.

Thanks
Rowan

OniLinkSword
06-02-2007, 04:08 AM
I'm into parkour. Belive it or not it was Splinter Cell that got me into it mostly. I mean, I would of gotten into it without it but it defently gave me a nice boost into it. It's a lot of fun. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

moqqy
06-02-2007, 04:14 AM
It looks kinda funny.. I mean, big people jumping off rocks and chairs and what else.

No offence, but reminds me of playing children http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

King32Gofather
06-02-2007, 07:08 AM
Originally posted by moqqy:
It looks kinda funny.. I mean, big people jumping off rocks and chairs and what else.

No offence, but reminds me of playing children http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

Jealous-much haha http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif try it sometimes its really fun and a fantastic work out... geez dont knock it till u try it (like anal) http://media.ubi.com/us/forum_images/gf-glomp.gif

it is also a great advantage to have over those annoyng cops always chasing me and braking up parties and stuff...

thanx

moqqy
06-02-2007, 08:48 AM
Originally posted by King32Gofather:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by moqqy:
It looks kinda funny.. I mean, big people jumping off rocks and chairs and what else.

No offence, but reminds me of playing children http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/halo.gif

Jealous-much haha http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/53.gif try it sometimes its really fun and a fantastic work out... geez dont knock it till u try it (like anal) http://media.ubi.com/us/forum_images/gf-glomp.gif

it is also a great advantage to have over those annoyng cops always chasing me and braking up parties and stuff...

thanx </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Yeah, I am jealous of what the people can do who practiced it for a long time. The stuff they do don't look so bad, but still jumping everywhere without meaning looks silly :P

The worst is the startes lol. They're like jumping off some chairs, looks really funny. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

thedarkestsin
06-03-2007, 05:04 PM
hey blane im just starting parkour and i really wanna get good at it.......... would u mind telling me how to start off??

thedarkestsin
06-03-2007, 05:11 PM
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SpyderNynja
06-03-2007, 08:17 PM
its a coincidence you had problems with turnovers killabyte, i just got over my problems with reverse turnovers, lol

I got em down pretty well now and they look sweet, theres one in my newest video at around 1:50 which can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I_lmeY9Tjrc

If you've got an account, leave me a comment http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

blaneuk
06-04-2007, 02:29 AM
I'm glad you improved your turn vaults Rowan, hand placement is a big thing with this technique and it makes sense that once you had that sorted then the problem solved itself. Keep it up!

Taking time off would cause you to regress in some areas but it's more likely to be your awareness, sensitivity and strength endurance that suffers rather than your technique. The technical elements are like that of riding a bike and you don't forget them very easily.

Saying that, taking a week (or four) off won't make much of a difference so don't worry about the occasional week without training. I train every day but once per year I tend to take a week or two out to fully rest and recover, with just some mild muscle maintenance exercises.

I'm not very good at handstands, you will probably find some better advice here (http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-34,GGGL:en&q=handstand+guide)/ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

OniLinkSword, Splinter Cell was a big influence on me getting in to Parkour too. I bought the original Splinter Cell game back in 2002 and I always appreciated how Sam moved, so it was only natural for me to begin Parkour in 2003, based on this appreciation of the need to be strong to overcome obstacles and other influences and interests.

moqqy, jumping off chairs does sound a bit funny but I've never in my life seen anybody do this in a Parkour video! Perhaps they were practicing their landings or something? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I don't find it offensive at all that it reminds you of playing children because that's exactly what it resembles. Society dictates to us that when we grow up, we should stop 'playing', having fun with our friends, exploring and trying new things so it makes sense to me that you might find it childish.

The one thing you said that I can't leave uncommented on is:


but still jumping everywhere without meaning looks silly :P


It may well look silly to you but rest assured there is a meaning. Parkour is a discipline with a practical purpose. It's roots lie in altruism and methode naturelle, in which people would train physically and mentally to become strong in every sense of the word.

The idea is to "be strong to be useful" for yourself, and for others. Parkour teaches people how to escape from danger, how to move through an environment if being chased, how to catch someone who stole your wallet or how to climb the building to save the baby from the 7th floor.
Please don't assume that it just involves jumping off of high things mindlessly for a rush because if this is your experience from Parkour to date then you haven't been watching Parkour videos, just people doing stunts.

thedarkestsin, if you read the previous pages you will find quite a bit of advice to help you in starting Parkour but here is what I would suggest you start with:


Well for your first day of training I would recommend going out and finding a low, thin wall or a very low horizontal rail/pole.

After some jogging and light stretching to warm up and perhaps some pushups and crunches, try to stand on the rail/wall without falling off. Once you can do this then progress to:

-Standing on one leg (make sure you try both right and left).
-Walking along the wall/rail.
-Turning on the wall/rail to face in the other direction.
-Crouching and trying to maintain balance.
-Any combination of the above.

Balance is the most crucial ability to have in Parkour. It's very low impact for the body so almost anybody can do practice this and it's something that you can improve quite quickly by just practicing for 15 minutes a few times per week.

If you want to try something else then try to pass over some low obstacles (perhaps hip height but it depends on your confidence). Use your hands to support your body as you aim to get your legs over. This is known as a vault or 'pass' and there are different techniques you can use in different situations including:

-Passing the obstacle with your legs to one side.
-Passing the obstacle with your legs between your arms (this is useful for gaining distance to land on another object).
-Passing the obstacle with one arm, useful for maintaining speed.
-Using a specialised technique known as a 'demi tour' or 'turn vault'. This technique involves passing over the obstacle and ending in a position where you face the direction you came from and are hanging with your arms on the other side. Useful for situations where you want to lower yourself closer to the ground before dropping.

Another great way to practice when you are first starting Parkour is to pick two points around 30-50 metres from each other with a variety of obstacles in between and try to go from A to B as quickly as possible whilst tackling the obstacles directly rather than running around them. This type of training develops your creativity and improvisational skills as opposed to learning a list of techniques.

Hope that helps, if you have any other questions then don't hesitate to come back here. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

moqqy
06-04-2007, 02:32 AM
Originally posted by blaneuk:
I'm glad you improved your turn vaults Rowan, hand placement is a big thing with this technique and it makes sense that once you had that sorted then the problem solved itself. Keep it up!

Taking time off would cause you to regress in some areas but it's more likely to be your awareness, sensitivity and strength endurance that suffers rather than your technique. The technical elements are like that of riding a bike and you don't forget them very easily.

Saying that, taking a week (or four) off won't make much of a difference so don't worry about the occasional week without training. I train every day but once per year I tend to take a week or two out to fully rest and recover, with just some mild muscle maintenance exercises.

I'm not very good at handstands, you will probably find some better advice here (http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=navclient-ff&ie=UTF-8&rls=GGGL,GGGL:2006-34,GGGL:en&q=handstand+guide)/ http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

OniLinkSword, Splinter Cell was a big influence on me getting in to Parkour too. I bought the original Splinter Cell game back in 2002 and I always appreciated how Sam moved, so it was only natural for me to begin Parkour in 2003, based on this appreciation of the need to be strong to overcome obstacles and other influences and interests.

moqqy, jumping off chairs does sound a bit funny but I've never in my life seen anybody do this in a Parkour video! Perhaps they were practicing their landings or something? http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

I don't find it offensive at all that it reminds you of playing children because that's exactly what it resembles. Society dictates to us that when we grow up, we should stop 'playing', having fun with our friends, exploring and trying new things so it makes sense to me that you might find it childish.

The one thing you said that I can't leave uncommented on is:

<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">but still jumping everywhere without meaning looks silly :P


It may well look silly to you but rest assured there is a meaning. Parkour is a discipline with a practical purpose. It's roots lie in altruism and methode naturelle, in which people would train physically and mentally to become strong in every sense of the word.

The idea is to "be strong to be useful" for yourself, and for others. Parkour teaches people how to escape from danger, how to move through an environment if being chased, how to catch someone who stole your wallet or how to climb the building to save the baby from the 7th floor.
Please don't assume that it just involves jumping off of high things mindlessly for a rush because if this is your experience from Parkour to date then you haven't been watching Parkour videos, just people doing stunts.

thedarkestsin, if you read the previous pages you will find quite a bit of advice to help you in starting Parkour but here is what I would suggest you start with:


Well for your first day of training I would recommend going out and finding a low, thin wall or a very low horizontal rail/pole.

After some jogging and light stretching to warm up and perhaps some pushups and crunches, try to stand on the rail/wall without falling off. Once you can do this then progress to:

-Standing on one leg (make sure you try both right and left).
-Walking along the wall/rail.
-Turning on the wall/rail to face in the other direction.
-Crouching and trying to maintain balance.
-Any combination of the above.

Balance is the most crucial ability to have in Parkour. It's very low impact for the body so almost anybody can do practice this and it's something that you can improve quite quickly by just practicing for 15 minutes a few times per week.

If you want to try something else then try to pass over some low obstacles (perhaps hip height but it depends on your confidence). Use your hands to support your body as you aim to get your legs over. This is known as a vault or 'pass' and there are different techniques you can use in different situations including:

-Passing the obstacle with your legs to one side.
-Passing the obstacle with your legs between your arms (this is useful for gaining distance to land on another object).
-Passing the obstacle with one arm, useful for maintaining speed.
-Using a specialised technique known as a 'demi tour' or 'turn vault'. This technique involves passing over the obstacle and ending in a position where you face the direction you came from and are hanging with your arms on the other side. Useful for situations where you want to lower yourself closer to the ground before dropping.

Another great way to practice when you are first starting Parkour is to pick two points around 30-50 metres from each other with a variety of obstacles in between and try to go from A to B as quickly as possible whilst tackling the obstacles directly rather than running around them. This type of training develops your creativity and improvisational skills as opposed to learning a list of techniques.

Hope that helps, if you have any other questions then don't hesitate to come back here. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Some guys in here jump off from really low stuff, like chairs, that's why I said it.. Looks really stupid :P And then they say they're doing Parkour and are all cool about it

And yeah - I didn't try to be offencive - just wanted someone to clear it up.. Thanks for the explanation blane.

XxKillabytexX
06-04-2007, 04:06 AM
Yes but the reason we jump off chairs and stuff is to perfect our techniue and train out muscles for impact.

Karl_93
06-04-2007, 01:48 PM
@thedarkestsin. I also find quadrilateral movement works really well for body awareness, balance and strength because it trains different muscles depending on how you do it. dunno if thats what you call it but try moving up two parrallel bars using both arms and legs at the same time.
warming up is really important. try to get in a light jog before each practice and a harder one right after, then walk or "shuffle" jog as a cooldown. i like to call it the waddle http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/winky.gif after awhile you just kinda get in the mood and see obsticales that you didnt notice before.
oh ya and even though kongs look cool and u see tons of movies with them, dont try them as a bigginer. u need to have tons of concentration and u have to be really determined, cuz u cant go half-way... unless ure on mats. try to do your own thing and dont copy others, other than leaning the basic jump, vaults, and a few other things. Otherwise ure imagination gets killed.

and blane ure my idol http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif i read ure dillusion article thought it was pretty sweet. keep it up http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

rippers1991
06-05-2007, 09:35 AM
hello, this is my first post, but i'v been reading all your posts for some time.

i'm having some trouble doing parkour because, this may not sound true, but i'm 6'4 and play rugby and all that sort of stuff and i'm only 15 :P

i don't want to sound big headed or anything but i'm strong enough but i just need to increase my power, you got any tips??

also how do you tell if hings can hold your weight?? because i tried climbing a tree and one of the branches snapped and i winded myself pretty badly...any advice??

thanks alot - rippers

XxKillabytexX
06-06-2007, 04:58 AM
If its a low branch or somthing, Hang on it first and be prepared for it to break. If its a high branch, Try not to put all your weight on it, prepare for it to break and always keep a firm grip with your hands (Basically, treat it as if it IS going to break) that way if it dose break then you will be ready for it and you be able to hold on and if it dosent break then your all good.

rippers1991
06-06-2007, 08:43 AM
thanks, i'll try that, and have you got any tips on how to increase my power?? i can't seem to get enough power to lift myself over things...my long lanky legs always catch it or something...

thanks - rippers

Karl_93
06-06-2007, 12:07 PM
hello, this is my first post, but i'v been reading all your posts for some time.

i'm having some trouble doing parkour because, this may not sound true, but i'm 6'4 and play rugby and all that sort of stuff and i'm only 15 :P

i don't want to sound big headed or anything but i'm strong enough but i just need to increase my power, you got any tips??

also how do you tell if hings can hold your weight?? because i tried climbing a tree and one of the branches snapped and i winded myself pretty badly...any advice??

thanks alot - rippers

w8 how can u be strong but need to increase ure power?
start low, and throw your legs over and high. even overshoot a bit so in case you mess up u might still go over. support your body with your arms as you go over.
i still have trouble with muscle ups blane... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/blink.gif i cant get from a "cat grab" position to getting my body over the obstical. any tips?

XxKillabytexX
06-07-2007, 03:21 AM
thanks, i'll try that, and have you got any tips on how to increase my power?? i can't seem to get enough power to lift myself over things...my long lanky legs always catch it or something...

thanks - rippers


I would wait for Blane to give you help with that but if you want my personal opinion,
practice on grass or a surface that your not going to hurt yourself on if you fall and try and use your height to your advantage. I have a friend that is pretty tall and he has trouble with some vaults but his really good on others because of his height. So try a range of valuts and if you find one that you do better than all the others, work on that vault alot to get you used to the movement of throwing your legs over and then go from there.

Hoped that helped
Rowan

blaneuk
06-07-2007, 04:00 AM
Hi Rippers, there is indeed a difference between strength and power and if you want to improve your power, and already have a strong body, then you could look at plyometrics.

Look at including more explosive exercises in to your regime such as clapping pullups, running whilst dragging a tyre, fast pullups/chinups and basically the same exercises you might already do but with an emphasis on exploding in to the motion rather than doing them slowly.

This will build power and make those strong muscles more powerful.

As for obstacles which may be weak, when you visit a new area (or indeed a familiar one), you should spend some time checking all of the surfaces that you plan to use during that training session. Check for weaknesses, rough surfaces, smooth surfaces, loose bricks, rusty nails, broken branches etc.

Never assume something is safe and don't try anything until you have thoroughly tested each of the variables.

For trees, scaffolding or anything else you might climb, always make an effort to have three limbs making contact, all of the time. Have a strong grip on one thing and good foot placement before moving the other hand. This way, if the new branch or bar breaks, you still have three limbs on strong surfaces to support you.

Karl, it is possible to have strength but lack power. Strength is just as you would imagine it is but power is the ability to use that same strength with speed.

Rippers, your problem could be one of many things. Maybe it's a lack of flexibility, lack of confidence with the technique or perhaps lack of coordination. Find an area with soft ground such as grass or artificial soft ground in a play park and try to find a low rail in that area. The idea is to lose the fear of falling - if you want to do this in a gym or using a crash mat or mattress then that's fine. You need to accept the fact that you could fail and lose the fear in order to really free your body and let it move.

Watch videos of other people doing the technique and ask yourself what are they doing that you are not?

If you give me more specific details then I could perhaps help you more.

Karl, for muscle ups and climbups, you can work the same muscles through the full range of motion effectively by doing what's known as 'negatives'.

Simply start in the top position, with the wall, branch or rail at your waist and try to lower yourself to a hanging position. At first this will probably happen quickly but with time and practice you will be able to control the transition and control each stage of the movement.

This will work the same muscles as the movement you're trying to achieve and help to build the necessary strength.

Negatives repetitions are the key to a LOT of strength related goals. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Good luck with them and if you keep me informed of your progress then I can continue to help you with them.

-Blane

Tirinel
06-07-2007, 05:51 AM
Originally posted by altairrocks:
I do, its awesome.. but I can't do anything like Altair can do.
Yeh, ill second that although i do do alout of ''parkour'' with myself or freinds.

rippers1991
06-07-2007, 08:43 AM
thanks blane, i'll give all these things a try, how many pullups can you do if you dont mind me asking?? i can only do 5 straight off with failing, could you tell me how many you do so i have something to aim for?? and if you got any excerises or anything that would help me improve at this it would be mutch appreciated

thanks - rippers

dungeonseige123
06-11-2007, 06:36 PM
im prettyu short for my age http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif only about 5'5
and havin trouble with dash monkey and kash vaults. any ideas on how to get myself up higher?

XxKillabytexX
06-12-2007, 02:22 AM
Can anyone tell me what the bloody hell a squat is and how you do them. The same goes for muscle ups, I think thier like chin ups but im not to shure.

Thankshttp://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif
Rowan

moawolf
06-12-2007, 09:05 AM
what the hell is it the blane on this forum? or just some other blane.

blaneuk
06-12-2007, 09:52 AM
rippers1991, I'm not sure how many pullups I could do in a row, perhaps 25-30. I tend to do less reps with a weighted vest or just do muscle ups as they are a more complete exercise.

Five is a good start, just try to add 1 or 2 every week or so... the best way to get better at pullups is simply to do more pullups!

dungeonseige123, just keep practicing. Height isn't really an issue as taller people have both advantages and disadvantages over shorter people. The important thing is to make the most of your height.
Being smaller you have the potential to be more coordinated and controlled with your movements than a taller person since everything is more compact.

For the actual techniques you mentioned it's just a case of practicing on an obstacle you are comfortable with over and over then slowly progressing to higher ones. There is no secret I'm afraid, just hard work.

Rowan, a squat is a leg exercise and is explained quite well here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squat_(exercise)).

A muscle up is an upper body exercise and a Parkour technique where you perform a pullup but don't stop pulling there, you continue pulling and execute a dip and finish with the bar or branch at your waist. It is a very difficult exercise but I would definitely recommend making it a goal in your training.

Here's a good example:
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/58/Muscle-up.gif

moawolf, I'm not sure if I'm the Blane you think I am! I'm a member of TT (Team Traceur), this (http://blane-parkour.blogspot.com/) is my blog and this (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y22WKjwPg5g#MCIByn_9HzY) is a video of me training... if that helps. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

rippers1991
06-12-2007, 12:35 PM
thanks alot blane, iv been aiming to do at least 10 a day, so id do 5-6 straight off, and then get up to 10 doing singles or doubles, do you think that will work??

is there any excerises you do toincrease your balance?? if there is could you explain them or do another vid?? that would be awersome, thanks alot

-rippers

blaneuk
06-13-2007, 04:31 AM
Rippers, there is a more efficient way to improve your maximum number of pullups.

When you exercise, you break down muscles and for them to become stronger, you need to give them enough time to heal. Exercising the same muscles every day is not recommended. You should allow around 48 hours for the muscles to heal and regrow.

So perhaps you could practice pullups on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and on the other days you can focus on some lower body exercises.

Also, if your current maximum number of repetitions is 5-6 then you would be better off doing more sets but lower reps.

So if you do 4 sets of 4 pullups (do 4 pullups, rest for a minute or two then do 4 more pullups etc.), you will end up doing 16 pullups and you won't tire yourself out on the first set! This is better than doing 10 pullups every day.

To improve your balance, find a low, thin wall or a strong, dry rail. Simply walk up and down on it, practice turning, crouching, standing, stepping sideways, backwards, forwards etc.

The more you do this, the better your balance will become. Unlike heavy muscular training, balance can (and should) be practiced daily to maintain and improve your ability.

If you have any more questions, fire away. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

XxKillabytexX
06-13-2007, 05:03 AM
Hey Blane I know Ive asked you this before but I still can't get Kong or Monkey vaults. I think it's just a mental block. So is there any way I can get over that?

Thanks
Rowan

Garrity828
06-13-2007, 08:08 PM
Hey Blake,

I'm thirteen yrs old, and would like to get into parkour. I keep a pretty good exercise routine and diet, but it's not great. Could you suggest some simple, begginer moves and areas to practice? Also, what heights are safe for me to drop w/o injury. I've already read articles and watched vids, so I know about the precautions.

Dark_Assassin82
06-14-2007, 09:11 AM
WYPK west yorkshire parkour!!!!!!! I am one of the best!!!

rippers1991
06-15-2007, 05:05 AM
Originally posted by Dark_Assassin82:
WYPK west yorkshire parkour!!!!!!! I am one of the best!!!

cool, where abouts fo you guys train?? i live in south yorkshire, it would be great if i could come watch you guys do some training some time...

-rippers

vegasdude2006
06-15-2007, 05:42 AM
Here is some awesome wall climbing too.

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=261401490511781...ype=search&plindex=3 (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=2614014905117816269&q=parkour&total=43442&start=0&num=10&so=0&type=search&plindex=3)

Mattymaru
06-15-2007, 09:47 PM
howdy all, I just signed up for the forum based off of how amped I am about the game...

...and saw this wonderful gem of a thread

blane you've put some great stuff out for people willing to train!
plus your style is a lot purer than a lot of people I see posting on the net-ie XMA with poor parkour movement-you have awesome control of your body and your precision leaping is amazing! ganbatte man!


I dunno if anybody has mentioned this earlier but there is a lot of free running movement hidden in the scroll of togakure ryu ninpo-ie the hidden door school of ninjutsu

some of the kata implicitly cover free running movements-my friends and I practice a lot of free running concepts (precision leaps, wall runs, climbing, grip training, etc.) and its been a big influence on the way that I train in my martial arts-to run is usually the best option neh?

another thing that helps with the freedom of movement in parkour is speed climbing/rock climbing-Dan Osman was one of the most amazing climbers out there, check his videos to see what im talking about!

you can see a lot of that stuff in belle's movements...

anyhow! just thought id throw in my two cents on the subject...at the least... BUMP

Kamiks
06-16-2007, 10:50 AM
I'm just gonna throw out a somewhat random question concerning parkour, so watch out...

How far could a really well trained traceur fall and break the fall (roll), and still be intact and well? What's the highest fall possible do you believe? Or what you've seen....

SpyderNynja
06-16-2007, 11:43 AM
I think about eleven or twelve feet is the limit cuz I do about ten sometimes and it doesn't really hurt. I guess another foot or two could be dangerous, you'd have to roll perfectly and the speed you'd gain would affect your roll too.

Kamiks
06-16-2007, 11:48 AM
I'm not really familiair when measuring with "feet", we only use meters or cm in Sweden. But isn't 6,2 feet like 2m or something? So then I guess 10 feet is a little under 3m.... Is that maximum? I swear I saw Belle doing higher once... Oh well.

Thanks! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

blaneuk
06-18-2007, 04:16 AM
Rowan, besides what I've mentioned previously there's really no other advice I can offer for that technique. Just give it time and keep practicing in a safe environment, whether that's a gym or on soft grass, make sure you are in a place where you feel quite safe. Patience and regular practice will be your solution.

Hi Garrity, if you read through the previous pages of this thread you will find some advice that I offered to other people wishing to start Parkour. My advice to you is the same but just be careful in your training since you are still quite young. Your joints and muscles are still growing so just focus on things like foot placement, balance, small jumps and basic techniques. I recommend spending most of your time on conditioning exercises and balance until you reach 16 or so.

There's no real number I can give you with regards to safe heights for you to drop from. If your technique isn't good or you have weak legs then potentially you could injure yourself dropping from any height! Even the smallest jump could result in injury if you aren't technically and physically prepared. Saying that, I would suggest beginning with 1-2ft on to grass and when you can do this 100-200 times, landing comfortably without any pain then perhaps its time to go a little higher. Slow, steady progression is the key.

Mattymaru, welcome to the thread! Thanks for your kind words - all of my training goes towards functional movements that I could actually use to escape, chase, or move through an environment with ease. I don't practice movements that won't help me in these situations which is why there are no acrobatics or other more aesthetically pleasing things in my videos.

I'm very interested in Ninjutsu but have never practiced it. Most of the schools around here that advertise Ninjutsu classes only focus on the fighting elements and seem to have forgotten their roots... none of them will teach the other aspects of ninjutsu such as those you mentioned and it is those that I'm particularly interested in at this time.

Climbing also plays a big part in Parkour - it's surprising how many different activities are blended in Parkour and it excludes no physical discipline if that practice uses just the body to move efficiently... some people even argue swimming is a part of Parkour but that's another story.

Hope to see you around this thread more Matty. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kamiks, this is a really technical topic and it's based on so many factors. David Belle has been training for around 18/19 years now and is probably the most capable human I know of taking drops and remaining intact. His legs are extremely strong and his technique has been perfected over a long time... I've seen videos of him taking 2 story drops to concrete without any visible trouble and he reports he's never had any knee problems or pains from training.

But we shouldn't limit ourselves to David's ability... it's possible for someone to become stronger than David. There is no real limit in terms of height, only in how strong and conditioned your body is. But we have to remember that the body is not used to landing on concrete - even running on concrete is bad for the body as found in many runners who develop shin splints and other injuries. So any drop to concrete may cause long term problems and damage that we can't see at the time... bear this in mind when you think about taking a drop.

This may surprise some people but even after almost 4 years of training I only feel comfortable taking drops a little over my head height. I could of course drop from a lot higher - maybe twice that height - but my body only feels ready for a little over my head height. Unless you can do a drop 100-200 times in a row without feeling ANY pain and with PERFECT landings each time, then you simply are not ready to drop from any higher.

Anyone can jump off a high roof and walk away (if they're lucky) but the damage they are doing to their knees, ankles, spines etc. will only become apparent in later life. I plan to practice Parkour for the rest of my life which is why I'm laying solid foundations and years of development down to prepare my body for my later life.

All of these guys you see in videos with less than a couple of years of experience taking big drops will not be practicing 5-10 years from now... everyone needs to ask themselves whether Parkour is a hobby for the next few years or a discipline and way of life, for the rest of their lives.

-Blane

Kamiks
06-18-2007, 06:04 AM
Thanks man, really interesting. Keep on the good job.

Btw, how old are you? (Sorry if it was asked before)

blaneuk
06-18-2007, 07:03 AM
I'm 20 years old! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Kamiks
06-18-2007, 08:30 AM
Cool!

ThePheonix1030
06-18-2007, 10:17 AM
Yeah, I've done parkour when I went rock climbing at the Grand Canyon... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/59.gif
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif
I couldn't do parkour even if I were a monkey
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IoNoobMaster
06-18-2007, 10:49 AM
Hy all... man I haven't seen this forum in ages... but I just wana say that I just satrted Parkour but I can jump from 2.5m-3m with no problem so I think the hight depends on the bone structure to http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

XxKillabytexX
06-19-2007, 05:53 AM
Hey Blane I was just wondering if you got my Email about asking about rolls? As I sent it to your TT address but im not shure if I sent it right.

Also as for jumping off stuff. I used to jump from roof height but know that I know the long term damage it can do I no longer jump off anything above a meter or so.

Thanks
Rowan

borat1985
06-22-2007, 02:35 PM
hi blane
i dont kno if this has already been posted but how do you do the spins on the wall . at the moment all i can do is the basic vaults(king kong ,lazy boy ect ect..) and a front flip

SpyderNynja
06-22-2007, 08:56 PM
borat, I advise you stay away from flips, one being they are not included in parkour and two...well, how much experience do you have with gymnastics? I've had a nasty encounter with the flashy move, broke my leg in three places, got seven screws put into my leg for the rest of my life, forget flips from now on for me http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

ThePheonix1030
06-22-2007, 10:33 PM
Wow, that must have hurt a lot. I've never broken a bone in my life =P

borat1985
06-23-2007, 02:55 AM
ive fractured my left arm twice broke my right arm once dislocated my shoulder twice fractured my leg once and thats about it apart from dislocating my knuckles if you count that

Karl_93
06-23-2007, 05:37 AM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif jkjk but i doubt thats gonna be good for ure body later on in life... ive broken my arm and collar bone... hurts like hell eh?

Wangzter
06-23-2007, 03:57 PM
I haven't read all 9 pages and this is my first time viewing this thread. Blane, that video on the first page was frickin' amazing to me. I salute you! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/11.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

rippers1991
06-24-2007, 12:46 PM
iv dislocated my arm, broke and fractured my arm, cracked the ball and socket thing all in one fall during a rugby match...that hurt alot :P only time i'v ever broken anything

-rippers

SpyderNynja
06-24-2007, 09:11 PM
yeah dislocating a shoulder hurts like hell. breaking your ankle isnt so bad at first but after it swells up...for me, it was the single most painful experience of my life. So please, everyone, practice at a good pace and don't overestimate your abilities.

Tirinel
06-26-2007, 03:06 AM
what breaking your shoulder or dislocating?

borat1985
06-26-2007, 09:33 AM
dislocating = move to another place
my shoulder popped out of place i went to the hospital and they just pushed it back in place and gave me some pain killers

rippers1991
06-26-2007, 12:51 PM
yeah, thats all they did with me, but they put it in a pot as well because of the brakes...at least i got 2 weeks off of school http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Hassan-Sabaa
06-27-2007, 07:21 AM
Hi everyone,
Im 14 and Ive been doing parkour, not free running, every since i first saw the assassins creed live demo at E3. I can do basic stuff and land from considerable distances. Blane has been a big help and inspiration.
Here are some videos I really like:
http://www.yamgo.tv/movie_detail.php?id=3817
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=515642196227308929

Karl_93
06-27-2007, 08:31 AM
i hate it when ppl keep pulling up this page... the google vid one. dude that guy isnt very old, and probably is gonna do some serious damage to himself. dude i doubt even blane feels safe doing jumps like that... dont take this movie to much to heart...

Hassan-Sabaa
06-27-2007, 05:15 PM
This guy is all good. I take it easy. Thanks for the concern. Sorry for brining up this topic. It wont happen again.

blaneuk
10-04-2007, 05:45 AM
Bump. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/partyhat.gif

I've not been here for a while, I remember quite a few people from these forums started Parkour after finding out about it from AC... just curious as to how many are still training? I know Rowan is. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I've also made a new video if you guys wish to see it. You can find it here (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=iWfWRpHGGSg).

-Blane

IamSpecial1993
10-04-2007, 06:27 AM
Weren´t you the gud from Docendo Discimus?
AWESOME!

blaneuk
10-04-2007, 06:33 AM
Yes that was another of my videos.

*B*

GuStick93
10-04-2007, 10:01 AM
blane after watching your 2 videos iv been so exited to do parkour lol
iv read the tips at the beginning of the page,il tell u what happens when i start http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

x_101_
10-04-2007, 12:28 PM
I've been training with a group properly for a week and a half now although i was already doing a bit of parkour but not seriously, but i highly reccomend it, thats if you don't mind getting a bit banged http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-tongue.gif up plus its also pretty easy to pickup. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

A.B.O.Y
10-04-2007, 01:34 PM
http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/agreepost.gif When ever I can I do it mostly vaults and stuff but its better than noting.

AirRon_2K7
10-04-2007, 02:07 PM
Originally posted by GuStick93:
blane after watching your 2 videos iv been so exited to do parkour lol
iv read the tips at the beginning of the page,il tell u what happens when i start http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Well you might not be able to tell us, if you fall off a building whilst doing it :P KIDDING KIDDING, just be careful, eh?

I was thinking of starting this, and Blane like.. influences me, but I doubt I'll live very long, so I might just keep the crazy stuff to Altair :P

Golani2007
10-04-2007, 02:23 PM
Originally posted by Hassan-Sabaa:
Hi everyone,
Im 14 and Ive been doing parkour, not free running, every since i first saw the assassins creed live demo at E3. I can do basic stuff and land from considerable distances. Blane has been a big help and inspiration.
Here are some videos I really like:
http://www.yamgo.tv/movie_detail.php?id=3817
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=515642196227308929

after seeing the scend movie i understand that whats Altair doing is realy realistic!XD

this one too is cool:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rRfUcwluabc

Golani2007
10-04-2007, 02:30 PM
I think becuse the creators are french, they put Parkur as abillity to Altair....

I think UBI or someone else shuold do a game like GTA, but that the player is a parkur user and you can have a parkur tace, upgrade your preformens....should be cool no?

DemonikCrow666
10-04-2007, 02:52 PM
Originally posted by Ash-assin:
well tachnically it is parkour lol, anything that gets you from A to B using only your body is parkour http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif Does that mean that if I walk over to my guitar right now I'll be doing Parkour? XD

drfeelgood8849
10-04-2007, 04:04 PM
^technically, if it gets you to where you need to be faster, then, yeah. i myself dont count that as parkour because i mainly think of the terminology when someone asks me about parkour.

mefninja
10-04-2007, 04:38 PM
free running.. i use to run around all the time.. not much anymore.. i can still doo flips though.. i think :O

Xardasteo4Life
10-04-2007, 05:01 PM
Holy turd Blane.....that last video of you doing the moves on the construction ladder/pipes......sick. I can do some but its all basics....i would proly smack my head on the street doing your thang http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Marick098
10-04-2007, 06:44 PM
Hey blane I skateboard, so this creates discipline excersize of the legs and confidence, especially when takling a 7 set of stairs, my question to you would be is this a good start off for beginning parkour.Thanks

blaneuk
10-05-2007, 02:21 AM
Hi Marick,

Well there is quite a bit of advice in this thread itself if you check back on the previous pages, that should help you out quite a bit.

After that, if you have any further questions I would be happy to help you out! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

*B*

Faylinks
10-05-2007, 02:39 AM
heh, probably the coolest thing i have done is climbed up a tree about 15-20 feet up and jumped form that tree to another tree about 7-10 feet awway. i love climbing on things i climbed ontop of out 3 story school building :-D otherwise that i live in an area where not many high buildings/obsticals are accesable to me, for i cannot drive yet.

x_101_
10-05-2007, 07:07 AM
Sounds cool, last week we were practising vaults and the thing we were vaulting over was like up to my chest! and it was my first try....so the first time i tried i just ended up sitting on the damn thing, i got it on the next try though http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif.

J_A
10-05-2007, 07:35 AM
Practice makes perfect...

http://www.yamgo.tv/movie_detail.php?id=4620

x_101_
10-05-2007, 07:55 AM
Holy broken spinal cord batman! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif

A.B.O.Y
10-05-2007, 09:34 AM
If I said lol right now would that be sad?

Karl_93
10-05-2007, 10:38 AM
im still training. about 3 times a week, but its starting to get really dark and its annoying me. i go to school in the dark and get home in the dark... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-indifferent.gif

the_assassin_07
10-05-2007, 11:04 AM
Lol, I wanna try parkour but I dunno where to do it...

x_101_
10-05-2007, 12:02 PM
try outside...thats one of the great things about parkour if you look around you can do it anywhere http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Stealthguy1986
10-05-2007, 12:49 PM
Parkour is an amazing sport I have ever seen and I wish to see myself doing some of those great moves one day...however before starting parkour one must spent atleast 1 year or more on body conditioning. From my experience I think taking up Contortions or advanced yoga might be help one to achieve the necessary level of fitness required for parkour.

x_101_
10-05-2007, 12:52 PM
Or you could just go for it... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

SpyderNynja
10-05-2007, 02:57 PM
going to a gym to train, I'll be back with video of what I did later http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Faylinks
10-05-2007, 03:00 PM
Hey guys, i have a question about the "roll" when you jump off somthing very high that normaly would hurt ur foot really bad if you landed flat footed, i have seen people roll to transfer the falling energy momentom. i have a roll i do, but i am not sure if it correct.. if anyone can post a vid on how a proper "roll" is done i would greatly aprishiate it.

x_101_
10-05-2007, 03:09 PM
roll from your preffered shoulder to your opposing hip if you dont do this you may roll down your spine which is BAD, but practise on a soft surface first just from crouching then do a little jump and roll until you can do them without thinking.

dragfindel
10-05-2007, 03:12 PM
Originally posted by the_assassin_07:
Lol, I wanna try parkour but I dunno where to do it...
same here except there are no good places here at my town... well except the curch tower http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Faylinks
10-05-2007, 03:21 PM
Originally posted by x_101_:
roll from your preffered shoulder to your opposing hip if you dont do this you may roll down your spine which is BAD, but practise on a soft surface first just from crouching then do a little jump and roll until you can do them without thinking.

where do you roll form, i mean before you hit the ground your feet are the first thing that touches, and you roll over your shoulder or on the side of it kinda

JackTR1992
10-05-2007, 03:46 PM
Two of my close friends, Pip and Kie are sponsered by Urbanfreeeflow! There both in Ireland right now doing a tour with Vodafone.
Anyone wan't to see some vids of them>
Here's the link, tell me what you think, better than Altair any day!

http://www.youtube.com/profile_videos?user=borisparkour&p=r

All the vids are good, check em out!

x_101_
10-06-2007, 08:49 AM
Originally posted by Faylinks:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by x_101_:
roll from your preffered shoulder to your opposing hip if you dont do this you may roll down your spine which is BAD, but practise on a soft surface first just from crouching then do a little jump and roll until you can do them without thinking.

where do you roll form, i mean before you hit the ground your feet are the first thing that touches, and you roll over your shoulder or on the side of it kinda </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

the first three are the best: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=parkour++roll

Karl_93
10-06-2007, 09:09 AM
basically if your doing it like you were taught in gym class when u were 10, your doing it wrong ^^. basically roll over your preffered shoulder and across ure back. I usually like to put my whole forearm on the ground too. hope that helps

elvenmonkey13
10-06-2007, 01:27 PM
Hey Blane,
I want to start Parkour as soon as possible, but school has been taking a lot of my time lately. So I was wondering since i have football (soccer) practice twice a week, and a game once a week, would that count as training for at least now, with school taking up the rest of my time?

x_101_
10-07-2007, 06:51 AM
why not do it as a warm up, or if your ever a sub just practice then. just a couple of ideas http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Alexnightrun
10-09-2007, 12:52 PM
Originally posted by blaneuk:
I've been practicing Parkour for 3.5 years now and I'm excited to see just what Altair can do... as long as it's kept realistic I'll be happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y22WKjwPg5g

There's a video of me training. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane
Nice, could you give me a link for a good parkour website or probably just tell me a few tricks :b
I'm pretty good (i think http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif )
But i wanna become just as good as you and the other guys you can watch on youtube http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif

wrexthehex
10-25-2007, 05:22 AM
you only tend to roll if you have some forward momentum from a drop, otherwise you just absorb it with your legs and then arma if it is a really big drop. And you don't need to have a year of conditioning before you start parkour, however much it might help. Just practise off of low things and repeat and in a few months you'll find your strong enough to do most vaults. Then steadily symmetrical muscle ups and what not.

southcoastparkour ftw http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

fGuppy88
10-25-2007, 12:08 PM
Originally posted by x_101_:
Or you could just go for it... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Thats the worst idea ever.

You need to build up the strength before you try anything stupid.

Coordination is a big part of it as well.

Be for doing Le parkour I would recommend martial arts or gymnastics.

bobbylucifer
10-25-2007, 12:36 PM
If you have at least a moderate level of fitness then I recommend actually going out and training parkour aswell as conditioning yourself, that way you'll learn what you need to train more in. Make sure to watch plenty of videos of people with good technique eg blane to try and get the best idea of what to do for each move and try to speak to some traceurs in your area for advice. You can practice nearly anywhere, just different things in different places. Anywhere with rails is a good place to train vaults and while your a beginner I'd completely stay away from any big jumps. Even if you're a bit out of shape you can start training precisions and balance which will help alot for when you consider yourself fit enough to start training properly. Rolls are a good thing to learn but not really necessary when a beginner unless you plan to bail alot of vaults.

x_101_
10-25-2007, 01:26 PM
Originally posted by fGuppy88:
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by x_101_:
Or you could just go for it... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/35.gif

Thats the worst idea ever.

You need to build up the strength before you try anything stupid.

Coordination is a big part of it as well.

Be for doing Le parkour I would recommend martial arts or gymnastics. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I wouldn't say just having a go is "the worst idea ever" because if you want to start you have to start at some point.

DeadCorpseAC
10-25-2007, 02:13 PM
I don't do, but I want...
But I have fear, I already broke my wrists... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/shady.gif

cpuchess1966
10-25-2007, 03:33 PM
How many of you dare to jump into a bale of hay from high up??

danny.b87
10-25-2007, 03:44 PM
well if im sure that ill still get out of the bale of hay then i would do ithttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

but on the parkour thing
i not gonna do that anytime soon hehehe i will break all my bones if i do that hahaha im not a lightweight hahaha

bobbylucifer
10-25-2007, 04:03 PM
Originally posted by cpuchess1966:
How many of you dare to jump into a bale of hay from high up??

I definitely wouldnt dive into one thats for sure

Kamiks
10-25-2007, 04:33 PM
I personally don't see why it would be necessary to spend a whole year training up for parkour instead of practicing parkour itself.
It is a great training, and by training parkour you'll gain the physical requirements in time, as well as the techniques and the feel for it.
You don't have to do the hard stuff, just go out, find some bars and practice some vaults (speed, monkey, lazy) until you can perform them pretty good, then go for the harder ones or perfect the ones you know. This hardly requires any extreme physical fitness, hell, I'd probably go so far as to say basically anyone can pull of a speed vault.(Can take a while to get over the fear when doing a monkey though. I have two friends who still won't do it after I've spent several months training with them.
But I also have a friend who did it the first day, so I guess it depends on just who you are or what you've done before.)

If you want to be effective though, you'll need to practice your arm strength. But this do not stop you from practicing parkour in the meantime, just put this in your parkour training. To practice arm strength, just find a bar that's pretty high (often found in schools or kindergardens or similair places), and do some pull ups or dips. If muscle up is your goal (which it should behttp://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif, as it is SOOOO useful), then there are great guides on how to learn. I have found some on the internet that worked wonders for me, and I've worked them into my schedual. I guess I could type it here...

First, find a bar you can use, and maybe some rings for dips (these too can appear at kindergardens or schools, but I guess it's more rare. If you can't, just find two bars that are beside eachother, or do it on one, though it's trickier), then start by doing as many reps as you can in a row, with pull ups and dips, to see how many you can do.
It's pretty hard if you're not used to this kind of training, or if you haven't been training your arms much before, for example, if you've only played soccer or the likes of that. (A friend of mine couldn't do a single pull up, and he's pretty fit. But I went with him and he did what I did, and now he can do 5 in a row, after not to much of training. Now I'm talking about the full arm motion pull ups, when you really go down so that your arms are straight, then up above your chin.)

Anyway, let's say you can do 3 in a row. Then do 3 reps of 3's. (Remember, try to go all the way down so that your arms are straight, then pull yourself up above your chin. If this is to hard, jump up and do some that doesn't go as low, until you can do them from hanging position. This worked for my friend)

Then do dips,and let's say you can do the same amount, and do 3 reps of that as well.
Then rest two minutes, then repeat.

Then the next day you might want to rest your arms, so they can be at full strength tomorrow, and so you can gain more. Train your legs this day instead.

Then you continue to do the same exercise, rest, then do it again. It should look something like...

Monday: 3 pull ups, 3 dips. 2 minutes of rest, 3 SETS of 3 pulls ups and 3 SETS of 3 dips. (If you can take more then go ahead)
There is also one where you (maybe together with a friend, makes it more fun) do 1 pull up once. Then you do two pull ups twice (like, 2, then rest, then 2 again). Then you do 3 pull ups thrice. (That's a word right?http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_razz.gif)
See how many you can manage to do.


Tuseday: Rest. (Leg training/Parkour session, or maybe completely rest if you've been training parkour the other day, or if your whole body is tired)

Wednesday: Same.

Thursday: Rest. (Leg training/Parkour session?)

Friday: Same.

Weekends, you do whatever, I guess.

This worked very well for me, I felt that I had improved alot after only one week. At the time I started with this, I could do around 12 pull ups and 12 dips, so I did 12 in every set. Then I increased, and so I put that into my training. You don't necessarily have to go on your absolute max amount, but at least so that your arms get a workout. (At least when you're getting up at the high amounts)

And note that when I say you should rest on tusedays, thursdays, etc, and "leg training", I don't necessarily mean you shouldn't use your arms, it's fine to use them in parkour, just if you do not tire them with hard exercises as you did the other days. (At least, this is what I've felt)

This will greatly help when training for muscle up, you can also try to get the motion right by jumping into muscle ups on a bar that is not to high, then increasing the height when you can do it easily.

I'd say that when you can do around 10 pull ups and dips, you're ready for a muscle up. (Probably one where you use one of your arms first, then the other, or an L muscle up as I think it's called. You can probably get it before if you train the muscle up movement)


And that is how I train my strength. I usually tend to do a whole parkour round, where I train my everything that has to do with parkour, which should be possible to any newbie to a lesser extent, then end the training with this kind of exercise. Maybe it's not what you people would like to do, but it has worked so far for me!

Gaah, long post!

DavidSimoesBred
10-25-2007, 05:12 PM
yeah i do/rtain parkour...

if you wanna see one of my video clips see this:

Stronger... VIDEOCLIP PARKOUR (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoPyzU76EM4)

well my youtube pages David Breda Profiles (http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Davidbreda)

BTW i practice parkour in about 1 year and 7 months...

I WANT TO PLAY AC xD lfmao...


P.s: Sorry for my bad English xD

fGuppy88
10-25-2007, 05:20 PM
Originally posted by x_101_:


I wouldn't say just having a go is "the worst idea ever" because if you want to start you have to start at some point.

The danger in that is hurting your self. You can take it from me. I have seen it first hand.

fGuppy88
10-25-2007, 05:24 PM
Originally posted by bobbylucifer:
If you have at least a moderate level of fitness then I recommend actually going out and training parkour aswell as conditioning yourself, that way you'll learn what you need to train more in. Make sure to watch plenty of videos of people with good technique eg blane to try and get the best idea of what to do for each move and try to speak to some traceurs in your area for advice. You can practice nearly anywhere, just different things in different places. Anywhere with rails is a good place to train vaults and while your a beginner I'd completely stay away from any big jumps. Even if you're a bit out of shape you can start training precisions and balance which will help alot for when you consider yourself fit enough to start training properly. Rolls are a good thing to learn but not really necessary when a beginner unless you plan to bail alot of vaults.

If your in shape and if your coordinated right. Coordinated as in practicing balancing. AKA gymnastics. martial arts or rock climbing.

You have something called Muscle memory and you need to have that before you go off doing crazy ****.

You guys need to be more forewarning to the "newbies" before you tell them to start right away.

Sure you may be good but a lot of that is luck and maybe talent. Not everyone is made for Le parkour. Sorry to brake it to some of you.

fGuppy88
10-25-2007, 05:32 PM
I can't stress enough how gymnastics would help. You will be more coordinated, you will have a better base in you and you will be strong.

Its a proven statistic that male gymnast are the strongest pound for pound athlete and they hardly do any weights. They have a advanced from of stretching and modified forms of pushups.

After a couple of years with gymnastics you could do hand stands. Its the BEST formal wait to start out. Its ok to do le Parkour basics but before you decide to jump across a building be sure you are in top shapes because your LIFE is in your hands.

Don't be stupid. You wont be able to do Le parkour with a broken leg or arm.

bobbylucifer
10-25-2007, 06:39 PM
woah, a triple post - you do know you're not supposed to double post right? when I say at least a moderate level of fitness I'll admit I also mean a moderate level of co-ordination etc aswell, but diving right in isn't very dangerous at all if your sensible. when I say do parkour I think you seem to be getting the impression I'm talking about running across rooftops which isn't necessarily parkour at all. I'm not recommending to anyone they climb/jump something ridiculous but It's fine to practice some basic vaults, precisions and balancing as a beginner. I also don't believe that you need to train gymnastics to get these - training gymnastics will give you the muscle memory for gymnastic movements and make you better at gymnastics. training parkour in a gym isn't safe as it's completely different to training outside and so it creates a false sense of security. A good rule of thumb is: if you're not comfortable doing something then don't do it, but you can only get better by practising.

Gymnastics, martial arts and rock climbing would all help, but none are essential to train parkour. I'm not saying they won't help, in fact they'll probably help alot but you don't need to train any of them to train parkour. You just need a good bit of determination, and a good bit of fitness and co-ordination couldn't hurt.

EDIT: Nice vid DavidSimoesBred

zgubilici
10-25-2007, 11:56 PM
fGuppy88, bobbylucifer is right, please don't multiple post in the forums. Use the edit button if you want to add something to one of your posts.

http://img273.imageshack.us/img273/545/foreditacwrittenarrow6hf.jpg

Thanks.

fGuppy88
10-26-2007, 11:44 AM
Originally posted by zgubilici:
fGuppy88, bobbylucifer is right, please don't multiple post in the forums. Use the edit button if you want to add something to one of your posts.

http://img273.imageshack.us/img273/545/foreditacwrittenarrow6hf.jpg

Thanks.

My bad thought it went in one post.

IRT


Originally posted by bobbylucifer:
woah, a triple post - you do know you're not supposed to double post right? when I say at least a moderate level of fitness I'll admit I also mean a moderate level of co-ordination etc aswell, but diving right in isn't very dangerous at all if your sensible. when I say do parkour I think you seem to be getting the impression I'm talking about running across rooftops which isn't necessarily parkour at all. I'm not recommending to anyone they climb/jump something ridiculous but It's fine to practice some basic vaults, precisions and balancing as a beginner. I also don't believe that you need to train gymnastics to get these - training gymnastics will give you the muscle memory for gymnastic movements and make you better at gymnastics. training parkour in a gym isn't safe as it's completely different to training outside and so it creates a false sense of security. A good rule of thumb is: if you're not comfortable doing something then don't do it, but you can only get better by practising.

Gymnastics, martial arts and rock climbing would all help, but none are essential to train parkour. I'm not saying they won't help, in fact they'll probably help alot but you don't need to train any of them to train parkour. You just need a good bit of determination, and a good bit of fitness and co-ordination couldn't hurt.


If you just want to do le Parkour for fun and not take it serious, then I guess its ok but if your taking it serious then gymnastics is probably the way to go. Sure you don't have to, but it would help.

and if you want to be the BEST you can be. Then gymnastics becomes almost a necessity (or another strength educative activity) because I know a lot of people don't have the education or profound knowledge to train themselves.

JackTR1992
10-26-2007, 11:56 AM
so is anyone going to PK12 in London?

bobbylucifer
10-26-2007, 01:01 PM
I won't be going but I'm a relative beginner - spent years watching parkour vids, trained gymnastics as a kid and started martial arts a few years ago but only started training pakour a couple of months ago and I train only the parkour techniques - kong vaults, turn vaults, lazy vaults pop vaults, balance, precisions etc. Not freerunning or tricking like Urban Freeflow/The commercialisers of parkour practice

JackTR1992
10-26-2007, 04:11 PM
dude, that's unfair of you to say that about UF, you havn't even met the guys. Two of my close freinds Kie and Piptrix are sponsered by the team and there not money grabbing sell outs.

bobbylucifer
10-26-2007, 06:33 PM
I haven't met them no and I agree that you can't judge someone without even having met them, but I haven't heard much good about them among the parkour community. They seem to me to be bringing brand names to parkour, but at the same time they are introducing new people to the sport so it's a bit of a double-edged sword. I don't train any freerunning stuff at the moment just parkour so pk12 isn't really for me anyway. I've seen some of Pip & Kie's videos on other forums and they're awesome, but they're not actually part of UF, I thought they were just sponsored by them. At the moment as I've said I have little interest in tricking and would rather spend that time getting better at parkour and Kie does alot of flips and tricks as well as parkour.

JackTR1992
10-27-2007, 12:14 PM
Kie has recently been training his flips much more because compared to Pip's there a pile of bollocks! But he is much more focused on Parkour than tricking. Ez see's them both as practically members of the UF team now, due to there skill level being better than most of the UF sedojin team. How embarrassing http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

bobbylucifer
10-27-2007, 03:08 PM
Didn't realise Pip & Kie were ranked so highly, thats awesome for them. I think I'd consider going to pk12 if I went to jams more regularly; most of my training is done on my own and only a couple of times with a few other traceurs around so I think pk12 would be a bit much. I've got the basic vaults down on a bunch of different spots, but now I'm easing off and starting to work more on conditioning to work for larger precisions.

colt122
10-31-2007, 06:48 AM
i tryed it but twisted my ankle

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

IHS_Spitfire
10-31-2007, 10:48 AM
Originally posted by blaneuk:
I've been practicing Parkour for 3.5 years now and I'm excited to see just what Altair can do... as long as it's kept realistic I'll be happy.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y22WKjwPg5g

There's a video of me training. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

-Blane

Hey Blane, Surprised too see you on here! You've been a big inspiration to me over the past few months, been training for 5 months now, love all your vids, see you at Trace next year?

eliteassassin69
10-31-2007, 02:03 PM
Originally posted by colt122:
i tryed it but twisted my ankle

http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/88.gif

Ghost Dog 3
11-01-2007, 02:40 AM
Originally posted by theSpyGuy150:
Do you need to do lots of strength, stamina, etc training before you start parkour? Or can you just start on basic parkour stuff and through practicing that you will become fitter?

Capoeira and Muay Thai will help allot if you start doing Parkour.

saros.exe
11-01-2007, 09:42 AM
Those two disciplines will take a lot of time to be good at them. If you trained gymnastics for some time you will learn parkour faster. And its not as much about strength as about coordination. Strenght will help you climb a wall but without agility and coordination you can't do it.

IHS_Spitfire
11-01-2007, 11:44 AM
Yeah, I do Capoeria. that can help with the flexibility and tricking/tumbling essence of Parkour, Anyone lives near Leeds, West Yorkshire, England who wants to train one day just ask. Btw just got my climb-up technique, Imporving my Cat-pass technique and my arm jumps xD! Everyone discuss progression too.

bobbylucifer
11-01-2007, 07:58 PM
Strength isn't essential for parkour but if you want to be able to walk when you're older I do suggest a good amount of conditioning, that way you're leg muscles can absorb the impacts of landings instead of damaging yourself.

Ashwx
11-04-2007, 01:35 PM
hi
i do also do parkour, i have done parkour for about a half year now and i cant stop http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif