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Progression Session - wet season

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Progression Session - wet season

Time: January 6, 2012 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Location: SFSU
Street: 19th Ave. @ Holloway
City/Town: SF
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Event Type: progress, progression, parkour, conditioning, training, bapk, bay area, san francisco
Organized By: SafeNSure
Latest Activity: Jan 9, 2012

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Event Description

Please -anybody reading this and coming- sign-up and/or RSVP! (If you don't, you may not find anyone...) 

Couple of changes with the new season: training location will be SF State University, BUT, depending on current weather conditions we'll be meeting either at the usual 19th Ave. at Holloway (parking) spot, or at Hensill Hall (a rare, albeit limited, outdoor covered spot, which allows for dry training even in pouring rain).

Try to show up not later than 7:30PM. Feel free to warm up jogging between the two spots until you meet somebody...


Session description:

This training provides a healthy and motivated atmosphere for existing practitioners to progress their parkour, and to do this in a safe, peer-reviewed, no-BS and no-sitting around way.

The goal of these sessions is to enhance the effectiveness of our parkour practice, through advancements in precision, speed, control, power, stamina, resistance, determination and confidence. The mean to achieve this, will be perfecting short combinations of basic movements through intense repetitions in order to ultimately trigger instinctive reactions and reduce transition time.

The more experienced practitioners will set a positive example by focusing on a thorough warm up, dynamic stretching, cardio-vascular resistance and precise repetition of movement. There will be no showing off, rather humbly passing on of knowledge, in a group effort to keep up the pace of the drills and advance together. Also we will try to maintain our focus on uninterrupted motion from drill start to finish (A-to-B). All while keeping safety as paramount.

While there may be different physical or technical skill levels represented at these sessions, everyone will keep an eye out for anybody needing advice or encouragement. Absolute novices, with no previous experience in group training of parkour or other physical disciplines, are advised to consider first beginning with a Basic Training (Sundays).

The perception that while the practice of parkour is fun, it's "a discipline, not a game" will be tangible and is required.

Everybody pls. check this frequently asked questions about liability.

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Comment by SafeNSure on October 22, 2011 at 2:36pm

Update on security at SFSU: apparently we have enhanced our status throughout these last years.

Yesterday night we were carefully reviewed by a female agent, who -without addressing anybody- walked by us inconspicuously at least a couple of times. We were training on low obstacles nearby the initial meeting spot. We moved maybe 200yds. away to another spot attempting more daring wallruns and she came back, probably alerting a patrol car, which was parked across what I would call the Main Quad.

This time we didn't move and kept going, only when after a while the car approached, we 'casually' started doing quadrupedals up and down the stairs, which always prove impressive in terms of hard training.

The only thing that the patrolman said was "watch out for those bags", meaning our backpacks which must have seemed left alone a bit too far away.

And then he left. O_o


I would say that Parkour is generally more accepted at SFSU thanks to a series of combined elements:

- the constant, undisturbed (and not disturbing), and very structured training at Hensill Hall on Fridays, during the wet season, throughout the last two years (started by Andrey),

- the uneventful Sunday sessions, which have been rarely interrupted and only when we were training too close to the dorms, or in high-traffic areas,

- some similarly uneventful bigger congregations (like the national jam),

- maybe the larger popularity of the sports, which might (counter-intuitively) have contributed to the thought process "if they are doing crazy stunts [because that's what has been show on TV], probably they know what they are doing", and/or "these stunts are not THAT crazy after all", mixed with the admiration that law-enforcers individually always showed for the discipline,

- the fact that we always appear as responsible, adult-behaving groups (and yesterday a fairly large group, with 8/9 people energetically training on a week night),

- the fact that we try to stay away from the dorms and keeping foot-traffic in check.

It would be unrealistic to think that all these activities wouldn't have been assessed and evaluated by the campus security.


Having said, don't be surprised should you meet hostility from a single, over-zealous security person at some point [like it happened at UCBerkeley, otherwise a PK haven...], and just refer to this.

Comment by Bay Area Parkour on October 21, 2011 at 5:56pm
...only second session after the Summer iatus at Aquatic Park: we haven't found out yet.
Which is a good thing...
Comment by Ryan Fulmer on October 21, 2011 at 12:08pm

how have the  cops been since the international jam in june?


the entire NJ w/ 60-100 traceurs went perfect no problems even later when Gearhardt called to pay for the window he broke.  


Is parkour ok now or just more dangerous for the smaller groups during fall semester?

Comment by Julien on October 18, 2011 at 11:37am

ha ha, so close to the reality. You should add a few words about the attire of some of the students if you want to attract more people! ;)

Steve, we miss you, hope to see you soon!

Comment by SafeNSure on October 16, 2011 at 5:41pm

The "Dream Team" opened the season at SFSU with the most awesome night of the year on Friday: 'unlimited' well lighted spots, light breeze and 75 degrees, students dancing and skating all around, residents getting ready to party the night out, and campus police looking out for everybody(...).



Seriously: this session can make a difference in your Parkour.

Comment by SafeNSure on October 16, 2011 at 5:18pm

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