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Farewell SF, I'm going home

oh no, your government doesn't want me anymore.
I'm flying back to Australia Feb 14/15th.
I plan on training as much as I can between now and then.
I'll be back in the states in May/June. Probably start on the East Coast, and visit SF towards the end.
You guys better not have piked by then.

it's been fun


Added by Xavier Shay on January 28, 2009 at 10:20pm — 8 Comments

A Different Kind of Journey

So after a few months of some slight back pain I decided it was time to go see the doctor. I am always hesitant to go see a doctor. The good thing about going is you know what is wrong with you, the bad thing is that you know something is definitely wrong with you.

Well I officially have Degenerative Disk Disease in my lumbar spine with narrowing between my vertebra at the L3-4, L4-5 junctions along with sciatica in my right leg.

I don't really know what caused it, frankly… Continue

Added by Sin on January 28, 2009 at 8:23pm — 5 Comments

So it begins...

I lived in Portland until last year, where there was only a small parkour community, and I never bothered getting into it. Over Christmas break, I remembered that I wanted to get into it, and started searching around for local groups. Lo and behold, there was one that Sunday, and after double checking that beginners were welcome, I hopped that hour-long bus ride out to a strange new highschool in an area I'd never been in.

That bus ride has become very familiar since then, as I've… Continue

Added by Fake on January 20, 2009 at 6:16pm — 9 Comments


in new here and would like to join a bridgend/porthcawl group

Added by jester155 on January 15, 2009 at 11:38am — 1 Comment

Happy coming home :D

Jan 9

Ok, i'm at home now, yes. But the way I see it I'm fortunate enough to have two homes, two pk families, so whether I'm going to SF or going to LA, I'm always coming home :)

Sappiness aside, I got some good training in over the break and started learning some flips and double kongs and stuff in the gym. I'd like to see if I can at least take the double kong outside ;) And it was funny seeing my (biological) family back east this Christmas cause I got a few comments of… Continue

Added by orem on January 10, 2009 at 2:00am — 8 Comments

2009 New Year resolution(s)

..I'll start with one, and write it down to remind myself of it (and invite everybody else to do the same with their PK -or not- related resolutions...), I may add to the list, at some point:


The glass IS half-full !!!

It's going to take me some effort, but, also thanks to pk and the community I belong to, I should be able to make it...


p.s.: my life-long resolution is: Get it done!...

I consider…

Added by SafeNSure on January 5, 2009 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Why I practice Parkour.

In the beginning I saw a clear path, a strong motivation, and a whole lot of meaning. Over the months it has disintegrated, I no longer had the drive and lost my way. But recently, my old drum teacher gave me a call, he had moved to Arizona and came over to my house for a lesson. He described everything spiritual in drumming, how it is a dance, how one fluid motion resides over all the tom's, cymbals. And that's when it hit me. I had given up the idea of drums recently when Parkour was here.… Continue

Added by Philosofist on January 2, 2009 at 12:54pm — 1 Comment

My year-end training abroad (Italy)

flash back: I banged my left knee pretty bad a month and a half ago and have been recovering slowly, but surely ever since, even if I suffered minor yet painful dings here-and-there, and am probably still about 90%.

fastforward: the day after tomorrow I'll be flying back to the Bay after a two short weeks stay in my motherland (Italy), where I (surprisingly!) managed to train 5… Continue

Added by SafeNSure on December 30, 2008 at 5:00pm — 5 Comments

Training Solo vs. Training with a Group -Which is better? How to train solo?

I find training solo to be hard, I often will go out and train alone, but be "tired" within a half hour.What I really need is just a one on one session with an experienced tracuer to start me off with solo training. Or any tracuer for that matter. Does any one else know what I'm talking about when I say, that training alone tires you out faster and makes you less eager? I want to know how solo training should be structured, how my mentality should be, when is it enough? And where? Should I cut… Continue

Added by Philosofist on December 27, 2008 at 8:24am — 11 Comments

Another Ankle Update (last one, I swear)

It's official, I have a second-degree sprained ankle. The doctor told me i probably sprained it the first time around and then when I twisted it again, I messed it up pretty badly. I'm officially not allowed to run on my ankle for at least a month or so. (4-6weeks according to the doc) and that definitely means no parkour.

I'm pretty bummed out about it but I know if I try to test my ankle too soon, I'm going to hurt it further. I'm probably going to continue working my upper body… Continue

Added by Faye on December 21, 2008 at 2:50pm — 5 Comments

Life, Parkour, and the Soul of the Warrior

Why am I the way I am? Why do I devote hours of time and energy to movement? Why do I strive to learn an ancient art of weaponry and defense? Why is it that whenever I read about ancient times I feel as though I've been born in the wrong century?

I believe that it is natural to be the way I am. Others may not agree, but I think that this feeling is within all of us, to a certain degree. I believe that in order to truly live and face fear, anger, loneliness, confusion, and grief, one must… Continue

Added by Seraph on December 19, 2008 at 7:00pm — 3 Comments


I’m not seven years old anymore

Sitting on the sidelines watching,

Thinking “I could never do that” and yet

Always my strength and balance are overtopped

By the sinking feeling of worthlessness

Never measuring up

The humiliation of failing in front of others is nothing

Compared to the death of confidence

Already rotting in my skull

Before I ever take the first step.

I see them flying, leaping tumbling running

And I know I can never do that,… Continue

Added by Si Clare on December 16, 2008 at 9:57am — 5 Comments

First day of training = Ow Ow Ow Ow Ow ...Ow

Everything hurt when I tried to get out of bed this morning. My back, shoulders, arms, thighs and calves. It was 6:30 in the morning, and my alarm kept saying "Wake up wake up wake up wake up wake up wake up wake up" in it's monotone g#. I thought I heard it raining, but that was just our old ass heater in the living room. Its like a fireplace, but easier to light. That was the only thing getting me out of bed in the morning. That, and the realization that if it wasn't yet raining, it would be… Continue

Added by Mackenzie on December 15, 2008 at 11:50pm — 7 Comments

Ankle update - I'm going to be out for a while

I managed to re-injure my ankle at school today while it was raining. I twisted it and it popped even worse than I did at Acro. I can't even walk on it now and I'm pretty sure a visit to the doctor is in order now. I'm pretty sure this means I'm going to be out from doing pk for a while.

Just in time for my twenty-first birthday, tomorrow. Lame.

I might make it out some jams just to take some video footage. My dad gave me a digital video cam for my birthday and I'm itching… Continue

Added by Faye on December 15, 2008 at 9:35pm — 6 Comments

Winter break training

Hey all. I don't post here often, but I miss alot of y'all over here. I'm going to be lots of scouting and training over winter break (12-17 to about 1-15-09) and it'd be great to meet up with a few of you. Here's my list of spots. Send me an email or give me a phone call to get in touch. I have lots of room in my car (6 seats) for the long trips like Sac, SC, and CSUEB. Let's do this.

-Market Street… Continue

Added by Austin Gall on December 11, 2008 at 11:03pm — 3 Comments

Doctor's Note

So I went to the doctor today, and the first reaction he had was "What the hell did you do to your legs?"

So after explaining what had happened, and reciting my parkour pitch (still need to work on the wording: I still get the worried glance) he examined it and had me sent down to x-ray just in case. Gladly, no fracture or bone scrape; the tibia and fibula are strong bones. I really just need to take it easy until it heals completely.

But bloody hell, it still hurts to… Continue

Added by BrodyB on December 11, 2008 at 8:48pm — 9 Comments

i am officially asymmetrical

today i realized just how much i favor one side. well, i always knew that i did that but just thought-- it's just my good side, it's the way i'm comfortable, it's the way i "do it better," and it's more FUN doing the movements the way i know how to well. but today while working out and doing simple movements, i noticed physically that i am way weaker (strength, technique, flow) on my "bad" side. it's kind of detrimental by now!

i've been training parkour for over a year now and have… Continue

Added by monk on December 9, 2008 at 9:02pm — 7 Comments

Injured and feeling like an idiot

First time I've been to the gym in more than a month, extremely happy that I got myself out of the house and looking forward to doing pk to get my mind off of the impending finals I've got. And I roll my ankle on the first run I do across the floor, popping something in my ankle. It's swollen up and now is bruised up the bottom part of my calf.

I'm super annoyed at myself right now. Let this be a lesson for all the kids, make sure you know exactly where you're putting your feet at… Continue

Added by Faye on December 3, 2008 at 8:32pm — 8 Comments

Not the most graceful...

...But i'm getting there.

I have been coming to jams and training sessions for 6 weeks now, and am truly enjoying it. I feel stress free when I am with the BApk crew. This may be a tiny insignificant revelation for the others I have met, but for me it's a huge step. I have Asperger's syndrome, which tends to make me socially inept, mind numbingly awkward, and a bit of an introvert. BAPK is a big milestone for me because it is the first time I have willingly joined a social group and not… Continue

Added by Onibunny on November 30, 2008 at 9:18pm — 10 Comments


Something came up at the Sunday Beginners' Training today that I think needs to be addressed: the use of spotters in parkour.

I will be giving you all my full and honest opinion about this issue, and if you decide to post, I expect that you will give me yours.

I believe that spotters have no place in parkour besides when dealing with movements that cannot be easily worked up to. I have been taught to never try anything that I am not sure I am capable of doing safely, and I… Continue

Added by hillexallen on November 16, 2008 at 12:00pm — 27 Comments

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