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The new year


Well, uh, I'd like to say hi to everyone, and hope they have a great next year. One of my new year resolutions is to start training for parkour. That's one reason why im here.

Here's my website and gaming profolio. The picture is from a favorite game, Mirror's Edge.

Added by Tangtom on January 1, 2011 at 9:21am — No Comments

Practical Guide of Physical Education (1912) by Georges Hebert, English Translation

So I was digging for books around the net and, just by coincidence, noticed Herbert's name on one of the titles.

Turns out it's the 92-page version of his guide to physical education. APK posted their own 30 page version, but it leaves out a bunch of chapters this one has, and sports an inferior translation.

edit: I'm told that the complete work is over 500 pages, though, so we're gonna have to hold out a bit longer for the whole thing.

The book is basically Hebert's… Continue

Added by puck on October 31, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

College, frontflips, and public speaking?!

So basically college is amazing. Theres a bunch of time to train, which totally destresses me, and I feel like I'm progressing a bunch. Also happened to recruit 2-3 new trainees haha.

BUT, coolest thing yet, I learned how to frontflip! Which I'm super proud about. I never thought I'd be able to do that, but now that I can, I might start trying to learn more freerunning techniques like palm spins and what not to incorporate into my move set.

FINALLY, I'm giving…


Added by kingtheking on October 14, 2010 at 12:48pm — 2 Comments

freerunning/ parkour games?

here are some parkour games i found on the internet. i dont think any of them are good.
other than that, what console games are based on parkour? i know theres mirrors edge which probably had parkour…

Added by dan =( on September 25, 2010 at 11:35pm — 2 Comments

Celebrate Parkour Community Diversity

Tracers in the SF Bay Area are among the luckiest in the country. Not only do they benefit from an abundance of diverse training grounds, they also benefit from an abundance of diverse approaches to the discipline of Parkour. These practitioners are privileged enough to have two large distinct communities within the Bay Area that hold regular training sessions. Each community plays host to a variety of personalities and methodologies, and each caters to a different mindset. While the… Continue

Added by Chris on September 15, 2010 at 5:00am — 11 Comments


dude, i just got my new k swiss's and F YA!

Added by Jake Gerber on August 16, 2010 at 10:02pm — 1 Comment


totally stoked today! Last night i learned how to dash vault. Took a little bit of skin from my shins and some soreness today, but so worth it. Vaults are probably my favorite part of parkour because they make you feel like you are flying. It is a feeling you can't get any other way. What i need to work on next though is rolling out of landings... would have been nice to know before i jumped...

Added by J-Bird on June 6, 2010 at 6:52pm — No Comments

American Rendezvous 2010

Two BApk representatives, Jodie and Giorgio, attended American Rendezvous in Columbus, Ohio from May 28 to 30, 2010.

Hosted by PKHorizons at their second edition bringing over from Europe PKGenerations coaches and assistants (Stephane, Dan, Blane, Chris, Annty, Alli, Dom) and -for the first time…


Added by Bay Area Parkour on May 31, 2010 at 3:00pm — 8 Comments

Parkour is awesome

the other day me and some fellow traceurs were jam'n at EWU. i used to skate and so i now know that most good sk8 spots will also make good parkour spots. i also know the pain of parkour. i took my first fall the other day. advice from me, " if u try to vault a cement wall, make sure your legs clear it!" lol

Added by Jake Gerber on May 23, 2010 at 6:27pm — 1 Comment

FREE - Adidas Basketball Shoes, size 10.5

Adidas Floater OG, Black, US size 10.5 ("true to size", apparently...)

Value $65, bought them too big a couple of months ago.


Never worn as kicks, just for playing ball indoor.

Used maybe 10 times.



Reply here… Continue

Added by SafeNSure on May 12, 2010 at 4:30pm — 5 Comments

Parkour Map

I'V been really bored lately so im thinking of making a map of places to parkour at around palo alto (redwood-capurtino) so please tell me about places youv heard of or been at that are around palo alto. btw if you live close please join "Palo Alto area" group

Added by Danny Andreev on April 22, 2010 at 8:35pm — 2 Comments

2 Tips on How to Enhance your Jump

...directly from my SPAM folder (go figure!)

Are you an competitive athlete who wants to jump higher? You can increase your vertical/horizontal leap a lot faster than you may think and I will show you 2 exercises that help you do just that.

Some people can naturally jump higher than others but both natural jumpers and non-jumpers alike can benefit from a plyometric exercise routine.… Continue

Added by SafeNSure on April 22, 2010 at 8:00am — 3 Comments

Cramping: a how-to guide

During a training session the other week a fellow traceur started getting leg cramps in his calves. I imagine that this is a common thing to happen, in the calf, in the back of the leg, maybe in the feet? Cramping is quite an ordinary thing, mostly brought on by confusion between the brain and body. A thorough warm-up, healthy diet and proper hydration can be very helpful in warding off cramps, making sure that the nervous system is firing well.… Continue

Added by Gabriel on April 2, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

2010 PK Goals

I looked back on 2009, and realized I didn't improve as much as I hoped. I didn't have much time to train due to college applications and Tennis. Personally, I think I'll work harder if I set some goals for this year:

Goal 1: One Story Drop - Concrete (a story is 12 feet right? My best was 10)

Goal 2: Lengthwise Picnic Table Kong (did a 6.5 foot kong outside today, getting there...)

Goal 3: Improve Opposited Sided Vaults (righty speeds, lazys,…


Added by kingtheking on March 3, 2010 at 12:14am — 8 Comments

Little Women (grow up)

On a recent, brief family vacation I watched some ESPN boxing on TV, which I like doing, but I rarely do.

Randomly, I ended up following a whole 10 rounds match that kept my attention, for a combination of reasons:

- it was competitive female boxing (didn't watch that since the Million Dollar Baby)

- it was for the World Title (albeit juvenile)

- the defending champion was Mexican (and I was in… Continue

Added by SafeNSure on February 24, 2010 at 12:30pm — No Comments

My Parkour Training story so far.

I'm 42 years old, not particularly athletic but I was fascinated with Parkour and wanted to learn it. This is a catalog of my experience. I've been learning parkour for a little over two months, but it has been a fantastic ride so far. I'm writing this so that it may help others who are new to this sport.


October 1, 2009. My company is shutting down. I'm threatened with loads of free time. It's been a while since I had any. Physical activity has mostly been… Continue

Added by Anurag Mendhekar on January 11, 2010 at 9:30pm — 6 Comments

early heads up please

ya think i could get an earlyer heads up on the events mabey

Added by Will Norris on January 4, 2010 at 11:08am — 2 Comments

Fear as an Obstacle

As traceurs we all encounter a great deal of obstacles, but most of them we are able to surpass after some practice (that is what parkour is all about, after all). However, there is one obstacle that is taller than the highest wall, longer than the widest gap, and deeper than the greatest drop. I'm talking, of course, about irrational fear.

I'm not going to offer a solution to getting rid of all your fear - if I had one, I'd being doing cat leaps in a vault filled with giant blocks… Continue

Added by puck on November 30, 2009 at 8:30pm — 11 Comments

Sunset Elementary+ Documentary Session (11-7-09)

Yesterday a group of traceurs lit up Sunset Elementary with two back-to-back parkour jams. The first was organized by BAPK, and the second by some Napa Valley guys who wanted to shoot a documentary. A ton of people came and went as the day went on, each with something really great and unique to contribute: new insights, advice, or simply a great willingness to learn - usually all three.

We began at the upper level where the playground is, generally goofing off and exploring the area.… Continue

Added by puck on November 9, 2009 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Saratoga jam review

Yesterday I attended my first BAPK jam with Fyrel and Dogwithrabiez. They were both extremely friendly and patient with my lesser degree of skill, and really weren't afraid to point out my errors and help me improve.

We started out with a bit of chatting, and moved on to vaults, then went to wall runs, balance, and flow. We wrapped up with some really intense QM training and did a short run. What's amazing is that I was really pushed my limits in each of these techniques, and… Continue

Added by puck on October 25, 2009 at 11:42am — 1 Comment

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