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« Reply #15 on: September 29, 2009, 02:57:13 PM »

I thought I'd say a bit more about my experiences so far practicing Parkour with my KSOs.

It makes me think back to when I was learning to leap over a wall using my hands
(kong/catpass), I always scraped my skin off the end of my pinkie. I thought I'd try wearing
gloves to stop that, but I ended up with a hole in my gloves! But as I became more
practiced, I stopped scraping my little finger off. An improved technique was the answer.

So when started using KSOs, I could really feel how my feet slid against the walls. My
previous Parkour shoes were really old and I managed to scrape all the sole off till there was
literally nothing left! Is it really a good thing to allow your feet to slide? Perhaps it is better to
stop your feet scraping across surfaces and use better technique to contact on to surfaces,
just like I used my hands to get over a wall. I now am much more delicate with my feet and
always think after a sloppy landing "ah, that could have been done much better" where I
wouldn't have before. It is expensive rubber to burn!

My balance is much easier now, the KSOs allow my feet to conform to walls and rails as I
walk on top of them. And they're so silent which is a good indication of efficiency.  Grin
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« Reply #16 on: September 29, 2009, 09:05:13 PM »

Well I'm using KSO's for Parkour/FreeRunning and I feel like they are very good with natural things like trees, rocks, ect.
But Im also new to all of this or at least being serious about it.
I feel like a pair of sneakers is ok for urban things. Honestly Wall running (like across a wall/multiple steps) with VFF's feels like I might injure my foot.
I think Im going to love the Treks, They look like they protect your foot a little more and the extra grip on the bottom should be just right.
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« Reply #17 on: October 08, 2009, 10:21:31 PM »

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MeiwLLZjDo" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MeiwLLZjDo</a>

best parkour i've ever seen.
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« Reply #18 on: October 09, 2009, 01:08:49 AM »

Now that is impressive.
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« Reply #19 on: October 09, 2009, 01:11:05 AM »

I guess it helps if you're a professional gymnast, martial artist, and stuntman.  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: October 09, 2009, 06:29:56 AM »

I guess it helps if you're a professional gymnast, martial artist, and stuntman.  Wink

Well that too Cheesy
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« Reply #21 on: October 09, 2009, 12:40:04 PM »

I think I like the form of parkour where the person moves through an environment despite the obstacles in their path - like that opening scene in that one James Bond movie.  It's watching a finely tuned animal at home in its environment. 

The other stuff is impressive, but it seems less useful, and more about gymnastic tricks than what I'd thought parkour was about. 

(Not that there's anything wrong with doing something just for fun, of course.   Wink  )
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« Reply #22 on: October 09, 2009, 03:36:31 PM »

There's a movie (French, I think) that came out ~4-5 years ago that had lots of parkour. The main characters practiced parkour, and ended up having to become cat burglars to raise money to provide medical care for a sick kid in the neighborhood, or something like that. I watched most of it, but don't know French, and it didn't have subtitles.

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The movie is Yamakasi
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« Reply #23 on: October 11, 2009, 02:07:49 PM »

I think I like the form of parkour where the person moves through an environment despite the obstacles in their path - like that opening scene in that one James Bond movie.  It's watching a finely tuned animal at home in its environment. 

I'd agree on you there, though a quick entry into your car would be a useful if you wanted to get away fast  Cheesy

District 13 is another movie with PK if I remember correctly
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« Reply #24 on: October 11, 2009, 02:20:53 PM »

Here is a clip from the film Yamakasi



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« Reply #25 on: October 11, 2009, 06:21:06 PM »

I love the dog chase scene Grin
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« Reply #26 on: October 13, 2009, 11:59:48 AM »

I've always wanted to get into Parkour. No one around to help me get started though.
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« Reply #27 on: October 13, 2009, 12:37:18 PM »

To me, parkour always seemed like a Catch 22. If you don't know what you're doing you're going to get yourself killed, but to figure it out you need to practice stunts that can kill you. I'm really surprised we haven't begun to see parkour horror videos like the skateboard videos we see.

Like this: http://www.trutv.com/video/most-daring/skate-gored.html?link=truTVshlk
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« Reply #28 on: October 13, 2009, 02:07:34 PM »

holy crap! that hurt just watching
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« Reply #29 on: October 13, 2009, 04:59:00 PM »

The more parkour I watch the more I realize that I've seen similar movement before. Back in the day I was hooked on all things martial arts, so I watched all the movies I could find. Jackie Chan's early films in particular stand out as pieces of work that showcase his ability to fight in bizarre environments by using them to his advantage.
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