Archive for November, 2010

Precaution yourselves for the danger that may come near. For all of you extreme free runners out there be careful when jumping of roofs. They tend to kill people with any tiny mistake. The most professional and greatest free runner can take their invincibility and trade it in for a slow painful death. There have been many deaths counting as suicides because of it.”Jumping is the most common method of committing suicide, accounting for 52.1%” (Google). There have been death due to missing the railing or ledge and the balance throws the runner off. Here is a public video of a free runner who missed the landing (precision) and has fallen about three stories back first. He had internal bleeding, about five ribs broken and his organs pierces by the ribs, shortly after the ambulance arrived he died. I spoke with one of the friends of this man and he told me “He was always excited, ready to try new things. He is a great person and free runner” (Crash)
Here is a video url on youtube I hope you will learn the danger as well.


Roll before you Drop!

The most basic and important thing to learn is the roll. To further yourself from harm while doing parkour it requires a strong hold on yourself and training. Before you can jump off roofs,  small inclines and do crazy stunts you MUST learn the roll. It may take many tries but you must practice. Sadly if you do not work hard enough to perfect it, it can kill you. Imagine falling a three stories and not doing a roll, all that your left with is your body broken, crushed and possibly in pieces. There are some other issues that come along with that risk. Families, Friends and people in your life may care about your well being, if there is a stunt that you think you can’t handle then please don’t try because you need to do it. Be smart take it step by step and Learn your rolls.

Fear of Fearing (Phobophobia)

It may sound strange but Phobophobia is real and it occurs in a group f people. It may not be as intense as the actual disease of the mind but it can prove a hindrance. People who are afraid to do something because they are afraid of being afraid. Mouth full of words right?  Unfortunately this kind of stuff occurs when people who usually learn some thing new. Let’s say a front tuck. They are afraid that if they get afraid they will fall and end up hurting themselves more or less. This stops many free runners and trickers from doing what they need to and progressing through the ranks. This also is one of the downfalls of the mind that gets people hurt if they try to act like it does not exist. Next time you feel this way clench any muscle, gather your mind and think of the power you have. That humans are unlimited to many things and psychologically it can prove to be the advantage. It worked for me when I felt heavy and it made me feel light again. I thought to myself, everything is technique so don’t fall prey to the feeling or thought. Just Do It.

Damien Walters is one of the best athletes I have ever seen. He pulls off some amazing stunts and for some reason blocks the idea of fear. He tries new tricks and things here in there specializing in Parkour, Gymnastics, and Tricking. I have come across some of his videos on his youtube channel. He has fallen off a roof about 5 stories and safely gotten back up, he has done MMA training, back tucked off of walls, does double back tucks without trying, front tucks over moving cars, and has the precision of body control to a point where anything is possible. He might be one of my favorite athletes but a close second is his prodigy Greg Townley. A young teenager rising through the ranks and becoming one of the best. If the future of gymnastics has a face it might be Greg for sure. Here are some videos of Damien’s slideshow reel of 2007 and Greg’s video.
Right click,copy and paste in the search engine and Enjoy.

The Art of Perseverance

Without drive there is no ability, potential, or movement. It takes hard work to build your body to withstand the hard  30 ft falls. I can relate because I have not been doing any real training in a while. Soon I will start practicing right after I finish my college work for this semester. I know many people that do jams in New York and I believe each and everyone of them are working out as much as they can as the cold weather comes by. It may be a little too cold to be doing tricks and dashing from point A to point B but everyone emerges as a new person. This winter everyone will be in a cacoon like state waiting for the spring. Like Ninjas.

Pein - leader of the revolution


Stradle side layout

Double wall flip

I don't feel like moving!

Cutting through thin air

B twist

Human frisbee

Will he make it?

Nick Bishop-roof hopping

The Wall spin

Never looked easier.

building hop

Going up!

Stuck in Limbo

Side tuck

Where is he landing?

The great leap

Leap of Fate

50 foot drop


Le Parkour