Monday, September 25, 2006

25th September- Meeting and training London.

I had to go London today, brad reassured us that the weather was meant to be great for a good old Jam team training session after a meeting we had to attend, but, it was raining so hard I couldn't beleive it, was horrid weather! We dicided to go check out a few areas scouted a few days before hand, there was a pretty cool garden/seating area which looked awsome. there was a glass floor to a part of it, and us, being us, had a little game of sliding across it to the otherside seemings it was SOAKED and slippery, was great fun and no one slipped, (yet)!

So we carried on "training" in the wet and dry areas we could find. Prozac climbed the floor, and it looks Ace on Brad's Phone. the time rolled by so we went back to liverpool street to meet Danny, Chris and someone i'd never met before, Martin (he was recovering form an operation but as Danny says, is amazing and taugh him most of the stuff he knows, so i can't wait to see him fit and in action!).

Anyways, we met up at the meeting (funny that), got some dates and then escaped to train in the wetness, trying to find some decent dry areas. After heading back to Liverpool Street so that we could meet up with a photographer. We then head to an undercover area nearby that was mainly there for tic-tacs to a wall, a lot of pictures were taken and alot of unusual moves and combinations were tried, once again Danny was doing what he does best and showed some very interesteing movement, like a wall pop using one foot only that he all got us to try, as spinning around while it looks like you sit on the wall (he said that Jackie Chan has done it in a few films). Prozac practically made the tic tac straight up to the top of the wall, no Saut du bras! and Luke did a nice front sommie down the stairs.

We then moved on to the Tower 42 area, however I'm not very inspired by the area, so I kinda just watched everyone else while photos continued to be taken. We then moved onto a scoffoled area I found when out with Prozac, Ben and Jay on the "back to basics day". We started at one area, there was ALOT of scaffolding, we were practicing on one area, but on a downward swing the bar that Danny was landing on rotated around and he lost grip and carried on falling towards a V shaped bar and was wedged in via his back, I was shitting myself watching it, but he tensed up and kept rigid which meant he didn't brake his back which he could have done, respect to him for the trianing he put in meaning he can fall good and thank god he can! He got up after being a bit winded form it, but was fine, bet he's got a bruise now though.

We moved around to another scaffold area after the stinky bad death rail and practiced some larger laches which were good fun. Brad sorted out his insurance while hanging on a bar.

From there Brad had to head off, as did the photographer, so we all headed back to liverpool street to say some goodbyes and get some food for our onward trip to "Royal Oak", hadn't been the before but have seen the area on a few vids so was looking forward to it. Stuck around for some grub at Liverpool street, and then hit the tube for some underground action.

Got to Royal Oak and the old school skate park area, and my god! It was fantastic, the rails were amaizing, all under a bridge so dry as hell, and was my heaven, a pleace to move and rill new movements over and try new things etc.

Some amazing movements made, Danny taught be alot of stuff as did talking to Matrin towards the end, having not done an awful lot during the day, and finding this AMAZING place, I was driven to go, keep trianing, keep moving, carrying on my momentum and trying some new things. Won't go into detail, but I am very happy with my outlook on my practices recently.

Stretching - Danny and martain were talking about the harmony of felxibility and strength.

warm up - stretch - power train - stretch. Thanks for the help guys, and I'll be seeing you soon.

HOPEFULLY Chris will send some footage.

Brad

Sunday, September 17, 2006

17th September - Gym. - Learning IS fun.

Was invited to a good old gym with Mr Brad Wendes, to have fun with Luke, Prozac, Gav (who now has hair! I hadn't seen him in an age), Spike and a few other people's. Seemings I hadn't been to this gym or a gym like this for a few years, I made the most of it, Luke arraved and we got running around in a circut for a Parkour warm up, all around the gym, which was GREAT fun.

I don't actually practice much/many flip outside anymore so I figured I should, to keep them fresh in my mind and practice while I have the opportunity to. After some vaults and front flips over some blocks, and watching GAV do same REALLY strange four legged run, which he can do faster than running (silly man), we moved to the pits. First of all I wanted to learn a swing flip thing, where you swift on a bar, let go at the peak of the forward momentum and roll over backwards; forwards. Didn't record it but it was good fun. And then of course was the one flip I'd been REALLY thinking about, "THE GAINER" (Look at the word dripping in blood! oooOOoo)

I watched LUke practice for a while and I was pretty sure I could get them, he gave me a few tips, and I went for it, fist time I got the rotation and landed on all fours, then it was a matter of playing with the height increase, and gain on the distance, as well as working on the tuck etc. Going through the movements in my head, rehersing what I had to do with my body and when. I find It really does help, if anyone wants to ask about mental prep and rehersal then ask me, happy to help you understand it (good old A level PE eh?).

Anywas, PRACTICE and PRACTICE later, Ive been nailing some nice ones, landing well etc so I was pleased, two brand new things learnt in one day, good fun, obviously still need practice, as with any movment.

I've been a bit lazy of late, but today was another kick, a bit of inspiration watching, the recovering brad doing some INSANE stuff as well as Gav who is little but FULL of power and crazy gymnatsics! Good to see both Gav and Brad recovering from serious injuries and persuing what they love, go guys!

Prozac astounded everyone again with some HUGE vaults which were to much to comprehend, let alone bloody write! I cant describe it!

We'd finished up, and Prozac executed a SDC over a car ( big deal been done right?) ........................ LONG WAYS. Some of us have this rare footage, we might even show you, up to him i guess :-P.

Anyways, learnt something new, and was a real mental challenge which was a great thing to overcome, I struggled and acieved.



Enjoy, tour has been moved back, got a meeting in a few weeks, can't wait! will be an amzing experience, even though I'll be travelling on my Birthday and not seeing Charlotte for a while :-(. Alas.

Monday, September 11, 2006

Training this evening, and pics form Sunday

Charlie from Le Hockley called me, "want to come out?". Seemings I was at home doing jack shit sitting on my ass all day; I said yes. I started running from the parade of shops nearby and Charlie and Pat jumped off the bus and joined in which was pretty funny I guess. Ran to the warm up spot, where matt already was, and we did just that; warming up, moving around, trying new things, just moving, I was pretty tired from yesterday but I lossened up, stretched hard, then we moved to the grass oppositte the train station practicing handstands. the of course, moved onto the rails over the road for foot placement, bollard hopping and rail precisions. then up and over the train staion climbing on a wall edge nearby, then to the freght house for some well mannered conditioning, good seeing Matt ad Charlie, understanding the importance of conditioning and happily doing it.

It is So important to condition and strengthen in the early stages of parkour.

Got a few more details about the tour and parkour/movement work etc, so that will be cool, looks like I'm going to be AWAY for my Birthday, first time ever, and it's gonna be strange. I guess, thats growing up, 19, *shudder*. Still, really looking forward to travel, and practice in some, what I am sure will be, some amazing places.

Got some pictures from Phil ("Wookie") that he took on Sunday. I really like them, so a BIG thank you to Phil. :-D







Well done Phil. If you wish to use the pictures, please ask.



Sunday, September 10, 2006

1. Just a thought. 2. Training.

1. Just thinking about all the Crazy things I've seen through my life.

In no particular order, just how I think about them

- Mobile phones, turn from microwaves with an arial, to colour screens and music phones.
- Fire-ant (best game ever) and the commadore 64, to a PC and Playstation. (PS3 will pwn)
- Two aeroplanes fly into two towers, killing hundreds.
- Bombs exploding around London, underground and busses.
- The England football team.
- My Dad having pipes stuck in him and now fine having suriving cancer.
- The "Gameboy" to the PSP.
- CGI in films almost as real as real things (Lotr)
- The millenium Dome a place for tourism to a skatepark and now God knows.
- A Man crack his head open.

Meh just a few things that are quite shocking I guess that have happeneed through my lifetime. Im not saying they are all on the same level, I suppose I'm just thinking about 9/11 stuff and July 7th stuff as its being PLASTERED all over the damn TV again, makes me sick really,
YES it has happened
YES it was terrible
YES we shoudl remember it,
But there is NO reason to show it over and over again to scare everyone into believing that we are always in trouble and we'd better do what the governemnt says otherwise we'll all die, it's V for vendetta but happening NOW and on YOUR TV's. Don't believe it all.

2. Me, now my "rant" is over :-P

Was out training on Thursday, was pretty cold, and too be honest I'm looking forward to winter and training, running to keep warm, let alone the rest of parkour movements etc :-).

Thursday was REALLY nice, myself Paula nd Cutley, hit the usual spots aswell as some newer areas we hadn't really trained before. I was working on Control that day, as oposed to standing up like anormal preciion, crouch to an appropriate height to look at the landing area. When you stand, you have the height of your body to give you the hight of the jump, which in essence, creates more force. I was croauching in order to only push off and use more of my arms than legs to use ONLY the amount of energy needed for the jump, raw precision efficiency :-). Was able to hold and fully land some pretty large precisions, so my control is improving.

Sunday: Was training today aswell, only expected about 3 people and loads came which was a nice suprise, everyone moving around which was good to see. I controlled the precision at the train station first time which was pretty nice to be far, the training from Thursday paid off.
We moved onto different areas, I did a fair bit of handstand practice, getting better I'll say.
New Lache found at the main Civic Centre tree! angled and nice for le flow, seeing new opportunities again. Drilling alot of clmibing today, climb ups, the custom and exise wall was fun, weird climbing wall thing. Ladder pull ups, hot weather, little but sunburnt, but I had fun, and im tired, Good training.