Tuesday, March 18, 2008

18th March 2008: Why control our movements?

This is continued from the posted version so still worth reading if you have on Jam!!

For those that have not seen the thread or read worldwidejam.tv Parkour Forums.

Link to the thread HERE

This was posted:

"well ive just been thinking about this and if parkour is used to escape then would be point in stopping still on a object you just jumped to? i always try and stick precisions/jumps lols but i just wonder whats point. Yes i no precision is jumping to a specific place before someone says ."

To which I replied....

"You are absolutely right.....

However it is completely dependant on YOUR personal situation and motivation for training.

If you are practicing Parkour purely to escape then don't practice them if you so wish. However, what if you had to cat pass to a point and then had to double back.... think of the IMAX Cat pass precision, you need to control and "stick" that precision or fall several metres onto stairs....

I practice Parkour to know myself so I can help others. I believe, because of how changing the world can be, and situations within it, that can occur, one should be incredibly able in all, or as many realistic situations as possible. For my training and passion for movement, I believe it is important to continue movement as well as CONTROL them. Why?

In the world around us, we are VERY regulated.... we are controlled in our diets as we can only eat what a shop stocks, we are told to walk and not run, we are regulated on the underground by escalators, dictating the speed in which we should move, we are regulated by our desires for money to clock in and out at work, and by our conditioning to buy things, we quite possibly and (probably) do not need;... and almost everyone abides.

In this world of control it is incredibly difficult to TRULY BE YOURSELF, there are things however, that I can control... my diet, how often I eat, how I shower, what I do with my time (for the most part), and of course, how I CHOOSE to move. I wish to have a great deal of control over my body, that is my passion and quest, and that is what I train for in life. Without OUR control we lose who we are, and who we could be."

The world is a very scary place in that respect, as TESCO globalises the UK, were' becoming even more so captivated to our options, yet nature still provides all we need to survive. Many people believe 'food' is only substances compacted into a burger or sausage, or bought from a shop....

I wander off to a place where there are pine trees locally, I take some pines and wash them lightly, boil them up for 10 minutes and drink the tea left behind. ( http://www.textfiles.com/survival/pinesoup.txt )

We truly don't need half of the things we own and I believe we can be an awful lot richer but losing some of our money and options in life, BY CHOICE. If we choose simpler ways, chose to avoid things, or what have you. Systematic under eating, regular fasting, training what YOU need to do to be fast and efficient in life. Yes we should be able, but to the extent of wrecking our bodies or practicing things we will never use?

There's a period of time, I believe those who search form something more form a practice, be it Parkour, Judo, cooking, birdwatching.... whatever, there is a period where you need to search inside yourself and find the why, and develop yourself fully as a true human being, as free as you can be, as powerful as you can by allowing yourself to truly make the choices you need to in life.

I've decided not to eat meat, which I have succeeded in for the past month plus, in the past I have had only cold water to wash and use... these simpler challenges we can create for ourselves allows us to search for who we are, who we want to be and what we need to do to get to where we want to be. I believe this at least...

Conditioning for example, many do not enjoy it because it is difficult, possibly painful, etc etc; but doing those things, will make them stronger and more able to move through increased strength. Compared to just moving and training through that, you, almost likely, will develop muscular imbalances which can lead to injuries.

This is an incredibly personal subject for sure and I'm not saying everyone has to aggree with me, or agree with you, there ARE shades of grey, life isnt black and white.

I'm just trying to see your takes on working and training all aspects, in order to develop yourself as a person, as a human being, as a Traceur, or whatever you wisht o call yourself if it matters to you.

For example, eating is something I do a lot of, I think most traceur does, however, I've decided not to eat for at least one day, because it is difficult, because it is unknown territory, on top of detoxifying my body, testing my will and determaination.

Currently I will not be eating for at least one day. I have not gone without food by choice before, and frankly it's hard for me, however, my diet has been far from what it should be, so I shall not eat, to allow myself to understand going without food for a day or two is not that big a deal and hopefully afterwards, it allows me to understand I do not need to eat as much as I have been, and perhaps my body will seek out what it truly needs.

If we chose to purely do the simple, easy and comfortable things in life, we restrict our development and opportunities of learning new things.

I would not encourage anyone to fast without doing some necessary reading and research first!.

Sometimes, the simplest of things, require the biggest effort and truly tests our skill and courage.

Here's to an unknown place!!


Monday, March 03, 2008

3rd March 2008: Variance

Haha, I was going to post "A new start" or something but it seems there are so many "fresh starts" within people's training as one develops within Parkour, perhaps a change of direction is a better way of putting it.

I've had a week out of any movement training, been out skateboarding etc for a sort of break. Went out for a few hours today experimenting with some light movement and it felt great. To move in a play for again. The big old London gathering which happened not long ago was great to see and gave me an opportunity to help some others in thinking differently towards their movements and training.
[ Picture above, the Big London Gathering 17/2/2008 ]

Few weeks prior to that I'd been working for a on thinking and working on more practical movement. Lots of climbing and finger work a long with making movements more awkward, or rather working on movements/areas of the body which arent used much, the hips, ass back of knees, shins, sides etc. We will not always have the opportunity in life, or the luxury to be on our feet, facing forwards at an obstacle, have our eyes open, have our breathing slow and controlled.

Again as was said before, finding whats uncomfortable and making it comfortable. The movements I were playing with today weren't so much as difficult or uncomfortable, just neglected, and thats how it all feeling in general now, things are starting to come within my stride so to speak, just negelected or not tried before. Once you develop and FIND how to use and train movement in all/any forms, be it skateboarding, Juggling, Acrobatics, Parkour etc, the thought processes carry over deeply and influence all form of movement, by analysing the movements, understanding your body's requirements for the given movement, and using your training to then make the movement a reality. Below are some very small clips of a few movements, again these aren't about showing the extent of an ability merely using spaces practically for situational training.

As I've been saying to a few people recently, Parkour is not about perfection, we won't always have the luxury of being on our feet, vary you're training for what YOU (personally) train for, maybe concentrate on staying low, move effectively sitting, sliding, blind (Kie), all things we can do to benefit ourselves (within moderation) and benefit our relationship to the environment around us and how react to the obstacles in our daily life.

look up Luke Sims' Movement vid (sliding) and Kie's Blind Training Video, or any of my vids with movement tags.

Clips from today.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=cWLG-916PN8 - Rolling variations.

http://youtube.com/watch?v=S1Z5qsefCtQ - Keeping low.

happy training,