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Wednesday evening, halfway through the week. Just after you complete recovery from going all out at the jam last weekend. Sounds like the perfect time to get back to 100 percent training once more to better your habits and attain peak strength at all times, doesn’t it?

 

Wednesday evening, halfway through the week. Just after you complete recovery from going all out at the jam last weekend. Sounds like the perfect time to get back to 100 percent training once more to better your habits and attain peak strength at all times, doesn’t it?

This Wednesday, the traceurs that reside within Washington DC did just that. The first installment of our newly formed weekly jams, meeting every Wednesday at 4:15 pm took place at Georgetown University and was everything we could imagine, and more.

            Albinoboy, Tor, Coastal and myself met up and agreed that this would not be a jam, rather a (relatively) strict training session to practice and drill moves. And yes, there is a difference. We began by stretching our bodies out from head to toe, focusing on common injuries or soreness that our small group has encountered (shin splints, sore abs, sprained ankles), mixed in with a few balancing techniques while we were sitting there. Next we took a short jog to our first training spot. There we began practicing precisions and a few through-the-tree vaults. I ended up talking to a nice guy who has been interested in parkour the whole time, turns out he will be starting a Georgetown University club soon and I told him I would help him out if he needed it. After a few more precisions and vaults, we moved on.

            We began walking to the next spot on the list, a simple, flat area with one 8 foot wall or so. For the next 20 minutes all we did was train our pop-vaults up the wall. I taught Coastal how to dig your foot into the wall better for a higher pop, and taught Albinoboy and Tor to kip their hips and legs up and over the wall for a faster overall climb. Needless to say, there were nice improvements made within that short period of focused training. So after we grew bored of running at a sole wall, we began our walking once again.

            The next spot we set our bags down at was a great bricked-over wheel chair ramp. There were many other walls and training possibilities in that small area as well so we took full advantage of our surroundings. This spot was more of a continuation of practicing wall climbs and kip-ups from the previous spot, but there was certainly more to do there. I worked on my muscle ups from a Cat leap position and the others spent more time practicing getting up and over the wall. In the end, I was just a little sore but could pull up faster and run up a HUGE wall that has been taunting me for months now. Tor now understands the concept of a kip and the movements needed to get over a wall much faster. Albinoboy can now GET OVER the wall with the technique of kipping, and I must say, it looked fast (Remember, this was only with about 30 minutes of pure practicing). Coastal is a newer guy who has a lot of enthusiasm and talent. He now has a great understanding of what his body is capable of, and what correct movements should look like, I look forward to training with him on a weekly basis.

            And that doesn’t just go for him, I will now look forward to Wednesday nights with much more enthusiasm because the people I train with here in DC are very committed people that are a joy to help and be helped by.

            My advice to anyone in an area with multiple traceurs is to take time to set up a solid, once-a-week training session where you can focus on what you need to do to become the best you can. Make it on a day that everyone can come weekly, at a time when everyone can spare 2 hours or so. This is to stress the aspect of discipline in your training. If you’re serious enough to obey a set schedule every week, I personally have a great deal of respect and hope that you will be among the greatest in the parkour world. And remember, this is not a jam. You are in a much greater and focused state of mind while truly training hard. Drill your movements over and over and don’t push any limits. This way your body can get comfortable with what it is CAPABLE of, and eventually raising that bar of personal capability higher and higher until you graduate from Parkour University and qualify for the Mark Toorock Sponsorship for the Parkour University Graduate program… I now that’s what keeps me going!

 

Happy Training!

-Skipper

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Wednesday, 30 November 2005 16:37
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