Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Goals and Presentations

Well, I didn't complete all of my goals, but I did a decent job. I ended up going on a self-imposed week of rest first week of break, because my body was just self-destructing from overuse. After the week, I felt FANTASTIC though, and training resumed, and it resumed hard. Tuesday I trained with Doc Akh in Westminster, at McDaniels, and then we went to Acro (gymnastics gym) and I helped him teach his Parkour class. Wednesday was training at AACC with Disciple, Thursday I went down to Primal Fitness to play with Disciple and take their Advanced Parkour class.

And then Friday. I got at text from hardcoretraceur at about 8PM, telling me he was coming down to DC (He lives near NYC) with Kasper (who was staying with him, and lives in the Bahamas). Long story short, I drove down to DC at 4AM to pick him up from the bus, we came back to my house and crashed for a few hours. After breakfast, we met up with nickm, Ben Horn, and Disciple to train at AACC, and then we went to Primal to build things, hang out, go through a few Crossfit workouts, a Parkour open gym, and then we slept there. The next morning, we trained at Primal for most of the day again. So anyawy, things I accomplished:


  • Hold a handstand - AND CONTROL IT - for a solid 6 seconds. - I didn't do as much handstand work as I would have liked, but I was able to hold a handstand for a good 4 or 5 seconds, although I had to use the wall to get up.
  • Hold a bent-knees flag for 5 seconds. - Did not have time to work on this.
  • Land my back tucks on my feet, consistently. - Figured out the main reason I'm screwing up. (Bringing knees and shoulders together, instead of knees to shoulders.) They're getting consistently better, so I'd say goal pretty much accomplished.
  • Learn how to do a 540 roundhouse, at least well enough to teach it to someone else in Rochester. - My 540 is pretty good, though the landing needs more practice. I'd give it a Mission Accomplished.
  • Start learning wall flips. - Did not have time to work on these.


  • I am a lot more comfortable with my Kong to Cat now, as well as my Kong to precision.
  • Started training on some trees. There are some trees that are hotspots by themselves...
  • I think I finished getting all the footage I need for Countdown (movie I'm working on with Ben Corwin). We should have it finished by Christmas.

In other news, I don't think I ever posted a link to the presentation I gave to Campus Safety. You can find the Power Point presentation here. This does not include what I said, which really is the important part, but it is mostly just a list of topics I covered. Feel free to edit and use this for your own purposes, just give credit where credit is due if asked.

Also, RIT Parkour now has their own subforum on American Parkour. You can find it here. So if you go to RIT or are from Rochester, or just want more information about our training plans, swing on by!

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Blogger Animus Light said...

I would say, Zack, that by merely "giving" yourself an accomplished on things that are MOSTLY accomplished, you are cheating yourself out of your own goals. My guideline, quite sadly, for my training is my knowledge of Batman... and I try to expect nothing but perfection in the achievement of my goals. Every nuance of every movement must be accomplished, or it is meaningless. Consider that for yourself, surely.

Good luck with all your training.

December 5, 2007 at 7:26 PM  
Blogger zac said...

Okay, apparently my reply got automagically deleted.

Summary of what it said: "These goals weren't really "I want to perfect whatever" so much as they were more "I want to get better, and learn how I can better these techniques."

Example, backtucks. My backtucks did not improve much over the break, however I did identify two or three things that would make them much much better.

Example, 540. Obviously, I did not learn to perfect my 540 in a week. I'm no where even close. However, I learned a lot about the kick, enough so I can work on it on my own.

The biggest problem I have with learning new skills is that I don't know of anyone here in Rochester that has both A) These same interests, AND B) knows more than I do and can teach me. So I need to harvest as much information as I can from people who DO know more than I while I can, and then apply it on my own. I suppose that was really the mission.

December 8, 2007 at 8:03 PM  
Blogger GTangerine said...

you lucky English with your Parkour Classes. Thanks for the tips, I just remembered taping up your joints from Eyeshield 21--that'll probably help next time I get worked.

December 14, 2007 at 5:46 PM  

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