Sunshine, Videos, and Elections…It Must Be Spring.

First of all, I want to say thank you to everyone who helped make Parkour Day a great success. Without our sponsors, the friends and family who helped us set up the course, the performers who put their heart into every step, and the spectators who were so appreciative of what we do, Parkour Day wouldn’t be possible. Thank you all so much for your support!

In case you missed it, College WFPF put together a great video of the event:

We also have an excellent video compilation of our spring training, thanks to our very own Chris “Bambi” Delmore:

And though it might sound crazy, spring means summer is just around the corner. With the academic year coming to a close, it’s time to start thinking about leadership for next year. Officer elections will be held at practice on Monday, April 22nd.

Members, please consider running for an office or nominating someone, and be there on Monday to vote!


Parkour Day Showcase and Elections bring an end to Spring 2012

Parkour Day Showcase

This is the final blog post that I will be writing as I am graduating from UMass in a few days. As I sign off I would like to thank everyone who I’ve met in the parkour community and those who support us. These last four years have been amazing and I have this club to thank for that. We’ve grown immensely as an RSO and I hope that growth continues in years to come. I’ll keep this short as I’ve finals to study for, always remember: keep playing.

In order to pass along the club, the members have elected a new set of officers for the following two semesters.

President: Kevin Barba
Vice President: Amy Desmond
Treasurer: Jasper Sardonicus
Equipment Manager: Max Perham
Public Relations: Jon Velez

Finally, I’d like to share some media from the regional event that UMass Parkour just put on. We’ve got a video by former president Jackie Hai, an article in the Daily Collegian and a post on the WFPF College Blog. So if you’d like more info on what we accomplished, check out the links!

- Travesty INTL

Vimeo Promo Video for UMass Parkour!

Check out the newest video about UMass Parkour! A couple of interviews from Scott, Travis and Amy fill you in on the goings-on of our movement club! If you’ve ever thought about joining the club, now would be a great time as the weather is getting warmer and Parkour Day is coming up soon! The club practices Monday through Thursday from 6:00-7:30PM and Saturdays at the same time in the activity room upstairs at the rec center. All practices are free and open to anyone who signs a waiver. So, come check us out, watch and hopefully you’ll want to come check us out!

Also, over spring break the officers and seth went to the The Monkey Vault in Toronto, Canada for some spring break training. If you ever are near the city, you should definitely go check out the gym for at least an afternoon. The community there is absolutely wonderful and the gym has a whole bunch of different surfaces that are a ton of fun to play on. Check out the goof balls in their video below:

Jacked Upper Body? Check.

Marc vaulting

How many times have you looked in the mirror and seen that your upper body needs a lot of work? I’m sure we’ve all been there. However, who wants to go to the gym and spend time there among a bunch of people who will look upon you with scorn? Not me. Luckily for all of us, I’ve put together a bunch of different body weight exercises to pump you up in the privacy of your own living space. We hope you like what he has to share because these movements will get you jacked!

After the past year I (and the other officers) have been amazed at everyone’s, including UMass Parkour’s, growth. Realizing that we have only 2 months (WTF?!) till graduation, we are excited that this has been by far the best year of UMass Parkour and it’s awesome that we (the Seniors) get to leave on such an amazing note and we have no concern for the years to come and how much of an impact UMPK will have (as it is already) on peoples’ lives.

The one main thing I have noticed (which is f*cking awesome) is the strong paradigm shift people are having. A paradigm is an example or model of the way we view the world and whatever we are doing, and it is constantly changing. As of right now it seems that the UMPK motto is “Get Buck,” but a couple years ago it was “Do a gainer.” This is because myself and the rest of the group looked at gainers as an almost “impossible” move; however, once one of us landed it, our paradigm shifted. This is why right now we not only find gainers just a normal move but will say things like “Why didn’t you cork, gainer arabian, etc.”

One of my main goals with this post was to say that where you guys are, as Freshman and Sophomores, is where all the Seniors were Junior year. “To be the best is to train with the best” is a quote that I love and truly believe in. Although sometimes people may get frustrated because they see more advanced people doing more advanced tricks and they are still struggling with (what seems like) an easy move, we were all struggling with the same move not too long ago. Sometimes, although it make not seem this way, the biggest factor of why someone may seem better than you is simply that they have been doing it longer. Trust me, with 100% certainty, you will get there.

This is why I talked about a paradigm shift earlier. By training with people who are better than you your paradigm shifts and increases. When I was in New York for a tricking gathering called Drednt there were people there doing moves with such ease that I am years away from doing. By being in this paradigm that a double corkscrew isn’t hard (I was one of the only people who couldn’t corkscrew, never mind double) it made me train harder than I ever have in those 3 days. This is why when we say that where you guys are now are way ahead of where we were, we mean it. You are going to be doing things that we couldn’t even of imagined when you guys are Seniors (no joke).

Overall, with Parkour and in life, even though it might seem that you are light-years away from people better than you, keep training hard because you are really not that far away. By training with people who are better than you, even if its just in one move, you are increasing your paradigm and constantly growing. Everyone in UMPK has their strengths and weaknesses and by learning what those are you can easily improve at a much faster rate than you could have ever imagined.

I want to finish this with an important quote – “We train with others but truly only compete with ourselves.” Parkour isn’t about being better than the other person – it’s about breaking down barriers, both mental, physical and spiritual, that were currently there. To someone, its about getting their first monkey vault, while other people it will be about landing some complex flip. This is why all the main offers get excited when someone lands a move for the first time, no matter how simple it may seem. Everyone is different and when someone does something they never have before, no matter how simple or complex, they are breaking down barriers. And that is the point – to help each other break down barriers and explore who you are – because that is what life is truly about.


- Marc

Spring 2012 Update – Video Blog

Hex and Trav at the club fair

Welcome back to UMass everyone! Its the second semester and parkour club is ready to go. We’re fresh from the club fair, which Hex, Trav and Marc hosted (see picture above).

We’re holding a couple of really cool events this year in addition to our practices. Here’s a letter from one of our sponsors:

Dear UMASS Parkour,

The World Freerunning Parkour Federation would like to make “Parkour Day!” an official WFPF event as part of the newly formed College WFPF. College WFPF is dedicated to promoting, organizing and supporting all college parkour events and we believe “Parkour Day!” is a great opportunity to support UMASS Parkour and the college parkour community. We fully endorse UMASS Parkour and “Parkour Day!” We encourage everyone to attend the event whether you are a parkour athlete or a spectator, as “Parkour Day” will not disappoint. The campus of the University of Massachusetts is an amazing venue for an event like this and we are excited to attend! Hope to see you all on April 28th!

Know Obstacles, Know Freedom!
Greg Milano
Matt Milano
College WFPF

Check out our first video blog for updates on UMPK:

Practice will be held Monday through Thursday 6:00-7:30PM. Meetings take place at the front entrance to the Fine Arts Center.

As the coldness comes…

Trav's dash

Parkour starts earlier! We are now meeting from 6:00-7:30pm Monday through Thursday, meet at the front entrance to the Fine Arts Center! All skill levels are always welcome, so come train.

Also, here’s a little taste of our fall training, slowly remembering to bring my camera to practices…

A bit of summer training…

Hex's handstand

School’s in session and this year’s parkour club looks better then ever. With so many new members things are starting out with a bang. I hope everyone stayed in shape this summer ’cause this year we hit the ground running…

I love summer

Check out the flickr album from The Daily Collegian

To make your day even better, our amazing college newspaper sent out a photographer to see what we do!

If you’re not training hard already, its definitely time to get on that… but don’t fret, scooter and trav are coming up with a muscle busting workout that will make you a movement machine.

In addition to some ass-kickin’ workouts we’ve got some multimedia for you to check out our newest video!

Here’s our video from the awesome Mother’s Day Jam:

Finally, check out Snap Goes the Magic Camera, a sweet photoblog about UMass athletes!

Ill photo blog with a look at some hot action!

End of Semester News

Logo by kyle maguire

Hope exams are going well! Also, we will still be practicing this week despite our intense work loads… so feel free to take a study break (and doesn’t exercise make it easier to learn? I could have sworn that I heard that somewhere).

Come take a break a join us at the 1PM Sunday Jam!

So, what’s the news?

Elections! We are holding them Tuesday May 2nd at 7:10PM. Positions available are President, Vice President, Treasurer, Equipment Manager and PR Manager.  Nominees (yes, you can self-nominate) will give a speech concerning why they think they deserve the position and what they will be able to bring to the club. Who’s excited?

In other news, Scoot and Qaz went to Boston yesterday to meet up with people from other college groups in the area, thanks to Boston College Parkour for hosting that, I’m sure there will be some sort of digital media posted about this in the near future.

For those who are looking for some end of the semester eye candy, I put together a little video of some random clips that were lying around. check it outtt

Spring Updates

The Monkey Vault: Toronto, Canada

What’s good community? Happy holiday! I just wanted to update everyone on the goings on for the rest of the semester. Now that it is warm out, we’re going to be outside as much as possible (if there isn’t rain falling on everything). Also, elections are coming up soon… so everyone should think about running and who they want leading us next year. And please please please everyone should talk to one of the officers about getting on a workout regimen, we’ll design one just for you… all you need to do is ask! Possibility of a performance coming up soon too, so get pumped.

Finally, I’ll leave you with the video of the trip hex, marc and me took over spring break!