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!

October 2010

Hello parkour community. Recently a couple car loads of UMass students went out to Boston to see the second part (the first being in Tampa) of the first set of freerunning competitions in America. Training with professionals was great and there were a lot of awesome kids who came out to the city like us to train. Red Bull has put up some nice photos here: Art of Motion: Boston.

Red Bull AOM Boston

As for the rest of the semester, we will be practicing regularly (every weekday but friday) and jamming on saturdays as long as the weather isn’t too unforgiving. Check out facebook page for details on practices and other meetups.

Also, we are finally starting to get some mats, soon enough we’re going to need our own training gym (the “kong vault” anyone?) Currently we have two vault boxes, two precision trainers, and a couple of beat up mats. If anyone has any old gymnastics equipment or any other useful object that they no longer use… please get in contact with us, we’ll even pick it up!

Also, if you haven’t done these two things already… please do. 1) Sign a Health Waiver (applies to anyone who attends) and 2) if you want to be an official member (applies to UMass students only) you need to join up on Campus Pulse. Thanks.

Finally, we’ve got a few things happening this weekend. We’re starting to release a series of training videos on UMPK’s Youtube Account and we’re hosting a Saturday Jam at 2:00pm, meet up in front of the Fine Arts Center.

Thanks for reading, train hard and train safely! Now go practice some movement!

Fall 2010 Announcements

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Welcome back to school UMass… its time for us to start doing parkour again (if you haven’t been training in the summer). We have a couple of announcements to make, first off that today we’re going to be showing off some of our equipment and movements at the Activities Expo, check the link out for more info. Also, we have our first practice at the Fine Arts Center on Thursday, check out the Facebook Event. The first meeting is open to anyone with interest in the club, lets do parkour.

Summer News Update

We have a few announcements to make after an officer meeting in amherst this weekend. First, we would like to introduce the officers for 2010-2011: Travis Swain(President), Marco ‘Orbit’ Casarano(Vice President), Scott Maxson(Treasurer), Marc Freccero(Public Relations Representative), and Jasper Sardonicus(Equiptment Manager). We have a few new plans for next year which we will explain during the semester. Be ready to train right at the start of the semester and if you’re looking for more information we’ll be at the activities expo. We’ll post more information on the first meetings among other things soon, so stay tuned.

February Update

Trav and Marc on set for Knights of Bostonia

As many of you know, we have started to increase the amount of training days for parkour. We now practice four days a week with a weekend jam happening almost every week. Currently we train on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:00-6:00pm also we have kept the Tuesday and Thursday practices from 7:00-8:30pm.

If you would like to attend the weekend jams, they are posted on our facebook and all members will be invited. If you would like to be one of those invited members please like our facebook page. Also, we will no longer be using the google groups.

Finally, two of our members were recently featured in a State Radio music video doing some parkour and freerunning. Travis Swain and Marc Freccero show off their moves in the last thirty seconds of the Knights of Bostonia Music Video. So check it out and train hard!

UMass Parkour Second Semester Update

Hello traceurs and free runners of UMPK,

I just wanted up to update you on what’s going on with the RSO:

A. We are having practices every Tuesday and Thursday from 7:00-8:30pm meeting in front of the Fine Arts Center. We like to stay outside even in the winter so be prepared.
B. Our first jam is tomorrow, here are the details: UMPK Jam on Facebook
C. If you have any ideas for this club please talk to Scott or Travis and we’ll see what we can do.

Train hard and safe.

Fall ’09 Officers

The new officers for the UMass Parkour club next year will be:

President – Travis Swain
Vice President – Mike Ostroski
Treasurer – Scott Maxson
Equipment Manager – Marco Casarano

Note:
Fall ’09 practices will be held every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00pm to 8:30pm in front of the Fine Arts Center.

Leave No Trace

Leave No Trace 2008

Every April, there’s a nationwide Parkour initiative to come together and clean up our training environments as a way of giving back to the community. This year, we will be participating again on Wednesday, 4/22 in celebration of Earth Day.

The woods on the northeastern perimeter of campus are a great place to run through for natural Parkour training, but are unfortunately filled with litter — plastic bags, food containers, beer cans, and all
manner of trash. We’re going to meet at 4:00 p.m. next Wednesday to sweep through and pick up as much as we can, and then have a bonus jam for anybody who wants to get in extra training and try out some natural Parkour.

UPDATE
We’re postponing this event due to heavy rain. See below for the new date!

WHAT: Leave No Trace
WHEN: Wed., 4/29 at 4:00 p.m.
WHERE: Meet at Haigis Mall

Spring ’08 Schedule

The training times for UMass Parkour this semester are:

Tuesdays and Thursdays
7:00-8:30pm

During the winter months and until further notice, we’re meeting in the basement of the Student Union, outside the Hatch.

UPDATE: As of March 24th, we are now back to meeting outside, at Haigis Mall near the Fine Arts Center. Meeting times are the same.