Parkour and Ninjas
Founder and Yamakasi member Laurent Piemontesi is coming to Chicago. I can’t put to words how exciting this is! 
Link below if you are interested.https://www.facebook.com/events/756525961036917/?ref=22

Founder and Yamakasi member Laurent Piemontesi is coming to Chicago. I can’t put to words how exciting this is! 

Link below if you are interested.
https://www.facebook.com/events/756525961036917/?ref=22

2014 Chicago Colossal Jam.

2014 Chicago Colossal Jam.

Came out to this park with a group of friends for training, this turned out to be one of the highest trees I’ve climbed yet.

There’s a big Parkour event happening in Chicago soon. I’m definitely taking part.

There’s a big Parkour event happening in Chicago soon. I’m definitely taking part.

I'm a beginner, so I train at the gym. I'm working on landing my front flips at the moment using a trampette and crash mat. When taking off I try to jump as high as possible and tuck. I complete the rotation but I just don't know when to extend my legs and so on the rare occasion that it is landed it is only in a crouch. Do you have any advice?
Anonymous

If you are a beginner, I wouldn’t have you focus on flips for the time being. I would instead advise you to work on various techniques like wall runs, climb ups, cat leaps, vaults, basic landings and rolls (The two most important techniques in my opinion), etc, basically anything that doesn’t involve you rotating in the air. The reason for this is I think mastering your basics should be priority along with becoming stronger if you are just starting out. Being stronger means your body (especially your knees) will be able to take the impact well without resulting in injury or tendinitis. This is my advice for any beginner who is interested in taking their training further.

For the flip itself, it seems you don’t have the timing down for when you need to open up for your landing. The way I worked on that was doing gymnast rolls (on something soft, take care of your spine) and trying to end right back on the feet in one smooth roll. What this will do is get your body used to rotating forward and eventually you’ll become more aware of which way you are facing as you rotate. So just drill that over and over until you feel you are a little more aware of your rotation, and THEN you can try throwing a few fronts. Be mindful of the impact your legs are taking if you don’t land them properly. I hope this helps. Train hard and train safe! *Poof!* :]

Campus precision jump, Madison Wisconsin. Picture taken by Jenny Tetting.

Campus precision jump, Madison Wisconsin. Picture taken by Jenny Tetting.

Group training sessions. Jubilee 2013. Pictures Taken by Jenny Tetting.