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timing my spacial awareness

Isn’t going upside down cool? I love it. How much time do we have? 0.5secs? 0.25secs? I dunno. But that gap in time between take off and landing is silent right?

One second there’s noise, then the next there’s nothing until the landing happens. What can you hear? I hear nothing except my held breath.. perhaps a heart beat or 2.

Actually, now I’m thinking about it, I can hear the voice in my head. It’s the one I’ve trained to count my through the process of extension, compaction & extension again.

When I started flipping, I had to figure out the timing of rotations, I was over rotating too much or I was opening out too quickly. I had to figure out a way of timing it. I count. What’s your approach?

I click my teeth together… biting if you like… just a little click: 1, 2, 2 and a half, land… something like that. Clicking teeth helps me duplicate success. A good example is front flips. Backflips are easy, you throw up and spot the landing and the rest is history. With front flips… it’s a totally different beast. The landing can’t be spotted until it’s too late.

I’ll spot a point on a wall opposite, normally above head height at a 10 or 11 o’clock angle. I’ll punt up the chuck, spin it round until the spot is visible then open out. It’s all over so quickly there isn’t much else to think about. However take that jump to a trampoline and I’ve got so much airtime I don’t know what to do with it. This is where my teeth clicking comes in handy.

As soon as I take off, I’ll start click counting and between then and spotting the wall, I’ll measure the clicks. Once I’ve found the sweet spot, generally I can recreate it. As long as I replicate everything else obviously: the power, the flick, the angle, the speed.

When you throw everything into the mix the margin for error is high. Repitition hey? Where would we be with out it?

How about you? How do you time your spacial awareness when upside down? If there any tricks or tips you can share? I’d love to hear them in the comments :)

Mark

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2010 in review

The stats helper monkeys at WordPress.com mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health:

Healthy blog!

The Blog-Health-o-Meter™ reads Wow.

Crunchy numbers

Featured image

Madison Square Garden can seat 20,000 people for a concert. This blog was viewed about 62,000 times in 2010. If it were a concert at Madison Square Garden, it would have performed about 3 times.

In 2010, there were 141 new posts, growing the total archive of this blog to 650 posts. There were 20 pictures uploaded, taking up a total of 1mb. That’s about 2 pictures per month.

The busiest day of the year was October 18th with 278 views. The most popular post that day was how to fix a sprained ankle..

Where did they come from?

The top referring sites in 2010 were facebook.com, google.com, search.conduit.com, youtube.com, and google.ca.

Some visitors came searching, mostly for parkour, how to fix a sprained ankle, how to get hits on youtube, how to get more hits on youtube, and how to get youtube hits.

Attractions in 2010

These are the posts and pages that got the most views in 2010.

1

how to fix a sprained ankle. August 2007
109 comments and 1 Like on WordPress.com,

2

SEO: youtube videos – getting more hits. June 2007
45 comments

3

The secret to Youtube hits June 2008
4 comments

4

Parkour Kat… October 2007
11 comments

5

How to fix a sprained ankle 2 September 2007
28 comments

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Curating Content with Cheese & Crackers: My Perspective On You

It’s hard to keep this place going sometimes.

I get no money for it, I can’t get to the gym as often as I want, I’m too old now to keeping destroying my body learning this stuff, I’m working more and more lately, so sifting through cool videos is time consuming and feels like such a luxury when I can. I’m considering posting less and raising the quality bar higher than it is already.

So this is me… curating your great content with cheese, crackers and a cuppa… so you don’t have to. Send me your great clips if you want to get featured

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What to expect from the FlipCatch blog…

Now it’s more prominent in the navigation, I have noticed more people hitting my Who Am I page… for this reason I’ve just updated it to state what this blog is about, just so people are clear about why this place exists and what to expect from it in future.

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What is this blog about?
Basically I love creative human movement of any kind: if it flips, I’m into it. Simple. I also follow a lot of new trends to do with young people, free sports, health & active lifestyle. I believe that sport should be fun, everyone should do something and there is something for everyone if only people bother to search for something that suits them. I share great videos I find & I actively search for new uploads everyday. I am more likely to favour videos by unknown or new and emerging talented individuals. I also love good quality edits, something that has been creatively put together and filmed.

I welcome you to send me your videos, but don’t get bugged if I don’t share them here. If you have skills that I enjoy watching I will subscribe to your channel and keep an eye on your edits.

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Gym in a haiku…

My foot still does hurt
That’s why I’m not in the Gym
My six pack is gone

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Woo A New Theme!

… which looks a lot like the old theme -but this one is a lot lighter, stronger, longer, smoother and more chocolatey than ever and it’s exactly what I wanted. Oh and it should look dead sexy on an iPhone & iPad too!

I do hate it when sites change their look and it becomes something drastically different. Therefore with wordpress.com’s brand new Pilcrow theme, I can pretty much replicate what I had before, yet fix all the bugs that existed with the previous theme. Hooray!

I’ve still to do a few tweaks here and there to the colours and layout, but otherwise it’s good straight out of the box.

smashing. Right, carry on.

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Returning to form.

At last a new video. Big, big delays, but now things will be easier. 2 reasons. Firstly I have a new laptop, which is much better for editing (just need to get me some decent software), and secondly, the gym appears to be a lot more relaxed about me using cameras in the gym. Hoo-raa for that.

So, what’s been going on. Well I’ve been monitoring this place from a distance. Watching the comments roll in, the stats dip and level off, and still post the occasional video when I come across them. Time has been a pain. My work feels like its taken over my life, and whilst I love my job, I need to harness my evenings and wkends again and learn to switch off.

At the gym, I’m getting back my bounce and starting to feel the punch and power once more. My left knee had been feeling a bit wobbly after a tweak about a year ago, and since then I stopped doing front sumi’s completely, opting for the foam pits every time.

After watching the edit come together, its been a while, and I’m now looking at myself a little differently. I’m all free runner, it appears. I’ve never wanted to be one, or had any inclination for flipping outside, however this is what I see. I know this is because I am sloppy in style, mimicking their moves and wearing the casual loose clothing (as I have done skating for years). I guess it’s only understandable that the comparisons are made. And I have to accept externally that a free runner is what I am to people, regardless to what I think and believe on the inside. Ho-hum.

Anyways, I do love editing video and I want to do more of it :)

Enjoy:

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