New York City Ladies’ Jam

By Ann Kaczka. Location: New York City, NYC, USA Progression, evolution, lots of pain, lots of sweat and a little snow: New York City’s 2nd Ladies’ Jam took place on...
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By Ann Kaczka.

Location: New York City, NYC, USA

Progression, evolution, lots of pain, lots of sweat and a little snow: New York City’s 2nd Ladies’ Jam took place on March 1, 2008. The small but growing female community in and around NYC braved the elements for our second jam, and none walked away without the promise of sore muscles!As any good training session, there was an air of dedication, hard work, community and playfulness, coupled with the unabashed desire to move and learn. Throughout our three hours together, we kept moving pretty consistently. A good amount of that time was spent conditioning and tasting some of the basics: rolls, low-impact vaults, balance, landing and precision, along with various stretching sessions.

 

Everyone’s favorite part of the day was discovering small circuits and drilling them until we were tired…then drilling them some more! It is something you always hear and read about in parkour: developing your working physique, surpassing your mental and physical limitations and advancing in parkour, thereby unlocking the potential of your environment and of yourself. When you get your first taste of movement and can look around a training area you have been to 50 times before and see new things…the feeling is incredible! It was a moment, for me, of pure joy and excitement. I don’t think any of us could have kept still if we tried. It felt as if someone lifted a veil and you could see the world for the first time. There was potential everywhere, and even though we were getting tired, we knew we had to keep moving.

 

For one of the first times in my training, I wasn’t seeing how I would be able to overcome an obstacle in 6 months when I am more advanced, I was seeing how I could utilize my body and my skills to get over the obstacle right now. It would be all too easy to imagine what Dan Edwardes or Forrest or Tracey would do and try to emulate that. The spirit of the day was such that everyone found her own way to approach the obstacle and get over it; a notion that I am not sure could be said enough.Instituting a Ladies’ Jam once a month was a great idea, but seeing as how a month is quite long, we have decided to now hold jams once every 2 weeks! Yes, yes…it seems that great and exciting things are happening for women in parkour on both sides of the pond, but enough of this chatter, I have to get out and train!

Jess, Ann, Piary, Becca and Quiet Dude, our supervisor for the day. Photo by Derin Thorpe

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