Tricking

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Tricking

Tricking is defined as a combination of gymnastics, martial arts and break dancing all performed in single movements or combinations to be aesthetically pleasing rather than affective in a fighting situation.

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Tricking is a fairly new sport[1] developed from competitors in freestyle form competitions in Karate circuits, the NASKA (North American Sport Karate Association) across America. Originally the form competitions (forms are a set combination of movement) were just from classic forms which were originally created thousands of years ago as a method to pass down techniques from generation to generation before the times of videos or accurate drawing methods. These set movement forms were designed to be performed with perfect form[2] and varying speeds so a lot of the judging is towards technique. People more interested in extreme sports decided to create a new style of form competitions which involved less traditional movements and more acrobatics and eye pleasing movements than those that are actually part of Karate.

This soon evolved into a sport called Tricking although without the judges[3] that the creative form competitions had Tricking can be performed anywhere from backyards to football fields, some prefer the safe environment of gymnastics centres where they can use protective crash mats to soften their falls when trying more difficult movements.

Because the roots of Tricking are in martial arts the kicking side of it is where most of the weight is put, original competitors in the NASKA circuit such as Manny Brown, Chris Devera and Steve Terada all try to keep the Tricking scene as close to its martial art roots as possible and stress other trickers to use kicking tricks as much as possible.

Because Tricking is a relatively new and underground sport you will be lucky to find a fellow tricker in your town or neighbourhood so there are several online communities in the form of message boards to bring the international tricking scene together uniting trickers from all backgrounds and areas: www.trickstutorials.com, www.bilang.com, www.club540.com, and www.tricknation.com are all examples of the biggest tricking websites in existence today with thousands of members on each. You can discuss tricking, read up articles written by other members, share your videos for feedback from other members and most importantly arrange meetings or ‘gatherings’ for you to meet other trickers that live nearby, often because of the distance some trickers are apart from each other these gatherings are held over several days. Some gatherings are very unorganised and basic but others such as the Loopkicks gathering is thought to be the best annual tricking gathering in the world run by the top tricking team. Loopkicks like some other up and coming tricking teams trick for a living and do not have any other jobs to support them.

The actual techniques in tricking are very unique, because of the gymnastic elements obviously there are a lot of move copied directly from gymnastics such as the backflip but there are many others unique to tricking such as the boxcutter which consists of a 540 vertical spin to landing on the leading leg and ending with a large outside creasent kick from the non landing leg, impressive to say the least. There are over 1000 tricks altogether and all of them have been catogorised into a tricking book called the ‘Tricking Bible’ by a well known tricker called Joel.

Tricking, not to be confused with Freerunning or Parkour is all performed on a flat surface, never off height or on trampolines, movements can be learnt with aid but it is not technically Tricking. Is known to be ‘cheating’ if you use the slightly sprung gymnastics plyo floor and Tricking is normally done on hard martial art mats or grass.

Notes

  1. Although some consider it a sport, others consider it a discipline
  2. Website says so
  3. What? - creative form competitions were judged

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This is just a draft I (FishTricks) did for a school project (therefore didn't matter if it was correct or not) so some of this stuff is probably wrong, I will correct it soon.

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