Posted by: thetrickingcommunity | March 1, 2012

Tricking: An Introduction

Tricking is most often described an freeform acrobatic sport made up of of kicks, flips and twists, or a blend of gymnastics, breakdancing, and martial arts. Although it can be described as a mix of these individual things, it is certainly not any of these things by themselves. Someone who only kicks is martial artist, not a tricker. Someone who only flips is more of a gymnast than a tricker. And someone who only does breakdancing moves is clearly a breakdancer. Rather than rely on words to describe tricking, i’ll rely on a few popular tricking videos to give you a better description.

The opening of this video provides a simple description of tricking as a sport, with examples and demonstrations from some of the best. The whole video is quite informative, but its made with a special emphasis on battles. In my opinion, it exaggerates the significance of battles within the sport (with the intention of getting the attention of producers and sponsorships like redbull). Anyway, the video is great, watch it:

And if there’s any tricker that is undeniably a Tricker (not a b-boy or anything else), it’s Rasmus Ott. Nobody in their right mind would ever define what he is doing as anything besides tricking. This is the video that I show people whenever they try to argue that tricking the same as parkour, freerunning, or gymnastics (arguments like that are like nails on a chalkboard for a tricker):

Now that you have an idea of what i’m talking about, feel free to look around the site. Hopefully I can convince you that the growth of this sport has been largely the result of a unique online community, and that this sport will be continue to grow in popularity in the coming years.

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