TRICKING is a blend of competitive kickboxing, gymnastics and breakdancing. It forms the basis of stunt fighting as it’s all about stylised movement rather than practical fighting technique. We perform moves within 3 major boundaries: Ground Moves, Vertical Kicks and Flips. Once athletes have developed an arsenal of moves across all 3 levels, the aim of our classes are about performing these moves in a row, called a “combo”. Combos introduce a fourth area of tricking as well: transitions. Learning to go from move to move seamlessly while maintaining the momentum necessary to execute power moves is the very essence of tricking. Once an athlete has a solid grasp of transitions and a good selection of moves, combos become about creativity! There are no rules about what must be performed and when, so athletes are free to be as creative as they like with their movement.. The fundamentals of tricking are mostly based on Taekwondo. We spend a good deal of time honing the basic kicks as they are the basis of many of our power moves. In addition to this there is a heavy focus on flexibility and leg strength as tricking is a very physically demanding sport. We also start learning flips and twists from the get-go as aerial awareness is a vital part of both safety and execution for the sport. We gradually build harder moves and eventually transitions, but every level of tricking still works on these fundamental elements. The personal achievement of gaining a new trick is always highly celebrated by the whole group because each student knows how challenging tricking can be.
BEGINNER TRICKING PROGRAM: The beginner tricking program is aimed at novices to the sport. Classes are an hour long and the age bracket is 6-9 (not strictly enforced). There is a major focus on the very basic kicks and flips. As the class progresses and the fundamentals are locked down, the first basic moves are developed. Once these are in check we try and develop two simple combos. If the athletes can perform these competently and have a solid understanding of the basics they are ready for the intermediate program. To progress from beginner to the intermediate class the requirements of round – hook- tornado- dive roll. Upon successfully managing these skill they will be ready to move up to the next stage.
INTERMEDIATE TRICKING PROGRAM: The intermediate tricking program is designed to fill out the arsenal of moves that trickers have at their disposal. Classes are 90 minutes long and we still begin each session training and honing the fundamentals. The age bracket is 10-12 but again is not strictly enforced. There is a stronger focus on strength and flexibility in the intermediate program, as these are essentially prerequisites to a lot of the moves they are going to learn. The aim of the intermediate program is to start bringing all flipping moves to the floor and to learn some of the easier power moves. We also start to develop our transitional skills and bring them into combos. Athletes need to be able to design and demonstrate 4 medium level combos to join the senior class.
SENIOR TRICKING PROGRAM: The senior tricking program involves rounding out the last of the skills and knowledge athletes will need to be able to self-moderate their tricking. Classes are 90 minutes long and there is a big focus on flexibility and strength at the start of the sessions. Fundamentals are still trained but for less time. The program is about rounding out the athletes roster of moves into a full arsenal, and mainly about teaching athletes how to be in charge of their own learning. The vibe is less strict in the senior class, and if people wish to attack their training at a slower pace they are more than welcome to. Transitions are a major focus of the senior class and athletes aim to develop both long flowing combos and short explosive power combos.
OPEN TRICKING PROGRAM: The open tricking program has the sole requirement of 15+. Lessons are run casually for $15 cash per session. The program accommodates every level of tricker from novice to expert, however the session is aimed at people who are in control of their own training. There is no set structure for the session and people may train as they please. The program already contains several high-level trickers who are all open to helping people with problems they have in their progression. Tricking is taught and improved collaboratively, and there is a really welcoming culture in the open sessions for people that want to get involved. As a coach I usually function as an extra set of eyes to offer tips and corrections to improve peoples tricking, however I can do this for people at any level, from novice to expert. Competitive trickers all generally come from this stream of tricking.
HISTORY OF THE SPORT:
Tricking formed out of flashy martial arts, mainly for the sake of more extravagant stunt fights in film. Eventually as the collection of tricks grew, athletes realised they could “chain” moves or perform several in a row. This opened a huge variety for expression through movement, and new tricks were being brought to the stage all the time to improve these chains. Tricking’s popularity followed as YouTube took off. People were sharing tutorial videos and sharing different tricks in forums and eventually a kind of unofficial “program” was formed for the discipline of tricking. This program had a natural path of progression and categorised the style of movement a bit more efficiently. (COMPETITIONS) As the sport grows the level of athleticism at the upper echelon of the sport has skyrocketed. Some trickers have landed skills that gymnasts could only dream of (see: quad cork, cork-in back out, triple b-twist). The sheer athleticism of these trickers led rise to the advent of tricking “gatherings” which are the sports’ formal competitions. These competitions started as local gatherings of a few clubs but there are now gatherings that happen on a national and even international stage.
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