So you want to learn the awesome art of Martial Arts Tricking? Well you’ve come to the right place! Below you will find a list of resources to get you kicking, flipping, and twisting on your way to being a modern day ninja!
QUESTION: What is Tricking?
Tricking (short for “martial arts tricking”) is the informal name of a relatively new underground alternative sport movement, combining martial arts, gymnastics, and other activities to create an “aesthetic blend of flips, kicks, and twists.” Tricking incorporates a variety of moves from different arts such as flips from gymnastics, 540 kick from Taekwondo, butterfly twist from Wushu, and double leg from Capoeira. Tricking is recognizable by its flashy kicks, complex flips and twists, and its highly stylized movements which separate it from other arts. An individual who practises tricking is typically referred to as a “trickster” or “tricker”. – TrickingAustralia.com
Determining when tricking began is impossible, as it is a living sport that experiences massive change at the will of its community. For some people, tricking is still only a supplement to their martial arts background. For others, tricking is a physical outlet for self-expression that is governed by very few principles. This fluidity is a defining characteristic of tricking. Due to the lack of recorded history, it is simpler to say where tricking came from rather than when.
Here is a video put together by a really cool trickster and UK Stuntman, Munks, that I usually show people as an example to what tricking looks like..
So.. you’re convinced that you want to become a modern day ninja, and make friends in the rapidly growing tricking community? Let’s begin! Below I have listed the websites and tricking resources that I have found the most helpful. I will add to this list as time goes on..
Forums – Online discussion boards are a good place to introduce yourself and meet fellow tricksters. You can seek advice, find tutorials, and watch newly released videos..
TrickSession.com/forums – The current busiest forum. Tricksters from all over the world gather here every day to share tips, videos, and plan tricking gatherings.
Club540.com/board – Another cool tricking forum, part of a much bigger tricking resource.
Before TrickSession, TricksTutorials hosted the go-to tricking forum. The creator has since made the decision to step out of the busy forum-running spotlight, to focus on his personal training and pursuits. He still provides some good resources, though, which leads me to my next point.
Tricking Resource Websites – Here is a list of useful tricking websites to help you in your journey..
TricksTutorials.com – This site is run by a cool guy who goes by the name of Jujimufu (Juji for short). He started the first tricking forum back at the boom of the movement, was an example to many beginner trickers (myself included), and has written/produced many helpful articles and videos.
Club540.com – Named after one of the first “tricks” you learn, this website provides tricksters a good place to network. They also have their own forums and a very useful resource tor finding new tricks and a suggested “progression” ladder, the Tricktionary.
JustTheSkills.com – I’ve found this website really helpful in the way they present their tutorials. Every move on there is broken down into a helpful series of pictures, and I found that the way the tutorials are narrated really clicks with me.
Unfortunately due to the mischievious nature of tricksters, some groups fall into uselessness as they get overwhelmed by troll posts..on we go.
YouTube – This is probably the biggest resource you will ever have for anything in your life. I have learned many things from this modern day “oracle”. YouTube is an amazing place to find tricking tutorials, videos, tips, fitness advice, and tutorials on many different subjects. I cannot keep up with the number of channels being added every day, but here is a starting point on some tutorials for you..
Also, you can find some more resources >>>HERE<<< Now that you have a basic understanding of the discipline, and some resources, what are you doing still reading this? Get out there and learn!
– Start stretching! And keep stretching and taking care of your body throughout your journey…this is just about the biggest advice I can give you in order to avoid injury and accelerate your learning process.
– You have to WANT it and SEE yourself achieving your goals.
– No one will ever give you the advice you seek until you start learning for yourself. Your success depends on your willingness to try, and try again. You determine whether you learn fast, slow, or at all..I’m quite fond of this saying I heard once – “I failed my way to success”.
I am planning on releasing a series of tricking tutorials in the future, as well as writing some of my own tips. So keep your eyes on my facebook page for updates!