Throughout this section, many parameters and definitions will also be presented in TKT, or True Kick Terminology, a system created by Dan Perez De Tejada, the creator and owner of

The first part of every trick is the takeoff.  In simplest terms, vert kicks have 3 ways to takeoff.  From two feet (unified), or from either leg (sequentially, and singularly).  A unified takeoff is the easiest, and most natural for most beginners and is known as a pop.  The other two takeoffs are known as cheat and swing.  A cheat takeoff emulates the movement of a spinning hook kick, but without the chamber, and is by far the most utilized vert-kick takeoff.  It is simply lifting the outside leg, often with a bend in the knee, and pivoting to the opposite stance before taking off.  This is known as a sequential takeoff because the feet leave the ground in sequence, rather than together.  The cheat takeoff is utilized in the tornado kick, many people’s first trick.  Utilizing the opposite leg and motion, the swing takeoff somewhat emulates a lazy round kick, or even front kick motion where the leg literally swings up.  As the inside leg lifts, a pivot occurs and takeoff is initiated.  This sequential takeoff is utilized in the stepover hook, or tsunami, which is another kick most people learn very early on.  It should be understood that swing and cheat takeoffs account for approximately 180 degrees of rotation on the ground, which can make reaching higher rotations easier for some people.

In the clip above, each takeoff type is demonstrated to begin the combos, with the second kick in each utilizing a cheat takeoff.  A number of different landings are demonstrated as well, and are covered in the Landing section linked below.
The description on the video can be read as:

  • cheat-360-round (aka: tornado) > cheat-540-hook
    pop-180-shuriken (shuriken: hook + hyper) > cheat-540-hook
    swing-180-katana (katana: round + hyper + half-gyro) > cheat-540-hook


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