Inverts and Twists: 

See basic terms.

  • Invert:  The act of flipping within a trick.  In order to be a true inverted trick, the hips must reach a point higher than the performer’s head during the trick.  In general, tricks reaching approximately horizontal orientation, or where the hips are level with the performer’s head, are often considered inverted tricks to avoid confusion with vertical tricks.
  • Inside Flip:  A term used almost exclusively in TKT, the inside flip is a side flip toward the direction the performer twists, and is often performed from an inside stance.  A right twister would inside flip over their right shoulder.  The inside flip is considered the base flip for the Tak axis, as well as the master swing.
  • Outside Flip:  A term used almost exclusively in TKT, the outside flip is a side flip in the opposite direction of the performer’s twisting direction, and is often performed from an outside stance.  A right twister would flip over their left shoulder.  The outside flip is considered the base flip for the raiz axis.
  • Twist:  Vertical rotation while on an inverted axis.  Twist is also commonly used to describe rotation while not inverted, such as in vert kicking, but for consistency is used specifically for inverted tricks on this site.
  • Full:  Simply put, any flip or inversion with a full twist.  This definition is somewhat loose due to the system of landings and takeoffs incorporated in tricking.  In actuality, very few full twist skills actually utilize a complete 360* rotation.  This is further explored and explained later on.
  • Blocking:  A term used to describe the transfer of linear momentum into vertical height.  The block of a trick attempts to deflect as much energy as possible upwards, usually while simultaneously halting linear travel.