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Because it comes up somewhat often, I felt I’d make a video explaining my perspective on flipped “vert kicks”. For me, a vert kick is meant to be a single axis trick; it’s all spin, and no flip.  Just as I view a backflip with a 1/4 twist as something different than a true backflip, …

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The idea is simple:  look at tricks not by their takeoffs and landings, per se, but by their rotation and flip.  What does that mean exactly?  It means that rather than viewing a cheat-9, swing-9, and pop-9 as 3 distinct tricks, view them as the same trick, a “9”, from a different takeoff or transition.  …

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The Sketchbook: The Playlist:  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnVKohtuhx68TlJiVofOTUJUaeDSZSXlN This playlist contains most of my sessions since July.  They are, for the most part, unedited, and contain every trick or combo I did at that session, in order (except for the first video in the playlist).  Included above, is the condensed August training video. Sorry for the wall of …

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We’ve all heard it..  “If you’re not kicking, you’re not tricking!”  That’s bullshit.  Period. If tricking is an aesthetic discipline, as it’s often described, if it’s an art, you can’t place such ridiculous criteria on it.  It’s too diverse to be broken down into such a pathetic one-liner.  Frankly, I see that phrase as narrow …

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We all do it, so it seems only fitting to talk about a few methods to efficiently create realistic combos on paper, before we take them to the gym. Step one, for most of us, is to keep a journal of some sort.  Some people choose to notebooks and a pen; i prefer to use …

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A lot of us train alone, without instruction, or in relatively small groups where we may or may not be at a different level from our peers.  Sometimes finding the path to what’s in our heads can be difficult to find on our own, so I’ve created a drill that can be adapted to any …

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Opinion: This has been bothering me for awhile.. One of my biggest pet peeves in tricking is people taking shortcuts..  It’s even worse when those shortcuts are sold as their authentic counterparts, whether intentionally or not.  Point blank, if you’re inverting, it’s not a vert kick.  That should be obvious, and when it comes to …

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A lot of times, the suggested method for increasing rotation in vert kicking is to drill the backside kicks (implied pop takeoff).  It works alright, but i find my balance and a lot of my general technique changes enough between a backside pop kick and a frontside cheat kick that this method doesn’t do quite …

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An ever-growing collection of tutorials from various trickers that i feel are the most useful.  

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The above table can be used as an easy reference guide for kicking. Listed are the kicking type, include each of its hypers, the corresponding stance of the landing, as well as the landing leg itself, and several common transitions from each landing. The feiwrong and wackknife were not included, but it can be understood …

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