The Sketchbook:

The Playlist:
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 text, but I have a lot of thoughts to write down. 

Start with why..

  • I didn’t set out on this project with any goals, or preconceived ideas of about what it is, or could be.  I didn’t even know I had started a project.  I just started filming sessions, and dumping the footage.  What I realized, as I studied the footage, is that this could be useful for other people in the same way it is for me.  So I kept on uploading.  I realized that this is just a sketchbook for tricking.  It’s just a collection of ideas and concepts I’m trying to understand, and not always an attempt at a full picture.  Often times, I’m just doodling, and occasionally those little doodles become something more.
  • There is so much to learn by watching someone else’s sessions..  By watching sessions, over time you can see what they’re really good or bad at, and why.  There is no filter, this is just how they trick, and how they train.  We can learn about the flow of someone’s sessions, and how they like to work.  Applying that knowledge may help us to train better, or give us ideas about how to keep our sessions progressing, and fresh, week after week.  We can watch people practice both their strengths, and weaknesses, and gain insight about how to apply those concepts ourselves.  We can get inspired by things others work on, and we can learn, and expand upon those same concepts at our own sessions, if we choose to.  It’s beautiful, because we can learn better ways to do tricks, or apply concepts from watching their successes, accidents, and failures.  Perhaps we’re having similar problems, and spotting it in them, or how they solve it can help us to do it ourselves.
  • We’re sharing our thoughts; we’re communicating with tricking.  It’s like “this is how I think, and this is my path to achieving that goal”.
  • So that’s what i’m going to do..  that’s what i’ve been doing for a little over a month now.


How I train

  • I rarely do the same thing more than 2-3x in a session, and ideally it’s a progression into a larger block of tricks.  I tend to naturally move through greater themes every week or two as well.  For example, in early August, I started playing with tornado (read: any round trick) reversal cart-mega s/t btwist.  A week or two later, I changed that to tornado reversal cart wrapfull, and now i’ll likely change that to pop fulls, and after that to aerial pop fulls, etc etc etc.  The goal is to create options.  Anytime I round kick, I have the ability to cleanly and efficiently access anything that starts similarly to a cart, or transitions out of a cart.  Theoretically, my ability to tornado reversal cart pop full can be applied to any number of similar groupings of tricks (c7r rev aerial-mega s/t double-bwist, or cork-round rev btwist s/t boxcutter, etc).  Once those skills are strong enough to use creatively, I’m only limited by my ability to transition into them in different ways, and I try to consciously build the foundations for that.


My approach to tricking

  • In a lot of ways, the tricks we choose are irrelevant, because it’s the connections that interest me most.  To me, tricking is all about the transitions; once I get relatively proficient at a particular trick, the only thing limiting a combo is the ability to transition in and out of it.  It’s when I mess up the transition that I crash the trick, usually.  With that in mind, I try to understand how the transitions all relate to one another, as well as how each affects the aesthetic, and how I can consciously apply that to my combos.  This heavily influences my style, and the more I develop as a tricker, the more I gravitate to using simple tricks in creative ways.  That’s a good thing for you at home..  Quite often, I’m not doing anything hard, which means you should be able to emulate and expand upon my ideas easily, if and when you choose to.  That’s the point of this, really; I want to give you all of my ideas to play with.



  • I film everything from at least 2 sessions a week, edit it all (95%+) together in order (only a few moves, if any) after each session, add a quick beat to it, and upload to youtube.  Usually I’m done by mid day the day after a session.


So it’s just session samplers?

  • I’d argue this is an anti-sampler.  A sampler comes out only occasionally, and shows only what the creator wants you to see.  A sampler is filtered and edited.  A sampler was controlled and it manipulates your perceptions.  This is raw footage, strung together and spammed as soon as it’s created.  There is no filter or editing.  It’s full exposure and vulnerability.  You see what tricking actually is, not just it’s best moments.


Is it just me?

  • I’ve asked some friends to participate in this for at least 1 month.  They have very different, developed styles of tricking, and strong work ethics.  Their logs should be really interesting to watch.  I will announce them as they upload their first videos, so watch the Facebook page for updates!


Final thoughts

  • I want people to refer to these any time they need inspiration, or ideas to train.  I want these logs to represent the real tricking adventures of its participants, and I want to encourage the free sharing of information and ideas within the community.  I’m going first.  I encourage you to participate, and tag me if you get on this game too.


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Written by The Grumpiest Of All
Just a grumpy old man who really loves tricking.