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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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Been awhile since I’ve vomited my thoughts onto the page..  So here goes. I’ve found myself in a number of conversations recently about how to evaluate a tricker’s skill, in one capacity or another.  We don’t have ranks, for the most part, or a code of points that says a level XX must be able …

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Pardon my lengthy intro. To get caught up: http://www.tricktheory.com/my-tricking-sketchbook/ September is done, and it’s time for another progress report. This project has been interesting for me.  While I try not to trick for the camera, I am certainly aware of its presence.  I try to be conscious of my current goals for this project, for …

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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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I love palm kicks..  i use them for nearly everything.  It’s to the point where i intentionally leave them out of combos, because otherwise they’d be in every single one. I feel like the overwhelming majority of the times i see others use this trick, it’s to set up master-scoot, or wrap-full.  At this point, …

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The hook kick.. It was probably the first movement you learned in tricking, or one of the first.  It’s used at every level as the main go-to segue into most powerful setups, like touchdown-raiz, masterscoot, and cartwheel, not to mention cheat kicks, and basically everything in between.  Why?  Because it’s convenient, and it’s controlled.  It’s …

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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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