January 6, 2015 Invert, Opinion, Thoughts, Vert No Comments

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 complete inversions, it is.  It’s when we see partial inversions that people seem to miss the distinction.  In short, when you add a degree of flip or flatspin to a “vert” kick, you’ve lowered the amount of vertical rotation necessary to complete it.  Vert kicks dont have flat spin.  It may be fun, and it’s still often a difficult movement, but understand that your pseudo-dubfull-round is not a real pop-900-round (bs12).  Your tak-hyperhook is not a cheat-900-hook (c10).. it’s not even really a cheat-720-hook.  That cork-round you performed is not a swing-900.  You can obviously do them in combo; nobody is trying to stop you from this.  The point is to have the intellectual understanding that these tricks are not vert kicks, and to have the integrity not to pass one off as the other.  A tak9 is not a c9/vanish9 ; they’re not the same rotation.  At best, a tak9 could maybe be analogous to a c5r (a backside rotation).  Think about it.. a tak-full does not have 540* of twist, and certainly does not have 720, so the idea that a tak9 and a vanish9 (540-720* of rotation) are the same is poor understanding and/or logic.  I urge you all to pay attention to this not-so-subtle detail, and apply it to your own tricking.  Force yourself to be precise and intentional in the way you trick, the axes you rotate on, and the amount of rotation (and targeting) you apply to your tricks and combos.  It’s ok not to be able to do a real c9-hook (c10)…  really, it is.  Please dont try to sell me a tak-hyperhook from a super-monkey-scoot though, i know the difference, and performed correctly, they are not really that similar.  The reality is that i lose some respect for the performer, as i know now that they either cant recognize the difference, or they dont put enough care into their tricking to be precise in their movements.  I know that what happens in combo is different than single tricks, and i’m not really talking about that, per se..  what i’m talking about is progression, singular examples, and long-term comboing ability.  It’s ok to hit that full or tak axis by mistake, but it should be recognized as ambiguity, and consciously corrected in the future.  It’s that simple to me.

All i’m really saying is:  Do your best to perform tricks ‘correctly’.  There really should be distinct differences in your axes, and rotations.  Tricking is progressive, and it’s imprecise, but that doesn’t make it ok to accept mediocrity as quality.

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