Often confused for martial arts or gymnastics, ‘Tricking’ is an incredible, and frankly beautiful combination of the two, carried out in gyms (or on any flat surface you can find). The closest thing to an official definition I have come across describes ‘Tricking’ as a form of self-expression that blends kicking, twisting, and flipping into creative combinations.
The background of ‘Trickers’ ranges from experienced martial artists who have studied their craft for years and developed their skills into ‘Tricking’, to your average Joe, also known as ‘Backyarders’, who have stumbled across a video online and decided to give it ago. Either way, it is the coolest thing I have seen in a while and their extraordinary aerobatic skill is undeniable.
In my opinion, I believe ‘Tricking’ has actually been around for some time, and only in the last few years – since being given its officially title – has it gained ever-increasing popularity due to the growing number of YouTube videos posted online. The one below in particular gives a great insight into the world of Tricking, in an hour long documentary about the upcoming sport.
It wouldn’t surprise me to see Tricking becoming the next Parkour, and in a few years time, having its own officially recognised competitions all over the world.
What do you think? A cool new sport, or a popularised adaptation of something that has been around for centuries?