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Comparing Tricking with other sports

Comparing Tricking with other sports

In this article, we will try to compare Tricking with other sports such as martial arts and exhibitive sports like Gymnastics, Break Dance, Parkour, and Freerunning.

This article is a little long, so read it carefully to avoid misunderstanding.

In the end, you can comment your suggestions and criticisms below this article.

With regard and respect to all sports around the world.

Martial arts can be categorized to 3 main groups:

1-  Fighting martial arts

2- Self defense and cold weapons martial arts

3- Exhibitive martial arts

Fighting Martial arts can be categorized to 5 main groups:

▪     Powers like Muay Thai, Kyokushin

▪     Speeds like Controlling Karate, Tae Kwon Do

▪     Semi_powers or semi_speeds like Kick Boxing, Box

▪     Semi_combinatorial like Wushu Sanda

▪     Fully combinatorial like MMA


For the second group (self defense and cold weapons) we can point noble and original sports like: Wrestling, Jujitsu, and Kenjutsu.

But for the third group (exhibitive martial) we can only notice Tricking. Now why just Tricking?

Examples we mentioned are for original sports around the world. A sport is international, when it has an origin and is registered and known in 5 continents. Nowadays, we see many sports that call themselves international whereas they are not even known in a single continent.

Tricking is a new sport in the third group, it means there is no fight or self defense, it is an exhibitive martial style with it’s special philosophy.

Many martial arts have many styles, for example they have fighting style, form style, weapon style, drama fighting style, or etc. But actually they are combinatorial styles and the philosophy and nature of their style ends up in fight or self defense.

But Tricking is the only style that is known in the 5 continents as an exhibitive martial art style, and no styles could be an opponent for Tricking as an exhibitive martial art.

So we can say all fighting or self defense martial arts on a side, and Tricking which is an exhibitive martial art style on another side itself.

Generally, the path that Tricking is going, is totally different with all fighting or self defense styles, they are not even comparable. They have their own way and they have no similarities in movements, philosophy, and their origin.

So, now we compare Tricking with exhibitive sports.

Tricking is exhibitive martial art, and so we intend to compare it with exhibitive sports.

Before comparing, we better look up for their history first.

Gymnastics is a noble and original sport around the world which is in the Olympics since establishment of ancient Greece’s Olympics and it is a complete proven sport.

 Break Dance which is taken from Gymnastics floor exercises and street dance, has many different styles and is a proven style around the world. It is considered as a freestyle sport.

Parkour is a sport with the philosophy of saving, helping, or running that was first proven to the world by David Bell. Parkour is literally traveling and running from a spot to another in the least possible time period, and passing objects and barriers simply and quickly. This sport is not just exhibitive, it is also useful (for military or medical or escaping).

*  Note: Flips and twists have no place in Parkour.

Freerunning is a combination of Gymnastics, Parkour, and all “round flips/twists” of Tricking like “Corkscrew”. David Bell was opposed to Freerunning from the beginning because of some reasons:

It destroys the nature of Parkour

The sreious crashes and injuries of Freerunning that ruin the face of exhibitive sports

Lack of regulations in Freerunning (there are no regulations about barriers and heights in Freerunning so there is no standards for it and this causes many injuries).

What is freestyle?

Freestyle means creativity, invention, breaking rules and regulations. Simply, for example there is no freestyle in Gymnastics because gymnasts cannot create new movements in any style, they must do and train in a particular set of rules.

Break Dance is freestyle and a dancer can create new movements or dances in the frame of Break Dance.

There is no freestyle in Parkour, because basically the philosophy of Parkour is not good for being freestyle. Parkour movements should be simple and fluent and should be performed in the least possible period of time.

Also there is a little freestyle in freerunning.

But Tricking is the most complete freestyle sport around the world because of some main reasons:

▪ We have kicks in Tricking, but there are no kicks in Gymnastics, Freerunning, and Break Dance.

▪ There’re cold weapons in Tricking, but no weapons are used in Gymnastics, Freerunning, and Break Dance.

▪ All the movements that are done using 1 hand and 1 leg, are created in Tricking, such as: Corkscrew, TD Raiz, Gainer switch, and etc.

There is no such variety (in movements) in any freestyle sport around the world as is in Tricking.

For example, when a tricker performs a weapon form, the form consists of combination of kicks, gymnastics acrobats, created acrobats in Tricking, Break Dance powers (like Thomas, Eggroll, and etc), and weapon swinging; that there is no such a thing in freestyle sports or even martial arts done.

A major comparison between Gymnastics and Tricking’s acrobats:

A person who intends to learn Tricking, should learn Gymnastics basic acrobats (floor exercises) first, so that he/she can learn and understand Tricking acrobats since Tricking acrobats are a level higher than Gymnastics. For example, Gymnastics “hand back flip (back handspring)” with some evolvememts in Tricking turns to “TD Raiz” , Gymnastics “backflip360” turns to “Ironman”, or Gymnastics “Tempo” turns to “Gainer Switch” and “Flash”.

This shows that the one who is a good gymnast at first, is capable of learning Tricking then; so in result, Tricking is a level higher than Gymnastics.

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