Answer to some FAQs:
What does freestyle mean?
Why Tricking is freestyled?
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, fluent, and should be done in the least possible period of time.
Also there is freestyle in freerunning (on barriers).
And finally Tricking. 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 there 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; while there is no similar subject in freestyle sports or even martial arts.
A major comparison between Gymnastics and Tricking’s acrobats:
A person who wants to learn Tricking, should learn Gymnastics basic acrobats (floor exercises) first so that he/she can learn and understand Tricking acrobats because 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 a person who is a good gymnast at first, is capable of learning Tricking; so in result, Tricking is a higher level than Gymnastics.
- Levels in Tricking
- Prohibited movements in Tricking