History of Tricking

August 1, 2010

Tricking has only recentlywhen? come into its own as a recognized activity. Although the various skills practiced in Tricking have existed much longer, a variety of theories have been put forth as to where the term originated.

Tricking came about when people began to use Martial Arts as a via for entertainment and performance in America. Members of the original Ernie Reyes West Coast Demo Team pioneered this movement when they began to incorporate music into their creative forms, branching away from traditional martial arts. As more Martial Arts practitioners were gearing more towards entertainment, performance, and creativity, advanced body movements such as the 540 began to emerge. Although Steven Ho may have been the first person to perform the 540 in NASKA, it was being done by Ernie Reyes Jr. and others many years before.

As the techniques being executed at competitions became more advanced, a newer generation of martial artists emerged, one-upping each other with newer, flashier, and more complex movements. NASKA now holds Creative Open divisions and Xtreme Open. Creative Open is where a competitor throws no inverted techniques and no spinning kicks with a rotation higher than 360 degrees, while the Xtreme division is open to almost any technique a competitor wants to do.

With the internet revolution at the beginning of the 21st century, Tricking began reaching a wider audience. Jubei's MA Zone, the Yellwboy website, as well as Bilang.com allowed this new trend of martial arts competitors and trickers to come together for a free exchange of ideas. Towards the end of 2003, the online tricking community was well-developed, bringing trickers from across the globe together. With the rise of YouTube, trickers were able to share their videos with others and the world of tricking experienced a massive rise in popularity and interest.citation needed Also Youtube has shown young trickers new tricks and broken the tricks down for them. Since the beginning of 2008, tricking has been receiving much wider publicity and popularity among non-tricking circles due to efforts of popular tricking teams like Loopkicks, Team FS, and New Age Ninjas (NAN).