Martial arts background for tricking

beginner tricking martial arts

Some styles of martial arts would be great to serve as a foundation for your tricking. I’d like to share with you what my background in martial arts is, and what my recommendations for you are.

My martial arts background

When I was 13 years old I made a new friend, he used to be known online as Taegashi. He invited me to take a Taekwondo class with him where he trained. The organization was USTA at the time, but soon after I joined they became ITA. Now it is Tiger Rock Martial Arts International. I trained there for 2 years and earned my black belt,which means absolutely nothing to me.

Jujimufu Taekwondo, ITA Taekwondo, Jon Call Taekwondo

The dojo I trained at was a “McDojo”, the purpose of the school was to make money. Looking back, the training was a joke, the staff was a joke, my fellow black belts and I at the school were a joke. They were practically giving away black belts!  But for the two years I was there, and especially considering I was starting with zero experience in sports or physical training of any kind, the results were definitely not a joke. During my time there my self-esteem went through the roof. The classes developed my flexibility, stamina, and basic martial arts technique. These Taekwondo classes were my gateway into an active lifestyle.  Getting used to training in a public environment like this with others, and competing in tournaments, prepared me for a more advanced practice of tricking.

When I discovered tricking

In the summer of 2000 I discovered tricking when I saw my first sampler, the old Bilang Sampler 004, Chris Devera video 1.

Seeing that sampler changed my life. For the remainder of my time training at my Martial Arts school, all I cared about was learning tricks to put in my katas. You can see me tricking here after competing at a tournament in March 2002.

I quit because the way the Taekwondo classes were run were actually getting in the way of my tricking goals. I only wanted to trick, and that was it. Quitting was the best decision I could have made looking back.

My recommendations

A background in any martial art that emphasizes kicking will serve as a great foundation for tricking. Taekwondo and Karate are good choices. Even training at a McDojo will help you a lot. I don’t think you can go wrong, they’ll get you kicking and stretching, and the group training is gonna help.

If you’re only interested in flips than you’d be much better off looking for an adult tumbling class at a gymnastics or cheerleading facility.

You’d be even better off if you did both. Each will develop two things you need for tricking: fitness and self-esteem. Starting tricking without a training background will be hard, unless you’re gifted.

I’m not gifted, I could have never succeeded with tricking without my Martial arts background.

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  • Jason Maine on

    MjDojo is an interesting phenomenon. Definitely, they will not teach you real fighting skills. From another perspective, they can inspire you to find the real dojo or improve your fitness at least.

  • aerialdancer on

    I earned an ITA black belt too. I left because our grandmasters couldn’t leave well enough alone. Every year they changed requirements, forms, one-steps, & even sparring guidelines. For a while (‘07, ’08) they were requiring the instructors to cover everything in every class, meaning that we would do maybe 2 or 3 reps of any one technique before moving on. I can’t learn anything that way, so I switched to a WTF school whose owner has been teaching the same forms for at least 15 years. Before he came to the states he was an instructor in the S. Korean special forces.
    But like you, I had no experience in sports or physical training. Unlike you, I was 50 years old. But I learned that I can learn, I can do this! And now I’ve added aerial silks, the circus art, to my training, which I could never have done without the ITA training as a foundation.

  • harry on

    This harry scot, How is work today, am hearing impaired, i will like to know if you are available for martial art training and exercise services and do you accept credit card for payment kindly get back to me as soon as possible.

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  • Taegashi on

    LOL Mcdojo love it. Sometimes I miss those days, but really that was only cause you were there. It wasn’t much long after you left that I did.

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