A masterswipe is a cartwheel launched off the wrong foot.
How to Masterswipe video:
Here is a video I made in 2007 for masterswiping:
A masterswipe is not for masters
You don’t have to be a master of anything to do a masterswipe. It’s really easy! So don’t let the name fool you, it’s not the master of swipes.
Simplifying the masterswipe
- Imagine doing a sideways cartwheel but instead of lifting up the back leg (the leg you would normally lift up first in a cartwheel), lift up the front leg first.
What happens? Well it gets in the way and you have to clear it to finish the cartwheel. You create a tangle when trying to clear it, and afterward the legs untangle out to create the twisted masterswipe aesthetic.
- The landing foot in a masterswipe is the same as the landing foot in a cartwheel!
Just roll that thought in your head and it will click immediately.
So a masterswipe is just a cartwheel
So just do a cartwheel… except throw up your front leg first when going down. Then JUMP and dive backward.
The best tip for the masterswipe is JUMP
Without a JUMP you aren’t going to be masterswiping. It’s funny though, the masterswipe is deceiving because for some reason it looks like there isn’t a jump in the move. It just looks like you go down. It looks like you could learn it slowly without much jumping in the beginning. WRONG! You cannot learn this move slowly. The masterswipe requires a jump. It requires you to input power. When you jump off the base foot when masterswiping, you simultaneously dive down. Since you are going down and jumping at the same time, it doesn’t look much like a jump. So beginners think they can get away with playing with this trick without putting power into it. No no no. You need power in the masterswipe, and power means jumping.
How to masterswipe step by step:
Make sure you can at least do a cartwheel, get used to doing one with a jump. Ensure you warm up your wrists pretty good. I feel the most important key for practicing the masterswipe is to always focus on putting some power into it! If you can’t get yourself to put power into it then step back and think about it some more.
I still remember how I learned this move. It was one of the first few tricks I learned. I didn’t understand the masterswipe, and after trying a few with the monkey-see-monkey-do learning method I wasn’t so successful. Luckily, one of my tricking buddies kept telling me it was incredibly easy and that there was no reason I shouldn’t be able to do it. Actually he didn’t say it that kindly, he more or less expressed the opinion that I sucked if I couldn’t do the move easily after a few attempts. Anyway, I went back out after my brainwashing and soon (a day or two maybe) I had the move down pretty damn good! I just kept practicing, watching, and believing it was easy (which it totally is!) Go get your masterswipe this afternoon!