The tricking spellbook!
Published: August 5th, 2004
What I will be explaining to you is the tricking spellbook. A means of compiling
spells (Eh, tricks) for your acromancy (Dahh, tricking). Believe it or not this
is actually a fundamental means of improving the quality of your tricking sessions
- especially during those phases when you are learning new tricks or training
in groups: Possibly tricking games? Anyhow - I'll cover the basics for you.
A tricking spellbook is an ordinary notebook with as many tricks listed as
possible. You want to compile whole tricks, variations, combinations, and additionally
noting advice can further increase the worth of this tool. Using this to keep
up with combinations is where the worth really shines. There are countless possible
combinations, remembering all of them is impossible. This is a follow up on
the reminding yourself to succeed article - this spellbook is an equivalent of a final reminder.
I'll cut to the chase and skip to the checklist for creating content in this
- Contains individual moves, as many as possible, even ones that are way beyond
- Lists all possible variations of each individual move.
- Noted are any advice pertaining to any particular trick you please.
- Sometimes moves differ from different performers - noting a particular performer's
style of a move can help distinguish slight variations in single tricks that
can make a difference in your practice.
Moreover, the content alone is not what makes the book invincible. The tricking
spellbook must be given character.
Re-use an old school notebook or buy a cheapo. Spill the beans!
Here is mine. Many liquids have
been spilled upon it's surface and pages - it has withstood rain - tossed
across fields furiously - stepped and crushed - pages ripped out of it
and the frills left in the spiral.
Bend and push it to it's limits.
We have to teach it to withstand abuse - like callusing the palms of your
hands, toughen it up.
Doodle and spill nonsense on a few pages. Here we have my first page - GRIMACE!
- Plan its
layout both for organization and intentional disorganization. My favorite
organizational schema is separating single moves into categories: kicks, flips,
twists, aerial based moves, doubleleg based moves, and ground tricks. Some
single tricks will be in more than one category. Then combinations / which
are not organized, rather slewn across the back pages. Combinations are too
difficult to organize, don't bother wasting your time - just jot them down
when they come to your mind.
I recommend writing in pen only.
Mine has seen plenty of rain and pencil will wash out quick. Pen only bleeds
and even then you can just retrace the characters of each word to further
reinforce it's content.
- Teach it persistence
- toss it at a wall.
- As I said previously - note any advice pertaining to any particular trick you please. Here we have my stick sketches and notes on front tucks.
- Music lyrics?
I found this slightly amusing.
Sometimes building intense kicking combinations is like playing with legos.
Note several common tricking terms: swing / tornado / feilong / 360 / 540
/ 720 / 900 / 1080 / cheat / hook / round / single / double / triple / step
/ switch / outside / inside / reverse / etc. Just pool out the words and
see where a little imagination will take you.
Jot down combinations.
Here's a funny little diagram.
The aerial is in the middle of the chain and each new tier brings on more
difficult variations of the aerial. Just have a look for yourself how many
moves stem simply from the aerial.
Uhhh.... workout intensity loads?
That's about it. Remember to condition
it so it becomes tough enough to withstand the elements. Toss it, step on
it, spill food on it, and leave it on your bathroom floor.