Firstly, I'm new to tricking (and this site). My roommate started
teaching me a couple weeks ago, and at first I wasn't sure I was capable
of it, but its starting to catch on. There are some things I can't do
just yet, partly because I'm not familiar enough with the proper
footwork and body control, but that will come with time and focus. My
main issue at the moment is flexibility, and I'm wondering if you all
would have any suggestions on how to work on it.
I'm 5'10" and
weigh just about 150 pounds, or 1.78 meters and 68 kilos. I'm in good
shape, and used to be a competitive soccer player, so it shouldn't be
too difficult to achieve, just looking for an opinion from someone who's
done this awhile
I think the most important thing is the flexibility of your legs.It's necessary to make your kicks look impressive. A good site for stretching tips is Trickstutorials.com. Soccer doens't really helps you :P You have to learn splits for kicks and a good bridge for back handsprings for example. There are other threads which discuss this topic.
Listen to Dennis! www.trickstutorials.com
is AMAZING Jujimufu is Almost god!
^^^^^^^ REMSTINE Right bananamufu IS GOD and Juji is his mild manured sidekick, pluse if you need more info on stretching check the forums there. There are a couple of .pdf files floating around there one is flexmutant and the other is stretching scientifically just search the forums for those two and also read the write ups on trickstutorials.com
*Edit: tricks tutorials forum is down, so the files are prob still out there but it'll take a bit to find
Hey bros how do I stretch hip flexors without stretching anterior pelvic ligament?
That man is clearly mostly extending his spine and not his hip. There is no truth here.
Hey man, welcome to the community (although most of it is really at gatherings). Glad to hear you've gotten interested in tricking its tough at times and at first maybe a little slow but give your body time to adjust to this new stress. Keep doing what moves you've landed, whether it be tornado, pop 3's, backflips, handsprings. They are all pre requisites to higher level moves which are really just the basic moves with variations in twisting and body position. But they all stem from a few moves.
The flexibility will come though! No need to force your body too much =] ! I wouldnt suggest stretching a whole lot as tricking makes your muscles do this already. If you cant land a move a particular day but you could land it, listen to your body, try another trick that you can land consistently and work on slightly adjusting that move, moving shoulders, leading with one leg, or power through the move... make it fast, do the move slow, make it floaty. Doing so will allow you to get familiar with the possibilities of how your body will move in the air and throughout the particular trick. It will also works it way into other tricks!
Get a really good warmup before you start throwing moves around, if you have one solid move that you can always land no matter what, do that a few times, get really warm, almost at a brisk sweat before you start to trick. After that you could do a little stretching and get your muscles acclimated to lengthening and contracting, or do some extended bounds for a few minutes, walk on your toes and heels and warmup your calves, ankles and shins. Make up drills for this, make it fun! I usually take a step onto my heel then quickly pop up to my toes like im going to jump and then come down slowly and continue with my other leg.
Dont forget to warmup your upper body too! Its so important as well as your core. Do a few standing twists back and forth to the sides using your obliques. You seem like your in good shape. Always think light on your feet! Best of luck in your training, it'll be almost 2 years for me this coming drednt gathering.. pumped!