Overcoming Tricking Shyness

June 24, 2012 Training

Avoidance strategies:

1. Trick in the privacy of your own backyard if you have one.

Jujimufu, tricking, backyard

My backyard was awesome before we got a dog… Poop.

2. Trick with a friend if you have one.

jujimufu, taegashi, tricking

Taegashi and I tricking in my backyard back in 2003.

3. Seek out empty fields and parks.

Jujimufu, tricking, park, grass tricking

One of the places I regularly trick.

Know when your favorite places will be clear or crowded. It will depend on factors such as time of day and year, purpose of the location, weather, etc.

Reducing tricking shyness:

4. Sign up for a tumbling class or a kicking oriented martial art.

jujimufu, taegashi, tricking, taekwondo

Taegashi and I kicking the paddle with our tricks.

My friend Taegashi and I did Taekwondo before we discovered tricking. Taekwondo was awesome because it allowed us to get into tricking without being shy about it.

5. Find a gymnastics gym where tricking is appropriate.

Jujimufu, Atlanta, tricking, 2010

Tricking in Atlanta in 2010.

These places are great to improve both your tricking skills and confidence.

6. Create the appearance that you are doing “sports” or “fitness” when tricking at a public park.

Jujimufu, stretching, tricking, park

I’m just stretching. Yep, only stretching. That’s all. Suuuuuuure.

When you’re at a public park, you look really awkward when you crash b-twists over and over again: So mix it up with other useful things. Static and dynamic stretches. Handstands and pushups. Pullups off of soccer goals. Shuttle sprints. Bounding exercises. Jumping exercises. This creates the appearance that you are an unassuming guy getting some exercise. And actually, that’s all you are until you try some tricks!

7. Do a long warmup before throwing any trick.

I don’t like people watching me when I begin tricking in a park by myself, I wait for them to pass by until I’m in the aggressive tricking zone. When I enter the aggressive tricking zone I usually time my tricks when people will see me, to scare them off!

8. Get buff or wear cool clothes.

jujimufu, flexing muscles, 2011

COME OVER HEEEEERE!

Since I became obsessed with strength training and became a buff trickster, I’m more confident about everything in life. I use my physique as a crutch for my self-esteem, which is awesome.

Jujimufu, pants, green pants, tricking

My lucky green pants.

The next best thing to packing on some muscle is to wear clothes you think are cool. Your favorite tricking clothes! For me, I’ve always liked a certain breed of green pants.

9. Regularly commune with your online tricking friends.

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A conversation thread between my viking buddy Tatsumaru and I.

During my early tricking years, my tricking hero was a guy nicknamed Logan. I looked up to him a lot. And I was fortunate to have made friends with him, we chatted online a lot the following years. Everytime I went to trick, I felt like he was there supporting me.

Over the years, I’ve continued to feel like I was not alone when I tricked. My heroes, friends, enemies and fans I’ve made through the tricking community over the years, were always there with me. I’ve never felt alone out there. You simply MUST get involved with the online tricking community and make tricking friends and enemies.

10. Get good at tricking.

Ultimately, the better you are at tricking, the less shy you will be about it.

Proof of when you’ve finally overcome tricking shyness:

11. When asked what you are doing, say “It’s called Tricking.”

Up until recently, whenever I was asked what I was doing, I usually told people I was “just doing a mix of martial arts and gymnastics” or “just some flips and stuff”. I didn’t realize this was a personal failure until my friend Dave C pointed it out.

You see, when you’ve finally overcome your tricking shyness, you will tell people “It’s called tricking” and you will tell them to youtube it. “It’s called tricking.” Say you’re tricking. Say that word: Tricking. You are tricking!


A positive note to depart on:

By default, I seem to suspect people are thinking not good thoughts about me when I’m out there tricking by myself. But over the past 12 years, I cannot recall even one time when I was mocked, laughed at, made fun of, or insulted about my tricking.

Instead, there have only been countless times I was surprised by cheering, from people on boats at the Marina I trick at, or drive-by-cheering from groups of teenagers in cars or municipal workers. Hundreds of times people have approached me in awe with questions, or to take a video with their camera phone.

If you believe you will be judged negatively for tricking, I’m just trying to give you some assurance that this is not the case: Because there is nothing to be shy about with your tricking. Be proud that you want to trick, and start tricking with some confidence!

15 comments

  1. Taegashi says:

    The few times I’ve noticed the people will insult you is when they are “intimidated” by it and don’t know what to make of it because they know in their own minds that they are not capable of doing it.

    • Josiah says:

      Really? What kind of insults do you get. If anything I get “wow, dude that’s awesome, you should try parkour, or wow, did you see that “karate kid” “. And if they insult you you can just say in the most psychopath like voice with a friendly psychopath smile “How fucking fascinating, come closer and tell me more” lol.

  2. Dominic says:

    Wow I get the same thing at school hey.. They always call me “Karate Kid” and all since I’m basically the only one that can Trick.. Well they are more of us but they’re really shy dudes… Don’t know why…

    • Jon Call says:

      Ever heard of MBTI psychology theory? Tricking is like fly paper for the INTJ personality type. Most INTJs are pretty shy until they reach their mid late 20s.

  3. Tarjei says:

    What is your MBTI 4-letter code, Jon? (my guess is ENFP).

  4. Ryu Sujin says:

    Couldn’t agree more. I fit the INTJ personality type to a T and this was my experience entirely.

  5. Josiah says:

    HAHAHAHA, I know right!!! Kids at my school have a tendency to call me “karate kid” as well. I guess karate is what all people thing at my high school when they see fancy stunts. I can’t blame them though, I wouldn’t expect them to know what it is. At least they know what bodybuilding is.

    • Jon Call says:

      I would blame them, they’re living underneath a fucking rock if they haven’t seen people do flips or kick stunts on YouTube. And how do they even know about Karate Kid? That movie was made way before they were even born…

    • Jon Call says:

      Have the kids at your highschool heard of the internet?

  6. Cris Manrique says:

    Haha! Another good article, at least I know now that even the great Jujimufu went through all of those unpleasant experiences! Haha, being mocked and insulted while tricking on public park, hell with what they say, its a defense mechanism embedded at the back of their mind because they know they can’t do it, just saying. By the way, nice article Mr. Jujimufu.

  7. Vae_ Newbis says:

    I wonder, what would you answer to the question we’ve been all asked countless time “how do you do that ?” You can’t point a “how to cork” tutorial to little kids and teenagers with their parents. You can’t explain it yourself to people that will probably never get truly involved with it. Seriously this question really gets me angry sometimes.

    • Benjamin Rosenthal says:

      I get that question a lot and I just say “I watched a few YouTube tutorials and just practiced a ton. The trick is called a ___ and the sport is called tricking if you want to Google it yourself”.

      Can’t blame them for wanting to know how to do it. That’s probably what most of us thought the first time we ever watched a tricking video!

  8. Remco says:

    I’m not shy about the fact that I’m doing tricking but I always need to defend the fact my lack of talent with my age. I’m 38 and started doing tricking at 35.so my movements are at the novice level.

    I’m also very much in to BBC and a big fan of scooby Werkstatt as a fitness guide.

    Thanks for your article

    Greetz remco mendes

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