Sammy Smith Tricking
Century Martial Arts
I was fortunate enough to be introduced to tricking at a very young age. At five years old I was invited to become part of the competition team at my karate studio. During the competition team training classes, we would work on an array of things: open forms, weapons, self-defense, demo, and tricks.

When I took that class every Saturday, I was always learning something new. I learned the basics first, spinning hook kicks, jump front kicks, tornado kicks and butterflies. As I practiced those kicks to the point of mastery, I started to learn harder tricks. In 2005 I was introduced to both Matt Emig and Daniel Sterling who became my sport karate coaches. I remember the first advanced kick I learned was with Daniel during my first lesson with him where he taught me a cheat 720 kick. Not long after that I progressed to more inverted tricks like a rize (raise), sideswipe, double leg etc. Learning harder tricks like these became extremely beneficial to my routines that I was doing in competition because the difficulty of these tricks added an extra element to my forms, not to mention as a girl it was even more impressive.

Learning new tricks became addicting. I wanted to learn them all and I was eager to land the hard tricks that I would continuously fall on. The challenge is what made it exciting, looking forward to the moment when I finally land that move that I've been practicing so much. I was also introduced to "trick gatherings." The gatherings were usually a weekend long event held at a gymnastics studio where a bunch of "trickers" would share the floor showing off their individual tricks or combinations. There were even "battles" which would be a competitive event where either single trickers or groups of trickers would compete against others to try and secure a win at the event. I loved being around that atmosphere because it was extremely motivating so I found a gymnastics studio that offered open gyms. These open gym sessions allowed me to freely work on any tricks I had wanted with the luxury of getting to practice on a soft and bouncy spring floor (whenever attempting new tricks its always advised to practice in a safe area with supervision on a soft matted floor).

As I got older, I went from being a little kid who went to open gyms and trick gatherings with her instructors, to becoming the instructor who brings her own students to open gyms and introduces them to tricking. Pretty cool. Over time, I'd like to think that I've become one of the top female trickers. One of the best things about tricking is that anyone can do it, boy OR girl. I'll never forget one of the best compliments that I ever received was that I "trick like a boy."

If you're interested to see more of tricking, learn what it's about, or even learn yourself. I offer an online Tricking class taught on Black Belt Magazine's Sport Karate University. This product was designed by myself and Jackson Rudolph as an online training tool designed like a "University" where you can earn your own Sport Karate University degree. To check this product out visit, https://shop.blackbeltmag.com/collections/sport-karate-university

Introducing Martial Arts School Listings on Black Belt Mag!
Sign Up Now To Be One Of The First School Listed In Our Database.
SUBSCRIBE TO BLACKBELT MAGAZINE TODAY!
Don't miss a single issue of the worlds largest magazine of martial arts.
Judo
Saddleburn

Two-Time Black Belt Hall of Famer Hayward Nishioka has been campaigning for judo in the United States to harvest more shodans (1st degree black belts) Shodan literally means student. It's analogous to being a freshman in college. It's not the end but the beginning according to Jigoro Kano, the Founder of Judo.

A very dear friend and sensei of mine the late Allen Johnson, may he rest in peace made a home at Emerald City Judo. In Redmond, Washington.

Keep Reading Show less
Bruce Lee museum
cdn.i-scmp.com Dickson Lee

An immersive feature in the revamped Bruce Lee exhibition in Hong Kong.

On what would have been Bruce Lee's 81st birthday Saturday, the Hong Kong Heritage Museum unveiled a new Lee exhibit which opened to the public on Sunday. Following on the heels of the museum's previous Bruce Lee exhibition, which ran from 2013 to 2020, the new exhibit, A Man Beyond the Ordinary: Bruce Lee, is slated to run until 2026.
Keep Reading Show less
Pacquiao vs Mayweather
www.sportsnet.ca - Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr.
One can argue that left-handedness is a phenomena to which science is still trying to find its cause. It is estimated that there are around 10-14% of left-handed people in today's world, men being double in number than women. Science hasn't yet found the cause that makes a person left-handed, i.e. we still don't know what makes a person to be born left-handed or right-handed. Some research points to an anomaly in brain structure, whereas some other research and theories talk about genetic inheritance as well as the influence of the hormone testosterone. This would explain why there are so many more left-handed men in comparison to women. Recently, in 2007, scientists from Oxford University have identified the gene which rises the chances of a person to become left-handed.
Keep Reading Show less