I have a lot of time. When you’ve been doing it for years, you’ve learned the ropes, you don’t even need the quarter trick to do it. You just look for the quarter and go for it. For the most part, you just go for the point and then go for your jump, for the back-tacks. If I want to make a good point, it’s in short spurts that are very short. You’ve got to have quickness when you jump. At the same time, you should have good balance.
Is there anything else you can say that the people who aren’t familiar with your style of jumping are missing?
I think the trick I do is one of the most challenging. When I first started doing it, I’d try to do the back-tacks in one straight sweep, so I’d go for the low point, I’d jump, and then I’d go for the high point. One time I tried to do the back-tacks with my toes down on the ground, and I landed on my head. For me to pull my body up with the top of my body and put my toes on the ground, it’s very difficult. A lot of people have never seen anything like that, and they think it’s easy. To pull your body up, I’d need to move my body very fast that way. This trick really is hard. So much movement is required.
Does the movement have to be very fast?
Yes. My technique was extremely fast. I was able to get out of the high-point of the back-tacks before I landed on my head. The low point, if you get it wrong, it’s going to be very painful.
You seem to be very good at doing the tricks. Are most people unaware of what you know of?
People think you can’t even do a quarter trick. There’s lots of people in the United States who are more confident than me, which I find a little scary.
What do you mean by that?
If I did a high-point trick, they would never think to touch any of the floor. With me, it’s all hands-off. So I don’t even bother, and that’s good.
Do you like the fact that you don’t have to train for the tricks anymore?
I want people to think it was a gimmick. There are people who try to do it
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