Melissa Basch

At age 2, Basch was enrolled in her first dance class, and it has been an important part of her life ever since. She studied dance electively in college and gained experience competing at the national level with a first year collegiate dance team. She began her teaching career with the same studio where she first discovered her love for the art, and still takes master classes and workshops as often as possible. After being introduced to tricking in 2011, it quickly became a passion as well. She is currently enrolled in a degree program in health and exercise science, and enjoys supplementing her training with yoga, partner acrobatics, and various other athletic arts. 

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Justin first began his journey in movement with Martial Arts in 1993, inspired by Ninja Turtles and Power Rangers. In 1998 he began competing in Martial Arts and incorporating flips and "tricks" into his routines.  Justin met Jaime Colon in 2002 and joined Team Furious Force (one of the first tricking teams including Jujimufu) the following year.  After years of growing up in this new emerging sport of tricking, Justin partnered with Melissa Basch to begin providing "trick class" for Hartford County in 2012.  Justin has goals to build a healthy tricking community in the USA, work as a stunt performer, and build an athletic beach resort.

Justin believes that getting good at something as hard as tricking will gain anybody confidence in other facets of their lives. 

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Tricia Carney

Tricia came from the world of playing various sports every season, from childhood to well past her college years. Her acrobatic journey started with kung fu in 2005, where she met friends that started dabbling in the sport of Martial Arts Tricking. After a childhood full of Power Rangers, Xena Warrior Princess, Batman and other various superhero shows, it was the perfect mix of everything she had always wished she could do.

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Rhys Moore

In his early teenage years living in the UK, Rhys really struggled to find a sport to stick with. Bouncing around from football (soccer to US) to Ju-jJtsu to rugby and more. But never really sticking with anything for more than 6 or so months and went through a period of being quite inactive and somewhat unfulfilled. That is until around 15 years old, he started practicing parkour and freerunning, then discovering this unique, underground, and underrated sport of Martial-Arts Tricking. It was everything he loved about movement.


The next few years would involve attending Tricking gatherings across the UK and Europe, taking part in battles, meeting life-long friends, travelling and having unique experiences that he would not have had without Tricking.

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Kevin Grassie

Kevin has his roots in American Isshinryu karate and has been training since 2002. After earning a black belt in 2010, he began independently teaching classes, running events, and helping to structure his school’s curriculum. In 2012, two disconnected events exposed him to Martial Arts Tricking: high school friends who did parkour at a local gymnastics gym, and Hyper videos shown to him by his Sensei. Although he had no prior experience in any acrobatics and virtually no exposure to high-level jump-kicks through karate, he was instantly addicted to Tricking and poured through early YouTube samplers and tutorial forums to start learning. He saw Tricking as his niche in martial arts and movement sports; the pinnacle of his athletic potential and a way to combine fitness, personal growth and challenge, a sense of community, and most of all, fun.

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Diego Pichay

Diego Pichay started his free movement journey at a very young age with breaking, urban dance, and martial arts. His father exposed him to the world of bboying months after he was born and he started kung fu classes a few years after he was able to walk. As Diego began to train in dance and martial arts more, he discovered a passion for free movement. Upon finding this passion, Diego set out on a lifelong journey to improve his free movement skills and strengthen the connection between him and his craft. This journey eventually lead him to Trick Dynamix and the world of tricking. 

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Liam Shepard

Liam has grown up around Gymnastics and Martial Arts Tricking, beginning his journey at the early age of 4, attending Wininger’s Gymnastics & Dance in Manchester, CT where he quickly displayed his agility and flexibility on the floor.

At the age of 6 he entered the American Karate School in Ellington, CT where he began to train for his 1st Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate, which he would receive in 2011.  Soon into his education, Liam was invited to become a member of the AK Demo Team.  As a member he gained experience performing in exhibitions as well as competing with the Demo Team in tournaments in and around New England. He has also competed at the individual level, achieving first place accolades along the way.

Subsequently, in order to augment his training and enhance his skill set for both the AK Demo Team and individual competitions, Liam transferred to the All Stars Gymnastics Academy in Windsor, CT where he was quickly singled out for his athletic potential and invited to train for gymnastic completions.  

However, as Liam worked toward the rank of 2nd Degree Black Belt, which he obtained in 2013, he began to train frequently with Trick Dynamix, taking advantage of every opportunity to attend Open Gym sessions and seminars.  It was during this time that Liam’s interest would shift into Martial Arts Tricking and begin to flourish.

From 2013 – 2018 Liam continued his education with American Karate, attending Young Master’s Classes and training as an instructor.  In 2018, he achieved his 3rd Degree Black Belt in Kenpo Karate.

Today Liam is actively involved in Trick Dynamix, coaching and assisting all ages in developing their “airwareness” skills, creativity and self-expression.  He actively seeks to share his experiences and training, inspiring the youth he shares the floor with to achieve their goals.

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