ByMatt Juul, writer at Creators.co
Digital Arts and Entertainment Writer at Boston Magazine
Matt Juul

Extreme martial arts masters recently showed off their high-flying moves in South Korea for the annual Red Bull Kick-It event.

Billed as the "world's premiere 'freestyle kicking' competition," the festivities feature a mix of "extreme taekwondo" and "tricking" to see who's the globe's best kicker.

According to Red Bull sports director, Peter Yang, the event is "specifically designed for athletes" who have a more traditional and technical martial arts background.

“There’s a lot of flying, a lot of spectacular spinning movements, a lot of difficulty and style," he said. "And they’re landing like it’s in a video game or movie. They put their bodies at a lot of risk, and that’s what makes it so exciting.”

Photo by SonStar / Red Bull Content Pool
Photo by SonStar / Red Bull Content Pool

Kick-It was first introduced to South Korea in 2013 and began to grow, thanks to widespread interest in these amazing moves.

Photo by SonStar / Red Bull Content Pool
Photo by SonStar / Red Bull Content Pool

The competition consists of two rounds. The first is meant to showcase various tricking techniques, while the second is used to show off a competitor's board breaking abilities. Should there be a tie, a third round is used to crown the champion.

Photo by SonStar / Red Bull Content Pool
Photo by SonStar / Red Bull Content Pool

Check out a highlight reel from the 2016 Kick-It competition below.

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