Concept of the Week: King Tutting

Remember, if you want to be featured in these weekly articles, tag #ConceptOfTheWeek or #EmazingBlog on Instagram and post yourself doing the concept of the week. If yours is our favorite, we’ll feature it on the blog! Now on to the concept of the week: tutting.

What is the Concept?

Tutting, as a whole, is comprised of many different styles and concepts such as finger tuts, bone breaks, and face tutting. For this article, we will be focusing on king tuts and a few concepts within king tuts. King tutting is named after the way people’s arms were drawn at 90 degree angles in Egyptian hieroglyphics.

arm tutting king tuts name

Basic king tuts are all about creating boxes and rectangles using your arms, while maintaining 90 degree angles with your hands and arms. Strobe has an extremely good beginner tutorial on tuts and basic combos.

King Tutting is comprised of many individual concepts, but the ones we will focus on are isolations, hinges and the grid. These concepts are present in every tut show or sequence and are extremely important to understanding tuts.

To start, lets discuss the grid. The grid is an imaginary cube that all your tuts will fall on. Imagine the grid looking like a graph, but the lines are created by your wrists and arms. Your tuts and angles should fall and lay on any square or line of that graph. You can make the “cube” as large or as small as you like, and you can move any direction on that grid. Your tuts should never lay off of a line on that grid, which follows the idea of 90 degree angles. Our friend Kai gives a great demo of the king tutting grid below.

Photo Credit: Kai Sosceles

Photo Credit: Kai Sosceles

The next concept within King Tuts is isolations. Isolations are an extension of the grid. Essentially an isolation is picking a singular point on the grid, and isolating a part or the entirety of your arm. Your arm can be separated into three different sections: the hand, forearm or whole arm. Isolations involve picking your singular point, and moving one of the three sections of your arm around to that point.

Hinges are a specific type of isolation, where the single isolation point is either your wrist or your elbow. You “hinge” by moving one of the 3 sections around that isolated point in a movement similar to opening or closing a door. It’s much easier seen than explained, so to see more on isolations, check out this tutorial by [ION] Pilgrim and me.

Who Brought It To The Scene?

King Tutting has existed outside of the gloving scene for a very long time, but there were a few glovers who pushed tuts into the spotlight. The main glover who took tutting and thrust it into the scene was [PM] JBake. He is one of the earliest glovers to throw all-tut shows, and he took the creativity that gloving offers and blended it with tuts. JBake is still highly active and his videos show us that there is no limits to the angles we can hit and the boxes we can create. Special shout-outs to other early glovers who took tutting and brought it into our world:

[PM] Brainwreck

[PM] Deck

[PLL] Lokey

Youngblood Tips

1) CLEANLINESS. Tutting is heavily reliant on how clean your right angles are. If they aren’t clean and the angle isn’t there, it won’t look good. Be sure to practice constantly, and make your angles clean before you throw your tuts in a show. If you can’t quite get clean angles, particularly with your wrists, there are stretches you can do to make your angles sharper.

My personal favorite is putting your palms on a wall and pushing against the wall for about a minute while you hold the 90 angle on your wrist. It will take time but your angles will get better. Also, avoid what are called “duck hands.” Duck hands are essentially when you are tutting and your fingers start to scrunch up and look like a duck bill. Duck hands disrupt cleanliness, and if you are having trouble, this issue can also be solved by stretching.

2) Be creative. Remember your grid is not 2 dimensional. You can move your tuts in and out, and 3D tuts will quite literally add an extra dimension to your tutting and set you apart from others.

Remember, your hands and arms do not have to connect. Separate your two arms and create new and interesting angles. Be innovative. Break your hands apart, move, and bring them back to make a new box or new angle. As long as you use the basic concepts and maintain a 90 degree angle, you can be as creative as you want.

Who To Watch

1) [CC] Serj: If you want innovation, you won’t find anyone better than Serj. Every show has something new to offer, and with the angles he hits, you couldn’t see them if you were a geometrician. Two words to describe Serj: Angles Galore

2) [PM] Gambit: So clean you could eat off his gloves. Gambit’s shows are so smooth and flawless, you’ll question if he’s in some kind of boxy trance. Plus, his transitions are the stuff of dreams.

3) [TV] Conversion: Mixing gloving with bone breaking, this kid is taking tutting to new heights in the scene. When you don’t have bones, the possibilities are endless. Creative and innovative are perfect descriptors for Conversion.

If you need any more inspiration, check out [Tutting Movement]. Comprised of the best tutters in the scene, every [TM] show is pure inspiration and beautiful angular fire.

Show us your tuts! Hop on Instagram and use the hashtags #ConceptOfTheWeek and #EmazingBlog. We’ll pick our favorite combo and feature it next week.

Til then, tut on!



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