The Makio is a grind used in Aggressive Inline Skating. It is a soul-based trick and is done on only one foot. The other foot is usually held with a grab, but it can be performed 'freestyle', where the other foot is not held. The Makio is one of the oldest tricks in Aggressive Skating.
[Late 20th century. After Makio, Japanese skater]


The Makio can be done on the positive area of the soul plate (the outside of the boot), or on the negative area (the soul area next to the inside of the boot). If it is done on the negative area of the soul, it is called a 'negative makio'.


When the Makio is done topside it is referred to as a 'Fishbrain'. When a soul-based trick is performed topside it means that the frame rests on top of the ledge or rail as opposed to the soul plates, I.e. the foot is bent over horizontally so that the frame rests on top of the obstacle. The name 'Fishbrain' was coined after the early Aggressive Inline skater 'Tom Fry', who was nicknamed 'Fishbrain'.

A makio performed topside, or even farside, is universally referred to as a Fishbrain. The phrase 'topside makio' is almost never used. This is a similar convention to that of the usages of the terms sweatstance and kindgrind.

Rough Makio

A Rough Makio is a variation of the Makio. The grind is still done on just one foot, although the grind is done just sliding on the heel area of the soul plate.nice

Rocket Makio

The Rocket Makio, or 'Rockio' is a common variation of the grabbing of the foot in the Makio. The foot being grabbed is stretched out straight ahead like it would be in a Rocket Grab.


A Fishbrain where the free foot is grabbed stretched out straight ahead like it would be in a Rocket Grab. Fishbone is sometimes otherwise referred to as a Rocket Fishbrain.


The Railroad is quite an uncommon grind as it can only be done when two grinding objects are parallel and quite close to each other. The Railroad is essentially a 'double Makio', where both feet are placed in the Makio position on each object. The trick can also be performed 'negative topside' in which case it is called a 'negative Railroad'. This trick is sometimes referred to as a 'hotdog'.

An alternative usage of the term 'railroad' to describe a grind is when the wheels of a skate are removed, leaving only the axel-bolts, and the frame (or wheel-chassis) is set directly on the object (usually a rail), resulting in a grind which is analogous to a train traveling along a railroad-track. Due mainly to the fact that this trick requires the removal of all wheels from at least one skate, it is very rarely performed, and is generally regarded as a novelty.

Christ Makio

Where your free foot is placed on top of your soul foot, similar to the feet of Jesus on the cross.


A Topside Christ Makio, Where your free foot is placed on top of your soul foot, similar to the feet of Jesus on the cross.

T-Bone Makio

Where your free foot is placed behind you leading foot and grab with your opposite hand. It take a lot of balance to do this kind of grind.

External links

* [ photo of a skater doing a negative Makio]
* [ photo of a skater doing a Rocket Makio on a practise rail]

Other Grinds

*Torque slide

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