Since everyone has the specifics covered, here’s my very general progression:
1978 -1985 High school/college years. Forward, backward, spins. Didn’t know about skills, tricks, trials, or Muni.
2000-2001 started exploring trials, Muni, freestyle and Cokering with 90% time spent on skill levels.
2002 Plateau’d at about skill level 7.5. Now I’m spending 90% of my time on Muni/trials:
For freestyle, I work occasionally on level 8-10 stuff. I’ll probably have one foot backwards, pirouettes, and such down soon. Not sure if I will ever get around to some of the more arcane stuff such as hand wheel walk. I’d rather spend my time working on the following Muni stuff:
4 foot drops and greater, Riding thin rails, 180 on a rail or small object, Gapping, Jump height.
I’d really like to learn that thing that Kris Holm does where he jumps up and rotates the tire 180 to get his strong foot in the right place. Can anyone else do that? It would be incredibly useful in tight trail situations. I just haven’t figured out how to get started practicing this. Basically any trials type skill that will enable me to traverse challenging terrain and I’m there.
My inclination towards Muni over freestyle is that I have access to great trails and trials obstacles in and around New York City. I do not have access to an indoor space. If I had the time and the access to an indoor space, I might spend more time on freestyle. Seems to me that practicing “upper level” skills comes easier when you have a perfectly flat, dry (and preferably smooth, e.g., wood) floor. Doing pirouettes on concrete chews through a tire in no time. Then you’ve got to deal with sticks twigs, and crap on the ground. On the other hand, none of this is an issue with Muni/trials. My two cents