Two yoyo players cranking out beautiful tricks and laughing the whole time. This is pretty much exactly what yoyoing should look like, all the time! A great video from Shinnosuke Miyamoto (CLYW) and Daiju Okamura.
Archives for March 18, 2013
Time for your weekly roundup from 365yoyotricks.com!
Jake Bullock gives us some more counterweight yoyo goodness and shows off the AntiYo Kuntosh.
Spencer Berry points out that with yoyo tricks it’s not what you know, it’s how many times you can repeat it.
Ed Haponik trots out a ridiculously hard fixed axle banger.
Darnell Hairston swaggers out of this nice yoyo combo.
Jason Lee sends his greetings from Kyrgyzstan!
Ed Haponik likes flowers.
And Rafael Matsunaga hopes there’s no wind with this hypnotic slack repeater from way back.
He’s the leader of a small but dedicated group of Sonoma Valley High School students who pull out yo-yos during lunchtime and breaks to perfect their tricks and maneuvers.
They have yoyos sleeping (spinning rapidly at the end of the string) and whirling with such nonchalance that yo-yoing appears almost easy.
Don’t expect them to yank on the string of a clunky old-fashioned Duncan yoyo, though. Cross and his pals prefer contemporary models – like the Arctic Circle or Eight8Eight – that command prices exceeding $100.
“Including the ones I’ve lost, I have 15 in total,” says Cross, a sophomore who picked up his first yoyo as a fifth-grader “just as another toy.”
Last weekend Semenza took first place in his age group at the California State YoYo Competition in Sacramento for what he calls “the ladder” – the escalation of up to 25 tricks that are called out on-the-spot by a judge that determines whether or not they qualify to move up to the next on the list.
He’ll compete in the Regional Competition in San Francisco in May before taking his skills to Chico later this year for Nationals, squaring off against some of the best in the world in the city that houses the National YoYo Museum.
“It gets really crowded when you’re there,” Semenza said. “They blast music and a lot of the people do their tricks to music. There are professionals from around the world that are there. I go to each one – they’re a lot of fun.”
We’d first like to thank everyone who participated in the contest this year. The contest entries we received have completely changed the game, and have redefined what pro-level kendama play is all about. Every second round entry introduced new tricks to the kendama world and it’s crazy to think that it was all fueled by the chance to be a part of our team.
Judging this contest was incredibly hard. I can’t say enough how blown away we were with the contest entries. All of the current pro’s gave their input and the decision was based on a combination of skill and overall production value. While every 2nd round entry blew our mind with the amount of skill displayed, Max’s creativity, quality of content, and his contribution to the community over the years won us over. We expect our pros to be ambassadors for our brand and to help us with our mission of spreading kendama love, and we are confident we’ve made the right choice in adding Max to the team.
Long-time yoyo innovator and demonstrator Doctor Popular successfully funded “American Analog”, a zine of his film photography via Kickstarter, and got a chance to talk to Matthew Lesko (the “FREE MONEY” guy) about his experience.
We’re super proud of Doc for getting his project funded, and we’re even more excited that he was able to find someone to talk to that makes Doc seem like the most normal guy in the world by comparison. It’s remarkable how one guy in a Riddler suit can downgrade all of your eccentricities in a heartbeat. Amazing.
This might well be one of the densest kendama trick videos I’ve ever seen. The amount of work put into these five combos is over the top, and absolutely beautiful to watch. Bookmark this video, you’re going to want to watch it a few dozen times.
CLYW‘s Charles Haycock gives us another advanced yoyo tutorial with great style and a lot of flannel. In this Cabin Tutorial episode, Charles gives us a solid look at the workings of a highly-truncated Boing E Boing with plenty of interference segments. Not only is this a great yoyo sequence to learn, but there is a TON of potential for a lot of those segments as mounts. Get to work!