For anyone who thinks that modern 1A yoyo play has gotten stale, I present Exhibit A for the defense. Kyle Nations and Doc Pop teamed up for a pretty incredible video of modern responsive 1A play and honestly after watching this I’m running for my wood yoyos to see how many of these tricks I can figure out. So good!!
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Kyle Nations – Arts & Leisure
Kyle Nations combines the two greatest things in the world: goofy fixed axle yoyo tricks and cats. And we all owe him a great debt for this glorious celebration of all things wonderful.
Yoyos used are the SPYY x TMBR eh and the Yomega Alpha Wing.
Kyle Nations – Cool In The Shade
Kyle Nations drops another glorious fixie yoyo bomb with his new video, “Cool in the Shade”. If fixed axle yoyoing was a three headed dragon, Kyle would be the head that Ed Haponik always yells at even though it was actually the Drew Tetz head that lit that fart with his dragon breath.
It’s entirely too late at night for me to be making metaphors.
Yoyos used are the BC Atlas, and the Royale w/Cheese & Missing Link by Square Wheels.
Kyle Nations – I Like To Play
Kyle Nations drops yet another video of fixie goodness, including some tricks with the prototype fixed axle throw coming soon from Square Wheels YoYo Company. Bearings are for suckers!
Yoyos used are the Missing Link by Square Wheels and the SPYY x TMBR eh.
Tryle ft. Kyle Nations & Trevor Boice
Kyle Nations and Trevor Boice filmed a new video part at Go Big Skill Toys this past weekend, and it’s great! There’s a ton of fun stuff in here, although Trevor needs to step up his “landing the trick at the end” game a little. Neat concepts, though.
Yoyos used are the SPYY x TMBR eh, CLYW Chief, and a 1970’s Duncan Butterfly.
Kyle Nations Joins Square Wheels Team
Fixie lover and all-around great yoyo player Kyle Nations has officially joined the Square Wheels team! And to celebrate, he dropped this short new video with one great picture trick, one straight baller of a combo, and one really pretty Chain Reaction variation. Congratulations to Kyle and Square Wheels!
Fixed Friday with Kyle Nations: The Lepidopterist
Butterfly superstar Kyle Nations has graciously volunteered to fill in this Fixed Friday with a detailed post-mortem of his recent video extravaganza The Lepidopterist. Drink in the knowledge, kiddos! –drew
While Ed and Drew are off at the Fixed Axle Championship of All the World (and something else called the World Yoyo contest; maybe you’ve heard of it), I offered to fill in so that the column can keep on trucking. Get ready to get weird as I dissect my latest video for your reading pleasure and my shameless self promotion:
First thing’s first, you gotta be aware of your string tension. For my setup and the tricks I like to do, neutral tension is the way to go and a sidewinder is always a slick way to get there. Easy peasy, lemon squeezy, mac and cheesy. Let’s get on with it, shall we?
The first couple tricks, Web Cartridge Reload and Steve Brown Crisis respectfully, are pretty straightforward variations on onehanded stalls. If you’re comfortable with the standard thumb n’ forefinger stall, the next logical step is to adapt that stall for a different pair of fingers. Actually pulling it off is another matter entirely. You have much more control over your thumb when it comes to the subtle “cushioning” motion that makes the stall work; substitute the thumb for your pinky, and you’ve got a recipe for bruised knuckles. But all you have to do is train your fingers to open wide while the yoyo is on approach and then close ‘em up once it’s passed your 2 fingers to hit the string. If you do it with your palm up, get yourself some red tights ‘cause you’re Spiderman! Hit it with your palm down and suddenly you’re millennial Steve Brown! I do it 2or0 Crisis Flip style because it’s better to rock on with 2 hands.
Nessie vs Champ vs Ogopogo is sort of a oneofeverything buffet as combos go, combining moves seen in Sting Like a Butterfly and some fresh nuggets. It begins with a reworked Anne vs Lizzie, which is a move that I think looks both simple and difficult and actually is both simple and difficult. What’s happening is I’m interrupting the yoyo with my throwhand as it’s responding. This creates a loop of slack which I catch with my freehand. You can get used to the hold by draping the string over your freehand, calling back the yoyo, and catching with your throwhand. But it looks and feels more awesome to do it in one fluid move. And being more awesome impresses more girls. Anyway, next I just swoosh that bit of slack around to my thumb while at the same time turning my throwhand to achieve the correct spin direction on release for a trapeze stall. With the loop on my thumb, I make a hingelike motion to get into that plain vanilla trap’ stall. The reason I don’t go into a more complex hold here is because I was set on doing a kickflip suicide, and those are hard, man! And this particular kickflip transitions to a crossarmed manbro stall because things can always be more difficult. But think of all the girls you can impress with moves like that!
Moving on, things get way easier after that kickflip. I simply uncross my arms before regenerating and stalling back on the other side of the same string segment. From here I perform a really odd move that’s hard to see in the video, so I’ll do my best to explain. I grip the stalled yo with my forefinger, pinky, and thumb so that I can fwoosh around the slack held by my freehand to end up in a braintwister stall. Now I twist that braintwister through the zaxis, regen, and perform a gorillastyle trap’ stall in preparation for an easymode dumptruck, followed by one half of Salvador Dali Windshield Wipers interrupted by a thumb stall. I dump that stall over my freehand for a little wrap flowing right into one of my favorite moves, the
Slap Wrap. Garnish with a somersault and an elbow bump and there you have one monster of a combination plate.
I hope that wasn’t too much jargon for you to handle, but don’t worry because it’s all smooth sailing from here, especially since we’ve arrived at Son of Thriller! Believe it or not, there’s actually more to this trick than awkward gyrations. Throw a forward pass, but catch it without turning your hand over. Then throw it back out, but be careful because now that the yoyo is flipped over, it’ll want to turn sideways and blow raspberries at you. Keep up the rhythm and you’ve got the trick. The throw and catch by itself looks a bit too much like a nazi salute, hence the Thriller pose. A Wayne’s World “we’re not worthy” pose is also acceptable.
The next couple tricks are my answer to Ed’s snap start tricks, but instead of snap starts, they’re based on rolling starts. What’s unique about rolling starts is you can start a dead yoyo without touching it which opens up intriguing possibilities. The first, Cosby Resurrection, is an interesting case because it begins wound and is promptly killed before being brought back to life. “I brought you into this world, and i’ll take you out,” and then back into it. The meat of the trick is just a doubleon hook that you unravel and roll start out. I like it because you could throw it into a combo without breaking your rhythm. The second roll start trick is called Necrophilia because you’re playing with a dead yoyo. Mostly, anyway, because I do give it a tiny bit of spin so I can perform the laceration without the yoyo going wibbly wobbly. It will be much easier to practice that laceration with a long spinning yoyo if you wanted to try this trick out. The really difficult bit, however, is the dump onto the back string. We’re getting really close to kendama territory here, so use your knees. Also, any trick looks good if you punctuate it with a Rump Bump.
The last trick is my favorite of the video because it looks good, feels good, and I can hit it more consistently than I think I should be able to. It’s called Pete Townshend’s Magic Triangle. Oddly enough, the windmill jam at the beginning was not initially the Pete Townshend part. After the bowling toss, which has a Son of Thrilleresque trickiness, I perform a move I call a Pete Townshend. You can see the full version of that trick 54 seconds in to Sting Like a Butterfly. Your throwhand revolves around in the same direction, and it always felt like a mini version of Pete’s windmill to me. So after that I do a stylish straightstring redirect to achieve the spin direction needed for a split bottom stall. From there, I found that if I dismount/regen over my throwhand, suddenly I have a loop of slack to throw around. So I whip that bad boy around to my freefinger and simultaneously stall on the back string. In this hold, I discovered that I can pull the front loop through the back and bingo bango: false triangle! But this false triangle has a mutation that makes a stalled yo want to untwist. I let it, but carefully because if it spins too far, it’ll have too much momentum in the wrong direction. It needs to twist and stop. The next move is similar to a kickflip suicide, but it’s really more of a pop shuvit if we’re going to stick to the skateboard vernacular. Now comes the magic because I don’t recatch it in the same loop, but rather the tiny opening down by the yoyo. By hitting that spot, the triangle dissolves into a trapeze quite magically. If you’re trying it for yourself, you can also stick your freethumb into that little opening to reach a similar end if you can’t hit the pop shuvit, although this method is not nearly as magical. But either way, you must end the trick with wiggling “magic fingers”. It’s not right without it.
And there you have it! The Lepidopterist scrupulously analyzed in hopes that it gives you an idea of what’s going on between my hands, a string, and that hunk of plastic at the end. And hopefully I’ve given some of you a couple ideas to toy around with and make your own. Ed and/or Drew will be back next week I’m sure with plenty of tales to tell from Worlds. Thanks for reading all you afixionados out there!
Kyle Nations — The Lepidopterist
Kyle Nations rings in Fixed Friday with yet another crazy Duncan Butterfly edit, totally blowing us away in the process. Kyle packs an impressive amount of content into two minutes, split evenly between wacky head-scratchers (tricks we can only assume are named “too much rock for one hand”, “son of thriller”, and “windmill jam to bowling ball”) and crazy conceptual fixed axle bangers. That sequence at 30 seconds has to be the longest and most technical Butterfly combo ever captured on camera.
As awesome as his bearing-defying slacks & bends are, the real breath of fresh air is how fun the video is. There are plenty of videos that make you want to practice your competition combos, but the real gems are the ones that make you wanna go outside and do loops in the sunshine. I’m gonna go work on my Son of Thriller, see you guys later.
Kyle Nations – Anne Frank vs Lizzie Borden
Kyle Nations drops another burly fixed axle yoyo trick in this video and we aren’t sure what’s better…the trick, or the name.
Sting Like A Butterfly – Kyle Nations
Kyle Nations, seen previously on YoYoNews with his fantastic winning “Give me that yo-yo, eh!” entry, just hit us with two a half minutes of pure fixed axle awesomeness. It’s a great mix of springtime fun and serious skill, with some really creative stall variations and enough sideburns to give half the community facial hair envy. I’m a particular fan of the flowy combo at 1:50, check out the whole video then go outside and throw a Butterfly around.
Fixed Friday: Learn These
Hello, Fixed Axle Faithful! As you may know, this is the last Friday of 2013. What you might know is that this is also the last installment of regular Fixed Friday content—it sounds dramatic, but I highly doubt you’ve seen the last of us, we’ll just be stepping back from one a week. As Ed noted, it’s been fun, and we’re quite proud of our work; after fifty episodes I hope that we’ve given fixed axle acolytes some material to chew on and maybe taught somebody a trick or two. Thank you all for stickin’ with us through this crazy year and for supporting us in whatever comes next.
As this is the last installment of the year, I thought it might be fitting to do a roundup of my favorite concepts. Consider this the Cliffs Notes version of the Fixed Axle master class, and please by all means check out our back catalog… but more than anything learn these tricks!
Before we start talking about individual tricks, I would urge every new Fixed Axle player to check out Ed’s “Back to Basics” clip & article, which addresses most of the questions about equipment, string tension (important!), and all that good stuff.
Job #1 is developing good control over the yo-yo. You’ll be spending a lot of time winding your yo-yo back up, so you might as well learn a couple fun ways to do it! I personally favor the thumb start (demonstrated by André here), a quick pushing down on the yo-yo with your fingers to start it spinning again, but it wouldn’t hurt to learn a couple of different regen techniques. Another favorite is Engineer’s Windup, wherein you set the dead yo-yo on the string and roll it along the trapeze to build friction and start the string winding—while many people write this move off as cheesy beginner stuff, I find looping out of it quite satisfying, and Kyle Nations actually built it into a trick with his “Necro” concepts.
Though I don’t feature it in the video, I would be remiss not to mention the almighty snap start. Ed has a great primer on those.
The next trick, Sidewinder, is an absolute essential, because it is hands-down the fastest way to fix string tension on a responsive yo-yo. You can read my full article on it here for a more in-depth look, but definitely learn it! Lefty loosey, righty tighty, keep that string in shape.
Pocketwatch, created by the brilliant Nate Sutter, is perhaps the simplest new trick in years, and that’s what makes it brilliant. Read Ed’s writeup on it and don’t forget to shake your hips for maximum points.
Trapeze Stall & Trapeze-Bro Stall are not only the building blocks of modern stall play, but also the first tricks featured on Fixed Friday. Neat, right? Complete the circle by reading that original article, trapeze stall was a total gamechanger for me and I consider it a modern essential. Once again, Ed’s knowledge is indispensable, and his “How to Stall” video is perfect for fixing your technique, and his Bro-Stall Repeaters video can show you some more advanced variations. The Double-or-nothing (2or0) stall was not covered in depth in a FF article, but once you feel comfortable with your trapezes you should try going all the way around and practicing your rollouts.
Zipper Stalls is perhaps my favorite stall-based repeater, perfect in its symmetry & simplicity. Ed made it, so naturally he’d be the best to learn from (probably in this article he wrote featuring it) but I love seeing the way players’ individual style affects the aesthetics of this trick. Being able to roll smoothly from one stall to another and learning the way the yo-yo flips depending on spin direction is an essential skill that this trick develops in you pretty quick.
Thumb Mount stalls are another fixed axle standby, the perfect fusion of response-powered tricks and string trick precision. The Lunar Landing, addressed a little bit later, is probably the most famous example, and Ed discusses a number of them in his Lunars clip, but you can also see a few good examples in his one-handed clip. The entrances in the video are some of my favorite, but I’ll admit some are harder than others: forward pass to reverse lunar is definitely the one I would try to learn first.
Dumptrucks, alright! I’m proud because it’s an original trick, and one of my favorite modern fixie concepts. I addressed it at length in this video, but the main takeaway is that you can flip the yo-yo halfway on the z-axis to dismount and regenerate, something that is stylish, fun, and useful for finding transitions. I may be biased, but I do consider it a staple of the modern fixed axle canon, so give it a try at least.
Behind the back braintwister is not a move in everybody’s quiver, but it serves as a good way to practice stalls in body tricks… and beat fools in butterfly horse.
2or0 chopsticks stall is one of my favorite stall mounts, because of how technically rich it is for being accessible straight off of a throw. I enjoy just mounting and rolling out as in the video, but you can see it applied to a more complex trick in my Crisis video.
I’ve chosen Makin’ Da Zines to be representative of all planet hop based repeaters, which you can learn more of in my Planet Rock column. Makin’ Da Zines is a favorite because it’s a stylish & satisfying exit from trapeze stall, something you’ll end up in a lot. There’s definitely something to be said for tricks that just feel “right.”
Shoot the Moon is an all-time classic hall of fame trick, and well worth learning even if you don’t usually like looping. Ed’s Lunars clip addresses them briefly, but it’s the sort of trick that you really have to just work at for yourself. My tips: use something light & butterfly-shaped, make sure your string length & response are comfortable, be careful that the yo-yo doesn’t flip between repetitions, and use a much gentler touch than you ordinarily would.
Stop & Go is a classic 1A move covered in many other places, but Ed does such nice things with them on fixed axles that I thought it was worth mentioning. Definitely plenty of unexplored territory there, and a great trick to show non-yoyoers, too. The following clip with the uncredited clip is also a tribute to Ed, specifically his daring “flinch” trick.
Bouncehouse is a subtle & fun transition move introduced in my “Huh? Wha?” clip, and when combined with Charles’ 2or0 entrance it has become one of my bread & butter fixed axle combos. LFO is another blending of elements that make a satisfying whole: you can see it in slomo in that sidewinder article, the blending of dumptrucks, sidewinders, and 3D catches feels great.
Kickflips, Heelflips, Shuvits, and the Mach-5 Whip Flip can all be found (along with other flips) in my Flip Tricks column. I think it’s fair to call the kickflip my “signature move” by now, which is exciting, ’cause I’m like not even a superhero or a wrestler so I’m not supposed to have those… but anyways, they’re high risk stall-specific moves that look great and feel fun, so you should at least try to learn one of them. Probably Kickflips, they’re the easiest, but shuvits are satisfying exactly because of how difficult they are.
UFO Recaptures are perhaps the simplest way to get into Horizontal tricks for fixed axle. Read more about them here. It’ll take practice to catch the returning stall on the string, but it feels great being able to switch between planes on a whim. The Double Regen is silly but fun.
Mystics are very technical, z-axis transitions between strings in the middle of a stall. Though the intricacies are often missed by non-fixed players, they do feel really awesome and open up a whole new way of looking at stall string formations. Check the full Mystical clip here.
…and, because it’s nice to go out with something fun, I ended with Venetian Blinds, a trick you should definitely not show your mother-in-law or the police.
Thank you all for tuning in all year, and I hope that we’ll be able to trade Fixie tricks on a contest floor sometime soon. I’ve had a ton of fun and have so much love for Ed, Steve, & André for helping making it happen. Don’t forget to join the Fixed Friday facebook group and the Fixed Axle Megathread on Yoyoexpert to shun bearings with the other cool kids. Music in this video is a freely downloadable remix I made of a song by Duns Broccoli. (P.S. Bonus shoutout & thanks to Louis DiGiuseppe for helping me shoot this, look for another exciting fixie video from us soon…)
Yo-yos used were the Duncan Butterfly, the Duncan Wheel, and the Moon by 44RPM.
BONUS CLIP: I forgot to put these in the video so now they’re instagram exclusives. Whatever. Broadway stall and kwijibo kickflip suicide.
2013 Iowa State YoYo Contest Results
We don’t have any real information about this contest and haven’t been able to find any video, but they emailed us results!
1A Freestyle Division
|1||Eric Tran-ton (1A)||100|
|2||Adam Brewster (1A)||82.67601934|
|4||Sam Windagel (1A)||65.37673392|
|5||Shakeem Anderson (1A)||59.00693569|
|6||Zach Gustufson (1A)||53.86209192|
|7||Drew Barnhart (1A)||48.74894914|
|8||Robbie Graham (1A)||45.77798795|
|9||Logan Bonner (1A)||45.56851618|
|10||Trevor Boice (1A)||44.27105226|
|11||Gabe Windagel (1A)||42.47740647|
|12||Kyle Nations (1A)||40.78797114|
|13||Chase Brown (1A)||31.75091075|
|14||Cordell Hooley (1A)||31.74793331|
|15||Braden Metz (1A)||20.08862267|
Open Freestyle Division
|1||Eric Tran-ton (Open)||99.41176471|
|2||Adam Brewster (Open)||75.05718356|
|3||Robbie Graham (Open)||71.64404223|
Junior Freestyle Results
|1||Adrian Velez (Jr)||64.53900709|
|2||Noah Conkling (Jr)||61.01469669|
|3||Jacob Gustufson (Jr)||60.41788086|
|4||Jacob Vaughn (Jr)||34.1081527|
|5||Erik Kerber (Jr)||24.9647386|
|6||Jeremiah Pugh (Jr)||20.61284979|
|7||Paul Delgadio (Jr)||4.372613202|
Fixed Axle Freestyle Results
|1||Kyle Nations (F)||70|
|2||Adam Brewster (F)||57.90070101|
|3||Blake Freeman (F)||53.50279761|
|4||Spencer Berry (F)||39.54987459|
|5||Noah Conkling (F)||30.38716316|
|6||Shakeem Anderson (F)||17.97054473|
|7||Bryce Benton (F)||5.223744292|
Fixed Friday: Fixed Axle Championship of All the World Warmup
Happy Fixed… almost Saturday! Okay, yes, I’m running extremely late on this one, but hopefully Kyle warmed you guys up and we can keep the Fixie train rollin’.
This week is special because it’s my last Fixed Friday column before the World Yo-yo Contest! While Fixed Axle doesn’t have a dedicated division like 1A-5A, the Fixed Axle Throwdown is a time-honored tradition, and last year’s onstage antics brought it to new heights (as you may remember from David Ung’s documentation of it.) While the show is traditionally semi-invitational in order to fill the correct number of slots, we’re accepting applications, so if you want a shot at being a wildcard comment below and find me or Ed at Worlds to let us know you’ve got what it takes… to be Fixed Axle Champion of All the World!!!
Please pardon the extra exclamation points, it’s just so exciting.
This year, as in years past, we’re going to have a peer-judged, criteria-based best trick contest. What does this mean? We randomly choose a theme, the competitors perform a trick based on the theme, and then use their shoes to vote for their favorites. We’ve got a good solid lineup of star players and some fun surprises for the day of the contest, but why spoil those? Let’s get back to the column.
There’s no real unifying theme on the tricks this week, but I brought out a couple of bangers & combos to get myself pumped up for Worlds. Combo #1 is performed on one of those crazy 70mm wood yo-yos Chuck & Jensen have been using. It’s not my place to hype, so I can’t tell you if or when these will be available, but Jensen’s impeccable flow was definitely a big inspiration in these sequence. If you want a challenging trick for the weekend, give the broadway 2or0 a shot: throw a breakaway, rotate your body towards your throwhand (clockwise for righties) and try to catch the yo-yo in a double-or-nothing. Tough stuff, especially if you aren’t into hitting your face! Not to brag or nothin’, but the one in the video is actually a broadway 2or0 stall that I regenerated into… hit it in front of me at Worlds and I’ll give you a Butterfly or somethin’.
Next on the chopping block, another string/stall fusion sequence, showing how you can exit a complicated mount straight into a stall and mix it up with your normal tricks. This particular example is more a combo of some of my recent favorite moves than a super original trick, but I encourage people to try and find similar links.
Next up, we got a reimagining of one of the most classic string tricks of all time, the Kwijibo. My favorite thing about Kwijibo is that it’s such a recognizable, classic format that people can really play with it and get some interesting “tributes” to it. For example, Elephark & yours truly each came up with a distinct E-fan Kwijibo. This variation throws kickflip suicides into the mix, which isn’t too tough on the first transfer but deceptively tricky for the second throw. I’m proud of it.
For an intermission, a brief glimpse at one of the perils of plastic yo-yos. We love ’em. I’ve really been putting this orange butterfly through its paces this week, but was still a little surprised when it popped open on camera.
…but let’s get back to the real tricks. The next trick, the Fingerflip. This is a bit of a retcon on the original “kickflip” trick, combined with the tough love setup for slacks & whips. Basically, throw the yo-yo, catch it with your non-throwhand, throw a flip (carefully!) and remember to use your knees when you catch it back on the string. A subtle, but very rewarding move.
Continuing in the vein of the broadway 2or0 stall is another weird instamount, the Burly or Nothing stall. So called because it’s so burly, I very highly recommend practicing this trick in a mirror with an unresponsive yo-yo before going for the full blind catch. Once you feel comfortable (or at least not terrified) with that, try switching to a responsive yo-yo and catching it in a stall. It’s fun! As long as you don’t hit yourself in the face, I mean, but isn’t that true of everythign?
Now, I’d like to slow it down and return to the trick that was giving me technical difficulties earlier, the Straitjacket stall. Straitjacket is a trick pioneered by Brazilian visionary Sid Seed that involves eating your vegetables in the morning and having a lot of skin, and has caught on in a major way with some of the lankier young players — most notably, Isaac Sams. I think Isaac’s actually hit the straitjacket stall on camera before, so I made sure to add some original flavor with a behind the back catch to ninja spin. You’re welcome. (Also, for anybody attempting to learn this trick, I strongly recommend using some long string and a Butterfly. Trust me. You’re gonna bang your knuckles quite a few times, you’ll want something light.)
Final trick of the video is a weird & goofy trick with a lot of body language, but I like it. Heavy inspiration from Anthony, Chuck, and Kyle Nations. For those of you who are interested in trick theory, the binding concept for this trick’s construction was trying to cross/recross/uncross my arms at every step while remaining at one or two levels of string. It’s a lot slower than some other combos, but has a neat back & forth pumping effect, too.
While Fixed Friday is almost over, hopefully these tricks will carry you through the weekend. Don’t forget to sign up for the contest if you want a chance to shine, practice hard on your spin moves, and go have fun! Also, I know this week’s beat is kind of crazy, but if you wanna download it you can totally do that right here.
Fixed Friday: Whips
Another glorious Friday! Are you all biting your nails in anticipation of the Duncan announcement tonight? I’m not going to spoil it, but I’m pretty stoked and highly recommend you check back at midnight. In the meantime, though, there are tricks to learn!
This week we’re gonna be tackling whips and a couple other new school slack-y elements. These tricks are usually done on unresponsive yo-yos, but with a little bit of practice and some imagination you can fit them into a stall-heavy diet surprisingly well. I will say that these tricks are particularly susceptible to being knucklebusters, so throw soft and maybe stay away from super heavy razor-edged yo-yos (do you have those?), but whatever, danger is fun! For what it’s worth, I use a Duncan Butterfly.
The first trick in the video is probably the easiest stall whip to learn. It’s based on Spencer Berry’s classic laceration trick, but because it lands in a stall, you have to trigger the response of the yo-yo at the beginning and you have significantly less time to work with. It’s tricky at first, but if you practice throwing soft and launching the yo-yo into the air when you pull back for the return you’ll soon be able to flick the slack out under the yo-yo. It’s worth noting that this probably would not pass Spencer’s test for a “true” laceration, as my finger is in the string loop before the yo-yo hits the string, but frankly this trick is difficult enough that I don’t mind a little bit of chopping.
The next trick is a modified version of the plastic whip, a staple of modern 1A play. It is once again made slightly more complicated by being a stall for two reasons:
- Because it’s a stall, you have to keep spin direction in mind, which means a normal plastic whip can only be done on a frontstyle throw (or regeneration.)
- The yo-yo is coming back right at your face and this is terrifying aaaaaaaah
…to solve that second problem, I set up for the trick by pinching the string with my free hand. This allows me to get into the whipping motion with my throw hand slightly before returning the yo-yo, and the slight change in timing gives the slack more room to catch the yo-yo.
If you’ve been following Fixed Friday, the next trick should look slightly familiar: the mach-5 whip. I taught a basic version of the mount two weeks ago, the whip can be seen in several of Ed’s videos, and also in Kyle Nations’ “Sting like a Butterfly” video at 1:10. This trick is actually fairly similar to its traditional 1A twin, so if you can do it on a Freehand you can probably do it on a Wheel. The tricky part is getting the timing on the whip with the throwhand right as the yo-yo is returning, try doing it a little bit earlier than you think you should.
Trick #4 is heavily influenced by Mr. Steve Brown and his hands-on juggling style tricks. “Tough Love” stalls & regens can actually be very useful in setting up stall whips, because they completely stop the yo-yo spin, which keeps the yo-yo relatively stable and prevents it from whacking your hand. In this case, we simply intercept the breakaway, do a reverse plastic whip over the top of the yo-yo and let the momentum of the whip carry it into a stall suicide.
Tricks #5 & 6 build on the foundation laid down by the stall laceration, and are mostly a matter of muscle memory and string control. To be more specific, five is a reverse double stall laceration mixed into a combo, and six is a triple stall laceration – if you can hit four in a row, find me at a contest and show me and I’ll give you a sticker or something. (also, once again, these aren’t “true” lacerations because I chop into them, but also once again they’re kind of tough so we’ll call it even.)
#7 & 8 are a couple of more advanced moves that are meant more as concepts than as next steps to take, but hey, I’d be stoked if you wanted to learn them. Seven is a play on that old mid-school kamikaze whip, except that you do it from a stall and the yo-yo does a kickflip suicide – yikes! I’d love to catch the yo-yo in the whip, but for now I’m much more consistent just catching it on my thumb, which would theoretically set up some slack-style tricks. Eight shows you one way to mix unresponsive whip tricks with stalls, by using a jade whip to set up a suicide and then letting that suicide bind itself up into a pseudo-tape measure. This takes a lot of control, but it feels awesome and looks neat. I’d love to see more integration of “unresponsive” tricks and stall techniques.
Trick number nine – wow, did I really do nine tricks this week? – is another tribute to Abe Ziaimehr, one of my favorite yoyoers ever. Is it wacky? Yes, but that’s just the way that he’d like it. Go be a little wacky, guys.
Figure something new & cool out? Got a request for a trick tutorial? Let us know in the comments!