Everyone is fantastic in this video, but Ben Conde comes it right at the end and just kills it.
CLYW has announced the addition of Mark Mangarin to their team of sponsored players! Mark is a fantastic player with a unique style of trick composition, and he’s going to fit in great with the rest of the amazing talent on the CLYW team. Congrats to Mark and CLYW!
C3 YoYoDesign have announced the retirement of their “Berserker” model and it’s coming re-release as “Berserker RX” with some changes to the weight distribution and design. Below is their marketing copy for the new model, and everyone here at YoYoNews believe this might well be the absolute best modern yoyo description ever, of all time.
Berserker fighted very hard with his last rage for the World in Doomsday. He won the battle but almost lost all his strength and dying….Suddenly, there is a bright light from heaven shine on him. Berserker “REBORN” with “EXTREME” power! Now Berserker RX stand and fight for the New Era!!!!!
In early 2012, we released Berserker, the bi-metal yoyo designed for the ulitmate performance. It brought noise and ideas on competitive yoyo designs to the market.
On Berserker RX, we reduced the 6061 ratio on body and add the weight to the 7075 rings. With the heavier and new shape rings, Berserker RX will have better spin power especially on horizontal tricks due to the new weight distribution. Last but not least, Berserker RX have a more powerful binding. This make you can catch it back on your hand more comfortable after a long combo!!!
Release at Jan 2013 Worldwide.
Anthony Rojas just released a pair of tutorial videos on the Little Scrappy Fetus Crew’s YouTube channel, and they’re a great exploration of Anthony’s trick theory. There’s nothing I can say about them that Anthony himself doesn’t cover in the videos so just watch them, bookmark, and be ready for a few more viewings to really sink your teeth into the concepts he’s covering here.
Nathan Martsolf created a facebook group called “Fixed Friday” based around the idea of people giving up bearings once a week. Alliteration seems as good an excuse as any to teach some tricks, and there’s been a lot of interest lately in modern responsive stalls, so let’s spend this fixed friday learning a couple of tricks!
I’ll be breaking down two stall tricks today – one for those just learning modern stalls, and one for players who want more of a challenge.
The first trick sequence is a trapeze stall, dismounted to a trapeze-brother stall, dismounted right back into trapeze. It’s likely to be one of the first sidestyle stalls you learn, and can really help you get the feeling of catching the yo-yo on the return. If you’re new to stalls, well, first of all, you should really watch Ed Haponik’s “How to Stall” video; while it was shot years before Ed rose to Fixed Axle glory, he does a fantastic job of explaining the trick of calling the yo-yo back and why stalls work the way they do. Pay close attention to when the yo-yo starts to come back: it’s almost more like throwing a breakaway than a trapeze. By the time the string hits your finger, the yo-yo should already be winding back up, and it should land on the string without you having to force it at all. Also, in a move totally counterintuitive to modern yo-yoing, these tricks will be much easier with softer throws and more responsive yo-yos. Go figure!
The second portion of the trick where you transition to trapeze-brother is not that different from its freespinning cousin, but it can be difficult due to the unfamiliar feeling of recalling a yo-yo with your non-throwhand. It’s also important to note that your dismount from the trapeze is effectively your “throw” providing the spin, so it’s worth practicing this part until you can consistently get enough momentum to swing over to the other hand and bring the yo-yo back. Once you can do this, the trick is probably actually less motion than you would imagine: just let the yo-yo bring itself back and mount over your finger. From here, you can do another fancy dismount to return yourself to trapeze stall or catch the yo-yo. High fives!
One very important thing to note about this trick is the way that the spin direction changes. When you dismount from a trapeze stall, the yo-yo has frontstyle spin. If you were to try to re-mount it in a trapeze stall, it would just bounce off of your finger, but it mounts in trapeze-bro just fine. Similarly, if you were to try to mount a trapeze-bro stall with sidestyle spin you would have a pretty tough time with it. Why?! Well. Spin direction not only determines which way the yo-yo is rotating, but also the way that it’ll wind up, and if you try to mount on the same side that the string has wound you’ll most likely get rejected. It sounds complicated, but for the most part you don’t really need to worry about it: just mount on the throwhand side of the string for frontstyle spin and the non-throwhand side for sidestyle spin. Actually, you know what, don’t even think about it at all, just practice this trick a lot and you’ll figure out the rhythm yourself naturally.
The second trick is a little tougher, a variation on the kickflip suicide caught on the throwhand thumb. This was in my Puppydog Love video and people seemed to like it there, so here’s a closer look at it. You’ll definitely want to know kickflip suicides before learning this, and it helps being confident with your thumb mounts, but it’s actually much easier than it looks. Swing the yo-yo away from your body, making sure to keep your hands as straight as possible, and release the string right before the yo-yo is horizontal. It should continue to flip on its own, and with a little practice you can get a nice loop out of it. For this one, it helps to keep your hands closer together on the release, which puts your thumb in the right spot and actually can make the loop a little bigger, too. Kickflip suicides can make surprisingly good transition moves, and this is a pretty nice one to add to the arsenal.
The Japan Yo-yo Federation has announced the dates for the 2013 Japan Yo-yo League!
The league will follow last year’s format, with all regional contests taking place early in the year and culminating with the National Contest in June.
- 2013 East Japan Yo-Yo Contest A-Block (2013EJ-A), on January 5th, in Tokyo
- 2013 North Japan Yo-Yo Contest (2013NJ), on January 26th, in Sapporo
- 2013 Central Japan Yo-Yo Contest (2013CJ), on February 2nd, in Iwakura
- 2013 South Japan Yo-Yo Contest (2013SJ), on March 10th, in Nagasaki
- 2013 East Japan Yo-Yo Contest B Block (2013EJ-B), on March 24th, in Kawasaki
- 2013 West Japan Yo-Yo Contest (2013WJ), on April 13th, in Osaka
- 2013 Japan National Yo-Yo Contest (2013JN), on June 1st-2nd, in Nagoya
Last year Hiroyuki Suzuki started an unbelievable year winning Central Japan, then proceeding to dominate Japan Nationals, Asia Pacific, Worlds, and the Bali International Yo-yo Open. Can he repeat that winning streak? We’ll know very soon!
TED is a combination of the initials Technology, Entertainment, Design, I is derived from the idea of shaping the future of the three regions together. Is the spirit of TED “to share ideas to spread,” it is an event for.
With the aim of sharing ideas about what you want to invite as speakers people and activists thinkers to lead the world, they are passionate about now, has been held in the United States annually.
Was launched in 1984 in Monterey, California TED. That since the beginning, without having to change the basic concept of the event, continue to introduce the brilliant idea that springs from every field, we are maintaining an environment that draws on the agenda interesting people today.
The TEDx events are affiliated events hosted throughout the world, drawing on the same ideas as the original TED conference while giving regional organizers an opportunity to showcase more local talent and ideas. Basically, Hiroyuki being involved in this is a pretty big deal and it’s a fantastic opportunity for the yoyo community to put one of its best players forward to represent us.
Huge congratulations to Suzuki-san for his TEDx performance!
Our friends at Rotofugi have just broken the Cute-O-Meter with this new vinyl toy designed by 64 Colors…the Abominable Mini Marshall. Is it even possible to get any cuter than a mini yeti marshmallow man? Seriously?
Following the adage that smaller=cuter, we’ve teamed up with Squibbles Ink and taken the popular Marshall character by 64 Colors and created a new, tinier version: Mini Marshall! Standing just over 2 inches tall, Mini Marshall has a much smaller footprint than his older sibling. To kick off the Mini Marshall line we’re coming out of the gates with a new design by 64 Colors just in time to celebrate winter and all things snowy, Abominable Marshall!
Marshall was a little boy who enjoyed watching TV and eating marshmallows…lots of marshmallows! One day he ate so many…POOF!…he turned into one…True Story!
Please enjoy this special limited edition mini-sized Abominable Marshall…The Wild Boy of the Snows!
Please note: Toasted Marshall shown for size reference only and is NOT included. Thanks!
Bryan Jardin, the 2012 Asia-Pacific Champion in the counterweight division, just popped up on Hero TV, a cable channel based in Quezon City, Philippines. It’s a great appearance for a yo-yo player (8 minutes long!) and also VERY instructive for any player out there who wants to be on TV for their yoyoing. A few things to note:
1. They flashed his titles across the screen, and managed to turn his 7th Place finish at the World YoYo Contest (a big deal) into 7th Place National Champion of Florida. If you’re a yoyo player and you’re on TV, they are either going to screw up whatever you give them, or they’re going to ignore it and call you a World Champion. Just be ready to smile and nod and be totally fine with whatever they make up.
2. The hosts of a majority of the programs that are willing to book a yoyo player are generally going to be of the loud & wacky variety. Look at that guy’s hat! They are going to exaggerate everything and go out of their way to act loud and wacky. DO NOT try to match them. These people are loud and wacky for a living, and if you try to match their volume it’s going to look awkward. Bryan did a great job of being dignified and reserved, and that gives him a degree of gravity unmatched by that woman’s shorts. It makes him look like the calm in the eye of the storm, and as a result he stands out way more and in a positive way.
3. Keep your tricks simple, and stick with single tricks. What Bryan did was give them individual tricks, with names, that featured a specific and singular movement. Too many players get on TV and just start talking and playing, and the host inevitably asks for the name of the trick and they mumble “It’s, uh, well, it doesn’t have a name really” and it’s super hard for an audience to relate to that and latch on to it. If you’re showing something to people that they’ve never seen before, you need to package and label it for easy consumption so that they can process the information better. Otherwise, it’s just “Did you see that one swingy thing that he did that was like a swingy thing?” and they will automatically assume that it’s completely beyond their reach to even try. Keep it accessible…demonstrate mastery without making it look beyond the reach of the average person.
Bryan did a fantastic job with this interview, and it’s a great reference point for any of you who might need to be on TV to promote your sponsor or a contest or your local club.