Daigo Komiya brings us some creative new Japanese 5A, putting the Werrd Hour to the test and making spectacular use of the Duncan light-up die. Some very elegant combos in here, Werrd should keep an eye on this one!
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.
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.
Hot on the heels of their Yolex demo, Gentry Stein & Harold Owens III are back with two minutes of excellent combo construction and absolutely zero sleeves. Between this Yoyofactory wonder duo and Innovation Movement’s Zach & Isaac, it’s safe to say that the young American yoyoing scene is killin’ it. The kids are alright. According to the comments, Harold’s using an H.O.T. and Gentry’s throwing a (?) – something to be revealed at worlds? Can’t wait to see what these two throw down in Orlando.
Michael Ferdico blows us away with this awesome clip showing off some slick new 1A combos. In addition to some having some great moves, this has to be the best execution of the “one trick many locations” editing trick I’ve ever seen… stellar work, Michael! Extra points for the Weezer Blue Album shirt as well, of course.
If you liked this video, you may also dig his “() days of” mini-clip” from last winter, which hinted at the awesomeness of this camera trick. Excited to see more.
Hello again, fixie faithful, and welcome back to another installment of Fixed Friday. This week we’re taking a look at a hodgepodge of maneuvers with no common thread beyond being bearingless… but isn’t that the joy of the fixed axle community?! We’ll get back to the group hug later, in the meantime let’s check out the tricks.
The first trick is actually maybe the hardest in the video, but also one of the most rewarding due to being a fusion of string trick techiness and responsive stall zippiness. The mount is based heavily on the 2or0 chopsticks stall that you may have learned in our Crisis installment, but keeps the throwhand more involved; basically, you’re going to throw a double or nothing, but spread your finger & thumb the first time the yo-yo comes around your non-throwhand so that the next time it comes around you can land between them. This can be tricky if you’re not experienced with chopsticks! I definitely recommend practicing it with a spinning yo-yo before trying to catch it as a stall. The fun part of the trick, though, is moving your throwhand (which is still holding a string) underneath the yo-yo and pulling down like a pulley trick to launch the yo-yo out of the mount—in this case, launching out initiates a regeneration, which I personally like to send into a Makin’ da Zines and transition right back into the trick. This trick is in the “little kid dropping their ice cream cone” family (along with Ice Cream on the Moon and Kid Cone), so in further tribute to Seth Peterson I like to call this trick “Lactose-Free French Fry Ice Cream.”
Next trick is a bit of a silly one: z-axis rolls to dumptrucks. One of the best parts of stalls is breaking out of the mindset that yo-yos stay stable and only move on one plane… while this trick is kind of silly, it’s also easy and fun, and using the momentum of the swing to continue into an upside-down dismount shows that it could have potential in the middle of “real” stall somersault combos. And who doesn’t like weird spinny things?
The next trick is a simple leg wrap behind the back stall combo. Now, I say “simple”, but as with any behind the back trick it has the potential to be totally obnoxious if you miss. I recommend learning the btb braintwister stall at :38 in “The Butterfly Video” as a primer for this if you’ve never done a btb stall before, but the turn and reset is one of my bread & butter moves to show nonyoyoers so I’ll stand by that, too. Under the moon to spin move out is optional.
Next up is more or less a string trick combo, but it’s good to remember that those can be done on responsive yo-yos, too. The most useful move to pick up out of this is probably the “monster tickler dismount” that happens at 32 seconds: from a trapeze, do that cross-armed dismount Kohta & Yuuki make look so good, but let the yo-yo start responding so you can catch it in a stall when you uncross. This gives you plenty of momentum to go right into a somersault a la zipper stalls.
The next trick is directly inspired by John Ando. While many new kids primarily think of him for his (mindblowing) 1A, never forget that he is also a 2A National Champion and that 2A concepts are ripe for the pickin’ in responsive 1A. This particular trick uses a trapeze dismount to send the yo-yo out behind the throwhand arm before recalling it, and then allows the yo-yo to bump the throwhand bicep on the return. The arm bump is one of the more subtle tough love regens, and (like everything I do) combos nicely into Zines.
At 50 seconds in, we got a “lazy laceration.” We briefly explored grabbing the yo-yo in our Whips column, and here’s another way to set up a string loop with a non-spinning yo-yo. Right after that, we got… I dunno… Horizontal revolutions to trapeze stall? It looks like cheating, but it’s somewhat relieving that horizontal stalls naturally swing right back down to trapeze (thanks, gravity!)
I close out the clip with another exit from the 2or0 chopsticks stall, this time using that z-axis somersault. Twenty points to the first person who can show me this trick in reverse – can you swing from a trapeze into a 2or0 chopsticks? Other possible applications include letting the momentum carry you into a dump truck dismount or a crisis flip into wrist mount. Let your heart be your guide!
What are you throwing this fixed friday? Learn a trick? Got a trick request for next time? Let us know in the comments!
YoYoNews battles return with a Duncan deathmatch! This week, old school 5A hero Maya Nakamura is taking on new school 5A upstart Drew Tetz in a Duncan Crew Deathmatch. Who will survive? Well, probably both of us, but it’s a bunch of exciting tricks so you should definitely check it out and vote. Maya brings the style & grace that we’ve come to expect from Japan’s counterweight queen with two high-level manuevers, one making a cheeky reference to classic trick Rock the Baby and the other a slick new triangle entrance, and I brought out the longest pinwheel/wrap combo I’ve ever done.
Not bad, eh? This battle is especially exciting for me because Maya’s winning 5A freestyle at ’05 Worlds was the first thing that made me want to take 5A seriously. It’s an honor to throw against such a talented & influential player. Vote below, and make sure to tell us who you voted for and why in the comments!
…also, if you wanna see my trick in slow motion you should click here, and if you wanna download the song you can do that here.
Controlling spin direction and regenerating properly are two of the biggest elements of fixed axle yo-yoing. Having trouble with your loops flipping? Don’t stop, planet hop!
That’s right, kids! This week we’re gonna be taking a deeper look at one of the staples of looping, the planet hop – or, rather, we’re going to explore how this classic regen can be mixed into responsive 1A. If you don’t know planet hop, well, your best bet would be to grab somethin’ responsive and check out the YoYoExpert tutorial for it, but for those of you who just need a quick refresher: a planet hop is just an upside-down shoot the moon. I know that sounds crazy, but because you don’t have to fight with gravity it’s actually one of the most mellow tricks around: throw down, bring the yo-yo back, and throw it back out the other direction without flipping. The fact that the yo-yo doesn’t have to flip (like it does in looping tricks) is especially handy when using butterfly-shaped yo-yos prone to tilting and trying to catch a string hit afterwards.
…of course, this wouldn’t be Fixed Friday if we just stuck to the classic vanilla version of the trick. No! Rather, most of this entry is dedicated to one of my favorite responsive repeaters, curiously named after one of my favorite dudes. More on that later; I just thought I’d mention it ’cause I kind of do it in the opening trick but I don’t want to talk about the opening trick yet (welp!)
So! On to the second trick. This is a fairly basic sequence: trapeze > regenerate into frontstyle spin > undermount > regenerate back to sidestyle spin. Most of the individual moves are probably already in your trick vocabulary, and it loops into itself nicely, which makes it one of my favorite “idling” tricks to practice when I’m not really thinking about anything else. While it looks simple, there is definitely a line between having a controlled punch out of a trapeze hop and just wildin’ out into the open; practice this one, you’ll be surprised how much it benefits your other tricks.
The next trick is that aforementioned star of the show, a lil’ somethin’ I like to call “Sethy P Makin’ Zines in Da Back (For Da Girls)”, or just “zines” for short. Once again, this may not look like much to the uninformed eye, but learning to control the redirect out of a stall back into a breakaway is incredibly valuable… and it just feels awesome, too. For this trick, throw a breakaway and catch the yo-yo in a trapeze stall, and when you dismount twist your finger so that the yo-yo somersaults inside the string. It should be nearing the end of its regeneration towards the end of the somersault circle, at which point you let go of the string and raise your throwhand. This creates a tiny bit of “hangtime”, which you’ll need ’cause you’re throwing the yo-yo immediately back out into a breakaway regeneration. Make sense? Maybe not, but watch the video and practice it and you’ll be makin’ da zines for da girls yourself in no time.
The next trick is a variation on zines, with the critical difference of being performed “Plus Style.” Without getting too deep into trick history, plus style is a way of looking at tricks where you mirror everything and add a string segment – think of it as doing left-handed tricks right-handed. Does that sound weird and crazy? It kind of is, but fortunately you don’t have to understand Spencer & Sonny’s crazy lingo to get this next trick. Basically: a trapeze brother mount can be thought of as a plus style trapeze, so for a plus style zines you get into a trapeze bro stall and then perform zines as though you were looking in a mirror. The one extra wrinkle to this trick is that you have to perform the regeneration portion while holding the string with your non-throwhand, which can be tricky at first, but give it a shot.
Once you master zines & zines+, the next trick is a fun little challenge for you: 2or0 zines. I’m not going to talk much about it because there’s not too much different there conceptually, but definitely worth exploring more. Also, right after that I do a double wrist wrap to thumb stall that I’m not going to talk about either ’cause it’s kind of a silly one-off, but hey! Who doesn’t like wraps?
The next trick is fully Ed’s: Zipper Stalls. Why am I throwing in somebody else’s trick, especially considering that he already wrote it up in his Static 1A Applications post? Probably ’cause it’s one of the best responsive 1A tricks ever, and absolutely the BEST way to practice planet hop regens in a string trick context. If you learn this trick and practice ’til you have straight regenerations and smooth somersaults, you will see the results in every other fixed axle regen you do. I promise.
I was worried that this week might’ve had too much of the “basics”, so I overcompensated and threw in a bunch of horizontal stuff at the end. First, we’ve got a banana turnover into a weird tough love handheld flip thing caught in a thumb mount. Not really sure what to call that, but I’d like to see it done offstring!
Next, we have something actually applicable to the theme: sideways zines. Being point blank honest with you, it’s really really scary getting that somersault and hangtime right in front of your face, so make sure you’re comfortable with both horizontal planet hops and horizontal trapeze stalls before you try this one. I managed not to hit myself in the face when filming, but it wouldn’t have been the first time. This move is really neat for mixing into the types of awesome horizontal responsive madness that Jensen Kimmitt’s been giving us lately... and, of course, sidewinder out of er’rythang.
Lastly, we got a ‘zontal tough love catch to whip and a pinwheel off a throw straight into a thumb mount. Why? Because it’s Friday! If you learned something, tell us ’bout it in the comments, and if you liked the song feel free to download it off of my SoundCloud. Tune in next week for more fixie madness.
Riccardo Fraolini, one of Italy’s most creative players, just dropped this 1A clip showcasing his new signature throw “The Seed” from XCube. The video is a dreamy first person POV smorgasbord of neat concepts and saturated colors, with everything from behind-the-back finger spin transitions to a one-handed frog in a bag. If you want more European yo-yo fun, you should definitely check out the R-Special videos on Riccardo’s youtube channel.
Today we’re joined by Gabriel Lozano to talk about what many consider to be the purest forms of tricks: repeaters. You should know Gabe as the brains behind Sector-Y, one of the most legendary pioneering online yo-yo resources ever, and as if that’s not pedigree enough he’s also a member of Duncan Crew USA and Spindox. He’s put together too many classic yo-yo videos to name, and has created such timeless tricks as Candyrain and Shockwave. He knows the difference between a good trick and a bad one by now and is here to tell us all about it.
How would you define a “repeater”, and what makes a good one?
Gabe: Obviously, there’s the baseline definition where a repeater is defined as “something that repeats.” But it’s much more than that. For example, take a trick like Mach 5 or Boingy-Boing. Both of these are visually striking because of an element that repeats over and over (rotating hands or bouncing yoyos), but most people would not call them repeaters. The reason is that there’s only 1 element that repeats. Much like you wouldn’t call multiple summersaults or multiple pinwheels “Repeaters,” one-element repetition doesn’t have enough substance to be called a repeater.
I would say that a repeater has a mount (however complex), then two or three elements that repeat over and over in sequence. Something like Mount > Element 1 > Element 2 > Element 1 > Element 2 > … > Element 1 > Element 2 > Dismount. A good repeater will have interesting elements that flow together nicely. To me, the construction of linking Element 1 to Element 2 (and maybe to Element 3) is extremely important. If the transition between elements is abrupt, then the repeater will look ugly. If the transitions are smooth, then everything will flow together nicely and the repetitions will look that much better.
Penultimately, a good repeater has to be relatively short and refined. You would never have a repeater be Mount > Element 1 > Element 2 > Element 3 > Element 4 > Element 5 > Repeat > … > Dismount, because it will take too long to get back to Element 1. There’s too many pieces n the way and the repeater is diluted. At this point, the repetition is no longer the focus of the trick because there’s multiple-elements in the way of the trick repeating itself.
Lastly, repeaters should be simple enough to be visually recognizable. This is definitely more subjective, but it follows from the previous point. If a repeater has too many elements (and is thus complex and not simple), it will not be a good repeater. The complexity of linking several moves together kills any style and grace for that repeater, so complexity (for the most part) should be left out when considering repeater-construction.
So to recap, the best repeaters are smooth, refined, simple, and visually recognizable as a repeater.
I’d love to see a top five of your favorite repeaters and what you like about them – what makes them work?
Gabe: There are soooo many great repeaters out there! In the end, here are 5 repeaters that stand out and exemplify the definition and spirit of the repeater.
Shockwave is one of the most basic repeaters. The fact that it’s so simple (only 2 elements) and flows together so beautifully is what makes it one of the best. OK, maybe I’m biased since I created it, but it really does capture the essence of the repeater concept. When you look at it, it’s very clear that it’s repeating and it does so in an elegant and zen-like way.
Created by Hidemasa Senba, Nanda Kanda is another classic repeater that stands out because of it’s striking clarity and simplistic nature. I also love it because it’s a front-mount repeater that doesn’t involve any sort of somersaults, barrel rolls, or other “complex” components. Nanda Kanda really is as distilled as it gets; it’s composed only of mounts and dismounts.
Mark Montgomery’s Arm Repeater
This is a severely underrated repeater. The reason why I find it so intriguing is the motion in the arms and the motion of the yoyo work together to form an amazing rhythm. It somewhat reminds me of the coupling rods of train wheels, chugging along, repeating the same motion over and over. It’s hypnotic.
This is a trick created by both Kalani Bergdorf and Anthony Rojas. This repeater is different from the other repeaters in that the moves are very different in style. The arms crossing and uncrossing, along with the yoyo popping up and over the string, is a really simple idea. The smoothness really brings these unique holds together to form something that looks much more visually striking than you might expect.
This repeater is amazing because of the incredible motion of the yo-yo. One of the factors in having a successful repeater is usually that there are only one or two small components that are repeating. Typically when you start to add too many things, the repeater gets diluted and becomes uninteresting. Anchovies bucks that trend. There are so many cool things going on and, most importantly, they all work together and complement each other to form a very cohesive and distinct repeater.
In addition to creating some of the most timeless repeaters, you’ve helped document countless others in videos such as “Things That Repeat”. How do you make sure that a trick stays interesting in a video even when it’s essentially the same thing over & over?
Gabe: I’ve never really thought much about repeaters being different in a context of the video, but now that you mention it, it there is one big difference that I can think of: when you film a repeater, you get to control the angle and view. This is the same as any other trick, but this probably matters more with a repeater because if you’re going to do the same motion 3 times in a row, you better make it look good. A prime example is Anthony Rojas’ trick Infinity. The trick looks boring when collapsed and filmed from a straight-on angle. This is because you can’t see the incredible 3D-ness of the trick. But when filmed from above at a 3/4 view, it looks so incredibly awesome. Compare this clip to the one above and see for yourself:
But don’t get me wrong. Angle isn’t everything. No angle can make a bad repeater look good. The key to having a repeater stay interesting is to make interesting repeaters. There’s no way around it!
Do you have any advice for anyone that is looking to create a new repeater?
Gabe: When it comes down to it, repeaters are simple tricks. They are not complex, long-winded combos, but rather purified elements that link together. The key to making a successful repeater is to make sure every single element is interesting. Since repeaters are constructed using only a few moves, it becomes extra important to make sure that each of those moves is interesting and important. Don’t fill your repeater with extra underpasses, somersaults, or other movements that are combinations of other movements. If you do, you will likely dilute your repeater into something more complex, and lose the magic that a simple repeater has.
This Friday we’re going to take a deeper look at one of the most versatile mounts in modern responsive play, the 1.5 stall. The 1.5 is one of the foundational string trick mounts, so as you can imagine there’s a metric ton of fun stuff to do with it. Here’s a small sampling of that fun stuff transposed with the bearing taken out:
Before we get goin’ on the fancy stuff, let’s take a quick refresher course on what the 1.5 mount is: named because it’s a logical midpoint between a trapeze (“1”) and a double-or-nothing (“2”), the 1.5 is a sidestyle undermount on the throw hand. Another way to look at it is as a sidestyle split-bottom mount – but now we’re getting carried away. As FF devotees should know by now, the main difference when converting a mount to a stall is considering the spin direction, and doing a traditional 1.5 mount in a stall format can be difficult because of the way that undermounts tend to twist up. I dodge this in the first trick by keeping my hands vertically oriented and getting out as soon as possible, but there are more elegant solutions as well.
My favorite 1.5 stall variation is probably the mount shown at the end of the next combo, where you cross your throw hand over top of your free hand and intersect the string with those fingers instead. As a general rule, stalling trapeze-style is always going to be easier than catching an undermount stall, and this little tough love combo is a good way to practice the hand crossing motion. Once you’re comfortable with the cross, it becomes second nature to enter 1.5 this way right out of a breakaway.
The next entrance that I use is debatably the hardest in the video, but also one of my favorite mounts of all time, so whatever you’re getting it! You’re welcome! Basically, after you learn the cross-armed 1.5, you take that and you do a double-or-nothing first, resulting in what looks like an insanely technical mount… that actually just uncrosses to a normal 1.5. This brilliant mount was initially discovered by Chris Neff (presumably back in ’98), but expanded into a repeater by Justin Weber. You can find an excellent breakdown of the repeater (and Zach’s reverse variation) in this Cabin Tutorial from CLYW. Catching it in a stall takes practice, mostly due to having to budget for extra string on the windup, but when you get it it feels awesome. Trust me. You can exit any way that you want, but one of my recent favorites (shown in the video) is to uncross, push out, and then cross over inside your arm for a quick shoot the moon regen out.
Now that we showed a tutorial Charles did of somebody else’s trick I’d like to teach a trick I made based on one of Charles’ moves. Say wha? Anyways… 27 seconds in, we got a move I’m calling “Chuckwagon”. You get that cross-armed 1.5 I’ve been talking about, then you perform a dump truck type motion, flipping the yo-yo back towards you and dismounting between your arms. From there, you continue into Charles’ “Smooth Double or Nothing Move” and catch it in a 2or0 stall. I like to dismount this by dropping the throwhand string, crossing my arms, and pushing the yo-yo down forcefully, which is something Steve Brown used to do with bearing yo-yos all the time around ’05 or so but gets extra points in fixed axle for giving you some hefty spin on the regeneration.
The next trick is a simple one – just a mount, really – but very useful for segueing between sidestyle and frontstyle. It’s like the cross-armed 1.5 mount we’ve been doing, but you point your throwhand towards your body, making it effectively a reverse split bottom mount. Seth Peterson, Yuuki Spencer, and Nate Sutter have all used this movement to great effect in gorilla style tricks, check them out for inspiration.
I figured we’d round out the cross-armed 1.5 section with some behind the back silliness. Catching a stall behind your back requires you to move fast and be a little flexible, but other than that isn’t too different from the normal one. In this trick, I like to follow the dismount by turning my body and catching the yo-yo in my freehand tough love style. If you leave yourself enough room in the string, you can move it over your shoulder and now the trick is no longer behind your back! Magic, or maybe just a goofy looking rotation, but either way a fun move that can’t be performed in a traditional spinning trick. As always, bonus points for ending in a thumb mount.
BRIEF KENDAMA INTERMISSION: Have you ever tried catching a lighthouse on an imperial yo-yo? My favorite modder Takeshi Kamisato chopped up this gorgeous Duncan Tournament and the shape really inspired me.
Okay, back to the yo-yos. The first lesson I’d like to teach you is that you should play off every mistake with a spin move. Trust me! It’ll confuse your enemies and make you feel better. Moving on to the actual trick, though, we have a cousin to the cross-armed 1.5 we were doing earlier, that’s… actually, it’s also a cross-armed 1.5. Huh. The critical difference is that this time you cross your throw hand underneath the free hand, which lets you do this Kwijibo-esque pop to double-or-nothing. I tend to find the other entrance a little easier, but there are distinct uses for each and I encourage playing around with both.
I ended the video with another weird kendama/yo-yo fusion trick. It’s definitely more yo-yo inspired, but it is fun getting to play around with the spike and clicky-clack the yo-yo a bit at the end. Never fear, yo-yo purists! The first step where you hold the yo-yo and rotate your hand around it before the proper throw does not require you to touch our dreaded rival skilltoy… also, kendamas are pretty fun? So, y’know, whatever.
Thanks to Takeshi for the super cool Tournament & ’80s Butterfly, and to CLYW & Yoyonews for the hat. Also, if you like the music, you can download it on my soundcloud. Tell us what tricks you’re working on this Friday in the comments below!
Two of CLYW’s most prolific players invite you to hop into their Little Scrappy Time Machine and join them for four and a half minutes of fun. While the video was shot in 2012, there is nothing dated about the tricks and I guarantee that you will see something new; very solid one shots from Chase, and that combo Chuck does around :42 is definitely a recent favorite. In addition to the progressive yo-yoing that we’ve come to expect from these boys, the clip also features original music from Chase and Jensen, and my plenty of my absolute favorite thing in a yo-yo video: SMILING.
2012 Trick Innovator of the Year Daniel “Zammy” Ickler recently put together a video walking through his combo construction process. While there’s no right or wrong way to build a trick and the creative process is different for everybody, it’s always interesting to see how other people think. The video is a little on the long side at 11 minutes, so you might want to grab a sandwich before clicking play, but this kind of content is scarce and props to Daniel for taking the time to make it.
Yoyofactory team member David Ung took a break from his bike-ridin’ dreamboat supergenius lifestyle to pull together a list of his top five favorite modern yo-yo video clips. Seeing as he’s the mastermind behind such modern classics as Broke and Your Future’s With Us, we’re inclined to listen! If you want to see more from David, check out his youtube channel and his stint on the 2012 season of 365yoyotricks, but in the meantime kick up your feet and see what he’s turning to for inspiration for an upcoming new video. Hit it!
“Miggy has the most impressive list of yo-yo videos. Win By Default is especially near and dear to my heart because it’s the first video I saw that made me go: ‘okay, yo-yo videos can be more than just standing in a bedroom and recording your tricks.’ Miggy has always been into themed yo-yo videos (see: Manifest Destiny, Tunnels) but Win By Default is the one that inspired me to put more effort into my videos.”
“Whyte Avenue has a powerhouse of collaborators. Chuck produced a great video, Chase made an awesome track, and Seth’s yo-yoing is some of the best. The video is composed beautifully and the cuts between angles are seamless. It’s great to see Seth on the other side of the camera for once!”
“Golden Age has such a great vibe to it. Chuck had great timing with all of the music and the video had some gorgeous scenery. Keep in mind this was released around three years ago! His tricks were super ahead of the curve, and the shots starting at 0:36 and 2:40 are beautiful.”
“Legendary had over four minutes of great yo-yoing. Jason Lee is one of the most innovative players of all time, and to see him and Gabe collaborate on such an amazing project while Jason was traveling is super humbling. Jason’s tricks show that there is still a lot you can do without overly technical tricks.”
“The Park is my favorite video of 2012. I normally hate videos entirely in slow-motion, but Gabe did a beautiful job. The Royal Concept track fit perfectly and the video overwhelms you with such a great vibe. Gabe made the yo-yo video I always wanted to make with this one.”