YoYoExpert Presents the California State Yo-Yo Championship!!!
YoYoExpert was proud to be a Gold Level Sponsor of the California State Yo-Yo Championship that took place March 2nd, 2013. In addition to sponsoring the event, YoYoExpert worked with Sector Y to produce this great clip video of the event.
[Editor’s Note: Drew Tetz is in Italy, drinking coffee and swooning at the sight of his lovely girlfriend this week. So the newest member of the Werrd Alliance, Jacob Jensen, is filling in with some crazy fixed axle goodness. Thanks Jacob! – S]
Alternating Chopstix Eli Hops
How do you make Eli Hops harder? Do them in a chopstix mount! How do you make them harder than that? Alternate them! This trick is a good example of one of my favorite things. Take something and push it to the next level. Now push it another level further, because one level is for regular ol’ people. You, on the other hand, are awesome. And who’s stopping you from pushing it another level further than that? Step ya game up, son.
Excerpt from Aqueous
Aqueous is a really great trick by Jake Bullock. I made a parody trick called Vacuous back when it came out because I thought of it as the philosophical epitome of everything I hated about trick creation. Later on I changed my mind about it, and later yet I decided, you know what? Jake only ever landed the trick once…I should see what’s so hard about it. So then I got in and really studied it, and discovered that it’s loaded with cool concepts that most people have never tapped into. If you want to know where I look for inspiration, Aqueous is one of the richer sources for me. Way too much of my stuff pulls from some part of it or another, from almost direct copying of maneuvers to abstract approaches I can’t even really put my finger on. What you see here is a small excerpt, and it’s one of my favorite parts, where the very first maneuver in the original trick is finally explained (an unusual chopstix mount using both index and middle fingers, which for several maneuvers appears inconsequential…until it suddenly becomes critical for the dismount of the first “act” to function properly).
Instant Wristmount to Eiffel Architect
I love instant wristmounts. It’s all like, yeah, I’m doing a forward pass like any other dude, but then BAM wristmount. I think the first time I figured out how to do it was nats 2010. I was playing with lots of instant mounts around then. Instant mounts are the bomb, and more people should do them! But anyway, out of that I go into Willie Terrian’s picture trick Eiffel Architect, which is like a super tower. Except I’m not sure if the name “Eiffel Architect” refers to just the picture itself or the whole trick leading up to and including it (which I forgot the rest of once I figured out a quicker way in). Them’s the hazards of learning from videos. BAM BOOM anyway.
This is probably one of my more favorite moves of mine, and was inspired by some of Paul Escolar’s old tricks. The last part, the loop drop to trapeze, was the focus of the trick when I made it, but once I started showing it to people everyone was getting more excited about that slack that stays vertical as I throw and catch it. And I was like, okay, whatever, but then I watched a video of it and I was like…oh yeah, that is kinda cool, isn’t it? I’ve shown the trick to Paul like three times, and each time he sees it he’s like, whoa, show me that again. So I’ve taught it to him twice (the other time he was kinda busy and didn’t have time). I don’t remember if I’ve told him the name of it or that it’s named after him and his old spiky hair from back in the day. I think it’s funnier if he doesn’t know and I just keep teaching it to him over and over again. Plus who can say no to Paul Escolar saying your trick is cool more than once?
Some Kinda Stall or Something?
So now for something more like what you’d be expecting in a Fixed Friday video: this is a shrinking trap stall to full inward z-axis flip with a half turn to…whatever that dismount is. I was originally trying for this trick without the half turn, but we don’t always get what we want, do we? Like it kept doing the turn no matter what I did. So I did it intentionally and it still looks like a mistake. Also I’m punching through the…man, it totally looks different in third-person. When I’m doing it there’s this gap between my left arm and the string/yoyo that I punch through and that forces the dismount out, except I don’t make a fist while I’m doing it because that messes it up. BUT THAT’S WHERE THE MOTION CAME FROM.
Jason Lee is known for quite a few things in life… some of which we can mention here. US National Champion. Trick Innovator. Veteran. Yo-Yo Demonstrator. Photographer… and World Traveler. In the past few years Jason has been on many adventures, in many parts of the world. He’s beautifully documented his experiences in photography and descriptions on Facebook. From the Great Pyramids to the Eiffel Tower, Red Square to the markets of Vietnam and probably every country that ends in -stan. Through all his travels, he’s always carried a yo-yo. He has literally been around the world with it, and he wouldn’t have it any other way. Check out this rare glimpse into his travels as Jason shows some tricks and answers some questions in the middle of the desert in China.
Here’s an amazing juggling video featuring some crazy juggling clubs with really strong magnets in the handle and knobs. It’s great to get a chance to see a group of incredibly creative jugglers working out new ideas and concepts basically in real-time.
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.
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.
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!
Yu Tsumura dropped this amazing 3A banger called “Panda”, so I obviously had to go for the easy joke with the post title. Please forgive me. It’s late.
Yu is a fixture on the Midwest contest scene, and if this trick is any indication we’re going to be seeing some amazing stuff from him this year.
Amazing new talent Michal Zakrzewski is the newest player to join the YoYoFactory Contest Team. You might remember Michal from the Severe promo video he shot for YoYoFactory.pl, the Polish distributor for the brand. He also took 1st Place in the Winter Freestyle Competition and 6th Place at EYYC 2013. Michal is definitely a strong contest player and another great addition the YoYoFactory’s European team. Congratulations to Michal and YoYoFactory!