David Ung was awesome enough to put together this great clip video showcase of the Fixed Axle Throwdown from the 2012 World YoYo Contest. Be sure to check out Ed Haponik’s amazing kendo catch at 1:52.
This video popped up on YouTube and there’s apparently been a lot of conversation about it on Twitter. Unfortunately, I can’t read Japanese and I don’t have a Twitter client that will translate so I have no idea what’s being said.
But what I hope is being said is that this is, to my knowledge, the first time this trick has been captured on video in spite of the fact that it’s been around since at least the 1940s, possibly earlier. I’ve seen illustrations for the trick, and I remember talking to Dale Oliver about it in 1997, but he couldn’t do it. I first saw it done by Jon Gates around 200o-ish, but it was one of those late night oddities and we all just kinda went “Oh hey, cool” and left it at that.
So this video is possibly the first time this trick has ever been filmed, and certainly the first time the trick has been seen by 99% of all yoyo players worldwide.
Which is really pretty awesome.
UPDATE: Rafael Matsunaga pointed out that the Figure 8 Loop was mentioned as the “Dragon Loop”, an insanely difficult and largely unattainable trick from the old “Chousoku Spinner” Hyper YoYo comics published in the late 90s. He sent me this scan, which is friggin’ awesome.
YoYoJam has released a new video featuring 3A wunderkind Alex Hattori to promote his new signature yoyo, the Collid3r. Alex has a tremendous amount of skill for someone who’s only been playing for a few years, and he’s definitely a leading contender for any contest he enters. No release date or price yet for the Collid3r.
Luke Finnell from the USA and Rodion Sahanko from Russia made this awesome video, from opposite sides of the world! These 2 are up and comers and we’re sure you’ll hear more from them in the future.
Here’s what happens when two kendama players end up on the same flight to Seattle. Great tricks from Kengarden’s Jake Wiens and Sam Merkel.
New video from Cleveland YoYo Club member and YoYoFactory Protege Team Member, Darnell Hairston.
Darnell is planning to attend and compete in a lot more contests next year…expect to see him at the Triple Crown of YoYo in Chicago, Indiana States, and more.
Freestyles are up from the 2012 Victoria Harbour YoYo Competition in Hong Kong!
Ma Yi – 1st Place – 1A Division (Single YoYo)
Alex Liu Man Ki – 1st Place – 2A Division (Double YoYo Looping)
Ng Wang Kit – 1st Place – 3A Division (Double YoYo String)
Fong Ka Ho – 1st Place – 4A Division (Offstring)
Denny Ko Kwan Han – 1st Place – 5A Division (Counterweight)
Additional videos are up on Here We Yo’s YouTube channel.
Drew Tetz just won the whole wide world with this video. Crazy improvised fixed axle stalls on a Duncan Butterfly. Brilliant.
A bundle of new fixed axle tricks on a Butterfly, including some planebreaking tech stuff, a broadway stall, and the first ever heelflip suicide. Practice up for next week’s fixed friday! Launched under the banner of the mighty Lil’ Scrappy Fetus Crew, whose other members have just released some new music.
Great new video from one of YoYoFactory’s sponsored players in China, Vong Kin Ian.
HE SHAVED! OH SWEET MOTHER OF MERCY, HE SHAVED!
Happy holidays from Ryan McDonnell!
YoYo used is the Puffin by CLYW.
In 1998, Alex Garcia was the closest thing to a rock star that the yoyo industry had ever seen. Players were awestruck by him, and in Japan he was quite literally treated like a rock star…being rushed out of venues after demonstrations into waiting cars, and mobbed for autographs. The Hyper YoYo craze was in full bloom, and when 20,000 people show up for a yoyo contest in Tokyo, someone has to take the brunt of their adoration…and Alex Garcia was the king of Hyper YoYo.
Alex was young enough that all the kids knew that with just a *little more practice*, they could be him. He was old enough to have that instant “my awesome big brother” charm that the younger kids fell for instantly, and he was good looking enough that all the girls swooned and sighed and giggled when they saw him. And aside from all of that, he was a really damn good yoyo player…he was fast, he was accurate, he had a great on-stage charisma, he played with his audience, and every time he strapped on a pair of Raiders he looked like he was having more fun than anyone in the world.
So, of course, he got his own theme song that actually charted in Japan. Produced as a Mini CD Single (hey kids, remember that format? Of course not. It was obsolete in the US almost as soon as it was introduced) and recorded by the obvious-marketing-ploy of a band called “Forty Four Hyper”, Alex’s nickname and theme song was “Warp Speed” and when he started performing to it the crowds went nuts. Back here in the States we were still fighting for the attention of suburban moms at mall demos, but in Japan Alex was coming out on stage to huge crowds chanting his name.
So, for the listening pleasure of everyone who remembers when Hyper YoYo ruled the toy industry and when the Teal Tide ruled the contest scene, here’s the complete song of “Warp Speed” by Forty Four Hyper. Enjoy!