Okay, how do I put this? Stop whatever you’re doing and watch this video RIGHT NOW. János Karancz of Duncan Crew Hungary shows why he’s the European champion and sets a new gold standard in trick composition – seriously, kids, this is it:
Like slack tricks? If so, your day is just about to get awesome. Big boss Chris Makita just dropped these two heavy clips, the first a “Mini trick vid” with the Strix and the second a monstrous ~2 minute throw on the Barracuda. It’s official: Chris has more slack tricks in one combo than I have in my entire trick vocabulary.
Just when you’d caught your breath from Takeshi vs. Drew, it’s another single trick throwdown! This time we’ve got two responsive 1A heaters from Spencer “The Wild Man” Berry and Drew “Keeps Giving Himself Nicknames” Tetz. Spencer puts the Walter through its paces with his trick “Armadillo”, a classically-styled mount/regen sequence trick given a twist by his unique blend of grace and chaos, while I chose to return fire with “Crisis”, a plane-bending tribute to the golden age of Spindox.
Who deserves the crown? Cast your vote below, tell us why in the comments, and stay tuned for even more battles!
P.S. Don’t forget to tune in to YoYoRadio tonight to hear me talk about these battles, the Barradrewda, and…. probably whatever Joe wants to talk about. I don’t know. Hope it’s not baseball!
Gather ’round, ladies & gents! What we have here is the first ever Yoyonews trick battle. My good friend Takeshi “The Human Zamboni” Kamisato has agreed to throw down for a single trick slomo video face off with me, Drew “The Party Baby” Tetz. We got a lot of pride on the line here, so we kindly ask you to check out the tricks below, vote for your favorite in the poll, and tell us why in the comments.
Another fantastic Japanese contest clip from Dee of Fist Salud. As we’ve come to expect from Dee’s videos, there’s a good mix of legends (Chris Makita, Kengo Kido, Pon, Rei Iwakura) and new school talent (check out Daiki’s whip thing at :37!)… and also some gleefully uncensored old school hip-hop, so maybe keep those speakers down at work. What we didn’t expect was the enormous red-eyed dragon throwing product into the crowd and playing with devil sticks, but as Maya Nakamura likes to put it, THIS IS JAPAN!
It’s that time again….whereupon my friends and I do a little dance and pull some more tricks out of our butts!
I’ve always been a lousy 2A player, but I make up for it by co-opting 2A elements as 1A tricks.
Spencer Berry and Walter show off one of the classic foundational tricks that led us to where modern yoyoing is today….Rancid Milk.
There is nothing graceful about this weird trick.
I actually decided to sample the forbidden fruit a little this week and work on some counterweight.
Good luck with this bit of fixed axle nastiness from Ed Haponik. It’s ridiculously hard.
Start doing something you know, and then do it wrong and see what happens.
And Rafael Matsunaga gives us one of his favorite default tricks and it’s super pretty!
See you next week!
Hey gang! Drew here, I’m very excited about my signature Barracuda and we’re pulling together some awesome exclusive stuff for Yoyonews celebrating the launch, but I thought it would be nice to start with some of my favorite tricks from last year. I was extremely proud to be a part of the 365yoyotricks roster and ended up filming a total of 64 tricks for the project – not a bad run! While you should really be checking 365 everyday (or at least following it on Facebook and Twitter,) we understand if you missed a day or two, and I wanted to give a rundown of my personal highlights for the year.
In my opinion, every yo-yoer worth their salt should have at least one signature picture trick, and if you can link a couple of good ones into a picture trick story then you’re gonna have my respect forever – shout outs to Ed, John Bot, Hank, Nate, Abe, Blake, Malcolm, and everybody else still making tricks that nonyoyoers actually like. Also, when I was 8 I made a bunch of comics featuring “The Amazing Spider-Bat”, so this is kind of just a continuation of that dream. (ART SNOBS: I know this doesn’t actually look that much like a Keith Haring dog, next time you see me ask for Keith Haring dog 2013 and I’ll show you the new & improved one.)
I’ve probably gotten more questions about this than any other trick, so I was glad to finally have a clear video of it. If you’ve never seen it before, it’s a pretty neat rejection illusion, check it out! Rei Iwakura named it for me, which makes me feel super awesome, so every time I do it I shout the name as loud as possible.
I didn’t have too many all new full-length 5A combos in 2012, but I definitely considered this one a banger. Proud of the density of concepts, the aesthetic, the way it feels, and… frankly, I’m also really stoked on the way that Steve synced the catch up with a handclap, haha. This is a pure representation of how I wish 5A looked, made much easier by the use of a Barracuda.
This trick is a blend of some of my favorite original 5A concepts, and a continuation of an idea my Red vs. Drew video. I’m pretty stoked with it on a theoretical level, but also happy that I’m finally good enough to get it looking close to the way I want it to look, haha. I would be thrilled if people wanted to learn it, but at the same time I’m secretly proud of how difficult it was to get down.
Those of you following Fixed Friday may be well sick of this move by now, but it was definitely my favorite trick of 2012. I feel very proud having run into this element, simple tricks are often a lot harder to discover. This one is cool because it’s a new school trick, but is quite a bit easier on responsive yo-yos, and sort of represents the new wave of fixed axle yo-yoing for me. It can also be used as a transition move or in more advanced suicides, and I’m really trying to push it, ’cause it’s super fun and I want everyone to do it.
Thanks for indulging me! You’ll be seeing a lot of content from me this week as part of the big YoYoNews takeover – or should I say YoyoDREWs takeover?! No, I shouldn’t? Okay, yeah, you’re right. I’ll try to keep the puns down from here on. Keep checking back throughout the week for more tricks from me, battles with my friends, exclusive clips and other goodies!
Kieran Cooper really comes into his own with this new video release from Innovation Movement. No giant leaps here, but some really nice progressions of concepts we’ve been seeing a lot of lately. Kieran has great style and trick construction, and it’s nice to see him getting his due.
It’s Monday morning, and that means it’s time for you to witness the furious awesomeosity of the incalculable creativity of the incomprehensible something something something whatever.
Takeshi Kamisato sets the bar high for the week with a Snap to Green Triangle. Damn.
Spencer Berry gets his fixed axle on with an EH from SPYY.
More fixed axle goodness as I find a Spintastics Technic axle in my junk drawer, throw it in a YoYoFactory Velocity, and start getting weird.
I’ve made up hundreds of tricks, but I still have no idea which ones people are going to get excited about. For some reason, this one got a lot of praise. Still no idea why.
Here a stall, there a stall, everywhere a stall stall…
An experiment in minimalism…what are the simplest components you can create something new from? I chose Trapeze and a Split Bottom Mount. Turned out nice, I think.
And Rafael Matsunaga wraps things up with a benchmark trick in the history of counterweight play, the One-Handed Helicopter. Still beautiful, still really damn hard.
Duncan Crew Philippines heavy hitter Chris Makita proves once again that he’s one of the most formidable trick composers in the 1A game with a one throw combo just shy of two minutes long. There are more than enough modern slack elements here to keep you busy for a couple years.
Chris is using Kohta Watanabe’s new signature yo-yo from Duncan, the Strix. Very excited to see what else the crew is going to do with it!
Join Ryosuke Kawamura from One Drop & Yoshinori Kawamura of the mighty mighty Fist Salud crew for a minute of clean technical 1A as they put the Summit through its paces. Nice one, boys!
I feel like we have to keep inventing a new vocabulary to express the ideas we want to share. I can’t decide if that’s pretentious or awesome. Regardless, a quick viewing of the video should render any obscurity moot. This week, I wanted to discuss my trick Zipper Stalls, but zoomed out a bit to include some “Stall Versions” of some other fundamentals from the 1a lexicon. An alternate title might be “So you’re in a stall hold… What now?”
Kendama is all the rage now among yo-yoers. I had a dream the other day that it had completely supplanted yo-yoing, and that the world had devolved into a post-apocalyptic ruin where no one believed that Zach Gormley’s “Superman” kendama trick had once actually been done with a yo-yo. Or something like that. In any case, one of the things I love about stall tricks (and Drew’s in particular) is that, absent of the spin’s rotational inertia, landing the yo-yo in any kind of static hold is insanely difficult. When a yo-yo’s spinning, its angular momentum keeps it from swaying and bobbing about, but once you’re in a stall, all that energy turns off. Hitting some of those Kickflip Transitions last week (or Stalled Magic Drop this week) takes precision… and knees. So if you’ve been grinding that ACL trying to hit Lighthouse, take a break, grab a woody, and see if some of these stall applications come a bit more natural.
First trick is Zipper Stalls. Obviously, this is based on the classic Mark McBride trick, which was one of the first things I learned off of the Ken’s World On A String site. It’s not a hard trick to break down, but it’s kind of tricky to make it feel good and smooth. One of the keys is controlling the yo-yo as it rolls through those somersaults, making sure it regenerates relatively straight. Once you have it down, it doesn’t matter so much, and you’ll catch those stalls even when they’re basically sideways. If you like the idea, try it out sideways as in the 2nd example. Same idea, just from Breakaway, but the feel is substantially different.
Trick #3 is kind of like a Zipper Stalls 2.0 thing. after that under-mount stall, spread the string with your free hand thumb/index, and back into that reverse-chop hold. This will give you a mutation in the string, which you’ll just have to roll back and unwind before regenerating. I’ve been trying to do a symmetrical version in front to make it a “true 2.0” but I don’t have it dialed.
Another simple repeater that all the kids [used to] love is The Matrix, one of many Doc Pop alpha tricks that looks 10^10 times better when Doc does them. It’s a nice one to apply to stalls though, because once you tuck into that 2.0 and let go, the yo-yo is pretty secure and easy to keep straight as you flip it around. Unwind after the stall somersault, regen into another 2.0, and… sure, we’ll call that ‘alpha style’.
Moving back to frontstyle, Pop N’ Fresh is a surprisingly easy static trick. even though the yo-yo isn’t spinning, the tension on both sides keeps it pretty level. The only sketchy part is actually getting into that Mach 5. You CAN hit an ordinary split-bottom stall en route to the Mondial pop, but it’s way easier to do a standard undermount stall and bring the middle string around. I guess if you’re a “static 1a purist” who has to hit the tricks as they would appear on a fictional static 1a ladder, then that’d be a problem.
I’ll admit I probably jumped the shark on the Stall Cold Fusion. Don’t worry I come back… with…
Stall Magic Drop! This is a very kendamish trick, indeed. A regular Magic Drop is essentially a wonderfully simple and subtle string rejection. The spin direction of the yo-yo causes the string segment to pop out of the gap (so cool that we can finally reference a non-stall trick where spin direction matters!). So the tough part here is convincing that string to pop out with no spin whatsoever. It requires you to really spread out that ‘gun-hand’ (and of course, to be really accurate as the yo-yo comes around). Probably a good idea to practice this one with a slightly longer string, because you’ve got to have enough to get around your wrist. For those of you who are wondering, yes, I have hit a stall Shockwave… one rep. Maybe for a future episode.
Last but not least, Miggy’s Tunnels tricks are some of the 1a concepts that I most appreciate. There’s something really elegant about folding into a weird mount and reaching into the abyss like Kate Capshaw in that Indiana Jones bug-tunnel to resolve it. Here’s a simple stall version. From Trapeze, fold into a would-be knot (Adam B calls those shapes Nebulas, which I’ve always liked), then immediately plunge your throw hand through, rolling the yo-yo back onto the front string. The knot will be gone, and you should have enough wind left to pull back to the hand. If you don’t have the non-stall analog of that trick down, it would make good sense to do that first.
The key to all of these is to be flexible. Just like kendama, they require you to bob and weave a bit, controlling the angle of the yo-yo as it pops, seeking it out in the air, and getting yourself into the right place. Most of yo-yoing is all about the fine motor stuff, and for lack of a better word, this stuff is comparatively… gross. Theoretically though, you could apply pretty much any 1a trick to a stalled out, spinless yo-yo. Show me something crazy.
The 2013 European Yo-yo Championship is over! Meet this year’s European Champions!
- János Karancz (Hungary)
- Grzegorz Wojcik (Poland)
- Maxim Gruzintzev (Russia)
- Dave Geigle (Germany)
- Jan Schmutz (Switzerland)
- Jan Bubák (Czech Republic)
- Michal Jasko (Czech Republic)
- Lorenzo Sabatini (Italy)
- Stephen Langley (United Kingdom)
- Lorenzo Sabatini (Italy)
- Dávid Molnár (Hungary)
- Quentin Godet (france)
- Ján Hlinka (Czech Republic)
- Daniel Budai (Hungary)
- Maciek Cwynar (Poland)
- InMotion! (Switzerland)
- Burnin Berlin (Germany)
- Wolwes (Hungary)
1A International Open
- Kohta Watanabe (Japan)
- Tyler Severance (USA)
- Ricardo Marechal (Brazil)
- Julia Gutowska (Poland)
- Ann Connolly (USA)
- Ekaterina L’gotina (Russia)
Congratulations to all winners!
And for your 2013 EYYC Moment of Zen:
Jason Lee and Ann Connolly are two incredible YoYoFactory players that are traveling to far-away places and performing amazing tricks. This video showcases their trip across Cambodia and Thailand at the end of 2012. Although they have since parted ways, we hope that both of them will continue to chronicle their journeys across the world and continue to create new tricks and inspire new players across the globe.