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.
It is without question that Bryan Figeuroa is one of the greatest 4A players to ever grace the stage. He has won the US National Yo-Yo Contest six times, the California State Championships three times, and has placed second at the World Yo-Yo Contest in 2012. With such an illustrious 4A career, it’s no surprise that Bryan’s 1A has gotten lost in the shuffle.
Bryan has crafted a truly unique 1A style, and he spent a few minutes with Sector Y at a recent Spindox meet so he could show off some of his 1A moves. Most of these are little moves, and not necessarily full length tricks or long combos. They’re simply cool moves that he wanted to commit to video before he forgot them.
This is the first entry in the Memory Dump series. The series aims to film little moves that would otherwise get swept away in the fast moving world of yoyoing.
I’ve been slacking on giving you folks the weekly roundup from 365yoyotricks.com. And by “slacking” I mean I did one, and then totally forgot about it when I got busy with other projects. Ha ha whoops!
Jake Bullock reminds us that he’s been doing 3D tricks for a ridiculously long time with FLOUNDER3D.
Spencer Berry gives us the gift that keeps on giving…by jamming a repeater in the middle of White Buddha.
You know how sometimes you just want a trick to move really, really fast and have a very low success rate? Yep, I made another one of those.
Darnell Hairston wants to make sure that everyone remembers how awesome frontstyle tricks can be.
Play responsive. There are still more tricks hiding in there.
Pekka pekka pekka pekka, pekka pekka pekka. Pekka, pekka pekka pekka pekka pekka!
Malcolm Chiu from Duncan Crew Singapore shows off a decade of amazing tricks. Inspired by Janos Karacz, Ryosuke Iwasawa, Takahiro Iizuka, Plamek, and several others, Malcolm demonstrates and amazing aptitude for technical string tricks and amazing lacerations, hooks, whips, suicides, etc. Malcom’s Suicide to Star was one of the most amazing tricks of 2012. This video goes above and beyond.
First Fixed Friday of the year! Is anybody gonna spend 2013 throwing only fixed axle yo-yos? If you’re anything like me you’ve already screwed it up with sweet, sweet metal, but hey, it’s Friday, so let’s get back to our roots and toss the bearings aside.
Rather than teaching a roots trick, though, I’d like to show you another new school original concept. This week’s trick is called Dumptrucks; it first appeared as trick #300 in the 2012 365yoyotricks lineup, and is a simple yet surprisingly versatile stall dismount. It could be best described as a z-axis half-swing that dismounts the yo-yo while resetting spin direction, but frankly that’s a lot of jargon and it’s a lot easier to just watch the trick. Check it out!
Okay, now that you actually know what it looks like, lets break some of those buzzwords down. First off, this trick moves on the z-axis: most conventional yo-yo tricks happen while the yo-yo is spinning, which means that the spin is keeping the yo-yo stable. This is great, because eli hops would be a whole lot harder with the yo-yo floppin’ around all over the place, but you do start to get used to the idea that yo-yos stay in one plane, and most of us take for granted that we have to build all of our tricks on a single plane. Of course, nobody told Christopher Chia that, but we’ll leave the horizontal tech talk for later. The z-axis is relevant in this context because stalls stop the yo-yo from spinning, effectively “unlocking” the axis, so you can just swing that guy around, do flips, off-axis suicides, whatever.
Next up, “half-swing”. Once you’re in a trapeze stall, it’s possible to just swing the yo-yo around like an off-axis somersault. I don’t think that there’s really a name for this, so I just call them “swings”. This hasn’t led to too many useful tricks (so far), since it just starts you back where you started from, but the half-swing is interesting – basically, when the yo-yo is at the top of the swing, it’s in an upside-down trapeze. If you push out a bit and let gravity dismount the yo-yo, that’s a dumptruck!
The final portion of dumptruck tricks is remounting the yo-yo on the string, usually in a similar stall that you dismounted from. In our past two installments, when we dismounted out of our stalls the yo-yo was spinning the opposite direction, which meant that if we wanted to re-stall it would have to be on the opposite side of the string. Not so with dumptrucks! Swinging the yo-yo and dismounting halfway actually means that the yo-yo flips, which means that the yo-yo will be spinning the same direction it was before you mounted the stall. This can be really useful as a transition move in stall combos, because it lets you break out of that “left side, right side, left side, right side” rhythm or move into other more technical stall tricks. It also just feels really cool, so, you know. Learn it! Once you get the basic trapeze dumptruck down, it’s easy to start applying it to different mounts and from different setups. One thing that I’ve been messing with lately is trying to do them out of gorilla style/inverted trapeze. Learn it, use it, tell everybody about your new moves in the Fixed Friday Facebook group.
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS: What implication does z-axis movement hold for string tricks? Is there gonna be a new weird wave of genuine string transition moves based around swings? Could half-swings solve the spin direction “problem” keeping stalls out of competitive 1A play? When Sisqo said “Dumps like a truck, what what” in “The Thong Song”, did he really think that that was a quality compliment? I mean, c’mon dude.
Also, as a little bit of bonus theory, did everybody see that awesome Yoyojam Theory video with Ben, Grant, and Yoshi? While the whole thing is incredible, Ben’s amazing flip trick at 37 seconds is especially applicable to fixie tricks – who’s gonna be the first to work that into a stall combo?
Isaac Sams & Zach Gormley have had a big year. The two sixteen-year-olds have been blowing minds at contests for a few years, but made waves in 2012 by launching Innovation Movement, a project based on furthering yo-yo tricks through exclusive videos and player spotlights.
Things only went up from there, with Isaac earning top marks at Triple Crown Chicago, his first 1A championship title, and Zach winning the US National Yo-Yo Contest with one of the best freestyles the country’s ever seen.
Besides that, though, America’s favorite young guns are also best buds, great trick theorists, and the nice kind of fellas you wish your little sister would meet. I caught up with the dynamic duo and got them to talk a little bit about favorite players, good tricks, and the future of Innovation Movement. –Drew Tetz
Hey dudes! Thanks so much for being the first Yoyonews interview, I’m psyched.
Zach Gormley: I’m really pumped! Thanks a bunch for thinking about us.
Isaac Sams: WOOP WOOOOP. I’ll try to make my explanations as short as I can, but sometimes I cant help myself I just LOVE YO-YOZ.
Let’s start out with an easy one: Who are some of your favorite players, and why?
Isaac: I have way too many favorite yo-yo people, so here’s my favorite three.
#1: Sid Seed: He’s been my favorite ever since I watched Kaibun for the first time, back in the day. When I think of words like innovation, style, icy, sexy, and perfection, I think of my brotha, $id. No one has tricks like him, and nobody ever will. Rodrigo Sid Seed Pires = KING
#2: Zach Gormley: #2 on my favorites list but #1 in my heart is my dude Zach. This fella won nationals doing the most difficult tricks ever seen on stage. In regards to arm tricks, it comes down to him and Ando. In my honest opinion, Zach is the best all around player at the moment.
#3: Yuuki Spencer: Needs no explanation.
Zach: Anthony – The trick artist; He makes bizarre elements you would never think of, and gets them to look good, too, it’s not just weird nonsense. He’s not just good at body tricks, he’s good at everything. The videos he put up in 2008 are still way better than pretty much anyone who is big right now.
Charles – His flow is unreal and his motions are on top of the worlddd. Plus, his typical “cool guy” stage presence makes his performances very swanky.
Isaac – Best buddy. Swell guy. Tech Master. Straitjacket King. Kendama pro. Super unique player, need I say more? He’s got some baller floral shirts, too, paired with those Escolar shoes… cough Triple Crown Champ cough
Shinnosuke Miyamoto – On Yuuki’s genius tech level with his own unique flow. Show him one of my tricks and he does it from the wrong mount somehow some way. Tell him it’s done from a different mount, and he does it with no explanation needed.
Tatsuya Fujisaka – Just like this guy’s tech as well. Tech is my weak point when it comes to getting me to like people. Handsome fella and nice flow.
No particular order, of course.
What does your trick/combo creation process usually look like?
Zach: Oh man, trick creation is kind of a nightmare, haha.
Isaac: I list segments/elements/concepts that I stumble on, and eventually try to piece together combos with them. I never force myself into creating a new trick, because I feel like my best tricks are made when I’m not trying. One tip I would give to any yo-yoer who’s having trouble making up new tricks is to take a break from learning and start creating.
Zach: Yeah, that all sounds good.
Isaac: I could’ve drawn out my answer lots more but I don’t want people to find out that I’m crazy.
Zach: When I stumble across a good element I typically make 2 or 3 variations of the element itself and pick the best so the element can reach its full potential. From there, I look at starting and ending mounts of different tricks/elements and piece them together like a puzzle – say one of my elements I notice ends in double or nothing, so I look at another trick and if I see it starts with a double or nothing I’ll put them together to make a combo that flows well and is good for comps.
The question is always brought up on how you stumble upon a good element/trick (use stumbleupon, duh.) I think that people that are stuck in a slump just never change what they are doing when they try and come up with something, thus nothing changes. It’s like saying you want to sell more shoes but change nothing about your shoes/marketing to get people excited for it. So what I recommend for coming up with elements is to push yourself out of your comfort zone. Use mounts you normally wouldn’t, and try and mimic a motion you would normally do in a trapeze in a double or nothing instead. Maybe yo-yo outside instead of inside, that tends to help me a lot. Lastly, take a break. I don’t know why it works, but taking a break really helps you come up with new tricks. You start with a kind of fresh mind set, I guess haha.
What do you think makes a good trick?
Isaac: I think a good trick (or even routine) should be in a similar structure as an essay, and I think I learned that from Zach, who learned it from Sebby – shout out to one of my favorite yo-yoers and people in the yo-yo community, btw. An introduction that catches attention, and then leads to the climax of the trick. I’ve learned that it’s very important to end your trick well, instead of just easily dismounting and binding.
Zach: Yeah, the words of Sebby, haha. That’s what I tried working with in my Nats freestyle, so it worked pretty well.
Let’s talk about InnMov: you guys had an amazing first year with a ton of great videos. What were some of your favorite moments from this year, and what are some of your plans for next year?
Isaac: Most of my favorite moments revolve around the beginning of IM, when Zach and I began making an outline of what our project was going to be. Asking you to make the logo, featuring players like Mark Mangarin and Ivan Maslin, creating a Facebook page, and making our first clip videos were important factors of the movement. Seeing Zach win nationals was pretty awesome too, since I’ve known that rascal since ’07, and I watched him go through that routine on Skype at least 1,000 times.
Zach: I don’t know if 1,000 times is quite accurate. More like 15, hahaha. But let’s just keep it at 1,000.
Isaac: Hahaha, whatever Zach, somewhere in-between. As far as future plans go, we’d like to make contest clip videos, spiffy interviews, IM accessories (omg stickers and more), and even apparel. By this coming spring, we’re going to host an online contest, so be sure to watch out for that…
So excited to see the things to come. It’s pretty rad that you two are such good friends, your split video from this summer was easily one of my favorites of the year. How has yo-yoing with each other affected your own personal yo-yoing?
Isaac: Thanks dawg, things only gon’ get betta now. Hopefully next summer’s video will be even better muahaha (#hype.)
Zach: Every time Isaac makes a new video I crap my pants, and he makes a lot of new videos. So I quite frequently have to do the laundry. Isaac is just mind blowing at tech. if you look at some of my newer tech tricks, you can find some Isaac-inspired things in 1 or 2 of ’em.
Isaac: Since Zach’s been doing so well at contests lately, it makes me feel obligated to do the same to stay caught up, haha. Although I don’t think my tricks really look like it, a lot of them, especially bangers/arm tricks, are inspired by him.
In closing, what do you want to see in yo-yoing in 2013?
Isaac: I’d like to see IM grow, Zach win Worlds, and Duncan Crew take over the world!
Zach: Haha, CLYW is gonna take over the community, you can go ahead and take over the world.
Zach is sponsored by CLYW, and his signature yo-yo the Arctic Circle is already on its fourth run. Isaac is a member of Duncan Crew USA. I like to call them “Duke Sams & Count Gormley” but I don’t know if they actually respond to that or not.
The final day of the 2012 World Yo-yo Contest is over! Check today’s results!
- Hiroyuki Suzuki
- Marcus Koh
- Christopher Chia
- Harold Owens III
- Pong Si Yee Peter
- Gentry Stein
- Benson Fok
- Wong Kin Kwan
- Takeshi Matsuura
- Luis Enrique Villasenor
- Izuru Hasumi
- Zach Gormley
- Tatsuya Fujisaka
- Ricardo Marechal
- Shinya Kido
- Paolo Bueno
- Vilmos Zoltan Kiss
- Ryota Ogi
- Tomas Bubak
- Francesco Gioia
- Takeshi Matsuura
- Takuma Inoue
- Hiroyasu Ishihara
- Hideo Ishida
- Tyler Severance
- Samm Scott
- Maya Nakamura
- Miguel Correa
- Naoya Takeuchi
- Gabriel Pedrosa