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
With over 100 players performing at the preliminary round, the 1A division at the European Yo-yo Championship was no walk in the park even for the top players.
2010 European Champion Vashek Kroutil, from the Czech Republic and team YoyoFactory qualified ahead of the pack, followed by Polish wonder Plamek, representing One Drop, and Duncan Crew’s most recent addition, slack-man Janos Karancz, from Hungary.
Here’s the list of qualified players:
- Vashek Kroutil (Czech Republic)
- Grzegorz “Plamek” Wojcik (Poland)
- Janos Karancz (Hungary)
- Petr Kavka (Czech Republic)
- Mateusz Ganc (Poland)
- Maxim Gruzintsev (Russia)
- Akos Linzenbold (Hungary)
- Palli Gudmundsson (Iceland)
- Michal Zakrzewski (Poland)
- Kojo Boison (Germany)
Videos are already being posted, check out Vashek’s flawless 1 minute routine, courtesy of C3:
Be sure to check out C3’s YouTube channel for videos of 1A prelim freestyles and also 2A finals!