Shingo Terada just dropped a new video to promote his Candy Dice counterweights, and it’s loaded with crazy good 5A play! Check out fresh tricks from Daigo Komiya, Takafumi Endo, Kazuma Miyakawa, and Bryan Jardin.
Daigo Komiya slides in a little something right at the end of the month for 5A May. Nice work!
Yoyo used is the One Drop Chik.
Ryan Gee serves up a tutorial for his 5A trick “Astro Swing”, and it’s exactly the kind of ridiculous, fun trick everyone should have in their pocket to make non-players oooh and ahhh. That, and throwing really high aerials. If you can do that consistently, they’ll think you’re a wizard.
Yoyo used is the Yoyofficer Kilter 3.
Josh Yee delivers some nice counterweight tricks in his latest video. It’s a little on the moody side, so if you’re already having a bummer of a day you might wanna come back to it later, but the tricks are pretty solid.
Yoyo used is the Axis Mixtape.
In 2011, a battle of giants was begun. Rafael “Red” Matsunaga and Drew Tetz decided to have a 5A trick video battle. Simple enough premise: each would submit a video, and then the public would vote on their favorite. The winner would claim total dominion over the entire planet and enact a millennium of darkness, the loser would have to wear a t-shirt that said “I suck”. Pretty typical stakes for a yoyo trick battle.
The videos were completed and posted:
Then came a twist that no one could have forseen: the online service they used to set up the voting poll went out of business, and all votes were lost. The last time the votes were visible, the players were tied and so the greatest non-grudge match of the modern era came to a crashing halt with all involved scratching their heads and saying “So, uh, congratulations, I guess?”
For the sake of closure, and because I love to see someone lose, let’s open voting again. Who won this 6-year old trick battle? Cast your vote below!
Ryan Gee throws down his signature blend of weird and lovely 5A tricks in his latest video for YoYofficer.
Yoyo used is the Yoyofficer Yacare.
Believe it or not, there was a time when 5A reigned supreme, and was the fastest growing (and most exciting) division besides 1A.
A steep learning curve and lack of promotion all but killed the division, sadly relegating it in recent years to being lumped in with 2A as a “we’ll give the medal to the one guy who registered” division at many contests. But for a few years there, it was truly amazing.
So, to celebrate 5A May, I’m going to spend the month giving shout-outs to my personal favorite 5A routines of all time. There’s no countdown, and I’m not going to rank them, because I love them all for completely different reasons. I’m just going to spend the month digging through YouTube and posting them in the order that I feel like watching them.
And we’re going to start off with one of the most iconic 5A performances of all time, Jon Rob at 2008 Worlds. The stance, the song, the swagger…he was there to hit his tricks and he didn’t give a damn what you thought, he knew they were good. Tyler Severance set the pace in 2007 with his win, but 2008 was when Jon Rob set the tone.
Paolo Alto is gearing up early for 5A May, that glorious month where all eleven remaining 5A players in the world shake their heads slowly and pour one out for the death of their division. OK, so it’s not really that bad…it just feels that way sometimes. Which makes this 5A trick dump video from Paolo Alto just that much more welcome…it’s good to get a little creative boost in a style that’s slowed way down in recent years. Thanks for the motivation and inspiration, Paolo!
Yoyo used is the Yoyofficer X-Point.
Duncan player Yoshihiro Abe gives us that rare gem…a new 5A video! Check out some really polished 5A play from one of the best in the scene.
Yoyo used is the Duncan Toys Orbital.
Filipino 5A champ Miggy Hizon has officially joined Throw Revolution! This is the first counterweight player for the Throw Revolution team, and a great pickup for the young company. Congrats, Miggy!
Yoyo used is the Throw Revolution Zephyr.
This video has almost everything I love: Shingo Terada, 5A, and a yoyo designed by Sonny Patrick. If it was filmed in a bar and had music by LCD Soundsystem I would pack up this blog and quit right now. But it’s pretty close to perfect…enjoy!
Yoyo used is the One Drop Kuntosh.
Filmmaker Roland Thomas-Biason (aka SLVRANDBLK) captures some truly lovely counterweight yoyo play from Azim Jameel. Quality stuff.
Chase Baxter has officially joined the Duncan Toys sponsored team!
Between this, the release of the Freehand Pro, and the news that it will be carried in Toys R Us nationawide…is Duncan going to start promoting 5A again? Here’s hoping!
Congrats to Chase and Duncan on a great pickup!
Yoyo used is the Duncan Haymaker.
John Wolfe is easily one of the best tech 5A player in the United States right now. You can dispute me if you like, but you’re wrong.
Yoyo used is the Recess Vacation.