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.
Welcome to the first ever Yoyonews Tutorial Tuesday! True, Tuesday is already over in many parts of the world, but skip the semantics and check out this counterweight wrap trick.
What other tricks and pros would you like to see featured in tutorials on Yoyonews? Let us know in the comments!
…and for those of who don’t wanna deal with my mumblin’, here’s a transcript of the steps:
The mount for this is a double or nothing, but with an under mount instead of a trapeze. This sets you up well for the launch, where you simultaneously dismount the yo-yo and release the counterweight, thus sending you into a double pinwheel. Make sure you’re comfortable getting into the pinwheel before trying the wrap.
To perform the wrap, swing the counterweight into your left wrist and “follow” it with your hand as you pinwheel the yo-yo inside your arms.. This takes practice; don’t be afraid to try it with a dead yo-yo, or if you don’t catch the mount afterwards right away.
The toughest part of the mount is controlling the momentum of the counterweight so you can catch it. Try changing your string length or using a heavier weight to slow it down if necessary.
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!
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.
Looks like these three have gotten themselves into a one throw 5A battle over on the YoyoExpert forum. You should check the videos out below and vote for your favorite on the YoyoExpert forum. I won’t tell you who I voted for (okay, it was Robbie), but really great stuff from all three.
Ryota Torigoe just dropped this 5A bomb.
I don’t even know what to say about it. It’s kind of insane. And beautiful.
C3YoYoDesign just dropped another great video, this one featuring Polish team member Maciek Cwynar.
There’s some quality counterweight play in this quick minute-plus video, and the horizontal regen at 0:45 is a really neat move. There’s also a great combination of deadspin toss moves (I’m making up the terminology as I go here, folks) starting at 0:51. I’ve really enjoyed those since the first ones I fiddled with in 2007, but it’s not a concept I’ve put much effort in to…so it’s really nice to see someone else doing something cool with it. Deadspin counterweight tosses like this have shown up as throw-away elements in a handful of contest freestyles over the years, but usually just as a quick transition rather than anything that’s expanded upon and explored.
If you’ve got examples of other deadspin counterweight moves, post links in the comments section and maybe we’ll expand on the idea for a future Trick Theory post.
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:
Bryan Jardin, the 2012 Asia-Pacific Champion in the counterweight division, just popped up on Hero TV, a cable channel based in Quezon City, Philippines. It’s a great appearance for a yo-yo player (8 minutes long!) and also VERY instructive for any player out there who wants to be on TV for their yoyoing. A few things to note:
1. They flashed his titles across the screen, and managed to turn his 7th Place finish at the World YoYo Contest (a big deal) into 7th Place National Champion of Florida. If you’re a yoyo player and you’re on TV, they are either going to screw up whatever you give them, or they’re going to ignore it and call you a World Champion. Just be ready to smile and nod and be totally fine with whatever they make up.
2. The hosts of a majority of the programs that are willing to book a yoyo player are generally going to be of the loud & wacky variety. Look at that guy’s hat! They are going to exaggerate everything and go out of their way to act loud and wacky. DO NOT try to match them. These people are loud and wacky for a living, and if you try to match their volume it’s going to look awkward. Bryan did a great job of being dignified and reserved, and that gives him a degree of gravity unmatched by that woman’s shorts. It makes him look like the calm in the eye of the storm, and as a result he stands out way more and in a positive way.
3. Keep your tricks simple, and stick with single tricks. What Bryan did was give them individual tricks, with names, that featured a specific and singular movement. Too many players get on TV and just start talking and playing, and the host inevitably asks for the name of the trick and they mumble “It’s, uh, well, it doesn’t have a name really” and it’s super hard for an audience to relate to that and latch on to it. If you’re showing something to people that they’ve never seen before, you need to package and label it for easy consumption so that they can process the information better. Otherwise, it’s just “Did you see that one swingy thing that he did that was like a swingy thing?” and they will automatically assume that it’s completely beyond their reach to even try. Keep it accessible…demonstrate mastery without making it look beyond the reach of the average person.
Bryan did a fantastic job with this interview, and it’s a great reference point for any of you who might need to be on TV to promote your sponsor or a contest or your local club.
Offered without the custom wooden gift box and accessories, the Freehand MG Bare Bones comes only with a string and a counterweight and is available in powder-coated green or yellow.
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