The results are in for the 5A Division at the 2014 World YoYo Contest…Takeshi Maatsura from Japan is once again the World Champion!
Czech player Petr Mika gets his counterweight on in this new video. What do you think…does he have a shot at Worlds?
John Wolfe is dropping a lot of footage lately…this is his second video in a week, and there’s some solid 5A play in here.
The Backspin Group brings us another video, this one featuring their rookie team member (and Duncan Crew member), Viktor Kollar. There’s some great 5A play in here, something we don’t see nearly enough of these days!
Yoyo used is the Torque by Duncan Toys.
We’ve selected our winners for the Duncan Toys Magnetude Giveaway! We’re emailing all of them tonight to let them know…congratulations everyone, and thanks to Duncan Toys for providing these prizes for 5A May.
Duncan Magnetude Winners
Duncan Counterweight Set Winners
5A May has come to an end, but we’ve got a few more things to give away!
We’ve got THREE Duncan Magnetude yoyos to give away to some lucky readers, and TWELVE runners-up will receive full sets of Duncan’s white character counterweight heads!!
Sound off in the comments below and tell us how much you love 5A…we’ll pick our winners on Monday, June 9th!
2013 National Champion Jake Elliott had a hard time finding a counterweight he liked, so he machined up a big batch of custom weights for his personal use. Jake was nice enough to send us a few, and we’re giving them away for 5A May!
Here’s how to win:
Share your favorite 5A May post from YoYoNews on Facebook, and tag the post with #5AMay and #yoyonews. We’ll pick three winners on Monday! Get posting!
Hey gang! Gather ’round the internet machine and join us for the best yo-yoing you can fit into 15 seconds, #trickcircle. In this series (previous installments here) we scan Instagram for videos tagged with #trickcircle, pick recent favorites, and collect them here along with some thoughts on what makes them great. In the spirit of 5A May, let’s keep this installment to counterweight tricks.
It only seems right to start things off with the man who first decided that yo-yos worked better tied to dice than to fingers, @unklesteve (aka National Yoyo Master Steve Brown.) Steve laid a huge amount of the bedrock for 5A; there’s a pretty good chance that he made up half of the tricks you can do back in ’98 with Neff. The crazy thing is that Steve is still shredding: there ain’t nothing outdated about that combo up there, and few people can manage those kinds of finger switches with the ease that he does. I recognize the launch from one of my favorite tricks in Steve’s 365yoyotricks project, “Circuitous”, great to see two equally gnarly paths branching out from the beginning of the combo.
Let’s take a trip down south to visit @bryanjardin, AKA 2 time Asian Pacific Champ & 4 time Philippine Champ Bryan Jardin. Bryan’s style is fun, exciting, and hard to keep up with—kind of like Bryan himself. Where Steve’s combo was based around clockwork motions within a few mounts between his hands, Bryan’s is all about momentum. He keeps the mount simple, but the confidence behind his tricks comes out in power & speed that make for a very exciting show. Entering red propellor from around the arm at the end of the combo was a particularly nice touch.
Taking us back to technical territory is @scottsm7 (2011 US Champ Samm Scott.) Samm has been exploring this style of combo more frequently in his recent freestyles: dense tricks that rack up by points by mounting, pinwheeling, and redirecting the counterweight & yo-yo around the hands while maintaining control of a central string structure. You can definitely see traces of influence from Jon Rob & Jake Bullock, but more than anything what shines through is top-level string control placing every element exactly where he needs it to be.
Let’s take a break from the long combos and get to something more instantly satisfying: bangers! @danielbudai (AKA Daniel Budai, 2 time Hungarian Champ & 2012 European 5A Champ) brings us this mighty green triangle. The beauty in this trick is that the elements all logically flow together, but the end result is still surprising: the motion of the counterweight out of e-fan naturally unmounts the yo-yo and continues into the crook of his arm, and the momentum of the yo-yo naturally sets up a GT formation to land in. The other best part of this trick is definitely that it lets you flex like a strong man at the end, so if you learn it make sure to pose in the mirror a bit.
@chasebaxter is an American player who has been steadily moving up the ranks in contests and is beginning to make waves with combos like this one. Chase’s style features a good mix of ’07-10 American contest 5A influences and his own “swangle,” perhaps best exemplified with the 1-2-3-4 counterweight mount buildup at the beginning of the combo and the drop suicide at the end. Definitely a name to watch.
At the beginning of the month, Takeshi Kamisato challenged @edhaponik to come up with some Fixed Axle 5A. Ed is certainly no stranger to Fixed Axle, but fixie 5A has gone largely unexamined due to the fact that traditional counterweight tricks are reeeally hard without bearings. Ed sidesteps this technical challenge and uses a responsive setup (a butterfly!) to his advantage with this sidewinder freegen, a visually appealing exercise in quick reflexes & lateral thinking. This trick contains some of the best parts of modern fixed axle play: it may seem like a “dead end” due to its lack of string hits and inability to combo in/out of anything, but it’s not easy to find a single move with a visual effect as strong as this one. Furthermore, even players who understand why a sidewinder flutters can enjoy banging the hell out of their knuckles trying this trick at home—trust me, it’s harder than it looks. And isn’t that the heart of all yo-yo tricks?
Welcome to 5A May!
All month long on YoYoNews we’ll be posting counterweight play tutorials both new and old, as well as new videos from some of the top names in counterweight play.
We’ll be announcing some great giveaways, as well as Instagram trick battles and some new trick theory articles. Get ready!
Let’s get started with the Basic Stall from Miguel Correa’s fantastic tutorial series.
Stalls are a whole new skill set you’re about to learn, but make sure you know how to do a 360 before you work on this!
While this trick is rather simple, it teaches the player a valuable lesson in momentum shifts. In this first lesson in counterweight re-direction, the Basic Stall is mostly a waiting game We allow the counterweight’s natural momentum to carry it back the other way, with just a little help from you. Make sure you watch the tutorial and get the trick down as we will be learning harder variations of this exact trick in later levels.
Timing is key when changing momentum in the counterweight for a successful trick and a smooth looking one too.
Chase Baxter leveled up! Check out some burly 5A play from him in this new video…really nice work!
Yoyo used is the Bonfire by CLYW.
Here’s a big, fat pile of really nice counterweight play from Genghis Khan Drops player Junpei Shimizu. There’s some really subtle, delicate play in here, and the pacing of his hand-tap reversals is really enjoyable to watch.
Yoyo used is the Stratos by YoYoJoker.
C3YoYoDesign and Rewind YoYo Store dropped a new video to promote the Dymension, the signature model of 2011 & 2014 European 5A Champion Dávid Molnár!
The Dymension was designed to Dávid’s specs…a hybrid of the Dark Sonic and Mo-vitation with a tremendous amount of rim weight for long spins and stability on horizontal tricks. I got a chance to try a Dymension during EYYC, and it’s a tremendous throw for 1A and 5A…as Dávid proves in this video.