Some pretty smooth tech counterweight play from Taiwan yoyo player, Sheng-Yon Zhu. Sheng-Yon has a really nice mid-speed style, and you can definitely see a ton of promise in his combos. Good stuff!
Robbie Graham has dropped a new video of 5A tricks, featuring some really nice concepts and transitions. Yoyo used is the Werrd Hour.
National YoYo Champion Miguel Correa has posted the last 4 tutorials in his 5A Video Tutorials series at DefinitiveYoYoing.com, and they should keep you busy for a while.
On a personal note, a huge thanks to Miguel for always working so incredibly hard to promote counterweight yoyo play. There’s been a profound lack of any real promotion of the style in recent years, but Miguel has always gone the extra mile to make these teaching tools available for new players who want to learn. Thanks, Miggy! And if you like these tutorials, you should probably buy any yoyo that has Miguel’s name on it. No idea what yoyo that would be, but if you happen to run across one, it’s probably pretty good.
Designed by yoyo player Zach Lytle, Duncan’s new “Magnetude” yoyo has been in development for the past five years. The Duncan Magnetude retails for $120, will be available in red or black, and comes with two magnetic counterweights and magnetic spinning sidecaps. The counterweight can interact with the sidecaps during play for unique magnetic counterweight tricks, or if you feel like dropping $240 you can get two Magnetudes to attach to each other during 3A play.
We don’t have any video yet of the Magnetude in action, but you can watch these videos below of Zach Lytle’s original YoYoFactory G5 mods to get a better look a the play style. Just remember, these are not video of the Magnetude.
Duncan Magnetude Specs:
String Gap: 3.28mm
Bearing: Small (5x10x4)
Response: Small Bearing SG Sticker
Zach Lytle’s BAC 2010 2nd Place 3A Freestyle (using magnetic G5s)
“Magnetic Flux” – Zach Lytle’s 2008 Proof of Concept video (using magnetic G5s)
National YoYo Champion Miguel Correa continues his 5A Tutorial series with four more tricks guaranteed to keep you busy for a while. Be sure to check out the rest of his counterweight yoyoing tutorials at DefinitiveYoyoing.com.
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.
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.
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.
We’re super excited to announce that Rafael “Red” Matsunaga is joining the YoYoNews team!
Rafael is a National YoYo Master, the 2003 World YoYo Champion in the 5A division, founder and president of the Brazilian YoYo Association, a member of the Duncan Crew, and the most handsome man in the Southern Hemisphere. His site, HiredToWin.com, quickly became the go-to destination for fast contest results and we’re really pleased that Rafael will be bringing his contest coverage to YoYoNews exclusively!
All past contest coverage from HiredToWin will begin migrating to YoYoNews soon for archival purposes.
Welcome aboard, Red!
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.