Five minutes and twenty-two seconds of WHAT WHAT from Japan, featuring Ryosuke Kawamura, Kentaro Mannen, Masaya Takagi, Daigo Komiya, Shimon Osada, Daiju Okamura, Yoshinori Kawamura, Tsukasa Takatsu, Amane Okubo, Shinnosuke Miyamoto, and Takafumi Endo. We could watch this for daaaaays!
One Drop’s Japanese team put together a new video to show off their love for their sponsor….One Drop gets the warm fuzzies, and we get two and a half minutes of excellent yoyo play from Ryosuke Kawamura, Tsukasa Takatsu, and Daiju Okamura. Enjoy!
One Drop Japan team member and tech 1A revivalist Tsukasa Takatsu recently released this video showcasing the Benchmark O and rounding up his tricks for 2014 thus far. If you’ve caught his tricks on his Instagram and wanted a closer look, this is a great jazz-fueled bucket full of inspiration. We’re huge fans of Tsukasa’s trick construction, especially the maturity of his compositions given his relatively recent arrival on the scene, but more than anything we’re totally astounded at the amount of stuff he puts out. Where does it all come from?
OneDrop’s Tsukasa Takatsu gives us a couple of minutes of really well put together tricks in his newest video, “In A Certain Industrial Area”. There’s so much good stuff in here…Takatsu-san is such a consistently fun player to watch.
Yoyo used is the Cafe Racer by OneDrop.
Video filmed in a certain industrial area. You know the one.
Another Terra YoYo Tutorial from the folks at St. Petersburg YoYo School, this one featuring OneDrop’s Tsukasa Takatsu. This series is great…between these and the Cabin Tutorials from CLYW (and three years of 365 videos, shameless plug), seems like players have no shortage of single-serving tricks to work on.
Tsukasa Takatsu is a fantastic yoyo player, so when he decides to drop a video focusing someone else, he has our attention.
“Scenes From Olympic Park” features Hikaru Oba, and he’s well worth your time. Hikaru-san has the really clean, tight play that you expect from Japanese players with some truly lovely trick construction. The video is shot well with great choices of scenery and backgrounds, and there are a few shots that are straight out of the Wes Anderson playbook, giving this a nice feel. Great work from both players!
Yoyo used is the Cascade by OneDrop.
One Drop Japan team member Tsukasa Takatsu just dropped this crazy compilation of the beautiful single tricks he’s been leaking out to us via the #trickcircle tag on instagram. I’m not sure what’s scarier: how prolific he is, or the impressive level of polish and thought given to every combo. No matter how you slice it, he’s definitely become one of our favorites and this serves as an excellent cap to the year he started blowing up the scene. Plenty of inspiration, check it out!
It didn’t take long after the launch of Instagram video for yo-yo players around the world to start sharing their tricks in ≤15-second bursts. The hashtag #trickcircle started popping up, and there have been over a hundred yoyo tricks posted under that label in the past three months. We here at @YoyoNews have been monitoring that tag closely, and are now endeavoring to bring you the choicest morsels of instagoodness every week with a #trickcircle roundup. Want your 15 seconds of fame? Study these well, and start shooting…
This trick from @yoyoingadam (AKA Adam Brewster of CLYW) is called “Kefka’s Tower”, intended to be part of his Final Fantasy series showcased in “Eleven” but left off until “The Only Thing Worth Saying”. Adam’s always had a gift for creating (& naming) new elements, and the central feature of this one is something he calls a Portal. In his words: “A brother to the folding gate concept: with a ‘portal’ the yoyo breaks plane as it’s pushed through a gap in the mount, instead of remaining stationary while the mount folds over it as with a gate trick.” Gates (folding the string formation over/under a yoyo) are a relatively underused triangle entrance, and the pushiness of the portal gives the concept new energy. A frontstyle combo was the natural choice for the best view of the off-plane movement, and Adam ties the rest of the moves together nicely.
@werrdtranton (AKA Eric Tranton of Werrd) brings us a short & sweet sequence blending some recent favorites. He opens with a regen popularized in Gentry Stein’s winning US Nats 2013 freestyle: a bind caught in the off-hand, which is then tossed up and regenerated into… well, for Gentry it was a split-bottom mount, but where Eric really ups the ante is landing in a four-point star. This one might be hard to learn without slomo, but the concept is definitely one worth exploring, and maybe if you study some Ryosuke Iwasawa videos you’ll come around to your own variation.
@raygstl (AKA Ray Godefroid, AKA Baby Bear Treezy) takes us into the future with a 3D 5A trick that reminds me of a cross between Red’s double pinwheel sequences and the Red Rocket spintop trick. The root concept of the trick—up/down off-plane 3D pinwheels—is more than cool enough on its own, but there are some subtleties and that imply a lot of room for growth. My personal favorite part of the trick actually lies at the very beginning, as Ray uses a smooth & subtle rejection to enter the trick, which builds the proper amount of momentum while simultaneously creating a tantalizing bit of slack just begging to be incorporated in a tech combo. Ray naturally ends the combo with a bucket, the traditional endpoint for tricks with horizontal dice movement.
Let’s take a quick trip across the Pacific for a monster of a trick from @sakatuca, AKA Tsukasa Takatsu of One Drop. He’s been making jaws drop this year with his dense, intricate chopsticks tricks, merging a Japanese sense of trick economy with the technical sensibilities of Mark Montgomery and Sid Seed. As you can see in this clip, though, Tsukasa is much more than just a fusion of his influences and has fresh ideas to spare: the opening mount alone should be enough to keep you busy for the week, a herculean magic drop/chopsticks/bucket conglomeration that looks borderline impossible on a fullsize yoyo. In addition to being mindnumbingly difficult, this mount sets up a sequence of visually stunning slacks that form the backbone of the trick. The strongest impression I took away from this trick is the way a well-placed slack manipulation can break up the pace of a combo and raise the impact of the other elements.
We’ll wrap this week up with a trick from YoyoNews favorite @david0ung, AKA David Ung of Yoyofactory. This combo is a takeoff of a lesser known Spencer Berry trick, Inhale, a sister trick to his masterwork Breath, first seen in Debt in Knowledge. Inhale works off of the idea of setting up a hanging potential GT knot halfway down the string, something played with by luminaries like Kohta, and then resolves the snag by swinging the yoyo through. David applies his own spin to the concept at every stage of the trick, from setting up the knot with a GT chopsticks slack to resolving with a risky triangle suicide. The best part of the trick, though, may be how much restraint is used: both David and Spencer let the elements speak for themselves, using subtle mounts that invite the viewer to really study what’s happening instead of getting caught up in flash or needless technical flourishes. Also, did we mention that this trick is hard? It’s so freakin’ hard.
Tune in next week, and don’t forget to follow @YoyoNews on Instagram and tag your insta-clips with #trickcircle for a chance to be featured!
Daiju Okamura, Ryosuke Kawamura, Shimon Osada, Shinnosuke Miyamoto, and Tsukasa Takatsu rock out the CLYW x One Drop Summit in this new video. There’s a TON of great tricks in here, seriously it’s just packed to the hilt with GOOD. Check it out!
Tsukasa Takatsu gets crazy in his bathroom with a One Drop Yelets in this new video.
Wow, did I really just type that?