Ilya Shaposhnikov from the St. Petersburg YoYo School put together a tutorial video for János Karancz trick, “Fisherman’s Bastion Tower”. Enjoy!
Slusny has dropped some more video tutorials, these featuring YoYoFactory’s Ann Connolly!
Mark Mangarin of CLYW joins us this week for an in-depth look at his formidable 1A trick Saffron. You may remember Mark from his win at Virginia States earlier this year or his clip for Innovation Movement, and if you’ve ever met him you know that he’s got a head for trick theory and is always down to drop science. Check out the zone-switching, hold-dropping, mind-bending trick below and read on for a closer look at the thought process behind it.
What was the creation process like for this trick? Did you have an overarching theme or idea that you built on, or did it develop organically?
MM: The first part of Saffron is actually the ending of a competition trick that I had made, and the second part was created as an extension. I was talking to Gentry Stein about dynamics last winter when we were preparing for the contest season, and I decided to work with different clover mounts to create freestyle tricks. I had an idea of how I wanted the trick to look (visually), and created this trick front to back keeping these two in mind.
This trick utilizes a lot of what you call “dismantled clovers.” While many players consider Red Clover a classic, there’s an even greater number who don’t really know what it is. What draws you to it, and how do you “dismantle” it?
MM: Well I’m not sure what a single “clover” is (Paul Escolar could probably define this), but I think of it as mounts held together with one droppable loop. The red clover is the most basic example with the thumb being able to transition into a trapeze mount, but there are others like kink clovers (which Mateuz Ganc, Zach Gormley and Yuuki Spencer use often) which are transitional from kink mounts/buckets and drop into nothing/fully dismount. It’s a very useful set, as (from my perspective) it connects linear and knot-based mounts. They’re great for freestyles, but the downside is that they are harder to instamount into.
The term “dismantled” is more of a description: similar to how one can present a bucket mount in different ways by the way it is held, a dismantled mount is usually in the same mount but is held differently or is one small movement away, allowing for variation of tricks. Almost every top player utilizes these but there isn’t really a name for it. If you look at Saffron closely, at almost every point there is some variation on a red clover mount, but as a whole each movement is very different.
Much of the trick involves motions either inside or outside the wrists, rather than pointing both hands forward like most traditional sidestyle tricks. Was this a conscious decision? How did it affect the trick construction for you?
MM: Yes! It was definitely a conscious decision and I had it in mind before starting on the trick. Saffron was constructed using an “element pool” method, and I was interested in zoning + clovers at the time. If you don’t have much execution experience using these zones it’s hard to see all of your options or create something with integrity, so it took me much longer than it usually would to concern every possibility and create a trick I would be content with.
What’s your favorite part of this trick?
MM: Probably the last part. It’s very foreign in movement (which is what I was aiming for), so it has an interesting feel when performed. It also looks/feels different to the person doing the trick: one would have such a focus on the execution/strings that they would not observe the unique movement of the hands that others would probably notice first.
Where did the name come from?
MM: The name is based on the 1957 painting “Saffron” by Mark Rothko. I’m a fan of his artwork (this being one of my favorites), and although the name didn’t influence the creation of the trick (as many named tricks do), coining the name after it was created made me change little parts in how the trick is performed. Rothko was famous in his day for these massive colorful paintings, but many people didn’t understand that there was depth in the colors and that the paintings were about agony and tragedy. This trick is similar in that there’s very massive movements that are good for dynamics, but execution of the trick requires many subtleties (like many of my tricks).
Shout out to Yuuki Spencer! This video exists because he had requested more angles of the trick in order to learn some parts of it. I get a bad rap for having tricks that are hard to learn haha, so I encourage others to take a shot as well.
Also shout out to Chris/CLYW for making the Yeti! I am using it in this video and it’s a great yoyo.
Thanks Mark! You da best. If you learned the trick, want to talk about dismantling holds, or have an idea for who Mark should take on for an exclusive YoYoNews battle, let us know in the comments!
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.
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.
Czech yoyo shop Slusny dropped four new tutorial videos over the weekend…well worth checking out! High quality video and great trick breakdowns are a trademark for Slusny, and they’ve easily got some of the best tutorials in the industry.
However, our love for Slusny is not going to stop us from using this image of Petr Kavka as the Featured Image for this post. It popped up randomly and it’s hilarious. Sorry, Petr…but not really.
Ha ha ha ha ha…..it’s SO GOOD, right? Petr looks like he needs a strong cup of coffee or a few more hours of sleep. C’mon Petr, GET IT TOGETHER, MAN.
Anyway, here are the videos…enjoy!
The Saint Petersburg YoYo School puts out a ton of video (seriously, like 5 or 6 a week). And while we know those guys are bummed that we can’t post every single one, you should all go and subscribe to their YouTube channel.
This weeks tutorial shows off a few interesting triangles…and while the giant guitar background is pretty awful, the tricks certainly are not. Enjoy!
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.
Malcolm Chiu (recent Bip Bop Cliff winner) released another “Try This Trick” tutorial that’s worth checking out. “Suicide Hook” is a really subtle but great-looking trick…nice work, Malcolm!
Anthony Rojas just released a pair of tutorial videos on the Little Scrappy Fetus Crew’s YouTube channel, and they’re a great exploration of Anthony’s trick theory. There’s nothing I can say about them that Anthony himself doesn’t cover in the videos so just watch them, bookmark, and be ready for a few more viewings to really sink your teeth into the concepts he’s covering here.