Posts Tagged 5a
Just when I thought I was getting good at 5A….
Petr Míka doing some killer 5a.
This is Marco’s first video…. Wow…
I got an email from Frank this morning linking me to a blog post about the newest yo-yo called the “Nile”.
- Diameter: 56.00mm
- Width: 44.00mm
- Weight: 66.20g
- Gap: 4.20mm
- Response: Hot Red SILYYcone
- Bearing: ILYY KMK metric
The Nile is ILYY entrance into the “center weight” design world. As for the name…
I took some inspiration for the name from one of my favorite metal bands – Nile. I was listening to their music while designing the yoyo. The name also serves as great basis for an awesome engraving that has yet to be created. The Egyptian mythological theme will be realized by a certain coating or color way.
You can read the entire design story over at ILYY.de
Darnell Hairston is a member of the Cleveland Yo-Yo Club and is the protege of Steve Brown. Kids got some serious skill. Video shot and edited by Brandon Jackson
Diamond Noir is a new yo-yo manufacture out of Singapore. They also have the privilege of being the second company to license the Duncan 5a Patent for their product releases. Diamond Noir’s models to include counterweights are the “Celestial” and “Celestial Deuxieme”. Both models will come with a counterweight. Word it that the counterweight has a system that allows the player to customize the weight.
Somewhere girls are screaming
I used to be obsessed with comics. I would hit up the comic book store every Wednesday after school and drop my hard earned pizza money on stacks and stacks of comic books featuring Green Lantern, Captain America, Superman, Spiderman and of course the X-Men. I was all about the X-Men. There was one character that always seemed to cameo in big stories that I could not stand. Destiny. Destiny was a mutant that could see the future, which is cool and all, except she NEVER TOLD ANYONE about it. There would be some huge reveal like, Prof X finding out he had a non-mutant son who was running for the senate on an anti-mutant campaign and they would visit Destiny and she would not be there but her journal or notes would be left behind conveniently detailing everything that just happened. Having the ability to see the future is cool. Having the ability to see the future and refusing to help out your friends just makes you a jerk.
Unlike the Marvel mutant, this Destiny looks pretty cool. The YoYoJam Destiny is the signature yo-yo of the three time 5a champion Takeshi Matsuura. It is also the flagship model of the YoYoJam 5a line and features their new ball bearing counterweight.
Top three for 1a
Top three for 5a
1: Marcus Koh
2: Sebastian Brock
3: Gentry Stein
1: Takeshi Matsura
2: Takuma Inoue
3: Samuel Scott
Takeshi’s signature yo-yo looks about ready for production but what is really interesting is the YYJ counterweight in that picture. I have been waiting to see what YoYoJam does with the Duncan Counterweight license and this… this looks interesting.
Image from YoYoJam.com
Remember that licensing agreement for Counterweight “style of play” Duncan has been working on? Well YoYoJam is the first to get a license for it.
With this agreement, YoYoJam becomes the first official licensee of this style of counterweight play within the yo-yo market.
“On the heels of a successful World Yo-Yo Competition where YoYoJam team member Takeshi Matsuura placed first in the counterweight division, it made perfect sense to partner with Duncan to launch YoYoJam counterweight play yo-yos”
–Valerie Aaron, YoYoJam’s Vice President.
Duncan holds US Patent 6,371,824 titled “Yo-Yo and Method for Using a Yo-Yo”. This method of yo-yo play created in 1999 by National Yo-Yo Master Steve Brown is performed by attaching a counterweight to the end of a yo-yo string allowing the player to perform tricks without the yo-yo attached to the finger. It has revolutionized yo-yo play and has grown to become one of the most exciting divisions (5A) in national and world competition.
“We at Duncan, are proud to have YoYoJam as our first licensee of the counterweight patent and look forward to working with them to continue to grow what has become the 5A style of competition yo-yo play. YoYoJam’s reputation for innovative, high quality yo-yos will provide more choices for players to experience Duncan’s patented style of play”
–Mike Burke, Duncan’s National Sales and Marketing Manager.
So, what kind of counterweights do you think YoYoJam will sell?
Recently there has been a large amount of uncertainty in the yo-yo community and industry about what is and isn’t allowed regarding counterweights, counterweight play, and other companies using counterweight play in their marketing. We here at YoYoSkills.com collected and drafted what we feel are the most important questions regarding counterweights, and counterweight play and submitted them to Duncan. Flambeau Inc’s (Duncan’s parent company) Senior Vice President Jeff Bush took the time to respond with an official FAQ, as well as a letter to the community.
If you have any questions, or are interested in licensing info please contact them at email@example.com
At Duncan Toys and Flambeau Inc’s request, I have not quoted any of the press release so there is zero question of authenticity. I encourage everyone to read the letter from Flambeau Inc’s Senior Vice President Jeff Bush and the official FAQ.
The Official Letter and FAQ can be downloaded in PDF Form HERE
3rd Place – Miguel Correa
2nd Place – Sterling Quinn
1st Place – Takeshi Matsuura
2nd Place – Mickey
1st Place – Jensen Kimmit
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Yuuki – 1a (Winner of Crowds Choice Award)
1a and 5a FULL RESULTS after the Jump
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Looks like YoYoJam is pumping out the signature yoyos. Check out this yo-yo signed to “lil” Takeshi, the 2008 5a World Champion and 2010 5a Japan National.
Those caps look removable…
>>As seen on Taka’s Blog
Somewhere a mad scientist is crying with joy. The Frankenstien creation that defied popular design is out, and is undeniably one of the most interesting throws currently available. A new design, a new hybrid, a new look on full sized yo-yos that says, “Fat yoyos need loving too”. The New Breed takes the much loved celcon body material of the Lyn Fury and Lecacy, and injects the rabid fan demanding metal rims of a Dark Magic. Could the New Breed designed by National Champion Eric Koloski be the sleeper hit of the 2009/10 season? I had to try it, and it delivered. The New Breed by YoYoJam.
Over at the treasure trove of posts at the YYF Countdown blog, they cover Tyler getting ready for worlds, and the return of Jessie Garcia! BUT, if you look closely at Tylers picture below, you can see what might be Miggys new yo-yo.
Tyler has also been pulling support from others in the YoYofactory Team with his music a suggestion of John Ando and his yo-yo of choice Miguel Correa’s yet to be released signature throw.
Also, YYF is having a contest. They want to know what you are doing to prepare for Worlds. Me, I am preparing my two giant pillows to cry my giant head into because I wish I was there…. That, and trying to perfect teleportation.
Hit the YYF Countdown blog for more info.
(Picture by Chris “Dr. Yo-Yo” Allen)
What we have here are 11 grams of delicious delrin flavor. Nick debuted these last year, and have been rocking them out ever since. I just wanted to share my favorite counterweight. The delrin is extremely durable, I dragged one behind me or a few hours on concrete and even “Hammer of Thor’ed” it into the ground without cracking it. Lets see you do that with a Duncan Die more then a few times. Another bonus, if you want to dye it, no problem! If you like the firmness of a Duncan Die but want the cornerlessness (is that even a word?) of a bouncy, then you will love Nicks Balls.
More info and a Vid of Nicks Balls in action after the jump