This should be pretty cool. Andre Boulay – Founder of YoYoExpert and National Yo-Yo Master, Drew Tetz from Team Duncan and the Light Sleeper Society, and Steve Brown from yoyo everything (YoYoFactory team member and National Yo-Yo Master) have come together to launch YoYoNews.com! This news site should offer an interesting perspective on daily yo-yo news from some of the biggest names in the industry. Drew has a great post about Trick Theory and Steve has been covering a good deal of art and lifestyle news pieces. The YoYoSkills.com team thinks that YoYoNews.com will be a great addition to the growing yo-yo journalism world should help increase the reach of the “World of Yo!” I myself am pretty excited to see what this star studded team brings to the table!
As you all should hopefully know by now, the legendary Steve Brown has been guiding us through an entire year, offering us a new trick every single day. I’m sure I’m not alone here, but I look forward to seeing the new video Steve has uploaded for the day. Well, Unkle Steve’s almost done for this year, and he’s announced he’s adding some people to the 365 yoyo tricks team to help him out on this tremendous project for next year.
Here’s what he has to say in his own words.
I started this project in January 2011 as a personal challenge: could I keep up with filming and posting an original trick every day for a year?
Three hundred and forty nine days later the project has not missed a single day and I was awarded the Trick Innovator of the Year award by the National Yo-Yo Museum and Contest for my work on the site. How could I top that? Answer: More players!
Representing YoYo Factory will be David Ung and Steve Brown himself. Representing Duncan will be Drew Tetz. And representing SPYY will be Ed Haponik, Nate Sutter, and… oh, Sebastian Brock. You read that right, Sebastian Brock is now on team SPYY. Cool.
This is one killer team!
Drew is playing around in Hawaii. This is his greeting card to Takeshi.
Anyone who has been teaching kids how to yo-yo for any amount of time knows how hard it can be sometimes to describe the most basic tricks or concepts to a new beginner. Having 30 kids surrounding you all asking for a different trick when you only have about a minute each with them can be frustrating but when they learn the trick, it is all worth it. I have been teaching kids how to yo-yo for close to 14 years, and have found the biggest challenge when teaching are the simple basic concepts that we as yoyoers doy instinct. This is where video instruction comes in handy.
The “How to be a Yo-Yo Ninja DVD has a run time of 60 minutes and explores the full range of the yo-yo experience. From the very basic concepts like how to string your yo-yo to Milk the Cat and Lacerations. The instructions are well thought out and are easy to follow. After fighting the trick Boingy Boing for nearly two decades, Brandon Jackson’s practice method immediately made sense to me. If I was still struggling with Boingy Boing this would have cleared it up immediately.
The DVD also covers Picture tricks, 1a, 2a, 3a, 4a, and Freehand. Between each chapter are rewarding and entertaining montage videos, blooper segments, and some very nice previously unseen highlights from the recent Heritage Tour. The video quality is superb. The big band and easy tempo music by Asian Man Records matches personality of both the video and Duncan Crew perfectly. All yoyoing is done against a pitch black background making the yo-yo, string, and bright red Duncan shirts really pop. Every trick is clearly narrated with entertaining one-liners and a few inside jokes.
This is a great DVD. Not only for beginners, but for experienced players as well. It is entertaining to watch and teaches quite a few tricks that even advanced players night not know. More than anything, you get to see how laid back and fun the Duncan Crew is. These guys truly enjoy themselves.
Staring Takeshi, Red, Jack Ringca, Brandon Jackson, Hank Freeman, and Drew Tetz. Cameo appearances from a good segment of the Duncan Crew.
A good portion of the tricks are available on Duncan’s Youtube Channel but the extra features on the DVD and high quality of the videos make it worth it. (Red doing dual Freehand Windmills made me gasp)
In nearly every online yo-yo store right now!
Welcome to our regular bi-weekly (When I am not moving house and home) feature called “After the Jump Yo-Yo Videos ” where great yo-yo video’s thoughout the week will be collected and shown in one big post.
All these videos came out while I was busy moving boxes and painting and stuff. Enjoy
After the Jump:
Why is Short Hair Drew Tetz so sad? Becasue I promissed him I would put his video of him being all “sad and serious with 5a all in your face” in the “After the Jump” post BUT I FORGOT BECAUSE I WAS DISTRACTED.
So he gets a Feature post instead.
Shor Hair Sad Drew still blows my mind.
You’re going to see this everywhere, and there is a reason.