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Author Topic: the fixed axle megathread of awesomeness  (Read 21821 times)
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« on: July 30, 2013, 02:33:41 PM »

hey gang!

as you may or may not know, my esteemed colleague ed haponik & i have been writing a fixed axle theory column over on yoyonews.com every week called "fixed friday". you should read it!.. but also, i should make a better effort to share it with the YYE community here, so i'm gonna do that.

what follows immediately is a quick summary/repost of all of my videos so far in order to collect them all in one place. this is gonna seem REAL self-indulgent, so i'm hoping that all y'all will be chiming in with recent fixed axle accomplishments, requests for tricks you'd like to see, frequently asked questions, lots of smack talk against bearings... y'know, the good stuff. maybe if we can get a good amount of info picked up we can turn it into a sticky, but whatever, we'll see. in the meantime, let's talk tricks!

FOR THOSE LOOKING TO START FIXED AXLE PLAY:
well, you're in the right spot! check out the whole thread, but maybe start with these two posts:
http://yoyonews.com/2013/05/24/fixed-friday-back-to-basics/
http://yoyonews.com/2013/12/21/fixed-friday-learn/
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2013, 02:38:57 PM »

before we get into the fixed friday dedicated stuff, here are a couple of clips. the butterfly video was my first foray into the field, but filming with takeshi means that it's guaranteed to be fun even if the tricks are a little old. i filmed puppydog love by myself in my bedroom but it has rap music, so that means it's cool, right?

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/GYyJjJhOFhI&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/GYyJjJhOFhI&rel=0</a>
<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/DvfNGLqm2dw&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/DvfNGLqm2dw&rel=0</a>

i didn't make this video because david ung did it, but it is radical, so you should watch it and then hold a contest with all your friends.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/I6YOPwKqEu0&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/I6YOPwKqEu0&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2013, 02:42:52 PM »

okay, now let's get into the fixed friday stuff. for those who haven't seen the column, it's a 1-2 minute mini-clip of pure fixed axle tricks, generally accompanied by lot of words talkin' about those tricks. sometimes it's instructional content, sometimes it's talking about the theory behind the moves, sometimes it's just showing off, but it's always a pretty good time.

the first installment covered both trapeze/trapeze-bro stalls and the kickflip suicide to thumb mount. the stalls are definitely a bread & butter move in the modern responsive scene... the kflip suicide, less so, but it sure is fun. ch-check it out.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/qBxoXfKdFQM&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/qBxoXfKdFQM&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2013, 02:49:13 PM »

next up, dumptrucks! these are really strange stall based tricks; the yo-yo swings on a plane that's not really touched too much in traditional 1A, so they're a little tough at first, but i love 'em.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/_4qmpfMeGyE&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/_4qmpfMeGyE&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2013, 02:51:04 PM »

now we have something that everybody should do, somersaults! one of the most basic ways to build points in a freestyle, but beyond that, great for keeping momentum in your tricks, adding interest to slow sections of a combo, and also just fun to do. learn a few!

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/8NzY6MdfhyM&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/8NzY6MdfhyM&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2013, 02:56:59 PM »

one of the most important lessons of all, the sidewinder! not only is a terrifying snake, but it's an absolutely essential move with responsive play. lots of people think of this as just a utilitarian move when you wanna fix your string tension, but there are definitely fun & fancy things to be done.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Xs-5rznMoyo&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Xs-5rznMoyo&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2013, 02:59:18 PM »

tough love regens. where do they come from? what do they want from us? we may never know, but we can definitely mix them into our stall combos to mix the flavor up. simply put, "tough love" is an umbrella term for catch-based interruptions/regens, and they can add a ton of versatility to your stall sequences.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/xHK_axWHs_M&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/xHK_axWHs_M&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2013, 03:00:50 PM »

kickflip transitions are pretty advanced and still really difficult for me, but the idea of flipping the yo-yo through the air mid-stall is an intoxicating one. this one is pretty tech and best understood in slow motion, but if you want a challenge, it's well worth a look.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/oYrki7GfK7o&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/oYrki7GfK7o&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #8 on: July 30, 2013, 03:03:03 PM »

if you're looking for a unique style, you aren't gonna find many things better than spencer "the wild man" berry. yes, walter's papa can really shred the wood, and his carefree attitude is something that i wish everybody could absorb. learn to loop out of everything and don't be afraid to hit yourself in the face every once in a while!

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« Reply #9 on: July 30, 2013, 03:04:54 PM »

on april 19, i didn't have any theme at all, and the resulting cavalcade of tricks came to be known as "huh? wha?" check this one out for a variety of intermediate fixie concepts, including some slacks, whips, and one of my favorite string-based stall concepts, the bounce house.

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Jn4brSH0wRY&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Jn4brSH0wRY&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #10 on: July 30, 2013, 03:06:27 PM »

speaking of whips, we got a whole column for that. a lot of these are pretty "new school", but actually deceptively easy to learn, so i encourage everybody to try them at home! unresponsive and fixed axle don't necessarily need to be opposing concepts

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/v/Ypq1phARkgQ&rel=0" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/v/Ypq1phARkgQ&rel=0</a>
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« Reply #11 on: July 30, 2013, 03:10:13 PM »

next, we have the battle that nearly cleaved the fixed axle world in twain... that's right... the ed vs. drew creep-off!! the creeper is often considered a goofy trick only for demonstrators, but that could not be more wrong!.. well, okay, i guess it is kind of goofy. but whatever, the creeper is essentially walk the dog's big brother, and walk the dog is the most famous yo-yo trick ever, so you really owe it to yourself to have at least one or two creeper variations in the pocket.

seeing as ed won, i'm sure he won't mind my re-posting his video here.


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« Reply #12 on: July 30, 2013, 03:12:16 PM »

moving away from the old school stuff, crisis has to be one of the most technical moves i've ever done ever. chopsticks stalls to dumptruck flips to weirdo holds—wha? jus' check it out, and stay tuned 'til the end for some weird kendama-yoyo fusion.

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« Reply #13 on: July 30, 2013, 03:16:45 PM »

now, let's step back and look at what i consider to be one of the most useful fixed axle mounts of all, the 1.5 stall. this move and its variations are some of my favorites ever, and i highly recommend learning both cross-armed 1.5 entrances... and the other stuff's cool too i guess

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« Reply #14 on: July 30, 2013, 03:19:08 PM »

planet hop, shoot the moon's gravity-friendly brother, is a classic trick. when you get really good at planet hop, perhaps it could be said that you are in fact performing planet rock. i am personally of the belief that you should end every trick with a loop out, and practicing planet hops is one of the best ways to get solid regenerations while learning about spin direction. so do it!

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