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Review of the Thall Yo-Yo by Static

The Thall is a bi-metal yo-yo made by Static Unresponsives. Cade, one of the owners of Static, sent me his personal Thall to try and review and I was pretty excited for the chance. This yo-yo has a very unique feel to it, a very heavy solid feel with a strange floaty feeling while it’s in the air. The video will show and talk about this in depth. If you’d like to see the unboxing I made while I was a part of the Thrower’s Corner project you can see it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWlcloAfjUw If you’re interested in buying your own Thall or just want to see some more information you can get to Static’s site here: http://staticdirect.bigcartel.com/

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How to make a yo-yo trick

I was told earlier that most of the “how to make a yoyo trick” videos out there stink and I should make one too. Well here’s the thing. Teaching someone how to be creative is pretty damn hard apparently! This is my first attempt at teaching this and mid video I realize how difficult it would be to teach. So I showed how I would make a trick and advised that you force yourself to keep it short to make it easier when you’re starting out. Please let me know if you have any questions and if any of you are interested in the one on one tutoring I mentioned the page talking about it is here: https://mikemonty.com/learn/yoyoclasse…

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How to start a yo-yo club

In yesterday’s video we talked about where to find other yoyoers locally. So what happens if you can’t find any and there doesn’t seem to been any even with your best efforts? You’ll just have to make your own yoyoers then. This video covers the nuts and bolts of how to start a yo-yo club. From the name, to the location, and all the way down to promotion and growth, this video will give you a solid start in making a local yoyo club to be proud of.

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Where do you meet other yo-yoers?

In my previous vlog’s comments I was asked how I got into the yo-yo community by TheRealViscera, in his comment he also mention how it was discouraging to continue without having someone local to hang out with. I got him in touch with his local club and then realized some of the rest of you might have wondered this as well, Where do you meet other yo-yoers at? I start out where I found my first bunch of yo-yoers, online. Well technically I knew four local yo-yoers but they met an hour away from where I lived at the time and as a 13 year old, an hour away might as well be in another country when it comes to getting rides from mom. So I went to the internet.

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— Official Website: https://mikemonty.com
— Yo-Yo Crash Course for beginners: https://mikemonty.com/yo-yo-crash-course/
— Competitive Yo-Yoing 101 – Learn how to make a solid freestyle: https://mikemonty.com/howtoyoyo/yoyofr…
— Yo-Yo Trick Tutorials: https://mikemonty.com/learn/howtoyoyo/
— Facebook Page: http://facebook.com/mikemonty
— Instagram: http://instagram.com/mikemonty
— Twitter: http://twitter.com/mikemonty
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The first site I found that I liked was yoyoing.com, it’s gone now but it helped me see there was depth to this hobby. There were more people playing and making up tricks and uploading them to the internet for others to see an learn. This was back in the dialup days, but when you’re a kid dying to learn another trick you’ll wait hours to watch a 12 second clip the size of postage stamp.

After that I joined a few forums like:
—YoYoExpert.com Forum: http://yoyoexpert.com/forum
—TheYo Forum: http://theyo.com/yoyo/forum.php

Then a few years late as social networks started to grow and yo-yoers migrated to them, I found a few facebook groups:
—Trick Circle group for trick creators: https://www.facebook.com/groups/29301…
—The General YoYoing group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/YoYoing/
—The YoYo BST & Talk: https://www.facebook.com/groups/yoyoBST/
—Solid up and coming group with a lot of activity, National Recreational Yo-Yo Association: https://www.facebook.com/groups/natio…
— YoYo Ireland (Suggested by Chris Hutchinson): https://www.facebook.com/groups/45827…
— British Yo-Yo Association (Suggested by Chris Hutchinson): https://www.facebook.com/groups/Briti…

I found a few popular yo-yoers who use twitter and paid attention to who was following them:
https://twitter.com/yoyoexpert
https://twitter.com/yoyofactory
https://twitter.com/clywcanada

As well as on instagram:
— Brandon Vu: https://www.instagram.com/thebrandonvu/
— The #TrickCircle tag: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tag…
— The #TodaysThrow tag: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tag…
— The #YoYoNews tag: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tag…

And a few popular YouTube yo-yoers:
— Brandon Vu again: https://www.youtube.com/user/Jeffaton…
— YoTricks Tutorials/Store: https://www.youtube.com/user/yotricks
— SLUSNY yoyoshop: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyZZ…

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What yo-yo should you start with?

[vc_row type=”in_container” scene_position=”center” text_color=”dark” text_align=”left” overlay_strength=”0.3″][vc_column column_padding=”no-extra-padding” column_padding_position=”all” background_color_opacity=”1″ background_hover_color_opacity=”1″ width=”1/1″][vc_column_text]In part 1 of the fantastic yo-yo crash course we’re going to talk about what yo-yo you should start out your new hobby with. Knowing what to buy and where to start in yo-yoing can be a bit confusing and that’s why we’re here, to make it easier on you to get started.

First Things First

Many people starting to learn to yo-yo feel that the more the yo-yo costs the better it will be. This doesn’t typically work out for someone who is starting out. Expensive yo-yo’s are generally made for experienced players who know how to use them and how to make them return to their hands. Without the experience gained from use of more basic models first these expensive yo-yo’s will cause only confusion and frustration.

It is important to note here that it will save the beginner trouble in the long run to start them on a fixed axle yo-yo and then graduate them to a transaxle yo-yo. The reason for this is that fixed axle yo-yo’s teach the beginner how to throw their yo-yo smoothly enough to keep it from bouncing at the end of the string – allowing it to sleep – but hard enough to get a long sleep time out of it – allowing them to perform tricks. Fixed axle yo-yo’s will also help to teach a beginner yo-yoer to throw the yo-yo straight, without tilting, allowing it to spin longer because the string won’t be touching the inside wall of the yo-yo.

If you are just starting out and don’t know what yo-yo to start with I can make a few suggestions for you. I have a few yo-yo’s that I’ve learned on and taught people with that I have found to be amazing learning and teaching aids.

Beginner Fixed Axle Yo-Yo’s

The Duncan ProYo

Duncan ProYoThe Duncan ProYo is a wooden axle yo-yo with a modified shape. It’s not entirely round like the duncan imperial but it’s not entirely flared like the butterfly shape. It’s an amazing yo-yo to start out on because the shape of the yo-yo forces the beginner to learn how to throw the yo-yo straight and correctly. If you throw this yo-yo at a slight tilt it will cause the inner walls of the yo-yo to rub on the string, which generally cause the yo-yo to spin out of control by the time it reaches the end of the string. I generally start all my beginner yo-yoers out on Duncan ProYo’s before moving them onto more sophisticated models. (Click here for more info)

The Duncan ProFly

Duncan ProFlyThe Duncan ProFly is a wooden axle yo-yo with a butterfly shape. It’s an affordable and effective way to start off a beginner in learning how to throw a yo-yo and it’s a good next step to take after using a ProYo for a few weeks because the butterfly shape of the yo-yo will cut down on how often the string touches the inside walls of the yo-yo (which slows it down). It will enable the beginner to throw longer sleepers which will help them pick up tricks like rock the baby, walk the dog, and elevator. (Click here for more info)

Beginner Ball Bearing Yo-Yo’s:

The Duncan Dragonfly

Duncan DragonflyThe Duncan Dragonfly was the very first ball bearing yo-yo I got when I decided I really wanted to learn how to yo-yo. The thing is tough and durable, I’ve had mine since 2003 and it hasn’t broke yet, the bearing is still good and the cork based response system lasts a looong time.

This is a great yo-yo to get a beginner who has mastered the use of fixed axle yo-yo’s like the Duncan ProYo and ProFly and is ready to move onto a yo-yo that sleeps a lot longer because of it’s ball bearing transaxle. (Click here for more info)

That’s it for today!

So those are what I would suggest you take a look at for now, fixed axle yo-yoers are, in my opinion, the best to learn on because they force you to learn how to yo-yo correctly since they are very unforgiving. But because of that they can be frustrating to a beginner who is more excited to learn some cool tricks than learn technique.

See you in part two!

Mike Montgomery
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