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YodaGuy5

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Saying "Hey!"
« on: May 17, 2013, 09:56:06 AM »

Hey guys,

I wanted to finally post my introduction thread.

My name is Bryce and I'm a yoyoer from Iowa. Currently I run the Iowa State YoYo Contest with a little help from Adam Brewster, Blake Freeman and Eric Tranton.  I'm pretty much obsessed with most if not all skill toys. I play with Rubik's Cubes, yoyos, tops, kendamas, and anything I can get my hands on.

I started in the boom in the 90s and gave up after a while when I couldn't do tricks like brain twister on a Yomega X-Brain.  I started back up in 2009 or so when my at the time gave use yoyos as part of a promo. My co-worker and I broke those pretty quick and went over to Wal-Mart and picked up some Duncan Ball Bearing yoyos. From there it just took off like crazy.  After seeing Miggy and Yukki throwing around the Throwbacks in the YYF Undeniable video I began obsessing over tops.  For the longest time I couldn't get the boomerang down and my friend Adam and I would practice between takes of yoyo videos and after work beers..

After meeting Neff at the 2012 Kansas State YoYo Contest, I've been stalking him via facebook and real life at other contests.  This last fall I finally got boomerang while watching the battle between Obi-Wan and Anakin in the movie, Revenge of the Sith. I say I draw my power from the darkside.  From there on Joel Norris, Adam, and Neff have been pushing me to learn at least all the tricks in the ladder. Right now I'm stuck on Rollercoaster and Mach 5 is inconsistent. Also I get really nervous at contest.

Other than skill toys I'm into building PCs, Star Wars, and working on my car. Also I'm a SQL developer at a health care company.

Anyway, wanted to create my intro and start being more active on this board.

EDIT:
Also wanted to add that I'm now really intrigued by battle tops and have been reading these threads/sites.

http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,1630.msg16624.html#msg16624

http://spintop.nationalyoyo.org/battle-top-contest/.

http://www.ta0.com/forum/index.php/topic,1527.0.html
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the Earl of Whirl

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Re: Saying "Hey!"
« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2013, 10:15:05 AM »

Hello YodaGuy5.  Hope you enjoy your time around these parts.  It's good to hear of your interest and your progress.

Welcome!
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Re: Saying "Hey!"
« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2013, 11:47:03 AM »

Great introduction!

Learning tops many times is about breaking mental blocks. It is not that difficult, but some things are counter-intuitive, so having somebody who points out what you are doing wrong is a big help.  Dale Oliver (who was a world champion yo-yoer before becoming a top expert) used to say that with top tricks many times it helps to "slow down." I found it a very useful advice.  In part it may have to do with the fact that you have to wait for precession to do its thing.

Battling tops is a lot of fun.  But I have never been even close to winning the battles with trophies  :(
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kevinm

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Re: Saying "Hey!"
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2013, 08:23:53 PM »

You are picking it up very fast, I thought you had been throwing longer. It has taken me a long time to learn what little I can do, and
even when I practice a bunch, it doesn't really seem to get easier the way throwing a yo-yo gets easier when I practice a trick over and over.
One thing that became real clear to me is that if you can hang out with people that are better than you, they can give you tips to help you with a trick that you might never figure out even if you practiced it for weeks.
Nice avi, btw.
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