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28 Jun 2012

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Thing you’ve got the SPEED? The TRICKS? The determination to conquer the FAST Challenge? This weekend in Moscow the FAST Challenge will be running. If you’ve got what it takes check out the Offical Event Site for more info! On hand will been YoYoFactory Contest Team members from Russia.

 

 

28 Jun 2012

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27 Jun 2012

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In September of 2011, an old friend of mine asked me if I wanted to help out “Camp Kesem.” A little confused, I told her I had no idea what she was asking about. It turns out Camp Kesem is a free student-run summer camp open to kids from ages 6-16 who have a parent in treatment for cancer, in remission for cancer, or has passed away from cancer. She told me that for the summer of 2012, they were hoping to send 95 kids to camp and would love to have a professional yo-yo player as a special guest.

 

 

Honored, and a little overwhelmed, I gladly accepted her invite to be a part of Camp Kesem for the summer of 2012. A little unsure of what I should do, I decided I would try to teach the kids how to yo-yo. YoYoFactory graciously helped me out and donated over 100 Spinstars to the kids at camp.

 

 

On June 23rd, a Saturday, I set out to Camp with some new friends. When we arrived to the camp grounds, we walked into the middle of the Kesem Carnival—waterslide included. I started to demo for about 20 minutes when some kids got really interested and wanted to give it a shot. I let them try for a bit and told them I’d be running a yo-yo class later in the day when they were doing activity rotations. As the Carnival was coming to a close, the counselors asked the kids to
get into a circle and they all welcomed me with my new nickname, “Yogurt the yo-yo man,” or “Yogurt” for short. They asked me to get in the center of the circle and show them some tricks. A little embarrassed, I agreed, and the amount of cheering and compliments I received was pretty overwhelming.

 



 

After a quick lunch and some songs, we distributed a yo-yo to every camper. They were ecstatic and rushed to their cabins for “rest hour.” I went to the Teal Unit’s cabin with my new friends to prepare for  my rotations.

 

 

My first rotation was with the orange unit. The campers reaction to the Spinstars was fantastic. As I was walking to the patio where I was going to run my rotations, I saw huge groups of kids playing yo-yo. After a short demo, we played a quick game of “name that yo-yo trick,” where I would do my favorite yo-yo tricks and the campers would come up with names. Afterwards, the real fun started and I started to run the lessons. There was a lot of positive energy, as well smiles and laughter to go around.

 




 

As orange group left to go swimming, I went off to the ampitheater where my next rotation was held with the younger units in camp. This group was even BIGGER then the first! The kids were very welcoming and were also very enthusiastic. In this group, some of the counselors even joined in on the lessons. It was the first time most of them have played with a yo-yo in years.

 






 

When we were done with my second and last rotation, we all walked over to the dining hall and waited for dinner. As I sat down, I looked around the hall and realized at every table, there were a ton of kids playing with yo-yos and having a lot of fun. Even the groups that didn’t get to go to my lessons were messing around and learning tricks from the other campers. Heck, even the nurse was joining in on the fun!

 

 

After dinner, I headed home. I was really happy with the entire day. Everyone at camp, the kids, the counselors, and even the staff all had great attitudes and it was pretty fantastic. My favorite thing about Camp Kesem is that it does a good thing for the kids as well as the counselors. The kids are given a chance to be kids again; they are able to take a week off and enjoy their summer at camp with their friends… and the counselors get to help make that happen. It’s a beautiful thing, and from the one day I got to visit, I am extremely impressed. Camp Kesem was a wonderful, and extremely humbling, experience. If all goes well, I plan on going back next year. Thank you, Camp Kesem!

 

 

For more information about UCSD’s Camp Kesem, please visit their Website.

 

26 Jun 2012

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Igor Galiev never disappoints with his videos. He always picks great themes and scenery, not to mention amazing tricks!

 

25 Jun 2012

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25 Jun 2012

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21 Jun 2012

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The man. The Myth. The Legend. Alex Garcia has a laundry list of accomplishments. High on that list is the first Champion of a freestyle division. That may seem odd, but in the past contests ran on a list of tricks similar to current “ladder” style divisions. But because if the rising level of play freestyles were introduced. In 1998 US Nationals instituted freestyles for Champion divisions, and Alex rose to the occation clenched the title.

 

20 Jun 2012

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19 Jun 2012

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YoYoFactory:  Congrats on regaining your national title! How long has it been?
Yuji S Kelly: It’s been 3 long years!

YYF: Lots of new tricks, where has the inspiration come from?
YSK: The past year has been pretty hectic for inspiration, can’t name individuals because the list is too long but, i’ve gone from living in Japan, to coming back to the UK, to going to my first EYYC and traveling to Austrian & Slovakian Nationals and Polish Nationals. Even managed to squeeze in a couple of practice sessions with Jason Lee! I think all that coupled with my terrible 6th place last year really drove me forward this year.

 

 

 

 

YYF: Gotta ask, that last trick was off the hook! Tell us some more about it?
YSK: Haha, there’s not an awful lot to it. It was just an odd mount I came up with that I wasn’t sure what to do with until I remembered one of Marcin Drzewiecki’s tricks where the yoyo swings around his wrist. Then with some tweaking I got it to look a bit like the spin top “cork screw” trick, well, that’s what I was going for.

YYF: Whats up for YSK for the rest of the year?
YSK: Japan Nationals on the 1st of July! I think after some chilling i’ll get to preparing new tricks for EYYC.

YYF: Are we going to film in Japan for a “YoYoFactory Presents?”
YSK: Yes, I’ll make sure I have a set of tricks ready!

YYF: Awesome, Thanks Yuji and Congratulations again!

 

 

18 Jun 2012

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We have yet another great entry in the YoYoFactory Europe Video Contest, this time from Miia! She has really progressed in the short time she’s been playing. Well on her way to becoming a future champion.