King Yo Star “Ask Jake Elliot a Question” Contest. We held a contest to give away a King Yo Star “Rapid”. These were the questions Jake decided to answer. Enjoy!
1. Alex Hattori What's the best yo-yo to counterweight ratio in your opinion?
Jake: I prefer 1/6th or higher. The rapid is 66g and my own delrin counterweights are 10.9, which is a very effective and balance combination. I also enjoy very light yoyos in the 62-63g range which has a different feeling when using a 10.9g counterweight.
2.Patrick Canny Hey Jake, where do you think 5a play will go in the future? Do you think the style has a chance of growing, or do you think it will die away??
Jake: 5a is the easiest style to start other than 1a. In all of the other styles you need to either buy another yoyo, or a specialty yoyo. With 5a, all you need is some kind of weight and your favorite 1a yoyo. Right now 5a needs more stars to get people interested, and a company or two to push it. As for where 5a will be in the future, I’m optimistic.
3. Shai Hulud Jake, which 5A players have most influenced your style of play? As a follow up, have you learned more by emulating other top players or by focusing on developing your own unique style?
Jake: Makoto Numagami was my largest influence when I was starting 5a, especially his winning 2004 world yoyo contest routine. He is probably the reason why I have an “Asian” style rather than an “American” style. While my tricks are much faster and more complex, the underlying influence of Makato is there if you look for it.
Both emulating top players and coming up with your own stuff can be very useful. I like to learn other player’s tricks for fun; sometimes the tricks I learn inspire me to come up with my own original material.
4.Chris Febus Is the coordination of tricks for 5a hard?
Jake: It’s hard for about the first week, but after that it starts getting a lot easier. My advice to players who are considering playing 5a is to stick with it for about a week before deciding that 5a is too hard. If you learn the right tricks, the basics are very
easy to get down. 5a also has the unique benefit of the player not having to do 5a tricks. When you’re first learning, you can get comfortable with the counterweight just by doing 1a tricks while holding a counterweight. Try doing the 1a sports ladder with a counterweight in your hand. It’s not too tough and it will help you gain coordination very quickly.
5.Jamie Griles What made you choose 5A as your main style?
Jake: I really like the freedom that 5a offers over the other styles. 5a is the only style can that truly emulate the other styles of play. You can do very small, technical tricks that take their influence from 1a, you can do lots of wrap and tangler tricks based off of 2a, and you have all of freedom to use your body as you do in 4a. It takes the best of every other style and combines them into a single package.
6.Chad DeJohn Jake, how did you think up your idea for your unique counter weight?
Jake: I just wasn’t happy with the other counterweights on the market. I’m a guy who loves to make things, and when I realised that I was constantly frustrated with the other counterweights I was using and that they weren’t performing to my standard, I decided to machine my own. They turned out very well, and I am very happy that I’ve been able to give them to players from all around the world.
7.Kasrianto Wijaya: Jake Elliot, what do you feel when you got 2nd place in the WYYC 2014?
Jake: Humbled and motivated.
8. Alex Iserman Jake- when you first started, what trick was the most difficult, and most rewarding trick to learn?
Jake: My trick “swing mount” was one of my first “pro” tricks that I came up with, and is surprisingly difficult. I love the way it looks and the way it feels to perform it. It took me dozens of hours to get consistent with it, so now I feel obligated to put it into all of my freestyles.
The trick I am referencing can be seen at 1:43-1:44 of my 2014 worlds routine here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwV3MvyPYWM
James Robert Jake, what is the most unique counterweight you've ever thrown with? What is the weirdest thing that you think would work as a counterweight? It was absolutely incredibly watching your performance at World's 2014, I hope I get to see you compete again!
Jake: My good friend Dustin Gunter makes chainmail counterweights which are very unique and actually work extremely well. They are like bouncy ball counterweights without the downsides that bouncy ball counterweights are notorious for. I practice with them occasionally. And thank you very much for the compliment. It means a lot to me!
9. Brian Asami What do you look forward to when going to a contest?
Jake: My favorite part of yo-yoing is meeting foreign players. I love that I can meet someone at a contest and have a conversation through yoyo even though we don’t understand a single word that the other is saying. It makes yoyo feel like much more than just a toy.
Mike Tjx Xuan Jake, who is your favourite yoyo player or idol
Jake: Connor Scholten. He is a little known yoyo player, but he is very fluent in all five styles and knows more tricks that just about anybody. If you show him a trick, he can tell you the history of the trick and five different variations of it. He’s a walking yoyo encyclopedia. You can learn from him on Yoyotricks.com.
Congratulations to Patrick Canny! Your question "Hey Jake, where do you think 5a play will go in the future? Do you think the style has a chance of growing, or do you think it will die away??" Won you a Rapid!