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We know, the abundance of resources we make available to you has you absolutely dizzy with excitement. Check it out below courtesy of TheFerrell! We've all done it. Got excited about Astrojax, wanted to share it with someone in the world. You've practiced your wording see: orbit skill toy , how to describe them. And then, the moment of truth. The moment that decides your fate, whether you live or die;. This is a critical moment.

This is where the words start flying. This is life or death. You're about to teach a fresh face how to vertical orbit and you already know the ten ways it can go wrong. You've shown them what a vertical orbit looks like. You've exaggerated the orbiting motion your hand does but that you don't see. You've used very precise and exaggerated words that "when you do it, you are NOT gonna rotate your hand this big.

It doesn't take very much energy. Your hand orbits need to be so small I cannot see them. Because what they did was get excited. And what they do next is And there's no stopping them it's easier to punch a dolphin in the nose than try to stop them. They're gonna huge-hand-orbit regardless of their IQ level and how much you explained not to. They're gonna rubber-neck so as to avoid a small dent in their cranium see: Astrojax Plus.

You're gonna dive behind the nearest sofa or bush or ottoman because you were standing too close even though you knew better! You too want to live and not become another victim of the mistress we call Chaos. But alas. Teaching a noob, any noob means abandoning all safety because in Astrojax, there are no guarantees. Especially when it comes to noobs. I have yet to meet the noob that can accurately vertical orbit on their first try.

Show me a noob that can orbit like that and I'll show you a man with a furrowed eyebrow of distrust. Because I don't believe they exist. I think it's the natural evolution of anyone who has ever picked up a set of Astrojax.

But alas, you were brave. You sacrificed your well-being for a greater cause. You taught someone new how to start playing Astrojax. You laughed with them as a smile spread across their face at the sheer craziness of their first chaotic orbit. And who knows? This sacrifice may lead to something grand. Sure, they may never buy or play with a set again.

On the other hand, your commitment and sacrifice to that one individual may bring forth destiny. Astrojax may be my primary focus, but I'm proficient with many other skill toys as well. Astrojax was the second skill toy I learned how to use yoyos were my first , so I picked up a whole lot of others after learning Astrojax. Because Astrojax served as a 'gateway toy' of sorts, this seemed like a great opportunity to point out some other toys that you can cross-train with as you refine your skill toy techniques.

As it's not uncommon for a player proficient in one toy to gravitate toward another skill toy I thought this would be a fun post to share with you today. First, let's take a look at poi; Poi is described as the art of spinning tethered balls in an artistic fashion.

Poi spinning is very easy to pick up especially if your jaxing style involves a lot of powerplay, or full-string, moves. One of the reasons why Astrojax relates easily to Poi is because, well, Astrojax can be used exactly as you use poi!

You can hold one end ball, and swing the two-ball end in the various poi patterns. Using Saturn balls can mimic a great set of light-poi as well. US Astrojax actually sell three great sets of Kite Poi Poi with streamers on the end, two regular sized ones, and one set for younger children and the Boing Swing can be used as poi I use Boing Swing with extensions tied to them so I can make the spin radius longer.

Because Astrojax combines features of the yo-yo, juggling balls, the lasso, poi and many others and we've already taken a look at poi, let's check out the 5A Yoyo style. In this style, the part of the string that is usually tied to your finger is tied to a counterweight. This allows one more degree of freedom and opens up a whole new set of tricks that can be done by manipulating the counterweight. Notice how he basically starts with a horizontal Thriller move??

And then he proceeds to blow your mind!! Now, what do you need to get into this style? Well, for starters, you need a yoyo. Now what can we useā€¦. Take the yoyo-end of the string and thread it through the loop at the knot end of the string.

After that, attach the string back to the yoyo. However, when you start learning moves, look to practicing first with Astrojax since the string length and weight distribution are roughly the same as a yoyo.

Get the basics down with Astrojax, then transition to the yoyo. These are two of the most prominent gateways to other skill toys. By taking the time to use Astrojax, you learn how to visualize moves and become creative. This is very useful when picking up any other skill toy. If you're interested in learning a new skill toy, feel free to mention it in the comments section, or post it on the AP-Club. Ever wonder how photographs like the above are even possible?

I mean, what dark magic are these people using that allows them to create these brilliant light displays and what poor photographer actually sticks around to try and capture this forbidden alchemy before getting obliterated by the fireballs these wizards are throwing around? Actually, there's no wizardry here, just pure technological!

Sorry, thought that would work better but no matter, let's take a look at how you can re-create this at home. Having the shutter open longer allows the light trail to be captured on the image sensor. If you have a point and shoot digital camera you can set your camera to night mode to get comparable results. That's on you, so really push the limits of what's possible and experiment!

Try photographing multiple subjects. Shoot a set of Astrojax Saturn and a Boing at the same time! Play with depth. Start off close to the camera at beginning of the shot and further away at the end of the shot.

See what kind of ambient effects you get shooting in the woods! There are tons of ways to spice up your light painting so go crazy!

Using Boing Large , the first photo above 1 was achieved by having four people stand perfectly still, while four people "traced" their silhouettes or outlines from behind!

Click on the third photo 3 to view sea creatures! You are only limited by your imagination And when you're done shooting some awesome light painting? Don't forget to head over to our Facebook page to show off what dazzling displays you've captured! Because occasionally we'll hold contests for photo submissions there as well where you can win free USAstrojax stuff! It seems like only yesterday by yesterday, I mean that I received my first Myachi in my hometown of Salida, Colorado. It was summer.

Fibark was in full swing. The sun was shining and the river roaring as people swarmed around vendors selling at marked-up prices. I was 17 years old and like any teenager with money, it was burning a hole in my pocket. I was already familiar with hackysack and quite good at it. So when I saw these guys throwing down a version of hackysack that broke the rules see: playing with hands I knew I had to see what was going on.

What I discovered opened my eyes to hackysack play and the world of skill toys in general. What I learned was:. And I did look lame. It was hard at first. These guys were total rock stars. But most importantly? They were supportive, positive, and they opened my eyes. So what is Myachi? In short, it's a hand hackysack.


Astrojax Tricks

What do you get when you cross a yo-yo with juggling balls? The answer is Astrojax! This is a much more recent toy compared to the diabolo and juggling balls which have been around for many hundreds of years. New tricks are being invented all the time! Astrojax consists of 3 weighted balls attached by a piece of string with the middle ball freely moving. The construction of an actual Astrojax is however fairly complex as each ball has a precision machined metal weight in order to provide maximum performance and smooth action whilst playing.


Astrojax is a trademark of Active People, Switzerland, for a toy consisting of three balls on a string. Inside each ball is a metal weight. The metal weight lowers the moment of inertia of the center ball so it can rotate rapidly in response to torques applied by the string. This prevents the string from snagging or tangling around the center ball. Search this site. Astrojax was invented by physics graduate student Larry Shaw in It first appeared on the market in , when it was sold through The Nature Company , under the name of "Orbit Balls.

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