when i started doing a lot of fixed axle, it was mostly based on an internal dare. like “ok, me. i bet you a coke you can’t hit kamikaze or cold fusion” or something. the more i played though, i stopped trying to do tricks that really suit ball bearings and focused more on tricks that felt like they were “meant” for fixed. that meant a lot of traditional stuff like shoot the moons, loops, regens, fly-aways, etc. in late 2006 it occurred to me that you could go from one stall to another, which really changed the way i looked at it. you can pretty much take any 1a mount and make a “fixed axle analog” of it, either using stalls, flips, stop-n-go’s, etc.
it DOES have a kendama feel, both in terms of the rhythm of the tricks (you need to pause for a second to regain your balance sometimes) and in the rhythm of your learning curve (easy to hit “ok” stuff, then wildly hard to hit harder stuff).
i’ve always liked the no jive best, but tmbrs are truly wonderful as are the new OUT’s (just wish they came apart - i’ve burned through a couple). even a butterfly or profly can do amazing stuff. it’s not for everybody, but it’s pretty crazy how challenging it can be and how much room there is for new, creative stuff. there’s always been kind of an undercurrent of fixed axle awesomeness from the top 1a players, just because they’ve got an appreciation for where yo-yoing comes from AND the skills to make it work. but in the last few years people have done a lot more with it, which makes me glad.
stuff i’d suggest checking out:
drew and i worked really hard last year on the fixed friday series. i feel like watching and reading through the articles is useful, if only to know what’s been thought of so far.
drew’s last issue - “learn these” is a perfect (if daunting) place to start.
if you’re an absolute novice, i did a “back to basics” article in the ff archive, and i did this tutorial years ago.“how to stall”
also check out the fixed axle fun unlimited videos from worlds 04 and 09, and the fixed axle championship of all the world footage from 12 and 13.
the future belongs to kyle nations, who has developed a crazy flowy style.
kyle nations has developed a really great style - super-flowy:
and then here’s a lot of the tricks i’ve worked on this year (90% fixed, 3.0 coming soon):
EDIT: sorry that was so long winded, and it wasn’t meant to come off as pretentious. i’m obviously really into fixed axle and “where it’s going”, but if you just want to pick one up sometimes and throw a few trapezes or loops, that’s honestly just as rad.