Fundamental Elements List

I always thought it’d be useful to have a working list of fundamental elements for reference, and I’ve never seen one, so I’m starting one here. What I mean by a “fundamental element” is any basic element which is the foundation for other tricks, variations and combinations of elements. If you have any questions, additions or suggestions, feel free to leave a reply.


  • Trapeze
  • Brother
  • Sub
  • 1.5
  • Double/Triple or Nothing
  • Wrist
  • Kink
  • Houdini
  • Kamikaze
  • Chopsticks
  • Gorilla
  • Split-bottom
  • Brain twister
  • Mach 5


  • Throw/Catch
  • Wind/Bind
  • Regeneration
  • Stall
  • Kickflip/Shove-it
  • Picture tricks
  • Green/Red Triangle
  • Finger curl
  • Pinwheel
  • Manual wrap/unwrap
  • Underpass
  • Insertion
  • Flip/Roll
  • Hop/Pop
  • Pluck
  • Boing/Bounce/Hit
  • Weave
  • Suicide
  • Whip/Slack
  • Laceration/Hook
  • Tension Slack
  • Finger Grind
  • Redirect
  • Rejection
  • Flop
  • Arm/Body tricks
  • Hug
  • Bucket
  • Ripcord

Good thread idea
Add double or nothing to mounts


Thanks! I knew I was forgetting something.

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Split bottom mount?


Thanks! Added. Also added Kamikaze

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Maybe consider adding sub mount as a mount. Basic element for speed combos and stuff.


I could be mistaken, but I think the Kamikaze and Houdine mount are the same. At least thats what the YYT video says about the two.

They are different mounts.
That’s Houdini hqdefault
That’s Kamikaze


ahhh ok thank you! so houdini is one of the ways to enter kamikaze.


Yes that’s right😄
In the houdini mount picture the string goes over the thumb of the left hand. If that string would go into the gap of the yoyo instead you would find yourself in a kamikaze mount. That’s how the two mounts are connected.


appreciate you and your response, thank you!!


I don’t know if this is exactly what you are looking for, but there is horizontal and behind the back stuff.

I think horizontal would just be a variation of existing elements on the list. I’m not too well versed in horizontal. The only trick I know of that’s exclusive to it is the banana turnover. For the behind the back stuff, I’ll add body tricks to the list and that would also cover arm, leg, and neck stuff.

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Yeah, I guess that’s true.

Added Gorilla to mounts.

Casual yo-yo tutorials did a very good job of categorizing and demonstrating. Jacob, the creator seemed to have abandoned the idea, but it was excellent, still is…

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Never seen these before, I’ve been checking them out. Really useful videos! This is what I was going for with this list, just breaking it down to the most basic moves and elements.

Stalls, Kickflips and Shuvits aren’t on the element list.

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Thanks! I had Stall up near the top, I put kickflips/shove-its right underneath it.