Teaching My Neighbor How to Yoyo?

Well, I’m teaching my neighbor how to yoyo, and he’s decently successful. The problem is, I think he is learning the tricks in a bad order. He learned plastic whip, and he’s trying to learn gyroscopic flop. And I don’t think that’s the right way at all. I think we all started with rock the baby and around the world, right? So am I wrong at all when I say that he should be learning the simple ones first, using a responsive yoyo? Because I think later on he will be hopelessly confused when I’m teaching him tricks like kwijibo or pop n fresh, when I reference other tricks, he will be hopelessly confused. Not to mention, you have to know that all those beginner tricks sure helped out your spin time.

Do you think I’m wrong on this, or should I convince him to alter his ways?

Learning beginner tricks at first sure will help you…
But if you don’t do it in order, I don’t think that’s wrong…

I know that there isn’t persay a “wrong” way, I’m just wondering if I should change it.

yes you should.

Not really! I think that you should teach your neighbor however you want to.

Although it might be a problemif he gets really reallyinto it, decides to see some beginner tricks, and they arent the beginner tricks he thinks they should be.

Well I don’t see a huge problem with that but I’ll tell you something that I see wrong with it. When I first learned to yo-yo, I used responsive and did those beginner tricks. Overtime, playing with responsive really smoothened out my playing and made me look naturally flowing when I do my tricks. I don’t mean to show off but when I do my tricks (which I can’t do many), I feel I do them as good as the pros. So decide, either teach him how to play responsive and he learns to play smooth quickly or skip all of that and let him learn tricks and very slowly learn to play smoothly.

Hope this Helps!

I think it would be better to have him learn the basic tricks first, because I had skipped most of the basic tricks and I had to go back and learn them before I could move on to the expert level tricks.

There is no “correct” way of teaching yo-yo because yo-yoing is a natural thing. The order of things we all learn is in my opinion based on our personalities. Our personalities help us determine what kind of style of tricks we like and we want to learn those tricks first even if they aren’t our level. I was like this when I started out. I recall first I mastered Matrix then the next trick I learned was Hour Glass.

In my opinion, you’re not doing it wrong at all but you need to teach him not tricks first but movements and mounts. Has he learned Matrix or the Bro and Trapeze slack? Has he learned Zipper, or maybe the double or nothing mount? To me the best way of teaching is to teach him things that are based on things he already knows. Once he’s comfortable using a certain motion or mount then teach him a trick of another style. Your way of teaching is good because every teacher has a different method to their madness. Just remember to give him a lecture on the importance of each trick he’s learning and teach him the importance of a throw.

Do what you think will make him comfortable.

~Spin On!

well if you dont really have the time to teach him ALL THE TRICKS, then teach him all the possible mounts. That way, even if he doesnt understand what ur saying well, he can still perform the trick at a minimum level

Also, with the mounts he might also make-up new tricks. Remember:

Mounts and movements are the most important elements in tricks.

I suggest teaching a mount-like a split bottom- and then teaching a trick. That’s how I used to teach people…

I say teach him what he wants to learn. If he needs fundamentals from another trick to land something in the trick he wants to learn, tell him that, teach him the stepping stone trick, and then teach him the trick he wanted to know. No need to force tradition down his throat; sure his tricks would look smoother if he started with a responsive yo-yo and beginner tricks but that’ll come with practice anyways, so keep him interested by teaching him what he needs to know to accomplish what he likes.