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Hey guys, Ooch here!

So I travelled to the wonderful world of Connecticut recently and had the pleasure of hanging with the students of Sherman.  It was AWESOME!  I want to thank you for making me feel like a total rock star!

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I especially want to thank all the students who wrote me letters!  Awwww yeah!!  There were a couple of questions that popped up a bunch of times that I would like to answer . . .

First off, lots of people mentioned that their favorite trick of mine was “Eating the Sandwich” . . . That’s really funny because after my shows I was ACTUALLY eating a sandwich and some students came into the room and asked me what trick I was doing.  I wasn’t actually doing a yo-yo trick so I said, “eating the sandwich”.  This has quickly become lots of people’s favorite trick!  Oh, and by the way, I was eating a tuna sandwich.  Tuuuuuuunnnnaaaaaaaaa!!!!  Yummy.

A few of the kids had a chance to see some of my rare yo-yos.  One of the yo-yos I showed was the PacMan yo-yo by Werrd, Australia.  It’s very rare because there are only TWO of them in existence.  Someone wanted to know who has the other Pac Man yo-yo.  The name of that guy is Stu Brown and he’s the guy who actually made them!  I feel honored to have one of them.

Pacman

And another shout-out to the Sherman Yo-Yo Club!  I had the chance of hanging out with them after school and had a total blast!  To the Sherman Yo-Yo Knights . . . Awwww Yeah!!!!  Keep throwin’!!

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Oh, and one more thing – the Sherman School has been . . .

Oochapproved

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Hey guys! I’m back with more.

Many of you know that I have a catch phrase and it’s, “Awww yeah!” I use it when I like something or I’m excited about something. Often times it’s followed by my signature move . . . the Ooch point as indicated below.

Every time I have a show I share my catch phrase and Ooch point with my audience. As most of you know there are many times to use it, like when your teacher rewards the class for doing something good. That’s a great opportunity to show your appreciation of his or her appreciation of you! You might even use it at home when your parents do or say something that gets you excited. It’s fun to look at them and with a big grin on your face do the Ooch point and say, “Awww yeah”!

I even suggest using “Awww yeah” with the point as part of the ‘step back and spin it’ technique. You see sometimes when I get angry I need to snap myself out of being mad, so I take a step back, spin my arms in a circle, point at the problem and with a head-nod say, “Awww yeah”! Usually, by the time I finish doing that little routine I’ve taken the seriousness out of my anger and can look at the situation with a level head. It’s a great technique to prevent me from doing or saying something I’d regret immediately after. It gives me a moment to chill out, realize I’m angry and do the RIGHT thing.

What I DON’T talk about is when it’s not appropriate to use it – like if you were in the middle of a library and you busted out with a loud, “Awww yeah” for no reason. People might find that upsetting or even annoying. I always have a good reason to do the Ooch point and give an “Awww yeah”. It’s special and I don’t overuse it. I’d encourage you to do the same – save it for something that you REALLY like or are especially excited about.

Sure, I’d love to have my special point and catch phrase become a household thing! I’d love to know kids (and adults) all over the world where doin’ the Ooch point and saying “Awwww yeah” every time they were excited or happy about something. I’d be bummed out, though, if I knew it was being used to annoy an older (or younger) brother or sister or was getting someone in trouble for over-using it.

Guys, have fun with it! Use it! But always remember to use it responsibly.

You know what? Now is a good time to use it. Get up, go to a mirror, take a good look at the ridiculously good looking person staring back at you and hit em with your best Ooch point and “Awww yeah”! After all – you deserve it!!


Hey guys! Ooch here. So I had a great couple of shows today in Sudbury, MA. I’d love to give a quick “Awwww yeah” to them! You guys and gals were AWESOME and I hope to see you again soon!!

So people ask me all the time, “Ooch, what’s with the orange shoes?” And depending on my mood the answer varies… Sometimes I tell people that I wear orange shoes because I like orange. Quick Ooch factoid – my favorite color is orange followed by grey and then electric blue.

Other times I tell people I wear orange shoes because orange is the color of creativity.

And then there are times that I tell people that my orange shoes are my game-day shoes. Basketball players wear their game shoes on the court . . . I wear my orange shoes on stage. So do my orange shoes make me a better yo-yo player? Not necessarily but they DO give me confidence. I feel pretty cool when wearing them and people always compliment me on them. So I guess in some ways they make me a better entertainer. I mean, the shoes alone are entertaining!!! I can’t lose!!

I wear orange shoes for many reasons but here’s the most important reason – I wear orange shoes because the are part of what makes me unique.

I’d love to know what you do that makes you unique. Do you have a certain style or fashion that is uniquely you? Do you have a special dance move that is your signature move? What about you makes you feel cool or confident? What makes you stand out from the crowd?

I’ll be looking forward to seeing your posts!!

Ooch out . . .


Hey Guys,
Ooch here! I’m back in the states.
Here is a great video introducing segments from my positive spin presentation at one of the schools, in 2010.
This program empowers every student to turn negative situations into positive ones through the use of two simple words – “Spin it”. The performance addresses issues that are important to elementary and middle schoolers and affect them on a daily basis. Ooch discusses and offers the students tips and tricks relating to such issues as popularity, making and keeping friends, earning respect of teachers and peers, becoming comfortable in your own skin, bullying and dealing with failure.