If you love the sport of yo-yoing, you may want to attend a yo-yo tournament. You can find local and regional tournaments, as well as the World Yo-Yo Contest. The World Yo-Yo Contest is the pinnacle of the competitive circuit, and the most prestigious in the world. Here are some tips for your next yo-yo event.
Freestyle yo-yo contests
A yo-yo contest is a contested event, in which the competitors try to outdo one another with tricks. In these events, players are judged on the style of their tricks, the elegance of their control of the yo-yo, and the flow of their lines. A perfect score will include no mistakes. Judging criteria also consider the perceived risk and fluidity of the tricks. The contestants must show that they have complete control of the yo-yo and can execute the trick smoothly and efficiently.
Competition rules are strict, however. Contestants must perform tricks with only the yo-yos that they bring to the stage, and may not use any borrowed or standby yo-yos from the audience. In addition, they must not yo-yos that fall off stage. Any negative points earned by competitors are deducted from their scores.
In his yo-yo competitions, Shinji Saito often wins. The Japanese performer and competitor has won the World Yo-Yo Contest eight times in 2A and four times in CB. He currently holds the most world titles of any yo-yoer. In addition, his yo-yo skills are second to none. You might not have heard of Saito, but he’s certainly worth checking out.
The World Yo-Yo Contest was originally held in the Czech Republic, Tokyo, and Cleveland, Ohio, with separate divisions for men and women. Shinji, who won three World Titles in a row, dominated the Combined Division for four years in a row. In fact, Shinji is the only World Champion in a division that features players with multiple styles. Shinji only lost to a non-Japanese 2A competitor once, to Hong Kong’s Lui Man Ki. That year, Shinji made several mistakes and was unable to compete with Lui Man Ki.
The 2018 World Yo-Yo Championship featured two World Yo-Yo Champions. Shu Takada and Shion Araya competed in the 2A division. They placed first and second in their respective divisions. Both had nearly superhuman powers, so Evan had no chance of beating him. However, Shu’s routines were a bit different from the other competitors, so he was able to earn the top prize at the event.
The six-time World Yo-Yo Champion, Shu Takada, is a 25-year-old Japanese yo-yo player. He started yo-yoing at age six and rose to fame with his highly choreographed acrobatics and dance moves. His signature yo-yo is the Loop720, and the renowned Japanese brand YoYoFactory made it for him.
Shinji Takada’s performance at the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest
The results of the 2017 World Yo-Yo Contest were just in, and there were plenty of surprises. Despite the rumors, Shinji Takada managed to win the championship in two divisions. His performance was a perfect balance between creativity and technical ability. It is hard to say who was more surprised by the results than Takada, though.
While many people are excited to see Shinji Takada perform, the Japanese champion has yet to reveal his plans for the future. Takada hasn’t ruled out competing at the 2019 World Yo-Yo Contest. The Japanese champion has won the competition four times. Takada is a rising star of the yo-yo community. His performances are truly breathtaking, and are sure to inspire the next generation of yo-yo artists.
Counting yo-yo stops
Counting yo-yo stoppages is a critical component of yo-yo competitions. In order to avoid deductions for a yo-yo stoppage, a contestant must fully wind the yo-yo back into their hand. A contestant who intentionally rewinds their yo-yo will be considered to have discarded that yo-yo.
When judging a yo-yo routine, the judges will evaluate it on two criteria. The first is the “Technical Execution” score (TE). This is 60 percent of the total score. Other tricks will not be considered. To perform tricks, the yo-yo must spin with the power of the unwinding string.
Counting yo-yo discards
A yo-yo discard is defined as a yo-yo that is thrown away due to some mistake. Discards will include the use of a yo-yo in a trick or performance, stopping to wind the string or changing the yo-yo after a trick, or being intentionally discarded by the contestant. In a yo-yo contest, a contestant will be disqualified for yo-yos that stop in a trick or stunt, or are changed in any way.
Discards will count against you in a yo-yo competition if the event’s rules require it. Discards for missed tricks or elements will be deducted one point. The same applies to yo-yos that leave the stage due to an error that was not your fault. Deductions for lost control will add up to three points, so you should make sure you count your yo-yos before discarding.