2017 World Yoyo Champion

I had a Duncan yoyo as a kid, but barely managed simple tricks like “walking the dog”. Have a look at what Shu Takada, the world yoyo champion can do. (The contest was in Reykjavik in August.)

24 Comments

  1. BobTerrace
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, but can he do that with only one?

  2. Posted September 19, 2017 at 3:14 pm | Permalink

    And I thought I was pretty hot when I could go a couple of times “around the world”! πŸ™‚

  3. KD33
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    Unbelievable. Quite a feat of endurance, too!

    Within 5 seconds of trying that I’d have beaned myself in the head 10 times and ended up hogtied on the floor with yoyo string.

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 3:51 pm | Permalink

    What are they using for string? All I could ever do was break string. Must have really improved the string.

  5. Ann German
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:11 pm | Permalink

    When your best friends are yoyos.

    • BobTerrace
      Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

      My best friends are ding dongs.

    • Posted September 20, 2017 at 6:16 am | Permalink

      I wonder if he has a girlfriend?

  6. BJ
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:23 pm | Permalink

    Holy moly, that was unbelievable.

    Remember, no matter how good you think you are at something, there’s always a whole bunch of people from China, Japan, and South Korea who are a million times better…

    • Saul Sorrell-Till
      Posted September 20, 2017 at 6:16 am | Permalink

      That’s racist stereotyping. There’s lots of complete incompetents in Asia too.

      • BJ
        Posted September 20, 2017 at 9:31 am | Permalink

        Hmmmm…can’t tell if you’re joking πŸ™‚

        But, just in case you’re not, I’ll note that I never said there aren’t plenty of incompetents in those places. It just seems like any time it comes to things that are niche and require tons of practice, from gaming to yoyos to cup stacking, it seems like people from those countries are the ones who have the wherewithal to practice more than anyone else. Which makes sense when you think about it, as South Korea and Japan have populations that work longer hours and get less sleep than most others around the world (in Japan, they even have a word for overworking yourself literally to death, as some people drop dead from it), and China has nearly 1.4 billion people with many living in areas that are first world in standard of living.

        • Saul Sorrell-Till
          Posted September 20, 2017 at 11:04 am | Permalink

          It was a joke, don’t worry.

          • BJ
            Posted September 20, 2017 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

            Haha OK, glad to hear it.

            Now, excuse me while I cry myself to sleep because I’m sure there are millions of South Koreans who are a million times better than I am at detecting sarcasm.

  7. yazikus
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 4:29 pm | Permalink

    Whoa.

  8. Posted September 19, 2017 at 6:47 pm | Permalink

    Does anyone else remember Yoyo “professionals” who came around to schools and demonstrated tricks (not at this level) to boost sales?

    • Posted September 19, 2017 at 9:38 pm | Permalink

      And I thought there was a significant competitor for Duncan Yoyos in the late ’40s or early ’50s (with their own touring “pros”), but I can’t find evidence for that on line. So much for memories pushing 70.

  9. Posted September 19, 2017 at 6:52 pm | Permalink

    A major thing here is the sheer endurance of this performance.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted September 20, 2017 at 1:37 am | Permalink

      A very apt quotation, though I’m not sure ‘yo-yos’ there referred to the whirly things on bits of string…

      cr

  10. Wonderer
    Posted September 19, 2017 at 8:32 pm | Permalink

    Now I know what it is like to be a helium atom. Take that Nagel.

  11. Jonathan Dore
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 2:28 am | Permalink

    Enormously impressive, but half-way through the 3 minute video I was already bored. Not really a spectator sport.

    • Posted September 20, 2017 at 6:18 am | Permalink

      To understand what’s going on I recommend watching it full screen at half speed. Then of course it soon becomes twice a boring.

      • Saul Sorrell-Till
        Posted September 20, 2017 at 8:43 am | Permalink

        I definitely think it could’ve used some slo-mo replays. It’s so advanced, quick and fluid it masks the skill involved almost completely. If someone does tricks with a football it’s relatively easy to parse what’s happening and appreciate the skill…but with this I’m just kind of taking it on trust that what he’s doing is elite-level.

    • Evan Plommer
      Posted September 20, 2017 at 9:04 am | Permalink

      I agree with you. When something gets this complicated it actually ceases to amaze. Counterintuitive, this!

  12. darrelle
    Posted September 20, 2017 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    I think this guy might be a Red Lectroid.


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