5 Things Competitive Yoyo Players Don’t Do

So, you think you have what it takes to start getting into competitive Yoyoing? Well, doing so requires a mindset shift. 

If you truly want to get competitive, you need to think less like and artist and more like an athlete.

If you think this game is meant to be fun 24/7, especially at the top tiers of competition, you’ve been misinformed.

So if you’re ready to take your Yoyoing to the next level, here are 5 things you need to avoid at all costs. 

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1. Complaining About The Scoring System

The top competitors don’t complain about the scoring system, they study it and adjust their style accordingly.

It pains me to read comments such as “my tricks don’t score” or “he won because he’s just a point whore”. If you have ever said any variation of these two things, chances are you don’t have a competitor’s mindset.  

Do you think; Shion, Evan, Gentry, Takeshi, Zach or any other top tier player sits around posting comments all day about how they hate the scoring system? Probably not. Even if they dislike the state of the current scoring system, they’ve all taken steps to adjust their style to it regardless. Top competitors learn to thrive in the most current scoring system, build freestyles around it and ultimately become beacons for the rest of us to emulate. 

Put succinctly, the scoring system doesn’t suck, you do. 


2. Thinks YoYoing Should Be All About Fun

Let me preface this. While Yoyoing is fundamentally a game and winning Yoyo Competitions yields nothing but bragging rights. Acquiring enough skill to actually win competitions requires a crap tonne of work.

More players are getting into it, and they are really good. Young kids without jobs that play 24/7 rise to the top quickly and make the existing players look like dinosaurs. To keep up or rise to the top you need to work hard. 

To remain relevant you need to practice and hone your tricks. Constantly increase your speed and consistency and keep bringing things to a whole new level. Sometimes this means playing and practicing to the point where it’s not fun anymore, because that is what it takes to win in this increasingly crowded field. 


3. Refuses To Learn New Tricks

Want to get your ass kicked in a couple years? Stop learning new tricks. Even the most seasoned professionals will get romped if they don’t innovate and continually adapt. Look at Hiroyuki Suzuki, 4 time 1a World Champion, arguably the best 1a player of all time. Even he is now starting to slip as his rate of trick innovation goes down. 

You need to constantly learn the trending elements, learn the most densely scoring tricks and innovate from there. Yoyoing is a collaborative effort and innovation echoes throughout the community. So suck it up, slow down the trick that just knocked your socks off and learn it. Your competitive status depends on it. 


4. Treats Yoyoing As A Purely Creative Outlet

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The world is filled with exceptionally  technical and creative players. These players garner huge respect within the Yo-yo world, but even so, rarely place high in competition. 

Innovation for the sake of innovation, doesn’t lead to increased competition results. 

To do well in Yoyoing is a bit of a paradox. You need to innovate outside the box, inside the box.

What I mean by that is you need new tricks that maximise the click count in an innovative and refreshing way. Any innovation that doesn’t achieve clicks won’t yield competition ranks.


5. Scoffs At The Competitive Yoyoing Scene

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We all know a player who thinks he’s “too good” to compete. Or that individual that thinks everyone that competes has “no life” and is destined to wind up a virgin. If this is you, you’re not meant to be playing this game. 

To be a competitor you’ve got to throw yourself into this. You can’t hate the game, you’ve got to revel in it. You’ve got to appreciate the competitive tricks and innovate in that direction. If a player is smashing the competition scene, you can’t write him off as a “point whore”, you need to study his freestyles and figure out why.

Anyone whose negative about this game has lost before it’s even begun. I can’t count the amount of times I felt I’d been “robbed”, or that I’d been “under clicked” or that someone won simply because they had the crowd or hype behind them, but at the end of the day I love the game and will keep playing it regardless. 

If you start off with a negative attitude towards competitive Yoyoing, you’ll inevitably place lower than you expected to, and that’ll break you and your competitive aspirations.


Final Thoughts

Not everyone is meant to be a competitive Yoyoer, and most people don’t want to be. That’s fine.  

I’m not trying to convince you to take your Yoyoing to the next level. But if you decide to, you have to commit. 

You’re in or you’re out. You’re competitive or you’re not. 

If you decide that you want to start excelling in competitions, you’ve gotta ditch the losing mentality as fast as possible.


Brandon Vu