First of all, what exactly are the rules for 4A? I did several google searches but couldn’t find anything definitive. All I can gather is 4A is a style of yoyo play using a yoyo not attached to the string.
In particular it’s not clear whether you can use more than one yoyo. I would assume you can’t, since I’ve never seen, for instance, somebody pull out a second 5a yoyo and start doing tricks with both.
BUT as we all know Rei Iwakura uses two yoyos as a matter of course. I think this has been detrimental to the 4A style. If you look at 4A contest scores where Iwakura participates and does his double yoyo tricks, he basically autowins unless he messes up.
At JN2013, Iwakura got 93.31 points, ahead of 2nd place Okada with 86.58 points. Without deductions he would have had 96.31 points.
At JN2014, Iwakura got 96.2 points, ahead of 2nd place Sugimura with 81.5 points. Without deductions he would have had 97.2 points.
Look at how large the score gaps are. Is Iwakura really that much better? How would he score if he didn’t use two yoyos? My point is that the only way other top 4A players can win is if Iwakura has a lot of deducts (like at Worlds 2013), or if they resort themselves to using two yoyos. So far I haven’t seen anyone do this. If they did, they would probably be labeled as copying Iwakura.
I think we could wind up with a situation where either noone can beat Iwakura on a good day because he alone uses two yoyos, or other top players start using two yoyos and the entire style is transformed into something else.
Why was it even allowed for him to use two yoyos in the first place? They don’t allow deviations like that in other categories. For instance in 5A, Iskandar Shah invented double dice play, but he isn’t allowed to use that in 5A competitions, as far as I know.
Don’t get me wrong. Rei Iwakura is tremendously talented, easily one of the best 4A players in the world even if he stuck to one yoyo. Possibly even the best. It just seems like he’s getting an unfair advantage by using tricks noone else does.
I think the rules should limit 4A to one yoyo. Either way they should have been clarified from the beginning, as should the rules for all styles.
What do you think?