I notice that many of you younger kids here are all big on learning the newest concepts, such persons trick, the next best thing etc. But while this is fine, I want to tell you about something that has happened in my yoyo life.
Back in 05 to 07, I was just like many of you, really big on what was the newest stuff coming out. I wanted to have the same stuff Yuuki and Paul were busting out, all that crazy stuff. But all the while, I had the one friend who was really into concepts and tricks of the past, allot of the 2001 type concepts and elements. And he would often show me his stuff and while I knew it took skill, I didn’t pay much attention cause I was too focused on trying to get speed, and tech, and modern elements, rather than his slower older tricks and whatnot.
This friend disappeared after 07, and I never saw of or spoke to him for years. (Just found him again end of 2010, he quit yoyoing…)
Fastforward to 2008, Another friend I gain. During this time, I was big on 5A, and I wanted to do all the big flashy 5A that the people winning contest were doing, but this friend of mine was big on the super tech 5A of the yesteryear. Something that I found cool, but not something I wanted to try as I found it to concentrated.
This friend also had some super tech and awesome 1A, but again, myself wanting to learn the big flashy competition tricks that were modern got the better of me, and I ended up ignoring my friends stuff despite it being very cool, I just wasn’t interested in trying it out.
This friend disappeared in 2009 and to this day, I don’t know whats going on with him.
When I look back at these 2 good friends, I had such an opportunity, to learn the classic concepts, to try the tech stuff that I find myself trying to do today, but being that kid who just wanted to do what was fresh and new all the time, I missed the chance. When I look at the 1A I wanted to do back then, I needed that grasp of the classic concepts and flow to take a step toward what I wanted. I needed that understanding of the tech 5A to get to where I wanted to be.
I needed all of that, and I let it escape me, and now those friends with the yoyoing I took for granted have either quit, or gone missing.
So I am here to tell you, While trying to learn the new tricks and concepts is great, don’t take those who surround you with the older stuff for granted, learn off of them, take in everything, the classic players still doing their stuff from years ago are probably the most valuable friends in yoyoing you can have, cause they are becoming a rare breed. I would do anything to go back and tak to both of my friends and ask “can you show me that mount?” or " What was that you did there?"
Don’t let the same happen to you,