Something I wanted to talk about.
As a YoYo fandom, it’s relatively simple and easy to understand that for the most part, we focus on YoYo. This is nothing odd. but I want to bring something to attention that I have learned from personal experience and practice.
Up to around 04, I used to only YoYo. I stuck to YoYo tricks, YoYo videos, YoYo everything pretty much, and I was happy for the most part, that is until I happened across a YoYo video that also featured a diabolo player (I believe it was a Takeshi video). I was impressed by what could be done with a diabolo, and de used to buy one for myself.
As it turned out, there was a whole fandom for diabolo just as there was with yoyoing, and over time, I started progressing in diabolo as well. I soon found that in the diabolo realm, there were lots of tricks that could be applied to yoyoing in some way, and many of the principles I learned could greatly have a positive impact on my throwing.
As time progressed, I got into more skills. Juggling, astrojax, poi, glowstringing, contact juggling, spin top, and devil sticks. And from each of these mediums, I found new e perks fee and many new ideas that I found to be beneficial in yoyoing as well.
The greatest impact was poi. Poi in theory is VERY different than yoyoing, but one thing it teaches you, is complete body control and flow of movement, letting natural forces of nature move you, but also taking it to your advantage. This sort of thing I had not applied to yoyoing before, But I soon found it to be highly influential, and it changed the way I feel the flow of yoyoing by miles.
While we are a YoYo fandom, don’t limit yourself to just yoyoing, try taking up some of the other flow objects and see where they can take you! I recently just acquired a staff for staff manipulation, and I’ll be getting a set of buugeng soon. Who knows where that will take me!
Try leaving the YoYo at home, and go out with some juggling balls. Instead of yoyoing the whole time at a meet or contest, try spinning some poi. Instead of waiting for a new YoYo video to come out, look for some new YoYo video, go look for some new diabolo videos.
You may find that this takes your yoyoing beyond what you thought possible, and give you something new to express your soul.