In an age where all of us are constantly watching to see who the next best player is, following the hyped up players and styles, seeing who’s gonna win the next big contest etc. Its easy to forget about where we actually came from.
I find that many new players will know every new YYF, everything about the top champions, the newest tricks, but when asked about anything prior to 08, they often won’t know a single thing about the past!
I grew up in the yoyo world and I saw many people come and go, many a champion, and while seeing today’s stuff is great, I find it nice to look back with respect to those that literally brought us to where we are today.
I have to say I was sad when I had posted many older yoyo vids (from different players 04 and prior) and I while I got some good response, I got many a comment from players saying “wow his style is so boring and close together.” and “wow that doesnt score well”, and what angered me to the point I ended up sending an angry pm to a select few was when I received comments from kids on yoyo vids from 98 to 2000 saying “Wow they had no skill back then” and “wow I could beat him so bad, hes so worthless.” And I even got a comment from a SPONSORED PLAYER (who I wont name as I believe he is a member here on YYE) saying "I really dont like this old (swear) not even worth putting it up, get with the times.)
The pure disrespect is astonishing. And I couldn’t believe my eyes.
I think people tend to forget that so much of what we have today would not even exist if it werent for so many of the players of the past. And its sad that many don’t realize this.
So my message to you guys, don’t forget about the past yoyo world. Don’t ignore a video you come across just cause its from 2006. You will be surprised to find that many tricks from as far back as even 98 are quite difficult even by today’s standards.
On that note, I want to take the time to post a few videos from individuals I think you all should check out, as they were the ones who helped bring us to where we are today.
From Spindox, seriously, the spindoctors had an amazing impact on the yoyo world, and their players all had huge tricks and concepts that we even use today.
Yes we have seen Jason’s newer videos, and he was also a crazy trick powerhouse back then. Stuff way ahead of its time, and very smooth.
Yes its old, but this is seriously a freestyle you should see. Sky blew everyone away with his unique tricks, also I believe this was the first time boingy boing (atomic boing boing) was done in contest, and 4A as well. (Also note the horizontal braintwister, yes, horizontal has been around that long )
Awesome stuff from all these players. 04 was a great year, lots of great and innovational players.
The video that inspired me to try more tech tricks, and still inspires me to this day.
True swag here.
If you have not heard of Ignitus, get to know him, true player right there.
Seen Takeshis 1A? Heard of Kyle Pearson? This vid, literally kept me going when it came out.
Young Yuuki, Young Markmont, Players who should seriously still be throwing. You get it.
Jake Bullock and Randy Shreeves. Enough said.
And finally, US nationals 2000.