We all know that 2A division is really cool and all, but why not many people are willing to learn? There should be a reason for that, and been doing 2A for like 3 years I kinda can see the big picture. The following is merely my opinion of what I’ve done and observed, and shouldn’t be taken as fact.
I think the problem lies on the modern yoyos themselves. They are too stable to teach you how to have control. What kind of control? Let’s say it’s like riding a bike.
Classic and older model yoyos are like normal bike, you need to learn how to balance the bike before learning how to do wheelie and such. Modern yoyos are like… bike with computer stabilization control. Put it this way, you want to go from location A to B, along the way the bike starts to tilt, but because it’s really stable it tilts really slowly, and before you fall down you already reached location B. This way you don’t have to be able to “ride a bike” to ride a bike.
Now let’s go back to yoyos, modern yoyos are really stable even when someone have no idea on how to control it, they can start learning tricks… when the yoyo tilts too much simply bind, end of the story. The tilt control comes later naturally after a few years of practicing, which I think is too late.
As with 2A, you will need to be able to really “ride the bike”, you play sloppy you will fail, no excuse. The problem is here, in 2A learn the skill first (full control on basic loops) and tricks later, with modern 1A you can learn the tricks first, sharpening your skill goes along with it. 2A will not give you immediate “one night learn” kinda thing, it takes a lot of time and that is very unlike learning basic 1A. When one learn basic 1A in like a week, they may expect to learn 2A in somewhat similar time, which is not, and then give up too early.
This is why I’m concerned about the way yoyoing grows right now, it’s not only about 2A but yoyoing in general. I see it going towards easy to play super stable yoyos that forgives bad throw (except 2A yoyos which are basically the same). New players may feel more accomplished upfront because it’s easier to learn tricks with stable yoyos, but I think they actually grow slower in the long run compared to people who were starting out with unstable older yoyos. I can’t say it’s entirely a bad thing because it keeps people from being turned down so they are more willing to learn, but in the other hand it teaches bad habits that will affect them in the long run.
That’s how I see it, again that was only my opinion.
What do you think?