To the OP, I think you are interpreting the definition of style wrong. They don’t mean that he created 1a or that he originated all of his tricks. ( which he mostly did) but they are saying “how” he plays yoyo. What it looks like. How he moves when he plays yoyo. there are a lot pf people that play in Yuuki Spencers style of yoyo play. Why not Jensen? Heck If I could pull it off I’d play in Jensen’s style too. Too bad I can’t.
I’m good friends with Gentry and hes one of the friendliest guys you’ll ever meet but his style is getting stale. His routines largely consist of the same tricks/combos, just arranged differently and designed differently according to the song.
Though he is working on it, he realizes it too. So expect some new things for Gentry 2012.
you not understanding something doesn’t mean that it’s wrong. you’re looking at it from the wrong angle. A style is not only something that is purely technical.
As a 5A player, I get a lot of influence from Jon Rob, first because of the kind of tricks he performs (I have to say some of my tricks are very inspired by some of his, but not all and far from it), as a 5A double dice I’m not really inspired by anyone directly.
To get the thing a little further, I can also say that my yoyo style is influenced by the music I listen to, and a LOT.
A player like Zammy inspires my style in the way that he also plays a rare style and does great with it
Mark Montgomery influences my style in the way that he has that attitude, that specific taste and visual identity
Humans are sponges. From infancy on we take in what we like, spew out what we don’t. Yoyoing is no different. If we like something we give it a try or remember it and if we don’t like it we reject it and shake our heads. Either way we have been influenced.
That’s what creates so many personal styles, a sum of different experiences and opportunities. Some of us may be similar in style but yet so different at the same time.
On a similar note, I’ve been really watching the Hiroyuki Suzuki videos I’ve downloaded, and as amazing as he is, I’m seeing the same tricks over and over again, often just re-arranged differently. OK, sure, you’re saying “everyone does that”, which is true, but I mean I’m talking about his predictability. I suppose it’s fantastic to have that kind of consistency, but at the same point, it’s like he’s gotten to the point where I think he needs someone to break him down and build him back up just to ensure he comes up with a completely original routine. Of course he’s going to re-use elements. Coaches can help people do amazing things.
Really, we can ALL use some help. Sometimes the best help we need is someone making us start fresh.