There is a dense rich history of yoyo that I find kind of fascinating and mind blowing. There are all of these Legends who aren’t really super active in the community anymore that built a lot of the tricks and elements that we see and use today.
I’m only two years deep into this hobby, and I have been following a lot of the newer members of this community on social media and whatnot, but it just recently occurred to me that there is a lot of history that I have taken for granted up until this point.
It’s easy to see how far modern yoyo has become as a newcomer, but what’s crazy to me is seeing how technical things were even as far back as 19 years ago. For some reason, I had it fixed in my mind that things have only gotten crazy technical in the past five to ten years or so, but sifting through some of these older competition videos has surprised me.
People were killing it on modified Duncan free hands and other yo-yos that I would never think about shredding.
It has made me aware that there is a a rich dense history of Yoyo that I know very little about, but it seems to influence me as a player anyway.
It’s kind of fascinating.