First place 13, second 7, tied for third 4 and 14
"I'm going to get you high." These were words from an
old friend wearing an evil grin. For me, it was either yo-yoing or drugs. So yo-yoing
was definitely my alternative to drugs. Just look at
all the influences out there in school these days. I
see all these ads and peer pressure on these bad
habits. The "norm" has practically evolved to this
solid state. Insanity I thought. And I'd say, most
people would agree.
Yo-yoing means a lot to me. Who knows what I could've
been. If it wasn't for it, I could be learning all
the drug-addict jargon used today by many high school
on-goers including my old friend.
There were two paths ahead of me during middle school,
one my friend took without thinking much and one to
success. The decision was easily chosen, though,
that's not the same as actually taking the path. All
the while, journeying through that success road, I
feel as though I am tied to my friend with a long
bungee cord. As if he is dragging me closer and
closer to his side of the road. But I know, with the
help from new people and new inspiration, I can make
it to the end. I'll keep looking toward that goal and
keep on yo-yoing.
But ultimately I look forward to this everyday to keep
me in the spirit of yo.
What does the world of Yo really mean to me?
Why do I continue to play? Hours after hours of yo-yoing
for what? For fun? Perhaps. I picked up yo-yoing while I
was in Hong Kong during one summer holiday out of boredom
after watching the “Super Yo-yo” cartoon. But it has become
much more than just a time-killer for me, it is apart of my
everyday life. It has opened up a whole new dimension to me.
Not only has it showed me the unlimited world of creativity
and possibility of the yo but also added meaning to my life.
I have something to strive for in my everyday life, something to
look forward to at the end of the day, something to make my
life seem more meaningful and worthwhile. I now know that
it is possible for me to obtain joy from something else other
then the computer, television or video games. It is a manner
for me to get away from everything, for as I yo, all there is in
my sea of thoughts is yo-yoing and nothing else. Yo-yoing is
simply the motivational force towards my everyday life.
The world of yo to me means having something to do in the
few minutes before meals, while watching TV, fighting
with my dogs for my yo-yo strings, being intimidated by tricks
after tricks, and of course, visiting theyo.com everyday.
What does the world of Yo mean to me? Fun. Oh sure, there's a lot
to it than just one word, but if I were to sum it all up with just one
would be it.
A yo-yo and a few strings fit right in my pocket, try putting a
in your pocket. It's true what I've read, if you can do a few simple
can make people smile. What I find to be really great is doing it for
they react like it's magic.
It's fun to check out yoing on line. So far, everyone I've met
yoing have been pretty nice. People that I've met face to face, and on
been willing to share what they know. Of course, I check out the on line
too, as someone once told me, "You can never have too many yo-yos". Okay,
I said that, but it seems true, doesn't it?
The world of yo has been a very positive balance point in my life.
Looking back on my twenty-nine years in this existence, I have always
been able to pick one up after a long sabbatical from it and be able to work
through some very rough times. I don’t just play with a yo, I utilize it the
same way a martial artist uses their Kata.
I realize that some people would consider this comparison to be unlikely,
or “far-fetched,” so please allow me to explain the similarities that I see
between these art forms. A martial artist goes through their Kata in
order to practice the movement already learned. One must calm their
emotions in order to focus mind, body, and spirit on the fluidity of the
motion and transitions. The grace and calm will hopefully lead to an inner peace.
I have been able to achieve that inner peace in my yoing.
It seems as though it doesn’t even matter what is troubling or
stressing me out, I can always grab a yo and pull a few tricks out of my bag.
When I get done, my emotions will be under control and manageable.
It doesn’t even matter how successful I was in pulling off the tricks.
Yoing for me is a not just a hobby, but also an avenue for me to bring my
emotions into balance. I only hope that my calmness will spread to those around me.
Thousands of years ago, when they invented the yo-yo the
ancient Greeks really came up with the perfect toy. They invented
a device that requires the exercise of many skills and combined
pleasure with intellectual pursuits. The yo-yo provides the user with
endless hours of fun in the pursuits of performing many tricks of varying
levels of difficulty. Intellectually, performing tricks on a yo-yo requires
the skill of a fast response time as well as accuracy of judgement.
Lastly, the physical skill which is exercised and developed by the use
of the yo-yo is dexterity, the ability to move quickly and precisely.
All of the above is what the world of yo has come to mean for me.
It presents me with a world where I can undertake my most pleasurable
pursuits whilst developing my physical and intellectual skills.
The world of yo is really just a network of people sharing their interest
in the best toy ever and finding people that share your love of yo through
theyo.com. Every time I hear the whiz of the perfectly oiled axel and feel
the carefully balanced weight moving around my hands it gives me the
biggest rush of my life.
What does the yo world mean to me? Wow where do I begin?
First off I'd like to thank all those at theyo.com for all the support and
advice I've received from you. With that said I can lead it into what the yo
world represents to me.
Yoing to me is more then just a simple activity, it's more of a way of self -expression;
it's a way to get more enjoyment out of your life.
I have only been yoing for about 3 weeks now, and I'm hooked. I believe now
that I've started, I'll be a yoer for life. Why you may ask? Well that's simple,
for one thing it's fun and engaging, for another I feel I've made friends,
which to you may sound simple, for me though it's not that simple. I'm what
you could say a "loner", an "anti-socialist", or maybe even a "loser". I just like
to consider myself different. With this said I can personaly tell you that it is
amazing that I am spending so much time interacting with all you guys on the
forums, and for that I thank you all. With this said i feel that yoing has and will
continue to change my life for the better.
To some it all up, the meaning of the world of yoing to me is simply finding
something you like, keeping with it, making some friends along the way, and
finding enjoyment out of it all.
The world of Yo means a place for me to escape to in order to relax,
calm down and to detach myself from my problems during the period I
am yo-yoing. It is an extreme sport in which it requires one to win against
one self by pushing the player to their maximum. Yo-yoing is an artistic
and visual adventure of more significance than the mere winning or losing
in a contest but rather what you learn through the experience to enrich your
own life. Every action made with a yo-yo reflects the personality and nature
of the player as the player seemingly becomes one with the yo-yo. The yo-yo
becomes a form of body language as the player expresses their thoughts and
feelings through the movement of the yo-yo. The yo is a device with endless
possibilities as players see it from a different perspective dependent on their
culture and values. The world of Yo inevitably challenges and expands a player's
ability to concentrate as well as being a form of artistic relaxation. While spinning,
the yo-yo brings a sense of peacefulness while putting the mind of the player at
peace and spirit at rest. The spinning yo-yo appears to generate a spiritual aura,
circulating around the yo-yo, soothing the player. The yo-yo and player give the
impression of becoming one as the yo-yo gradually develop into an extension
of the player's arm.
A long time ago, in another time and place, most everyone I knew
carried a yoyo in their pocket. By the end of the school year the
teachers had a nice collection! With any foresight I'd have buttered
them up a bit and had a nice collection by now - but I digress. As I
grew older my interest ebbed and flowed. I've had yoyos off and on
ever since, but it was more of a personal thing. Kept it to myself.
I'd get one, use it for awhile, and put it away - it's a kid's toy
after all. But in my own mind I knew better. It was fun, AND I enjoyed
it. A few sleepers, forward passes, and some loops can be a relaxing
digression - don't loose that thought, ever. Then, when you get into
some of the advanced moves, there's a satisfaction of having mastered
something that takes dedication and practice to achieve. You've
achieved something for yourself that you didn't HAVE to do. Because it
was fun! Because it satisfied an inner need!
So what does all of that have to do with anything? To the rest of the
world, probably not a lot. But if you yo, you know what it means. A
few months ago I rediscovered this and made the decision to pursue
this pastime once again. This time, I'm not alone.
By the way, those teachers are all gone now. But I still carry a YOYO
in MY pocket!!!
The power contained within my arm rushes out as I release the yo-yo. As it
flies outward, away from my body, I can feel it vibrating the string. If I
close my eyes, I can still see the yo-yo moving, feel it as though it has
become part of me, catch it as if it the act were nothing. To yo-yo is to
capture the pure essence of physics, and the raw beauty of poetry,
contained within a shell of plastic. It is poetry in motion, science at its
Yet, at the height of this paradox of art and science, a yo-yo is still a
toy. Still a device used to entertain and amuse. Something so succinct, so
perfect can be beheld and used the world over. Therein lies the beauty of
the Yo. While one person may see only a toy, another sees physics
incarnate, and yet others see a work of art.
The world of "Yo" is not a world of toys, of science, or of art. It is
something new and exciting, a merger of the three, a way to find one's self
"Yo" is what one puts into it. It can be about art, poetry, physics,
entertainment, or even Zen. It is, in it's essence, a reflection of the Yo-er.
One day when my grandpa was visiting our house I was showing him
my yoyo tricks to entertain him. While I was yo-yoing my brother’s friend and
his friend’s wife came into the house. I ended up with quite an audience.
So I was just standing there yo-yoing when I threw the yoyo, not just
easily either, I threw it very hard. When I threw it, the string caught around
the bearing, inside the yoyo. All of a sudden the yoyo whipped right back up at
me. Without any time to react the yoyo popped me right in the nose. This didn’t
just nip me in the nose, it hit extremely hard and there was a very loud pop!
Everyone looked at me and I was quite embarrassed. I was hurting very
badly at that moment and couldn’t do anything but hold my nose.
Even though it hurt very badly and I almost broke my nose I was still
very thankful. I was thankful because just a half an hour before I had taken
20-30 grams of weight out of the yoyo. If I had, had that weight in the yoyo I
would have broken my nose for sure, and would have been out cold on the floor.
Today, looking back on the incident, I think of it as something to laugh about.
It was very fun telling all my friends about the day I almost broke my nose with
Yo-yoing is more than just a hobby to me, yo-yoing has expanded my
horizons in unexpected ways, especially in the area of perseverance. I learn it
when I am forced to strive to achieve a 10 second trick that takes 10 hours of
practice. There are times when I can't catch a single suicide, or pop up a single
move in spirit bomb without the yo-yo flying back and smacking my knuckles,
but I still go on. So next time I don't think I can finish that overwhelming project
in time, I think back to when kwijibo was just as overwhelming; but I persevered.
When I am disappointed by the day by day activities in life- the thought of having
to do dozens, maybe hundreds of uncaught suicides until I could catch one right
will help me continue through. When I finally land on my feet, and ignoring the faults
and problems around me, achieve some goal that seemed out of my reach, I will
smile like I did the first time I correctly landed a trapeze, straighten up and continue
onward in the journey. I will do this because the world of YO has helped me find what
I want to be, as an individual, as a player in life, as a yo-yo'er, and I am glad of what
yo-yoing has added to my life.
NOT ALONE! After I got fired the only thing I had left from my job is yoyoing which is
the reason I got fired. And they warned me that sex is forbiden at work. So,
I was left out on the street with my yo and laptop from which I'm surfing
your web site. So addicted I'm wandering through the streets and spinning my
old Black Nova which I can replace with a new one only if I win on this
competition. What else can I say about what YO means to me? It is a street
and surviving for me now and I know I'm not going to abandon it no matter
what. And remember, Yo is everything...
Like a punching bag can be an outlet of aggression for a boxer, a painting
can be an expression of an artist, or a pen can be the tool of a philosopher; the
world of Yo can encompass all of those things and more. At just the thought of a
wheel spinning at the end of a string, a couple things come to mind.
Any athlete is looking for self-improvement. The world of Yo is a world where
self-improvement is constant. Be it in the form of learning new tricks, acquiring
more knowledge of the behavior of string, or even a better sleeper, improvement
is always apparent. It's an improvement that you can't quite see or touch, and yet,
it is tangible. This improvement is so gratifying. The yo-yo becomes an extension of
your arm. Perhaps most important, the Yo has the power to relax one into a "Zen-like" state. In moments when that "groove" is reached… throwing without even thinking… It is as if you can see yourself from the outside, and thoughts are just free to flourish. It can be therapeutic. This therapy doesn't even have to come from the most complicated string tricks, or the fastest looping, but from the simplest throw and catch.
This world means so much to so many. It is a world without limits where fun and
creativity dance. It is truly a world, a world that spins at the end of a string, and
orbits at the tip of a finger.
Hm,it is very difficult to say,but ok...
YO-YO equally seconds,minutes,hours,days,years!
YO is Iraq,Vietnam and Golden Triangle!
The part of history in my hand.
Magical soun of yo helps me to forget all my life problems
and obsession about yo helps me to quit smoking!
Somethines it makes me a pain,
and I like that!
Somethines make me to be a child,
and I like that!
THE POINT IS TO WIN A YO,
TAKE THE MONEY,
AND GO ON MARS!!!!
YO doesn't mean just one thing to me. It is a collection of many different
ideas and skills that no other sport could ever match. Over the years, the exciting
world of YO has had its share of ups and downs, referring to the yo-yo booms of the
20th century, but this age old pastime still has people mesmerized to this day. YO
to me means to have the ability to do something extrodinary with something ordinary.
And as skeptics wonder how so many tricks can be done with one piece of string,
it also means to me that you are able to make non-believers understand the ways
of a yo-yo enthusiast. Yo-yo's are not toys at all, in my own opinion. They are actually
items that open up many doors for young enthusiasts here in the 21st century.
Many people didn't expect the yo-yo to make it through the years, or that it would
ignite a bright flame into the lives of so many. Yo-yoing is not a hobby. To me, YO
means to jump into a way of life accepted into the hearts and homes of people all
over the world. So, in conclusion, YO doesn't mean just one thing, but for those of us
who have discovered this amazing way of life, it can be summed up in one
word:compassion. It is better to have Yo and lost, than never to have Yo at all.
The word YO to me means fun, playing, and just yo-yoing! Yo is a word that
can not be described. Its one of those things that you love and will do and use
everyday. Yo is not as much a hobby to me it’s a way of life! I bring a yo-yo
everywhere I go, and I mean everywhere. My day is not complete with out a yo or
two or 32! The word YO is something that you have to love to get into it. I mean I eat,
sleep, and YO that’s my way of life. Yo is a way of life, no one will ever be able to
describe it. If you love the YO it will love you, you must be one with the yo! I know
this sounds dumb but I am sure its true! Thank you for reading my essay, I know
its not much but its something from the hart.
The world of yo' to me is fun and exciting and it is a wonderfull
hobbie/lifestyle for some but any ways i think yoyoing is unique just
because of what we can do how we manipulate the string and the yo its
self and because there is not that many people, know that yoyoing is
still around it makes it a great underground scene and it teaches
hand eye courdination and good reflexes and it teaches self esteem
and it is also a building block with using your hands for mabe
something else like juggleing and also it expands your thinking
possabilities of how to look at things maybe stradigies in life
because when your yoyoing and you look at the complexity of a trick
and you can break it down, well if you look at life like a yoyo trick
you can break things down look at the complexityies of things and
then maybe figure something out on how to do something easyer and
also yoyoing keeps some prolly alot of people off the streets and out
of troble because they have something to do so they are not out
makeing bad choices and getting into troble and also yoyoing can make
new friends like how we have theyo well you meet and chat with other
people that have the same intrests as you and well i hd more to say