[2014 World Yo-Yo Contest Champion Interview]
2014 WYYC 2A Champion Takuma Yamamoto
Q1. When did you start playing yo-yo?
Around August of 1997.
Q2. Why did you start playing yo-yo?
I became interested when I saw my friend [playing yo-yo].
Q3. Who are some of the yo-yo players you respect/admire/look up to?
Koji Yokoyama. If it weren’t for him I wouldn’t be who I am today.
Q4. What made you choose 2A as your main style?
My extended time practicing for the *THP-Japan Level…maybe.
Q5. How do you usually practice (where, who with, etc.)?
I practice the tricks I think I want to do at the next contest.
Q6. How does that change when you are preparing for different types of contests?
On weekdays I do nothing but practice each trick in my routine’s order at home. On days off I rent a room and do nothing but repeated, full run-throughs of my freestyle with music.
Q7. Do you have any good stories from before you became a world champion that you want to share with us?
Q8. How did you feel when you became a world champion?
I felt relieved.
Q9. Is there anything that changed for you after becoming a world champion?
I guess I have been practicing more than ever.
Q10. How do you feel going into this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest?
I’ll try to do [my freestyle] relaxed.
Q11. What is yo-yo to you?
*Translator’s note: The Japan Level was the Hyper Yo-Yo (1997) authorized “THP-Japan Pro Spinner Level.” In that level there were many 2A tricks.
Many thanks to Takuma Yamamoto! We wish him the best of luck at WYYC2015.