[2014 World Yo-Yo Contest Champion Interview]
2014 WYYC 3A Champion Hajime Miura (sOMEThING)
Q1. When did you start playing yo-yo?
When I was in 2nd Grade (Elementary School).
Q2. Why did you start playing yo-yo?
I met Takahiro Mimura (“Miimun”) at a Hyper Yo-Yo event.
Q3. Who are some of the yo-yo players you respect/admire/look up to?
Hank Freeman – because he is a 3-time consecutive World Champion in 3A and he has new tricks in his freestyle at every contest.
Hiroyuki Suzuki – because of his speedy tricks and his sharp freestyles.
Sora Ishikawa – because he does unique tricks that no one else is doing, and he advances smoothly from trick to trick.
Q4. What made you choose 3A as your main style?
I watched Ken Takabayashi and Kentaro Kimura’s freestyle videos and thought they were cool.
Q5. How do you usually practice (where, who with, etc.)?
I work on creating new tricks to get ready for my next contest or practice meeting’s freestyle.
Q6. How does that change when you are preparing for different types of contests?
I repeatedly practice my routine.
Q7. Do you have any good stories from before you became a world champion that you want to share with us?
Last year I didn’t go to juku* so I had a lot of time to practice.
*(Juku is like tutoring or prep school.)
Q8. How did you feel when you became a world champion?
I was very happy. I was excited to stand on the Worlds stage that I had been dreaming about.
Q9. Is there anything that changed for you after becoming a world champion?
Nothing in particular.
Q10. Last year, in addition to winning the World Yo-Yo Contest, you also won such big contests as Japan Nationals and the Asia Pacific Yo-Yo Championships, and you were the youngest player ever to do it. Do you have a new goal or dream you are aiming for?
(If I can travel abroad) I hope to achieve a grand slam* once more.
*(By “grand slam” he means winning his Nationals, AP (multi national) and Worlds in the same year.)
Q11. How do you feel going into this year’s World Yo-Yo Contest?
I didn’t place well at 2015 Japan Nationals so I’m determined to do better at Worlds.
Q12. What is yo-yo to you?
It’s just a small thing that’s always spinning, but it has the power to connect the world.
Many thanks to Hajime and his mother! We wish him the best of luck at WYYC2015.