Yo-Yo Baby: Asia Pacific Yoyo Championship 2013

Here is an amazing Yo-Yo Baby, 6-year-old Kazuya Murata, during the Asia Pacific Yo-Yo championships 2013.  It’s unbelievable what the little guy is doing!


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The history of the yo-yo is somewhat up in the air. No one really knows who first put two disks together with a small axle separating the halves and then tied a string to the axle and wound it up. Some historians say it was developed in ancient Greece, India, or China.

The first modern yo-yos were introduced in the United States by Donald F. Duncan in the late 1920s. He is credited with popularizing (though probably not inventing) the slip-string yo-yo, which enables a yo-yo to “sleep.” The yo-yo first became popular in the 1930s, when Duncan sent out teams of traveling yo-yo men (not women, mind you) who would spend three, four, and five weeks in cities and towns across America, teaching tricks, selling yo-yos, and running contests.

It experienced a major revival in the early 1970s, and today, the yo-yo is experiencing its greatest popularity yet. In 1992 the first yo-yo world championships were held, and the championship included true freestyle. After this freestyles became a major part of yo-yo competitions.