Daisuke Shimada: Master of the 3A Yo-Yo play style
BESIDES THE SPECTACLE OF at least 50 Yo-Yo players coming together during the Malaysian Yoyo Ultimate Challenge (MYUC) last weekend, the most exciting part of the competition was that it was being judged by top Yo-Yo players in the country including seven-time National Champion Muhammad Shakeel, six-time National champion Ewin Ee, YoYo Master Malaysia Wong Kok Jen, as well as guest judge, four-time world champion from Japan, Daisuke Shimada.
Daisuke, 30, is considered one of the best Yo-Yo players in the world and a master of the 3A play style. (3A yoyo tricks are two-handed string tricks done with two Yo-Yos, arguably the most challenging of all the styles of Yo-Yoing.)
With this chance in hand, The Borneo Post SEEDS managed to get a hold of Daisuke for an interview.
Hailing from Tokyo, he has been playing the Yo-Yo for about 17 years and he has won the World Yo-Yo Contest (WYYC) champion title four times.
“Everything in my daily life – anytime, anywhere and anyhow – has to do with the Yo-Yo,” Daisuke said. He owns his own Yo-Yo manufacturing company, the YoYoJoker in Japan.
Referring to the MYUC, Daisuke said, “I was very pleased to have been invited to become one of the judges in this competition. As a world champion, I will fulfill my responsibilities and if someone needs my assistance, I will always do my best. This is more like a ‘noblesse oblige.’”.
Daisuke said that being a Yo-Yo player really opened his horizons, helping him visit places around the world.
“It definitely changed the way I looked at the Yo-Yo, no longer as just a toy, but more of a sport where I have gained lots of priceless experience from it, not to mention making friends worldwide,” he added.
Before he played the Yo-Yo, he could not imagine that his passion would have gotten him to where he is now.
“Yo-Yo has changed my life. I did not have much self-confidence until I got into YO-Yoing.”
He has participated in numerous Yo-Yo competitions which include the WYYC Contests from 2002-2007, 2009-2011 and the Asia Pacific Yo-Yo Championship in 2011 among many others.
“My advice to those who wish to become a good Yo-Yo player is always give your best. Success only comes from your continuous effort. Never give up and always have confidence in yourself,” he said.
Daisuke hopes that the younger generation will channel their interest into more healthy lifestyles such as Yo-Yoing and perhaps seeing more youth joining the Yo-Yo community, perhaps even becoming a great player like him.
Held in conjunction with the ‘You Are the One Youth Carnival’ from Oct 4-5, MYUC was organised by 1BFF Sports and Recreation Club with support from the Ministry of Social Development.
Main Categories (1A to 5A):
Asnu Minzian won the Single A category, followed by Cristian Ronald in the second place, and Adi Hisham Mohtar in third place.
In the Double A category, Asnu Minzian, Low Loong Jie, and Low Jia Cheng won first, second and third place respectively.
The 3A Finals saw Adi Hisham Mohtar emerge champion, while David Lau Loong Jie asfirst runner-up and Low Jia Cheng as second runner-up.
In the Offstring category, Wesley Lim emerged as winner, while Ryan Han placed second and Low Jia Cheng third.
Muhammad Aliff Haikal emerged as the winner for the 5A Finals, with Ryan Han taking second and Curtise Yeo third place.
For the Invitational Division, Wazir Zahari, Muhammad Aliff Haikal, and Low Jia Cheng won first, second and third place respectively.
For the Novice Division, Khairul Aiman, Mad Asyraf, and Hafiy Aniq won first, second and third place respectively.
The final category, the Artistic Division, was won by Wazir Zahari, second place Jeffy Ong and third place was Low Jia Cheng.
From the five main categories, another competition saw them battling for the title of Champion of Champions.
Eventually, Asnu Minzian emerged as the Champion of Champions receiving a Trophy, cash prize of RM500 sponsored by Metega Fertiliser Company and also a bandana sponsored by Logitech.
Every champion in each category won cash prize of RM500 with runner-ups receiving trophies.