2019 World YoYo Champion
Hideo Ishida’s first 5A World title was earned with a deeply technical routine showcasing a mastery of every single aspect of the current contest meta.
2018 World YoYo Champion
Sora Ishikawa, a long time contender, took his first World 5A title with a creative, high energy routine that had everyone on their feet.
2017 World YoYo Champion
2009 champion Takuma Inoue staged a major comeback with an impeccably strong freestyle in Iceland, filled with clean, snappy tricks that he cruised through with ease.
2016 World YoYo Champion
Takeshi’s 2016 routine was a strong comeback, with old favorite tricks and new material blended seamlessly to showcase why Takeshi is one of the greatest 5A players of all time.
2015 World YoYo Champion
Jake Elliott took down reigning champion Takeshi Matsuura with a flawless routine, squeaking out just 0.03 points ahead and ushering in a new era of 5A yoyo play.
2014 World YoYo Champion
Takeshi’s 2014 routine featured a dramatic shift in trick pacing, with him slowing down and really allowing the more difficult elements to have some time and focus.
2013 World YoYo Champion
Takeshi’s 2013 routine focused more on larger, more high-risk body moves and, as usual, he executed them flawlessly. He started his routine with a banger from the previous year, and then expanded on it dramatically.
2012 World YoYo Champion
Takeshi’s 2012 routine featured even more growth and refinement, while Takeshi began incorporating even more high-risk tricks (check out the one at 0:54 if you want to work on something that’s gonna break your mind.)
2011 World YoYo Champion
Takeshi’s 2011 routine marked the moment that his confidence and stage persona combined to create an almost unbeatable competitor.
2010 World YoYo Champion
In 2010, Takeshi Matsuura started an unprecedented winning streak and began his utter domination of the 5A contest scene.
2009 World YoYo Champion
Takuma started this routine with an absurdly difficult banger, and every single trick got better and harder from there.
2008 World YoYo Champion
Takeshi’s first winning 5A routine introduced the highest level of technical play ever seen in 5A, building off what Tyler Severance brought and pushing it into the realm of the almost unbelieveable.
2007 World YoYo Champion
Tyler’s impeccable use of wraps and tanglers in his winning routine completely redefined the contest meta for 5A play.
2006 World YoYo Champion
Dana’s championship 5A routine set a new standard for creativity and trick pacing in the 5A division.
2004 World YoYo Champion
Makoto’s winning 2004 routine was one of the first examples of a 5A player taking the existing trick base and expanding it with multiple variations of every unique element.
2003 World YoYo Champion
Rafael is the first player to win the 5A Division once the play style was separated from the X Division, and the first World Champion from Brazil. His Propellor and Helicopter tricks set the tone for 5A play with both their size and difficulty.
Shingo “Terry" Terada
2001 World YoYo Champion
X Division (5A)
One of the most influential early 5A players, Terry is the creator of “Electric Fan", one of the most common foundational tricks in counterweight play. He is the first player to win a World Title with 5A play.