A yo-yo world: Downtown yo-yo group meets weekly for fun & skill building
Free Press Writer
WHAT: “97yos” yo-yo club
WHEN: 11 a.m. every Sunday, and on the last Saturday of the month (also 11 a.m.)
WHERE: Seventh & Main streets (weekly), and Mesa County’s Central Library (last Saturday of the month)
INFO: 970-208-2728, and “Rebel Yoyo’s” on Facebook
When 35-year-old Aman Sircus was growing up, he thought he was the “only yo-yoer around on the Western Slope,” he said.
Yo-yoing since he was 9 years old, it took Sircus — the owner of Apex Professional Body Piercing and Rebel Yoyo’s at 650 Main St. — a while to find out that “there’s a huge worldwide scene,” for yo-yoing. And it’s complete with competitions and an active online community, thanks to YouTube.
“Before the Internet, I had a hard time finding a (good) yo-yo,” Sircus said.
A regular sight juggling and yo-yoing on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction during farmers’ markets, Sircus and his 13-year-old son, Ronin Lee, started the yo-yo club six years ago.
“We advertised for a year and no one came,” Sircus said, also noting that his son was disappointed with the lack of turnout. After returning to Grand Junction from a couple months away, Ronin and his father walked over to nearby Sentinel Square to yo-yo.
“Unannounced, unadvertised, five people showed up with their yo-yos,” Sircus said.
All it took was a few people walking by with yo-yos in their pockets to get things started.
Now, Sircus and his son hold meetings for 97yos — their yo-yo club, on Main Street at 11 a.m. on Sundays, and the last Saturday of every month at Mesa County’s Central Library, also at 11 a.m.
“Someone has come every time,” Sircus said, and all experience levels are welcome.
“Everybody starts at the same level,” he said, adding that the skills aren’t easy to pick up — not every kid grows up with a yo-yo master for a father, like Ronin did.
However, the crazy aerial maneuvers and tangly looking string tricks are accessible with practice, and Sircus welcomes “any kid who shows interest.”
Sircus compared the manipulation of yo-yos to the manipulation of a skateboard, mentioning how Ronin had to grow into it a little bit before he really started being able to control the board and enjoy riding. The same goes for yo-yos.
According to Sircus, it’s always fun to see those struggling with tricks or techniques eventually master them.
“You feel good about something, like you conquered it.”
Sircus sells yo-yos through Rebel Yoyo’s within the Apex shop, and he has some available at 97yos gatherings for $12.
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