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2012 World YoYo Champion 2A Shu Takada

Shu Takada is a Japanese 2A player and six time World Yo-Yo Champion (four in 2A, two in Artistic Performance). A member of Team YoYoFactory, Shu began yo-yoing at the age of 6. He rose to great popularity in 2012 with highly choreographed 2A routines, often incorporating signature dance moves and acrobatic stunts. His 2012 Worlds 2A routine (Party Rock Anthem - LMFAO) is notable because he spent nearly 20 seconds mid-freestyle dancing, an extraordinarily long lapse without even yo-yoing, and he had still managed to score enough technical points to win his first world title. 

At the 2014 International Yo-Yo Championship hosted by Duncan Toys at Disney World in Orlando, FL, Takada took home 2nd place in the 2A division under the most decorated World Champion of all time Shinji Saito as well as winning the award for Best in Show.

Shu's performing style is a different approach to competing than most other yo-yo competitors. Of his 2A division World Titles (2012 & 2016-18). Only his 2017 routine was the highest technical execution (T.Ex) score of its respective event. The other world titles were achieved by his Freestyle Evaluation scores (of which half of them or more were performance (P.Ev) categories) being the highest by significant margins to make up for the T.Ex scores to secure the wins.

He has several signature yo-yos with YoYoFactory. The first, the Loop 1080, was a redesigned version of the Loop 900 which Shu used to win his first world title. Later, YoYoFactory produced a metal yo-yo for 1A based on the Shutter, known as the Shu-Ta, as a collaborative dual signature series yo-yo between Takada and Gentry Stein. Takada himself is also a fan of the Shutter.

In 2022, Shu entered America's Got Talent in Episode 1701. All 4 judges (Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofia Vergara, Simon Cowell) voted "Yes", sending Shu to the next round. His Semifinals performance in Episode 1718 consisted of performing an acrobatic yo-yo routine to Lil Nas X's "That's What I Want". Howie Mandel and Simon Cowell gave him standing ovations. He did not receive enough votes to enter the Top 5 of the night in Episode 1719, eliminating him from the competition. Shu was the first yo-yo act to advance to the live shows since Ian Johnson in Season 6.

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  • East Japan Yo-Yo Contest A-Block - 2A Division - 1st Place
  • East Japan Yo-Yo Contest A-Block - 1A Division - 2nd Place
  • Japan National Yo-Yo Contest - 2A Division - 2nd Place
  • Duncan International Yo-Yo Championship - 2A Division - 2nd Place (Best in Show Award)