A Chinese yo-yo is a toy that features two equal-sized discs on an axle. The yo-yo is propelled into action by the user by moving two sticks connected to a string in which the yo-yo spins. Mastering the use of this ancient toy may take years, but you can learn a few basic moves after a few hours of practice.
- Assemble the toy
To put together the toy, screw both discs tightly to the axle. Use a simple knot to tie the ends of the string to the grooved ends of the sticks. Slip the loops into the grooves of the string and tighten.
- Learn basic motions
To get used to the experience of handling the Chinese yo-yo if you are a beginner, you should learn how to get the yo-yo moving and how to do simple tricks. The open-string motion is a basic move, so you should master that first. To begin, place the yo-yo on the string, with the string in a V shape and the yo-yo on the ground. To get it spinning, push the right stick toward the yo-yo and lift the left stick. When the yo-yo begins to spin, lift it about a foot off the floor and increase the spin by quickly raising the right and left sticks alternatingly.
- Learn harder tricks
After you have mastered the spin, you can learn more sophisticated tricks in which the yo-yo climbs vertically on the string or is tossed from player to player.