Recently, TJ Kolesnik and Haley Bishoff spend the weekend in Grand Haven, Michigan at the Great Lakes Kite Festival playing, spreading and teaching kendama. Some local players came out for the weekend to jam, making even more people at the festival get stoked on kendama. TJ and Haley stayed with Phoenix Kite Collective, who is a group of incredibly talented kite flyers who perform synchronized routines to music.
It’s really awesome to see different communities join together and share what they do. Kites and Kendama have more in common than you may think. They both require hand eye coordination, patience and are both very satisfying once you learn your first skill.
Without the help of Mac Kites and KendamaUSA, this epic weekend would not have been possible. Huge thanks to everyone who made the weekend great! We hope to come back next year!
Dave Mateo and Kendama LV are hosting a competition for their 1 year anniversary!! If you are in the Las Vegas area swing by and check out all the action! We will have kendama USA Pros Dave Mateo, TJ Kolesnik in attendance!! You dont want to miss this!
KendamaUSA and Cook’s Custom Painting have teamed up to bring the “2014 Cook’s Custom Contest”
Grab your favorite dama, get creative, and enter to win your own customized kendama line sold on kendamausa.com as well as many other prizes.
Follow @cookscustoms on Instagram to get contest updates, sneak peeks to upcoming custom lines and the contest winners.
Theme: Since “The Cook” is all about innovation, we want to challenge new ideas and creativity in the Kendama community. Creativity and technical tricks are the keys to bringing home a prize. Things like trying trick that no one has tried, using a customized kendama, incorporating props, string-less tricks, or even integrating other skills you have are great ideas to impress the judges.
How to enter/rules: Simply upload a YouTube edit titled “2014 Cooks Custom Kendama Contest” and send the link to firstname.lastname@example.org . We will send back a confirmation e-mail to assure you that we received the entry. Entry deadline is June 1st 12:00pm EST. The maximum length is two minutes. Team or partner edits are allowed but be prepared to split the prizes upon winning.
The first place winner will collaborate with Cook’s Custom Painting to create a completely new custom Kendama named after you. This will be the first limited edition “Cook’s Custom Contest Champion series – your name here” sold on KendamaUSA.com. You’ll also receive 2 of these Champion series kendamas (one to play and one to keep of course), and your edit displayed on the KendamaUSA website.
Second place prize will receive any two Cook’s customs they please, (subject to availability) plus a one-of-a-kind blue to purple color shifting Kendama.
Third place prize will receive any single Cook’s custom they please. (subject to availability)
Judging: The edit will be judged by Cook’s Custom painting and the Native. Creativity, props, inventiveness, technicality, edit presentation and skill will take your edit to the next level. Don’t be too serious with the edit; kendama is all about having fun and developing skill so be creative as you want and have fun along the way.
To see all of the The Cook’s creations check out his page on the KendamaUSA website:
Turner Thorne is in Atlanta in our offices this weekend and feeling extremely generous. He’s searched through the warehouse for some exclusive items, and wants to give them to YOU! 4 lucky customers are going to get an amazing prize. The prize list includes:
- 1 Mugen Musou – Breeze Orange
- 1 Sunrise Walnut Grip from the one and only Luke Evans
- 1 Red 80′s Sakura
- 1 Unreleased Cook Custom Full Energy
For your chance to win, place any order between now and Sunday, May 11th at 11:59 pm EST. During checkout, use the code “SHARKS” to receive 10% off and be entered to win. Any order using this discount code is eligible to win. Turner will be hand selecting winners at random throughout the weekend. Start shopping now in our online shop HERE.
This past Saturday I was at Marbles in San Francisco teaching kendama and hanging out with some rad people who wanted to learn and play. Marbles is a store dedicated to flexing your brain power with games, puzzles, and activities. It’s no surprise that they have discovered the benefits of the Kendama. For 2 hours we jammed new tricks and talked about how the kendama play affects your brain and your psyche. Everyone that came in the store that day left with some new skills and a new outlook on the kendama.
Huge thank you to Mikey Haan for the photos, Marbles for letting kendama completely take over the store for 2 hours, and everyone that came out and jammed!