Archive for October, 2014
Bryan Scagline has been selected by the one and only Colin Sander to join the Tribe!
“Bryan Scagline has been an avid promoter and shepherd of Kendama and all that it teaches for years now. Hailing from Elizabeth PA, he really helped Kendama’s reach in PA when he became an expert at the Apple Store in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. Always leaving up classic edits like Japan Tour 2012 or Kendama Edit 8 on the biggest screens in the store, he got countless new eyes on the product. He would even go as far as getting customers picking up Go-pro’s to cop their first ken online in the Kendama USA web store after giving them brief mind-blowing demos.
Aside from being a go-getter and incredible salesperson, Bryan’s got the type of kind heart that takes time out of his day when neighborhood kids show up to his work in the mall, asking if they can battle him in Ken. Luckily his managers would often let him step out to entertain, and his record is still nearly spotless. With a fluid and unique style reminiscent of Jake Wiens, he is full of invention and consistency. When he isn’t ripping up the sales floor at apple or shredding on the dama, he’s hanging with his deep crew of friends that all know how to have a good time. Bryan found Kendama through his friendship with Zack Yourd, and quickly took to it’s tricks and creativity, having also been an experienced skateboarder & snowboarder himself. Enjoy Bryan Scagline’s Tribe edit, and look for him to hold down the Pittsburgh scene for years to come!” -Colin Sander
The 3 lucky grand prize winners are:
Grand Prize: Jeffrey Snipes, Lincoln Park, MI
Second Prize: Joey Hargadon – Canton , GA
Third Prize: John Montano, Murrieta, CA
Ayden Maddox – Reno , NV
Alex Trepanier – Laval , Quebec, Canada
Mark Moruzi – Lasi , Romania
Ricky Dorantes – Santa Barbara , CA
Steven Luong – San Jose , CA
Tate Kindom – Albertville , MN
Vincent Garcia-Moreno – Chila Vista , CA
Ian Teraoka – Santa Clara , CA
Bobby Mahin – Carlsbad , CA
Kathy Pease – West Rutland , VT
Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to everyone who participated and helped spread the word about the giveaway. We look forward to doing more of these sorts of things in the future so stay tuned!
Come hang out with TJ, Jake, Dave, and Harald along with the worlds best bladers and b boys!
The Blading Cup is an entire block of action! Don’t miss it!!
Get all the info right HERE!!
If you are anywhere new Santa Ana California then get over to the Blading Cup on Sat November 1st!
Kendama USA will be attending MKO this year with Keith Matsumura, Alex Smith, and Turner Thorne!
The 2014 MKO will be held in the rotunda of the Mall of America on Saturday, November 1st.
Entry to the event is free
Costs to compete:
Beginner & Intermediate:
$8 – Pre-Registration
$12 – Day of event
Open (Advanced + Pro):
$15 – Pre-Registration
$20 – Day of event
Air Traffic Kites and Games will be the exclusive vendor for this year’s MKO.
Beginner and Intermediate Ladders
Head-to-Head Open Division (Advanced/Pro)
7 to Spike (Freestyle Invite-Only)
There will also be mini-games, consistency challenges, and much more!
For more information click HERE!
Joris Schweppe has been selected by the one and only Keith Matsumura to join the Tribe!
“I met Joris when I traveled to Denmark for the European Kendama Open. I was instantly amazed at his skill with a Kendama, but as I got to spend more quality time with him I was even more impressed by his character and passion. He plays Kendama with incredible amounts of determination, focus, and creativity. I even had the chance to watch him become the European Kendama Champion. Joris loves coffee, tea, and is studying cinematography in his home country of Holland. I chose Joris as for Tribe because of what he represents. He represents hard work, progression and innovation of Kendama, diversity in interests, motivation, and trustworthiness. I’m glad to call Joris my friend and beyond stoked to welcome him to the Tribe!” – Keith Matsumura
Facebook just released their new app called “Rooms”. This app allows you to create groups with you’re friends that have the same common interests as you! Kendama is spotted right when you download the app, and is used as an example throughout the set up! Check out all the articles featured below, and go download Facebook rooms right HERE!
“Already popular on Rooms: beat boxing, Kicks from Above (cool shoes in cool places) and mouth watering, home-cooked meals, not to mention families who have ditched suburbia to raise their kids on the road and Facebook employees obsessively playing Kendama, a traditional Japanese game.” -Jessica Guynn, USA Today
World of dance San Diego was a treat for us. There were a handful of kids that showed up just to see the Kendama USA booth. Tj Kolesnik and Dave Mateo had fun jamming with some of the locals and new shredders of San Diego. Kristian Aynedter of Grain Theory was a huge help giving some awesome tips and tricks to all who stopped by. The set up at the booth couldn’t have been better. We had a view of the main entrance as well as an overhead view of the all styles battle. Carolina and Dave (Elephants&Rabbits) decided to enter at the last minute and to our surprise, they made it to the top 8. Big ups to World of Dance on the events and huge THANK YOU for having us.
Check out the photos and enjoy, hope to see you all at the next event.
Last month I was invited to Casey Cristobals birthday Kendama Jam by Dave Mateo. The event was amazing, so manny kids killing the game in LV and the tacos were delicious! We have compiled some pictures of the event down below for you to enjoy! I want to give a huge thanks to Dave Mateo for making this happen as well as the whole Cristobal family for hosting such an amazing event! see you next time Vegas! -Turner
Kendama USA has always been about family. We have always been about sharing this game that we love, and helping to spread and grow the scene here in the states and throughout the world. Those that have joined us on our Kendama mission share this passion and are amazing representatives for the game and culture. They travel the world, teach others how to play, represent KenUSA at events, perform for audiences far-and-wide, and put forth a good positive face for kendama to all those they encounter. As Kendama continues to grow, so does our crew. We’re happy to announce that we have created a new wing of the Kendama USA family, the TRIBE.
Tribes are families. Tribes are small societies built on shared efforts towards a common goal. Tribes are primitive elements of being human and connecting with others. Our current team is made up of such a diverse group of unique individuals, and we wanted this same eclectic mix to be reflected as our own family grows. We’ve asked each current member of our team to hand pick the players that they personally feel would be ideal to support and welcome into the crew. Colin Sander was the first Pro on Kendama USA, so naturally it made sense for him to lead the way and announce the very first member of the Kendama USA TRIBE: Wyatt Bray.
Wyatt is a kendama player hailing from Portland, Oregon whose wild combos, refreshing creativity, and contagious positivity has made waves across the kendama-community. His personality and style are so unique, and this clearly shines through in his kendama-play. He is the first member of the Kendama USA TRIBE.
Enjoy Wyatt’s Kendama USA TRIBE announcement edit.
More TRIBE announcements will be made in the near future. Who’s next?
Colin Sander put together a short edit of some of the guys jamming their Musou’s durring the world cup in Japan! Enjoy!
Summer just ended, but there’s still 1 more event to celebrate. We’re extremely thankful for all the support from our fans and customers, and we want to give back something extra special this year.
Here at Kendama USA, we’re fortunate to have access to lots of unique prototypes, limited edition products, and rare Kendamas that may never be made again. For this End of Summer Giveaway, we’re opening up our vault and hand selecting a treasure-trove of these rare gems in our biggest giveaway ever!
There will be a total of 13 winners, We will be giving away three main prize packages and 10 other amazing prizes all described below.
- Snow Gold Musou
- Limited Musou Holster
- Premium Orange Ozora
- Sunrise Purple Strata
- GRIP Walnut Sunrise
- Honor Tribute
- Sparkling Green Musou
- Musou Holster
- 80′s Red Sakura
- Sunrise Blue Strata
- Metallic Green Ozora
- Honor Tribute
- Breeze Orange Musou
- Keyaki Shin Fuji
- Yellow Ozora
- Sky Blue Ozora
- Honor Tribute
10 will win one of the following prizes:
- Terra Lemongrass Jumbo Pill
- Ozora Pink Galaxy
- Tribute Merlot Silk
- Kendama USA Padauk Proto
- KROM Viking Zebra
- Terra Purple Pill
- KROM Rubberwood
- Premium Gold Ozora
- Tribute Black w/ Blue Triple Stripe
- Grain Theory Mystery Kendama
Enter your email address on the left and you’ll be entered for your chance to win!
CLICK HERE FOR A CLOSER LOOK AT THE PRIZES!
When RJ Puno isn’t dancing for the Jabawokeez he is Lacing dama tricks and defying the laws of gravity! Check out this edit of his mind blowing moves!
And to see more of these amazing shots Follow him on Instagram @ROCKADEEZY
Huge thanks to Stance, Jabbawockeez. PRiSM, and SuperCr3w!!
filmed by Anderson Ko and Daniel Zhu
edited by Daniel Zhu