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All Girls Kendama Tour Recap

The All Girls Kendama Event 2017 was the first of its kind. A series of contests for women, all hosted by female players in the scene, in three different countries. KendamaUSA’s tribute member Haley Bishoff teamed up with some a few other kendama players in the community to create an incredible event!

All Girls Kendama Event Trick List Video:

 

First Stop: Portland, OR.

Haley Bishoff, Carolina Herrera & Molly Harney hosted the first stop in Portland, OR in August at the Portland Pastimes & Velo Cult complex. Almost 100 people came out to support, with about 15 competitors. KendamaUSA’s Tribe member Miya Song took 1st in the Open division, with Emmy Evans coming close in 2nd. Chelsea May Perez from Sweets took 3rd! The Portland event was surely special, because it was the first ever All Girls Kendama Event in the United States.

Special shout outs: Carolina Herrera, Molly Harney, Masako Hosoi, Arque Richards Pagh, Kristin Olinyk, Dave Mateo, Portland Pastimes & all the sponsors.

You can buy a limited run T-Shirt from the Portland event HERE!

http://www.shcl.bigcartel.com/product/2017-all-girl-kendama-t-shirt-unisex

Next Stop: Tokyo, Japan.

Haley and Yuka Hyuga from Gloken put together the second stop.

The Tokyo event was once again, such a success with 100 attendees and 39 competitors, making this the largest All Girls Kendama Event, EVER! This year’s event was the second all girls kendama event in Japan. In 2015, Haley and Yuka hosted another event in Osaka, Japan. But this year’s event was so much bigger with a way higher skill level. Huge congratulations to all the competitors and winners.

Special shout outs: Yuka Hyuga, Mirai from Tokyo Dama Girls for MCing, DJ Moco, Peter Richards, Zawa, Gloken & all the sponsors.

You can watch both Tokyo Recap Videos Below!

Third and Final Stop: Kaohsiung City, Taiwan.
The Taiwan scene is incredibly special, a collection of close friends who just genuinely love kendama. The innovative mini games that Super Friends Kendy has created made the event so fun and interactive for everyone who came out. This time, 100 people attended with 32 female competitors.
Special shout outs: JiJan Chen for creating all the beautiful artwork on the flyers for all three events and MCing the Taiwan event alongside her brother, Jiaziu Chen. Duck, Janet & Rain from South Kendama for being such gracious hosts to Haley and Yuka, and of course, SUPER FRIENDS KENDY!

Watch the Taiwan Recap HERE!

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Kendama Club Spotlight: Cherokee Kendama Club – Canton, GA

Meet the Cherokee Kendama Club!

In August of 2017, a young James Matheny had a genius idea…  to start his very own kendama club at Cherokee High School and (with the help of administration) made that dream a reality!

Cherokee Kendama Club has now grown to 20+ members in just over a month, the club meets bi-weekly in the morning before school starts. It takes some serious dedication to get up extra early to jam some dama, but we know it’s worth it.

Cherokee Kendama Club likes to give back to the community by giving kendamas to kids who can’t afford them at school! Isn’t that just the nicest thing you’ve ever heard?

We asked James what his favorite part about kendama is, his response: “The community aspect, it’s just fun to meet new people who share your passion.”

We could not agree more!

And of course, we had to end the interview knowing what players and mod James loves:

His favorite Pro? TJ Kolesnik

His favorite mod? Wyatt Bray Champ Mod

Solid choices.

Keep up with this club on Instagram! @cherokeekendama

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Kendama USA is back for Atlanta JapanFest!

The Atlanta JapanFest is returning to the Infinite Energy Center on September 16th and 17th. We have been a part of this festival for a few years now and are happy to announce our return in 2017!

We always have an AMAZING time at JapanFest.  There are incredible performances on their stages. From dancers to drummers, karate to swords, there’s something for everyone to experience and enjoy.

Check out the entire performance schedule here!

In addition to two days packed with performances and demonstrations on their multiple stages,  JapanFest also has a variety of vendors to buy Japanese goods from. There are food vendors with delicious cuisine,  game booths for the kids,  Japanese attire and knick-knacks, anime booths, and of course… Kendamas! Our booth is right next to the front door too, jamming all day and lots of Kendama deals, you can’t miss us.

The festival is family friendly and admission is only $10 for a day of fun (under age 6 is free if you need to bring along the little ones).

We also will be teaching workshops this year in Workshop Room 2 – Saturday at 12:30 and Sunday at 3:00! We will be teaching the basics and perhaps a few more advanced tricks also, depending on the student ability. We may even end with a little mini game and giveaway!

Snag your ticket now and we’ll see you there!

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Kendama World Cup 2017 Recap

The 4th Annual Kendama World Cup took place in none other than Hatsukaichi; the birthplace of Kendama. This year was even greater than the last and seeing more and more players from across the globe shows how Kendama is spreading.  There are so many connections that are made through Kendama and friends seeing each other for the first time or linking back up at the airport and venue is always a warm welcome. The first day is always arduous as the full list of registered players which is always over 100, is whittled down to 35 top finalists which will compete in the next day’s championship round where one winner will be crowned the 2017 Champion. Let’s take a look at what all went down…

DAY 1:

The competition was fierce and by the end of Day 1 KUSA had 4 people moving onto the final round with Nobu of Tribe in the #1 spot.

DAY 1 RESULTS:

01. Nobuyoshi Norioka (JPN – 96)
02. Yutaro Fukushima (JPN – 96)
03. Lukas Funk (USA – 90)
04. Logan Tosta (USA – 90)
05. Jake Fischer (USA – 89)
06. Soma Kanemoto (JPN – 89)
07. Toko Mukai (JPN – 89)
08. Soma Fujita (JPN – 89)
09. So Kanada (JPN – 88)
10. Yuta Satoda (JPN – 88)
11. Yukie Yao (JPN – 88)
12. Nonoka Kyodo (JPN – 88)
13. Nicholas Stodd (USA – 88)
14. Liad Kotlarker (ISR – 87)
15. Kengo Kawamura (JPN – 87)
16. Parker Johnson (USA – 86)
17. Zack Gallagher (USA – 86)
18. Kenta Shikagawa (JPN – 86)
19. Jonney Kress (USA – 86)
20. Yoshiki Goto (JPN – 86)
21. Gavin Harvey (USA – 85)
22. Sho Hanasaki (JPN – 85)
23. Terence Kawamoto (USA – 85)
24. Taiki Tachida (JPN – 83)
25. Carter Justice (USA – 83)
26. Yuji Shimada (JPN – 83)

Wildcards :
- Lau Chun Ho (HKG – 74)
- Antonio Kyan (PER – 61)
- Rodney Ansell (CAN – 58)
- Nozomi Arita (JPN – 78)

Regional Seeds :
- Andrei Goia (ROM – 72; European Seed)
- Nick Gallagher (USA – 91; N. America Champ)
- Bryson Lee (USA – 98; KWC 2016 Champ)
- Wyatt Bray (USA – 70; KWC 2015 Champ)
- Bonz Atron (USA – 52; KWC 2014 Champ)

DAY 2:

So Kanada takes the win and is both the first Japanese and the first unsponsored player to take the championship title.

We love to see Japanese players embracing Freestyle play more and can’t wait where tricks will take us in 2018.

Kendama USA - KWC 2017 - Final Winner - Kanada So

DAY 2 FINAL RESULTS:

KWC Final Score :

1. So Kanada – Japan ( 88 + 1212 ) = 1300
2. Bryson Lee – U. S. A. ( 98 + 1028 ) = 1126
3. Liad Kotlarker – Israel ( 87 + 979 ) = 1066
4. Lukas Funk – U. S. A. ( 90 + 910 ) = 1000
5. Nick Gallagher – U. S. A. ( 91 + 888 ) = 979
6. Jake Fischer – U. S. A. ( 89 + 856 ) = 945
7. Gavin Harvey – U. S. A. ( 85 + 846 ) = 931
8. Nonoka Kyodo – Japan ( 88 + 810 ) = 898
9. Soma Kanemoto – Japan ( 89 + 795 ) = 884
10. Logan Tosta – U. S. A. ( 90 + 791 ) = 881
11. Zack Gallagher – U. S. A. ( 86 + 665 ) = 751
12. Wyatt Bray – U. S. A. ( 70 + 657 ) = 727
13. Carter Justice – U. S. A. ( 83 + 636 ) = 719
14. Yuta Satoda – Japan ( 88 + 620 ) = 708
15. Nicholas Stodd – U. S. A. ( 88 + 598 ) = 686
16. Parker Johnson – U. S. A. ( 86 + 580 ) = 666
17. Yukie Yao – Japan ( 88 + 573 ) = 661
18. Kengo Kawamura – Japan ( 87 + 535 ) = 622
19. Nobuyoshi Norioka – Japan ( 96 + 500 ) = 596
20. Yutaro Fukushima – Japan ( 96 + 481 ) = 577
21. Soma Fujita – Japan ( 89 + 483 ) = 572
22. Sho Hanasaki – Japan ( 85 + 462 ) = 547
23. Terence Kawamoto – U. S. A. ( 85 + 460 ) = 545
24. Jonney Kress – U. S. A. ( 86 + 447 ) = 533
25. Kenta Shikagawa – Japan ( 86 + 423 ) = 509
26. Yoshiki Goto – Japan ( 86 + 394 ) = 480
27. Yuji Shimada – Japan ( 83 + 389 ) = 472
28. Bonz Atron – U. S. A. ( 52 + 388 ) = 440
29. Taiki Tachida – Japan ( 83 + 354 ) = 437
30. Andrei Goia – Romania ( 72 + 359 ) = 431
31. Toko Mukai – Japan ( 89 + 272 ) = 361
32. Rodney Ansell – Canada ( 58 + 254 ) = 312
33. Lau Chun Ho – Hong Kong ( 74 + 199 ) = 273
34. Nozomi Arita – Japan ( 78 + 149 ) = 227
35. Antonio Kyan – Peru ( 61 + 34 ) = 95

 

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Kendama Club Spotlight: MKGA – Mailtand, Florida

MKGA Florida - Kendama Jam Meetup | Maitland, FL

MKGA is a Kendama club in Maitland, Florida which is part of the greater Orlando area. MKGA has over 30 members and was started by Andrew Kokol.
We caught up with Andrew and had interviewed him during an event we held in their area; check out what he had to say!

Q: When did you create the club?
A: December 2016

Q: How many members are in your club?
A: Over 30

Q: When is your next jam and where does your club meet?
A: I’m not sure when our next jam will be, but we are located in Maitland, FL near Orlando and we usually do them at parks.

Q: What’s your favorite thing about Kendama?
A: I love the way that everyone has their own unique way of Kendama and I love all tricks you can do and the possibilities are endless!

Q: Favorite Kendama USA Pro and why?
A: It’s between TJ and Jake. I love how TJ travels everywhere and teaches Kendama and makes everyone love it, but Jake has his own style in Kendama which I love!!

Q: Favorite Kendama USA Kendama?
A: I really like the Kaizen Silks and the Crafts because you guys created it yourself, and I like all different shapes.

Q: Anything else you’d like to add?
A: “If you are content, you will always have enough.” – Lao Tzu

MKGA Florida - Winter Park Kendama Jam | Winter Park, FL

You can keep up with their club happenings on their Instagram @m_k_g_a and join in if you’re in the area!

Want to start a club in your area? Contact us to get started!
Want your club to be featured? Make sure to tag @kendamausa & #kendamausa on your posts so we can see your club.

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Click Clack Radio S1 Ep. 5 – Ben Herald Interview

Ben Herald is one of the newest Grain Theory pro kendama players and the pro division champion of the Sakura Classic Championships this year.
In this interview we learn about the annual Sakura Classic contest held in Japantown, SF, his pro model design and more!

Head to shop.kendamausa.com/ and use the code: CLICKCLACK to get 10% off your next order.

Special thanks to:
Ben Herald
Jack Baker
Molly Harney
Haley Bishoff
KendamaUSA
Grain Theory
Josh Flow Grove – Rhythm kendama sounds

Sakura Classic recap -
kendamausa.com/2017/04/21/sakura…assic-2017-recap/

“Going pro the night before and winning the contest the next day creates a story for the ages.” – Ben Herald

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Back to Basics | Kendama Base Cup Trick Variations

Wake up & base cup people! Don’t neglect the cup that makes your Kendama stand tall. Yea it’s a little harder to land tricks and variations may not be as straight forward but, if you practice landing in base cup, you’ll find cupping, in general, to be a lot easier.

In Vol. 2 of Back to Basics, Haley & Molly show you over 25 different base cup variations to incorporate into your flow and hone your skills with. Check it out!

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Sakura Classic 2017 | Recap

The Sakura Classic is a Kendama event that focuses on the original reason why we play Kendama. FUN! No fees, no pressure, all vibes. This year, the sun was shining and the players were out in full force. This Sakura Classic had the most pros yet, 28 Sponsored players came out to join the 100+ amateurs. The pros hosted workshops and gave advice to the young competitors trying to reach the main stage to become the Sakura Champ.

The speed ladders are always intense. Players were focused and honed this year, finishing the ladder within fractions of a second within each other requiring slow motion replays to determine the winner. Win or loose, everyone was smiling. At the end of a full day of speed ladder battles, we had our top 16 competitors for the next day.
Congrats to -
Matthew Stacy, Hartej Sinjh, Jordan Vargas, Keilan Cancino, Casey Cristabol, Anthoney Leary, Jack Shores, Eli Kertel, Hayden Brickman, Joshual Yanga, Mason Santos, Elmer Juen, Andrew Taldlip, Omrishi Jonnala, Jordan Petiesta &Tim Chow

The Pro / Sponsored speed ladder was a mix of a Kendama contest and a comedy show. As I looked around me, I would call out 5 pros at a time. Mixing up sponsors, friends, and rivals. During each round, I would roast each player.The crowd was laughing and the players were trying to focus while I talked about a modeling agency battle with Kristian Aynedter, Max Norcross, and Tj Kolesnik.

After day 1 in Japantown SF, everyone met at the Hatch in Oakland, a small bar and restaurant with neighborhood vibes in Oakland. Upon arrival, the place was packed with kendama players and Kendama videos were projected on the wall. Drinks, burgers, tacos, and wings were flowing like water. It was great to have everyone in one place for a party. Usually at some point during kendama events the young ones and the adults get split up due to age restrictions. Pancho, the owner of The Hatch opened his doors to all ages that Saturday night and made it a memorable event for everyone. Towards the end of the night, the music changed and a video started to play that ended up being the pro announcement for Kristian Aynedter and Ben Herald! People were cheering and applauding as waves of smiles rushed over the crowd. The goal was to create the “skate video premiere” feeling. Mission accomplished.

Day 2 of the Sakura Classic was the “hone in’ day. The day started with workshops for the top 16 ams that were in the classic. The pros helped each player tighten up their tricks and gave advice on how to stay cool and collected during the contest. While the players were warming up, the rest of the crowd watched the 9 and under and the 30 and up contest. The 9 and under featured a big cup off as well as ken drop and other fun mini games. All competitors walked away with prizes. The 30 and up class were competing for an Original Grain watch and Kendama USA kanji brush shirt. The competition was made up of dads of players and other adult players. The vibe was amazing and everyone had a blast.

The amateur contest began at 1 and players were ready. At the Sakura Classic, there is no stage, only the street. The players paired up and battled in the middle of post street in Japantown. The crowd gathered quickly to watch the young competitors face off. The battles went on until we had the top 4: Jordan Vargas, Keilan Cancino, Hartej Sinjh, and Matthew Stacy.

While the am players celebrated their victory, the pros started gathering for the pro contest. This years pro contest featured some of the most amazing players and match-ups I have ever seen. It is amazing to watch 2 of your favorite players go head to head. In the end it came down to Ben Herald and Josh Grove that would battle it out on the main stage later in the day.

Right after the pro classic, the pace switched to pro freestyle / exhibition. Music was bumpin’ and the crowd formed a circle in the middle of the street. I called 4 players into the circle and they threw down free style for 4 min. If you mess up twice you step out and some one else comes in. After 4 minutes, the crowd judges who will stay and who will go. This years freestyle had some of the most epic bangers laced and the crowd was going nuts. The highlight was when I decided to have all of COTK battle it out in the ring. Wyatt, Stodd, June, and Caleb all jumped in huddled up and then broke into one of the most legendary freestyles. Stodd hitting impossible lunar combos, while Chris June redefined the definition of bird combos, Caleb slinging his way into the next universe, and Wyatt going ham with the most vicious down spike combos. After all the smoke settled from all the rounds, it came down to Gavin Harvey and Micha Logan to battle on the main stage.

At 5:30, the entire squad mobbed up to the main stage that sat under the pagoda where we jam every Tuesday. I grabbed the mic and started to explain kendama to the people. I asked “who knows what a kendama is?” I did not expect the roar that came from the crowd. I then asked “who has never seen a kendama before?” Only a few people in the audience had never seen one!

After some tricks on a normal sized Kaizen and a KROM XXL I brought up the freestyle finals. Micha and Logan were on another level of honed. Both players landing unique tricks that are the definition of modern kendama. After both players had their runs it was judgement time. The crowd undeniably decided in favor of Gavin. Micha lifted Gavin up off the ground and Gavin’s hands when in the air with victory!

Next we went into the Pro Classic Finals. Ben Herald faced off With Josh Grove. Both Ben and Josh were landing the tricks left and right, match for match. It was match point for Ben and the card drawn was the hanging inward flip down spike. Josh came within millimeters of the lace and Ben had a chance for the win. Ben took a breath and landed the trick first try! The crowd cheered and there was a new Sakura Pro champ! Ben was awarded the custom champion Hapi Coat custom made for the contest. Going pro the night before and winning the contest the next day creates a story for the ages.

For the finale, the amateur players made their way to the stage. Round one was Hartej vs Jordan Vargas and Hartej takes the win to move onto the finals. In round two was Matthew vs Keilan and Keilan took the win. Fun fact: Keilan has placed in the top 3 every Sakura Classic!

The finals were two competitors who have trained and worked for the spot both Hartej and Keilan have dreamed of being the Sakura Champ. Just like the pros Hartej and Keilan were matching trick for tricks building the suspense. Hartej had 3 points and needed 1 more for the win. Keilan drew the infamous Handlestall hop to slip on stick. Keilan missed and it came down to Hartej. Hartej hits the handle stall and the hop over. The moment of truth is the slip on stick and he lands it perfectly. The crowd rushes in and the audience applauds the new Sakura Champion. Both players walked away with amazing prizes form Kendama USA and Grain Theory and Hartej was awarded the Sakura Champions Hapi coat.
Sakura Classic Champions - Hartej & Ben w/ Hapi Coats

The weekend was full of kendama, friends, an amazing contest, and all of this in the middle of a 200,000 person festival celebrating Japanese arts and culture. Kendama continues to grow in northern California and the Sakura Classic is the time when everyone comes together from all over the west coast to enjoy kendama together.

See you there next year.

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Back to Basics | 37 Ways to Big Cup Your Kendama

Let’s face it, people love “power moves” or flashy techniques and often will skip the basics and jump right into trying to land the more difficult ones like taps or juggles. While there may be no right or wrong way to learn Kendama, you may progress a lot faster if you don’t rush things by trying to learn everything at once or trying advanced tricks when you haven’t mastered the basics. You’ll want to learn the basics so you can get to the more difficult aspects sooner and also develop a style as well.

“First learn stand, then learn fly. Nature rule Daniel son, not mine” - Mr. Miyagi

Our very own Haley Bishoff & Molly Harney have started a new series called “Back to Basics” to show us some of the basics that seem to have been lost with new creative twists. This new series is for everyone, whether you are a beginner or a pro and really focuses on one of the basics of Kendama.

Check it out!

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Click Clack Radio – Season 1

Click Clack Radio - Kendama Podcast - Logo

Haley Bishoff and Molly Harney have teamed up to create the first ever co-created Kendama podcast series; Click Clack Radio.

Click Clack began early February 2017 and features players within the Kendama community on their show as well as frequent giveaways.  In season 1, you’ll hear from Joshua Flow Grove, Matt Rice, and Jake Wiens.

Be sure and tune into the next season b/c we’ve got plenty more great interviews coming your way.

Subscribe & Follow Click Clack Radio to hear some amazing conversations between unique players and your lovely co-hosts Haley Bishoff and Molly Harney.
IG: @ClickClackRadio

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Where to buy Kururins ™

We’ve teamed up with the inventors of Kururins ™ to help make them available for sale worldwide.
Kendama USA is the exclusive supplier of Kururins ™ in North America and we are proud to be working with & supporting those who created it. While there may be many imitations, there is only one original. Learn more about Kururin ™ here.




Kururin

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