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Mansfield Australia Kendama Jam Recap


Twelve-year-old Phoenix Valero has always wanted to organize a Kendama jam in his hometown to bring dama players together.
He’d been wanting to start one for a while but didn’t know where to start.  So he decided to reach out and contact his buds at Kendama USA!  With a little help, Mansfield saw its first Kendama Jam! A lot of folks showed up and the jam was a big hit!

Competition Summary:

Open Division :

@noahlachal
@eligh.7900 (Runner Up)

Mansfield Kendama Jam Open Division Winners

Intermediate Speed Ladder:

@_mackenziehenderson – (Middle)
@eligh.7900
@_1_dustin_1_

Beginner Speed Ladder

Mansfield Kendama Jam Beginner Winners

A big thank you to everyone, who participated and came out to the event.
Photo Cred: @freyavalerio

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New Kaizen Kendamas Now Available!

Kendama USA is proud to launch the first series of Kaizen Shifts and Kaizen Slims.  The Shift and Slim shape have been extremely popular on our Craft Kendamas, and the Kaizen options now offer you these amazing shapes at a great price.  Here is a picture of all the Kaizen’s we recently released.  These color options are limited, so grab your favorite style while you can.  Also, check out our wishlists feature to share with friends and family.

2018 Kaizen Kendamas Batch 1

 

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Kendama USA Reveals the Latest Craft Kendama; Black Belt

Kendama USA is proud to release its newest addition to the Craft Colors line; The Black Belt, available now.  The black belt encapsulates the best quality and playability perfected for modern play style.  The black belt features a new triple split color design distinguished by the thick black stripe on the ball. The top half of the tama is a smooth pastel purple, and the bottom 30% is a fresh minty green. This unique tama is coated with our silk paint.

We’ve added special customization options to our Craft Colors line, giving you the option to pair this tama with our Shift or Slim ken shapes in a variety of wood options.  These two popular ken shapes were designed by the Kendama USA team for modern play style, durability, and control. The combination of our silk painted tama with a USA made Craft ken gives you one of the most honed and customizable setups available.  Learn More

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Introducing Craft Colors | Painted Craft Kendamas

“Go to the Valley of Fire they said, the dessert is epic they said.. (plot twist) IT WAS!”

The Craft Sandstorm and Graphite Kendamas were inspired by a trip to Nevada’s Valley of Fire! The 2017 Toy Fest West show was going down in Las Vegas and during a free day, Scags and Jero ventured a few hours out of the city lights to the great shifting sand dunes. The landscapes were so perfect it was crazy to comprehend what we were seeing! Pictures, clips, tricks, we had to be Abel to share this experience somehow!

After snapping a few pictures and reassuring ourselves that the views were THIS epic – we had to pay the memory forward and design these colors for tamas!

Pick up a Craft Color from Kendama USA and create your own ventures, memories, and stories to share!

Check out the edit and get lost in the landscapes that the Valley of Fire.

Check out the edit and get lost in the Valley of Fire’s landscapes .

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Ozora ReShape Kendamas Now Available @ Kendama USA

Ozora Kendama of Japan has developed a new shape that features larger cups and a semi 70/30 fade for easy hole tracking. Formally named “Odori REshape” this is the newest shape from Ozora in ten years and is the brain child of Japanese Craftman, Ryoichi Suzuki. The REShape has three meanings;”3R”, RENEW · · · Newly born design RELIABLE · · · Reliable specs and quality REACH · · · reach new possibilities.

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https://shop.kendamausa.com/products/ozora-kendama-reshape

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Zack Yourd Kendama Edit #7 Lives!

Zack Yourd Kendama Edit #7

So unless you’re WiFi is out, you had to have heard about the legendary Kendama USA pro Zack Yourd releasing his NEWEST and arguably most creative video yet – Kendama Edit #7! The Video dropped yesterday, August 1st, at noon and the kendama community snapped! The video reached over 3 thousand views within the first 24 hours. Not viral, but notable views for an older kendama player dropping a new video in 2018. Players from all over the globe (really) spoke out about how the video made them feel!

So much so that we had to share some of the comments on this video!

“Inspired me to start playing kendama and inspires me to keep playing kendama!”

“We need more people that play like Zach. For the fun of it. The curiosity of what can be done with a Kendama. You’re truly and forever a legend Zach, I hope in 20 years people still try to play like you do.”

“This edit gives a different perspective on kendama

“What a legend”

“What I love about this is the absence of popular styles of tricks. Every trick here blew my mind in some way since it was so different than what I’m used to seeing!! Great job Yourd, keep it up!!!”

“This video just puts me in the same awe as when I very first started Kendama! Just the way the tricks are designed pushes a crazy level of technicality and suspense that, to me, is unbelievable once completed! Thanks for reminding me of that feeling!”

“So i’m in the beginning stages of kendama. I’m at month seven. But I’ve never been able to find inspiration for tricks that i actually like and enjoy. The variety that you did was so much different than anyone I’ve ever seen. So i guess i should be thanking you for the inspiration. That was so sick”

“Hands down one of the best edits of all time.”

“That was amazing. Truly worth the wait.”

“So stoked to see a kendama film from the legend himself. New tricks, same steez. We need to make an active push as a community to create more content like this in the future.”

“Best. Edit. Of. The. Year.”

— and the comments continue on with love and stoke for Edit #7! Thank you Yourd for only putting out A1 work and thank you to everyone that enjoyed the edit and took something away from it!

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Zach Magnuson is TRIBE

Zach Magnuson, a 19-year-old Kendama phenom from Motor City; Detroit, MI, has been playing Kendama for four and a half years and is now on Kendama USA’s Tribe Team! When he isn’t playing Kendama he’s either out shooting pics or making videos about Kendama! In his 2nd year of college at MCC, Zach claims to love school more than DWesty and plans on graduating with a degree in photography and video work.  Zach’s progression, passion, and community involvement have propelled him into the limelight and he’ll continue to leave a positive impact on those around him on KUSA’s Tribe team.

“I was introduced to Kendama by a high school classmate who had recently returned from a trip to Japan. My 1st Kendama was a red Duncan Kendama from Toys R Us. I describe my playstyle as very fast paced & new school but I’m still being creative with it. Wyatt asked me to be on Tribe at this year’s Dama in the D comp.  Wyatt and I actually met at Dama in the D2 but it wasn’t until D4 that we got to know each other. By the time D5 rolled around, I had honed my skills like never before and I placed in the top 10, even besting Wyatt in open 3-0.”

Current Setup:  Kendama USA Craft Shift Maple Ken x Ash Tama

” I love kendama and all the people I’ve met through it. I try and spread my joy for this truly amazing sport wherever I go.”

BTW, I host a jam every Thursday in Marysville, MI between 4 – 8 pm at Municipal Park. So if you’re in the area come on by and jam with us!

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7 Ways to Keep Active With Kendama This Summer

7 Ways to Stay Active This Summer With Kendama

Here are seven ways to keep active with Kendama this summer:

1. Learning New Kendama Tricks
We’ve got over 75 Kendama trick tutorial videos that will teach you not only the basics but also intermediate and advanced Kendama tricks. Try dedicating an hour to Kendama each day. Pick 3-5 tricks you want to get better at, prep your playlist with our tutorials, and have fun!

2. Go To A Local Kendama Jam
There are jams, events, and tournaments happening all around the globe.
Check out our events page on our Facebook profile to check out some jams near you.

https://www.facebook.com/kendamausa/events

3. Start Your Own Kendama Jam
If you can’t find a jam near you then start your own! With three simple steps, you can host a jam in no time!

  • Step 1: Find a Venue
    • The easiest thing to do is go to your local public park and find a great spot with ample space.
  • Step 2: Decide on Day and Time
    • What day will your jams be on and at what time?
  • Step 3: Get the Word Out!
    • Lastly, make a flyer and throw it up on Facebook or  Instagram.

Here are some other ideas to get the word out about your jam. You can ask your school to make mention of your jam in their summer newsletter. If you go to church, you can ask them to make mention of your jam to the everyone. Don’t forget to let us know about it too and we’ll let everyone in the community know!

4. Create a Custom Kendama

If you are into arts & crafts, painting your own custom Kendama is a great activity. You can add some flare to a painted Kendama or start on a natural, just have fun with it!

5. Make A Kendama Edit

Film yourself lacing your favorite trick or even a clip of a trick you are trying to land.
Post it on Instagram, Facebook, or your favorite social channel and tag us! #kendamausa @kendamausa



6. Create a Kendama Jam Playlist

Many players play to music and catch tricks to rhythms and beats. Check out this playlist by one of our pros!


7. Explore Your Environment

Grab a friend and go on a walk in your neighborhood, park, or even go on an adventurous hike. Don’t leave home without your Kendama!

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Dama Dice – Game of K.E.N App – iOS

Dama Dice - iOS - Kendama Game of KEN App

Dama Dice gives slayers a new way to enjoy games of KEN. The Dama Dice app, available on iOS, gives you a random Kendama trick in Easy, Medium, and Hard difficulty modes. It also helps you learn about new Kendama tricks with the integrated Kendama Tricktionary. Just tap on one of the dice, and you can read about how it’s done or view tutorial videos from the best Kendama pros in the community.

We caught up with the app’s creator whos is also a local Utah slayer; Theodore B., and here’s what he had to say:

“I created Dama Dice because it’s fun to shake things up every now and then. I got started building these apps for snowboarding and skateboarding. My friends and I were always daring each other to try new tricks, so it’s really a product I built to have more fun with them. Dama Dice is great for games of K.E.N. when you don’t know what trick to try.

The app works through a process known as “procedural generation.” That’s fancy computer science talk for lots and lots of random numbers. If the number is “1″, the app gives you a different trick than you’d get if it’s “2″ and so on.

Dama Dice has over a hundred random trick components that it draws from. It puts those components together to make new and interesting combinations of tricks every time you shake your phone.

Dama Dice also has a Combo Mode that combines tricks together in lines of three. It uses the ending grip from the previous trick to figure out which trick to flow into. Combos are natural and fun to try. The app will keep surprising you with the combos it creates. It’s sort of unreal and nothing like the kinds of combos you can think up yourself.

So yeah, enjoy the app. Have fun! Send me your feedback too.  I can add in new tricks and move things around. I built the app for the community, and I want it to be something everyone loves to play with.”

 

“I’ve decided to do a free version so people can try out the app before getting access to all of the advanced tricks and combo mode.”

Dama Dice iOS Link

 

You can get that here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dama-dice-kendama/id1384971400?mt=8

Full version:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dama-dice/id1382452487?mt=8

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Joris Schweppe Wins EKO Pre-Lim

Joris Schweppe, Kendama USA Tribe Member,  wins the seeded spot for KWC 2018 by taking home the EKO Prelim Win.

Check out what Joris had to say about the experience:

“The EKO Prelims got really intense in the final round for me. I was facing a younger and very talented kendama player.  After honing in on the tricks at the comp, I felt pretty honed and got a nice score in the first 2 rounds, helping me get to the finals. Like I said the finals got really intense, It was a speed ladder of all the level 5 tricks of KW17. Only one trick was in there that I was not honed and that was the last one. I got stuck on it for at least a minute, While I was 5 tricks ahead of my component he now was struggling on the same trick with me. Making it a crazy experience for the audience knowing that the one landing it first would win the competition. After at least 10 other tries I laced first and won.”

Kendama Used: Craft Shift Kendamas

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Nobu Takes 1st @ BuzzYank! – Kendama Tournament – Japan

BuzzYank! is a JP Kendama player summit that went down on February 11th in Osaka and the turn out was fantastic!
There were competitions held for beginner, intermediate, and advanced players as well as freestyle & speed ladder comps.

RESULTS:

Advanced: Intermediate: Beginner:
Free Style Battle:
1st: Nobuyoshi Norioka 1st: Ruri Kato 1st: Yu Kuroda
1st: Fukushima Eutaro
2nd: Fukushima Eutaro 2nd: Itto Kenboy 2nd: Tomoyoshi Tomoyo 2nd: Nagata Kazuki
3rd: Ya Yuki 3rd: Yasutomo Murakami 3rd: Takamatsu Misaki 3rd: Kato Takeshi

Recap Video from 103Dama:

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Kendama Club Spotlight: Clan Kendama

Clan Kendama is one of the newest clubs in the southeast and has been making a splash in the community with their edits and Instagram posts. In the short time they have been a Kendama USA Club, Clan Kendamas has made 16 Youtube videos including five full-length Kendama edits, and have become very active on Instagram.

Gibson, Cameron, and Owen are the founders of Clan Kendama. This trio made Clan Kendamas official just three months ago (September 2017) and have already grown the club to 15+ members. The three founders expanded their club to three different states including Tennessee, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

The club is spreading the Kendama love every day. They have helped dozens of players get their first Kendama and continue to introduce the game to anyone that will listen. According to Owen, Clan Kendamas helps to bring together the community outside of just Kendama players by giving kids a safe place to be themselves and to enjoy another’s company. “We inspire people to enjoy the journey, persevere, and believe that any goal is achievable,” said Owen.

Clan Kendamas meetup bi-weekly to jam and hope to open their regular jams to the public soon. The club is always ready to jam with anyone if you message them on Instagram @clan.kendama

Check out some of their killer edits on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9uyvjL47CRRP7DLBc9qFNA

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