Hawaii was amazing! I have never seen so many people playing Kendama in my life! 1800 people signed up to the Yo-Dama battle before we had to cut it off. 5000 people total were at the event. Choke players were there! It was great to get some time on Oahu an meet the people and the players. Hawaii is definitely where it’s happenin. Amazing hospitality and kindness from everyone. Huge thank you to Razor Sports and Pearl Ridge Mall for their support and dedication. We will be back soon!
For 2014 we wanted to continue growing the Tribute family. Instead of doing a video contest this year, we decided to keep our eyes open for the right person during our travels and events. The Tribute team is one of the most diverse Kendama crews in the world. Each member has their own unique style and personality. The Tribute team travels together, plays together, and evolves together constantly. When it comes to choosing another team member, we look at not only the Kendama play, and but also the type of person you are.
We are very excited and honored to introduce the newest member of the team and family, Haley Bishoff.
Haley has an extensive skill set that that rivals even the most seasoned ninjas. Not only does she slay Kendama, she also is skilled in gymnastics, slackline, yoyo, and epic ba$ketballer videos. She is one of the most chill people to hang with or jam dama and is always down to learn new tricks and teach others. After meeting her a few times on tour and at yoyo events, the whole Kendama USA crew knew it was a perfect match. Haley is Trib.
It was also an unwritten requirement that you be able to do back flips. Haley passed that test with an A+. Welcome to the family Haley!
Dama Fest 2013 was an amazing event. Much respect goes out to Matt Ballard for documenting the entire week and putting together this edit.
Huge thanks to everybody who made the trip to Atlanta for an unforgettable Kendama experience. We couldn’t have done it without the help of our entire team and all our sponsors. Special thanks to Kendama USA, Kendama Co, Sweets Kendama, Kendama DK x KROM, and Tribute Kendama. Big shout out to Keith Matsumura for taking the win.
YALL READY!!!!???? JULY 19 – 27th!!!!! West Coast.
Here is a little taste of last years road adventure with tour.
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Info Broadcast #001 – Coordinates announced.
// 001 __ San Francisco Ca 7/19 DOLORES PARK -Noon – 4pm
// 002 __ Sacramento CA – Shasta Community park Noon – 4PM 7/20
// 003 __ Tahoe NV 7/22 – Shorline of Tahoe @ The Marriot. 11am – 4pm
// 004 __ Eugene OR 7/23 6:30 – 8:30 BBQ Location in the works.
// 004 __ Portland OR 7/24 TBD
// 005 __ Wenatchee WA 7/26 WALLA WALL PARK – 11AM – 4PM AFTER PARTY at Hooked on Toys 5pm – 6pm
// 006 __ Seattle WA – Richmond Beach Park 1PM 7/27
Info Broadcast #002 – Kendamanauts / Tour STARS!
// Turner Throne
// Dave Mateo
// SOURMASH (live Painting)
// Alex Smith
// Zack Yourd
// Colin Sander
// Matt Rice
// TJ Kolesnik
// Jake Wiens
// Keith Matsumura!!!
Kendama USA is thrilled to host the 2013 Dama Fest on May 11, 2013 in Atlanta GA. Dama Fest is a unique Kendama event with high level players from across North America, Japan, and Europe all under 1 roof. It’s a great opportunity to meet your favorite Kendama pros face to face, see brand new unreleased Kendama products, and jam with some of the icons in the Kendama world.
This year we are offering a $1000 top prize, and have some unbelievable prizes and raffles. This is the Kendama event of 2013 you do NOT want to miss!!!
Dama Fest is made possible by a group of amazing teams and sponsors including:
Tamotsu Kubota, Hajime Ishibashi, Colin Sander, Zack Yourd, Turner Thorne, Alex Smith, Matt Jorgenson, Max Norcross, Christian Fraser, William Penniman, Alex Ruisch, TJ Kolesnik, Dave Mateo, Keith Matsumura, Jake Wiens, Sam Merkel, Hunter Bailey, Eric Martin, Matt Rice, Kristin Olinyk, Matthew Ballard, Nick Mayo, Zack Winters, Alex Loomer, and many, many more!!!
This event will be FREE to attend, and $10 to compete in the main event.
See you in May!
Vendor space and sponsorship is available. Email us HERE for more information.
It’s time for another awesome Kendama USA contest! In the Doubles competition you will have to choose wisely, as you’ll be working with a friend. You will both play simultaneously, and as always, we encourage you to get as creative as possible. You will be judged on synchronization, creativity, difficulty of tricks, location choice and the overall quality of the edit. Remember the whole point of the competition is to get together with your buds and have FUN! Lets get stoked on Kendama again before summer is over.
• You must choose one teammate in your edit. You cannot submit another edit with a different Teammate.
• Creativity and new tricks is a major plus.
• The more synchronized you and your teammate are on each trick, the better.
• The tricks must actually be filmed simultaneously. No editing cheats!
• Your edit MUST be 1:30 or less. If you go over the time limit, it is automatically disqualified, and we will be sad with you.
• Deadline is Sunday, August 5th, at 11:59 pm PDT (pacific daylight time, westside!!). Any edit submitted after the deadline will not be accepted, and great sadness will be felt.
How to enter:
• Upload your edit to YouTube or Vimeo. You must include “Kendama USA Doubles Contest” in the title.
• Send an email to Contest@KendamaUSA.com with the edit URL link, names of both players, contact info, and a mailing address for prizes.
• 1st place winner
- 2 new Sakura style Kendamas, new from Ozora
- 2 Tribute Kendamas of choice (non custom)
- 2 T-shirts of choice
- 2 New Color String Packs
- 2 Sticker packs and poster packs
•2nd place winner
- 1 new Sakura style Kendama, new from Ozora
- 1 Tribute Kendama of choice (non custom)
- 2 Tribute T-shirts
- 2 Kendama Wooden Stencils
- 2 New Color String Packs
- 2 Sticker packs and 2 poster packs
•3rd place winner
- 2 Tribute Kendamas of choice (non custom)
- 1 KendamaUSA T-shirt
- 1 Sticker Pack
- 1 New Color String Packs
There are some other special prizes being given away for runner up edits, but you have to enter to find out!!!
If you’ve been living under a rock the last few weeks, you might not have heard about the Kengarden west coast tour. Starting on June 9th, a van full of Dama rippers will be piling into an epic sprinter van for the week of a lifetime. Things kick off in San Francisco before stopping though Sacramento, Tahoe, Bend, Portland, and ending at the battle in Seattle. The van will be full of Dama Pros, the one and only Sourmash, boxes full of Kengarden swag, Kendama USA goodies, and a mountain of Tributes!!! Be sure to check the schedule and come hang out when we roll through your city. Every member of Kendama USA and Tribute will be attending the Battle in Seattle, so we can’t wait to see you there!!!
Click the image above to RSVP and find out important tour details!
Huge kudos to Tribute’s own Jake Weins and The Kengarden for organizing and making this historical event happen.
In November 2011, Kendama USA hosted the first ever Dama Fest. Kendama enthusiasts from all over the country, and even Europe came to Atlanta GA for this amazing event. Huge thanks to everybody who showed up and helped support it. This includes the Kengarden, Ozora, Sweets, Deal with It, SourMash, Saga, and of course Kendama USA and Tribute Kendamas. Congratulations to all the winners, and our first champion Sebastian Orrego. Hope to see you there next year.
Congrats to everybody who made it into Round 2. The judging was very difficult as the entries get better and better every year. A big thanks and shout out to everybody who participated.
So lets get Round 2 started!! We feel that a Pro should be able to represent Kendama on a variety of levels, and we want to see how YOU would choose to present Kendama to the world in a single edit.
We’ll be judging on a big mix of things. Overall skill level, technical ability, creativity, flow, steez, production value, spot selection, humor, personality, attitude, and originality. Round 1 entries will also be taken into consideration.
The title of this edit should be: This is Kendama. *YourName* Kendama USA Pro Contest Round 2
Edits should be no longer than 3:00
All edits must be submitted by Monday, December 19th at 11:59pm EST.
Just like in Round 1, email your link to email@example.com before the deadline.
We can’t wait to see the entries. Have fun making your edits, and prove to us why you’re going to be the next Kendama USA Pro.
Congratulations to all the Round 1 Winners!!! During the Dama Fest weekend, the Pro Team spent hours going over all the edits, and talking about who will move on. It was really tough this year, with so many exceptional entries. Prize packages are going out to all our winners next week, as well as some of the other entries that didn’t make the cut, but still stood out to us. Huge thanks to everybody who took the time to make an entry. We hope you had as much fun making them, as we did watching them.
The Round 2 details will be announced very soon! Stay tuned.
Round 1 Winners
Keith Matsumura Tj Kolesnik Daniel Robinson Gus Carstens Alex Smith Danny Mason Gerard Gotgotao Alex Ramos Dave Mateo Thomas Holzer Jimmy Jacobson Julian Down Daniela von Rohr Damien Klaven