We couldn’t be more honored and excited to announce Jake Wiens as the new 2013 Kendama USA Pro Team Member.
Jake has been an awe inspiring figure in the Kendama community for as long as I can remember. The roots he planted during the first backyard Kengarden battles in San Francisco have grown into something none of us could have imagined. Jake brings an unmatched energy and enthusiasm to the game, and shares a true passion for introducing Kendama to new players around the world. With all the collaborations, mutual support, amazing events, and incredible dama journeys over the past few years, it’s a very well deserved spot.
This edit takes you into Jakes life in San Francisco, with stories from some of his closest friends and inspirations.
Jake’s Pro Model Kendama will be released in 2014. Welcome to the family.
Big thanks to Colin Sander for the incredible production quality, and to Tori Sander for the crispy stills. Shoutouts to Matt Rice, Harald Boyesen, Andy Olive, Guy Wright, and Sourmash for their contributions to this production.
In November 2012 the Kendama USA Pro Team traveled to Japan to explore Kendama’s roots, players, and experience the homeland of this game that has changed all of our lives. This is the full length edit of our travels and tricks. Edited by Colin Sander.
For me Kendama in general is many things. I like to think of it as a tool that has helped me get through life. It really teaches patience, keeps you chasing for something new or challenging, and creates an environment that cant be explained unless you are physically there to experience it. Kendama has given me more than I could ever ask for without even asking. If we apply the same efforts and dedication we put into life the way we play Kendama, there would be no end to our perseverance. Give challenges in your life the same chance that you had given to land your hardest trick and move with the same dedication to the next one.
K-os – Black Ice
Esperanto – Night of the wolf
K-os – Crucial (remix)
Jake Wiens talks Kendama. Take notes. This is just a taste of whats in store. Stay tuned.
Kendama is whatever you want it to be. Kendama could be your sport. It could be your hobby. It could be your time-waster. It could be your break from the office. It could be your meditation. It could be your workout. It could be just straight up stress relief. Or it could be what you do with your friends. So when it comes down to it, it’s your Kendama, and it’s your choice of whatever you want it to be.
“Kendama is a lot more than just a wooden Japanese toy. It is patience; it is excitement; it is frustration; it is new friendships. It’s a lifestyle wrapped up into a very unlikely object. I hope you enjoy these kendama tricks, but please watch remembering this: Kendama is about learning about yourself and your own abilities, and about creating new relationships with amazing people. Don’t ever think it is about being the best, because that could not be further from the truth. Enjoy!” – Keith
Shot on a Canon T3i
Song: Tighten Up by The Black Keys
Locations: Washington, California, Colorado
Last year when Kendama USA was touring Japan, we had the honor of visiting the Tokyo offices of the Japanese Kendama Association. This is a mecca of Kendama roots, relics, gems, and history that was overwhelming to take in. Despite having the most epic antique Kendama collection we had ever seen, everybody at the office was pulling priceless damas out of the glass cases and tossing them across the room for us to play. It was like the Louvre asking us to finger paint on the Mona Lisa. It was a great visit that the whole team will remember forever.
Big thanks to the JKA and Gloken for the hospitality and the history lesson, and to Matt Ballard for helping with the edit.
You already know Colin Sander is well known for his edits, but are you ready for his MOVIES? That’s right. When Colin hasn’t been globe-trotting with his Kendama, designing his next Pro Model, or arranging his Mugen collection at home, he’s been busy directing full length motion pictures. Too much talent for one human to possess? We think so, but we enjoy it anyways.
Kendama even has a cameo on the big screen in his first feature titled “Dean Slater: Resident Advisor”
Check out the trailer below – Mature audiences only please.
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.
New York City is a place like none other. So many people have tried capturing it in words, but it’s simply impossible to do it justice. It’s something that has to be experienced to understand. The annual Toy Fair trip is quickly becoming a staple event for us each year, and we’ve met some amazing friends along the way. 2013 was no different, and we’ve captured a bit of our experience here.
Special guests include Batman, Spiderman, Elmo, Power Ranger stunt doubles, and a giant purple crayon.
Immense props and respect to Jake Wiens and the Kengarden for helping to put it all together.
Kendama USA is proud to present the sixth edit from Zack Yourd. Spending a week out in Colorado to log some time on the snowboard, Yourd was able to pick up the camera and lace some kendama maneuvers in the colorful views of the Centennial State. Experience the elevations and good vibes this edit has to offer as you gain insight to the endless creativity that’s sparked from kendama.
Special thanks to Nick Yourd for making this all possible.