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Zack Yourd – Single Trick Volume 3 – The Kengarden

Zack Yourd’s Single Trick Series. A 5-part video series consisting of kendama shorts that showcase a variety of Yourd’s style kendama play in various locations. Some words from Yourd regarding volume 3:

“Anytime I find myself in the San Francisco area, instinct kicks in to hit up Jake Wiens, fellow Kendama USA teammate/life long friend. Not only does he know this city like the back of his hand, but he is also the creator of the infamous Kengarden. During my 12-hour layover in SF en route to New Zealand, I was able to link up with him for some tasty bevs around the town and of course some kendama action. Enjoy the stunts.”

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Derek Astin – A Walk In The Park

Tribe Team member Derek Astin (age 13) shows his incredible skill in his latest edit “A Walk In The Park”. We spent a few weekends with Derek at various Parks around Salt Lake City and witnessed some of the most technical Kendama play we have ever seen. Enjoy!


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Zack Yourd Single Trick Volume 2 – Pittsburgh Pantone

Zack Yourd’s Single Trick Series Volume 1. A 5-part video series consisting of kendama shorts that showcase a variety of Yourd’s style kendama play in various locations. Some words from Yourd:

“More days than not the skies of Pittsburgh are cluttered with clouds. This gray overcast is known as the ‘Pittsburgh Pantone’ and this single trick edit is my temporary farewell to them. Thank you Commonwealth Press for the shirt, and Luke Evans for being the man behind the lens. Later Pittsburgh <3″

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Zack Yourd Single Trick Volume 1 – Greek Colors

Zack Yourd’s Single Trick Series Volume 1. A 5-part video series consisting of kendama shorts that showcase a variety of Yourd’s style kendama play in various locations. Some words from Yourd:

“I have a very busy upcoming schedule. I leave for New Zealand soon where I will be finishing the remainder of my college-undergrad career and will be teaching math in an intermediate school in North Island. That being said I have to push back the production of Edit #7 and in the meantime (rather than leaving you empty handed) I will be putting out several single trick installments in the first volume of this series. I hope you enjoy!”

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Dama Day Off with Colin Sander – Bouldering in PA

Here at Kendama USA, we believe that playing Kendama can be an eye-opening part of a complete adventure and sporting lifestyle. The Kendama USA team believes in the Japanese philosophy of Kaizen, a striving for constant improvement of one’s self. Many of the team members pursue other hobbies with the same deep fervor that helped them progress in the sport of Kendama. Whether it be skating, snowboarding, skiing, slack-lining, climbing, hiking, or gymnastics, our players pursue a variety of hobbies that can yield improvements from the lessons learned through playing kendama.

Sometimes after failing to grind out a heavy-duty trick on camera, or having fatigued legs from too many days of dama squats, it’s important to refresh your body and mind before coming back stronger. Enjoy this ‘Kendama Day-Off’ edit, featuring Colin Sander guiding you through a famous bouldering area in Pennsylvania, McConnell’s Mill. Colin likes to boulder to stay flexible and build hand and arm strength, while also getting to experience the outdoors. We encourage you to continue expanding your personal horizons, applying the lessons of balance, patience, and perseverance that kendama offers into the rest of your hobbies.

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LACMA lights tuesday session – Farewell to Kristian

Kendama USA gives you a behind-the-scenes look at the weekly session in Los Angeles, CA at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Their outdoor sculpture ‘Urban Light’ is a meeting place for friends, tourists, dancers, couples, jugglers, and now Kendama Players on Tuesday nights from 8-10 PM.

In our second LACMA lights video, Kristian Aynedter is leaving to move back to Lake Tahoe, and friends say goodbye and lace some tricks with him.

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Joris Roy Schweppe – Kendama Edit 3

This edit, my third kendama edit, is the edit witch symbolizes me finding out who I truly am. The past year I have been busy with lots of things and kendama has never been out of my view, but I didn’t had the time I needed to make an edit. Ive started giving a lot about the earth and the people on it which I already was doing, but I more likely had a reminding of how important it is to me. I made myself know in the Buddhism and get into nature almost every day if was able to, and still do now.

I filmed this edit in almost nothing but nature to show of how much I love it. I made the Edit in less then a week, but I have been thinking about it for at least a year, since I wanted to give this one some real meaning from out of me. It is satisfying for me to look at the result and hope you all like it as much as I do!

The last trick in this edit I came up with a few months ago, and in my opinion should be called the Ying Yang.


~Joris Roy Schweppe

Special Thanks to:

The whole Kendama USA Crew

Keith Matsumura
Jelle Haverkort
Freek Kattenberg
Kaz boot
Eelco Soesman
Matt Sweets Jorgenson
The street bangers
And the stars.

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KendamaUSA Presents – FLOWNAMIC DUO

Have you wondered what would happened if you could take two of some of the STEEZIEST players in the the Kendama game. Well here you have it. Enjoy Kenyatta Williams (TwiztaKat) and Dave Mateo (SpikeHardCatchLow) as Flownamic Duo.

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Haley Bishoff- Kendama in Epic Locations

This is a collection of some of my favorite places I’ve traveled to. From mountains in Oregon to half way across the world in Japan, Kendama can always be apart of adventures. Get outside, explore and play kendama!

Smith Rock Bend, Oregon
Broken Top Mountain, Three Sisters Wilderness
No Name Lake, Three Sisters Wilderness
Miyajima Island, Japan
Mt. Fuji Summit, Japan

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11 or Better – Dave Mateo and the 11 turn Jumping stick

We finally did it. Hitting the eleven turn was definitely a goal I was determined to get. To chase this for a few months and hone in on the technique was so rough! By far one of my favorite Kendama journeys. None the less, continue to Kaizen!

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Miya Song Is Tribe.

“I first met Miya Song back in Oahu, Hawaii during the YoDama event. Miya made such a strong impression on me since she was the young, 14 year old, female player who was doing incredibly hard tricks. In the year and a half Miya has been playing Kendama, her progression and skill level have increased exponentially. Not only is Miya one of the most chill people to be around, she truly pushes the female kendama scene to a whole new level with technical tricks and unbeatable style. I am so proud to have Miya as a part of my tribe and am psyched to see what she brings to the future of kendama! Stay awesome!”

-Haley Bishoff

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2015 Cook’s Customs Contest Winners Announced

Cook's Custom Contest - David Mock 1st Place

David’s entry encompassed everything this contest is about. He showcased the beautiful locations where he lived and did it in an electrifying way. The videography as well as the technical trick combos made David’s edit stand out from the rest and effectively crowned him the winner of this year’s contest.

2ND PLACE: James Valdez – James definitely gave David a run for his money with his entry. His use of clean videography and jaw dropping trick sets left us stunned. His lunar combos at the end locked him in at second place in this years contest.

3RD PLACE: Josh Hebro – Josh came out with a bang with his first trick being an intricate spacewalk combo and throughout the edit his skills get more and more impressive.  Congrats Josh you snagged 3rd place!!

The Junior entries this year were beyond amazing, we received entries from so many talented young Kendama players we had to add a third place to the Junior division to honor the talent these kids have shown.

1st: Tomoki Ninomiya

2nd: Zack Fernando

3rd: Gabe Frapton

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