Kendama USA

Archive for the ‘Video’ Category

Introducing the KAIZEN Kendama

KAIZEN.  The Japanese philosophy of constant improvement.

To us, Kaizen is about striving to become better than we were yesterday, even in the smallest details.  It’s about never giving up, and never settling for mediocrity.  The Kaizen mindset inspires us to continuously refine our craft, and stay focused on creativity and innovation.  Since Kendama USA was founded, we have approached our Kendama play, our products, and our company with this concept at our core.  We have come a long way since we started, but we’re always looking for ways to improve. With input from players all over the globe, we have made improvements to our production process, our handle shape, and the finest details of our products.  The result is a premium Kendama specially crafted for the serious enthusiast. Each part of this Kendama was meticulously thought out by the Kendama USA team with the future of Kendama play in mind.

The Kaizen Kendama features a 3 piece construction with traditional Japanese handle assembly. We have updated the Ken shape for precision balance, and the tama bevel has been widened for enhanced play. We’re also excited about our refined silk paint, which adds extra durability and grip. Balance and spike length were a very important consideration when designing this line. On many of our favorite classic style Kendamas, it would be really frustrating when the spike length was perfect out of the bag, but would settle far too low on the Ken after playing for a few days. The Kaizen bevel intentionally starts shorter out of the box, so that it will settle into an ideal length after a few jam sessions without easily going past the “point of no return”.

We are proud to finally release the KAIZEN Kendama. Available today in beech, padauk, and cherry wood models. Get yours today in our online shop HERE.



Continue Reading...

Introducing the Kendama USA V4 Pro Models


We’re excited to introduce the 4th Series of Kendama USA Pro Models.

We have poured years of passion, and months of effort into refining this product. The V4 Pro Models were specifically designed by each Pro to represent their personal style, concepts, and individuality. They all feature improvements to shape, durability, balance, and performance. The 5 Kendama USA Pro Players are featured in this series: Colin Sander, Zack Yourd, Turner Thorne, Alex Smith, and Jake Wiens.

We hope you like these products as much as we do. Get yours today in the Kendama USA Online Shop.

Continue Reading...

Bryan Scagline joins the TRIBE!

Bryan Scagline has been selected by the one and only Colin Sander to join the Tribe!

“Bryan Scagline has been an avid promoter and shepherd of Kendama and all that it teaches for years now. Hailing from Elizabeth PA, he really helped Kendama’s reach in PA when he became an expert at the Apple Store in Pittsburgh’s South Hills. Always leaving up classic edits like Japan Tour 2012 or Kendama Edit 8 on the biggest screens in the store, he got countless new eyes on the product. He would even go as far as getting customers picking up Go-pro’s to cop their first ken online in the Kendama USA web store after giving them brief mind-blowing demos.

Aside from being a go-getter and incredible salesperson, Bryan’s got the type of kind heart that takes time out of his day when neighborhood kids show up to his work in the mall, asking if they can battle him in Ken. Luckily his managers would often let him step out to entertain, and his record is still nearly spotless. With a fluid and unique style reminiscent of Jake Wiens, he is full of invention and consistency. When he isn’t ripping up the sales floor at apple or shredding on the dama, he’s hanging with his deep crew of friends that all know how to have a good time. Bryan found Kendama through his friendship with Zack Yourd, and quickly took to it’s tricks and creativity, having also been an experienced skateboarder & snowboarder himself. Enjoy Bryan Scagline’s Tribe edit, and look for him to hold down the Pittsburgh scene for years to come!” -Colin Sander

Continue Reading...

Kendama USA at Blading Cup!

Come hang out with TJ, Jake, Dave, and Harald along with the worlds best bladers and b boys!

The Blading Cup is an entire block of action! Don’t miss it!!

Get all the info right HERE!!

If you are anywhere new Santa Ana California then get over to the Blading Cup on Sat November 1st!

Continue Reading...

MKO HYPE Video!

Kendama USA will be attending MKO this year with Keith Matsumura, Alex Smith, and Turner Thorne!

 

The 2014 MKO will be held in the rotunda of the Mall of America on Saturday, November 1st.
Entry to the event is free

Costs to compete:

Beginner & Intermediate:
$8 – Pre-Registration
$12 – Day of event

Open (Advanced + Pro):
$15 – Pre-Registration
$20 – Day of event

Registration: 9:30am-11:00am

Event: 11:00am-6:00pm

Air Traffic Kites and Games will be the exclusive vendor for this year’s MKO.

Competition Style:

Beginner and Intermediate Ladders

Head-to-Head Open Division (Advanced/Pro)

7 to Spike (Freestyle Invite-Only)

There will also be mini-games, consistency challenges, and much more!

For more information click HERE!

 

Continue Reading...

Joris Schweppe joins the TRIBE!

Joris Schweppe has been selected by the one and only Keith Matsumura to join the Tribe!

“I met Joris when I traveled to Denmark for the European Kendama Open. I was instantly amazed at his skill with a Kendama, but as I got to spend more quality time with him I was even more impressed by his character and passion. He plays Kendama with incredible amounts of determination, focus, and creativity. I even had the chance to watch him become the European Kendama Champion. Joris loves coffee, tea, and is studying cinematography in his home country of Holland. I chose Joris as for Tribe because of what he represents. He represents hard work, progression and innovation of Kendama, diversity in interests, motivation, and trustworthiness. I’m glad to call Joris my friend and beyond stoked to welcome him to the Tribe!”                           – Keith Matsumura




Continue Reading...

Kendama USA Welcomes Wyatt Bray to the TRIBE

Kendama USA has always been about family. We have always been about sharing this game that we love, and helping to spread and grow the scene here in the states and throughout the world. Those that have joined us on our Kendama mission share this passion and are amazing representatives for the game and culture. They travel the world, teach others how to play, represent KenUSA at events, perform for audiences far-and-wide, and put forth a good positive face for kendama to all those they encounter.  As Kendama continues to grow, so does our crew.  We’re happy to announce that we have created a new wing of the Kendama USA family, the TRIBE.


Tribes are families. Tribes are small societies built on shared efforts towards a common goal. Tribes are primitive elements of being human and connecting with others.  Our current team is made up of such a diverse group of unique individuals, and we wanted this same eclectic mix to be reflected as our own family grows.  We’ve asked each current member of our team to hand pick the players that they personally feel would be ideal to support and welcome into the crew.  Colin Sander was the first Pro on Kendama USA, so naturally it made sense for him to lead the way and announce the very first member of the Kendama USA TRIBE:  Wyatt Bray.

 


Wyatt is a kendama player hailing from Portland, Oregon whose wild combos, refreshing creativity, and contagious positivity has made waves across the kendama-community. His personality and style are so unique, and this clearly shines through in his kendama-play. He is the first member of the Kendama USA TRIBE.

 

Enjoy Wyatt’s Kendama USA TRIBE announcement edit.

More TRIBE announcements will be made in the near future.  Who’s next?

 

Continue Reading...

Gloken Mugen Musou Sessions – Kendama World Cup 2014

Colin Sander put together a short edit of some of the guys jamming their Musou’s durring the world cup in Japan! Enjoy!

Continue Reading...

RJ #Freezeoftheday Montage!!

When RJ Puno isn’t dancing for the Jabawokeez he is Lacing dama tricks and defying the laws of gravity! Check out this edit of his mind blowing moves!

And to see more of these amazing shots Follow him on Instagram @ROCKADEEZY

Huge thanks to Stance, Jabbawockeez. PRiSM, and SuperCr3w!!

filmed by Anderson Ko and Daniel Zhu
edited by Daniel Zhu

 

 

Continue Reading...

What The Dama Art Show!

“Shimpei Kimura introduces the new subculture of the Kendama, a children’s toy introduced to Japan in the early 1800′s. However, people of today have re-invented the kendama, and made it a popular sport around the world.” This Gallery will be traveling to Osaka in November so if you are nearby it is definitely worth checking out!

 

Jake Wiens kendama was featured in this art installment as well and is still for sale right HERE

For more information about the gallery check out the full website HERE!

Continue Reading...

JP Auclair, Skiing and Kendama pioneer killed in avalanche.

JP Auclair was one of the most influential people in the ski industry and was also one of the first to bring kendama into the freestyle skiing community in the United States. He paved the way for freestyle skiing in a way no one else could match and was an incredible kendama player as well so, in his memory we have compiled some of the best skiing and Kendama edits from JP. You will never be forgotten, Rest in peace JP.

 

Kendama – UP1.2.1 bonus

JP Auclair Street Segment (from All.I.Can.) from Sherpas Cinema on Vimeo.

 

Continue Reading...

Jake Wiens – Around The World.

Around the world is one of the most essential kendama tricks to learn. Simply small cup – big cup – bottom cup – spike. Jake Wiens explores a few different styles and ads a new twist on an old trick.
Whats your style?

Continue Reading...