During our trip to Japan for KWC 2015, Zack Yourd embraced the concept that backs his V4 Pro Model. Brewing+Kendama=Bliss. Enjoy the peaceful crafting of coffee via Aeropress and the milky golden light that accompanies it in this kendama single-trick short. We present, a BREW in JAPAN.
After all the fun during Kendama World Cup in Hatsukaichi, Japan, the KendamaUSA crew parted ways back to the states while Keith and Haley stayed for another adventure filled week. From Osaka to Tokyo to climbing Mt. Fuji and back, here is a look at what they did with their post KWC adventures.
-Decade in Shibuya, Tokyo
We want to give a huge thanks to Gloken, KendamaUSA and everyone else who helped make this trip possible and unforgettable!
Located in the aesthetic woods of southern California, National Kendama Retreat was a wonderful opportunity for kendama players all over the nation to meet in one spot and jam for three days straight. This one-of-a-kind event gave people the chance to enjoy nature, camp in cabins with new friends, bond over laced tricks, compete in speed ladders as well as seven to spike and participate in numerous mini games. During NKR, the counselors were given groups to film an edit with for a contest. Here is Haley Bishoff’s group edit, enjoy!
Back in June Dave Mateo went to Singapore to demo for the Asia Pacific Yo yo Championship. In collaboration with Spinworkx, Dave was able to capture the lifestyle of two worlds colliding.. YOYO and Kendama. Enjoy his edit full of new experiences from different foods, scenery, HEAT and more.
“I would like to express my gratitude to Hans and Spinworkx team for the phenomenal hospitality and taking the time to show me what Singapore culture was about. You all have made this trip so memorable and I can’t wait to come back. After attending APYOYO2015 my respect for the YOYO scene had grown to a whole new level.
Another HUGE thank you to KendamaUSA for the continued support of allowing me to represent and travel on behalf of this amazing company.
Logan Tosta showed amazing potential to Dave Mateo when they had first met during the KG Roots tour of 2013. During the Tahoe stop, little Logan gave Dave and Tj a run for their skill during a few games of KEN. Logan, along with his family, has always been a supporter of Kendama USA and the many events that have been thrown in Sacramento, San Francisco and Las Vegas.
Click here to check out Logan’s announcement edit.
“Logan is a great example of a young man that understood that Kendama was not about winning, but more about the experience shared with another. I have seen his authenticity first hand in Tahoe from the first time we met, in SF at a KG Tuesday event, and in Las Vegas when he and his father Seth had come to support the DXC kicksXkendama event. When picking a Tribe member, I knew I wanted to pick someone young and hungry to learn and progress. Someone that looked past only being the winner. For me I saw a Champ within Logan, not because of what he has won but how maturely he accepted his losses and moved on to the next challenge.”
Sit back and enjoy Logan’s Tribe Edit here and see him grow as the next generation of young players of Kendama USA. Dave and Kendama USA look forward to seeing where Logan’s skills and progression take him in the near future of life and Kendama.
*A few words from Logan:
“Kendama is the best piece of wood you can buy. If I was one of those people that quit Kendama 6 months after they started, I would be sitting around playing video games. If I hadn’t met Dave, Jake, and TJ, I wouldn’t be playing Kendama right now. These 3 inspire me to keep playing and progressing everyday. Kendama USA has always been my favorite company because of their crazy large list of Kendamas to choose from. My favorite Kendama has always been the Tributes because they are really easy to do cup tricks and jumping sticks and the clack on them is just unreal! As soon as they came up with the silks I was super excited. I love Kendama and Kendama USA and am excited and grateful for the opportunity to be part of the Tribe team.”
Enjoy an inside-look at the National Kendama Retreat weekend, held at camp Wasewagan in Angelus Oaks, CA. During the fun-filled weekend of contests, video-shoots, instruction, exploration, and team bonding… there was still time to get some extra trick footage with the Kendama USA crew as well as plenty of friends. See you all next year!
A word from Dave Mateo:
“National Kendama Retreat would have not been at all possible with out all of you who believed in it. Spike Hard Catch Low in Collaboration with Kids Ken would like to personally thank all of you who have attended, sponsored and spilled all of your time and energy into the retreat. This is only the beginning of something we hope to make bigger and better every year as NKR begins to grow.”
Special Thanks to all Sponsors:
Salt Lake Sessions will be a monthly video showcasing how I incorporate Kendama into my everyday life. No matter where I go or what I do, I always have a kendama with me. This Month follow me as I do my morning routine of biking, climbing, and kendama at the park for our Tuesday meet ups! enjoy.
No matter what language you speak we all say KENDAMA. Kendama has the power to bring people together from around the world. In September of 2014 Kendama players from around the world traveled to Tokyo for the Catch & Flow freestyle tournament. We shared tricks, stories, and words. Each time we go to Japan we learn new words in Japanese and share new English words with the Japanese players. The one word that brings us together is KENDAMA.
Oh the feel good vibes of playing Kendama, listening to good tunes, and enjoying life. It feels great to release some new footage after months of running multiple events, traveling around the entire world and promoting/pushing Kendama to the limits.
’Tj Kolesnik Kendama Adventures’ takes you inside a fun filled, uplifting ride through the eyes of Tj Kolesnik and his Kendama play. The new generation of Kendama play has been up’d by many levels with new and exciting tricks, combos and flavor. Seeing all of these aspects with the growing scene in San Diego and around the nation, I had to step up my game and adjust to how the tables are turning. The tricks in this edit feature consistency and trick originality with a combination of old school and new school Kendama play. I tried to push the limits with incorporating a little bit of both, showing you in POV format how I play.
Lifestyle, travel and having fun are the key essentials to enjoying the life I live. Risk taking and making new memories comes along the way. I incorporate Kendama in my everyday life to show you the fun and fulfillment I have to wake up everyday and continue to progress.
Sit back, relax and enjoy some fun Kendama play in San Diego, California and Kona, Hawaii. I encourage all Kendama players around the world to travel to new places, continue to inspire, create new memories and explore to greater heights.
We are excited to bring you the Kendama USA Tutorial Series. We’ve released over 40 Kendama Tutorial Videos to help you and your friends learn all sorts of tricks. From core basics to high level advanced we’ve got them all.
If there are any tricks that you want to see as a part of our tutorials submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’ve put together a playlist that you can play through with all of our tricks organized by difficulty as well as skill level playlists. Check them out below or visit our tricks & tutorials page here.
Jake Wiens and TJ Kolesnik (AKA Fuegz) hit the road again for more kendama madness. This time they take off on an adventure around the Northern California Bay Area hosting kendama jams in Los Altos, San Jose, and San Francisco. Check out what all goes down behind the scenes and between the tricks. From Kendama in the club to repairing hotel blinds, Wiens ’n’ Fuegz always bring the action. Huge thank you to all the players that came out to the jams and to the organizers and shop owners for hosting the sessions!