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Weekend In The Woods Recap

Weekend In the Woods was a huge success. The three days were filled with filming, competition and most of all FUN.

This year’s winners were:

  • Henry Roe – Beginner Champion
  • Parker Giovannetti – Intermediate Points Ladder Champion
  • Hartej Singh – Pro Open Division Champion
  • Logan Tosta – 7 to Spike Freestyle Champion

 

For more images from the retreat you can visit www.Weekendinthewoodsretreat.com

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Gavin Harvey is TRIBE!

Gavin Harvey - Kendama USA | Tribe Team
Please welcome Gavin Harvey to the Kendama USA family. We are proud to announce Gavin as Tribe! He is one of the most technical kids in the Kendama community. A few years back Dave Mateo first met Gavin at a small school event with Logan Tosta in Sacramento. Just like Logan, Dave believed that Gavin had high potential of being a great role model and leader for the next generation. Not only has Gavin rocketed his skill since then, he has also continued spread the love of the game through out Sacramento and progressed the players around him. Check out Gavin’s announcement video below.

 

 

We are excited to see what will come with your future in Kendama. Congratulations and welcome to the family. -Kendama USA Team
 

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New York City Sesh Recap

During one of our last nights in NYC we held a Jam at the Park Ave Atrium. Sheltered from the frigid air we linked up with some east coast players and had a blast. Shout out to KEN-YC and everyone who showed.

Here is a short clip Dave Mateo put together as well as a few fun pics of our time there.

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Dave Mateo Turns Pro for Kendama USA

We are honored, humbled, and excited to announce Dave Mateo as the newest member of the Kendama USA Pro Team. Dave brings a unique flow, energy, and style to the world of Kendama. Dave’s raw talent, passion, and dedication continues to be an inspiration to countless Kendama players around the globe. He has been a leading force for developing strong grassroots Kendama scenes, most notably in Sacramento and Las Vegas. He has also spearheaded multiple community projects, including the National Kendama Retreat.

Dave Mateo Turns Pro for Kendama USA

Since day one, Dave has been extremely generous and selfless in his approach to enrich and spread Kendama culture. His passion for Kendama is undeniable, and his signature style is unmistakable. Dave has been a key part of Kendama USA for several years now, helping both publicly and behind the scenes. He continues to challenge his own limits and is committed to pushing others toward their dreams. We’ve been truly blessed to have Dave as part of our family, and we’re excited for this next chapter to unfold. Please join us in welcoming Dave Mateo to the Kendama USA Pro Team.

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Event: Play Fair – New York City – February 13th & 14th

Come Jam with us at this year’s Play Fair in New York City!
The event is being held at the Javitz Center on February 13th & 14th.

Most of the Kendama USA crew will be there so come out, hang, and meet your favorite Pro!

Here is the schedule and who will be at our tent area on each day & session.

Saturday
9:30 AM -1:30 PM: Dave Mateo, Guy Wright, Wyatt Bray
3:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Jake Wiens, Kristin Olinyk, TJ Kolesnik

Sunday
9:30 AM -1:30 PM: Alex Smith, Jake Wiens, Kristin Olinyk
3:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Guy Wright, Wyatt Bray, Bryan Scagline

For ticket info please visit playfairny.com

The Javitz Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 216-2000

The Javitz Center is on 11th Ave, between 34th and 40th streets, in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City.

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Kendama USA Presents – Behind The Scenes – FlowIVamic DUO – MIXTAPE HERE & NOW

Take a trip and dig deep with Kenyatta Williams and Dave Mateo. Kenyatta had a chance to visit Dave in Las Vegas for his birthday. See what else the Flownamic Duo gets into. In FDIV you’ll find some other hobbies and some behind the scenes of what these two go through.

ENJOY.

Filmed by: Carolina Herrera, Kenyatta Williams, Dave Mateo

Edited by: Dave Mateo

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Kendama USA Presents – Flownamic Duo 3

Kenyatta Williams & Dave Mateo release a 3rd installment. Flownamic Duo strives for you to continue to Kaizen. Kenyatta and Dave give you complimentary versatility within each others play style in FD3 and continue to revolutionize Kendama for the love.

Enjoy FD3

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Dave Mateo – “The determination to land a trick in this edit was definitely there. There was plenty of struggle and pain for me in this one. In the end it was all love and fun. The final product Kenyatta and I delivered was worth going through it all.”

If you haven’t  seen Flownamic Duo 1 & 2 Check them out right here!

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FLOWNAMIC DUO 2

New Tribe team member Kenyatta Williams and Tribute team member Dave Mateo team up yet again. New Flow, style, and tricks to change the way you play.

“The second installment between the dup! Three night sessions and hours of blood, sweat, commitment and dedication went into this film. Both Dave and I feek this is the “hardest grind” for tricks since we’ve started playing Kendama! We are beyond stoked that FD2 has become a reality. The chemistry between us is unparalleled with two styles that compliment each other. We hope you enjoy Flownamic Duo 2.”

-Kenyatta Williams

“Flownamic Duo was immediately filmed right after the first. Kenyatta and I wanted to continue to change the way you played Kendama. To challenge and share more with one another. Flownamic Duo wont stop here. Be sure to enjoy FD2 and be ready for FD3. Im beyond stoked to collaborate with Kenyatta (Twiztakat) and look forward to what else we come up with. Enjoy.”

- Dave Mateo

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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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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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KWC Setup Recap

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Over the past two weeks we’ve shared what each Kendama USA team member used in the KWC qualifiers and finals.
We wanted to recap it all into one area and offer a limited 15% discount on these items with code: KUSAWorldCup15

1. Zack Yourd – Zebrano Ken x Tribute Half Split Red/White Tama

Zack Yourd KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 Zebrano Kendama

1 Tribute Half Split (Red/White)

“It’s a mash-up of some of my favorite kendama parts, and I like when the tama is a couple of grams heavier than the ken. Half splilts also help for tracking which is nice for more stressful/competition play.” – Zack Yourd.

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2. Wyatt Bray – TK16 Master Ken x Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model Tama

Wyatt KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 TK 16 Red

1 Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model

“I wanted a freshy, competing with a fresh is the best. TK 16 are one of my most memorable damas because they were the first I played when I  first started.”  - Wyatt Bray

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3. Turner Thorne – Kaizen Zebrano Ken x Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model Tama.

Turner KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Zebrano Kendama

1 Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model

“Strictly for the balance ratio between the ken and tama. It was also the one that was most broken in around the bevel which helped with bird  tricks” – Turner Thorne

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4. TJ Kolesnik – Colin Sander v4 Pro Ken x Tribute Red/White Half Split Tama

 

TJ KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 Colin Sander v4 Pro Model

1 Tribute Half Split (Red/White)

“The v4 ken matched super well weight-wise with the tama, and the half split is a reallygood visual. The bottom white half makes the tama hole  pop. Once playing a few days the silk paint on he tama breaks in really nicely.” – TJ Kolesnik

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5. Keith Matsumura – Colin Sander v4 Pro Model

 

Keith KWC Setup'

 

 

Recipe:

1 Colin Sander v4 Pro Model

“I like the 3-tone tama, it’s easy to track for spike tricks. Also in the past I’ve gotten good vibes from playing Colin’s pro models.”
- Keith Matsumura

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7. Haley Bishoff – Kaizen Zebrano Ken x Kaizen Silk Turquoise Tama

 

Haley KWC Setup

 

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Zebrano

1 Kaizen Turquoise

“I like the look of it, the color-way was nice. Matching is key. It played well for me too, I landed all of my tricks in my 2 runs. When choosing a  Kendama, 60% is based of looks, the other on playability.” – Haley Bishoff

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8. Dave Mateo – Kaizen Zebrano Ken x Kaizen Translucent Wine Tama

 

Dave KWC Setup

 

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Zebrano

1 Kaizen Red Wine Translucent

“I’ve lately found that I’ve been able to lace nutty multiple J-Sticks/UFO’s with the grip from the translucent paint. Also this tama is a bird machine. Once beating it in, the bevel allows the tama to just sit n grip.” – Dave Mateo

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9. Bryan Scagline – Kaizen Birch Ken x Tribute Black / Yellow Half Split

KWC 2015 Setup - Bryan Scagline

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Translucent

1 Tribute Half Split (Yellow / Black )

“I wanted to rep the hometown colors, and the half split is good for tracking. I found this useful when performing up on stage and during on-the-spot play.” – Bryan Scagline

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10. Alex Smith – Kaizen Birch Spike x Maple Cups x Alex Smith v4 Pro Mod.

 

KWC 2015 Setup - Alex Smith

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Translucent

1 Alex Smith v4 Pro Model

“Can I get a glass of water?… The tama was nice and solid and the tama’s weight matched well with the ken. The hybrid Ken was not planned and was pieced together after some Kendama mishaps, but it played really well.” – Alex Smith

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KWC Set Ups: Dave Mateo

“This project highlights each of Kendama USA’s players and the specific kendama set ups they chose to use for the KWC while also adding my own style into the mix. Every photo was taken with instant-print cameras (Polaroid OneStep SX-70 and Fujifilm Instax 210) and every word written by hand. I like taking the foreign route in todays technology era and crafting things by hand. Having a limited amount of film for the cameras also added a surprise/suspense element to it all because each shot was a make-or-break on whether or not it would come out in focus or not. I really want to thank  Jero, Cecilia Chow, Luke Evans, and the K-USA team for their contributions on making this come together ”

For the next 3 days we will release one of the players pages so be on the look out so you can see what set ups some of your favorite pro players are choosing to jam these days.

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