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.
This past week TJ Kolesnik and Turner Thorne went on a 5 day Kendama tour all around North Carolina with Kitty Hawk Kites to teach and spread Kendama in a whole new area.
The tour Kicked off in Corolla with a quick in shop demo, from there we moved on to Nags Head for Kids day which was a huge success! The next morning we made our way further south to the Avon store where we met a ton of first time players and witnessed a lot of first spikes. The final stop of the tour was the Waves shop in Rodanthe for the Summeritaville festival!
In between the events we had a chance to film some tricks on the beach and even learned how to Hang Glide!
We want to give a HUGE thank you to Kitty Hawk Kits for this amazing opportunity, we had an amazing time teaching kendama all week and cant wait to make it back out to NC.
The first ever all girls kendama contest was held in Osaka city, Japan this past May. Over 30 female contestants came out to compete at Club Juice for the All Girls Dama Jam Festa. Having an event run by all girls was very moving for the female Kendama scene. Girls of all ages traveled out to spectate and participate at the event, helping make it such a success. Kendama has grown immensely in the past few years and the girls scene is on the rise, which is really exciting.
Huge thanks to everyone who made this event possible especially Misuzu-san for MCing the event, DJ Maako, Yuka Huyga for organizing and judging and Haley Bishoff for traveling over as a guest judge. Also, we couldn’t have done this without continual support from Gloken and KendamaUSA!
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!
Tj Kolesnik traveled to Japan for the Tokyo Gift show with KIT Corporation in February. Flying solo this time, he had the opportunity of meeting up with Thorkild May for the entire week. They spent 3 days at the Tokyo Gift show playing and demonstrating Kendama, and a day appearance at Sports Authority to demonstrate Kendama for the local Japanese players. Check out this video of what it is like to travel as a professional Kendama player.
Thank you to Mitsuo Kanzaki, Emi Dixon, Thorkild May and Kendama USA for making this possible. Enjoy!
Dave Mateo is hosting a series of competitions allowing the winner of each city to get a full ride the the National Kendama Retreat this upcoming april! Here is the group photo of the San Diego competition!
Congratulations to Matthew Rigato for taking home the win!
Make sure you dont miss out on the next event going on in LA on March 29th!
After a canceled flight that left me stranded for 14 hours at NYC LaGuardia airport I decided to make the best of my situation and landed 1 trick every hour until the next morning. I have been long overdue for an edit and I am happy to be getting this one out.
I had a lot of fun while filming this edit, it was a very interesting experience and I met a lot of cool people that night. Huge shout out the the 24hour coffee shop workers for fueling me.
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Good times at the 2015 NY Toy Fair. Maybe Fox News doesn’t get it yet, but that’s ok. They’ll catch up eventually.
Check out their news coverage of the NYC toy fair including Kendamas where our very own Pros can been seen below.
The NYC Toy Fair is the largest Toy Fair in the world. 2014 was our third year in the show and we are about to head out to our fourth. Each year the Kendama USA crew heads out and jams kendama all day and night for 4 days at the fair. Even with all the other games and products at Toy Fair we always find ourself back with the kendama and jamming. Why? Because we truly love Kendama. Enjoy some of the footage from the Streets of NYC, Toy Fair, and the Ferry Session with the locals.
Dave was honored to have the opportunity to collaborate with Gloken on his recent Spike Hard Catch Low edit #3. During his last trip to Japan for Catch&Flow, Dave was presented by Yukka this rare Jumbo Snow-Gold Musou from famed kendama-maker Kazuma Iwata. Dave told Yukka that he would dedicate the Spike Hard Catch Low edit #3 to Gloken for gifting him this awesome Kendama.
“The sound and playability of this Kendama is unreal. I did by best to help capture what this Kendama sounds like while being played. It has deep clicks, not too tacky but forgiving tama grip and amazing balance feel.
Thank you Kazuma, Yuka, Tomatsu, and Zoomadanke for letting me experience this Kendama. ”
Special thanks to
Takeshi Kamisato (Duncan), Dominic Calimquim (Folken) and Carolina Herrera (E&R) for helping me film.