We couldn’t be more honored and excited to announce Jake Wiens as the new 2013 Kendama USA Pro Team Member.
Jake has been an awe inspiring figure in the Kendama community for as long as I can remember. The roots he planted during the first backyard Kengarden battles in San Francisco have grown into something none of us could have imagined. Jake brings an unmatched energy and enthusiasm to the game, and shares a true passion for introducing Kendama to new players around the world. With all the collaborations, mutual support, amazing events, and incredible dama journeys over the past few years, it’s a very well deserved spot.
This edit takes you into Jakes life in San Francisco, with stories from some of his closest friends and inspirations.
Jake’s Pro Model Kendama will be released in 2014. Welcome to the family.
Big thanks to Colin Sander for the incredible production quality, and to Tori Sander for the crispy stills. Shoutouts to Matt Rice, Harald Boyesen, Andy Olive, Guy Wright, and Sourmash for their contributions to this production.
All cherry. All the time. These beautiful Kendamas are the hardwood version of the standard 2013 Pro Models. They are strung with the same color string as their beech wood counterpart. The denser, harder cherry wood adds more weight to your Kendama game and has a great clack sound like no other. The 2013 Pro Model sticky paint has been a game changer, and this limited edition series is one of our favorite Kendama’s we’ve ever produced. These are the rarest specimens in our spirit animal series. Be sure to swoop one before they’re extinct!
A portion of every purchase goes straight to your favorite pro, helping to support future Kendama progression and growth.
Hawaii was amazing! I have never seen so many people playing Kendama in my life! 1800 people signed up to the Yo-Dama battle before we had to cut it off. 5000 people total were at the event. Choke players were there! It was great to get some time on Oahu an meet the people and the players. Hawaii is definitely where it’s happenin. Amazing hospitality and kindness from everyone. Huge thank you to Razor Sports and Pearl Ridge Mall for their support and dedication. We will be back soon!
For 2014 we wanted to continue growing the Tribute family. Instead of doing a video contest this year, we decided to keep our eyes open for the right person during our travels and events. The Tribute team is one of the most diverse Kendama crews in the world. Each member has their own unique style and personality. The Tribute team travels together, plays together, and evolves together constantly. When it comes to choosing another team member, we look at not only the Kendama play, and but also the type of person you are.
We are very excited and honored to introduce the newest member of the team and family, Haley Bishoff.
Haley has an extensive skill set that that rivals even the most seasoned ninjas. Not only does she slay Kendama, she also is skilled in gymnastics, slackline, yoyo, and epic ba$ketballer videos. She is one of the most chill people to hang with or jam dama and is always down to learn new tricks and teach others. After meeting her a few times on tour and at yoyo events, the whole Kendama USA crew knew it was a perfect match. Haley is Trib.
It was also an unwritten requirement that you be able to do back flips. Haley passed that test with an A+. Welcome to the family Haley!
It’s amazing how much one place can influence a person. All of us here at Kendama USA are influenced by the birthplace of kendama… Japan. A portion of our team was honored to be invited to visit the birthplace of kendama for sessions, meetings, product-releases, and plotting the future course of our sport.
It was destined to be an amazing time, and who better than Colin Sander to showcase it to you. Let’s be real… we were there because Kazuma Iwata, the maker of MUGEN, was coming back.
Enjoy next-level tricks, a star-studded juggler list, and all of the unpredictable beauty that the far east bestows upon us with each visit. This is Kendama USA’s Gloken Musou Tour edit. Japan 2013.
This trip and all the events around it would not have been possible without an endless list of helpers, performers, shops, hosts, and so on. Watch the video, and you’ll catch them all in there.
Special thanks to:
Matt Sweets Jorgenson
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For me Kendama in general is many things. I like to think of it as a tool that has helped me get through life. It really teaches patience, keeps you chasing for something new or challenging, and creates an environment that cant be explained unless you are physically there to experience it. Kendama has given me more than I could ever ask for without even asking. If we apply the same efforts and dedication we put into life the way we play Kendama, there would be no end to our perseverance. Give challenges in your life the same chance that you had given to land your hardest trick and move with the same dedication to the next one.
K-os – Black Ice
Esperanto – Night of the wolf
K-os – Crucial (remix)
Jake Wiens talks Kendama. Take notes. This is just a taste of whats in store. Stay tuned.
Kendama is whatever you want it to be. Kendama could be your sport. It could be your hobby. It could be your time-waster. It could be your break from the office. It could be your meditation. It could be your workout. It could be just straight up stress relief. Or it could be what you do with your friends. So when it comes down to it, it’s your Kendama, and it’s your choice of whatever you want it to be.
“Kendama is a lot more than just a wooden Japanese toy. It is patience; it is excitement; it is frustration; it is new friendships. It’s a lifestyle wrapped up into a very unlikely object. I hope you enjoy these kendama tricks, but please watch remembering this: Kendama is about learning about yourself and your own abilities, and about creating new relationships with amazing people. Don’t ever think it is about being the best, because that could not be further from the truth. Enjoy!” – Keith
Shot on a Canon T3i
Song: Tighten Up by The Black Keys
Locations: Washington, California, Colorado
For all the Kendama collectors and enthusiasts out there, we’re happy to release this new unique style. The characters on the Tama spell out “Kendama” in Japanese. Available now in glossy red, gold, or natural. null