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Catch & Flow 2016 Interview with Wyatt Bray

Jake Wiens got a chance to catch up with Wyatt about their trip to Japan for Catch & Flow 2016:

Jake: Yo Wyatt! We are back in the states after an epic trip for Catch & Flow. You were all over the place. From late night sessions to the podium on the main stage at Catch & Flow.  Lets talk about your trip. How many times have you been to Japan now?  It seems like you are a regular. 

Wyatt: Wassup Jake. Yeah this trip to Japan was epic. As of this trip it has been my 4th time to Japan now, I swear each trip seems to get better and better. Once you start to understand how to ride the train, order your dinner, and find the venue it’s a lot easier to feel less like a tourist and more at home haha!

Jake: What makes Japan trips so epic for you?   

Wyatt: Everything! Most of the time you are there you don’t get to just hangout. Each day the crew mobs to different places. Some days I would just find sick film spots and grind, others with the whole KUSA crew checking out the city (sometimes shopping with Weins&Fuegz), playing ken with Nobu, clubbing with the GT Crew, being there with the COTK team, climbing roofs with Bonz, Competing etc. Almost everything you do there is just so insane haha! You are always on your feet, always moving. It’s a lot at first yeah, but Japan really is the most epic place for a kendama player.

Jake: What specifically is special about Catch & Flow? 

Wyatt: Catch & Flow is a very special and unique freestyle event. Its not world cup,  it’s the gritty, cutthroat, do or die world championships. You give it all you got and hope to come out on top, but sometimes you don’t. No one is telling you what tricks to do, or giving you a list to practice,  you choose how you want to play kendama, you choose the tricks that you want to do and you choose how you want them to look. The next guy does the same thing and then the judges decide who was the dopest.

Jake: How was it battling Fish in the finals?  I was on stage right next to you guys and I could hardly contain myself it was so epic. 

Wyatt: Amazing! I love Fish, I have been playing with him for years now. It makes me really happy  knowing that he is a great friend of mine. Going against him in the finals of Catch & Flow was so great! Both of us were pretty nervous, we both wanted to give a great performance and show whoever watched the finals how sick kendama is. I think we both laced hard and gave a good show for everyone. So knowing that,  it was just sick to be up on that stage experiencing that with such a close friend of mine.

Jake: I have never seen you so stoked during a contest.  What made your stoke level 11 during this battle?

Wyatt: Haha I dunno! I guess I was just really stoked that I was lacing all my tricks. It’s a lot of pressure being on stage and its hard sometimes to really focus in and land the tricks that I want to. But during this comp I dunno, I just felt good, like I was in my natural habitat. I took all my nerves and tried to use them as fuel. Instead of being so nervous it just got me more excited I was able to stay positive . After that all the pressure lifted and I felt comfortable to go for what I wanted to and what I thought was fun.

Jake: What was the craziest thing you saw this trip to Japan?

Wyatt: The Underground BMX Battle at Club Asia was pretty insane. Nobu hopped on the mic and started MCing it! Then after words when we hopped on stage and started lacing! That was so wild!

Jake: What are your plans for next years Catch & Flow?

Wyatt: Stay Hungry!

Jake: Give the kids one piece of advise on how to never be soft.

Wyatt: Always play kendama how you want to. And work hard, forward moons ain’t easy!

Jake: Thanks Wyatt! 



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The Tribute Kendama is BACK!!!

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The Tribute Kendama is back!!!

Developing the highest quality Kendama on the market has not been an easy or quick task, and we sincerely appreciate everybody’s patience while we’ve finished production. The wait is over!!!

The Tribute represents a premium quality Kendama, combining an unmatched combination of design and playing performance.

These high quality Kendamas use only the best beech wood which is FSC certified, to ensure sustainable forestry practices. We have improved the handle assembly to create the strongest Ken ever made. Unlike older traditional style Kendama handles, this contemporary style does not separate during play, and simplifies the re-stringing process. The Tribute can be re-strung between right and left handed play simply and easily without taking the handle apart. The cup piece will never fall off like other brands tend to.

The Tribute Kendama uses a superior quality string, which is custom woven with high quality fibers and offers more strength and flex during play. The handle has also been beveled to reduce friction, and eliminate the need for string guards.

The Ken is now thicker toward the middle of the handle, improving the balance and weight distribution for many technical balance tricks like lighthouse and lunars.

Every Tribute Kendama comes in professional packaging, and includes an instruction manual in English, free stickers, plus a replacement string and bead pack in the box.

Years of experience and feedback from our Pro Team has gone into developing this unique model, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Available now in your local stores, or online null

If your favorite store is not carrying the Tribute Kendama, please ask them to contact us at Sales@KendamaUSA.com

 

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Friends and Family Edit from Drew Sanger

CRAY!!

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Friends and Family edit from Sam Parker

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Hang out with Zack Yourd on March 3rd at Learning Express in PA!!!

Zack Yourd will be at the Learning Express store on Saturday March 3rd at 11am.  Come by, hang out, and session with Zack!!

The Learning Express store is located at:

290 Settlers Ridge Center Drive
Robinson Township, PA 15205
Phone: (412) 787-1199


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Jimmy Jacobson Jumbo Edit


New Jumbo edit from Jimmy Jacobson. Sick tricks, and thanks for the shout outs! Lots of Jumbos available null

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The 2012 Tribute Team is announced!

 

Kendama USA is proud to announce the Tribute Team for 2012. We strongly feel that every one of these players is a great representative for Kendama as a whole. Incredible skills, great personality, unique style, desire to teach others how to play, and an overall positive passion for all things Kendama. Much respect to Dave Mateo, Jake Wiens, TJ Kolesnik, and Keith Matsumura for their accomplishments.

Shout outs and big thanks to everybody who helped behind the lenses, and to Jake and the Kengarden for chopping it up!

 

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Friends and Family edit from Alarii Lopez

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Friends and family edit from Anthony, Ishmail, and Hassan

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New Friends and Family Edit from Andrew and Kevin

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New Friends and Family edit from Brendan Hudec

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New Friends and Family edit from Jonathon McKee

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