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Kendama USA x KDMA // Official MKO Warm Up Mix

MKO is around the corner and everyone is getting prepared for the contest. Each year the freestyle contest gets more and more intense as overall skill and creativity evolves in the Kendama world. The finals is without a doubt one of the most hype moments during the contest. This year we are very excited to have our very own Jake Wiens on stage not as an MC or a competitor but as a DJ! Jake has been producing mixes catered to Kendama play and is taking his skills LIVE to the main stage to provide the beats to fuel the freestyle gladiators as they put their skills to the test.

Jake has put together a live recording of his “SESH” mixtape that features a taste of whats to come during the freestyle contest. Make sure to download the mix for free, grab some homies, and SESH!



Heard Me – RL GRIME
Sweat Dreams – HEX COUGAR
Tambo Remix – MR CARMACK
Animal – BRO SAFARI , UFO!
ODB Shimmy Shimmy Ya – MR CARMACK
Voyage Feat. Zepher – PART NATIVE
Ceramic Drips – MORE//NIGHT
Meet in the Middle (REMIX) – EKALI


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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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Kendama USA at JapanFest 2016

This year marked the 30th anniversary of JapanFest Atlanta. Kendama USA had the pleasure of participating in the event for the 3rd year in a row. Going to JapanFest is always an amazing time for us to experience the culture from which our favorite toy comes originates. It also allows us to meet new people and get them excited to try out Kendama. There is so much to do at JapanFest from drum shows, sumo matches, Kabuki Shows, and even eating some amazing authentic Japanese food. It also provides the opportunity to pick up merchandise from your favorite animes while getting to know new people and trying new things. This year, Jake Kopanski and Ryan Plourd were holding it down for KUSA, putting on 2 shows and a workshop to teach Kendama to everyone who was interested. It was great teaching new people how magical Kendama is and we hope to see you there again next year!

We’d also like to give a special shout out to NANA, a company we had collaboration with during the weekend. You can check out their app by clicking here.

Thank you to all of the local players that came out and helped with the event.  Damafam is strong!

“sugoi sugoi sugoi”- Jake Kopanski


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Jake Wiens VS Tribute Jumbos

Jake has been experimenting with new play styles using the Tribute Jumbos. Playing string-less opens up new tricks and adding a second ken to the mix changes everything. Check it out in his new edit.



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Rapid Fire with Haley Bishoff

We got a few minutes with Haley Bishoff this past weekend so we decided to do a Rapid Fire Q&A to help get to know Haley a little better.

Haley what was the…?

Last books you read:

- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

- Annapurna: A Woman’s Place by Arlene Blum

Last food you ate:

- Some veggie stir fry

Last song you listened to:

- Tallest Man on Earth’s new song – Rivers

Last edit you watched:

- The new Epic Drone edit feat. B Meyer!

Last store you were in:

- Fred Meyer…I’m in there like at least 3 times a day for some reason

Last ice cream you tried:

- So Delicious cashew milk snickerdoodle. It tastes like Christmas

Last state you visited:

- Last state I was in was California for Let’s Dama 2!

Last time you picked your nose:

- Casual pick like 30 minutes ago, no shame.

Last regret:

- #noregrets #liveontheedge #yolo #lol

Last dama set up:

- I have been jamming an Orange Kaizen A LOT lately…glued spike & mashed cups, of course.

Last things you drank:

- Iced coffee with some hazelnut creamer

Last tattoo:

- A ponderosa pine tree at the bottom of my leg near my ankle. Represents home in Central Oregon

Last dream you remember:

- I had a super strange dream last night that my neighbor Chris was in my parents house and threw up everywhere…why? I don’t know.

Last movies you watched:

- Soaked in Bleach, a Netflix documentary about Kurt Cobain’s life

Last bone you broke:

- Strangely I have never broken a bone to the point of having a cast, but I have fractured a few things. Last thing was a small fracture in my left knee when I was in high school. I was sliding down a huge patch of ice on my snowboard on my butt and caught at edge, flew forward and landed right on my knee. I actually didn’t even find out it was fractured for days, oops.

Last joke you said:

Q: How does a lion run faster?

A: metal legs

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FDVI – Japan MixTape

The Flownamic Duo is back at it again with this edit from their travels to Japan for Catch & Flow 2016. Enjoy as they journey through the streets of Tokyo.


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Nobu Nori is Tribe!

We are so proud to announce that Nobu Nori is the newest member added to our Tribe team. Nobu is our first Japanese team member and has always impressed us with his incredible Kendama play, style, and positivity.

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Cook’s Customs Contest 2016

KendamaUSA and The Cook have teamed up once again to bring you the 3rd annual Cook’s Customs Contest


Start: October 1st

Videos due: October 17th


  • Upload your video to Youtube with the title “Cook’s Customs Contest 2016: (your name here)” by 10pm EST on October 17th
  • Send an email with your name, Youtube link, an address you would want your prize sent to, your phone number, and email it to before 10pm EST October 17th


  • Your edit should only have THREE of your best Kendama tricks (no more no less)
  • The theme of your final trick (the third trick) is originality. The more creative the better. Try to think outside the box and develop a trick or line that is your own. This trick may make or break your edit.
  • Your edit should be no larger than 90 seconds (1:30)


Edits will be judged by the KendamaUSA crew & The Cook

Your edit will be judged on: Skill, rhythm, creativity, flow, trick technicality, music incorporation, videography, and style.


  • First place: As usual, the winner will collaborate with the Cook to create their own Custom line to be sold on the KendamaUSA website. You will receive two of your customs…one to play and one to keep. Your edit will be posted to the KendamaUSA website and social media. In addition, you will receive a care package from the Cook consisting of one-of-a-kind Kendama, a one-of-a-kind Jumbo, stickers, tshirt, and more.
  • Second place: You will receive two of any Cook’s Customs product on the website plus a care package from The Cook.
  • Third place: You will receive one of any Cook’s Customs product on the website plus a care package from The Cook.
  • Will be announced on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.


Good Luck!

Check out last year’s winning edit & custom model here:

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Miya Song Top 5 DAMA Setups


CCS tamaKeyaki Ozora Ken
The CCS•keyaki is a very sentimental setup to me. I used it to compete in MKO which was my first real event. Not to mention the colors go extremely well together.

Natty Classic
I’ve been jamming my natty classic non stop and has grown to become one of my go to setups. I love seeing the work and break in put into a Kendama, especially natty’s.

Green Ozora
A green Ozora was my first Kendama and is still one of favorite Kendama to play till this day. I love the classic feel of an Ozora and it always brings back memories of my first tricks.

Half Split Kaizens
Half Split Kaizens are one of my favorite Kendamas from Kusa. They’re extremely jam-able and colors always come correct.

Zebrano tamaTk-16 Ken
The zebrano•tk-16 is probably one of the best natty setups I’ve played to date. It breaks in perfect for stalls, durable, and looks super clean in my opinion. A solid jammer forsure.





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Catch & Flow 2016 Recap

Catch & Flow 2016 was a smashing success! Congrats to Jake Fisher for taking 1st place. Our very own Wyatt Bray took 2nd and KROM’s Bonz Atron took 3rd. The event was full of shredders from around the world showing off their style and flow in this freestyle event. It was awesome to have Nobu and Jake MC the event again this year and bring that extra energy to the stage.

Here is what Kenyatta and Dave thought of the event:

“Catch & Flow was definitely an experience of a lifetime! Everything was beyond memorable from seeing Friends halfway across the world to meeting new Japanese players I didn’t think I would ever have opportunity to meet. I loved the vibe of the competition. Awesome to have Harold DJing the event. I genuinely felt love from everyone I was fortunate enough to let and spend time with. I truly look forward to next years event.” – Kenyatta

“This years Catch & Flow competition was another epic one for the history books, the talent and skill level just gets more and more insane every year.” -Dave.


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Artist Spotlight: Painted Bluu

“I never want to stop creating.  I hope I get to spend every day being an artist.” – Madison Morabito aka Painted Bluu

Madison Morabito aka “Painted Bluu” just dropped her newest custom “The Kaleidoscope”.  We took some time to talk about her life as an artist and to get to know her a little bit better.

What inspired you want to paint this design on a tama?

Painted Bluu: As an artist I’ve always tried to expand the surfaces I’ve worked on and to me a tama was the perfect challenge. Whether it be painting, drawing, wood burning. I wanted to apply my medium to this less common surface.

How many different designs have you done on damas?

Painted Bluu: I’ve done about 10 design lines since I started painting kendamas about 2 years ago, and I’ve painted countless customs!

How did you begin painting?

Painted Bluu: As a child I watched my father painting comic book strips, his talent made me want to be an artist. It wasn’t until my sophomore year of high school that I picked up a paint brush and it’s been my passion since

Are you in school?

Painted Bluu: I’m currently a printmaking major at the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland, OR.   

What drives you to create paintings, drawings, and tattoos?

Painted Bluu: The endless possibilities. As an artist your job never stops. Everyday I am inspired to create something new, something better. While I do paint and draw nearly everyday, I’m excited to begin my tattooing journey!  Lately I’ve found my biggest inspirations in tattoo artist John Larsons work, and some of my favorite printmakers. I’ve been very into American Traditional style tattoo work, learning how to convert everything to that style. I also am heavily influenced by middle eastern art, I use a lot of organic shapes in my mandala works.

What’s the craziest thing you painted on?

Painted Bluu: The craziest thing I’ve painted on is either a saw or a skate deck, both were crazy sick to do! I love painting on unique surfaces! 

Do you have a muse?

Painted Bluu: Right now what’s pushing me to be my best is so rise above and beyond in the tattoo community, I want to hone in on my painting skills and be able to produce perfect flash pieces. 

What has to be going on while your creating?

Painted Bluu: Music for sure! Brand new and Tiny Moving Parts all day, nothing pushes me more than that! 

How would you define your style?

Painted Bluu: Id say currently my style is aimed towards the American Traditional tattoo style, but overall I’ve always had a very middle eastern art style to my work. Creating mandalas are a huge passion for me. The symmetry is comforting.

What is your Pokémon go team?

Painted Bluu: MYSTIC FOR LIFE, in my free time I run every gym I encounter. Often with P0WAH0USE 

When your not Painting or drawing, what are you up to?

Painted Bluu: In my free time I am hiking. I love being submerged in nature.

Favorite Players?

Painted Bluu: My favorite kendama players… Stephanie Lussier, she’s my favorite person on earth, Wyatt of course, and my DKT boys ️ 

What’s next for Painted Bluu? 

Painted Bluu: I never want to stop creating. I hope I get to spend everyday being an artist. 



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Joris Schweppe feat. B&W Kaizen Half Split

The Black & White Half Split Kaizen is one of my favorite Kendama’s from the Kaizen line.

Its perfect for tracking the tama during juggle tricks and when it gets honed in, its perfect for various stall tricks. I tried to combine both juggle and stall tricks in this edit and add some of my own creativity. I hope you enjoy it!

- Joris

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