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.
As the SoCal kendama scene grows, Kendama USA wanted to show it’s support by hosting a grassroots event where people can meet fellow players, learn new tricks, and expose kendama to those who might not see it otherwise.
Colin Sander, Kristian Aynedter, and Micah Marsh host the ‘Sesh @ The Lights’… a jam every 1st and 3rd tuesday of the month from 8-10 pm at the public-space sculpture ‘Urban Light’ at the LACMA in Los Angeles.
Bring some friends, make a trip to jam, Enjoy some mini games, prizes, and more. ** WARNING sesh may not actually end at 10pm : )
Hang with Colin Sander, Kristian Aynedter, and Micah Marsh in the MMAK apartment for a few minutes while they give you a look at what one of Colin’s sponsorship boxes holds. We open Ozora, TK, Krom, Sunrise, and Kendama USA Kaizen product and talk about the subtle differences between each and the things we like about them.
After mixing and matching tamas and kens to find that perfect pair & weight… a couple of tricks are laced to break em in. We love seeing all of the unboxing videos you guys do so thought we would shoot one from this side! Thanks for all the support and keep shredding.
My pick for the Tribe team is Derek Astin, he is 12 years old and lives in Utah. I chose Derek because he is one of the most talented and down to earth Kendama players I have ever met. Derek is lacing some of the hardest tricks in the game with style and consistency. Derek is constantly uploading new and innovative tricks everyday to his Instagram account @Dama_derek. Aside from the mind blowing tricks, Derek is a very positive and polite person who is always willing to teach you something new! I am beyond stoked to have you on the team, Congratulations Derek. Welcome to the TRIBE! – Turner
Huge thanks to Sam Allgood for helping film and Derek’s Parents for the tremendous support!
Haley Bishoff and Tribe member Wyatt Bray were up in Portland, Oregon for the KidFest Northwest event this past weekend. Tons of local shredders from Portland and various places around Oregon traveled up to jam with the KendamaUSA crew. The Portland Expo center was filled with tons of toy booths and even a real baby lion exhibit! Needless to say, we had a blast. Huge thanks to KendamaUSA and everyone who came out to play dama with us!
Spike Hard Sunday was a huge success. The Las Vegas scene is strong and still growing. Spike Hard Sunday is a great way to start your week where the kids will be able to pick the park they want to meet, hang and jam for a few hours. Think of this as your local Kendama community you can call your own and bring the scene and growth to your favorite parks in Las Vegas. These sessions are brought to you by Spike Hard Catch Low in collaboration with Kids Ken.
Kids Ken lead by Keith Cristobal (father of the infamous @casedama) has the vision of uniting not only the kids of the Kendama community, but also their parent’s. Keeping them aware that Kendama is great thing. Not just a toy to keep your kids busy. Kids Ken is here to push the parents to be a little more involved and to push other parents to support there kids in Kendama community.
Japan this year was a unique experience. We were deeper into the country than we had ever been before. The entire team was together for the very first time. With obligations like the Kendama World Cup, it wasn’t easy to find time to just play and lace some tricks. We worked in some stompage for the sake of having memories of this classic era of the team. We are stoked to see it evolve.
Kendama USA TRIBE team member Wyatt Bray unleashes more of his signature slayage on Kendama USA’s new full-purpleheart setup. Watch as Wyatt plays the conditions on a rainy day, laying down tons of never-before-seeen combos.
While taking a ride on my skateboard with a friend we came by this parking lot which was looking like a fun place to film some tricks. We stopped by and did a little session with the pink and blue Beech wood Kaizens. Enjoy!
Check out a behind the scenes look into what Kendama Pros Jake Wiens and TJ Kolesnik do during a trip to Hawaii! From Lacing tricks to making bloody Mary’s Jake and TJ cover it all!
“Going back out to hawaii, I was anxious to see the Kendama scene since our last visits in January and March for the YoDama events. Immediately off the plane Jake and I went for the classic Poke bowl with Hawaii Island guava punch, the exact meal I wanted before a long week of shredding Kendama with the locals. Doing 4 shop visits and an event seemed to be an immense amount of work to get done in such a small time span, but Jake and I succeeded. It was so awesome to hit up different shops on Oahu and see the original Kendama players and seeing the new beginner Kendama players. Jake and I showed up to the shops, signed autographs, played Kendama and had tons of fun with all the kids.” – TJ