Throwback Kendama Open (TKO) was a great event. Over 60 players from all over the country came together in Clarksville, Tennessee to jam & compete. Kendama USA Tribe member Zach Porter attended and local crews DKT, GVK, & the Grande Squad also showed up. Needless to say, there was a lot of talent there. The event had fifteen sponsors and many prizes were given out during the mini games, freestyle event, and the speed ladders. The vendors there were Sol Kendamas, Kendama USA, All Out Damanation, and Pineapple Kendama. The weather was brutal but most of the people that attended stuck it out through the heat and the rain for the entire event.
The advanced ladder was beyond intense; here are the top four after it was all said and done:
1st: Liam Rauter
2nd: Alex Mitchell
3rd: Jacob Womack
4th: Austin Ring
A HUGE shout out to Chad Covington and Sol Kendamas for throwing a banger of an event, here is the edit for Throwback Kendama Open 2016.
Take a look at some of the pictures from the event below.
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The Monk Kendama crew out of Michigan are taking Kendama to another level! Their dedication is highlighted in this amazing 32 min movie where you will find them traveling around the country slaying some of the sickest tricks you will see this year! Sit back, relax, and enjoy!
Recently, TJ Kolesnik and Haley Bishoff spend the weekend in Grand Haven, Michigan at the Great Lakes Kite Festival playing, spreading and teaching kendama. Some local players came out for the weekend to jam, making even more people at the festival get stoked on kendama. TJ and Haley stayed with Phoenix Kite Collective, who is a group of incredibly talented kite flyers who perform synchronized routines to music.
It’s really awesome to see different communities join together and share what they do. Kites and Kendama have more in common than you may think. They both require hand eye coordination, patience and are both very satisfying once you learn your first skill.
Without the help of Mac Kites and KendamaUSA, this epic weekend would not have been possible. Huge thanks to everyone who made the weekend great! We hope to come back next year!