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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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Introducing the Kendama USA V4 Pro Models


We’re excited to introduce the 4th Series of Kendama USA Pro Models.

We have poured years of passion, and months of effort into refining this product. The V4 Pro Models were specifically designed by each Pro to represent their personal style, concepts, and individuality. They all feature improvements to shape, durability, balance, and performance. The 5 Kendama USA Pro Players are featured in this series: Colin Sander, Zack Yourd, Turner Thorne, Alex Smith, and Jake Wiens.

We hope you like these products as much as we do. Get yours today in the Kendama USA Online Shop.

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Alex Smith Kendama Edit 2

Once, long ago, Alex made a kendama edit. Today we’re happy to share his second edit, showcasing a few of his latest tricks and adventures! Clips from southern Europe, Canada, Taiwan and Japan, with guest appearances from the Bitter Beans crew and James Mikes! Filmed and edited by Alex Smith, additional filming by Kristin Olinyk.

Enjoy!

Song: Architecture in Helsinki – Frenchy I’m Faking

Lunars in Nara

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Jake Wiens turns Pro for Kendama USA

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.



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DAMA FEST 2013

Kendama USA is thrilled to host the 2013 Dama Fest on May 11, 2013 in Atlanta GA. Dama Fest is a unique Kendama event with high level players from across North America, Japan, and Europe all under 1 roof. It’s a great opportunity to meet your favorite Kendama pros face to face, see brand new unreleased Kendama products, and jam with some of the icons in the Kendama world.

This year we are offering a $1000 top prize, and have some unbelievable prizes and raffles. This is the Kendama event of 2013 you do NOT want to miss!!!

Dama Fest is made possible by a group of amazing teams and sponsors including:

 

 

 

Players attending:
Tamotsu Kubota, Hajime Ishibashi, Colin Sander, Zack Yourd, Turner Thorne, Alex Smith, Matt Jorgenson, Max Norcross, Christian Fraser, William Penniman, Alex Ruisch, TJ Kolesnik, Dave Mateo, Keith Matsumura, Jake Wiens, Sam Merkel, Hunter Bailey, Eric Martin, Matt Rice, Kristin Olinyk, Matthew Ballard, Nick Mayo, Zack Winters, Alex Loomer, and many, many more!!!

This event will be FREE to attend, and $10 to compete in the main event.
See you in May!

Vendor space and sponsorship is available. Email us HERE for more information.

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Kendama USA Japan Tour 2012 – Full Length Official Edit

In November 2012 the Kendama USA Pro Team traveled to Japan to explore Kendama’s roots, players, and experience the homeland of this game that has changed all of our lives. This is the full length edit of our travels and tricks. Edited by Colin Sander.




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1 day in Japan by Colin Sander

In this powerful, long-form showcase- one day of Japanese kendama-play is documented. Top performers from across the globe spend quality time with one another in the land o’ the dama. This was just one of many days during a blessed summer trip for WKF2012. I photographed so much, but had such little time upon my return I have only now begun to reach the footage. The longer-yet piece, ‘Peak Performance Kendama’ is in the works, including the whole of this trip, as well as the KG Roots tour, and more. One Day In Japan shows the joys of veteran-form… we didn’t set out after stunts. … this time.

Featuring:
Alex Ruisch
Jeffrey Van Reeven
Kenta Sakamoto
Tomoya Mukai
Rodnel Ansell
Tamotsu Kubota
Tajima Akira
Katsuaki Shimadera
Colin Sander

Musc by:
Beck
Phillip Glass
Rocket Juice & The Moon

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www.colinsander.com

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Zack Yourd Five Trick Fix

Zack Yourd has always been a stylish and innovative Kendama player. This 5 trick fix showcases some unbelievably difficult, technical, and progressive tricks. Zack’s new Kendama USA Pro Model was just released earlier this year. Check it out at the Kendama USA store


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We LOVE this Adam Kingman Edit

Adam Kingman is a great human.  Talented, positive, and just so happens to enjoy Kendama as he travels all over the world.  This edit is inspirational on many levels.  Great work, much respect!

 

 

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Zack Yourd Ceramic Kendama Edit

Really awesome edit of some amazing Kendama work by Zack Yourd. We got to see some of these first hand during Dama Fest, and they are beauties! Keep the creativity flowing!!

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Some GREAT Pro Team entries have been rolling in!!

It’s been great to check out so many great Pro Team Contest entries. It’s especially cool to get to know some of the personalities behind so much talent. There are still a few weeks before the contest deadline. Lots of great prizes and opportunities are up for grabs, and making Kendama edits is always a good time. Remember, in addition to the Pro Team spot, there are several spots up for grabs on the NEW Kendama USA team in 2012. We can’t wait to see YOUR edit!! Dama-on.

Keep em coming!!!

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