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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 Welcomes Wyatt Bray to the TRIBE

Kendama USA has always been about family. We have always been about sharing this game that we love, and helping to spread and grow the scene here in the states and throughout the world. Those that have joined us on our Kendama mission share this passion and are amazing representatives for the game and culture. They travel the world, teach others how to play, represent KenUSA at events, perform for audiences far-and-wide, and put forth a good positive face for kendama to all those they encounter.  As Kendama continues to grow, so does our crew.  We’re happy to announce that we have created a new wing of the Kendama USA family, the TRIBE.


Tribes are families. Tribes are small societies built on shared efforts towards a common goal. Tribes are primitive elements of being human and connecting with others.  Our current team is made up of such a diverse group of unique individuals, and we wanted this same eclectic mix to be reflected as our own family grows.  We’ve asked each current member of our team to hand pick the players that they personally feel would be ideal to support and welcome into the crew.  Colin Sander was the first Pro on Kendama USA, so naturally it made sense for him to lead the way and announce the very first member of the Kendama USA TRIBE:  Wyatt Bray.

 


Wyatt is a kendama player hailing from Portland, Oregon whose wild combos, refreshing creativity, and contagious positivity has made waves across the kendama-community. His personality and style are so unique, and this clearly shines through in his kendama-play. He is the first member of the Kendama USA TRIBE.

 

Enjoy Wyatt’s Kendama USA TRIBE announcement edit.

More TRIBE announcements will be made in the near future.  Who’s next?

 

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