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Kendama USA Presents | Make Waves World Tour Edit ft. TJ Kolesnik

We’re happy to release the Make Waves World Tour ft. TJ Kolesnik.

Over the summer of 2016, Tj embarked on a six week journey across the world, touring to multiple countries, cities and states upon his #MakeWaves Pro Model being released. Starting in Japan, he traveled to counties like Singapore, Sweden, Canada and the United States. Each day brought a new crowd of eager Kendama players, fun and exciting experiences and memories that will last forever.

We hope you enjoy this full documentary style / video piece Tj shot during his trip. With help from all of you, Tj was able to turn his dream into a reality.

Countries:

  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • Sweden
  • Canada
  • United States

“It was crazy to be away from home for 6 weeks. I’ve traveled all over the world for the last couple of years, but going non stop for 6 weeks, I was a bit anxious to start my journey. Every second of my trip was memorable. I met so many amazing people, new Kendama players and like-minded individuals who are chasing their dreams, just like me.

I want to give a HUGE thank you to every single person who has supported me since day one, as well as all of the new players who are just starting their Kendama journey. I realized a long time ago that hard work, dedication an persistence can get you anywhere in life. As long as you’re humble, patient and hungry, anything is truly possible. Thank you to Kendama USA, Original Grain, Goorin Bros., and Dama Mods for sponsoring this tour.

Enjoy some photos along my journey during Tour. If you haven’t had a chance to pick up the Tj Kolesnik Pro Model, click below to get yours today.

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Kendama USA Presents – Kaizen Craft

We’re excited to launch the newest development from Kendama USA:  The Kaizen Craft.  This line of Kendamas is designed and hand crafted by Kendama players and manufactured right here in the USA. We are introducing 2 entirely new shapes: The Kaizen 2.0 and the Kaizen Slim.  Numerous improvements include larger cup sizes, arched cup rims, a refined slip stop, and a new sarado shape that slings amazing while keeping prime lunar balance.  The exceptional craftsmanship is unlike anything we’ve created so far, and we know you’re going to love it.  This is our Craft.

Get yours today from our Online Store HERE.

 

 

 

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Game of KEN – Tj Kolesnik vs Dylan Westmoreland

 

Playing KEN with your friends is one of the best ways to get better as a kendama player. It drives you and your friends to do better. TJ and Dylan got together and filmed one of their games of KEN. Who do you think will win?

 

 

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Kendama USA Presents – KUSA in JPN 2016

Join the KUSA crew and friends on a kendama-filled journey though Japan. Many bangers where laced and good times were had. Enjoy.

 

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TJ Kolesnik Turns Pro For Kendama USA

We are excited and honored to announce Tj Kolesnik as the newest 2016 Kendama USA Pro! Tj is an embodiment of dedication to Kendama. His passion and work ethic can be seen in his progression from a player to a pillar in the Kendama community. TJ has been part of the Kendama community for several years. He began his Kendama journey back in 2010 while he was in his junior year of high school. For years, he has continued to hone not only his Kendama play and steeze but his skills in videography. He’s helped us share great moments and memories with the community and continues to host Kendama events around the globe.

TJ Kolesnik Kendama USA Pro

Tj is currently a student at San Diego City College where he is dual majoring in Graphic Design & Communications. He still finds time to jam, capture amazing moments and work with kids. It’s no secret why Tj is such an inspirational and motivational figure to countless Kendama players around the world. Join us in celebrating and check out his journey in the video below.


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Dylan Westmoreland is TRIBE

We are proud to announce our newest member of the TRIBE; Dylan Westmoreland from Murrieta, CA. Dylan started playing Kendama in the summer of 2014. His first Kendama was borrowed from a friend and once hooked he finally snagged one for himself. Tribute member TJ Kolesnik has been able to see him grow as a Kendama player since day 1. Dylan attended his first Kendama contest in Southern California  which was hosted by TJ in Southern California. From there, he went on to winning video contests, traveling to cities to compete and being active in the community via YouTube / Instagram / Facebook, etc… showing all his progression.

We are happy to welcome Dylan to the team. 15 years old and killing the game. We can’t wait to see what the future holds for you and how you’ll grow with our company.

Be sure to check out his TRIBE Announcement video below, as well as a collection of photos below of jams, events and contests Dylan has attended.

 

WELCOME TO THE TRIBE

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Wyatt Bray – Oakland Slay Days

World Champion, Wyatt Bray had a chance to film with Jake Wiens in Oakland CA for his new video part with Kendama USA.

“Over 3 Days we explored Oakland and laid down some of the crazies tricks for the camera.  It was amazing to have the time to properly document Wyatt.  He has such crazy energy and a drive that is unmatched by any other player.  When he gets into a zone he is in it until he gets it.  I was prepared to film for hours on each trick only to have wyatt bang each one out with the quickness.  TJ Kolesnik came along for the 2 days coaching and documenting behind the scenes.  This was the dream squad.  There was so much support and drive to make this something amazing and memorable. ”

Enjoy Wyatt Bray in “Oakland Slay Days”

 

-Jake Wiens

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Event: Play Fair – New York City – February 13th & 14th

Come Jam with us at this year’s Play Fair in New York City!
The event is being held at the Javitz Center on February 13th & 14th.

Most of the Kendama USA crew will be there so come out, hang, and meet your favorite Pro!

Here is the schedule and who will be at our tent area on each day & session.

Saturday
9:30 AM -1:30 PM: Dave Mateo, Guy Wright, Wyatt Bray
3:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Jake Wiens, Kristin Olinyk, TJ Kolesnik

Sunday
9:30 AM -1:30 PM: Alex Smith, Jake Wiens, Kristin Olinyk
3:00 PM — 7:00 PM: Guy Wright, Wyatt Bray, Bryan Scagline

For ticket info please visit playfairny.com

The Javitz Center
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001
(212) 216-2000

The Javitz Center is on 11th Ave, between 34th and 40th streets, in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan, New York City.

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KWC Setup Recap

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Over the past two weeks we’ve shared what each Kendama USA team member used in the KWC qualifiers and finals.
We wanted to recap it all into one area and offer a limited 15% discount on these items with code: KUSAWorldCup15

1. Zack Yourd – Zebrano Ken x Tribute Half Split Red/White Tama

Zack Yourd KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 Zebrano Kendama

1 Tribute Half Split (Red/White)

“It’s a mash-up of some of my favorite kendama parts, and I like when the tama is a couple of grams heavier than the ken. Half splilts also help for tracking which is nice for more stressful/competition play.” – Zack Yourd.

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2. Wyatt Bray – TK16 Master Ken x Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model Tama

Wyatt KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 TK 16 Red

1 Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model

“I wanted a freshy, competing with a fresh is the best. TK 16 are one of my most memorable damas because they were the first I played when I  first started.”  - Wyatt Bray

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3. Turner Thorne – Kaizen Zebrano Ken x Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model Tama.

Turner KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Zebrano Kendama

1 Turner Thorne v4 Pro Model

“Strictly for the balance ratio between the ken and tama. It was also the one that was most broken in around the bevel which helped with bird  tricks” – Turner Thorne

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4. TJ Kolesnik – Colin Sander v4 Pro Ken x Tribute Red/White Half Split Tama

 

TJ KWC Setup

 

Recipe:

1 Colin Sander v4 Pro Model

1 Tribute Half Split (Red/White)

“The v4 ken matched super well weight-wise with the tama, and the half split is a reallygood visual. The bottom white half makes the tama hole  pop. Once playing a few days the silk paint on he tama breaks in really nicely.” – TJ Kolesnik

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5. Keith Matsumura – Colin Sander v4 Pro Model

 

Keith KWC Setup'

 

 

Recipe:

1 Colin Sander v4 Pro Model

“I like the 3-tone tama, it’s easy to track for spike tricks. Also in the past I’ve gotten good vibes from playing Colin’s pro models.”
- Keith Matsumura

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7. Haley Bishoff – Kaizen Zebrano Ken x Kaizen Silk Turquoise Tama

 

Haley KWC Setup

 

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Zebrano

1 Kaizen Turquoise

“I like the look of it, the color-way was nice. Matching is key. It played well for me too, I landed all of my tricks in my 2 runs. When choosing a  Kendama, 60% is based of looks, the other on playability.” – Haley Bishoff

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8. Dave Mateo – Kaizen Zebrano Ken x Kaizen Translucent Wine Tama

 

Dave KWC Setup

 

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Zebrano

1 Kaizen Red Wine Translucent

“I’ve lately found that I’ve been able to lace nutty multiple J-Sticks/UFO’s with the grip from the translucent paint. Also this tama is a bird machine. Once beating it in, the bevel allows the tama to just sit n grip.” – Dave Mateo

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9. Bryan Scagline – Kaizen Birch Ken x Tribute Black / Yellow Half Split

KWC 2015 Setup - Bryan Scagline

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Translucent

1 Tribute Half Split (Yellow / Black )

“I wanted to rep the hometown colors, and the half split is good for tracking. I found this useful when performing up on stage and during on-the-spot play.” – Bryan Scagline

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10. Alex Smith – Kaizen Birch Spike x Maple Cups x Alex Smith v4 Pro Mod.

 

KWC 2015 Setup - Alex Smith

 

Recipe:

1 Kaizen Translucent

1 Alex Smith v4 Pro Model

“Can I get a glass of water?… The tama was nice and solid and the tama’s weight matched well with the ken. The hybrid Ken was not planned and was pieced together after some Kendama mishaps, but it played really well.” – Alex Smith

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KWC Set Ups: TJ Kolesnik

“This project highlights each of Kendama USA’s players and the specific kendama set ups they chose to use for the KWC while also adding my own style into the mix. Every photo was taken with instant-print cameras (Polaroid OneStep SX-70 and Fujifilm Instax 210) and every word written by hand. I like taking the foreign route in todays technology era and crafting things by hand. Having a limited amount of film for the cameras also added a surprise/suspense element to it all because each shot was a make-or-break on whether or not it would come out in focus or not. I really want to thank Jero, Cecilia Chow, Luke Evans, and the K-USA team for their contributions on making this come together.”

For the next 10 days straight we will release one of the players pages so be on the look out so you can see what set ups some of your favorite pro players are choosing to jam these days.

 

 

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VOTE NOW! Team Wiens vs. Team Fuegz


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Kendama World Cup 2015 – Mini Recap

“This year’s trip to Japan was one for the books. Every time we trek on a new adventure, more and more memories are made. We made our way abroad with two new additions, Tribe Team members Wyatt Bray and Bryan Scagline. It was both their first time out of the country and a great time to experience Japan. I was in the same position exactly 1 year ago and for all the trips I’ve been on, this has been one of the most memorable and fun for me.

 

 

The 2015 Kendama World Cup started off with a bang. Zack Yourd, Bryan Scagline, Dave Mateo, Turner Thorne, Jason Morrison, and I all met up at the San Francisco International Airport to hop on a plane to Japan. It was 13 hours of pure fun, rowdiness on the plane, and teaching passengers and flight attendants how to play Kendama. We managed to film an entire edit that features the new Mugen Musou… #TEAMFUEGZ! Coming shortly.

Yes, finally touched down in Japan. Let the adventures begin.

 

10 long, sleepless, adventure filled days were about to go down. The best and most talented Kendama players all under one roof, competing against each other for the top prize. Luckily, the entire World Cup (2 days) was on a live stream so those who weren’t there were able to catch the live footage and see the craziness go down. For me, the last 10 days blurred together because there was so much going on all at once. So many exciting things happened every day and the level of skill in Kendama has risen to new heights. I’m happy and proud to congratulate my own teammate Wyatt Bray for taking it home for Kendama USA! GO WYATT! WE LOVE YOU!

To check out Wyatt’s winning run click HERE

Let’s just give a quick recap of events. Plane rides, no sleep, Japanese beer tasting, long nights, down pours, early mornings, scaling roof tops, amazing sushi, walking, LOTS OF WALKING, onsens, vending machines, 7/11, alpaca, Japanese style housing, hostels, dama village, polaroid sessions Osaka, Hiroshima, Kendama Street, okonomiyaki, subways, laughing, friends, family, team, Kendama. I hope everyone reading this gets to experience Japan and the Kendama World Cup at least once. For those who did go this year, I hope you read this and smile and think back to all the great memories.

 

 

A big thank you to Tamotsu Kubota, Yuka Hyuga, Hajime Ishibashi, Kota Kagoshima, the rest of the Gloken Crew, Kendama USA, and of course, Jeremy Stephenson. Cheers to the future of Kendama! See you all next year.” -Tj Kolesnik

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