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Kendama Club Spotlight: Clan Kendama

Clan Kendama is one of the newest clubs in the southeast and has been making a splash in the community with their edits and Instagram posts. In the short time they have been a Kendama USA Club, Clan Kendamas has made 16 Youtube videos including five full-length Kendama edits, and have become very active on Instagram.

Gibson, Cameron, and Owen are the founders of Clan Kendama. This trio made Clan Kendamas official just three months ago (September 2017) and have already grown the club to 15+ members. The three founders expanded their club to three different states including Tennessee, North Carolina, and Pennsylvania.

The club is spreading the Kendama love every day. They have helped dozens of players get their first Kendama and continue to introduce the game to anyone that will listen. According to Owen, Clan Kendamas helps to bring together the community outside of just Kendama players by giving kids a safe place to be themselves and to enjoy another’s company. “We inspire people to enjoy the journey, persevere, and believe that any goal is achievable,” said Owen.

Clan Kendamas meetup bi-weekly to jam and hope to open their regular jams to the public soon. The club is always ready to jam with anyone if you message them on Instagram @clan.kendama

Check out some of their killer edits on Youtube at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC9uyvjL47CRRP7DLBc9qFNA

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Kendama Club Spotlight: Cherokee Kendama Club – Canton, GA

Meet the Cherokee Kendama Club!

In August of 2017, a young James Matheny had a genius idea…  to start his very own kendama club at Cherokee High School and (with the help of administration) made that dream a reality!

Cherokee Kendama Club has now grown to 20+ members in just over a month, the club meets bi-weekly in the morning before school starts. It takes some serious dedication to get up extra early to jam some dama, but we know it’s worth it.

Cherokee Kendama Club likes to give back to the community by giving kendamas to kids who can’t afford them at school! Isn’t that just the nicest thing you’ve ever heard?

We asked James what his favorite part about kendama is, his response: “The community aspect, it’s just fun to meet new people who share your passion.”

We could not agree more!

And of course, we had to end the interview knowing what players and mod James loves:

His favorite Pro? TJ Kolesnik

His favorite mod? Wyatt Bray Champ Mod

Solid choices.

Keep up with this club on Instagram! @cherokeekendama

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5 Signs You Need to Replace Your Kendama

 5 SIGNS YOU NEED TO REPLACE YOUR KENDAMA

If you have been playing Kendama long enough, you know that after a while, you have to retire your setup.  At some point, your Kendama is just going to get worn out.  Newer players may not know how to tell the signs of a defeated Kendama. So here are five major signs that will let you know it’s time to replace your Kendama and get a new setup.

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1: Your spike is flatter than a sticker pack.

Probably the easiest sign that your Ken is beaten is when your spike is totally flat. Yeah, maybe you can do a border balance now, but anytime you go to spike, in the back of your head you know that if you miss its because your spike is as flat as the screen you’re reading this on. Especially if you didn’t add any Kendama glue to the spike, it is inevitable that it will flatten out completely with normal play. Don’t even get us started if you yank spike often. If the spike doesn’t inspire confidence with every down spike attempt or gunslinger to spike, then it’s time to replace your Kendama.

2: Your base cup looks like it has been put through a woodchipper.

Look, taps are cool. In the past three years, the community has made taps a huge achievement in one’s Kendama journey. Two taps, four taps, nine ??? It’s crazy. All those taps are basically smacking your base cup to the end of existence. Just like water over a rock, your base cup will start to wear away. Chips in a base cup not only prevents you from landing a handle stall, but it also makes tracking hard and lighthouses painful. That’s why experienced players shed a tear when their ken chips at the base. If your base cup is chipped and worn out, then it’s time to replace your Kendama.

3: Every time you play your Kendama you spend half of the time pushing the cups back down.

Yeah, there are fixes for this, but not without consequence. Glue your cups together? Good luck if your string breaks. Sticky notes? Get ready for residue all over your ken if you do it wrong. Especially if you have a hardwood, the amount of time lost pushing the cups down while grinding a trick is annoying at best. If you’ve been playing a setup for a while and can’t get the cups to stay down, then it’s time to replace your Kendama.

4: The tama paint is making your balance tricks suffer.

Experienced players know that every Kendama paint has a certain amount of time that it’s best for lighthouses, lunars, and technically even birds or stilts. The condition of the paint plays a big part in all of these tricks. While some paints may need a few hours of play to break in well, others might take just one or two sessions to get them to the right condition. That sweet spot is heaven for every Kendama player. The feeling of making your Kendama better just by playing it is like nothing else. All good things come to an end though. At some point, you can tell when lighthouses and lunars just won’t stick anymore. Considering people are lacing four-turn lunar flips like pull-up spikes today, you want to make sure your setup is honed for every game of KEN or lighthouse race. If the paint is well past its prime, then it’s time to replace your Kendama.

5: The bevel is beaten to pieces.

A well-beaten bevel is a beautiful thing. If the wood around the tama hole slightly curved from play, then birds and stilts are twice as easy. Just like the paint though, the bevel will go beyond its playability. The edges will start to go beyond the curves of the cup, and the chipped wood will make spikes much more difficult from friction. An overplayed bevel can even make lighthouse flips challenging. So if your bevel is chipped beyond comfort, then it’s time to replace your Kendama.

 

 

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Cyber Monday Extended! – 25% OFF

Cyber Monday Extended 2016 25% OFF KUSACYBER16

That’s right! We’ve extended our Cyber Monday Sale for all you Cyber Monday procrastinators! So rejoice, pick up a dama and celebrate! Use code: KUSACYBER16 during checkout to save 25% on your order. Hurry though, sale ends tonight!

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Kendama Is – Feat. Haley Bishoff

Everyone’s Kendama story is different, as is what it means to them. Haley Bishoff, Kendama USA Tribute Team Member, explains what Kendama means to her, its benefits, and the positive impacts it’s had on her life.
What is Kendama to you? Tell us in the comments section below!

 

Haley’s Favorite Kendamas

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Kendama USA at JapanFest 2016

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This year marked the 30th anniversary of JapanFest Atlanta. Kendama USA had the pleasure of participating in the event for the 3rd year in a row. Going to JapanFest is always an amazing time for us to experience the culture from which our favorite toy comes originates. It also allows us to meet new people and get them excited to try out Kendama. There is so much to do at JapanFest from drum shows, sumo matches, Kabuki Shows, and even eating some amazing authentic Japanese food. It also provides the opportunity to pick up merchandise from your favorite animes while getting to know new people and trying new things. This year, Jake Kopanski and Ryan Plourd were holding it down for KUSA, putting on 2 shows and a workshop to teach Kendama to everyone who was interested. It was great teaching new people how magical Kendama is and we hope to see you there again next year!

We’d also like to give a special shout out to NANA, a company we had collaboration with during the weekend. You can check out their app by clicking here.

Thank you to all of the local players that came out and helped with the event.  Damafam is strong!

“sugoi sugoi sugoi”- Jake Kopanski

 

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Rapid Fire with Haley Bishoff

We got a few minutes with Haley Bishoff this past weekend so we decided to do a Rapid Fire Q&A to help get to know Haley a little better.

Haley what was the…?

Last books you read:

- Born to Run by Christopher McDougall

- Annapurna: A Woman’s Place by Arlene Blum

Last food you ate:

- Some veggie stir fry

Last song you listened to:

- Tallest Man on Earth’s new song – Rivers

Last edit you watched:

- The new Epic Drone edit feat. B Meyer!

Last store you were in:

- Fred Meyer…I’m in there like at least 3 times a day for some reason

Last ice cream you tried:

- So Delicious cashew milk snickerdoodle. It tastes like Christmas

Last state you visited:

- Last state I was in was California for Let’s Dama 2!

Last time you picked your nose:

- Casual pick like 30 minutes ago, no shame.

Last regret:

- #noregrets #liveontheedge #yolo #lol

Last dama set up:

- I have been jamming an Orange Kaizen A LOT lately…glued spike & mashed cups, of course.

Last things you drank:

- Iced coffee with some hazelnut creamer

Last tattoo:

- A ponderosa pine tree at the bottom of my leg near my ankle. Represents home in Central Oregon

Last dream you remember:

- I had a super strange dream last night that my neighbor Chris was in my parents house and threw up everywhere…why? I don’t know.

Last movies you watched:

- Soaked in Bleach, a Netflix documentary about Kurt Cobain’s life

Last bone you broke:

- Strangely I have never broken a bone to the point of having a cast, but I have fractured a few things. Last thing was a small fracture in my left knee when I was in high school. I was sliding down a huge patch of ice on my snowboard on my butt and caught at edge, flew forward and landed right on my knee. I actually didn’t even find out it was fractured for days, oops.

Last joke you said:

Q: How does a lion run faster?

A: metal legs

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Kendama on VICE ft. Bonz Atron

While on vacation, VICE contributor Tom Harrad ran into Bonz Atron. Captivated by both Bonz Atron & Kendama he wrote a story on his experience in meeting him and playing Kendama for the first time. Click the link below to read the full story and see Kendama through the perspective of someone seeing Kendama for the first time and learning how to play from a champion.

How a US Kid Became World Champion of a Japanese Sport We’ve Never Heard Of.

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Las Vegas Kendama Open (LVKO) Recap

Last weekend’s LVKO was a big success for Kendama USA. Our team was able to take the top three in both competitions. The entire KUSA crew advanced to the second day of the open division with Max Norcross and Christian Fraser from Sweets along with Oliver Velasquez. The newest member of the Tribe team; Gavin Harvey took the open division win. Check out the photos and the placings from the event below.

Open division:

1st: Gavin Harvey

2nd: Logan Tosta

3rd: Wyatt Bray

Speed Trick B time trials:

1st: Logan Tosta

2nd: Dave Mateo

3rd: Dylan Westmoreland

 

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Gavin Harvey is TRIBE!

Gavin Harvey - Kendama USA | Tribe Team
Please welcome Gavin Harvey to the Kendama USA family. We are proud to announce Gavin as Tribe! He is one of the most technical kids in the Kendama community. A few years back Dave Mateo first met Gavin at a small school event with Logan Tosta in Sacramento. Just like Logan, Dave believed that Gavin had high potential of being a great role model and leader for the next generation. Not only has Gavin rocketed his skill since then, he has also continued spread the love of the game through out Sacramento and progressed the players around him. Check out Gavin’s announcement video below.

 

 

We are excited to see what will come with your future in Kendama. Congratulations and welcome to the family. -Kendama USA Team
 

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Zack Yourd Visits Madison, Wisconsin!

Madison Wisconsin has a lively Kendama community and Kendama USA Pro Zack Yourd stopped in and hosted a couple of events.

Here’s what Zack had to say about Madison, WI:

“There is no doubt that Madison, WI is on the rise to becoming a large Kendama community. A solid crew of both new and experienced Kendama players attended each event. The amount of people who attended and the level of Kendama play was incredible. The buzz even attracted the local news to cover one of the events. The ladder competition came down to the wire but local shredder Gino G. took home the crown! I look forward to visiting again in the future.”

Yourd followed up by reporting nothing but positive remarks about all of the players and their kind/humble/skilled attitude toward Kendama. Keep a look out for more of our players heading to Wisconsin!

Zack Yourd Visits Madison, Wisconsin!

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Now Showing: KWC 2015 Japan Video !

2016 Japan Video Sign Up

Every trip to Japan is always an unforgettable experience for us, and the 2016 trip is right around the corner!  As we get honed for KWC 2016 over these next few weeks, we are taking a look back to remember last year’s adventures.  We are excited to release our 2015 Japan video to the public today. Enjoy!~

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