Welcome to the team!

We are extremely excited to officially announce the newest members of the Sweets Kendamas team: Taku Hatanaka, Zack Gallagher, and Nick Gallagher. Taku, Zack and Nick will now be representing Sweets Kendamas through our Homegrown Team, which is replacing the Cross Kens Gang. The existing CKG is now part of the Homegrown Team. Stay tuned for more details and updates about the Homegrown Team and why we decided to leave behind the CKG.

Taku has been one of our biggest supporters and favorite players in Japan for quite some time now, and we are honored to have him as part of the Sweets team. Taku’s high level of consistency and clean style make him one of our favorite players to watch. Taku is with the Sweets team in Japan this week competing at the Gloken Cup, if you’re at the Cup be sure to say hi and and congratulate Taku! homegrown_newmember_taku

If you spend much time in the online Kendama community, you probably know a little something about the Gallagher twins. Nick and Zach hail from the great state of Washington (it should probably just be called the Kendama state by now) and these up and comers have been consistently improving their skills and are constantly sharing with the community. Catch Nick and Zack landing insane bangers in the Dama Dare group on Facebook, you’ll probabaly have a pretty hard time stumping them homegrown_newmember_nickhomegrown_newmember_zach

                         Sweets in Oahu | Day One | North Shore

Aloha Oahu! On to the next stop of our island hopping adventure. Driving through the land of immense Jurassic Park esque plants, windy mountainous roads, beautiful coastline views and amazing weather was a great welcoming to our Oahu adventure. We checked into our room at Turtle Bay Resort and had a few hours to catch up on some work, so Matt enjoyed the view from our room while getting some necessary work done.

We met up with our good friend Linda Kress and she escorted us over to our first North Shore jam session at the Country Rides & Grinds. When we showed up the thing that stuck out the most was the sign out front that said  “SWEETS KENDAMA PRO’S AT 2:00 TODAY”. The shop has a homey feel to it, one part of it is a surf/water sport/bike shop, the other part has a sort of lounge/cafe/diner vibe to it. Very cool place to chill, they even sell Sweets Kendamas there! The kids were stoked to jam with the pro’s and we brought a couple prizes to give away so we started playing some fun mini games. Since we had a few youngins we played everyone’s favorite; the unicorn game! Had a couple spike offs as well and then spent the rest of the time teaching new tricks and showing off our skills to the keiki (kids).

Our first day in the north shore was a success, we ended our night relaxing and talking stories with old friends while making new friends. The Sweets life is far from ordinary but at the end of our days we reflect on the incredible experiences we get to have and appreciate the positive impact we have on the lives we come in contact with.

Mahalo,

Matt “Sweets” & Max Norcross

HIC Big Island Kendama Tour

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July 3rd, 4th, and 5th, Sweets, Max Norcross, and Nui Wong will be touring the Big Island with HIC for a series of contests and exhibits. Check the flyer above for all the details. Hope to see you out there!

                      Sweets in Maui | Day 3 | Chill/Jam Session

We started our morning early again and had some breakfast down by the water. The beautiful resort we were at was full of positive vibes so it was hard not to wake up with a smile on our faces. While we were grubbing some delicious fruit, we spotted this gnarly lizard on the rocks next to us! So we had a little lizard photo shoot until we got the perfect shot of it fully extending its colorful neck. The morning continued with some bird feeding on our back porch and enjoying a couple cups of coffee to get ready for our jam session/autograph signing at Kaleidoscope.

The store was packed with kids as we showed up! Before we could start jamming with everybody we had an hour of signing. We signed damas, hats, phones, shirts, shoes, backpacks, and pro mod boxes. These guys had us sign everything we could, it was pretty awesome.

Now it was time to jam! After playing about a million games of DAMA against the locals we had a couple kendamas to give away provided by Kaleidoscope. So of course we had to play a couple mini games to decide the winner of these damas. We had a spike off for the first one and there was a kid who didn’t want to play at first until Max finally convinced him to join in the fun, even though he didn’t win that guy ended up being one of the final two kids left! Last but not least we played one of our favorites, because anyone can be apart of the unicorn game. Sweets was the unicorn master on this one, after tons of hilarious moves the kids had to do it finally ended with a local shredder named Gabe who took the title as Unicorn Master of Maui.

This wont be the last time we see Maui i can guarantee that. Keep killin’ it out there because we see a lot of talent and potential in you guys.

Until next time,

Matt & Max

                     Sweets in Maui | Day Two | Competition Day

The day had finally come where we met the shredders of Maui. The mall was filled with anticipation. Kids were waiting hours before the comp even started, practicing the ladders and playing games of K.E.N. We arrived an hour early to help set up. Kerry really did an amazing job with the color coordinating on mine and max’s behalf. The balloons were spot on!

The day started with Max and I jamming with the kids.Well actually playing game after game of K.E.N. from a relentless line of oncoming challengers.

The Kalidescope owners Dane and Kerry Han really put toghether a good schedule for the event. It was filled with with tons of mini games in between all the crazy battle action. There were 4 different divisions. 5&6 Year old, 7-9 Year old, 10-11 Year old, and 12 - Adult. Everyone that competed really did an amazing job and blew us away with there kendama skills. The most impressive division was the 12 - adult division. We hadn’t seen or heard much from the Maui kendama community ever, so we had no idea what to expect. Lets just say we were very impressed. Especially with a very cool and talented young lady named Earlie. She blow away the competition and took 2nd place against her teamates on team Kendama Riot. Not only that but in one of her qualifying rounds we saw her first try every trick in the ladder to advance in the competition! Her cousin and opponent in the final round Ken took first place. He also was the winner in the Freestyle division. He was landing lunars and spacewalk combos like there was no one watching! Mad props to him for coming out and taking home the win!

Many memories to cherish from that day, we just want to thank the entire Maui community including Dane and Kerry from Kaleidoscope for helping us have that unforgettable experience. We certainly felt the love from everyone when we saw how many kids had Sweets Kendamas around their necks or in their hands!

Keep shredding guys, we see a lot of talent from Maui and were stoked to get the chance to jam with you guys!

Thank you Maui,

Matt Sweets & Max Norcross

                                    Sweets in Maui | Day One

Hello or Aloha to everyone from Max and Sweets. We have had  a lot of non stop fun while here in Maui. We finally have enough time here before we board the next flight to decompress a little and reflect on all the cool things we’ve done and people we’ve met. So here is a little recap of first day on Maui.

The day started out with a good ole fashion IHop breakfast with our wonderful host’s Dane and Kerry Han and their son Trevor from Kaleidoscope. We had to gear up for our huge hike up the Haleakalā volcano also known as “House of the Sun”. Haleakalā is actually the highest point on Maui. At it’s highest elevation it is over 10,000 feet. So instead of hiking we decided to take a car. On the way up we made a couple stops, the first one was to the very scenic Ali’i Kula Lavender Farm that consists approximately 55,000 lavender plants and 45 different varieties of lavender. Aside from the lavender plants we saw a unique wide variety of exotic plants and fruits, had our kendamas blessed by big Buddha statues, and had an amazing view overlooking towards the head of Maui.

Once we finally reached the top of the volcano we got to see the crater of this massive thing that was 19-square-miles and 2,720 feet deep.  The last explosion was over 500 years ago. Needless to say what we saw was gnarly, red mountains and black lava rocks everywhere and preserved Silversword’s that are rare plants that only grow on the slopes of Haleakalā.

We had a little down time in our hotel to relax before attending an obon festival that we would end up performing to start it off.  Once we arrived we saw a few local shredders having a jam session so we decided to get to know some of the kids and joined in. Not long after getting warmed up we were being introduced and asked to present our talents and explain what a kendama is. After lacing some tricks and getting the crowd hyped up on kendamas we gave our respects and enjoyed ourselves watching the Bon Dance and the rest of the festivities. We had a nice final Dinner at Da Kitchen with the Han family and then we made sure to get good rest because event day was the following morning.

GIRLS COLLECTIVE Vol. 1

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Stoked to see this all-girls Kendama edit collaboration. Hope there is more of this in the future!

"What happens when you get a group of girls from all over the world to take part in a kendama edit? A lot of smiles, tons of rad tricks, a file formatting nightmare, and a great sense of collectivism. We’re girls, and we’re not only out there playing kendama, we’re shredding."

Contest Winners | Oversized Comp & Consistency Challenge

It’s time to announce winners of our last two online contests; the Consistency Challenge and the Oversized Kendama Comp. First of all, huge thanks to everyone who participated. There were a lot of very impressive and creative Oversized entries and the consistency challenge blew us away yet again! 

Consistency Challenge:

Earth-Turn: Tamotsu Kubota - 378

Whirlwind: Luke Ford - 36

Oversized Kendama Comp: 1st Place: Joris Schweppe 2nd Place: Jake Fischer 3rd Place: Elijah Lane Thanks again to everyone who participated! Winners please message the Sweets Kendamas Facebook page your shipping info so we can get prizes sent out!

Sweets Consistency Challenge | Round 2

Time for Round 2 of the Sweets Consistency Challenge!!

If you’re unfamiliar with how a consistency challenge works, it’s a competition to see who can land the chosen trick the most times in a row.

This time around we’ve got two tricks to test your consistency on: Earth-Turn and Whirlwind. Standard Earth-turns, not forward earth-turns. For whirlwind, the tama does not have to do an earth turn, but of course it can if you prefer to do whirwinds that way, so with or without the earth turn is fine, and it must be a normal ken-flip, not a forward ken-flip.

Also, for this round we’re going STRINGLESS!!!! Hoping to see some insane entries with no strings to tangle you up. (You don’t have to go stringless, but it’s an option)

Since stringless is an option you can start with the ball already on spike.

Prize for each trick will be a super limited Homegrown Maple w/ Walnut stripe!!!

Contest ends at midnight on Friday April 25th.

Please upload your entry to Youtube and title it as follows:

Sweets Consistency Challenge Round 2 | (Your name) | (The Trick) | (# in a row you hit)

Please post all entries to our Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/748477498518652/?context=create&source=49

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Sweets Kendamas Legends - Alex Ruisch and Jeffrey Van Reeven

Screen Shot 2014-04-10 at 1.56.47 PM Sweets Kendamas Legends Alex Ruisch and Jeffrey Van Reeven promoting their new Legends Model signature Kendamas.

Get one at www.sweetskendamas.com

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Sweets Summer Special - 2013

Screen Shot 2014-04-02 at 11.25.58 AM Last summer we went on a roadtrip to Sacramento to Vend at the California State Fair. We had an amazing time with the community out there. All the pros came out to help sell and teach kendama. While we were there we laced a few tricks too.

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COTK - Urban Forest Edit 102

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Umm.. so there’s these guys in Oregon who are really really ridiculously good at Kendama.. just do yourself a favor and check out the newest edit from COTK. Featuring Nick Stodd, Nick Yturralde, Tana Hack, and many others.Children of the Kendama… 

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Something To Believe In | Nui Wong | CKG

Screen Shot 2014-03-28 at 12.22.05 PM New Mini-Edit out from CKG member Nui Wong! Love the super-clean style in Nui’s edits! Check it out!

Introducing the 2014 Sweets Kendamas Pro and Legend Models

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Introducing the all new 2014 Sweets Kendamas Pro and Legend Models. 6 fresh new models from the Sweets Pros you know and love, plus 2 additions to the Sweets Signature Kendama line, with Jeffrey Van Reeven and Alex Ruisch with their respective Legend Models. 

The culmination of over a year’s worth of testing and perfecting paints and finishes has resulted in some of the most beautiful and well-playing Kendamas we’ve released to date. Every Pro/Legend Model features a beautiful shimmering base color and is finished with our high-gloss Pro Clear, which we believe has the perfect balance of stickiness and slipperiness. Enough slip for a pro, enough stick for a beginner. Along with the unique color, each model also carries the Pro/Legend’s signature and a personal totem, a symbol which they’ve chose to represent them. You’ll be happy to know that a portion of each sale goes directly to the player!

Get your new Pro/Legend Model Kendama here: www.sweetskendamas.com 

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Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 11.47.13 AM Really really impressed with this new edit from Nick Stodd. I think it’s safe to say no one is killing the BB and juggle game as hard as Nick is. Stoked to see what else comes from Nick, COTK, and the rest of the dama players out in Oregon! Screen Shot 2014-03-19 at 11.50.19 AM