Kendama USA | Tribe Team Announcement | Wyatt Bray

This dude is from another planet. I have been waiting for this edit for a long time. I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of the Yinzas work when I was out in LA last month. Kendama USA and Colin couldn’t have picked a better person to add to their team. Stoked to see how Wyatt progresses over the next few years. Congratulations Wyatt!

MKO 2014 Battle Ladders Video

We hope everyone can make it out to this years MKO! We are going to have pros from around the world competing. Start practicing if you want to have a chance against the pros!

Beginner Tricks: Bottom Cup Around Japan Candlestick Spike Around the Block Airplane Intermediate: Around the World (sara grip) Swing Spike Front Earth Little Bird In Lighthouse In Downspike Shuffle : Airplane - bottom cup - Airplane Open Division Tricks: 1.Bottom Cup, Spike (Switch) 2.Bird Over Valey 3.Swing Spike Earth Front Earth 4.OneTurn Airplane 5.Hanging Spike 6.Slip on Stick 7.Front Jumping Stick 8.Lunar In 9.Swing Gunslinger Spike 10.Around The Candlestick 11.Around Europe ( sara grip ) 12.Spacewalk 13.Front Lighthouse Flip Trade Spike 14.Airplane (switch) 15.Downspike to Jumping Stick 16.Penguin Catch Spike 17.Whirlwind 18.Little Cup Scooping Goldfish 19.Turntable Spike 20.Hanging 1 Turn Lighthouse 1 turn in 21.Pull up Juggle to Spike 22.Moon Circle , Moon Circle 23.Juggle to Lighthouse Forward Fall in 24.Lightning Drop Trade Spike 25.Super Flamingo

Three Trick Rick 5 | Escalator Edition | Terra Squad

Eric Martin “Rick” is one of the chillest kendama dudes in the world. I got to hang out with him a lot this summer at the VanJam in Vancouver and in Japan for the World Cup. Rick laces tricks with a flow and aggressiveness that is cool to watch. Rick laces some super techy tap tricks in this edit. The forward triple J stick from downspike is way harder than dude made it look. Nice job Rick! Go for a rip bud!

Gloken Mugen Musou Sessions - Kendama World Cup 2014

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 11.07.22 AM Gloken presents the ‘Mugen Musou Sessions’ from the Kendama World Cup 2014 trip. Some of your favorite kendama players performing on some of the finest kendamas. Kazuma Iwata’s Mugen Musou. Enjoy. Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 11.09.07 AM

Sam Cannon Edit 2 | Super Slayage

Sam Cannon has been and always will be one of my favorite players in the game. Ever since the first time I met him he has always been pushing kendama further than I ever thought i could be pushed. He has a techy flow that enables him to land some of the craziest stuff I’ve ever seen.

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This edit does not dissapoint. Sam throws together some sequence lines that are out of the is world. I can’t imagine how long it took him to film some of them.

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A lot of the shots in the edit were awesome. Every other shot it seemed he was in a forest or on top of a mountain. I love seeing kendama players take the time extra time to go out and find scenic locations to film in. It takes more work but makes the edit that much better in the end.

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Now enjoy the SLAYAGE!

Bonz Atron | Crint Dose 6 

I watched Bonz film that first trick for hours in Japan. Dude would get to the end and try to juggle juggle juggle juggle…. and never finished it. Stoked to see him get it back to back with the banger at the end!

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The last trick is too savage! Inward Lunar to J Whip to Inward Lunar! Stoked on the Crint. Get some.

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Sweets Kendamas Mobile App Tip of the Week : Dama Tracks

Here is your weekly tip on how to make the most of your Sweets Kendamas App. If you don’t have it yet go to your app store and DOWNLOAD it.

Dama Tracks is one of the coolest parts of the app. If you are at a party and need some banging tunes turn on one of the playlists and let it roll. Sweets Kendamas Pro Team has come up with tons of songs that get them jacked when they are filming or practicing kendama.

Our favorite category is defiantly Famous Edit Songs. If you watch kendama edits you are going to notice a lot of songs in this group.  

If you think there are some songs we missed comment below and we will get them added right away!

Sweets Kendamas Mobile App : Tip of the Week

Did you know that Sweets Kendamas has an app in the Apple app store, Google Play Store, and the Amazon store? We have created an app that is your one stop shop for everything Sweets Kendamas related. We are reaching out to our followers to show them all the cool features of our app. This week we are going over the “Shop View” Tab.

Shop View is a tab that lets you take a closer look at the inner workings of Sweets Kendamas. We have pictures of designs and painting techniques that only come out in the peek-a-booth section. The coolest part of this section is the Museum tab. Sweets personally took pictures of all the rare Kendamas in the shop to show the world the amazing collection we have collected over the years.

The app also has the ability to send push notification to people that have the function turned on. We plan on sending special release information through the notification system in the near future so make sure you have it turned on for the Sweets App.

Nui Wong | Lightning Drop Lounge

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In this mini edit shot in one afternoon, Nui Wong shows you some of his many different Lightning Drop variations.

Filmed by: Andrew Obiano
Edited by: Nui Wong

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4th Annual Sweets Kendamas Stringless Competition

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It’s time for the 4th Annual Stringless Competition!!!!

This is always the funnest contest for us to hold, we love seeing the crazy stringless tricks you all come up with. Let the insane juggling and throws commence!

***RULES***

- Contest ends at midnight on Sunday, Oct. 26th

- Video length should be 1:30 or less 

- Any size and any type of kendama is game! jumbos, formals, LBB, Vikings, emperors, minis, pills, rolling pins, you name it!

- Video should be uploaded to Youtube

- Intro to video should read “4th Annual Sweets Kendamas Stringless Competition Entry”

- You can enter as an individual or a team/group

- You can only appear in ONE entry video

- Video will be judged on a combination of CREATIVITY AND SKILLS

-Entry video must be posted to the wall of the event below

***PRIZES***

Prizes will be announced shortly. There will be some HOMEGROWNS for sure!!

Check out some of our favorite entries from past years:

Sweets Homegrown Kendama Edit | Bryson Lee

Check out this edit from Hawaiian shredder Bryson Lee, using his favorite type of Kendama, the Homegrown!!

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Interview with the JKA Champ

Taiga Ogawa  is one of the gnarliest 16 year old kendama players you will ever meet. He has a Zen like presence on stage that is amazing to watch. When it’s his turn he flips the switch and turns into a kendama machine. I was able to jam with him on two different occasions while I was in Japan. The first time was at the Catch and Flow event in Tokyo. Going to the event I was aware of a few Japanese players that were good freestyle players but didn’t know any of the younger players. When Taiga got on stage he started ripping spacewalks and swirls and smashing everything to spike! It was then that everyone knew how hard they had to go to win the comp. He really set the bar high for the days competition. He ended up going to the finals and competing against the one and only Thorkild May. Taiga was honed but Thorkild had so many tricks up his sleeve he ended up taking first place. Taiga took second place and Kris Bosch took third place.

I saw Taiga again at the JKA Festa Kendama Event in Osaka the weekend after. I knew when I got there that he was ready for the event. He was practicing some of the tricks warming up for the days battles. He made it look so easy getting past the first couple rounds. I was one of the Americans lucky enough to compete and let me tell you, it was not easy at all. We all got knocked out in the first or second round. After Taiga left all the competition in the dust he walked away with the title of JKA Champ. I was able to conduct a small interview with him and it went like this.

Q: How old are you?

A: 16 years old

Q: How long have you been playing kendama?

A: 9 years

Q: What is your Dan ranking

A: 5th

Q: What has kept you playing all these years?

A: I’m able to create new tricks that are my own. I love to always improve in anything I do, and kendama has endless opportunities to improve.

Q: What is your favorite style of kendama, Freestyle or Consistency/speed

A: I like both. I think I like freestyle more because I like sharing the vibes with an audience. 

Q: Who is your biggest inspiration in kendama?

A: Kris Bosch, I watch his youtube videos to learn new tricks.

Q: What is your favorite kendama to play with?

A: Ozora. Tk16.

Q: What do you think of the kendama scene in American? 

A: Really surprised by American players. Progress quickly and create new tricks. Creativity. 

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GIRLS COLLECTIVE Vol. 1 in JAPAN

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 11.26.47 AM It’s always awesome to see girls shredding the dama. Take a look at this video that Homegrown team member Taku Hatanaka edited for the Japanese Girls Collective Vol. 1 in Japan!

Joris Schweppe Kendama Edit #2

Screen Shot 2014-09-16 at 10.30.22 AM Check out Joris Schweppe’s 2nd official Kendama edit! Joris is easily one of the best European players right now, can’t wait to see more from him!

Sweets in Japan | Day 2

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The Red Bull Catch and Flow event was one of the most professional looking events I have ever been a part of. All of the large sponsors helped make the event feel like something much larger than it was. They had a stage that was perfect for kendama. It was a large round stage that could be accessed from every side. The stage itself had the logo of the comp on it and it looked very cool when you were up there competing. It also made for great photo opportunities on stage since the logo was always visible.

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There were 80 competitors split into 4 groups of 20. Each player had one and a half minutes to do the craziest tricks they could. They were judged on a  point scale by three judges. The top sixteen players advanced to the finals where they went head to head in a march madness type tournament where each player got 45 seconds to do some tricks then the other player got 45 seconds also. This happened 2 times. The judges then each picked one player who they thought won the battle. 

1st place went to Thorkild May of Krom/Denmark. 2nd Place went to Tiger, a Japanese player, and 2rd place went to Kris Bosch of Kendama Co/USA.

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Some of the best Japanese kids that competed were using matte marbles! It was really cool seeing random kids relying on our kendamas to help win them the competition. 

The Red Bull employees I had the chance to talk to all had a lot of positive things to say about Kendama and the industry in general. They can’t wait to get started planning the event for next year!