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  • Los Angeles, CA - We are pleased to announce the launch of DS NEWS, the hub for all top stories in kendama. Downspike now supports news articles, created by a trusted team of moderators, writers, and content curators to make sure all stories are accurate. We'll break exclusive stories, product announcements, events, and more. The news feature may take a few weeks to get used to, and a few weeks to smooth over, but it's here to stay! BRANDS are encouraged to designate an authorized writer to set the record straight on things like Pro Team additions, players who leave the team, product announcements, contests, promos and more! If you'd like to be a writer, please message @Dæmon. THE NEW APP We listened to your suggestions in the "what do you think of Downspike?" thread. The new app update features a totally re-designed menu, and most importantly a more prominent search bar. (No excuses for double threads you n00bz!). Make sure you are running the most recent version of DS for the best experience. Links are available below. Thanks for repping DS! “A rising tide lifts all boats” Get the updated DOWNSPIKE APP today: iOS: Android: Thank you all for making DS the best community online!

    More... Posted: Mar 21, 2018 at 4:16 PM

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    Posted by: Dæmon

  • although I don't know what their saying I love the hype all thought this video

    More... Posted: Mar 16, 2018

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  • ZOOMADANKE If you've ever wanted to know more about the duo, this is your chance. A+ cinematography, color grading, editing and storytelling set this edit apart. Cool to hear from Tamotsu, Jero, Thorkild, and Sweets in this edit. Enjoy! cop the Mugen Musou seen in this vid: follow Zoomadanke on twitter: Featured in the Japan Times: LIFESTYLE Kendama: spin doctors BY MASAMI ITO On the streets of Tokyo, Zoomadanke’s “Kodaman” (Takeshi Kodama) and “Easy” (Hiroki Iijima) look like any other young men in their 20s or 30s. The second they start playing kendama, however, the pair will put on a performance that completely redefines the traditional wooden toy. Zoomadanke is a professional kendama performance unit that was formed in December 2010. There was no major company pulling strings in the background — just two men, Kodama and Iijima, who decided that they enjoyed kendama so much they would make it into a career. “It all just started out as something fun,” says Kodama, 34. “The image of kendama was rather uncool, and people mostly looked down on it as a plain and sedate toy. I thought that if we could change that image, people would see how great it really was.” The two met at a toy-consultancy course, at which Iijima introduced Kodama to kendama. Iijima, a college student then, and Kodama, a former salaryman, had one thing in common — their love for toys. “I think kendama has and will continue to evolve,” says Iijima, 23. “The amazing thing about it is the potential it has to bring together people from diverse backgrounds to collaborate and create something.” Zoomadanke’s performances are a reflection of such a philosophy. Using hip-hop, beatbox and even traditional Japanese music, Zoomadanke performs tricks using a kendama with a combination of smooth, graceful and sharp movements. The pair’s choreography is unique and entertaining, completely in sync with each other as they jump, twist and turn — all the time while doing kendama. The two men have performed on television, at public spaces, parks and have even gone abroad to destinations such as Brazil and Hawaii. “When you think about the fact that most people outside of Japan have never heard of kendama, imagine the endless possibilities it has,” Kodama said. “And like all toys, the great thing about it is, you don’t need to speak the language — you can communicate through kendama with anyone.”

    More... Posted: Mar 12, 2018

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    Posted by: Dæmon

  • I don't think many people know who Mac Herbold is, but you definitely should. He's a Kromie out of Boise, Idaho and he slays the dam. Matching the damas with the film spots? So sick. Definitely give this one a watch.

    More... Posted: Mar 8, 2018

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    Posted by: Nick Lectura

  • February's been a pretty quiet month, but we still got news! Also, some revamps will be made from here on out : - Shorter, more compact episodes! - Complete ...

    More... Posted: Mar 4, 2018

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    Posted by: azleonhart

    Aye what up Downspike, I also participated in the 28 Tricks Later challenge but I wanted to make an edit out of the tricks I laced instead of uploading to Instagram. Give it a watch! . . . . . Some of the tricks in here are actually pretty cool. Some are ones that I obviously settled on. It's whatever though, some days have two tricks so that should make up for the soft ones. The kendama I used is the Play Kendama Pro II Recpaint by the way, won it from a friend and figured this challenge would be a good time to try it out!

    More... Mar 5, 2018

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    103DAMA went to the All Japan Kendama Players Summit, BUZZYANK! We did a full English recap on the event, check it out!

    More... Feb 19, 2018

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    by maxdesu

    Yes that is Bonz in a Rilakuma jumpsuit sipping on a highball.... oh yeah, he's also answering some questions.

    More... Feb 8, 2018

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    So stoked about my progression! We visited our local visitor's center and laced some bangs. Filmed this little diddly with the tricks I landed.

    More... Jan 21, 2018

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    *EARLY RELEASE ON DOWNSPIKE* Kendama Edit #2! I was given a dama dare to use only one kendama for the whole month. I ended up using 2, but I decided that this would be a great opportunity to make my 2nd edit. Kendamas: 1. Thorkild May tama on Sol Shape Ken 2. Green Ozora Music: Vulfpeck - Christmas in LA *I do not own the rights to the music. Copyright belongs to its rightful owners*

    More... Jan 28, 2018

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