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  • During KWC we announced Missu as the newest member of our pro team. Today, we are pleased to share her newest edit, and announce her pro status to the whole internet. Missu's tricks are unmatched, and we can't get enough of her amazing style. She has been one of our favourite players to watch for years, and we couldn't be happier to have her on the team. Welcome to the pro team, Missu! Edit by Rintarou Kanemoto, ありがとうございます!

    More... Posted: Sep 16, 2018

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    Posted by: TerraKendama

  • My deepest apologies upon the super late upload, i hope you enjoy this one! 1. RELEASES 00:08 - Krom : New Pro Mods (https://bit.ly/2vwHKF5) 01:21 - Sweets :...

    More... Posted: Sep 11, 2018

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    Posted by: azleonhart

  • Today Sweets Kendama dropped a unique look into the life of a Gallagher. Full write up: https://sweetskendamas.com/blogs/blog/nick-zack-a-kendama-documentary

    More... Posted: Sep 6, 2018

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    Posted by: Dæmon

  • W E D I D I T ! ! ! ✨ ONE YEAR STRONG with the KENDAMA USA TEAM EDITS! to celebrate... WE ARE PROUD TO BE INTRODUCE - THE KAIZEN SLIM!!! Beech wood, Silk Paint, and the SLIM KEN! These kendama are perfect for slings, stalls, lunars, lighthouses, flow... did we miss anything? Check out the capability of the KAIZEN SLIM and watch the TEAM EDIT! #KAIZEN #KAIZENSLIM #KAIZENKENDAMA #KENDAMAUSA #KUSA Get your KAIZEN SLIM at www.KendamaUSA.com Music : Tyler, the Creator - I Ain't Got Time (Instrumental) Edited by scags Tricks preformed by (in order of appearance): BRYAN SCAGLINE ZACH MAGNUSON NOBU NORI EMMY EVANS KENYATTA WILLIAMS GAVIN HARVEY ALEX SMITH HALEY BISHOFF DAVE MATEO TJ KOLESNIK DYLAN WESTMORELAND Stay up to date with Kendama USA! Instagram https://www.instagram.com/kendamausa/ Twitter https://twitter.com/KendamaUSA Facebook https://www.facebook.com/kendamausa/ Website http://kendamausa.com Shop https://shop.kendamausa.com Kendama USA Playlist Spotify https://open.spotify.com/user/1213025... Apple Music https://itunes.apple.com/us/playlist/... Other ways to connect with Kendama USA - DownSpike https://www.downspike.com

    More... Posted: Sep 5, 2018

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    Posted by: Bryan Scagline

  • "Why Would Anyone Buy a $75 Kendama?" I have been asked that many times by non-kendama players. I have to admit, it's a fair question. Recently, I've had the pleasure of picking up a Terra prefect. I had promised to kind of shelf it for a little bit, but I find myself reaching for it more and more over any other kendama I own. In fact, the kendamas I play the most (right now) are the Prefect, a Mugen x HG collab, and a Rez. It struck me that the combined value of these is somewhere in the $250+ range, which is absurd. And yet, I seem to be getting my use out of them. [MEDIA] Sweet baby jesus is this thing honed. 5 reasons why you should splurge: 1.) You'll land more tricks. A more expensive kendama does NOT make you a better player. In fact, one could even argue it acts like a crutch. It's almost like growing up surfing a perfect wave... the second you have to surf a shitty one, you're out of your element. But then again, having a completely honed setup will almost certainly increase your consistency. It may even unlock some new tricks. Case in point: I'm terrible at stilts. Usually I need a 2 year old Tama with a chewed up hole. However, stilt on a prefect? ...First try out of the box. Beginners luck? Maybe. But nah. The consistency provided by a perfectly balanced and well-crafted kendama will serve you in your efforts to tweak, hone, and learn. Many people have locked in lunars on something like a slaydawg only to learn that they are powerless over a TK-16 (which I also love). 2.) It's a more delightful experience This might sound ridiculous to non-kendama players, but while playing kendama is enjoyable, playing a premium kendama can be delightful. There is a palpable difference in how a premium kendama feels. In the same way that a blue bottle cappuccino performs better on the tastebuds than a Starbucks, there is something to be said for craftsmanship. Whether it's brewing espresso, designing luxury clothing, or turning a wooden toy, there is always a range of quality. Millenials value craftsmanship in almost everything else they consume, so why not kendama? Artisans, rejoice! Which one of these are you drinking? 3.) They Last Longer. See: craftsmanship. 4.) You up your street cred If you're like me, you're no good at kendama. But that's less important if you're slanging a $100+ jammer around your neck at all times. Stroll up to any jam sesh confident that people will look at your jammer and not your lame tricks. Growing up, Colin and I saved up money for a year to attend camp Woodward in Pennsylvania, the biggest skatepark in the world. The camp costs around $1500 for a week. When we got there, we met a kid named... well, I can't remember what his name was, but we called him "Laser Eye Kid Surgery". His dad invented laser eye surgery and used his fortune to send him to the camp all summer long. Laser Eye Kid Surgery never once skated when we were there, but it didn't matter. We all knew he was loaded, and that was almost as cool as being able to skate. I guess my point here is if you spend enough money, maybe nobody will notice that you suck at kendama. 5.) Buying a Premium Kendama Supports Good People The premium kendamas on the market fall into two categories. Category one is individual artisans that are hand turning small batches of premium kendamas. (Think: Kazuma Iwata, Alex Smith & RodDama, REZ, etc.) These people do this as a passion, but the money you spend on it helps keep that passion alive. The second category are larger kendama companies that want to make sure they're doing enough for the die-hard jammer (Think: Kusa Craft Slim, Sweets x HG, etc). Believe it or not, it's a pain in the ass for these companies to switch from mass-produced mode to more aggressive Quality Control, and despite the increased price, the margins aren't necessarily better business. They're doing it for the slayers. Every dollar is a chance to vote, so when people buy great kendamas, people make great kendamas. [MEDIA] What's the most you have you spent on a kendama? Tell us in the comments, and if you feel it was worth it. Some premium kendama pr0n: [MEDIA]

    More... Posted: Aug 21, 2018

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    Posted by: Cheech_Sander

  • Introducing The Craft SLIM!!! Each Craft SLIM Kendama comes out of the bag honed in a wood type of your choice, a KUSA Bearing, a KUSA String, and specialty Wooden CRAFT stickers. The Cups and Tama are increased in size like the Craft SHIFT but with a Slim body (ken). The Craft SLIM Kendama was designed and created hands - on in the USA by the Kendama USA TEAM to provide undefeated performance, infinite, and maximum trick stomping. The Craft SLIM is the counterpart to the Craft SHIFT but designed to rip slingers, flip incredibly fast, and to catch all your spikes. OUT NOW ON - - - - - www.kendamausa.com! Kendama Play By (in order) Bryan Scagline Dylan Westmoreland Haley Bishoff Wyatt Bray TJ Kolesnik Alex Smith Dave Mateo Music by Dillon Francis - Say Less (Instrumental) Edited by scags -much respect

    More... Posted: Aug 17, 2018

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    Posted by: Bryan Scagline

  • July 28th, 2018, King Of The Swamp was held at the Gazeebo in Langford Park in Orlando, Florida. Troy Monteagudo took home the first ever Kendama Krown. Follow @Skillderness for more!

    More... Posted: Aug 6, 2018

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    Posted by: Vincent Dimaya

    “This film is a culmination of footage from our monthly jams, community submissions as well as other random stuff - almost entirely filmed over the last 8 months. The idea was to both spread the word, letting everyone know about the kendama scene which is growing here in Scotland, as well as pin-point our progress as a community and as individuals. It is now our dream to continue to move the kendama scene forward in the UK, organise bigger events, throw more comps, give away more prizes, host more special guests, have as much fun as possible and play even more kendama than ever before. A massive thanks goes out to all the contributors who sent in clips, for coming to the jams, getting your friends involved – without you we would not have a scene. Dama on fam, see you in the next one.” - Paul Sayer, film editor/SK founder BUY A T-SHIRT, SUPPORT YOUR HOMIES www.soundkendama.com FOLLOW US IG/Twitter/Facebook @soundkendama

    More... Sep 14, 2018

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    Kendama USA Pro Wyatt Bray and Friday Kendama's Alyjah Onishi teamed up to hold down the Portland kendama scene and bring to you "KENDAMA". Two Homies, epic kendama skill, and one fire filmer -Chris Valdez. get it. @wyattslay @oni.shi @chrisvaaaldez @KendamaUSA @fridaykendama - much respect

    More... Jul 30, 2018

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    Max and Bjorn get mic'd up at the biggest kendama tournament ever, the World Cup in Japan. Enjoy this behind the scenes look at the KWC. Visit https://sweetskendamas.com/ for ALL of your kendama needs. featuring Max Norcross and Bjorn Sorenson

    More... Jul 31, 2018

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    A message from Yourd - Edit #7 is special. It not only encompasses innovative kendama play, but also tells a story that is dear to my heart. As I leave my beloved hometown of Pittsburgh and transplant to Denver, one chapter ends and a new begins. In it's entirety, this edit was filmed chronologically over the span of 2 years. The tricks captured were methodically composed to showcase the endless possibilities and aesthetic appeal that I find in kendama. Being dormant from a full length solo edit, I accepted nothing but perfection and pushed myself like never before.

    More... Aug 1, 2018

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    Team Sweets stopped by Su Lab and we just had to test their skills with a Crazy Ken Game!

    More... Sep 12, 2018

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