There are a lot of helpful threads in here, but I wanted to make one pinned post for people who just picked up their first kendama! By the end of this thread, you might not have whirlwind-tap-tap-tap-lunar-tre-yank-spike down, but you'll at least know enough about kendama to know how to play it! What is Kendama? Kendama is a kind of toy that has long enjoyed popularity in Japan among both children and adults. While it may appear simple at first glance, kendama is a deep game with more than 1,000 different techniques for players to try to master. It can be played anywhere and by anyone, both men and women, young and old. The game is said to be helpful in developing concentration and perseverance. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kendama Parts of a Kendama: Beginner Tutorials: @goenKendama has posted a lot of helpful things on here, and they have some detailed intros on their site: http://goenkendama.com/start-playing-an-intro-into-kendama-play/ And one last piece of beginner advice: BEND YOUR KNEES! Feel free to add more beginner resources below!