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Can’t land swing spike? What’s the point of it?

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by Vogen, May 12, 2019.

  1. Vogen

    Vogen n00b

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    i have been getting very very discouraged due to this trick. I have attempted it over the course of the last 3 days and haven’t been making any real progress. I was learning a new trick every day or so but now I am grinding to a halt due to this trick.. I suppose I am not only having difficulty figuring out what I am doing wrong, but I also don’t quite see its application..
     
    May 12, 2019
  2. tomk

    tomk Member

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    swing spike is how most players get it onto the spike in order to start a combo or line. no one ever does a straight pull up spike once they learn the swing spike. once i learned it, it just felt more natural, and easier/more consistent, to swing it up to spike.

    it’s all about the little tug you give the ken to swing it up. visualize where you want the tama to end up and keep practicing. once you get it, it’ll become second nature and you will stop doing pull up spikes.
     
    May 12, 2019
  3. goenKendama

    goenKendama Moderator Staff Member

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    It's all about hole control. In JKA Kyu level testing it's the first trick that requires hole control with Around Japan and Around the World as follow up tricks that also need hole control. After that it kind of opens up to all sorts of tricks for which you'll find it useful.



     
    May 12, 2019
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  4. 96817dama

    96817dama Member

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    Dont worry it took me about a whole school year to really get "down" (yes a year) and i quote it because i really still was trash at it

    I was always that guy that could get a guaranteed letter in a game of Ken because rumor was I cant swing peg

    dont give up it'll eventually make sense. What really helped me was making a visual cue of where to do the "yank" and just get that down first, then once you're good at that next master how hard to yank and before you know it you'll have it down. Dont focus too hard at it if its naturally too hard for you because it will most likely ruin the fun as it did for me just let it come natural by trying it every now and then when you notice your nice and warmed up and landing things consistently.
     
    May 23, 2019
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  5. Cornelis

    Cornelis n00b

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    I'm also still struggling with this trick, I land it every once in a while. I had the same thing going for airplane which at first totally felt like a hit or miss kinda trick and now I almost always nail it. Try it every day a couple of times and mixed it up a bit. there are so many other great tricks to learn which may come more naturel to you.
     
    Aug 3, 2019