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Discussion in 'The Sesh' started by BallardKROM, Sep 26, 2016.

  1. BallardKROM

    BallardKROM Member

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    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
    What's up y'all. Stoked to be a part of this.

    *****RULES OF THE GAME******

    1) Briefly introduce yourself (Where you're from, when you started playing kendama, what you're most stoked on about kendama)

    2) Post your Instagram account and 2 other accounts people should follow

    GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    _____________________________________

    Hey guys. My name is Matt. Currently living in Los Angeles and repping KROM Kendama for life. I grew up in Wenatchee, WA where we started the Wenatchee Kendama Team (check the internet for our edits!). Started playing in 2008 and stoked about making dama edits and media!

    MY USERNAME: @BallardKROM https://www.instagram.com/ballardkrom/

    (@matt_ballard for personal)

    Go Follow: @kookslams @kendamaem
     
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  2. Cheech_Sander

    Cheech_Sander Administrator Staff Member

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    Location:
    Los Angeles, CA
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  3. htimSxelA

    htimSxelA Moderator Staff Member

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    Location:
    Vancouver
    Alex here, I've been hanging out and playing kendama since... 2009 I think? Started in Edmonton, now I live in Vancouver. Kendama is cool because you can be very creative, and learn something new every time you pick it up to play!

    Instagram sucks but you can follow me @htimSxelA
    follow dat @kendamausa and @terrakendama too!
     
    Sep 29, 2016
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  4. Kristian Aynedter

    Kristian Aynedter Member

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    Kristian Aynedter! Been jamming kendama since late 2009! I was born and raised in Beautiful Lake Tahoe NV, where I a was first introduced to Kendama. I play kendama because of the constant feeling of achievement and for the joy, as well as meeting all the amazing people and friends I have!

    Follow YA BOY on Instagram ; @AYNEDTER https://www.instagram.com/aynedter/
     
    Sep 30, 2016
  5. Chad Covington

    Chad Covington Slayer

    Joined:
    Sep 30, 2016
    Location:
    Lexington, KY
    Aye, the name is Chad Covington. Sol Kendamas owner since 2014, been jamming since 2010. My favorite thing that kendama has allowed me to do is travel. I've met so many awesome people from so many different walks of life. It's amazing how we can all connect through this simple toy.

    Follow this link to check out my instagram: @chadcovington
    The homies: @wesley.carkonen AND @lyndonwhalen
     
    Sep 30, 2016
  6. MattSweets

    MattSweets Honed Member

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    What up, Matt Sweets Jorgenson here. I live in Minneapolis Minnesota and have been playing kendama for almost 7 years now. I started playing in February of 2010 and started the company Sweets Kendamas in August of 2010. Kendama is a great tool for taking your mind off the many stresses in the world and immersing yourself in the here and now. I have seen some amazing places and met some of the nicest people on earth because of Kendama.

    Instagram: @matt_sweets or @sweetskendamas
    Website: sweetskendamas.com
     
    Oct 3, 2016
  7. Michael Joseph Reeves

    Michael Joseph Reeves Honed Member

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    Location:
    Salem, CT
    My name is Michael Joseph Reeves (My first and last name are nothing special so I gotta throw in the middle name to make it recognizable lol) and I'm from a small town in Connecticut.

    I started playing kendama in 2011 and fell off when friends did, but picked it back up in 2015 and really grew a passion for the many benefits kendama offers.

    Im most stoked on spreading kendama because so few people know what it is, never mind what it can do for you.

    I'm working on creating a community in my area (which is a lot harder than I thought at first) and once I figure that out I plan to make a platform for other people looking to create a local community.

    Instagram: @micjosreedamahttps://www.instagram.com/micjosreedama/

    The local community in my area: @kenneticut www.instagram.com/kenneticut/
     
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  8. Nick Gallagher

    Nick Gallagher Member

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    Sep 22, 2016
    Location:
    Snoqualmie, Washington
    What's up guys! My name is Nick. I am from Snoqualmie, Washington and I have been playing kendama since January 2012. I love this community through thick and thin because I'm stoked that we are all connected through one simple thing: kendama.

    My IG: @nickgallagher42
    Also, if you are in the Washington area, follow @kendamaseattle for local updates on jams (or more dama clips in your feed). If you are on facebook, join the Washington Kendama Community!

    Stoked to be apart of this.
    P.S. follow @newgensquad
     
    Oct 6, 2016
  9. Lyndon Whalen

    Lyndon Whalen Member

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    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Yo what's up! My name is Lyndon Whalen, I currently live in Atlanta/Marietta, Georgia. I've been playing Kendama since December of 2012. Repping Sol kendamas, and what gets me stoked is seeing someone do a new trick or a trick I'd never even thought of! Love seeing tricks come to life.

    Insta @lyndonwhalen

    Follow @solkendamas and @grandesquad for fresh content on the reg!
     
    Oct 6, 2016
  10. earthgirl420

    earthgirl420 Slayer

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2016
    Location:
    Atlanta, GA
    Suhhh

    My name's Alissa DeCoteau and I've been playing kendama since 2011 (my brother got me into it - shocking). I live in "Atlanta" and am a full time employee at Kendama USA! What stokes me out the most about kendama is the inner power that it unlocks! It teaches you that you can do whatever you push yourself to do and that's AWESOME. I love all the new people and possibilities kendama brings into my life <3

    Peep my IG for things like art and hooping: @alidecoteau
    s/o to @grande__squad and @kendamausa

    xoxo
     
    Oct 7, 2016
  11. Michael Joseph Reeves

    Michael Joseph Reeves Honed Member

    Joined:
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    Location:
    Salem, CT
    I think that's one of the most important things about kendama. I love when someone picks it up their first time like Nahhh I can't do that and they get their first spike and it all hits them at once Hahahaha. Kendama love.
     
    Oct 8, 2016
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  12. Angelo Saček

    Angelo Saček Honed Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2016
    Location:
    Zagreb, Croatia
    What up guys! My name is Angelo. I live in Zagreb, Croatia. I was introduced to kendama in 2015 in a skateshop. As someone who skateboards, it didn't take much for me to get hyped on playing the dama. The diversity of tricks, freestyle options, playing solo or with friends, meeting new people, making new friends, feeling the instant joy of lacing a trick... the list goes on. Kendama has it all.

    Since there aren't almost any stores where one could buy a kendama, here in Croatia, and ordering them internationally turned out to be a bit costly, I thought of making them myself. With a little help from my dad, I got into woodturning and started hand-turning my first kendamas with a couple of friends. It turned out (no pun intended :)) as a really fun activity and soon enough we were making kendamas for people outside of our small group. That's how RAJ Kendamas was founded (the workshop is an adapted garage, hence the name 'RAJ'). Spreading the word of the game we enjoy so much, locally and globally, has been our mission ever since.

    We currently only have a fb page: www.facebook.com/rajkendamas
    The website should be up soon.
     
    Oct 11, 2016
  13. Yourdy

    Yourdy Honed Member

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    Sep 21, 2016
    Location:
    Pittsburgh
    Hmmm never heard of you, anyone else ever hear of this guy :D see ya soon man!!!
     
    Oct 11, 2016
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  14. MattSweets

    MattSweets Honed Member

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    So stoked you are coming to the MKO!! Gotta take you to some dank breweries !
     
    Oct 11, 2016
  15. Michael Joseph Reeves

    Michael Joseph Reeves Honed Member

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    Location:
    Salem, CT
    Hell yeah dude awesome story, I can relate to my skateboarding background making it super easy to pick up kendama. do you have Facebook or Instagram?
     
    Oct 11, 2016
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  16. Curtis Fagan

    Curtis Fagan n00b

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    Oct 11, 2016
    This is dank! Stoked this is running Colin and Co!

    -Curtis
     
    Oct 11, 2016
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  17. KiowaT

    KiowaT n00b

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2016
    What's up everyone? I'm Kiowa Thundercloud, I live in Erie PA and I've been playing kendama since February of 2014. My friends all got into it for a good year and a half, then the majority stopped playing. I hit a plateau kinda and wasn't progressing, so I put it down for a few months until earlier this summer. I am super stoked because I've been improving immensely, and one of my friends is getting back into it.

    Unfortunately I don't have an instagram sorry haha
     
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  18. rTTn

    rTTn Slayer

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2016
    Location:
    Denver, CO
    Hey all! I'm Robb Thomason. I live in Denver, CO & I've been playing since December '14. Used to spin poi, got into other skilltoys, found kendama on a yoyo forum. Bought my first and have been addicted since. I moderate the Chillhop Records live YouTube stream & Discord. I also help moderate the Reddit kendama Discord server. Not sure of I'm allowed to post those here, so I wont.

    My IG: @rttnlive
    My Reddit name: /u/rttnspit
     
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  19. kotakago

    kotakago Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2016
    Location:
    JAPAN
    Konnichiwa! My name is Kota Kagoshima. I live in Matsumoto, Japan. I have been playing kendama since June of 2014. And I am currently working at GLOKEN. I am really grad that I got into kendama to meet tons of new people from other side of the world!

    My IG is @kotakago

    And off course @gloken_dama !!
     
    Oct 11, 2016
  20. Alex Hirota

    Alex Hirota Member

    Joined:
    Oct 11, 2016
    Location:
    Orange County
    YO FRIENDS!!!

    My name is Alex Hirota (@atkhirota), and I'm a Kendama player! SoCal / OC based and i've been playing for about 2.5 years now. I'm sponsored by Sweets Kendamas and I love the game!

    Stoked to be here and let's dama!!
     
    Oct 11, 2016