I've been doing a bit of pondering on "Freestyle Kendama" and how it has evolved as compared to 5 years ago. In some respects, kendama play is a lot more liberal nowadays. For example, "handing" a kendama is now valid in some instances, such as when a trick requires the use of both hands. However, I think freestyle kendama as a competition format has gotten a lot more boring recently. Freestyle runs feel a lot more mechanical, as I feel that the performance aspect is largely put aside in favor of technical excellence and consistency. Not to say that it's an entirely negative thing, of course. Missu lacing tightrope, orbit to tightrope at Catch and Flow and NAKO freestyle was legendary. It's just that I feel that the landscape of freestyle has changed, and it might not be for the better depending on who you ask. Feel free to discuss in the thread!