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Underbird Eclipse

Discussion in 'Beginners' started by rdm_dama, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. rdm_dama

    rdm_dama n00b

    Aug 8, 2019
    Does anybody have any advice for landing underbird eclipse? I can't seem to make the tama stay on the underside of the big cup- whenever I release the ken from my hand the tama flies right off. I've tried to get the tama more locked into place by doing some pressure underbirds before I attempt the eclipse, and that makes the tama stay in the underbird position a little bit longer, but not long enough. Any tips are appreciated. Thanks!
    Nov 13, 2019
  2. Emil Apostol

    Emil Apostol DS Legend

    Jan 4, 2017
    Lol Underbird Eclipse isn't a beginner-level trick by any means, but here's my take.

    1. Your choice of kendama matters in this case. Use a setup where underbirds lock in. It isn't enough that your kendama is stall honed; the tama literally has to stick to the ken when you do underbird. My Underbird Eclipse setup is a Beech Natty with a ken shape prime for stalls, and super worn-in tama bevel.

    2. Toss the kendama into the air with a slight rotation only. Don't focus on flipping the kendama, cause that will "unlock" the underbird. Focus on a lofty toss with a slight upward-curving hand motion to ever so slightly let the ken rotate.

    3. Be lofty. Toss the kendama as softly as possible and as high as you need to.

    Hope these tips help! Here's a clip of me lacing underbird eclipse for good measure:

    Nov 14, 2019