Kendama Skill Rankings Tricks to Perform

Below are the tricks you need to perform for the Kyu Level and Jun-shodan Level. The Kyu Level starts at 10 (easiest) and goes to 1 (hardest).

The table for Kyu level(basic level skill) category
 Reps  Reps  Reps
Level Trick(s) Grip
10 Big Cup x 1 Sara
9 Big Cup x 2 Small Cup x 1 Sara (All)
8 Big Cup x 3 Small Cup x 2 Base Cup x 1 Sara (All)
7 Small Cup x 3 Base Cup x 2 Candlestick x 1 Sara, Sara, Candlestick
6 Base Cup x 3 Candlestick x 2 Pull-up Spike x 1 Sara, Candlestick, Ken
5 Candlestick x 3 Pull-up Spike x 2 Airplane x 1 Candlestick, Ken, Tama
4 Pull-Up Spike x 3 Airplane x 2 Swing Spike x 1 Ken, Tama, Ken
3 Airplane x 3 Swing Spike x 2 Around Japan x 1 Tama, Ken, Ken
2 Swing Spike x 3 Around Japan x 2 Around the World x 1 Ken, Ken, Ken
1 Around Japan x 3 Around the World x 2 Lighthouse x 1 Ken, Ken, Tama
Jun-shodan
Trick Grip Repetitions Attempts
Pull-Up Spike Ken 5 10
Airplane Tama 5 10
Swing Spike Ken 5 10
Base Cup, Spike Ken 4 10
Around Japan Ken 4 10
Around the World Ken 3 10
Lighthouse Tama 2 10
Slip-on Stick Ken 1 10
Moshikame Sara 100 1

Kendama Skill Rankings Saturday Feb 11, 1-3PM

JKA Dan Rankings conducted by Ryan Caro at GUNNZO SD

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When: This Saturday, February 11th, from 1 – 3 PM (Dan Rankings are once a month*)

What: Beginners and advanced players alike are welcome to join us for JKA (Japanese Kendama Association) Dan Skill Rankings conducted by Ryan Caro (certified Dan level 6). Stop by GUNNZO this Saturday from 1-3pm to attempt a series of tricks, and recieve an official ranking for your kendama skills! All skill levels are welcome to try – you do not need to have experience! You can also feel free to stop by to practice and receive pointers!

Even if you do not own your own kendama, we have sample kendamas that you are welcome to use while you are here, so that everyone can try!

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Where: New Location!
GUNNZO San Diego
3985 Harney St. Unit B San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 543-1108

Parking available on the street, in the lot by the corner of Juan and Harney, and the lots by Twiggs and Congress St.

Why: To practice and test your kendama skills, meet some awesome kendama players, improve your skills, and have a great time!

Who: All skill levels are welcome! Bring your friends and family! Hope to see you there!

*Subject to change

YoYo Club will also be here at GUNNZO from
1-3PM on Saturday!

You can also take the YoYoFactory Play Book Challenge by purchasing a YoYoFactory Play Book for $5 and completing the yoyo tricks within. There are different levels with prizes, and if you complete the whole thing you receive a free yoyo! Each section takes time to complete, so you may have to come several times to complete the challenge!

Join us at OC Japan Fair This Weekend!

Featuring Japanese Culture, Cuisine, Kendamas, and Kawaii!

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When:
Friday, September 9th: 5pm – Midnight
Saturday, September 10th: 12pm – 11pm

Where: Phoenix Club of Anaheim
1340 S Sanderson Avenue Anaheim, CA 92806

What: OC Japan Fair is an awesome cultural experience in Orange County, CA taking place this Friday through Saturday. Stop by to enjoy authentic cuisine, watch incredible performances, and check out some unique Japanese goods, including Kawaii, Kendamas, and more at the GUNNZO booth!

Why: To enjoy Japanese culture, food, performances, and unique items!

Who: Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends and family! Hope to see you there!

Cost: Children under 6 and adults over 65 are FREE, $5 admission for others.

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Kendama Skill Rankings Tomorrow, Saturday Sept. 3rd 1-3PM

JKA Dan Rankings conducted by Ryan Caro at GUNNZO SD

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When: Tomorrow, Saturday, September 3rd, from 1 – 3 PM (every first Saturday of the month*)

What: Japanese Kendama Association Dan Skill Rankings conducted by Ryan Caro (certified Dan level 6). Stop by GUNNZO tomorrow from 1-3pm to attempt a series of tricks, and recieve an official ranking for your kendama skills! All skill levels are welcome to try! You can also feel free to stop by to practice and receive pointers!

See our below for more info about each ranking.

Where: GUNNZO San Diego
2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Why: To practice and test your kendama skills, meet some awesome kendama players, improve your skills, and have a great time!

Who: All skill levels are welcome! Bring your friends and family!

*Subject to change

Hope to see you there!

*Please note that due to construction on Juan St. parking is somewhat limited, and you may have to park at the bottom of our hill in the Old Town general parking lot (on the corner of Harney and Juan) and walk up. Sorry for any inconvenience!

The table for Kyu level(basic level skill) category
 Reps  Reps  Reps
Level Trick(s) Grip
10 Big Cup x 1 Sara
9 Big Cup x 2 Small Cup x 1 Sara (All)
8 Big Cup x 3 Small Cup x 2 Base Cup x 1 Sara (All)
7 Small Cup x 3 Base Cup x 2 Candlestick x 1 Sara, Sara, Candlestick
6 Base Cup x 3 Candlestick x 2 Pull-up Spike x 1 Sara, Candlestick, Ken
5 Candlestick x 3 Pull-up Spike x 2 Airplane x 1 Candlestick, Ken, Tama
4 Pull-Up Spike x 3 Airplane x 2 Swing Spike x 1 Ken, Tama, Ken
3 Airplane x 3 Swing Spike x 2 Around Japan x 1 Tama, Ken, Ken
2 Swing Spike x 3 Around Japan x 2 Around the World x 1 Ken, Ken, Ken
1 Around Japan x 3 Around the World x 2 Lighthouse x 1 Ken, Ken, Tama
Jun-shodan
Trick Grip Repetitions Attempts
Pull-Up Spike Ken 5 10
Airplane Tama 5 10
Swing Spike Ken 5 10
Base Cup, Spike Ken 4 10
Around Japan Ken 4 10
Around the World Ken 3 10
Lighthouse Tama 2 10
Slip-on Stick Ken 1 10
Moshikame Sara 100 1

 

Kendama Event Next Thursday Featuring Street-Style Kendama Master Akira Tajima!

From 5 – 8 PM at GUNNZO with Guest Pros Daniel Robinson and Jake Wiens – Presented by The Japan Foundation

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When: August 25th from 5 – 8 PM

What: FREE Kendama Demonstration and Clinic with Street-Style Kendama Master Akira Tajima from Japan with guest kendama pros Daniel Robinson and Jake Wiens, presented by the Japan Foundation and GUNNZO San Diego!! Stop by next thursday, August 25th from 5 – 8 PM at GUNNZO in San Diego to meet these awesome Kendama players from around the world!

Akira Tajima: Akira started playing kendama when he was 9, and has won many competitions including the All Japan Competition. He is also officially ranked at the highest “6th dan” level of Kendama competitors, and placed 4th in the Kendama World Cup 2014. Akira is known for street style kendama, and his performances also incorporate impressive acrobatics.

Jake Wiens: Born in Tennessee, and now living in San Francisco, Jake Wiens first started playing kendama in 2009, and started “The Kengarden” in 2010. He is an official Kendama USA Tribute Kendama Team Member / Manager, and has won several competitions: Advanced Champiion – Dave Mateo Challenge 2010, 1st Place BKA video Battle Advanced Champion – AUG 2010, Kengarden Battle BEST OVERALL – Kensession Stand – Sara Grip Battle, 1st Place Best Trick – The Uprising – Sacramento CA, 6th place Gloken Photo Contest

Daniel Robinson: Daniel has been playing kendama since 2010, and has participated in numerous competitions and workshops to spread the love of kendama world wide. He also worked with Kendama Co, a Denver, CO based Kendama company for several years, and has put in countless hours volunteering at schools, and other places. Daniel has won: 1st Place – 7 to Spike – Tacoma Takeover 2, 2nd Place – Sweets Stringless Contest, 11th Place – Kendama World Cup 2014.

Where: GUNNZO San Diego
2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Why: To meet some awesome Kendama players, improve your skills, and have a great time! There will also be an opportunity to take photos / get autographs.
Who: Everyone is welcome! Bring your friends and family! Hope to see you there!

Paul Kaiju & Bwana Spoons SDCC Show Recap

Thanks to  Paul Kaiju and Bwana Spoons for an awesome show this year during the 2016 San Diego Comic Con! Thanks also to all of you fans who came by and made the show great! For those of you who couldn’t make it, hope to see you next year!

Check out some videos of the show below:

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YoDama Weekly Session

Every Saturday, 1-3 PM @ GUNNZO with Ryan Caro

What:

YoDama Club is every Saturday! Stop by from 1-3 to play YoYo or Kendama, meet fellow players, and share your love of the game!

We will be doing “Dan Rankings” next Saturday, July 23rd during the YoDama session. “Dan Rankings” is a skill ranking system for kendama players, set up by the Japanese Kendama Association. Stop by to learn about the JKA, work on some new tricks, and get your skills officially ranked! Don’t be intimidated, because there are also skill level tests for beginners, which can help you learn the basic tricks.

When & Where:

Every Saturday 1-3 PM: GUNNZO San Diego

2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Who: Everyone is welcome to join! Invite your friends and family to learn some kendama tricks! We have extra kendamas to borrow, so newcomers are welcome!

Why: To meet new friends, jam with old ones, improve your kendama / yoyo skills, get ranked, meet awesome kendama players, and share the love of kendama!

Hope to see you there!

*Please note that due to construction on Juan St. parking is somewhat limited, and you may have to park at the bottom of our hill in the Old Town general parking lot (on the corner of Harney and Juan) and walk up. Sorry for any inconvenience!

 

The table for Kyu level(basic level skill) category
 Reps  Reps  Reps
Level Trick(s) Grip
10 Big Cup x 1 Sara
9 Big Cup x 2 Small Cup x 1 Sara (All)
8 Big Cup x 3 Small Cup x 2 Base Cup x 1 Sara (All)
7 Small Cup x 3 Base Cup x 2 Candlestick x 1 Sara, Sara, Candlestick
6 Base Cup x 3 Candlestick x 2 Pull-up Spike x 1 Sara, Candlestick, Ken
5 Candlestick x 3 Pull-up Spike x 2 Airplane x 1 Candlestick, Ken, Tama
4 Pull-Up Spike x 3 Airplane x 2 Swing Spike x 1 Ken, Tama, Ken
3 Airplane x 3 Swing Spike x 2 Around Japan x 1 Tama, Ken, Ken
2 Swing Spike x 3 Around Japan x 2 Around the World x 1 Ken, Ken, Ken
1 Around Japan x 3 Around the World x 2 Lighthouse x 1 Ken, Ken, Tama

 

Jun-shodan
Trick Grip Repetitions Attempts
Pull-Up Spike Ken 5 10
Airplane Tama 5 10
Swing Spike Ken 5 10
Base Cup, Spike Ken 4 10
Around Japan Ken 4 10
Around the World Ken 3 10
Lighthouse Tama 2 10
Slip-on Stick Ken 1 10
Moshikame Sara 100 1

 

KROM Summer Jam!!!

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It’s SUMMER and it’s time for another awesome KENDAMA EVENT!

That’s right, KROM will be visiting all the way from Denmark. That means Kendama World Champ Thorkild May, and KROM Pro Matt Ballard will be joining us from 1-5 pm at GUNNZO SD.

Make sure to stop by to jam with two inspiring kendama players, or even compete for prizes in either the ladders competition or the 7 to Spike competition!

Entry fees are $5 for each competition

Check out this video for information on the tricks for each ladder!

We hope to see you all there!

Join Yo-Dama Club Every Saturday 1-3pm

A YoYo and Kendama Club at GUNNZO

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What:
Join us for Yo-Dama Club, a free place to meet, play with, learn from, and teach fellow YoYo, Kendama, and other skill toy players! Everyone from beginners to advanced players are welcome! Make new friends, and learn new tricks!

When & Where:
Every Saturday, 1-3 PM: GUNNZO San Diego
2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Who: Everyone is welcome to join, from beginner players who have never held a Kendama or YoYo, to pros. Invite your friends and family!

Why: To meet new friends, or jam with old ones, improve your kendama/yoyo skills, learn some new tricks, meet awesome kendama and yoyo players, and share the love of kendama/yoyo!

We are also looking for club volunteers to help organize the club. Please contact us if you are interested. Hope to see you there!

*Please note that due to construction on Juan St. parking is somewhat limited, and you may have to park at the bottom of our hill in the Old Town general parking lot (on the corner of Harney and Juan) and walk up.

JKA Examination at the San Diego Central Library, May 25, 2016

Japanese Kendama Association (JKA) Examination day 1 was a blast! At a great venue and with even better company, many kendama players–beginners through advanced–were able to become officially ranked by the JKA, thanks to the oversight of JKA Official Hiromu Imada.

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Above: Even beginners learned different tricks thanks to the lessons of Imada Sensei (Pictured below)

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Above: Imada Sensei teaches the correct grip, wrist, and hand position

Below: Participants gather to learn the lessons taught, from each other.

 

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Above: Imada Sensei gives a demonstration of all the tricks required to pass the various levels of examination

Below: GUNNZO’s own Azusa shows her skills by demonstrating the Moshi Kame trick.

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Below: Imada Sensei preparing kendamas for the examinations

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Hiromu Imada (Imada Sensei) is a legend in kendama, being recognized as Dan 8. This means that he has not only developed the skill of an advanced kendama player, but he has also demonstrated an intense involvement with kendama and kendama instruction.

Throughout the session, kendama players have learned the proper techniques of various tricks, enabling even new players to make difficult tricks easier to learn.

Special thanks to everybody who came out to participate, become ranked, and help out with organizing the event!

Keep on improving your dama skills!