GUNNZO Events

Kendama Workshop and Official Rankings by Legendary Japanese Kendama Association Member Hiromu Imada

 

Hiromu Imada, a certified Japanese Kendama Association Examiner (teaching and testing the skills of kendama players–See below for list of tricks that will be tested), will be visiting San Diego from Japan!

Kendama is a traditional skill toy that has been around for over a century, and has become popular here in the US over the past few years. Hiromu Imada teaches Kendama all over the world. Kendama is good for building hand-eye coordination, focus, and general health.

Stop by to learn  from a legendary kendama player with traditional japanese style, and while you’re at it get officially ranked by the Japanese Kendama Association by completing challenges. Everyone from beginners to advanced players are welcome to join!

When & Where:

PRACTICE for Kendama Examinations:

Saturday, May 7th, 1-3 PM: GUNNZO San Diego
2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Saturday, May 14th, 1-3 PM: GUNNZO San Diego
2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Saturday, May 21st, 1-3 PM: GUNNZO San Diego
2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Kendama Workshops and Exams:

Wednesday, May 25th, 3-5 PM: SD Central Library Teen Center
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Friday, May 27th, 3-5 PM: SD Central Library – Childrens’ Room
330 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, May 28th 10:30 AM – 12 PM: Japanese Friendship Garden
2215 Pan American Rd. East, San Diego, CA 92101

Saturday, May 28th, 1-5 PM: GUNNZO San Diego
2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110

Sunday, May 29th, 1-3 PM: GUNNZO LA / Anime Jungle 3
319 E. 2nd St. #112 Los Angeles, CA 90012

Who: Everyone is welcome to join! Even beginner players who have never held a kendama can try! Hiromu Imada, a certified JKA Examiner will be visiting from Japan to share his love of Kendama. Hiromu has been to over 10 different countries spreading the love of Kendama! Invite your friends and family to meet a member of the Kendama community in Japan!

Why: To test your kendama skills, learn some new tricks, meet an awesome kendama player, and share the love of kendama!

Good luck practicing!

*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.

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

 

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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

 

Official Sweets F3 Tour!

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YoDama Jam Session at GUNNZO|LA!

Attention all LA yoyo/dama players!

There will be a jam session for all yoyo or kendama players at our store in Anime Jungle found in Little Tokyo, LA on Sunday, May 31st from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm. Feel free to bring your friends and invite others as well — the more, the merrier! There is no fee to take part in the fun so bring whomever you please and get ready to have a great time!

Special guest and KROMIE Micha aka @__q38__ will be in attendance, as well as our very own GUNNIEZ Ryan and Matthew Caro, and Jordan Delgado!

We hope to see you all there!

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Kendama Workshop with Kendama USA Pro TJ Kolesnik and Jake Wiens

What: A two hour Kendama Workshop taught by Kendama USA Pro TJ Kolesnik and Jake Wiens! Join us in learning from the pros!

Cost: $10 entree fee includes raffle ticket to win a special prize! Get 2 raffle tickets instead of 1 when you pre-register at GUNNZO store, or online here!

When: Friday, January 23rd, 4 – 6pm:

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

Who: YOU! Anyone is welcome to register for this workshop, although it will be limited to 40 players!

Why: To improve your kendama skills by learning from the best, and have lots of fun while doing it! There will also be a special prize giveaway by raffle tickets, and a group photo with Jake and TJ posted on Kendama USA instagram!

M.L.K. Jr. Day Kendama Session with TEAM GUNNZO

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What: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Kendama Session! Be there, Monday January 19th from 1-3pm at Heritage Park across the street from GUNNZO Store. There will be Mini Games with prizes! All ages and skill levels welcome! Hope to see you there!

When: Monday, January 19th, 1 – 3pm:

Where: Heritage Park across the street from GUNNZO Store – 2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA

Who: YOU! Everyone is welcome to join us at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Sesh. Invite your friends, invite your family, we want to see everyone there!

Why: To enjoy kendama, play some fun games, and win some awesome prizes! A few of the GUNNIEZ will be there to help you learn tricks! We hope to see you all there!

Back 2 School Jam Session with Inland Valley Kendama, The GUNNIEZ, and TEAM GUNNZO

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What: Inland Valley Kendama, The GUNNIEZ, and Team Gunnzo present…The Temecula Back 2 School Jam Session!! Be there, Saturday January 17th from 11-3pm at the Gunnzo Pop Up Shop in Old Town Temecula!! There will be Prizes and Mini Games, All ages and skill levels welcomed!! Hope to see you there!!

When: Saturday, January 17th, 11 – 3pm:

Where: GUNNZO Pop-Up Shop – 28690 Old Town Front St. Temecula CA 92590

Who: YOU! Everyone is welcome to join us at the Temecula Dama Sesh. Invite your friends, invite your family, we want to see everyone there!

Why: To enjoy kendama, play some fun games, and win some awesome prizes! A few of the GUNNIEZ will be there to help you learn tricks! We hope to see you all there!

Join GUNNZO at these awesome events this January:

Temecula:
Saturday, January 17th, 11 – 3pm:
Back 2 School Jam Session with I.V.K, The GUNNIEZ, and TEAM GUNNZO
at GUNNZO Pop-Up Shop – 28690 Old Town Front St. Temecula CA 92590
(details below)

Old Town San Diego:
Monday, January 19th, 1 – 3pm:
TEAM GUNNZO Martin Luther King Jr. Day Kendama Session
at Heritage Park across from GUNNZO Store – 2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110
(details coming soon)

Friday, January 23th, 3 – 5pm:
Kendama Workshop with Kendama USA Pro TJ Kolesnik and special Pro guest from the Bay Area!
at GUNNZO Store – 2445 Juan St. San Diego, CA 92110
(details coming soon)

TEMECULA DAMA SESH Saturday, January 10th, 2015

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NEW YEAR!  NEW CITY TO JAM!

When: Saturday January 10th, 2015
1pm – 3pm (DAMA SESH)

Where: Old Town Temecula
28690 Old Town Front St. Temecula CA 92590

Who: YOU! Everyone is welcome to join us at the Temecula Dama Sesh. Invite your friends, invite your family, we want to see everyone there.

Why: To enjoy kendama, play some fun games, and win some awesome prizes! A few of the GUNNIEZ will be there to help you learn tricks! We hope to see you all there!

GUNNZO POP-UP KENDAMA SHOP! 

When: Saturday – Sunday January 10th-11th, 2015
12pm – 4pm

Where: Old Town Temecula
28690 Old Town Front St. Temecula CA 92590

Halloween Hangout with Team GUNNZO… Spooky!

Sweets Kendama Jam Recap

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THE SWEETS KENDAMA JAM WAS YESTERDAY!

Check out this awesome turnout! Thank you so much to everyone who came today, we hope you guys had a blast! So much excitement with games and prizes, we can’t wait to see all you guys at our future events!

Special thanks to Matt Sweets from Sweets Kendama for having the SWEETS KENDAMA JAM with us! Thank you so much for providing prizes, playing games, and teaching TEAM GUNNZO new tricks! We really appreciate everything and are excited to see you soon!

matt-sweets

 

Special thanks to Max Norcross from Sweets Kendamas for making the SWEETS KENDAMA JAM a success! You made everyones face smile with your presence and your actions, it was just so much fun having you here! And giving everyone else a second chance on the spike off! We hope to see more of you in the future!

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Special thanks to Kristian Aynedter from Grain Theory for coming to yesterday’s SWEETS KENDAMA JAM! Your kind words and enthusiasm for kendama has really enlightened many of us and keeps us motivated to continue to play and shred!

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Special thanks to Matt Ballard from KROM Kendama for joining us at the SWEETS KENDAMA JAM yesterday. We had so much fun with you, playing and learning new games and new tricks! And with a surprise scavenger hunt at the end, we really appreciate it! We hope to see you soon!

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Special thanks to TJ Kolesnik from Kendama USA for attending yesterday’s SWEETS KENDAMA JAM, and coming with awesome prizes and some fun, new games that everyone surely enjoyed! We know we’ll be seeing a lot more of you!

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Check out this awesome clip from the event thanks to @auroragrie:

A video posted by GUNNZO (@gunnzostore) on