In this video our boy TJ Kolesnik walks you through the Air Whip on a Kendama. A Kendama is an extremely addictive wooden skill toy (co-founder Blake can’t get enough of it in the office) that comes from Japan. It strengthens hand eye coordination, balance, and reflex. It can be played by young and old alike. There are endless trick possibilities for both the beginner and the seasoned master.
The Kendama is made up of the “Ken” (handle) and the “Tama” (ball), which is connected by a string. The Kendama tricks are done by variations of juggling the ball in the 3 cups, spiking the ball with the Ken spike, and balancing both in new creative ways. Mastering the Kendama takes practice, focus, patience, and creativity.
We love that the Kendama is a simple, productive, interactive toy that strengthens mental and physical skills while you play. In today’s world of toys bombarded with flashy lights, computers, and mainstream entertainment, the Kendama stands out with its simple design and creative new ways to have fun.
The KendamaUSA staff was first introduced to Kendama in 2006 while touring in Japan. Their good friends were always playing while they waited at train stations, bus stops, and while walking around the cities. They got their first Kendama in Downtown Tokyo, and showed all of their friends when they got back home. Their entire pro team even had the golden Mugens before they were discontinued. Everybody’s curiosity and enthusiasm inspired them to start KendamaUSA and help introduce people from all over the world to this great skill toy. People from all over the world have now been exposed to the Kendama, and they are proud to say that if you live outside Japan and have played, it is almost surely because of KendamaUSA.
Fun Fact # 1876: The Air Whip was named after a weird sound TJ makes when he does this trick. Its the sound of a DJ Scratching.
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