best begginer kendamas?


#1

So i have became interested in kendama recently, with 2 contests that had Bahama kendama as a sponsor and learn kendama .com (to bad I missed the kickstarter). so I want to know what i might need to get started in kendama (keep in mind I dont have loads of cash to spend so a relatively cheap kendama plz). I think I would like the aTack so I can learn more advanced tricks but I also want something to help me learn the basics, any better kendamas that may be cheaper?


#2

Kendama USA Classic is a good starter. I just started yesterday, and it’s not too hard to get into the swing of things. As for benefits, I guess hand-eye coordination, which would also help your yo-yoing. Also, it helps my squats. Probably because I over exaggerate the “little knee bend when catching a kendama” part. lol. ;D


#3

I don’t play but the best buy seems to be the TK-16 or the Ozora. Both at ~$21 and JKA approved (they say it’s a no-brainer). I’ve seem some guys regretting buying another non JKA kendama before the TK-16 or Ozora to begin with.


(laxdude99) #4

The only Kendama I would start with is the Black Ozora


#5

JKA certification just means you are allowed to use it in JKA events… in Japan…

There are plenty of great kendamas out there for beginners. I would look for something tacky. Check out Roots. They have great paint, and you can buy one of their oops for like $15. Amazing deal for a great kendama.


#6

My go to kendama is an Ozora, but the Catchy Street Kendama has quickly become my new recommendation for beginners. It has a rubberized tama and larger cups that make learning almost any trick so much easier!


#7

I got a Catchy Street and it’s really good and really fun. The string is centered on the crossed pieces like the KenUSA Tributes, which some people don’t like but which I have no problem with.

Very first time I picked one up, I landed a lighthouse. But it’s not SO easy that there’s no challenge-- took me another dozen tries to land another and it’s still not “every time I try” or anything like that.

Non-balance tricks still work fine. Unlike some cheap kendamas you can get, the fit between the spike and the hole is perfect… earth turns and jumping sticks are perfect.