Ten years of kendama play has culminated into a fully optimized design that allows players to push the realms of trick possibilities. By using five carefully selected woods, this kendama embraces the best qualities that each wood has to offer. The maple provides smooth stability, while beech offers soft stall catches. The wedge puts weight where it really matter, whereas the cherry and walnut remove weight where it doesn’t. This kendama is yours to be consistently honed for your next level of play.
- Christian Fraser
The hype on these kendamas was underestimated! We will have more in stock as soon as possible.
DamaFest 2011 – 3 rd Place
Battle at the Border 2012 – 1 st Place Open
Damafest 2013 – 3 rd PlaceMKO
2013/14/15 – Open Top 8EKO
2013 – Freestyle ChampionKWC
2014 – Freestyle ChampionKWC
2015 – Finalist / 16 th PlaceMKO 2015 – Freestyle 3 rd Place
Battle at the Border 2016 – Open 3 rd Place / Freestyle 3 rd Place
Dama in the D 2017 – Freestyle Champion
Battle at the Border 2019 – Tag Team Freestyle 4 th Place w/ Max Norcross
Dama to the Death 2 – Open 3 rd Place
Creator of #28trickslater
Countless new tricks spanning all Kendama Edits from my entire career
Age, what year were you born?
26, born July 24 th 1992
Where are you from and describe where you grew up
I grew up outside Atlanta in a suburb called Kennesaw, and I played kendama for 2 years in my parents’ basement before moving away to college.
Where are you currently living?
When were you first introduced to kendama
In high school my dear friend Joey Kopanski showed me this weird toy after school one day, and I pretty much immediately dismissed it. A couple months later I borrowed his extra one over a weekend, and from there I was hooked!
How were you introduced to Sweets?
I was browsing Facebook one night and saw Matt ‘Sweets’ had posted a link onto Chaz Edward’s wall. I followed the link, browsed their first line of kendamas, noticed they were looking for players to sponsor, and then emailed Matt my Kendama Edit #6. Just like that, a couple hours later, I was officially on the team. This display of immediate sponsorship speaks to how much kendama has changed since 2010.
What players did you look up to / inspired you at the beginning and now.
My strongest inspirations from the start were the European legends, Alex Ruisch, Jeffrey van Reeven, and Nicolas Schopfer.
Who are currently your favorite players?
2014 Kendama World Cup, the first ever, was such an impactful event on everyone involved.
Whats your favorite style of play? Casual, the grind for a banger, freestyle, competition?
The casual grind. Kendama is my escape from the world and often involves playing kendama at home by myself. Sometimes the peaceful grind evolves into feeling inspired and setting up the camera to grind out a new trick.
What trick was the most satisfying grind?
The obvious banger from my Legend Edit, forward lightning drop one-turn reverse catch inward lunar. I had landed it off camera once and knew it was edit-worthy, but getting the filming session set-up put the real pressure on. I grinded a ton of tricks that weekend, but after landing that, I knew I had a very special edit coming together.
Favorite wood type?
Bamboo Ken, Beech Tama
Cushion or sticky clear?
Cushion Clear 4eva
How many kendamas do you own?
Hundreds over the years. I can’t keep track anymore, but I am constantly giving them away to spread the love (but also take the burden out of my apartment)
What has been your favorite kendama trip?
EJC 2013 with Matt ‘Sweets’
Where do you want to go with kendama?
Anywhere and everywhere. Kendama has taken me so many places, and I love them all.
What are some of your other passions besides kendama?
My day job is architecture, so buildings, design, and graphic representation are my creative passions.