Age, what year were you born?
21 years old. Born on September 20th, 1997
Where are you from and describe where you grew up
I was born and raised in Minneapolis, MN, right next to Sweets Kendamas! I loved growing up in Minnesota. Beautiful summers, cold winters to play hockey in, it really is a great place to be. I lived about a block away from two different lakes so I spent a lot of time swimming and ice skating as much as possible.
Where are you currently living?
I am currently living in Dayton, OH as I am attending college at the University of Dayton
When were you first introduced to kendama?
George Marshall and I were good friends before kendama and he asked me to tag along to a juggling convention called “Mondo Juggling Festival” that he went to every year. When we got there, we actually ended up meeting Matt at the Sweets booth and pretty much instantly bought a kendama. Since that moment, we were hooked and spent the rest of the weekend jamming as much as possible
How were you introduced to Sweets?
Pretty much the way I said in the last question. We got to know him better as we started hanging around the old retail shop. We would go almost every weekend to jam and hangout
What players did you look up to / inspired you at the beginning and now?
This is a tough question, there are seriously endless players that inspire me and that I look up to. I’d have to say my biggest influences when I began playing were Christian Fraser, Sam Cannon, and Kris Bosch. Those guys were constantly putting out videos of tricks that are still mind-blowing to this day. I couldn’t even comprehend what they were doing half the time. I remember seeing some of those guys at the first MKO and it felt surreal to even see them in person.
Now, there are so many people that inspire me. It’s impossible to name them all so I guess I’ll try and briefly list a few: The Gallagher’s, George, Nonoka, Christian, Willy, Coop, Fischer, Josh Grove, Stodd, June, and of course the SWKT boys. I could list so many others but I think you guys would get bored reading names if I tried to list them all.
Who are currently your favorite players?
Currently, I’d say I’m really hyped for the younger generation of kendama players. They’re doing tricks every day that people thought would never be possible. I just listed a lot of players that inspire me so I’ll leave it at that. I’m truly excited to see where kendama continues to go.
I’m sure everyone is going to say the same thing, but my answer is KWC. The World Cup is amazing because you have the opportunity to be in an entirely different country with people that are just as hyped about kendama as you are. Being with your friends and being able to explore, eat good food, and compete on the biggest stage in kendama is like nothing else. I get goosebumps when I think about my trips to Japan