Kendama for Newbees -Justin Blotsky
Before we get into nitty gritty, watch this video from KUMA to get an idea of what we are about to delve.
The Ken (sword) is the main body of the kendama. It has three cups and a spike to catch the tama (ball).
When we were mere infants, our first job was to become experimental physicists. A child will ceaselessly make objects fall, spin, roll, bounce, and sometimes spill. Cause and effect dominant our existence for the rest of our lives. It is important to not overlook the development of the fine motor skills that allow use to manipulate objects because a persons entire adult life is spent making objects fall, spin, roll, and bounce etc.
It is known that similar toys have been made in the 16th and 17th century but some day we may discover even deeper origins. Today, kendama is popular in many parts of the world. Kendama is particularly well loved in Japan, where national tournaments are held and Japanese employers may recognize applicants who have attained the higher dan rankings as "persistent, patient and determined potential employees".
Below is a video that explains the basics. Take time to learn the fundamentals. They are the building blocks for all future tricks to come. Having awareness of these possibilities will help one understand the goals that are attainable. Once an achievement is made, celebrate then push the goal even further. The possibilities will become endless fun.
Todays online videos can help anyone learn more about the art of kendama. Visual learners rejoice and watch the video below.