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Tricks / Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
« Last post by KenSan on 07 January, 2018, 20:36:55 »
@johndmc I find a soft grip very helpful with Moshi Kami. Helps cushion and absorb any wayward catches!
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General Discussion / Re: The hardest kendama trick ever...
« Last post by KenSan on 07 January, 2018, 20:34:18 »
Cool that's a great article @The Void .
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Tricks / Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
« Last post by johndmc on 06 January, 2018, 23:36:35 »
@johndmc Good luck with the training. Some various comments from folks on Moshi Kame are here: http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,688.0.html
Great thread thanks Void

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Tricks / Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
« Last post by The Void on 06 January, 2018, 23:28:28 »
@johndmc Good luck with the training. Some various comments from folks on Moshi Kame are here: http://kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,688.0.html
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Tricks / Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
« Last post by johndmc on 06 January, 2018, 22:12:24 »
Today I have started to work on practice towards my pre Dan and 1st Dan gradings. I am aiming to achieve these by the time BKO comes around so I can do some gradings for others while I am there.
The moshi kame practice is the killer. Anyone got some insight on effective ways to improve in this.

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Tricks / Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
« Last post by shalafi on 06 January, 2018, 20:16:13 »
Hey @kendamatty , this is super swingy! Nice job! I'm terrible at controlling those re-swings. Meanwhile, I've got a hat like that.... in black. :)


Amazing solid, as usual.. makes it look easy.
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Videos / Forum collab video - Editor 2018?
« Last post by The Void on 04 January, 2018, 02:37:24 »
Would anyone be interested in volunteering to edit the 2018 Kendama Forum collaboration video?
(Previously: 2017 2016 2015 2014 2013 2011 )

You'd need to be able to deal with a wide variety of formats, and preferably have some video editing experience. For the last few years we've announced in late Feb, and given people from March->end of May to get their clips in.

Any volunteers?
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Tricks / Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
« Last post by The Void on 04 January, 2018, 02:27:39 »
Hey @kendamatty , this is super swingy! Nice job! I'm terrible at controlling those re-swings. Meanwhile, I've got a hat like that.... in black. :)

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General Discussion / Re: The hardest kendama trick ever...
« Last post by Craftybuddy on 02 January, 2018, 22:34:44 »
I was featured in the JKA's newsletter.
The title reads:
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初の国外居住者の六段合格者誕生!
海外からの初めての六段合格者が誕生しました The Voidさんです。
The Voidさんからのコメントは、いただいた英語のままと翻訳で掲載いたします!

(Google translation)
The birth of the first six graders of overseas residents!
The first vocabulary of 6 grades from overseas was born The Void. 
Comments from The Void will be posted in translation and in English as received!
The full article English text (Thanks @Craftybuddy for translating to Japanese):
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One day, 11 years ago, a friend taught me to play kendama. What a road it would lead to.

After learning the basic moves, the next year I discovered videos of JKA players doing incredible tricks. From then on, I was hooked. I learned about the Dan system, but initially it was just a list of new tricks to learn. I didn't start trying to "pass" until early 2011, when I knew I would be meeting some Japanese players at the EKO later that year. I hoped to get 1st Dan - but I was lucky, and got all the way to 3rd!

The next year, I got fourth, and then... lucky again... fifth! Each time, I was told that I was the first Westerner to get those grades. Oh! Well, that left one target then. I knew it would be difficult, so... I'd better start practicing!

It was early 2014 before I was able to take my first 6th Dan examination. My first grading was very bad, but on the second, I got all the way to the last trick before failing. But, realistically, I still wasn't good enough to pass, so I wasn't too disappointed. My next three attempts were all failures too: each one below my own personal standard. Now I was disappointed.

By late 2015, two other Westerners were also trying to get 6th Dan. We supported each other, but we all also wanted to be the first. We all failed. After that trip to Japan, I realised that being "in a race" was silly. It was more pressure, and I didn't need it. From now on, I would only focus on me. If someone else beat me to 6th Dan, then I would say "well done", and I would sincerely mean it.

This year, I had the opportunity to try again. I had practiced a lot: both "doing the tricks" and "focussing on the moment". I really needed the latter, after missing my first two Birds. Well, with a little luck, maybe, I passed. It's the hardest thing I've ever done. I'm really pleased, but also very relieved that it's over!

I want to thank many people for their help, support & inspiration over the years: I will especially mention The JKA, Yano-san, Maruishi-san, Matsunaga-san, Nakanishi-san, Shimadera-san, Akimoto-san, Mukai-san, Tajima-san. But there are so many more, so thank you all!

Finally, to all kendama players: If you want a personal challenge, see how well you can do in games, or in competition, or in the Dan system. But remember, it's not about beating someone else, it's about being the best version of yourself that you can be. Whatever level or style you are playing at, enjoy it! If you're not having fun with kendama, you're doing it wrong.

The Void
@TheVoidTLMB
October 2017

@Tom Derrick
No problem @theVoid! It was pleasure to do that, and all the Japanese players who read that article will know where & how you came from and what you felt. I was quite moved actually by translating what you were saying.

Again huge ☆Congratulations!!

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General Discussion / Re: The hardest kendama trick ever...
« Last post by johndmc on 02 January, 2018, 20:36:02 »
Great article

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