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General Discussion / Re: Official BKA gradings
« Last post by johndmc on 29 November, 2017, 06:21:09 »
Well done all

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Tricks / Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
« Last post by shalafi on 28 November, 2017, 21:07:02 »
Today I just went back to see my old edits. It turns out I landed my first lunar and my first juggle 5 years ago, haven't got much better at those.

Other tricks like whirlwinds, swirls, half-swirls and so on I can see the progress over the years. Slow progress, but progress nevertheless.

It turns out I haven't made an Edit in 3 years, apparently I am too busy making IKO trick lists or I just don't see the point of making edits anymore, there are too many good videos I rarely get the time to watch them all. Saturation? maybe.
Events, meets & competitions / Re: SCOTTISH JAM: 25th - 26th November
« Last post by Acmuirhead on 28 November, 2017, 18:47:17 »
That sums up the event very well. I too had an amazing weekend can't wait for the next event and will definitely try harder to get down south and meet more players.
Events, meets & competitions / Re: Natty November
« Last post by The Void on 28 November, 2017, 17:22:57 »
Something I've been playing around with lately. A simple trick, but more challenging than I expected (for me)
Any catch into Candle grip is always good by me. Nice one.
Events, meets & competitions / Re: Natty November
« Last post by The Void on 28 November, 2017, 17:20:44 »
Nearly at the end:
Events, meets & competitions / Re: SCOTTISH JAM: 25th - 26th November
« Last post by The Void on 28 November, 2017, 16:48:45 »
Here are my photos:

Share page URLs, not images, thanks.
Click pic for gallery.

Events, meets & competitions / Re: SCOTTISH JAM: 25th - 26th November
« Last post by The Void on 28 November, 2017, 16:34:48 »
Drove up on the Friday, to Donald's place in deepest Fife. Bit of a traffic delay on an already long journey, so was pretty knackered by the end. Enough time to sit, eat, relax and catch up on chat before crashing out.
Back into the car on Saturday morning and across to Glasgow. Got there about 11.30 to unload gear into the room, then down to meet Paul and Iain in a coffee shop. Nice flat white. After some nattering, we headed off to Rotten Row Gardens for the "public meet" for a couple of hours. Stewart, Ewan and Kieran joined us, the former with his nice camera rig all ready for shooting. General playing around for a while in the cold, got a few passers-by to have a go, and generally had a nice relaxed time clicking away at various stuff.

Then it was back on the subway to GTAC in Govan, and into the warm!

I set my stall up. A nice chill-out area in the corner, with comfy chairs, so after warming up, I sat and lunched for a bit. Time for some clicking. A general session of jamming got under way, as some more people trickled in. After a while, we had a good-sized crowd for the space. There were some games - Unicorns, Candle conkers, and Lighthouse battle. Then it was time for a 7-To-Spike, and 8 (I think) players decided to have a go, with skills from almost complete beginners, to very old hands. The position of King swapped around several times, and by the time it was all over, I think everyone had scored a point, and there must have been 2 or 3 people on 4,5 or 6 points. So I didn't mind winning it. :-) I got a Bahama kendama (my first), and a mini, and an origami kendama, which I promptly gave away again.

Then it was time for some more general jamming, an individual film-a-trick session, and - an excellent idea - pizza ordering. Ewan hit a trick that we'd been trying in the park earlier - Hanging Reverse 1-Turn Bird - and after me teasing him about his fingers-in-cups catch, did it again cleaner just to shut me up. :) Well done mate. After dinner, 10 folks signed up for the KEN tournament. 5 winners went through, and one (random?) non-winner was picked back in to make 3 quarter finals. A non-winner then got put back in for 2 semi-finals. The finalist ended up being Alistair and Paul, but things were put on hold for the night there. There must have been about 20 people turn up at some point through the day, so a pretty decent turnout for a first event.

While most of the local gang were crashing overnight in the venue, Donald and I headed off to stay with a friend - Arron, an ex-kendama player, but TeamKD forever! - in his & Lauren's nearby flat. A fun evening's jabbering away amongst old friends, and comfy beds for we two old men too. A good night's sleep was just the ticket. After coffee and breakfast, we headed back over to GTAC in late morning to say hello to everyone again. Numbers were down to the harder core on Sunday - maybe 8 or so? After a bit of warming up, we had the business of the final of the KEN tourney to conclude. Paul came away with it. After a little while, Donald and I ran grading exams for those who wanted to try. Kieran, Iain and Paul were up for it, and all did pretty well. I & P had obviously paid heed to me telling them "Practice Moshi Kame!", as they both coped with that incredibly well. Nice one guys.

By now time had run in to the general circus skills meeting, so the kendama side of things was winding down. Local lad Gregor returned for a second taste of the scene, and had obviously been practicing his Lighthouses overnight, as he got one when I was watching. Time for a group photo (should have remembered to take one yesterday - d'oh!) before Donald and I headed back to his place.

Nice one, SoundKendama, a fun and (I'd say) successful first event. *hat tip*

Back in the sunny East Neuk, there was time for a great meal with Donald, Susan and Harry, and good conversation to wind the day down. More sleep, before another epic drive home. Got home eventually, absolutely knackered, but glad that I made the effort to trek on up there. I look forward to seeing what pics and video comes out.

Pics to come!

@paulsayer @I.A.M @Acmuirhead @SakuraSlayer @donald grant @fiddletriks
General Discussion / Re: Official BKA gradings
« Last post by paulsayer on 28 November, 2017, 16:09:50 »
Yay! Thank you so much for the opportunity.   ;D
Off-Topic / Re: Bournemouth squirrels
« Last post by The Void on 28 November, 2017, 15:57:25 »
Hooray for wildlife and wood. Not so much the poo!
General Discussion / Re: Official BKA gradings
« Last post by BKA on 28 November, 2017, 15:54:54 »
Congratulations to @SakuraSlayer @I.A.M & @paulsayer on their gradings at SKJ this weekend! Your forum profiles have been updated with your grading, and you have been added to the Kyu and Dan BKA register too.

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