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British Kendama Association

Kendama: "Elegant Simplicity. Infinite Complexity. Ultimate Fun."

Welcome to the BKA: the ultimate resource for all kendama-related information. You'll find the all latest kendama news, and a wealth of other info on the pages linked below. If you're completely new to the Japanese skill-toy that is kendama,
and don't know what it's all about, watch this.
British Kendama Open championships 2014

Thanks to everyone who came, helped, sponsored.
Full results are at the bottom of the page (scroll down!).
Forum discussion is here.

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Where and When

The 2014 British Kendama Open will be a weekend event, with Saturday 3rd May being a social/meet/play day, and Sunday 4th May being competition day.

Saturday: Social day! Meet in Leeds centre, then head to a park. More info here.
Sunday: The competition day will be held at Adel Sports and Social Club, Function Hall, Adel War Memorial Association, Church Lane, Leeds, LS16 8DE, from 11.00am on May 4th.

Click the pic to open Adel's website, with Google Map, in a new window.
Close to Leeds Bradford international airport, Motorways, and Leeds city centre.
More travel information on the forum here.

Sunday entry fee:
£9 Kendama players*@
£4 U16s*@/Non-kendama players
(*Includes a Free Kyu†† grading between 11.00 and 13.00.
@: £1 discount for BKA members who show their membership card on entry.)

Welcome to the official home of the British Kendama Open Championships.
This year there will be five divisions:

Beginners Division Trick Ladder.
Intermediate Speed Ladder.
Advanced Division Knockout Competition.
The Dan Jam Freestyle.
Best Trick.

...Plus BONUS GAMES throughout the afternoon, if time permits.

Competitors may only enter one of Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced.
The Dan Jam is only open to players with an official BKA or JKA grading of Pre-Dan or higher.

Anyone may enter Best Trick.

Approximate Sunday schedule:
11.00 Doors open
11.00 - 13.00 Registration for divisions/meet/chat/general play.
BKA Gradings†† (Last chance to qualify for the Dan Jam!)
13.00 Registration for divisions ends
13.15 Beginners Division
13.45 Intermediate Division
14.15 Advanced Division
15.20 The Dan Jam
16.00 Intermediate Division Final
16.15 Advanced Division Final
17.00 Best Trick Comp
17.45 Prize giving, photos, relax!
18.00 Leave Hall.

18.30 Meet up for food in a local pub.

Beginners Trick Ladder.
(Advisory skill level guide: 10th Kyu - 1st Kyu players)

If a player enters the Beginner division, then they can not enter the Intermediate or Advanced divisions.

Players start at trick number 1. If a trick is completed successfully, the player moves on to the next trick in the list. Players are allowed a total of 3 misses for the whole ladder. (If their first 3 misses are on one trick, they may proceed to the next trick). A player's 4th misses signals the end of their run.

The player who gets furthest through the list wins. In the event of a tie, the player who reached the highest level without missing is the winner.
If the game is still tied after this, then players will compete in Moshikame, each player having one minute to complete as many catches as possible. Their run ends at the first drop, or after 60 seconds, whichever comes first.

Trick name (Clarification)

1. Big Cup
2. Candle
3. Moshi Kame (3 catches).
(No rimshots allowed. Start from hanging.)
4. Orbit (Orbit must be around the ball, in any direction)
5. Spike (No spin on ball)
6. Flying Top (Ball must completely leave the spike)
7. Tap-back
8. Aeroplane
9. Around Japan
10*. Lighthouse (Hold still for 3 seconds)
11.* Falling Down

*Note: Tricks #10 & 11 are performed in the SAME attempt.

See RULES below. If in doubt, tricks must be performed as in the video below.
Video below....
Intermediate Speed Ladder Division
(Advisory skill level guide: 1st Kyu - Pre-Dan players)

If a player enters Intermediate Division, then they cannot enter Beginners or Advanced.

Players must complete all the tricks, in order, as fast as possible. If you miss a trick, keep trying until you get it before moving on to the next trick.

If in doubt, tricks must be performed as in the video below. Transitions between tricks may be done in any way, as long as they do not prevent the tricks being started and completed properly.

Trick name (Clarification)

1. Knee Bounce
2. Around The World
3. Aeroplane (From Held start)
4. Spike (No spin on ball)
5. Earth Turn (including Swing In from Held start)
6. Trapeze Acrobats (Minimum 2 rotations)
7. Moshi Kame x 10
8. Jumping Stick

See RULES below. If in doubt, tricks must be performed as in the video below.
Video of the Beginner and Intermediate tricks demonstrated by The Void.
(Video is the same as the 2013 EKO tricks)

Download/watch on iOS here.
Advanced Knockout Division.
(Advisory skill level guide: Pre-Dan and above players)

If a player enters the Advanced division, then they can not enter the Beginner or Intermediate division.

Players compete in pairs, in a knockout system. A random trick is drawn, and the players attempt it once each. If one player succeeds and the other fails, the successful player gets 1 point. If, after 3 attempts each, no player has scored a point, a new trick is drawn. The first player to 2 points proceeds to the next round.

In the final, the first to 3 points will be the winner.

For the early rounds, tricks are randomly selected from #1-10 on the list. For the Quarter Finals, from 6-15, for the Semi-Finals, from 11-20, and for the final, from 16-25.

Anyone who beats reigning champion
Matt Nix in the Advanced Division will win a bounty prize of £50 CASH.


Early Rounds:
1. Around Britain
2. 1-Handed Flying Top
3. Scoop Up Big Cup
4. Trapeze > Aeroplane
5. Palm Lighthouse
6. Big Cup > Whirlwind Big Cup
7. Dead Body
8. Backhand Slip-on-stick
9. Hanging Pirouette
10. Candle Baseball
Quarter Finals:
11. Landing Strip > In
12. Jumping Stick
13. Stab & Turnover
14. Bird & Turn In
15. Hanging Candle
Semi Finals:
16. Monkey's Chair
17. 1-Turn Delayed Swing In
18. Around The Cosmos
19. Base Cup Push-juggle
20. Pinwheeled Spacewalk
21. Half-Swirl Aeroplane
22. Palm Swing In
23. C-Whip
24. Moon Circle
25. Bird Fly Over The Valley

See the video below for the trick specifics.
If in doubt.. do it like Void does in the video!
Video of the Advanced tricks ....

BKO 2014 Advanced Tricklist <-- Please go to JTV for download/iOS playback
The Dan Jam
(Obligatory skill level guide: Pre-Dan and above)

Our newest freestyle division...

Any player who enters will have 60 seconds to freestyle with an approved competition kendama(s?). FREEstyle. Anything you like. Judges will take into account:

- i) technical skill level
- ii) presentation/style/flow
- iii) originality
- iv) success/failure rate

…each scored out of 10. Highest score wins.

The Dan Jam is only open to players with an official BKA or JKA grading of Pre-Dan or higher.

Best Trick Competition

While the judges are tallying the scores and positions for Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced and Dan Jam divisions,
a Best Trick competition will be run. Music will be played for 10 minutes maximum, and the stage will be open for anyone to come up on stage and attempt any trick. If they succeed, a judge will write down their name and trick.
At the end of the 10 minutes, the judge will present a short-list of Best Trickers for the audience to vote on.


- The ball must not be spinning when in the start position.
- All tricks must be performed with a BKA-approved kendama.
- For multi-stage tricks, no adjustments may be made to the string with the free hand. Similarly, the ball may not be re-positioned after an initial catch, before moving on to a later stage. For all tricks, no adjustment may be made to the grip during the trick (unless this is a specific requirement of the trick).

All nationalities may enter.
The highest placed British Player in the Advanced division will be awarded the title "British Kendama Champion".

The judges' decisions are final.


All attendees may take a free Kyu grading if they arrive before 12.45. Anyone who wishes to attempt a higher grading only has to pay the difference in the standard fee.

British Kendama Open 2014 - Full Results

1. Luke
2. Bartek
3. Adrian
4. Emma
5. Bethan
6. Ruth

1. Harry
2. Rich
3. Jack S.
4. John
5= Will
5= Jakub
5= Kev

Position. Name Round Reached Points Scored (Misses)
1. Thorny Final 12 (11) British Kendama Champion
2. Rob Final 10 (16)
3. Kris Semi-Final 6 (16) Scottish Kendama Champion
4. Donald Semi-Final 4 (11)
5. Sam QF 3 (3)
6. Jack H. QF 3 (4)
7. Mr Jumpshoe QF 3 (8)
8. Matt QF 2 (2)
9. Bat-Erdene Nyamdavaa 1stR 1 (2)
10. Adam C. 1stR 1 (3) Welsh Kendama Champion
11. Adam G. 1srR 0 (3)

Moshi Kame
Beginners: Bartek (44 in 30 sec)
Advanced: Matt (114 in 30 sec)

Best Trick
1. Jakub
2. Kris
3. Rob

Dan Jam
1. Wiktor
2. Rob
3. Donald

Bounty Prize