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Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 04 July, 2011, 21:24:24
Most forums seem to have a "Today I..." thread for showing off your achievements. So here's one for Kendama!!!

Today I... landed Falling Down
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Roam on 07 July, 2011, 13:17:30
Well today my green SunRise  arrived and I managed to land a spike at the second attempt,  future BKA champ is right here  ;) ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 July, 2011, 15:46:35
Well done Roam. Have a cup of tea!

Today I..... got nowhere with 1-turn Moon Landing. :(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dave on 07 July, 2011, 17:29:20
Today i almost got Tunbridge wells! Damn you Penguin spike earthturn!!!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 07 July, 2011, 22:38:59
Well, this lunchtime, I started doing the Suicide (Spacewalk) Lighthouse thing for the first time.  I've previously been trying to avoid getting distracted with Spacewalk variations, as it seemed a better idea to direct my attention towards getting the basic Suicide Aeroplane something near to consistent.  Well, the consistency is still not quite what I want it to be, but the lure of trying something different won out.  I managed the lighthouse version several times during the session, so I guess that was a reasonable start.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 08 July, 2011, 00:00:43
Landed spike-kenflip-spike
It was one of those moments where you shout YES! when you're on your own.  ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 08 July, 2011, 12:24:10
Landed spike-kenflip-spike

I'm not sure exactly what trick you mean by this. Do you mean...
1. Spike (Tomeken/とめけん)
2. Throw the ball off into an Earth Turn (Chikyuu Mawashi/地球まわし)
3. While the ball is turning, throw the ken 360 underneath it, straight back into your hand . = Whirlwind (Tsumujikaze/つむじ風)
4. Finish the Earth Turn with a catch of the ball back on the spike.
?

If that's what you mean, then it's a
Spike > Whirlwind Earth Turn (Tomeken > Tsumujikaze Chikyuu Mawashi / とめけん > つむじ風地球まわし)
I just tried it, and it's HARD, so if that's it, well done!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 July, 2011, 12:49:00
Well, this lunchtime, I started doing the Suicide (Spacewalk) Lighthouse thing for the first time....

Nice one Guy. When I first started going beyond "just" the Suicide Aeroplane, I found Sui Lighthouse and Sui 1-Turn Aero to both be.... well, not easy, but they certainly felt achievable.

Sui Swing In remains in the realms of awkward for me. As for Sui Moon and Sui Stilts, I've barely even tried them.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 08 July, 2011, 13:38:20
Quote
1. Spike (Tomeken/とめけん)
2. Throw the ball off into an Earth Turn (Chikyuu Mawashi/地球まわし)
3. While the ball is turning, throw the ken 360 underneath it, straight back into your hand . = Whirlwind (Tsumujikaze/つむじ風)
4. Finish the Earth Turn with a catch of the ball back on the spike.

Kind of but i threw the ball off the spike so it stayed vertical (no spins) 360'd the ken and caught it back on spike :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 08 July, 2011, 15:30:48
Quote
1. Spike (Tomeken/とめけん)
2. Throw the ball off into an Earth Turn (Chikyuu Mawashi/地球まわし)
3. While the ball is turning, throw the ken 360 underneath it, straight back into your hand . = Whirlwind (Tsumujikaze/つむじ風)
4. Finish the Earth Turn with a catch of the ball back on the spike.

Kind of but i threw the ball off the spike so it stayed vertical (no spins) 360'd the ken and caught it back on spike :)
No earth? That's even tricker in my opinion.
I'm a big fan of earthturns with a finger flip of the Ken while it spins. One of my sort of signature 'go-to' tricks. I find the 'off hand' Ken flip much harder.

To keep the thread going: today I watched my brother land his first bird. He was pretty stoked
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 08 July, 2011, 16:13:48
i just landed swing in bird, over valley, back to bird, small cup wingwalker, spike. 1st go.
Pure amazment! never even done a wing before now (tried soo much though )  ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dave on 08 July, 2011, 16:54:36
Landed spike-kenflip-spike

I'm not sure exactly what trick you mean by this. Do you mean...
1. Spike (Tomeken/とめけん)
2. Throw the ball off into an Earth Turn (Chikyuu Mawashi/地球まわし)
3. While the ball is turning, throw the ken 360 underneath it, straight back into your hand . = Whirlwind (Tsumujikaze/つむじ風)
4. Finish the Earth Turn with a catch of the ball back on the spike.
?

If that's what you mean, then it's a
Spike > Whirlwind Earth Turn (Tomeken > Tsumujikaze Chikyuu Mawashi / とめけん > つむじ風地球まわし)
I just tried it, and it's HARD, so if that's it, well done!

Whoop: Earthturn Wirlwind - juggling videos hosted @ Juggling.tv (http://juggling.tv/6310#id=http://juggling.tv/nuevo/econfig.php?key=6f9ec4b2eef71147a666)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 08 July, 2011, 17:08:34
I wish i could make it look that easy!
Nice one man!
Is that a metalic bllue oozora?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dave on 08 July, 2011, 17:18:17
Yes its a metalic blue oozora from Kendama.cz.

i just landed/fluked:

front big lunar
to
small axe
to
small bamboo horse/stilts
flip
big lunar
to
spike!!!!

i actually shouted YES to myself after that!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 July, 2011, 18:24:05
Good grief!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 09 July, 2011, 15:47:19
Beadwalk!
That is all :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 09 July, 2011, 17:42:45
Beadwalk!
That is all :D
Hehe awesome! Thats the only trick I've ever done that I may have the audacity to say that I actually may have been the first to think of it.
Today I'm going to try and film a little, going to have to think up some tricks...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 09 July, 2011, 17:53:11
I ve never seen anybody but you do it.
It's taken me from when i saw the vid till now to get it down.
Although i can only do it by grabbing the string on its way round and physically pushing the string through the ball.
How did you get the bead to come out of the ball mid spacewalk??
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 09 July, 2011, 18:10:16
You have to use a dama that the string/bead pops out of very easily. My metallic ooz works really well. Basically once you've grabbed ball and the Ken is about at the nine o'clock position (on it's way up in the arc) you have to give the ball a quick sort of tug towards the ken to make the bead pop out. You have to make sure that when you tug it the string/ spike hole is oriented more or less right in line with the string.
Once you have the bead out it's kind of a moment of commitment, where you have to let go of the ball and make a grab for the bead. Try to make the transition smoothly and quickly, you'll probably drop your dama a bunch though.
To get out of it the handroll is all I've really come up with. I suppose you could grab Ken and try to spike it, I haven't tried that yet though (...just got an idea of what to film today, hehe).

I'm interested to see how you got te bead out though. Honestly sounds tougher haha
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 09 July, 2011, 19:50:26
Ive been trying to film it for the past half an hour, its really trying my patience.
I get out of it by grabbing the ball and pulling it back down the string when its at roughly 1oclock.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 July, 2011, 22:33:49
Today I....


failed 4th Dan, twice.

But I also hit a whirlwind spike, from a common grip. I've done it before from the 'hanging scroll' grip, but common grip seems a bit harder.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 11 July, 2011, 23:57:46
Today I landed:- Pull up stilt (no string hang assist) - 360 flip - Stilt. A number of times, I feel like I'm really improving with my Stilt tricks!

And also... 1 Turn Stilt!   :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 12 July, 2011, 00:11:21
Crikey, a bit good, that! Well done.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 12 July, 2011, 15:43:28
Today I... failed 4th Dan again. 660 on the dreaded Moshi kame. Argh. I shall overcome.....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 12 July, 2011, 18:09:49
the moshikame is for sure what would kill me in the dan rankings :(
today I picked a trick to film that is really beginning to try my patience. so close soo many times...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Greg the Strangler on 13 July, 2011, 00:30:34
Today I landed....

Around the USA Sarha grip. for the first time!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 13 July, 2011, 01:30:43
Today I landed....

Around the USA Sarha grip. for the first time!
Nice! I didn't learn sara grip earths for waay too long, they feel way nicer that normal grip earths in my opinion.
Today I hit the trick that was giving me grief earlier... felt really good hehe.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 13 July, 2011, 07:14:34
I keep having to go and lookup the tricks that you're all describing to see what craziness is out there! I'm impressed with the sheer imagination of the tricks, let alone that someone can land them!!

In keeping with the spirit of the thread, (on Monday) I landed a 1-turn furiken. Wasn't trying to, was trying to land a regular furiken. Does that count? :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 July, 2011, 11:44:24
Sara grip earth turns? The only ones of these I've seen are the "under-the-armpit" versions. I've been calling those "backhand earth turns"[1]. Unless you're twisting your wrist so that your palm almost points forward, and doing the ET from there? I'll have a go at that later, but either way, nice one on the Sara Arnd USA!

Meanwhile, of course it  counts, Batdancer... you even had a witness! :)
 1. ...and backhand jumping sticks. I just can't seem to get the knack.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 13 July, 2011, 14:14:26
as you would do juggling in sara grip.
just nailed it first go  8)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 July, 2011, 14:57:44
Ah, okay, with the ken pointing across you then. I just tried it. Not too hard, but I prefer the ken grip version.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 13 July, 2011, 23:51:38
Yeap, palm up, and you initiate the spin by flicking spike to your left (flicking probably isn't a good way to describe the motion but I think you know what I mean)
The ball will spin sort of sideways around, as opposed to normal grip where the hole will rotate straight over the top towards you
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 19 July, 2011, 01:02:22
Today I....

Managed my first Backhand Earth Turn, after having got nowhere with them the previous times I'd tried.

I also tried to get a "Ball-whirlwind" Aeroplane.... which I got after several goes. That trick needs a better name. I'll email a Japanese player and ask him if they have a name for that technique.

EDIT:
Also, today I taught a guy to click. In 10 minutes he landed all the cups, Moshikame, Around the Village, Spike, Aeroplane (that took him a few goes), Lighthouse, and Falling Down. Bit of a natural there.... or maybe it's just my genius teaching skills!  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 19 July, 2011, 08:11:35
Lighthouse right off the start is impressive. Funny how some people pick it up so quick
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 19 July, 2011, 17:09:16
Today[1] I photocopied some scoresheets and handouts for the EKO, and got a banner printed.
(http://kendama.co.uk/images/Banner.jpg)

Yeah, okay, it's not a Trick, but I liked it.  :)
 1. Well, okay, it was yesterday, actually.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 20 July, 2011, 10:32:16
Gosh, lighthouse took me about 3 weeks to "consistently" get about 1 in 5! My TK16 was as slippery as an eel, to be fair...

Today on the Bus-stop Challenge TM I *almost* got wingwalker to bird and was cross when my bus arrived! I shall try and get it on the way home instead...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 21 July, 2011, 17:22:06
I got lighthouse after several minutes - but that's a completely different story! :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 July, 2011, 14:46:37
Today[1], I was teaching a circus skills workshop to some female Italian students. Didn't manage to drum up much interest in the kendama amongst them. Funny how it grabs some people more than others.....[2]
 1. yeah, okay, yesterday again
 2. Male vs Female? Rubbish old futile argument....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 22 July, 2011, 17:59:31
Today[1], I was teaching a circus skills workshop to some female Italian students. Didn't manage to drum up much interest in the kendama amongst them. Funny how it grabs some people more than others.....[2]
 1. yeah, okay, yesterday again
 2. Male vs Female? Rubbish old futile argument....

Maybe you need to employ a little more 'psychology' to get them interested?  I find it's usually possible to get any small group interested and involved, if I approach it the right way.  The more common problem is getting them to give the kendama back, so I can move onto the next group.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 July, 2011, 17:18:03
Yep, I have to admit I wasn't trying that hard - it was a case of getting them interested in anything really. Usually I will adopt a little psychology/rivalry in my approach.

Meanwhile today[1] , after having theorised a trick, and then seen Eric do it in his recent video, I hit  Fast Hand Tomeken.
 1. yesterday
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 28 July, 2011, 12:52:56
Just did a clean Bamboo Horse (aka stilts) from hanging for the first time.  It's taken me a long time to get to the point where I've even wanted to give it a serious attempt, so it's quite a nice feeling to have now done it at least once. 
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 July, 2011, 13:29:19
Ooh, I've never even thought of trying it from Hanging. Well done!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 28 July, 2011, 20:31:03
Oh - probably used the wrong term there, then.  By 'hanging',  I meant the regular start, rather than just dropping down from a lighthouse.  So, possibly not what you were thinking. 
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 July, 2011, 20:50:47
Hanging tends to mean the "holding-the-string" grip (as in Hanging Tomeken), so I assume you mean the "string hook" start (as commonly used to start Moon Landing).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 28 July, 2011, 21:45:51
Yeah, string-hook.  That would be it.  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 July, 2011, 07:03:15
Speaking of the 'Horse, today I was trying to get 4th Dan again, and whilst going for the Jumping Stick in Speed Trick B, I landed the ken back in Bamboo Horse by mistake. I surprised myself so much I laughed, and I think surely that must have put me off so much that I didn't complete within the 60 seconds.

Yeah, that must be the reason....  ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: kendamatty on 29 July, 2011, 14:43:14
Today I...finally got a new camera and hit around the wing walker! I had to tell someone, as my girlfriend just looked almost blank faced as if I was speaking in tounges..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 29 July, 2011, 15:40:41
Today I...
landed swing in lighthouse
landed backhand earth turn
landed double jumping stick
landed reverse jumping stick

The last three for the first time, it was a good practice...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 31 July, 2011, 10:01:44
I landed my first bamboo horse a few days ago in Spain, and have managed (with a bit of patience) to land it every day since, with the exception of yesterday. On average it takes me around 15 minutes(!) to get it, and I don't care because it takes me ages to learn stuff... and that one moment where it just sat there was worth the wait. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 31 July, 2011, 10:08:22
You're all monsters!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 31 July, 2011, 22:05:32
Today I hit a suicide trick I hadn't done before - start with Ken in hand, throw one full turn so you catch Ken again, then 'quick spike' it (spike before the ball swings down through the bottom of it's arc again).
Pretty tricky, felt so good though. First saw this sort of trick in the freedom kendama vol 2 I think..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 July, 2011, 23:14:04
= Suicide Stab(bing Heaven)?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 01 August, 2011, 01:32:27
= Suicide Stab(bing Heaven)?
Not quite - it's the trick at 3:27 in the freedom kendama vol 2 video:
FREEDOM Kendama Vol.2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6xuKYeVoUfQ#)

I love it, looks like the ball is just sucked right onto the spike by magnets haha
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 August, 2011, 11:36:29
Hmmm. Not sure what to call that. It's very hard not to call it Suicide Swing In, but it's done in a different manner to the normal way.

?!

Nice one though!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 02 August, 2011, 06:44:26
Hehe thanks... thats why I was thinking suicide quick spike? Not the most descriptive in terms of the mechanics of the trick but it sort of works...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 02 August, 2011, 18:59:14
Oh, the freedom kendama vid! Thanks for reminding me about that, I'd completely forgotten it existed. That guy is a technical machine.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Looby on 02 August, 2011, 21:56:31
YES

I landed my collab trick for the first time today.  I wont say anymore but Dave, we definitely tried it at your house and possibly briefly in Rennes, yeah, that one :)

Now to get it on film...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 03 August, 2011, 18:27:20
Today I got my fastest ever Speed Trick B: 45 seconds. I guess that's what happens when you don't miss any tricks.

Unfortunately, I then dropped moshi kame on 795, and so failed my 4th Dan yet again. Hey ho.....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 03 August, 2011, 19:38:53
Excuse me while I fetch a hat, in order that I can raise it to you! 45seconds is really rather quick. Very well done!

I ought to see if I can get STC any quicker in preparation for the southern regional championship...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 04 August, 2011, 23:22:45
Today I did some tricks!
Big cup - whirlwind to base cup - downspike (stabbing heaven?)
Around the world to earth turn all in sara grip (yeah!)
Underbird (you know, upside down bird, tama leans against handle, does this have a proper name?) to left hand bead grab swing to right hand bead grab, ken grab, swing to bottom cup. There's probably a better way of describing that trick, but sadly I do not have it on video.
Really fun practice!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 04 August, 2011, 23:57:27
Underbird (you know, upside down bird, tama leans against handle, does this have a proper name?)

Bat
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 05 August, 2011, 04:01:40
Underbird (you know, upside down bird, tama leans against handle, does this have a proper name?)

Bat
I actually say underbird usually... Not really 'correct' but ah well
It gets confusing in rusoko grip... Big cup and little cup are on opposite sides from normal grip haha
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MisterJumpshoe on 05 August, 2011, 14:12:09
I've been getting fairly good at the suicide 1-turn lunar, ever since Jeffrey showed me how it's done.

Also not afraid of swing-in slip-grip special.

But Void, I'm with you on the sui furiken.  Just can't be consistent with that one. :-\
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 07 August, 2011, 08:51:21
Yesterday I drove down to Calgary (about 3 hours south of Edmonton) and today hung out with some friends here and dama'd all day. Filmed a bit, walked around a lot, and was forced to learn some new tricks to stay afloat in games of dama. Awesome day
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 07 August, 2011, 10:20:55
Today I landed wingwalker. What a great feeling when it just sits there! Gonna be trying it again a lot today.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 13 August, 2011, 12:08:10
Last night, I managed to do Lunar Landing - Half Tornado - Small Cup Stilts!

Never seen anyone do that trick, so I plan to make a Single Trick edit for it!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 13 August, 2011, 21:47:52
I know its nothing compared to all your fancy tricks, but i got Bird 4 times in a row today! Im happy its finally getting consistant! :-P
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 14 August, 2011, 18:11:14
I know its nothing compared to all your fancy tricks, but i got Bird 4 times in a row today! Im happy its finally getting consistant! :-P

Regardless of it 'being nothing compared to all [our] fancy tricks' getting the basics down is so important, some people around my area who have started playing kendama have watched me and Harry doing Suicide tricks and before learning to do Bird, Around The World, Lighthouse (etc) they deem it a good idea to learn any kind of spacewalk variation they can... it irritates me greatly because you're not going to improve as much as you can potentially without mastering the basics! They're basic for a reason, to learn first and to help improve your technique even as you get more and more advanced! Everyone needs the basics!

In short, well done for consistently landing Bird!  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 14 August, 2011, 19:38:23
I know its nothing compared to all your fancy tricks, but i got Bird 4 times in a row today! Im happy its finally getting consistant! :-P

I'm with Thorny on this. The thread is about you showing off where you are in your learning process. If you're at the stage where landing Bird consistently is something you're proud of, show off about it  ;D

Someone who's just starting out may be really proud of the first time they landed a Spike. To them that's just as much of an acheivement someone more experienced landing a 2-turn rotor blade (or whatever).

First time I landed "Bat" I cheered! A more experienced player, seeing my delight asked what I'd just landed. Upon hearing it was Bat, he said "Oh, is that all" and I was crushed. This thread is the anti-thesis of that experience.

PS The second time I landed Bat was in competition and I danced with joy! Hence the username...

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 14 August, 2011, 20:17:27
I am currently practicing bird "against the kettle" so landing 4 in a row is still out of my reach.

But with any trick, when you do it for the first time, you want to share it. And for me is the same, my first spike and my first windwalker.

Hoping to get my first moon landing soon :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 15 August, 2011, 23:38:51
Got much faster at Speed Trick B today.  My best is now 1.30, almost a minute faster than my previous best.  Also, I immediately followed with another attempt that was only slightly slower.  So, that's quite a pleasing improvement.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 16 August, 2011, 16:59:28
the trick at 3:27 in the freedom kendama vol 2 video

I love it, looks like the ball is just sucked right onto the spike by magnets haha

Shimadera-san told me that Okada-san called this trick "Hayate Ken", or "Fast Hand Spike".
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 16 August, 2011, 19:14:30
Ah, thanks for the clarification, looks like my improvised 'quick spike' name was actually somewhat close.

On a sadder note, is it true that Okada-San passed away? I remember hearing this somewhere awhile back...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 16 August, 2011, 22:35:32
Yes, that's true, he passed away in December 2009. K.Cima wrote to me in an email shortly afterwards:
"Today I have to tell you a sad news. Maybe you have already known,
Takumi Okada called 'Boarder' died of subarachnoid hemorrhage last month.
He loved kendama and juggling. He had left the big achivement both
kendama and juggling. He hoped to unite and spread kendama and juggling
in worldwide. I cannot believe yet.
I prey his soul may rest in peace.
If your friends know him, please tell them about that."
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 20 August, 2011, 22:11:13
I finally managed to land three turn lighthouse! It's eluded me so far, I'm rather pleased with myself. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 22 August, 2011, 13:11:44
Swing-to-bird -> small cup wingwalker  :o

Yeah, the wingwalker was an accident, but I was rather pleased with myself regardless.

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 August, 2011, 13:25:39
Swing-to-bird -> small cup wingwalker  :o
Yeah, the wingwalker was an accident, but I was rather pleased with myself regardless.

Swing to Small Bird, not Big, I guess, as the transition would be easier from the former? Well done.
I managed to go from Wingwalker to Bird on my new white Sunrise yesterday (but not back again, which is harder).

400 moshi kame at the kettle today.

Well done Thorny - I'm not sure I've even done 2-turn LH yet.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 22 August, 2011, 13:39:03
Swing to Small Bird, not Big, I guess,

Nope.  Swing to Big Bird.   :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 August, 2011, 13:42:08
Swing to Small Bird, not Big, I guess,

Nope.  Swing to Big Bird.   :)

In that case... COO!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 22 August, 2011, 20:09:21
Today (a few minutes ago, actually) I landed a 1-turn aeroplane. It is the 2nd time I do it and it was just after a few attempts, it felt sort of easy...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 22 August, 2011, 21:13:30
Ah the pull up three turn lighthouse... Sooo much trickier than the two turn pull up lighthouse.
Hint: want to learn pull up two turn LH? Just skip to three turn and try it a whole bunch of times. Going back to two turn will suddenly feel incredibly easier.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 22 August, 2011, 21:49:04
Thanks for the compliments guys!
I agree with Alex's little three turn LH hint. I think that's how I got two turn relatively consistant.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 August, 2011, 11:48:26
Well done Shalafi. I seemed to have lost my 1-turn aero yesterday - it just would not come. Maybe I'll find it again today.

I had a crack at 2-turn LH yesterday. It seems hard, but achievable after a while, although consistency would be a fairly big problem.

Alex, the 'try something harder to make it seem easier' tip is very familiar to me from the juggling world. Struggling with 5 balls? Try 7!  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 August, 2011, 21:10:18
Today I hit 1000 moshi kame for the first time. Unfortunately, I also missed one of the compulsory tricks, so I didn't get to self-certify myself as 4th dan.

I did also get 3 rotor blades in a row though. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: KendAlex on 23 August, 2011, 22:06:51
Nice Job the Void
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Post by: shalafi on 24 August, 2011, 08:23:13
Void, that's amazing progress :)

How many moshi kames were at the end, or did you just stopped after 1.000?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 August, 2011, 12:35:54
Void, that's amazing progress :)

How many moshi kames were at the end, or did you just stopped after 1.000?
I stopped. Maybe I'll try some pure endurance runs soon, but 1000 is tiring enough!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 24 August, 2011, 13:38:33
I remember being quite exhausted (also mentally - you get in a strange state of mind) after juggling e.g. 1000 catches with balls - respect for 1000 moshikames. You can't even switch hands.

At 135 cpm it should take you about 7'30'' at maximum. How long did it actually take?

lars
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 August, 2011, 14:29:07
I did start the stopwatch, but I was so pleased at managing the 1000, that I forgot to stop it until later. I'm sure I was going at slightly faster than 135bpm though, perhaps more like 145 or 150, so probably 7m to 7m15, something like that, at a guess.

Meanwhile, it's lunchtime.... time to fuel up, then head out to the garden for another day's training!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 24 August, 2011, 19:15:56
Nice work, I've only really tried a moshikame run once or twice while keeping track. I think the last time I did I made about 270 or so. Maybe I'll try a run today and see how far I can make it.
Otherwise, in the spirit of the thread, today I woke up in the Redwood forest in north California. So amazing, some of the trees are 10 feet in diameter or more, and you can only imagine how tall. Going to be able to find some very cool spots to film I think...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 24 August, 2011, 22:34:51
Today I ... landed Falling Down.

I know that this is exactly the content of the first posting of this thread, but today I did it :-)

lars
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 24 August, 2011, 23:30:39
Well done Lars.
It's moments like that that we all remember... at whatever level you're at, taking one step further always feels great!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 25 August, 2011, 04:43:37
Indeed... Feels so great that here we are, strangly addicted to a small wooden toy... I wonder how many hours we have all spent playing if you added it all up
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 25 August, 2011, 12:15:26
Hey Lars, is there an echo in here. That's what I said!  8)

Seriously, well done - it's easily the hardest trick I've ever landed, and I've only actually managed it once!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 August, 2011, 17:14:51
905 today, in 6 mins, = 151bpm.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MasterKatra42 on 25 August, 2011, 18:20:13
http://www.metronomeonline.com/ (http://www.metronomeonline.com/)

There you are, Void.  Set to 138, click to your heart's content.  I've been practicing with it for a week or so now, and now I find my moshekame is getting more solid at that speed.  Faster or slower, I falter.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 25 August, 2011, 21:35:41
... tried the online metronome for Moshikame. At first I thought you're all crazy - 151bpm. I started slowly at 80, thought I would not get beyond 100 and worked myself up to 120.

I still think you're all crazy.

But the online metronome is a very good helper. It keeps you strictly in the rhythm and I quickly got more fluent. Great link, MasterKatra42!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 26 August, 2011, 11:22:59
I still think you're all crazy.

I wholeheartedly agree!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 August, 2011, 12:35:51
http://www.metronomeonline.com/ (http://www.metronomeonline.com/)
There you are, Void.  Set to 138, click to your heart's content.
When I clicked on the metronome, just listening to 138 sounded really fast, and 152 just nuts. But having just tried to click along to it, it's not so bad. However, I don't practice next to my computer, so I'll just have to carry on using my internal clock. :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 26 August, 2011, 16:43:59
I've got a good, free, metronome on my (Android) phone.  I'm sure you can find similar apps on other platforms.  Thus, it's a lot more practical to use that, than a PC program or a traditional mechanical device.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 27 August, 2011, 00:21:45
Today was all birds all the time, I got 5 big cup birds in a row, bird over valley to spike, reverse bird over valley to spike, and sara grip bird to spike! WHOO!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 27 August, 2011, 06:09:02
Q: why are Sara grip birds so damn hard?
A: I don't know, but I can't seem to get the hang of em
(real A: I need more practise time with em?)

Today when I walked out of the hostel I'm staying at in San Fran there was a Korean guy out front who got excited and pointed at my kendama (it was hanging around my neck). I did an around Europe to show what it was about, then let him give it a go. He landed a big cup after a few tries and looked pretty happy. A French fellow having a smoke to the side laughed and said 'Bilboquet!' in a thick accent.
Funny little encounter
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 27 August, 2011, 15:23:52
Today I managed Slip-on Stick on my first attempt  ;D  The next few goes weren't quite so successful, but out of maybe 20 goes I've landed 5-6?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 27 August, 2011, 16:36:29
Got stabbing bird (think this is the right name?!) yesterday. Quite happy with that one.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MasterKatra42 on 28 August, 2011, 14:54:19
Managed my first under stilts, in horrible lighting, in a crowded room, while slightly intoxicated.  Got the spike after it too!  Several witnesses applauded my efforts.  That trick sure is hard!  Much more awkward than regular stilts, which follows the basic airplane/lunar pull method.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 August, 2011, 15:40:16
"Under stilts"? Do you mean Axe/まさかり[1]? Dave's got that one, but I just fail horribly at it. If not that, what do you mean?

"Stabbing Bird" I think I understand, although I may have called it "Scoop Bird", but hey. Don't think I've seen that one before. Neat.

Batdancer, it's all about consistency. Keep it up, you should be able to get 1 in 2 soon. Kettle it!

Sara grip Birds - I don't think I've ever tried them. "Why are they so hard?" - 'Cos there's an easier way! :-)

 1. http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/pages/332.html (http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/pages/332.html)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: grotesquecub on 28 August, 2011, 18:01:50
Today i...just got back from work and went for it, landing:

aeroplane -> jumping stick -> rotorblade -> 720 rotorblade!

Many people prefer a relaxing bath. Give me another trick  ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 August, 2011, 22:31:51
Today I hit Gunslinger->Base Cup, Gunslinger->Base Cup, Spike.

I'm told it's "one of the hardest tricks in Japan". Not that I'm anywhere near consistent. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 30 August, 2011, 20:53:21
... caught "Thumb Trap" for the first time - three times. I'm heavily practicing the Czech Kendama Open trick ladder. Yet, I find it very difficult after #5.

I keep on trying, there's still some time left.

lars
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MasterKatra42 on 31 August, 2011, 05:07:03
Yes, the Axe trick was what I did.  Got another two today in less time than it took me for the first one.

Also, is there a name for a furiken, but instead of catching the dama on the ken, you throw the ken and catch in todai?  I've been doing a lot of throwing tricks with the ken and was wondering what the official terminology is for that genre of tricks.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 31 August, 2011, 11:03:32
Are you talking about Swing to Lighthouse (ikkaiten toudai)?

If you look at http://www.kendama.co.uk/100tricks.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/100tricks.html) and search for 'toudai' you'll find some interesting trick names!!

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MasterKatra42 on 31 August, 2011, 11:43:07
Not a swing to lighthouse, you swing the ball, flip the ken once, catch the ball and then catch the ken in lighthouse.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 31 August, 2011, 13:51:29
Suicide/Spacewalk Lighthouse?

Can you post a video :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 31 August, 2011, 18:36:33
I reckon maybe fast hand lighthouse?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 August, 2011, 19:23:25
I know the kind of tricks that you mean, Joe. They have started to appear as gnarly tricks on the more recent 'hardcore' videos that are coming out. (An example escapes me right now.)

"Fast hand" tricks mean (to my mind, at least) that you switch which bit of the kendama you are holding on to just before the trick is completed. Thus "fast hand base cup" ends the same as base cup, but begins with the hand holding the ball and not the ken.

I don't think the tricks in question are "fast hand", since there is the additional factor of a throw, rather than just a release & change of hand position. I don't know what they're called, or if anyone Japanese or otherwise has already christened them, but how about a working title of "fast throw (lighthouse/whatever)"? It at least distinguishes them from other tricks, and gives you a chance to work out what the trick is from the name.

So, let's test that theory. I'm thinking of a trick, which I'm calling "Fast Throw Base Cup". What do you cats think I mean?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 31 August, 2011, 20:44:44
... managed to do three CKO tricks for the very first time - however with no chance to repeat in a controlled way:
Tap Back is getting more consistent now ...

It feels so great if some trick works for the first time  ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cand1ez on 31 August, 2011, 22:01:41
cycling thru aeroplane, lunar and lighthouse.
lighthouse to lunar proving the most difficult for me.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MasterKatra42 on 31 August, 2011, 22:13:40
So, let's test that theory. I'm thinking of a trick, which I'm calling "Fast Throw Base Cup". What do you cats think I mean?

Start holding the ball, some type of pull or swing up, toss the ball, catch ken, catch in base cup.  That's what I recon you mean.

Either way, they're all cool tricks.  I've really been getting into them recently.  Do you think there's a difference between that and throwing the kendama from a static position?  For instance, I just pulled to big cup, now I'm going to throw the whole kendama, catch the ball, the ken will rotate, and will land in lighthouse.  Same, or different than your above mentioned example?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 02 September, 2011, 00:44:37
@Lars: Yes, I think that Thumb Trap will probably catch out quite a few people at CKO. But then if they (you) start practising it regularly now, then maybe not.
So, let's test that theory. I'm thinking of a trick, which I'm calling "Fast Throw Base Cup". What do you cats think I mean?
Start holding the ball, some type of pull or swing up, toss the ball, catch ken, catch in base cup.  That's what I recon you mean.
Yes. I was thinking of a start as per Aeroplane, throwing the ball just as the ken peaks, and then catching the ken, and the ball in the base cup.
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Either way, they're all cool tricks.  I've really been getting into them recently.  Do you think there's a difference between that and throwing the kendama from a static position?  For instance, I just pulled to big cup, now I'm going to throw the whole kendama, catch the ball, the ken will rotate, and will land in lighthouse.  Same, or different than your above mentioned example?
I'd say there was a difference, yes, as a Fast Throw happens during the middle of a trick (ie whilst things are moving through the air), but the example you describe (and many many other possibilities) are transitions from what Hans was calling "Pauses" (ie static positions, whether that be a cup or spike catch, or a balance such as lighthouse or bird). So for your example I'd just call it "Big Cup to 1-Turn Lighthouse"[1]. It gives a clear description of what the trick is. If you were to give a name to that trick, then that opens up the possibilites of naming pretty much every transition trick possible, which would (IMHO) potentially get very confusing very quickly.
 1. I'm assuming you mean that the ken would rotate 450˚. If you just meant a 90˚ turn, then "Big Cup to Lighthouse" would cover it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 02 September, 2011, 01:50:36
Hmm I like the thumb catch as a trick in a competition. We always try to keep our trick ladders fairly diverse, might have to include that one for our next competition
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 02 September, 2011, 13:11:53
I just did a pleasing little combo that's perhaps worth sharing here.  Broken down, it went:

one-turn lighthouse -> orbit falling down -> jumping stick -> orbit jumping stick -> double jumping stick


Also, I had a nice practice session yesterday, clicking rhythmically along to the sounds of a huge fairground organ whilst at the Dorset Steam Fair.  I suspect other people wondered what an earth I was doing, but I was in the zone and really didn't care...   :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 02 September, 2011, 14:29:40
I was just messing around and I did: Bat -> Base Cup -> Spike (with the awkward grip Donald likes)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 03 September, 2011, 18:52:37
... got a parcel with my new SunRise Performer in blue - what a beauty ...

And yesterday I started a spreadsheet to monitor my advances in the Czech trick ladder. I like to see all those lines to a higher success rate (which is not so difficult, given the current rates).

lars
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 03 September, 2011, 19:36:14
Today I managed to land;

Swing in --> Whirlwind Earth Turn to Bird --> Earth Turn to Spike.

First time I've landed the Whirlwind Earth to Bird, was a nice feeling. :)

Yesterday, I managed to land a swift;

Swing to Wingwalker.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 September, 2011, 09:57:13
I just made 3 earth turns in a row. Furiken -> earth turn, earth turn, earth turn. And then I left the kendama aside... such a nice feeling.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 September, 2011, 14:02:36
However, I took it for a practice session outside and I did a suicide airplane. the important part is that I felt the catch totally natural, in a quite consistent way (not the trick itself, but the catch)

Later on I did a 1-turn aeroplane, and almost succeed at a swing lighthouse.

Very happy with all that in a day.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 04 September, 2011, 19:07:55
naughty bird with a slip-on finish....ka-pow.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 04 September, 2011, 20:23:18
Ka-pow indeed!!!

I had a go at a "naughty bat" over the weekend. Even putting the ball in place with my hand, I couldn't balance it...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 04 September, 2011, 21:29:43
Yeah, I tried that one too...couldn't get it to sit at all. The 'slip grip' knuckle on the ken seemed to get in the way...

Edit: tell a lie, it will sit there just about. Gonna be a really hard one to land though...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 04 September, 2011, 23:24:54
Inspired by Dave's tama grip "around" tricks, I had a go at some ken grip arounds, and I got around the cosmos and sara grip around europe
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 September, 2011, 01:29:07
I had a session with my Sunrise Performer today, and I managed to hit my first Axe, and also a Moon>Half Tornado>Small Moon.
Hopefully I'll be able to hit those on a regular KD too sometime soon.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 07 September, 2011, 01:45:14
I had a session with my Sunrise Performer today, and I managed to hit my first Axe, and also a Moon>Half Tornado>Small Moon.
Hopefully I'll be able to hit those on a regular KD too sometime soon.

Fair play. Been working on those ones too..no such luck for me!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 07 September, 2011, 09:26:20
I had a session with my Sunrise Performer today, and I managed to hit my first Axe, and also a Moon>Half Tornado>Small Moon.
Hopefully I'll be able to hit those on a regular KD too sometime soon.

Good job.

Yesterday I succeeded with swing lighthouse... as soon as I tried with the Oozora instead of the TK16. Next in my lighthouse tricks is flip lighthouse.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 07 September, 2011, 19:33:15
I was quite pleased to land: Pull up Nightingale---360 Nightingale---360 to Bird---360 bird :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 September, 2011, 23:47:41
I was quite pleased to land: Pull up Nightingale---360 Nightingale---360 to Bird---360 bird :D
What are you calling "Nightingale"? As far as I was aware, that's just another translation of "Uguisu", ie Bird/Warbler/... Nightingale? I'm guessing you mean something else though?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 08 September, 2011, 00:44:47
I was quite pleased to land: Pull up Nightingale---360 Nightingale---360 to Bird---360 bird :D
What are you calling "Nightingale"? As far as I was aware, that's just another translation of "Uguisu", ie Bird/Warbler/... Nightingale? I'm guessing you mean something else though?
I believe he is referring to small cup bird. I remember hearing matthew jorgensen from sweets kendamas refer to the trick as such.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Harrydh3 on 08 September, 2011, 02:55:17
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I believe he is referring to small cup bird

I am indeed.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 08 September, 2011, 07:37:57
Little bird > nightingale.
As far as I knew it was a ball flip up to little bird that was being called nightingale in the US?
(would furiken little bird be a correct term for this? Or does furiken refer to a flip up to spike exclusively?)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 08 September, 2011, 13:37:59
furi=swing
ken= (to) spike

So furi-uguisu, maybe, or perhaps furiko uguisu?

Perhaps "Swing to small bird" is clearest? (Plus "small bird" is 2 syllables, "nightingale" is 3 :) . Then again, if "nightingale" includes the "swing to" bit....)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 09 September, 2011, 00:56:36
Got my first 2-turn lighthouse today. I guess that's what comes of practising the 5th Dan tricks alongside the 4th Dan ones. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 09 September, 2011, 20:47:18
... caught my first bird on a small cup. Now I did any trick on the Czech Kendama Open trick list at least once.
But I'm still lacking consistency. I can't get beyond Airplane in any real practice run (i.e. with three attempts).

lars
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 10 September, 2011, 08:19:49
... caught my first bird on a small cup. Now I did any trick on the Czech Kendama Open trick list at least one.

excellent! That's quite an achievement!

But I'm still lacking consistency. I can't get beyond Airplane in any real practice run (i.e. with three attempts).

lars

Practice, practice, practice! And... MORE KNEES  ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 September, 2011, 13:07:09
Nah, it's not "practice", it's "regular practice!".
Practice the list at least once a day, Lars, and in a week or two, you'll definitely notice the difference. Plus, you've still got 2 months training time! :-)

But yeah, more knees!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 10 September, 2011, 19:49:54
Nah, it's not "practice", it's "regular practice!".
Practice the list at least once a day, Lars, and in a week or two, you'll definitely notice the difference.

I do, I do - I run through the list every evening, doing every trick 10 times. Besides I keep track how far I qualify by checking the first three attempts separately.
I started writing down the success rate in an Excel sheet - I like to get a visual reward by seeing the curves going (more or less) constantly up. Alas, they don't really do that.
And on the 7th you can see what beer does to my skills   :-[

(http://www.rainless.de/juggling/kendama/cko_progress.png)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 10 September, 2011, 20:17:39
haha thats a neat idea. Keep in mind you only have a week's worth of data or so, over time you will undoubtedly see improvement
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 September, 2011, 15:37:46
Yesterday I managed to self-certify myself as 4th Dan.
Didn't feel the same sense of satisfaction as if it had been a real exam, but it's nice to know I've done it at least once. Now to get more consistent!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 17 September, 2011, 19:34:54
Today (well, yesterday) I got
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 18 September, 2011, 22:28:51
Today I played a lot in Delft

I managed to do several suicide airplanes, one turn airplanes and swing lighthouse.

I almost managed to do pull-up gunslinger and faster than gravity lighthouse.

And had lots of fun.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 19 September, 2011, 20:19:02
Well done Void on the self-certified 4th Dan. Self-approval is better than none, you know you've done it!

Yesterday I managed what I've dubbed as Around The Gunslinger/Shoot The World as well as another self-nicknamed trick: Earth Slinger.Around The Gunslinger is the same as Around The World... but you have a Gunslinger on the initial pull up small cup and then between each cup catch.I.E. Pull up GS to small cup, GS big cup, GS bottom cup, GS spike.
Quite proud of that :)
Earth Slinger is simply (in terms of theory,) an Earth Turn with a swift Gunslinger during the ball's 360.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 20 September, 2011, 02:18:46
Earth Slinger... I like that. Thats kinda my go to trick lately, when I'm playing well I can actually hit it very consistently (maybe 60% of the time?). I never had a good name for it though. Usually just said 'fingerflip earthturn'

which finger do you spin it around? I usually use my middle finger, but I'm trying to break that habit and start using my index finger instead. Not much luck so far
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 20 September, 2011, 11:40:47
Thanks for the approval on the naming of it, man ahahh. I was very sketchy for a long time, but I've managed to pick it up rapidly in the past few days. In all fairness, it used to annoy me that you seemed to do it so easily in your edits ahah but now I've got it down too ;)
After reading you call it 'fingerflip earthturn' in different places, and when I started to learn it, I wanted to give it it's own rather catchy name.

And yeah, I do all my Gunslinger tricks on my index finger, I don't think I can do them on my middle finger... except reverse Gunslinger tricks  :P 
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 September, 2011, 11:31:30
I've been chilling at the Bristol juggling convention for the past few days. Some nice kendama action going on there. I managed to hit Banking->Wingwalker, and also get Axe on a standard kd for the first time.

Thorny, Shoot the World is nuts. I saw Li ho cheung do it in one of his vids..... and wondered how many takes it took. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 21 September, 2011, 14:55:43
Banking? Shoot the world? Earth slinger? What are these mystery tricks that have just appeared in my life and I have no idea what they are? :)

On a side note, props to you Void for the 4th Dan success. I would put that on an even scale of hardness with just landing 1 axe on a normal kendama, so double good job!

John, who can't even balance a naughty bird and therefore it must all be lies...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Ian F on 21 September, 2011, 21:33:33
Ok not strictly today, a couple of days ago (at Bristol juggling Convention so can't be certain !?) 3 Slip Grip Specials (in a row), 2 Wing Walkers (not in a row) and 1 Cliff Hanger (counting that as in a row ;-) ) Wow! can only put it down to the slope compensating for random technique. Still being given the bird by The Bird though.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 22 September, 2011, 11:33:47
Check the bka twitter feed for a pic of banking (thanks to batdancer for the necessary connectivity in a field). A bit like a wonky wingwalker.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 22 September, 2011, 22:47:15
... I did my second bird ever and almost completed the Czech Open ladder ... if it wasn't for the airplane which wouldn't land.
I'm still doing my ten-attempts-per-trick runs and managed to get from a 37% overall hit rate to 49% in three weeks. Of course this is biased: The easier tricks work at almost 100% while the harder ones are around 0-20%.

lars
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Ian F on 23 September, 2011, 00:16:03
tamed the Bird......finally!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 23 September, 2011, 11:17:52
Aaahhh, so that's what banking is... bizarrely enough I landed the exact same trick last weekend completely by accident! The description of a wonky wingwalker is quite delightful, it is also akin to a "messy" bird as that is what I was going for (rubbish kenflip to bird, went horribly wrong) when I landed it by accident. I couldn't do it again when I tried...

Pesky birds, Hitchcock had the right idea about how evil they are...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 23 September, 2011, 20:53:26
Today I managed some right bangers, which left me in a little disbelief! Namely, my first double stilt flip (Stilt - 720 - Stilt)

Not only that, it was on film too! So soon, it will be there for all to see!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 25 September, 2011, 02:16:43
For the past 4-5 days I've been checking the forum, surprised to find no new thread updates. I was wondering why the posts had just completely died off.

Today I learned my phone logged me out of the forum for some reason, and you guys were posting all along. Damn


Also, today I filmed a new trick I came up with (fairly certain this exact variation hasn't been done)
But then I watched the footage and found that the trick went slightly out of the top of the frame. Damn. Redo time.
I call it wrecking ball (the variation I did was wrecking ball two turn lighthouse). I'll leave you all to wonder what exactly it might be :p
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cand1ez on 28 September, 2011, 00:08:58
10 jumping sticks in a row.  pleased?  you bet.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 September, 2011, 13:03:13
Nice one Cand1es. You out-notched me by one. Last week I got 10 Earth Turns and (separately) 9 Jumping sticks in a row.

Solidify!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cand1ez on 28 September, 2011, 14:46:28
ive discovered its all about the angle the ken is at the 'straighten knees' part.
for jumping stick i have it nearly horizontal
to land in lunar from aroplane about 45 degrees.
and lighhouse from aroplane nearish vertical.

then i use the same amount of energy

is this a faux par in anyway or is this a standard thing?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 September, 2011, 15:07:55
This is possibly something that makes more sense in person than in a text description, but I don't think you've said anything controversial there. Everyone will have their own slight variations on the techniques, I guess.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 28 September, 2011, 21:55:49
I landed my first earth-turn-over-the-valley this evening, much to my surprise.  Actually, in general, I've found that I've got a lot more comfortable with 'bird' tricks recently, although there's still much room for improvement.   :)

I also had a go at the consecutive jumping stick game, but could only manage 6 before messing it up.   >:(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 September, 2011, 16:42:31
11 Earth Turns in a row.
Did 4th Dan again today. Got to the 1000 moshis, and decided to carry on and see how far I could get. Who wants to guess at my new record?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 30 September, 2011, 18:33:45
2500?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 30 September, 2011, 19:05:51
1001?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 01 October, 2011, 08:35:43
did a qualifying run of the Czech Kendama Open ladder up to Lighthouse.

@BatDancer: I thought about writing 1001 but that seemed to be obvious :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 October, 2011, 10:16:20
1001?
Not quite.... 1028.  :) But thanks for your faith in me, Lars!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 October, 2011, 13:26:25
I managed my first "fast throw lighthouse" yesterday, but a "pull-up" version, not a suicide.
Small triumphs....  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 04 October, 2011, 17:23:51
What's a fast throw lighthouse, Void?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 October, 2011, 17:32:02
See here (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,24.msg877.html#msg877).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 05 October, 2011, 15:31:30
I got lots of new stuff yesterday after being inspired by kendama players at philly fest.
I've even got to the point where my knees get sore after a day of kendama practice!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Sonicpearse on 11 October, 2011, 22:30:26
Bird fly over the valley - I've done it! I've flipping well done it - I'm so happy! It's taken a couple of years practice but worth it! Now I need to do a moon landing!  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 11 October, 2011, 23:00:40
Excellent! Congratulations!

I need to do a lot more practice before I can land Bird, let alone 'over the valley'.

Well done!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 11 October, 2011, 23:20:41
And i witnessed it! Good job Rich! :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 October, 2011, 23:45:49
I saw it too, and that's twice in a few days now, so well done Rich! Keep up that form for the SRC!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 12 October, 2011, 14:28:15
Bird fly over the valley - I've done it! I've flipping well done it - I'm so happy! It's taken a couple of years practice but worth it! Now I need to do a moon landing!  :)

That trick is great, I am still struggling with the bird in small cup.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: kendamatty on 12 October, 2011, 19:53:50
Today I am very chuffed and got simultaneous left and right hand pull up spike > earth turn! I struggle with writing my name with me left hand, so all in all muchos happy! the new edit is under way, deadline December time, no student free time anymore so have to pace myself more...  :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: grotesquecub on 13 October, 2011, 01:17:16
Today I am very chuffed and got simultaneous left and right hand pull up spike > earth turn! I struggle with writing my name with me left hand, so all in all muchos happy! the new edit is under way, deadline December time, no student free time anymore so have to pace myself more...  :D

Haha, i've seen you just lazing around!

...on another note, Today (technically yesterday) i got my first triple jumping stick and two consecutive double UFOs  ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 13 October, 2011, 02:14:32
 gave my first lessons in Kendama. Well, as kendamatty said "technically yesterday" I had the first group of aspiring clickers in our youth circus. Granted, there were only three of them, but that's a start as well. Funny thing is, that I only really started to play seriously this summer. But I don't see myself as a teacher in this discipline but more than a slightly more advanced player who keeps the group together (and has the key to the gym). I suppose, we'll try to advance together. Let's see how long I'll be better than them.

I'm looking forward to give the next lessons.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 13 October, 2011, 11:06:37
Today I broke the string on my yellow KCN battle. This is especially frustrating due to the fact I have no extra strings, since I used all my extra strings on all of the Terra products :(
(string we bought looked identical to normal dama string, but didn't make it through our proto testing)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 16 October, 2011, 10:16:22
Not too fancy, but I managed "Around the Cosmos" I usually don't even try it, but today I was doing a round or "Arounds" (Village, Prefecture, Japan, World, Europe, Cosmos) and it was not that hard.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 October, 2011, 00:22:38
1500 Moshi Kame!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 25 October, 2011, 22:04:02
Nice work, 1500 is nothing to laugh about! That's getting to the point of a serious leg workout!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 October, 2011, 22:37:03
Thanks. It was quite boring. Goodness knows how the Japanese guys concentrate for their 8-hour runs!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 26 October, 2011, 01:45:10
Managed a good ol' triple lighthouse flip earlier!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 October, 2011, 12:37:37
Managed a good ol' triple lighthouse flip earlier!
Only 1 thing to say to that.... "Flipping heck!" :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 27 October, 2011, 01:23:36
Been working a lot on consistency recently drawing inspiration from the consistency comps (though I am nowhere near ready to enter them yet)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 October, 2011, 17:04:47
Nice one Adam, some good stuff there. Getting tricks nice and solid is a good feeling.

On that point, today I self-certified myself as 4th Dan for the 3rd time. Still very inconsistent, and way more likely to fail than succeed, but I"m progressing. A very long way from 5th still....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 28 October, 2011, 20:30:47
... completed the Beginners' ladder of the European open for the first time! It's part of my daily warm up and with the exception of "Around the village" (2), "Aeroplane", "Around Japan", and "Lighthouse" (3 each), I made every trick at the first try.

Ah, only 3 months too late ...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Peter on 28 October, 2011, 22:13:49
... failed two times in a row the Czech Trick Ladder, and decided, not to join the competition in Zlin. This is not easy for me, believe me. I loved the ladder and joining the event and meeting some enthusiastic players. Yet, after the change of location from beloved Prague, obviously I changed my mind, unconsciously, too. The reason is not that I don't know Zlin so far (have been traveling to Prague severall times and love it, but Zlin would be rather new), yet the traveling distance is too far for someone who ends the ladder with a triple fail at the "faster than gravity": 10 hours in the train, 2 minutes on the stage..."? Sorry Mirek.

My key finding of this week: "Doing Earth turns all day long is nice, but doesn't help you improving your overall skills".

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 October, 2011, 22:55:51
Today I copied Dave and managed to Hydra The World, after many attempts.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dave on 01 November, 2011, 22:15:26
Today I landed around tunbridge wells. On film!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 02 November, 2011, 10:05:09
Outstanding, Dave! Really well done :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MrieFry on 03 November, 2011, 22:04:28
... Today I landed lunar to lighthouse falling down on my yellow Oozora, one of my 'newer' dama's.

 Landed it for the first time 2 days ago on old green Oozora which has a really good grip :)
Felt epic!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 03 November, 2011, 22:50:35
Nice work! Sounds like you're now ready to go the other way... Lighthouse to Lunar & In.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 04 November, 2011, 15:46:39
Oooh I did both those yesterday too and with the green Ozora. A super nice feeling trick.
Also practiced bamboo horses on and off all day and am still yet to land one.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 04 November, 2011, 21:06:29
... Today I landed lunar to lighthouse falling down on my yellow Oozora, one of my 'newer' dama's.


An extended version to try, which I got at lunchtime today :

lunar->lighthouse->falling down->double jumping stick->rotor blade (UFO).

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: grotesquecub on 05 November, 2011, 11:55:27
Today i...landed my first lunar combo!

aeroplane –> Jumping stick –>Flip Lunar (~270 degree flip) :D

-is that '270 degree flip' taken as a 'flip lunar' anyway :S ?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 05 November, 2011, 12:02:56
BKA uses the term "Somersault" for a specific meaning[1], while "flip" seems to be used more loosely. I think we all know what you mean though.

... and well done! I hate those Lunar Somersaults - I need a lot more work on them.
 1. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,12.msg17.html#msg17
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: kendamatty on 05 November, 2011, 12:44:33
Today i...landed my first lunar combo!

aeroplane –> Jumping stick –>Flip Lunar (~270 degree flip) :D

-is that '270 degree flip' taken as a 'flip lunar' anyway :S ?

Ah very nice Paul! If you're about a week today (sat 12th) come to Milton keynes with me for some kendama! Could even bring skates to mix it up?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MrieFry on 05 November, 2011, 13:47:08
Yesterday I started practicing my stilt. After two hours of getting nowhere (always 2 seconds, never 3) I quit. Half an hour ago I picked up my green Oozora en started again. I think I did over 1000 tries.

Then I said to myself:
'Alright, you get 10 more tries!'. This got nowhere again and I gave myself 10 more tries. Again. Got nowhere and did 10 more.
After those 30 attempts, I swore to myself that number 51 would be the number to land the stilt! (Because I didn't want to limit myself to 50, because then I would think 'what if number 51 would be THE number!')

AND YES! Number 51 was THE number. And if that wasn't enough... I spiked it!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 November, 2011, 10:58:28
Nice one Marie. I remember getting my first Slip Grip Special and Moon Landings after several hundred tries each. It's a gooooood feeling!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Peter on 06 November, 2011, 21:37:45
... returned from the Czech Kendama Open in Zlin, where I had an incredible wonderfull weekend with Mirek, Pavel, Elliot and a lot of other Kendama Enthusiasts. And yes, I am still smiling!!!

:-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 09 November, 2011, 18:38:08
Landed a swinging slip-grip special 3rd try and FINALLY got my first bamboo horse!!! Literally jumped up and down with excitement.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 09 November, 2011, 18:44:02
Today I managed to land...

Stilt - 360 - Stilt - 360 - Stilt - Spike.

It appears that this Mugen ball/Oozora ken hybrid is working well!

Muzora or Oozogen? hahaa
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 November, 2011, 13:36:28
Nice one Sam!
Thorny, that's nuts! :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 11 November, 2011, 13:15:40
I got Bat two times in a row(and 5 times overall today) and i got one to fall to spike. :-D
Also got 5 earth turns in a row and 4 jumping sticks in a row too.
This praticing thing actually works! :-P
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Peter on 12 November, 2011, 20:46:05
... played the 2nd Dan Tricklist without any serious problems, only three tricks where I wasn't able to overaccomplish the requirements. After 496 Moshis in the first attempt I stopped the time, calculated my speed for that trick to be 128 beats per minute, thus: I was a little bit to slow!  :'(

Well, tomorrow ...  ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 14 November, 2011, 10:51:35
It was yesterday, but....
I did double spin jumping stick twice! And also was very suprised when i got double spin earth turn! :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 14 November, 2011, 11:48:01
Well done guys!

Today I.... will be preparing to announce news of BKO 2012. Watch this space...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 15 November, 2011, 22:23:17
Tonight i got a new KD. A nice blue sunrise. Thanks to Void for selling it to me. :-)
And also got double spin earth turn again. Feels like a trick i will get on with. :P
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 15 November, 2011, 22:41:02
Today I.....chipped a sizeable chunk out of the end of my 'work' Sunrise.  Playing over concrete isn't the best idea, is it?  Have now glued it back together, to see whether it'll remain usable.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 21 November, 2011, 21:28:12
Today I've been practicing what I've dubbed (rather suitably, if I do say so myself) Kamikaze tricks and Dave's Swirls.

Kamikaze Aeroplane (but I've toyed with the name Kamikaze Aerospike, what do you guys think?), starts of as your bog-standard Suicide Aeroplane: you toss the ken to arch above you and catch the ball. Instead of, however, grabbing the ball and performing an Aeroplane to complete the trick... the tug on the ball so the ken flips, as if to end with a rather swift 1 Turn Aeroplane, but you then toss the ball from your hand and then grab the ken and spike the ball as it falls.

What I consider my real achievements of today though are:

- Kamikaze Bird
- My first Inward Stilt Flip! (After the tediousness of 'Pull Up Inward Stilt' every one in tenish tries being successful) I decided to place the ken in position on the ball and just do the flip.

After 86 bails and 86 repositions, I landed the elusive flip on my 87 try.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 22 November, 2011, 00:07:24
Today... I landed Bird for the first time  ;D

Been trying off and on for a few months now. Now to land it for a second time...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 22 November, 2011, 02:24:51
Kamikaze Aeroplane (but I've toyed with the name Kamikaze Aerospike, what do you guys think?), starts of as your bog-standard Suicide Aeroplane: you toss the ken to arch above you and catch the ball. Instead of, however, grabbing the ball and performing an Aeroplane to complete the trick... the tug on the ball so the ken flips, as if to end with a rather swift 1 Turn Aeroplane, but you then toss the ball from your hand and then grab the ken and spike the ball as it falls.
I'd call that a suicide fast throw airplane.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 22 November, 2011, 12:49:25
Three Times One-And-A-Half !!!!

Yeah, it's taken me long enough.  But still.  I got it.

 ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 22 November, 2011, 16:40:05
Kamikaze Aeroplane (but I've toyed with the name Kamikaze Aerospike, what do you guys think?), starts of as your bog-standard Suicide Aeroplane: you toss the ken to arch above you and catch the ball. Instead of, however, grabbing the ball and performing an Aeroplane to complete the trick... the tug on the ball so the ken flips, as if to end with a rather swift 1 Turn Aeroplane, but you then toss the ball from your hand and then grab the ken and spike the ball as it falls.
I'd call that a suicide fast throw airplane.
That makes sense but Kamikaze aeroplane is so much cooler and goes in the diabolo tradition of upping the horror stakes naming suicide tricks (Suicide -> duicide -> genocide etc.). Im on board, figuratively speaking.

Oh and today I did a lengthy suicide combo involving 2 swirls, and volunteered to do some kendama on a stage (?!?!) next week.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 November, 2011, 17:26:12
Kamikaze Aeroplane starts of as your bog-standard Suicide Aeroplane: you toss the ken to arch above you and catch the ball. Instead of, however, grabbing the ball and performing an Aeroplane to complete the trick... the tug on the ball so the ken flips, as if to end with a rather swift 1 Turn Aeroplane, but you then toss the ball from your hand and then grab the ken and spike the ball as it falls.
I'd call that a suicide fast throw airplane.
Yep, that fits the "fast throw" naming convention, but if it ends with a spike, then it's a Suicide Fast Throw Spike or Suicide Fast Throw Swing In.
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That makes sense but Kamikaze aeroplane is so much cooler and goes in the diabolo tradition of upping the horror stakes naming suicide tricks (Suicide -> duicide -> genocide etc.). Im on board, figuratively speaking.

I suppose "suicide fast throw spike" is a bit less snappy than "kamikaze spike", but I'd be slightly cautious since "kamikaze" is a Japanese word - so maybe it's already in use for some trick? (It means "divine wind", by the way).

Nice one Guy - in print, and now in life!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 22 November, 2011, 17:34:55
I'd be slightly cautious since "kamikaze" is a Japanese word - so maybe it's already in use for some trick?
Yep! 'Fraid so, here is a Kamikaze ( 神風 ):
http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/pages/81.html (http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/pages/81.html)
(Looks like it means "3 spins on your suicide instead of the normal 1") There are several other Kamikaze variations here:
http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/?cmd=search&keyword=神風 (http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/?cmd=search&keyword=神風)

You're going to have to stick with "Suicide Fast Throw Spike/Bird", I'm afraid, Thorny! ...... but good job!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 25 November, 2011, 20:41:50
Today I introduced a group of Russian film extras (all dressed in aristocratic Victorian-era attire) to the delights and frustrations of kendama.  They seemed to really love it and were keen to know where to buy one for themselves. 

Thinking about it, it must have made for quite a strange sight to anyone that was watching...
Title: Simple tricks
Post by: DrJochum on 25 November, 2011, 21:03:02
Lately I do not have the time and concentration to practice difficult tricks. Therefore I am looking for and trying out new (at least new to me) tricks that are not so difficult.

I liked the number 3 from the consistency competition #4 ("Pull up and stall tama on the back of your hand > in")http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,194.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,194.0.html).
That was a nice little new trick.

I also got inspired by the advanced trick ladder for the BKA Championship 2012 http://kendama.co.uk/bko2012.html (http://kendama.co.uk/bko2012.html).

It is really hard to get the Swing to Pinkie right because it just sits on the tip of my (thick) finger.
You should try it with a Taiyo! It sits well on the finger but if you miss the hole it can hurt a bit...

I did all the whirlewind variations (Pull-up Whirlewind Big Cup - Big Cup Whirelwind Big Cup - Big Cup Whirlewind Base Cup).

I never tried the Thumb Trap before.
Also nice is Orbit the cups.

I was surprised that Gunslinger Spike was not so difficult for me as I expected. I had more problems with the Pull-up Whirlewind Big Cup.

There is one little trick I haven´t seen before. I call it Much Faster Than Gravity. It is the same as Faster Than Gravity, but you are not allowed to bend your back or your knees!! Be quick! It is possible.

There is one trick I did today for the first time. I do not know what it is called ("Sleeping Beauty" perhaps??[1]). You can see it from Jeffrey the Master in his edit 28. The time is 1:54.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R5eNSAkTwg&feature=player_embedded#! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R5eNSAkTwg&feature=player_embedded#!)
I mean just lifting up the ken an laying it on the ball not the crazy (!) twists he is doing afterwards.
It profed to be much more difficult than I thought. It took me about two hours training alltogether over five days.

I have still some easy (or not so difficult) tricks form Voids two books to try out.

And some other tricks again I found and performed I might want to propose for another consistency competition.
 1. I just found out it is called Axe!?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 25 November, 2011, 22:30:59
Yesterday I managed to successfully (after many attempts)

Rosuko Bird - Over the Valley - Throw both tama and ken in the air, grab the ken in ken grip and - Bird - Over the Valley - Spike :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 26 November, 2011, 21:49:24
Yesterday I managed to successfully (after many attempts)

Rosuko Bird - Over the Valley - Throw both tama and ken in the air, grab the ken in ken grip and - Bird - Over the Valley - Spike :)

How is it possible to catch a bird while holding the spike?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 November, 2011, 22:07:28
I suspect Thorny may mean catching a Bat whilst holding the spike? The Japanese name for this translates as Monkey's Chair, although before I heard this, and because it is the first part of "Everest", in my book, I called it Base Camp.

Or he means something else.....?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 November, 2011, 22:10:27
Or perhaps more likely, (now I think about it):
Candle, to Bird ....?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 26 November, 2011, 22:11:21
Well, it would be how you'd do a Bat (a.k.a. Underbird etc) in ken grip.

The reason I called it Rosoku Bird is because you can't have a Rosoku Bat (to my understanding). I'm sure if I'm wrong Void will set things straight. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 28 November, 2011, 15:25:49
Got a stupid one for you today.
It's a tomeken, but pinching the bottom of the spike (above the sarado) rather than pinching under the sarado. Similar to rousoku, but held with the spike pointing up. The ball ends up resting on your thumb and first finger. Funny little thing

Also got gunslinger tomeken to gunslinger earth turn. WOOHOO! Does this still count if I had to do a tiny grip switch after the tomeken (the gunsling lands me in ken grip)?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 28 November, 2011, 15:40:35
Well, you weren't in a competition when you did it, so there are no specific 'rules' to follow. If you did it, it counts!

As for the 'pinched spike' (or whatever you want to call it).... where do you go from there?!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 28 November, 2011, 16:37:15
<snip>
As for the 'pinched spike' (or whatever you want to call it).... where do you go from there?!
Well, I didn't go anywhere from that originally, but I just got a tomeken to earth, an around the village, and a tapback all in that grip. Possibly the strangest feeling I've ever had while playing kendama.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 29 November, 2011, 16:56:59
I suspect Thorny may mean catching a Bat whilst holding the spike? The Japanese name for this translates as Monkey's Chair, although before I heard this, and because it is the first part of "Everest", in my book, I called it Base Camp.

Or he means something else.....?

Oase graciously demonstrates what I was talking about in his fifth edit, at 2:52 - 3:03.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: timfromtexas on 29 November, 2011, 17:16:29
Dope trick and a really dope edit. I expected this type of edit to come out on the Kendama co beats contest but none of the ones I watched were like that. (sorry for a mini hijack)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: DrJochum on 30 November, 2011, 10:11:13
Today I landed on the moon for the first time (in my three minutes tee cooking break)!  8)

I should never have practiced with my old Kendama for such a long time. The brink of the cup is so demolished an notched. This is so hard.

If you want to learn moon landing use a new sticky kendama!!

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: hater on 30 November, 2011, 15:44:39
Today I landed ( don't know the right name to this) a lighthouse to spike (180 ken flip) and to lighthouse again (180 ken flip) I was really amazed, because 3 days ago I was not able to consistently land lighthouse and I have been only playing for about 6 weeks :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 December, 2011, 13:29:23
hater: Falling Down, to Lighthouse . This is one that you can keep repeating, endlessly!

Jochen: You never forget your first Moon Landing[1]!
 1. Or so Neil Armstrong tells me ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 03 December, 2011, 02:34:04
I was playing kendama during a huge break between exams today, and tried suicide handroll to spike on a whim, not expecting to get even close. I got it on my second try to the tune of a couple of onlookers and a bunch of high fives! Needless to say, my confidence going into the next test skyrocketed.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 03 December, 2011, 23:46:45
2 Turn gunslinger pull-up in..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 December, 2011, 17:41:35
Cool, I remember trying 2-turn gunslinger furiken. I managed it with a Performer, but not with a standard kd, but I think Looby did.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 04 December, 2011, 22:05:32
... qualified for the BKO 2012 ladder for the first time. With a total of 17 tries (3 for spike and stopover, 2 for flying top) I'm totally happy.

Remains only the question of how long you're entitled to enter the beginners' competition? When do I have to decide? Or who does?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 05 December, 2011, 01:22:28
2 Turn gunslinger pull-up in..
Ken turns twice or tama turns twice? I feel like it should be ken given the "pull-up in", but how would you go about doing more than one gunslinger without stopping in the middle?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 05 December, 2011, 04:52:11
Remains only the question of how long you're entitled to enter the beginners' competition? When do I have to decide? Or who does?
If you win the Beginners, you automatically graduate to Advanced. Apart from that, as Sonny Boy Williamson said, let your conscience be your guide.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 05 December, 2011, 04:54:51
2 Turn gunslinger pull-up in..
Ken turns twice or tama turns twice? I feel like it should be ken given the "pull-up in", but how would you go about doing more than one gunslinger without stopping in the middle?
Yes, the ken. Ever seen someone twirl a toothbrush on their finger? The finger gives a little circular driving motion to keep the spin going. Same thing with the gunslinger.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 December, 2011, 00:18:09
Today, inspired by Li Ho Cheung (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,248.0.html), I managed a 2-turn gunslinger pull-up-in.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 10 December, 2011, 16:06:16
Yesterday i managed to do a dead hang moonlanding, no looping on big cup. :D
Have also come really close to getting 2 spin gunslinger spike!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 11 December, 2011, 00:05:17
Yesterday I set myself a new personal best of 20 consecutive Earth Turns and today I managed:

Pull up Bird - Bird Slinger (back to Bird) - Bird Slinger to Spike!

(Bird Slinger = Earth/Bird Turn and Gunslinger)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 11 December, 2011, 10:10:08
Yesterday I set myself a new personal best of 20 consecutive Earth Turns and today I managed:

Pull up Bird - Bird Slinger (back to Bird) - Bird Slinger to Spike!

(Bird Slinger = Earth/Bird Turn and Gunslinger)
That sounds epic!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: grotesquecub on 12 December, 2011, 17:48:06
That sounds epic!

I concur! Sounds awesome.

Today I managed:
triple>double>single (jumping stick)
and...
single>double (jumping stick)>double ufo  ;D

jumping sticks in prep for 'consist. comp. 4.5'
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 13 December, 2011, 07:48:16
Today I took a little break from studying and working to hang out and play a little dama with my buddy Ben. It was fun, it's been too long since him and I have had a decent sesh. Cannot wait for winter break!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 20 December, 2011, 17:09:15
Yesterday I re-self-certified myself as 4th Dan.

Today I had a go at KCC6 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,264.0.html), got the first Bird then OWWWW!
My back tweaked out. No more kd for me for a couple of days at least. :(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 20 December, 2011, 21:44:30
Not long ago I could have said "Today I ordered a gold dragon kendama, and a copy of knees", excited to get both. It'll be nice to have a kendama book with some more advanced tricks that I can actually read haha (the one i have now is all in Japanese)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: hater on 20 December, 2011, 23:03:28
Today I landed a combo, but I'm not sure of the name of the last move. Aeroplane to lighthouse to ¿throw the tama upwards, grab the ken and spike? I was really amazed!! :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 21 December, 2011, 11:56:32
Today I landed a combo, but I'm not sure of the name of the last move. Aeroplane to lighthouse to ¿throw the tama upwards, grab the ken and spike? I was really amazed!! :D
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lighthouse to spike, if you just keep holding the tama and spike it then it would be called lighthouse in or falling down
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: hater on 21 December, 2011, 13:43:08
Thx Alex, I was not sure about the name. I haven't learned all the tricks names and sometimes I don't know what tricks are people talking about -.-U
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 21 December, 2011, 14:03:28
Today I landed a combo, but I'm not sure of the name of the last move. Aeroplane to lighthouse to ¿throw the tama upwards, grab the ken and spike? I was really amazed!! :D
lighthouse to spike, if you just keep holding the tama and spike it then it would be called lighthouse in or falling down
Yes, either "Aeroplane to Lighthouse[1] to Spike", or "Aeroplane to Lighthouse to Fast Hand Spike".

"Fast Hand" tells you that you quickly switched between holding the tama to the holding the ken (or vice versa).
"Fast Throw" tells you that you did a Fast Hand move by throwing the held part up while the other part was flying.
 1. "Aeroplane to Lighthouse" is also called "Build the Lighthouse", if you want to save 2 syllables![1]
 1. "Knees!" (http://kendama.co.uk/book2.html), p18.[1]
 1. Oh look, you can nest footnotes!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 21 December, 2011, 23:19:14
Today I landed a combo, but I'm not sure of the name of the last move. Aeroplane to lighthouse to ¿throw the tama upwards, grab the ken and spike? I was really amazed!! :D
[/quote

lighthouse to spike, if you just keep holding the tama and spike it then it would be called lighthouse in or falling down


I usually say "Lighthouse - Kenspike" to save confusion between "Lighthouse - Spike" whilst talking to friends... we tend to say 'spike' meaning 'Falling Down.'
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 23 December, 2011, 12:35:54
I just got orbit earthturn on my 3rd try of it!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: donald grant on 24 December, 2011, 22:01:12
Just amused myself by landing thumb trap - lighthouse - thumb trap in front of the mirror.  Merry Christmas to you all!

Donald
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: hater on 27 December, 2011, 15:47:04
6 bird over the valley!! never landed it before  8)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 27 December, 2011, 15:54:28
That definitely sounds like you've got the hang of it. Well done!  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: hater on 27 December, 2011, 20:21:17
Thx!! I'm still improving it, when I land it in the small cup I have to put a strange angle to land it. This hapened to me with bird when I learned it, but will improve it :)

Lately I'm really improving a lot, when I can do more consistently y latest tricks, I will try Lunar. I think it's one of the more hard tricks to learn...Or at least I think so.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 27 December, 2011, 21:22:10
Thx!! I'm still improving it, when I land it in the small cup I have to put a strange angle to land it. This hapened to me with bird when I learned it, but will improve it :)

Lately I'm really improving a lot, when I can do more consistently y latest tricks, I will try Lunar. I think it's one of the more hard tricks to learn...Or at least I think so.


Nice! Glad to hear that people are getting better! And yes, you're right... Lunar is a tricky one to master!



Recently, I've been experimenting with different cup juggling tricks. I've started to get the hang of Gunslinger in Sara Grip and even managed to achieve a Shooting Heaven!  ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Mark on 27 December, 2011, 23:27:29
Whats shooting heaven? Close to stabbing heaven?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 28 December, 2011, 01:40:55
Whats shooting heaven? Close to stabbing heaven?

It's my adopted nickname for Stabbing Heaven with a swift Gunslinger before you stab the tama, Mark. :P
I like the name haha... Along with other Gunslinger named tricks, like Shoot The World: - Around The World with a Gunslinger between each cup catch and the spike.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Peter on 03 January, 2012, 23:39:16
First one for "Today I..." of 2012? :-)

So, for Today, I made some Toudais...

... first time ever, the suicide swing in toudai... this was after a hundred times of try and error, all near to it, but finally, one hit! Grab the ball, then twist a bit, and land it as smooth as you can. Well, thanks to the climate change, it was a sunny and warm afternoon with the children's on the playground at one of this nice seas around  Munich, ...

...and then, first time ever, the Tsurushi Toudai - this one was quite spooky, landed at the second time... still can't believe it.

Now back to Earth turns...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Buddhaprice on 04 January, 2012, 15:44:14
today I landed...... a bird over the valley, around europe, and a ken flip spike with BOTH hands in succession,, It was a milestone in my kendama playing for sure   8) 
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: GbH on 09 January, 2012, 13:04:38
All this talk of gradings and certificates has prompted me to have a go at doing the self-certification thing.  My attempt on Saturday 'got' me Pre-Advanced, yesterday I completed 1st Dan (yeah, with the moshi's, done to a metronome at that right speed...) and just now, in my lunch break, I got right through 2nd Dan.  I guess that means by Friday I'll have got 6th!  Well, maybe not!  I might try for the 3rd one tomorrow, but I'm not optimistic about my chances on that. 

Of course, it's always going to be much easier when there's not a judge standing sternly in front of you.  I imagine that in a real situation, another onset of GWLS is going to be quite likely.   :(



Guy

* GbH Wobbly Lighthouse Syndrome
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 09 January, 2012, 17:47:57
Well done Guy.
Yes, 1st and 2nd Dan are definitely "within sight" of a player with a competent skill level and some self-certifying practice sessions behind them. Adding the higher Moshi count and the Speed Trick B with its extra clock pressure means the higher ones take a lot of work.
I currently feel like I could pass 4th on a good day, and 5th only on an exceptional day, downhill and with the wind behind me. 6th I think is still out of my sight.

#oneshot #consistency[1]
 1. Oh, wait, wrong media...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: grotesquecub on 11 January, 2012, 02:39:43
managing to consistently (1/5) get:

1 turn areoplane> single jumping stick > double jumping stick

also caught my first stilts>in ...very weird sensation, but hey, winning is winning ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 January, 2012, 14:46:19
@Buddha: both hands is impressive
@cub 1/5 for that combo sounds pretty good to me! Nice one.

Today I..... realised that paying more attention to your Speed Trick B than to your porridge as it's microwaving is not that great an idea!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 14 January, 2012, 23:25:00
Today I... started filming a new edit and got a few tricks with Harry!

Gonna do a little more filming tomorrow and then hopefully a bit more through the week and then editing shall begin!

*EDIT SPOILER*    I managed Lighthouse - flip - Lighthouse - reverse flip - Lighthouse - double flip - Lighthouse - double reverse flip - Lighthouse - Falling... I've been trying that one for weeks[/b!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: KendAlex on 15 January, 2012, 08:40:20
nice thorny,
that trick is on my list too.

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 15 January, 2012, 19:50:50
ended my hiatus. Don't know why, should have had plenty of time during the winter holidays, but I hardly clicked since 06. December. What a shame. Do I have to make a new introduction?

On the plus side, there'll be a new player in our group tomorrow. That makes us ... 3!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 January, 2012, 18:44:03
...sometimes uses the kettle, but prefers to race trick ladders against the toaster....
Today I raced the saucepan against the BKO 2012 Advanced ladder. Had to add the rice before I conquered #20. I blame the low ceiling.  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: steffibearpaw on 16 January, 2012, 19:34:33
Today my little daughter (6 years old) reached Arround the World for the first time.... soooo proud of her  8)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 January, 2012, 22:37:04
ATW at 6? That's pretty good going!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 January, 2012, 15:44:02
KCC#8: 21 misses
BKA Advanced tricks": 20 misses

I think I need to make the latter a more regular practice, since I obviously need to polish that up.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BatDancer on 21 January, 2012, 14:38:57
Today I "barista'd" a trick ( ie raced the arrival of the coffee I was buying)

Makes a change from "kettling", "toastering" or "saucepanning"...

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 January, 2012, 22:16:13
Today I "barista'd" a trick
*Hi-5!*

I got a few people looking on in interest as I clicked for my coffee. (I can't remember what tricks a was doing - probably just general low-level jamming.) So that's got to be good. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 January, 2012, 16:48:19
Yesterday Batdancer gave me the idea for a trick: DoubleTap-back. By which, I don't mean two tap-backs in a row, I mean Tap-back, but with two taps in the same direction between the ball leaving and returning to the big cup. After seeing BD do this, I managed a [TripleTap]-back, and then 3 of those in a row. I'm sure a QuadTap-back must be possible too.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 24 January, 2012, 19:11:28
It would be possible with ample knees, Void!
 

Yesterday I managed a new spacewalk variation for the first time :-
Suicide - Handroll - Whirlwind Furiken! :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 January, 2012, 12:07:10
KCC#8: 21 misses
BKA Advanced tricks": 20 misses
KCC#8: 28
BKO Adv: 9
Well, one of them's going in the right direction!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: steffibearpaw on 26 January, 2012, 20:47:44
Today after 84 days of workout I reached TOUDAI for the first time.... so cool  8)... enjoy!

Day84- Toudai for the first time! (http://vimeo.com/35710671)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: ChrisD on 26 January, 2012, 21:56:35
Today, in my final run-through before Chocfest, I managed a legal run through to step 11 of the Beginners Trick Ladder, with about half a dozen errors accumulated along the way.  My best to date.  I've never yet managed Lighthouse, but if (if!) I get anywhere near this on Sat I'll be pleased. 

Chris
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: steffibearpaw on 27 January, 2012, 22:47:38
Today I am so motivated.... after "Lighthouse" yesterday, I tried "Faster than gravity".... incredible I made it this moment for 4 times.... ;D.... happy, happy, happy !
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: FilthyTown on 28 January, 2012, 22:32:17
I landed my first lunar and big cup stilts.  HUGE props to the people that can flip them 190909191991 times and can catch em clean.  It literally seems like it is impossible...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 29 January, 2012, 08:43:46
I landed my first lunar and big cup stilts.

Well done! That's a big achievement, that goes for both of you!
Tama tricks seem so out of reach when you begin learning them, but they eventually come round!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 29 January, 2012, 20:30:34
Congrats to Steffi & Filthy! Nicely done.
Keep setting your own personal goals, folks. Have fun challenging yourself!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 January, 2012, 20:33:16
After a brief chill-out following the NRC, I managed to get a little clicking done myself. I managed Banking to Wingwalker, which I've only hit once before.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 30 January, 2012, 19:21:55
Today I locked myself out of the flat with no kendamas (or bikes)! :'( :'( :'(
Forgot how quickly I get bored (and how much buses suck)....

#addicted

After a brief chill-out following the NRC, I managed to get a little clicking done myself. I managed Banking to Wingwalker, which I've only hit once before.

I saw it! Not the most visually impressive trick but still awesome! I'm working on it (when I can get back in).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: DanTheManWithThePlan on 03 February, 2012, 23:08:51
Today I did Around the World for the first time, only had a kendama for half a week, I could have cried.
Aha, I'm such a noob...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 03 February, 2012, 23:13:13
Today I did Around the World for the first time, only had a kendama for half a week, I could have cried. Aha, I'm such a noob...
Excellent! You're well on your way. So, what's your kettle trick (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,27.0.html)?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 04 February, 2012, 03:16:08
Swing to lighthouse! Got it three times total and once to falling!
EDIT: And now I just got sara grip around the USA! Oh happy day!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 February, 2012, 13:52:12
Nice one Adam, sweet stuff!

Yesterday I managed to feel like I was finally getting to grips with Swirls (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,147.0.html). I got several Swirl Aeroplanes, and a couple of (non-cack-handed) Swirl Swing Ins.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: steffibearpaw on 07 February, 2012, 16:51:02
This moment my little daughter (6)  managed  "around  prefecture" for the first time!!!! Congrats!! So proud.....  :) ;D :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 07 February, 2012, 20:47:43
This moment my little daughter (6)  managed  "around  prefecture" for the first time!!!! Congrats!! So proud.....  :) ;D :)
That's great! Future BKO advanced champ in the making! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: FilthyTown on 08 February, 2012, 23:39:01
I was able to get a few slip grip stalls today...it feels so good to finally get them.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 09 February, 2012, 00:24:44
I was able to get a few slip grip stalls today...it feels so good to finally get them.


Awesome man! I remember my first few, loved it!

Today I...

filmed my ladder and uploaded it! etc etc etc haha

  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 10 February, 2012, 03:34:11
I was able to get a few slip grip stalls today...it feels so good to finally get them.


Awesome man! I remember my first few, loved it!


I've honestly never done many slip stalls... I mostly just go for the grip stalls instead. Always felt more comfy with them.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 10 February, 2012, 12:04:35
I was able to get a few slip grip stalls today...it feels so good to finally get them.
I've honestly never done many slip stalls... I mostly just go for the grip stalls instead. Always felt more comfy with them.
Uh.... what? Unless you mean the first one in Secret Grip and the second one in Ken Grip (which is called Backhand Slip Grip Special[1])?
 1. #73 on http://www.kendama.co.uk/100tricks.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/100tricks.html)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: FilthyTown on 10 February, 2012, 13:56:56
I realize my trick vocabulary is probably not very accurate, working on learning the official trick names/combos.

 The first one I learned was using ken grip and stalling the ball on the ring around the edge of the bottom cup, I also was able to hop the ball from that position a few times and stall the second more rounded ring.
The first trick in this video shows what I am trying to describe.
Daniel Robinson Kendama Mini Edit #1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHHS8swT5Uc#ws)

Yesterday however I learned them using the special grip, which so far is one of the hardest tricks I've been able to get.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 10 February, 2012, 14:41:53
That first trick we would call "Backhand Clifftop to Backhand Slip Grip Special[1]". Wasn't really confused by your comments, Filthy, it's Alex's seemingly splitting the trick name into two halves that's foxed us.
 1. or "....Slip Stop" or "...Slip Grip" for short.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 10 February, 2012, 14:52:00
Today I managed my first 2-turn aeroplane, very satisfying. Apparently I've just never tried them before.
Also did a full run of the BKO advanced ladder and reaslised, neither pinkie poke nor swing to pinkie are in the app, with gunslinger spike its better to gunslinger as late as possible and my lunars are really inconsistent.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 10 February, 2012, 15:01:26
Today I managed my first 2-turn aeroplane, very satisfying. Apparently I've just never tried them before.
Well done!
Also did a full run of the BKO advanced ladder and reaslised, neither pinkie poke nor swing to pinkie are in the app,
Nope, but it's in the BKO2012Advanced video, and I suspect your Android device will be able to play the "iPod" version that you can download from JTV...?
with gunslinger spike its better to gunslinger as late as possible and my lunars are really inconsistent.
Better to realise these things sooner rather than later. Daily practise is what the kendama doctor prescribes (http://www.kendama.co.uk/howiwon.html)!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 10 February, 2012, 16:12:21
Nope, but it's in the BKO2012Advanced video, and I suspect your Android device will be able to play the "iPod" version that you can download from JTV...?

I meant that you cannot add tricks to a custom ladder unless they are in the app so I can't add swing to pinky to the ladder I made for BKO advanced 2012, and as such I always forget to practice it (although now I've typed about it I doubt I'll forget again).
And daily practice is making a massive difference but I have got a small case of "kendama back"[1]
 1. An ache in the lower back, named like tennis elbow or swimmer's ear, sometimes comes coupled with "kendama thigh" a.k.a. "snowboarder's thigh" a.k.a. "it's-like-I-never-did-squats-before ache"
Title: "Today I..."
Post by: Peter on 10 February, 2012, 16:33:11
... tried the 2-Dan Tricklist once again. After getting all the tricks done in the requested number of catches, I finally ended with 210 Moshis, which is *agrmblf* !!!

Next time!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 10 February, 2012, 16:39:21
I meant that you cannot add tricks to a custom ladder unless they are in the app..
Ah, yes. A known issue, and one we are looking at for future updates.
Sorry about your back. Remember to stretch up straight between tricks!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 February, 2012, 16:46:14
I feel your pain, Peter. I have done all the compulsories for 4th Dan several times, only to be undone by Speed B and/or Moshi Kame. Stick at it!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Peter on 10 February, 2012, 17:01:47
Pain! That is all about it, isn't it? Void, I will definitely stick to it. I promised myself to play my Mugen only after I achieved 3-Dan Level. It is still unplayed...

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 12 February, 2012, 04:21:03
I was able to get a few slip grip stalls today...it feels so good to finally get them.
I've honestly never done many slip stalls... I mostly just go for the grip stalls instead. Always felt more comfy with them.
Uh.... what? Unless you mean the first one in Secret Grip and the second one in Ken Grip (which is called Backhand Slip Grip Special[1])?
 1. #73 on http://www.kendama.co.uk/100tricks.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/100tricks.html)
Definitely misread that the first time.. whoops
Around here we call stalling on the slip-stop a slip stall, and stall on the ring right around bottom cup a 'grip stall'
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Post by: Dadooh on 12 February, 2012, 07:15:16
Today i landed my first lunar flip. I dreamed of this trick since i started playing kendama wondering if i could do it one day. Now it's done! Pretty good feeling :D
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Post by: FilthyTown on 12 February, 2012, 14:05:06
Today i landed my first lunar flip. I dreamed of this trick since i started playing kendama wondering if i could do it one day. Now it's done! Pretty good feeling :D

MAJOR PROPS man!
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Post by: steffibearpaw on 13 February, 2012, 11:21:53
Today I finally reached to edit my new Video with some new tricks... after a computercrash and some problems with new Windows 7 ((
I'm happy to improve myself and very motivated  :)

Enjoy!

Day101... me and my Yellow Buddy (http://vimeo.com/36686643)
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Post by: FilthyTown on 13 February, 2012, 14:22:27
Today I finally reached to edit my new Video with some new tricks... after a computercrash and some problems with new Windows 7 ((
I'm happy to improve myself and very motivated

Very nice, I enjoyed the bat(such a cool looking trick)...I just ordered a yellow ozora and keyaki.  Should be here today or tomorrow I hope.
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Post by: steffibearpaw on 13 February, 2012, 15:58:48
I realize my trick vocabulary is probably not very accurate, working on learning the official trick names/combos.

 The first one I learned was using ken grip and stalling the ball on the ring around the edge of the bottom cup, I also was able to hop the ball from that position a few times and stall the second more rounded ring.
The first trick in this video shows what I am trying to describe.
Daniel Robinson Kendama Mini Edit #1 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHHS8swT5Uc#ws)

Yesterday however I learned them using the special grip, which so far is one of the hardest tricks I've been able to get.

Beautiful edit ... where is the place where the blue Kendamas grow? I'd like to reap one  :) :)
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Post by: AlexSmith on 13 February, 2012, 19:34:27
Today i landed my first lunar flip. I dreamed of this trick since i started playing kendama wondering if i could do it one day. Now it's done! Pretty good feeling :D
Congrats. That trick is a tough on to conquer!
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Post by: The Void on 14 February, 2012, 00:25:42
Today I executed a Reverse Gunslinger for the first time. Certainly the ugliest, most cack-handed Rev Gunslinger ever, but I did it. It still feels like Captain Wrong of all the tricks in the kendama army though. :)
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Post by: steffibearpaw on 14 February, 2012, 15:37:14
Today I had a very hard Japanese lesson..... i wanted to know what the hell is the content of this "Moshikame song"  :o
This is the result of my research.... thanks a lot to Rabbit and Tortoise starring  :)
and being patient with my 100 tries of singing and pronouncing in the right way  :)  ;)  ;D

Have fun with "Usagi to kame" ... Cheers!

Untitled (http://vimeo.com/36769082)
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Post by: SamB on 14 February, 2012, 18:28:04
Today I had a very hard Japanese lesson..... i wanted to know what the hell is the content of this "Moshikame song"
Inspired by the above I put the Japanese "もしかめ" (moshi kame) into google translate. Apparently it translates to "If the turtle"
This I never knew. Today I had a go at If the turtling up the stairs. later I'm going to see for how long I can if the turtle. Hopefully one day I will if the turtle a thousand times (or even if 1000 turtles).

If the turtle could
if the turtle for all day
would it, the turtle?

[1]
 1. Today I... wrote my first haiku
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Post by: The Void on 14 February, 2012, 18:44:07
If the turtle
Ha ha at all that!

Today I did BKO 2012 advanced with 8 misses. Still practising.....
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Post by: steffibearpaw on 14 February, 2012, 19:36:49
Today I had a very hard Japanese lesson..... i wanted to know what the hell is the content of this "Moshikame song"
Inspired by the above I put the Japanese "もしかめ" (moshi kame) into google translate. Apparently it translates to "If the turtle"
This I never knew. Today I had a go at If the turtling up the stairs. later I'm going to see for how long I can if the turtle. Hopefully one day I will if the turtle a thousand times (or even if 1000 turtles).

If the turtle could
if the turtle for all day
would it, the turtle?


And here is the translation of the song:  ;D

Hello there, Tortoise, Mr. Tortoise
There isn't anyone in the world
Who walks as slowly as you do
Why is it that you're so slow?

Mr. Hare says that
He'll have a race with you
To the base of the far away hill
Where did he run ahead to?

No matter how fast the turtle goes
I won't see him until evening at best
I'll take a little nap here
Snore, snore, snore, snore

He messed up and slept too much
Hop, hop, hop, hop
Hop, hop, hop
Mr. Hare is too late
What happened to his pride from before?

Transliterated by 殺戮天使
http://www.crimsonxsilk.wordpress.com (http://www.crimsonxsilk.wordpress.com)

Translated by CoolShades




[1]
 1. Today I... wrote my first haiku
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 February, 2012, 14:49:38
Today I did BKO 2012 advanced with 8 misses. Still practising.....
7.
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Post by: SamB on 15 February, 2012, 15:06:21
Today I did BKO 2012 advanced with 8 misses. Still practising.....
7.
50.  :-\
The moon circle is not my friend atm. Also missed 2 aeroplanes. My target is to catch you up though Void.
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Post by: The Void on 15 February, 2012, 15:25:29
Today I did BKO 2012 advanced with 8 misses. Still practising.....
7.
50.  :-\
The moon circle is not my friend atm. Also missed 2 aeroplanes. My target is to catch you up though Void.
I challenge you to have that down to 25 by Feb 25th (Bath Upchuck - you going?). Definitely doable with 1 or 2 daily runs.
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Post by: SamB on 15 February, 2012, 15:44:56
I challenge you to have that down to 25 by Feb 25th (Bath Upchuck - you going?). Definitely doable with 1 or 2 daily runs.
'Fraid not I have to see a man about a tortoise that day and ride a bike 100 miles the next (not my usual weekend plans). That's a good taget though so I'll keep working at it.
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Post by: Adam K on 17 February, 2012, 14:29:25
. . . Managed Bird - fly over valley - return over valley - fly over valley - spike!

But I had some less glorious moments to make up for it. I was trying around the USA, and I'd just done an earthturn, but for the life of me I couldn't remember whether that was the first, second, or third earthturn, and thus had to abandon the attempt and start again. Quite humbling.
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Post by: The Void on 17 February, 2012, 14:34:45
Ha, I've done a similar thing quite often.... ball flying through the air, brainfreeze! "Wait, which catch was I going for?!" ...miss! :)
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Post by: Oase on 17 February, 2012, 18:57:08
Today i lost one of my kendamas...it hurts !!!!!
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Post by: The Void on 18 February, 2012, 12:17:57
Lost = misplaced? stolen? or it died?  :-\
Hope you make it through the grieving process okay!

Today I glued a ken tip for the first time - it's only taken me 4 years to get around to doing it.
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Post by: Oase on 18 February, 2012, 19:13:06
i wanna say misplaced..hope i`m gone find it !!!
Today i did aerial trick all day with a jumbo... is  the most fun you can have !!
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Post by: Peter on 19 February, 2012, 20:20:09
... tried the 2-Dan tricklist once again. Ended up with everything done, than Moshikame. The turtle was caught 141 times, the hare only 141, and then: no turtle anymore... Aaaargh!!! :'( 

Next time. My precioussss... har har har!
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Post by: steffibearpaw on 19 February, 2012, 21:22:17
... we had an awesome Kendama Meeting:
CKO Champion Peter Bergmann from Munich came  to Stuttgart to teach me some tricks... and I managed "Swing in" for two times !!
... now looking forward to the 4 Kyu... Peter , you are a great teacher, thank you  :)
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Post by: GbH on 22 February, 2012, 12:48:01
Aaaaagh!  I just did all of 3rd Dan......except for messing up on the moshis right at the end.  So, still not completed it properly.  I'm beginning to think that 3rd Dan is one step too far for me...and that's without the pressure of an official judge.
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Post by: The Void on 22 February, 2012, 13:36:39
I did the same thing with 4th Dan on Monday. Scraped the STB in 56secs, but then dropped on 720 moshis. Annoying, even though I have completed it[1] before. Stick with it!

Well, if you decide to make it to Upchuck (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,299.0.html) for the day time, I can give you that 'official pressure'. :)
 1. self-certified only
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Post by: PAshaRome on 22 February, 2012, 14:50:43
 :o I did all 4 dan tricks today  :o
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Post by: FilthyTown on 22 February, 2012, 17:22:20
I did a few 1 turn lunar lander's today.  Still can't seem to flip the ken proper when doing lunar flips though... :'(

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Post by: BKA on 22 February, 2012, 18:50:41
Wow, well done Pasha!

Do you use string hook or hanging start for the 1-turn lunars, Elrick? The former can get in the way. As for the somersaults, I suppose you probably need to concentrate on aligning the push along the length of the ken, and getting a smooth launch.
Practice!
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Post by: donald grant on 22 February, 2012, 19:51:47
Messing about upon my return from Belfast, I somehow managed to somersault from lunar to axe this evening.  Inspired by the improbability of it all, a couple of minutes later I got lighthouse - axe - somersault to lighthouse - somersault to lunar.  This is all highly out of character.....:)
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Post by: GbH on 22 February, 2012, 21:52:22
Well, if you decide to make it to Upchuck (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,299.0.html) for the day time, I can give you that 'official pressure'. :)

Up chuck is still a possibility, but I'd have to leave at about 1530hrs, which isn't ideal, given that it tends to be a late starting event too.  Sadly, I suspect that I'll remain here.
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Post by: FilthyTown on 23 February, 2012, 14:25:43
Do you use string hook or hanging start for the 1-turn lunars, Elrick?

I believe it is the hanging start...I just hold the ken similar to doing airplanes, but let it kind of 'roll/twist' off the tips of my fingers.
I know of the string hook technique, but when I tried it I was already getting so used to the hanging start that I never went back and learned the string hook.  Seems like there would be a few more possibilities with the string hook swing though?
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Post by: ChrisD on 23 February, 2012, 17:14:13
Today I finally landed my first Lighthouse, and then a second shortly after.  :D
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Post by: The Void on 24 February, 2012, 11:18:22
I believe it is the hanging start...I just hold the ken similar to doing airplanes, but let it kind of 'roll/twist' off the tips of my fingers.
I know of the string hook technique, but when I tried it I was already getting so used to the hanging start that I never went back and learned the string hook.  Seems like there would be a few more possibilities with the string hook swing though?
Yep, that's the hanging/held start (as opposed to the string hook). I learned with the string hook, and I've never really got to grips with the hanging start. Not sure about possibilities - I've never really thought about it much.

@ChrisD: Well done, I knew you'd get there! :D
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Post by: Dadooh on 25 February, 2012, 11:34:35
Today I landed my first stilt flip and 1-turn stilt!!!!!!! Love my shin fuji :D
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Post by: PAshaRome on 25 February, 2012, 19:38:26
Moshikame 2500 failed (2272 reached) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnaRAOmpauw#ws)

Today I  hit 2272 moshikame
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Post by: John on 26 February, 2012, 08:20:34
Yeesh, that's a LOT of clicking PAshaRome... props to you, sir.

Today, I failed for the uncountable-th time to do horse under the valley, or stilts over the valley or however you butter your bread - I've been trying for weeks now and still no moment of success. Gah!
It's getting to the stage where I'm considering magnets...
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Post by: The Void on 26 February, 2012, 14:48:30
Pasha, that's really impressive!
Today I did BKO 2012 advanced with 8 misses. Still practising.....
7.
4.

A good day all in all, I also managed 13 Jumping Sticks in a row (my record) and 4 Moon Circles in a row too.
Failed 4th Dan only on Moshi Kame... 30!  :o

John - yep, I can't get the Stiltwalk going either.

Donald.... are you doing Matty impressions? ;)
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Post by: FilthyTown on 26 February, 2012, 17:57:45

Today I  hit 2272 moshikame


Wow.  For some reason I get to about 100 and my brain gets all tangled up. haha
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 27 February, 2012, 08:46:23
Void, what's a moon circle? Is that the trick Dave and Sam (I think) were doing at the southern finals where you spin a moon landing horizontally with your finger?
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Post by: BKA on 27 February, 2012, 10:56:37
No, not that one. It's for Toby to name that one, since he invented it.

Moon Circle is the translation of Engetsu Sappou, aka Suicide Swing In. Guy mentioned that where the community seems to have settled on a trick name, then it probably makes sense to go down that route (eg Stilts for Bamboo Horse, Spacewalk for Suicide Aeroplane, etc).
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Post by: ChrisD on 27 February, 2012, 13:41:42

@ChrisD: Well done, I knew you'd get there! :D

Thanks for your confidence Void!  I must admit it seemed a big stopper to me for a long time, but Lighthouses are now coming with some regularity.  Today I've had a successful run of the BKO Beginners ladder to step 11 (3 misses accumulated) and then continuing to step 12 (5 misses accumulated1).   :)

Chris

1 is it a foul in Lighthouse if the string catches between the ball and ken (so the ken stands on the string as well as the ball)?  Scrub the above claim if so!

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Post by: BKA on 27 February, 2012, 14:01:43
is it a foul in Lighthouse if the string catches between the ball and ken (so the ken stands on the string as well as the ball)?  Scrub the above claim if so!
No, that's fine by the BKA[1]. That comes under the heading of "making it more difficult for yourself"!
 1. Not sure what the JKA think...
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Post by: John on 27 February, 2012, 14:48:58
Aaah yes, Toby, not Sam. It's been awhile, whoops! Thanks for the clarification of the trick, BKA.

I managed to hop from horse to horse for the first time... and then missed the spike. It didn't count anyway as I placed the horse with my hands to practice the jump... one day, horsie. One day. If I have any hair left. :)
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Post by: donald grant on 28 February, 2012, 20:14:44
The madness continues......

Swing 1-turn to axe, to moon landing, to in.

My lovely old yellow sunrise is so forgiving!

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Post by: The Void on 28 February, 2012, 21:42:22
Donald, what's your axe-to-moon technique? Is it a little 'nod', or do you do a spin too?
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Post by: donald grant on 28 February, 2012, 23:24:30
On this particular combo, it was just "a nod" to moon (so astonished at pulling the first trick!).  Will let you know when axe-flip to moon comes to visit!  The way the old sunrise is playing at the moment, I get the feeling that anything is possible....:)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 February, 2012, 13:43:20
Today I did BKO 2012 advanced with 8 misses. Still practising.....
7.
50.  :-\
The moon circle is not my friend atm. Also missed 2 aeroplanes. My target is to catch you up though Void.
I challenge you to have that down to 25 by Feb 25th (Bath Upchuck - you going?). Definitely doable with 1 or 2 daily runs.
Did you make it?
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Post by: shalafi on 01 March, 2012, 12:09:08
Well, back to practicing, I am getting consistent with scoop big cup and whirliwind big cup, still having problems with the thumb trap.

Also, almost 250 moshi-kames and a successful pre-dan self certfication. Trying to push for that or even 1st dan on Lublin (if I find the time to go)
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Post by: The Void on 01 March, 2012, 13:24:47
Nice one Shalafi.

My tips for the thumb trap (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,377.0.html).
I only worked out that (2) was what I do when someone asked me about it at Upchuck. Hope that helps!
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Post by: SamB on 01 March, 2012, 16:08:10
Back on the BKO 2012 list and...
First try: 32 misses  (11 lunar misses)
Second try: 13 misses (spacewalk, lighthouse somersault, lunar lander and moon circle all first time!)

The practice is paying off!
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Post by: Ian F on 02 March, 2012, 09:38:22
Last night I......

Landed the upsidedownyslipgripspecialthingy, pretty sure that's it's oficial title, maybe Void has an opinion on this, for it is he that has cost me 3 weeks of sanity by showing it to me at the Ball Ring Convention!

The Secret..NO KNEES !! 

....only kidding ;-)
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Post by: donald grant on 02 March, 2012, 11:35:20
Thanks to the encouragement/ goading of Void, last night I finally hit axe-flip to moon- flip to lighthouse.  Enough of the hard stuff, I'm now going to concentrate on coming up with weird/ silly stuff for Southend in April.....
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Post by: The Void on 02 March, 2012, 12:19:07
Moshikame 2500 failed (2272 reached) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnaRAOmpauw#ws)Today I  hit 2272 moshikame
I suspect a lot of people will have thought "I'm not watching 16 minutes of Moshi Kame". I certainly did. BUT I just watched the last 45 seconds. It tells a slightly unexpected story... go watch!
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Post by: The Void on 02 March, 2012, 12:21:58
Sam, yesterday I got 4 again, but the day before it was 21 & 17, so you could say you've caught me up.

Ian, some people call it Backhand Slip Grip Special[1] (but what do they know?) ;) Nice one dude!

Donald.... "encouragement/goading"? I merely asked a question. Glad it had that effect though! Well done.
 1. Ken grip, not Secret grip
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: John on 03 March, 2012, 06:33:11
Inspired by Donald's latest ridiculous combos, I did a hanging start to axe and managed to land it *without* using the hole, which surprised me greatly as I didn't even consider that a possible balance! Chances are I'll never do it again, of course. But it was a pleasing few moments, until I gingerly started stepping towards my camera for proof and of course, it all fell apart.
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Post by: PAshaRome on 03 March, 2012, 20:47:37
Guys. 26'31'' / around 3700 cliks....
Is this the best european/american/non japan result???
I hope so :D
Moshikame 26 minutes and 31 seconds. Something like 3700 clicks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsqZHPWc_EE#ws)
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Post by: Toby on 03 March, 2012, 21:04:11
No, not that one. It's for Toby to name that one, since he invented it.

Not really thought about it...maybe something like Moontable?! (moon landing+turntable) I'm open to suggestions....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 March, 2012, 14:41:12
I see I referred to it as "Toby's Moon Pivot" in the SRC thread. ?

Pasha, that's awesome! It's certainly the best non-Japanese moshi run I know of, and it goes straight into the How Many Times thread for a forum record.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Toby on 04 March, 2012, 15:55:58
Yeah, "Moon pivot" or "pivot the moon" sounds good to me... could also have "pivot the thumb trap"...
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Post by: VASBVA on 04 March, 2012, 19:35:32
Today I managed to land a counter-ufo to lunar, and then from lunar i flicked it so it did a counter-ufo to spike.  Kind of hard to explain but definitely one of my favorite tricks I've done recently.  On camera too hehe.
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Post by: The Void on 05 March, 2012, 23:10:41
I can't quite picture that, VASVBA, but it sounds impressive!

Today I tried a 10 minute run of Moshi Kame. I made it to 9m30 (which is probably about 1400 clicks at the speed I go at). Then I did all the rest of the 4th Dan tricks. Woo!

Now my right knee hurts.  :-\
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Post by: PAshaRome on 05 March, 2012, 23:15:50
I can't quite picture that, VASVBA, but it sounds impressive!

Today I tried a 10 minute run of Moshi Kame. I made it to 9m30 (which is probably about 1400 clicks at the speed I go at). Then I did all the rest of the 4th Dan tricks. Woo!

Now my right knee hurts.  :-\
Respect, Void! I failed completely all my programs today :D
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Post by: shalafi on 06 March, 2012, 08:52:42
Ok, not very impressive for the tricks you do here, but I did around the cosmos for the first time yesterday

I am getting quite consistent with the self-certification of pre-dan and I want to move forward to 1st Dan, that trick was the only one in the list I had not done before. With enough practice I think I can get to the 1st Dan for the EJC.
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Post by: The Void on 06 March, 2012, 12:23:32
Thanks, Pasha. I'll try again today, if my knee holds up.

Shalafi, don't knock it! Whatever level you are at, it's all about progression. Every breakthrough is to be celebrated. Well done. (By the way, you know the ball must leave the spike for the first stage of Cosmos, right? i.e. you can't do it like slip-on-stick.)
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Post by: shalafi on 06 March, 2012, 12:40:53
Shalafi, don't knock it! Whatever level you are at, it's all about progression. Every breakthrough is to be celebrated. Well done. (By the way, you know the ball must leave the spike for the first stage of Cosmos, right? i.e. you can't do it like slip-on-stick.)
I know it is about progression :-)

I thought it was slip-on-stick. Damned, then I have not done it... yet!
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Post by: robin_bird on 06 March, 2012, 14:00:10
As a relative beginner, I was really pleased to land gunslinger last night for the first time.  The gunslinger that I was taught is slightly different.  You pull up the ball, do the gunslinger twirl and end on the spike. 

On Saturday, I landed bird for the first, (second, third, and forth time) and I did an earth turn with my left hand. 
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Post by: PAshaRome on 06 March, 2012, 14:41:38
Bird over what? And return where?

2012-03-06 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMLbAhXqgiA#ws)

UPD: "Slip Grip Special > Clifftop" (and back)
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Post by: BKA on 06 March, 2012, 15:07:13
Robin, those are 2 different tricks: "Gunslinger" and "Gunslinger Spike". But well done on your progress. Have you tried self-certifying yourself at any of the official skill levels (http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html) yet?

Pasha, there's no "Bird" in there at all. Another case of "name vs description". It's a transition between two tricks, so
"Slip Grip Special > Clifftop" (and back)
Nice one!
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Post by: robin_bird on 06 March, 2012, 18:30:20
I haven't tried the official skill levels, yet, but I've been playing around with a bunch of tricks.  Maybe, I should give that a try.

By the way, I just took a 15 minute kendama break from work and landed stabbing heaven and scoop spike for the first time and a couple times after that. 

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Post by: SamB on 06 March, 2012, 19:19:01
I love that trick Pasha. One of my greatest moments in kendama was accidentally pulling it off  at the SRC in front of everyone. There is a Japanese video online somewhere of a guy doing it back and forth 4 or 5 times but I can't find it. That may have the Japanese name on it.

Today I only got 200 moshi kames. Much more practice needed to beat any of the recent records here I reckon .....
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Post by: The Void on 06 March, 2012, 19:55:40
You're referring to one of the Freedom Kendama videos, Sam. I can't remember which one, but they're both here:
Juggling.tv the online depository for Juggling Videos - run by Jugglers for Jugglers (http://juggling.tv/#)

200 is enough for 1st Dan - a step up for you. I only got 3m20 today, which is not enough for me to step up.

Nice going, Robin!
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Post by: SamB on 06 March, 2012, 20:40:15
Found it!
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y00YJH0hS68 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y00YJH0hS68#)
" 極意渡り4回連続 " google translates to " Four times in a row over the secret ". So I guess you could call it over the secret?

Since that last post I got my first small cup lunar and came this close |-----| to my first lunar somersault!
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Post by: PAshaRome on 06 March, 2012, 21:45:42
Fantastic video!

Btw, this evening 23 min 57 sec of moshikame, o-zara balancing and 4 sleepgripspecial in raw. o_O That a mad day!

Balancing (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEoijx5nmt0#ws)

Void, I found the name: Gokui Watari

Kendama けん玉 極意渡り (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKo7BvJDl9s#)
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Post by: shalafi on 07 March, 2012, 08:35:57
Changing the tricks a bit, yesterday I landed Fast Hand Big Cup and Fast Hand Base Cup.

Also I failed miserably to self-certify for Pre-dan. I have lots of problems in getting 5/10 swing-in. I think I have lighthouse more consistent. than my swing-in, shameful.
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Post by: steffibearpaw on 07 March, 2012, 10:03:59
This night I finally reached the last "hard trick" of the EKO Beginners Trick Ladder... Trapeze acrobats!

First I exercised swinging some potato in a potholder  :) It is very useful for keeping  "alive" my Kendama and my windows  ;D
Thanks to Peter for this fantastic idea... I had a lot of fun with potato- juggling !

Lublin I'm coming!

Day 124 Finally.... Trapeze acrobats! (http://vimeo.com/38083253)

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Post by: John on 08 March, 2012, 14:35:18
Aaahh yes, slip-grip to clifftop is a very nice trick indeed, one I don't practice much at all. I've been far more pre-occupied since learning lunar flips, which give a very satisfying chunky click when they land. Not done 2 in a row yet, but I am a horrifically slow learner.
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Post by: PAshaRome on 08 March, 2012, 16:53:08
Today i made 8 slip grip special in row...
Slip grip special - すべり止め極意 - suberidome gokui - x8 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3VirmDH3H8#ws)
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Post by: PAshaRome on 08 March, 2012, 21:05:47
Sorry, 11 slip grip special

Slip grip special - すべり止め極意 - suberidome gokui - x11 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w2874O6KJCM#ws)
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Post by: FilthyTown on 10 March, 2012, 17:01:34
Finally got the feel down for doing hanging 1-turn airplanes.

Now that the weather is getting nice its time to learn spacewalk/suicides!!
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Post by: shalafi on 10 March, 2012, 18:30:38
Finally I managed to do small cup bird. Then I did again. Flying over the valley is one step closer.

Also, 280 moshikames, personal record, with a new stringless kendama, which makes it much easier.

And 4/10 jumping sticks, although I needed only 1/10 for my current target.
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Post by: shalafi on 13 March, 2012, 08:37:15
Today I managed to do the "Speed Trick B" in under 5 minutes.

Not too bad considering that Around Europe and 1-turn aeroplane were on the edge of my skill not too long ago.
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Post by: Thorny on 13 March, 2012, 19:27:35
Today I self-certified myself 2nd Dan! I was going to go for 3rd but thought the 500 Moshikame was a little daunting... but with some concentration (and a song by Modest Mouse for timing help) I reached 307 and then spiked it for my own final satisfaction!

Yay, me.  ;D
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Post by: BKA on 14 March, 2012, 11:39:31
Nice work, both of you!
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Post by: GbH on 16 March, 2012, 13:01:43
Just self-certificated 3rd Dan for first time.  A few dodgy moments, but somehow got through it.  620 moshies at that end, which the app verified exactly.   8)
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Post by: FilthyTown on 16 March, 2012, 18:24:35
Probably a million posts like this but today I landed...

My first lunar flip lunar!
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Post by: The Void on 17 March, 2012, 14:45:28
Good going Guy. It took me a week to get 4th Dan again after I last did it. Just had 2 days off kendama completely - must get back on the case. Need to get 4th to a "more often than not" stage to have any hope of doing it under exam conditions.

Filthy, that's something I really need to practise. My Moon Somersaults are usually crash-landings.
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Post by: SamB on 19 March, 2012, 12:28:05
After a rubbish week of kendama last week, this week is off to a great start with a PB moshi kame run of 520 and a PB on speed trick B of 51 seconds. The aim now is to self qualify 3rd Dan by the end of the week.  :D
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Post by: The Void on 19 March, 2012, 12:50:57
Nice going Sam!
I just managed 4th Dan for the 2nd day in a row, although yesterday's was my second attempt of the day, so that probably shouldn't count.
Skin of my teeth on STB every time though.....
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Post by: FilthyTown on 23 March, 2012, 19:51:10
Void STB is a strange one.  Some days I can bomb through it no problem other days it just gets the best of me.

Today I learned Axe's and 1-turn Axe.  Took me soooooo long to pull one off clean. >:(
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Post by: SamB on 24 March, 2012, 15:34:35
Today I achieved my goal and self graded 3rd dan with 750 moshi kames (pb), 1:37 STB and 13 misses on the trick ladder!!!
Very pleased! The daily practice and trying new tricks is really paying off!
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Post by: Dadooh on 28 March, 2012, 15:25:29
Today I managed the Dan Ladder with only 9 misses (personal record)  :D
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Post by: Thorny on 29 March, 2012, 12:02:11
The day before yesterday I... managed trapeze to bird! :D
such a difficult stress inducing trick, but I managed to defeat it eventually.
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Post by: The Void on 29 March, 2012, 16:49:57
Do you mean Trapeze Acrobats to Bird? Nice job, if so!

Although tricks that start with that 'hanging loaded swirl' are called Whirlpool (Uzushio/うずしお) tricks, e.g.
http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/pages/842.html (http://www19.atwiki.jp/shakemid/pages/842.html) (But confusingly, Trapeze Acrobats is not "Whirlpool Base Cup"..... maybe because it doesn't have the fast catch (Faster Than..?) bit in there?)

Today I clocked my fastest STB time of 43 seconds, including one miss, so still room for improvement. (But I still failed 4th Dan :-/)
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Post by: Thorny on 30 March, 2012, 22:55:35
Cheers for clarifying that Void. I had a fast catch in there, so think in that case what I managed would have been 'Whirlpool Bird'?
There was no swing to bird afterward releasing the 'hanging loaded swirl'... I actually never even considered that, truth be told.
Hard luck on not achieving 4th Dan, mate. At least you set a new personal best with the STB!
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Post by: The Void on 31 March, 2012, 11:21:54
Whirlpool Bird it is then. Sweet!

Cheers, I managed 4th Dan the next day with a 48sec STB, so I'm not too gutted. :-) Of course, this self-certification malarkey is all very well, but it means nothing until the actual test. Fingers crossed for the next time I can do one...
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Post by: FilthyTown on 01 April, 2012, 00:57:50
STB in 48 sec...that is very impressive Void!  I just found out that I have been doing around japanx2 and around the worldx2 wrong.  Went back and did STB the right way and finished at 1:43.

Finally landed an inward lunar also, such a good feeling trick.
Also learned 1-turn stilt,  I was going through a 1-turn/2-turn phase for a week or two.  ;D
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Post by: The Void on 03 April, 2012, 16:49:04
Quote
Today I did BKO 2012 advanced with 8 misses. Still practising.....
7.
4.
4 today. But then 21 next attempt. Inconsistency trauma!
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Post by: The Void on 04 April, 2012, 17:49:22
2. Then 21. What?!  :-\
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Post by: The Void on 09 April, 2012, 17:34:13
12, 16, 14. D'oh.
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Post by: robin_bird on 17 April, 2012, 14:41:14
Last night at juggling / kendama club, I landed bird for the first time, including finishing the trick with a spike.  Even better, some of my friends actually saw it.  I've never been able to finish the trick with a spike. 

Maybe this means, I'll actually get gunslinger one of these days, especially if I devote more time to practicing!
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Post by: FilthyTown on 25 April, 2012, 20:05:53
Been awhile since I've had time to dama...
Yesterday night I managed Swing in -little bird- reverse earthspin-big bird- earthspin-spike.

Alex Ruisch inspired that one in the Sunrise edit.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 25 April, 2012, 20:16:24
... managed an aeroplane and two jumping sticks in a row. I'm currently heavily practicing aeroplanes and everytime I catch, I'll try a jumping stick. Not very successfully so far. Might have the influence of been Nic's "Single trick II" that I watched today.
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Post by: The Void on 01 May, 2012, 12:40:12
I managed Super Flamingo Spacewalk last night. It had always seemed really frantic, and unlikely to be achievable. Then I engaged my brain... "What if I make the first throw with a slower rotation?". Well, whaddya know, it makes all the difference! (It's still hard, though!)

Also, Hanging Triangle Candle, and courtesy of Orin, a penguin catch Aeroplane, and a Hand Throw Aeroplane.
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Post by: Thorny on 01 May, 2012, 15:27:21
I managed Super Flamingo Spacewalk last night. It had always seemed really frantic, and unlikely to be achievable. Then I engaged my brain... "What if I make the first throw with a slower rotation?". Well, whaddya know, it makes all the difference! (It's still hard, though!)

Also, Hanging Triangle Candle, and courtesy of Orin, a penguin catch Aeroplane, and a Hand Throw Aeroplane.


I have a rough idea what a couple of these are... but I'm rather unaware of these names haha! I can't remember what Super Flamigo is, I think Tornado Sycthe Weasel has pushed out other names from my memory. As that (and 'Scythe Weasel') are the only spacewalk combo names I can remember.
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Post by: The Void on 01 May, 2012, 17:12:46
See WKC 4th+ Dan video for SFS, see Knees for others.
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Post by: Thorny on 06 May, 2012, 12:28:19
In the time since past, I have landed SF Spacewalk (tiring...) and on Thursday I landed Merry Go Round! :D
Astounded, is not the word.

EDIT: Decided to slam this link in here... Merry Go Round: メリーゴーランド通常&スロー (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbSwWHEeZO4#)
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Post by: The Void on 08 May, 2012, 18:04:53
Nice work, Thorny. I remember just trying to get the spin right on that one, and getting nowhere! Flukey catch? (Not to sound mean, but it's got to be hard to time that right!)
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Post by: The Void on 09 May, 2012, 12:39:57
12m20s of Moshi. At about 155bpm, that's 1900+. A record for me. Then I finished off 4th Dan for good measure. :-) I also got a rare (for me) 100-catch run of 5 clubs. Last night was a good practice night!
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Post by: PAshaRome on 09 May, 2012, 15:52:58
12m20s of Moshi.

Great job!
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Post by: The Void on 10 May, 2012, 14:06:37
Cheers dude, I normally aim for 10 minutes, but I forgot to set my timer that night. :-)
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Post by: Thorny on 13 May, 2012, 18:58:04
Nice work, Thorny. I remember just trying to get the spin right on that one, and getting nowhere! Flukey catch? (Not to sound mean, but it's got to be hard to time that right!)

It took me a while to figure out how to spin it... turns out you just make it kinda flat, tilting it a little past horizontal (upwards) can help too... but yeah, it wasn't even a fluke. I tried a whole bunch of times and got a couple of near misses, then I finally landed it and it felt spectacular hahaha. Haven't done it again since, either but oh well, ey!

Also, 12 minutes? Good going man, that's rather impressive!
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Post by: ChrisD on 15 May, 2012, 19:21:39
During a quick screen-break this afternoon, I tried Bird for the first time ever, and landed it first time.  Needless to say I didn't manage it again in the subsequent 20 or so tries before I got back to work.  I should have quit while I still had my 100% record!

Chris
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Post by: Kernow Kendama on 27 May, 2012, 11:25:54
Today I....... landed Scoop Spike and The Half Swirl Aeroplane (cheers void)
Not bad for a slightly hazy sunday morning  ;)
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Post by: AlexSmith on 28 May, 2012, 03:24:15
Today I strung up a new prototype tama. So far so good! ...well, actually, its really good, can't wait to release em!
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Post by: LarsVegas on 30 May, 2012, 21:47:58
... played Kendama on a beach near Pula, Croatia. Only hard rocks, great for diving, cliff jumping and not getting sandy all over. But not so good for droping a Kendama.
Oh ... I played here yesterday and the day before yesterday too :)
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Post by: shalafi on 12 June, 2012, 14:12:07
I finally made the Bird fly from big cup to small cup. Although I started from bird position, but that means I can do each part of "Bird Fly over the Valley" I just need now to make them together.
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Post by: shalafi on 13 June, 2012, 20:54:49
And today I did 3 birds in a row.
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Post by: The Void on 13 June, 2012, 21:32:01
Nice one. Today I didn't find time to click. Argh, life.
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Post by: Chadman on 14 June, 2012, 01:43:55
Today I did 180 airplane + jumping stick and dirty bird to spike.
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Post by: AlexSmith on 14 June, 2012, 11:24:57
Nice one. Today I didn't find time to click. Argh, life.
This has been me the last 2-3 days as well, I don't know if its better or worse that my job has to do with kendama though. Surrounded by kendamas... but not playing them. Humm
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Post by: Kernow Kendama on 21 June, 2012, 12:30:09
It's been a long ole mission but today I............. Landed on the Moon :)
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Post by: BKA on 21 June, 2012, 15:18:50
You never forget your first Moon Landing. :)
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Post by: AlexSmith on 23 June, 2012, 12:29:18
First landing is a serious dama milestone, congrats. I still remember mine. Missed the in to finish it off proper though haha.

Today I played no kendama, which is a good thing. Spent 16 hours in a car driving home from Wenatchee, and my legs/back needed the break. We had a few days straight of dama and filming for 8+ hours a day, so much fun. I love playing with new people, learned so many neat new tricks
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Post by: shalafi on 23 June, 2012, 20:14:45
Yes! I did Bird Fly Over the Valley for the first time ever! Just to say that together with Moon Landing they always looked impossible milestones, and Moon Landing still is.

But, BFOtV has always been my favorite trick, so I am very happy!
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Post by: The Void on 25 June, 2012, 17:06:28
Nice one Raul!

Today I failed 4th Dan practice on both Moshi Kame and STB. :( #pressure
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Post by: The Void on 01 July, 2012, 13:44:33
Yesterday, for the first time in ages, I had a session of trying whatever tricks I felt like. It was nice to be released from the shackles of my exam/comp regimen. Had a bit of a crack at some of that fast throw stuff, and realised how bad I am at it. :)
Back to the grindstone today....
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Post by: shalafi on 17 July, 2012, 10:24:09
Getting there with the 1st Dan tricks, some of them I have them at the level of 2nd Dan, some of them not even at 1st.
Practicing Earth Turn, Falling Down and Around the Cosmos like crazy :)
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Post by: SamB on 17 July, 2012, 14:18:52
got back to preparing for Poland.
did very poorly on the moshi kame, couldn't get to 300. Much more practice needed.
managed to do every trick on the EKO tricklist at least twice although not very consistent for the second half of it.

I made up for my moshi kame performance by  landing 4 new tricks : scramble 1-turn aeroplane, scramble lighthouse and scramble lunar (the ken sticks in the hooked start position if you scramble fast enough) and a back of the hand lighthouse -> lighthouse somersault -> inside of fingers lighthouse -> in
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Post by: The Void on 25 July, 2012, 15:34:19
Today I got a new STB record:

41 seconds! Woo!
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Post by: AlexSmith on 26 July, 2012, 21:57:32
T(w)o day(s) ago I met Ruisch and Dutchkendama. Thus begins my reign of terror with a bilboquette. Seriously, these things are pretty dangerous haha
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Post by: AlexSmith on 30 July, 2012, 20:40:49
Today I was certified 3rd Dan by Katsuaki Shimadera-san. So happy! Haha totally ken-nerding out! I feel very honoured, EJC has been amazing so far.
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Post by: shalafi on 01 August, 2012, 20:41:27
I landed many tricks for the first time these days. Including moon landing, faster than lighthouse, hanging lighthouse, gunslinger earth turn and bird and turn in.
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Post by: The Void on 01 August, 2012, 20:44:25
Todayish I hit

Horizontal Half Swirl Aeroplane
Double Gunslinger-thrown1-turnAeroplane (Thanks Donald!)
Slam Aeroplane

All with witnesses, none with video. :)
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Post by: The Void on 03 August, 2012, 22:59:16
After an epic session of trying, I finally hit Spacewalk Rotor Blade. Thanks Sakai-San for your tips!
#uuchuuyuueiyamabikogaeshi
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Post by: shalafi on 04 August, 2012, 11:36:09
I saw it happening. After something like 100 tries, Void did the spacewalk rotor blade.
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Post by: The Void on 06 August, 2012, 20:54:07
After an epic session of trying, I finally hit Spacewalk Rotor Blade. Thanks Sakai-San for your tips!
#uuchuuyuueiyamabikogaeshi
And on Saturday, I got it twice in a row!

Meanwhile, today I.... Mostly sat on the sofa. Man, I'm tired. :)
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Post by: AlexSmith on 06 August, 2012, 21:14:36
And on Saturday, I got it twice in a row!
I can confirm this! Well done too, this trick still annoys me- I'm yet to complete it.

Today I filmed a trick with the camera sitting on a windowsill, so we couldn't really see how it was framed until after the fact. Complete the trick, take a look... Turns out my head was right at the very top of the frame. Ok... do it again. Second time only took 51 seconds to hit it! Yay! ....OK, crap, the camera was sitting at a bit of an angle this time... OK.... do it again. Third try takes maybe 7-8 minutes, but turns out great. Hoorah! Another one in the bag :p
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 August, 2012, 15:41:39
Why.... you mean to say you don't get all your tricks first time? Don't say Video lies to us! <gasp> ;)

Looking forwards to your next output...
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Post by: The Void on 11 August, 2012, 13:28:35
Today I started my 6th Dan training. Not trying to get all the x/10s, just trying to get one of each trick. 2-turn aeroplane still kills. It's going to take at least a year of training, and some luck.

And owww my knees....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 11 August, 2012, 13:59:45
Today I started my 6th Dan training. Not trying to get all the x/10s, just trying to get one of each trick. 2-turn aeroplane still kills. It's going to take at least a year of training, and some luck.

And owww my knees....
Practise 3 turn airplanes! Yea, they're damn hard, but then you'll go back to 2 turn and they'll seem just soo much easier haha.
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Post by: The Void on 11 August, 2012, 16:43:14
Oh, I meant 2-turn Lighthouse, but I expect your advice would remain the same! :D
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Post by: LarsVegas on 16 August, 2012, 19:57:51
... I hit Tsurushi Tomeken (Hanging Spike) for the first time. It's good to have these nice books from the EJC for some inspiration (I'm a book-ish kind of guy).
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Post by: The Void on 18 August, 2012, 22:24:46
Nice one Lars. :-)

Today I taught a few people a few basic moves in a circus-skills workshop I was running on a high street. Same again tomorrow....
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Post by: shalafi on 19 August, 2012, 13:34:15
I did Speed Trick B in 2:30 still not good enough for 3rd Dan but progressing quickly :)

Oh, and 470 moshi-kames (personal record), getting there!
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Post by: shalafi on 19 August, 2012, 16:04:14
I landed a UFO for the first time ever! I have been close to it a few times, another trick checked!
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Post by: Polish_Matt on 19 August, 2012, 20:35:06
Today I landed a candle, balanced it on my hand then caught it again :D (Had my Kendama for a week now)
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Post by: TheKendamaSensation on 09 September, 2012, 19:55:23
Today I ate a double cheesburger in 2 minutes, but I guess that doesn't apply.

I master Slip Stick Special (Ring.)
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Post by: shalafi on 11 September, 2012, 11:59:13
Practicing Speed Trick B, today I landed Jumping stick and 1-turn aeroplane at the first try, one after another. BAM! All the ladder again around 3 minutes.

On the dark side, Around Europe is the least consistent trick on the ladder for me ATM.

It kind of explains why I failed my 1st Dan on "Around the Cosmos". The worst part is that I do like that sort of trick a lot, but I still suck at them
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Post by: shalafi on 25 September, 2012, 14:30:52
Speed Trick B in 2:35. Getting there. I believe this has been my best run so far.
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Post by: Adam K on 26 September, 2012, 23:23:33
I've recently managed a few big ones
I've finally landed on the moon! At least once per practice session for the past five or so sessions, and twice to spike!
Around the USA with sideways earth turns (this one took a looong time)
Suicide - handroll - bird - in
Also, on a note to my stupidity, I FINALLY figured out that the proper way to swing to airplane (and lunar and whatever else) is by releasing the ken with a clockwise twist as opposed to a counter-clockwise twist. Everything feels so much better now!
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Post by: Kernow Kendama on 06 October, 2012, 18:34:53
So today I became the proud new owner of a Walnut sunrise with 3 pink stripes tama. Very nice looking, even the Mrs liked it:-) A few quick clicks before work revealed a higher and cleaner click sound. Look forward to playing it some more. Cheers n Gone
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Post by: The Void on 07 October, 2012, 13:44:39
Also, on a note to my stupidity, I FINALLY figured out that the proper way to swing to airplane (and lunar and whatever else) is by releasing the ken with a clockwise twist as opposed to a counter-clockwise twist. Everything feels so much better now!
Anticlockwise for a small-cup Stilt though (Which is easier than big cup stilt).

Sounds nice Tim!
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Post by: primechicken on 09 October, 2012, 18:28:12
I'm not sure what this trick is exactly called, but one of you guys will be able to name it for me for sure;
Today I landed a whirlwind-(spike?) I don't know if its called something different, but the ball is spiked instead of cupped after the ken flip.
Ya'll know what im talking about!
not the most technical trick, but I've only been playing dama for a few months so I was pretty stoked when I hit it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 09 October, 2012, 20:22:13
Yeah, that'll be a Whirlwind Spike. Nice one!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Bad Wolf on 11 October, 2012, 09:24:33
If I do a "downspike," and do an earthspin afterwards, is it called a "downspike-earthspin" ?

Anyhow, today I landed Around the USA.  All sara grip and downspikes.


Also, Void, after watching your tutorial on the Half-Swirl Aero, I actually landed the trick a few days ago.  I'm now experimenting with a few variations of my own.  Very stoked on the results so far!
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Post by: shalafi on 11 October, 2012, 10:51:10
I did the BKA speed trick in 26 seconds this weekend, best time of the Spanish Convention, pity I just timed it for fun since I couldn't participate.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 October, 2012, 13:49:04
If I do a "downspike," and do an earthspin afterwards, is it called a "downspike-earthspin" ?

Anyhow, today I landed Around the USA.  All sara grip and downspikes.

Also, Void, after watching your tutorial on the Half-Swirl Aero, I actually landed the trick a few days ago.  I'm now experimenting with a few variations of my own.  Very stoked on the results so far!
We call those Stabs and Backhand Earth Turns (or Backhand Jumping Sticks, etc), from the Japanese name Tama Tsukisashi/Ball Stab/Stabbing Heaven (Shortened to "Stab" 'cos it's easier to say). I have to say I'm pretty bad at the Backhand stuff. It's something I need to work on. So many tricks, so little time!

Glad the 1/2 Swirl Tutorial was helpful for you. :) Show us your results when you film 'em!

Getting quicker, Shalafi! Although I think I'm going to phase out the STC (or that STC, at least) from competitions.... we'll see...
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Post by: shalafi on 11 October, 2012, 13:57:52
Getting quicker, Shalafi! Although I think I'm going to phase out the STC (or that STC, at least) from competitions.... we'll see...
I know, but it was part of the competition, so I just timed it because everyone was doing it :)
Still trying to manage STB under 2 minutes... unsuccessful so far.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 21 October, 2012, 13:26:46
I got a quite consistent series of stabbing heaven going back (Jeffry style), much more consistent than last time I tried.

The earth turn stab is still not there... I've done it just a couple of times.
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Post by: The Void on 21 October, 2012, 23:45:36
Today I got 10/10 Around the Cosmos for the first time in my 6th Dan practice. Not everything else is going to plan so well.... But at least nothing's red in KendamApp for now.
Yesterday my knee hurt, today it's my back. This is a stupid hobby anyway! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 22 October, 2012, 07:52:59
Great Job Void! I am still struggling to get Around the Cosmos 2/10!
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Post by: Ian F on 22 October, 2012, 12:32:16
....landed Slip Grip Special to Cliff-top.......just the once and not back again, at Durham Juggling Convention. Does it have a sexier name? thinking of getting a tattoo ;-)
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Post by: BKA on 22 October, 2012, 13:44:56
Something like "Slip Grip over the valley"- you can decide on the sexiness thereof.
Nice one though.
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Post by: Ian F on 22 October, 2012, 20:05:02
That'll do me! Now where's Sacred Arts?
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Post by: kendamatty on 23 October, 2012, 01:44:09
Today I built a kendama bookcase then proceeded to nearly smash it to pieces in a handroll attempt with my alu KD. Danger in the living room..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 23 October, 2012, 13:18:36
Trapeze acrobats -> stabbing heaven. I saw Jeff doing it in the SunRIse Edit 3 and I thought, I have to try it... easier than I expected but cool trick nevertheless
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 October, 2012, 21:37:04
Ooh, I just tried that tonight[1]. The first time I got it, I wasn't quick enough in my transition, so my Stab ended up "only" actually being a backhand spike. I tried again, and grabbed the ken a little earlier, and so managed to make it a proper Stab to finish with.

Actually Jeffrey does it twice in Sunrise 3: once in silhouette right at the start, and once at around 3m in. Slightly different technique each time. The first one is a Fast Hand variation, which is pretty damn neat....

Actually, after typing all that, I just realised that you might have meant "Do Trapeze Acrobats, and then (from the Base Cup position), do a Stab". But since you referenced Sunrise 3, you probably didn't.  But that does give another trick idea for people to play with. :)
 1. So actually, it should be "Whirlpool Stab(..bing Heaven)".
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: mreasyguy on 23 October, 2012, 23:16:57
Finally got spacewalk handrolls under my belt! Was a trick that was bothering me for a while.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 October, 2012, 08:11:14
Actually Jeffrey does it twice in Sunrise 3: once in silhouette right at the start, and once at around 3m in. Slightly different technique each time. The first one is a Fast Hand variation, which is pretty damn neat....

Actually, after typing all that, I just realised that you might have meant "Do Trapeze Acrobats, and then (from the Base Cup position), do a Stab". But since you referenced Sunrise 3, you probably didn't.  But that does give another trick idea for people to play with. :)
Yes, what I did wa stopping on the base cup, which he also does... He may do all the variations of that in the video anyway.
Trying it w/out sopping is what I was going to start trying now.

Do we call that Backhand stabbing heaven?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 24 October, 2012, 13:38:04
There's not a lot of difference between doing Stab trick so that it swooshes across or beside the body. I suppose if you needed to make a distinction you could say "Stab (back)" or "Stab (backhand)" for the beside the body version.  <shrug>
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 26 October, 2012, 17:27:26
... got my  first super flamingo spacewalk and now I knackered!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 27 October, 2012, 13:37:18
That gives me an idea for a kendama game: A Super Flamingo race!

Meanwhile, today I cracked open a new yellow Oozora. Amazingly, it's my first one of the new gen models. Let's see how it fares......
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 28 October, 2012, 22:42:37
... got my  first super flamingo spacewalk and now I knackered!

I remember when I finally did that, Sam... I felt like dying! It was tiring, to say the least! haha

Today I finally managed a Double Turntable! :D Been practising my Turntables quite a lot recently after having seen Thorkild do a Quad-Table in the KROM! kendama movie trailer (which astounded me and made my brain melt slightly).
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Post by: kendamski on 03 November, 2012, 21:27:57
What is a super flamingo spacewalk?

Today I landed my first ever double bird flip.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 03 November, 2012, 21:50:24
See 4th-6th Dan video here: http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,429.msg3261.html#msg3261 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,429.msg3261.html#msg3261)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 08 November, 2012, 10:57:46
I finally did the hardest trick in the book[1] and I went Around Tunbridge Wells. One less life goal on the list...

http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,205.msg4967.html#msg4967 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,205.msg4967.html#msg4967)
 1. "Knees!" by The Void and Donald Grant
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 08 November, 2012, 21:03:46
Today[1] I managed to win a little mini-contest that Dutchkendama posted to Facebook (first person to do one of two tricks from his new edit). I was the first to do the trick[2] at the 1:00 mark. Real tricky, I managed to land it twice in about 55 minutes (first time the framing was way off). I am now a LOT better at catching rosoku after a moon circle haha

Dutchkendama 29 Trick - Moon Circle Rosoku Catch Smooth Fasthand to Lunar (in) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA2R-W-QpPI#)

 1. Ok it was last night, but after midnight, so lets just call it today anyways
 2. properly, according to Jeff
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 November, 2012, 20:21:24
Today I got a very nice UV Orange performer and played with it for a while. I managed to land Bird Fly Over the Valley quite quickly (and so far I only landed it 2 more times with a regular kendama)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 14 November, 2012, 12:47:14
Bird Fly Over the Valley is defintely simpler with the performer, I did another 3 times this morning.

On the other hand, I am getting consistent with 1-Turn aeroplane, thanks to the Speed Trick B
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Post by: shalafi on 19 November, 2012, 20:59:03
Finally! Lighthouse Sommersault!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 19 November, 2012, 22:26:12
Nice. I got 2/10 2-Turn Lighthouse today. Last 5 times was 0/10, so that's a relief. I think my Sunrise is better for it than my Oozora though (it felt different).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 21 November, 2012, 08:50:06
Nice. I got 2/10 2-Turn Lighthouse today. Last 5 times was 0/10, so that's a relief. I think my Sunrise is better for it than my Oozora though (it felt different).
But you can not take your exam with the SunRise :)

I am getting 2/10 on 1-turn aeroplane consistently, and 3 birds in a row! getting there for STB
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 November, 2012, 12:41:39
Quite true, but although I know I have to use a JKA kd for my exam, I like to mix up which ones I practise with. Nice one on 2-T Aero - I'm not quite solid enough on that one either! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 November, 2012, 18:27:47
Today I landed Bird Fly Over the Valley 10/10 with my oozora. #KendamApp. I usually struggle to get 5.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 22 November, 2012, 20:23:56
Today I landed Bird Fly Over the Valley 10/10 with my oozora. #KendamApp. I usually struggle to get 5.
That's cool, it is still my favorite trick, even more now that I can land it from time to time
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 November, 2012, 22:26:18
Practising the Pro ladder for the Copenhagen Getdown, I got my times down[1] to 14 minutes (again), 8 minutes, 9m15 and 5m22! It's almost as if practising stuff makes it work better! ;) My Whirlwinds are coming along nicely, that's for sure.
 1. See what I did there?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 December, 2012, 00:40:39
Today I did Around Denmark twice in a row. Just 2 days late :)
That could be a wiining run in the " How many times..." thread!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 05 December, 2012, 09:38:32
Managed a delayed aeroplane balancing the ken spike-wise on one finger before the landing. Came to me after watching Wiens do similar stuff in a video. Repeated attempts to land this have been fruitless.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 05 December, 2012, 11:51:40
Nice job. (Have you also seen 02:00 in http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,419.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,419.0.html) ?)
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Post by: primechicken on 06 December, 2012, 03:02:55
Today I did bird turn over the valley  :D
(at least that's what I assume it would be called)

KCN battles are BEASTS for birds and stalls
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Post by: WTP on 06 December, 2012, 04:40:21
Today, I finally got Flip lighthouse to drop/trade nightingale to in. Progress, woohoo!
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Post by: SamB on 06 December, 2012, 16:29:55
Today, I finally got Flip lighthouse to drop/trade nightingale to in. Progress, woohoo!
I'm guessing 1-turn lightouse -> switch -> small cup bird? If so I also did that today for the first time, and it was trickier than I thought it would be.
Also got my first bird turn over the valley, seems practicing birds loads is starting to pay off!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 07 December, 2012, 10:08:53
Nice job. (Have you also seen 02:00 in http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,419.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,419.0.html) ?)

My word, what an amazing finish. I'd seen this video before, but it seems the more one practises kendama the more astonished one is by the tricks. The hanging inside Lunar thing (1:03) is such a stylish trick, even without the second flip. Incredible.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 07 December, 2012, 12:29:41
Yep, Matt's a bit good. That's why he's the British champ! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 08 December, 2012, 12:27:27
Today I got through all the DAN-tricks;

Nic once made a consistency competition (9?) of all of these and ever since that list is in my wallet. I only got through it once, with a lot of misses (I stopped counting), like half a year ago. Today I gave it another go with my beat up sunrise, and after a lot of misses on the lighthouse somersault and 2-turn lighthouse I finally landed all of them.

Now to get those misses out of there... (this is doing wonders for the consistency of the first couple of tricks..)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Thorny on 11 December, 2012, 00:21:05
Today I managed to get (simultaneous) Around The World with an oozora in my right hand and a shin fuji in my left! Been practising switch-dama quite a lot recently and it's getting somewhere now! Want to self-certify myself Switch 1st Dan but I've yet to get 200 Switchkame... I think my best so far is aroun 160/180.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 December, 2012, 00:42:51
Nice one Hans.
Thorny, if you can get half as far with a grading with your weak hand, that's v impressive.

Today I did 5 Moon Circles in a row. :)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 14 December, 2012, 11:44:13
Wow Void, that's a tall order.

Today the lighthouse gods were with me, letting me land all manner of Hanging 1-Turn, 1-Turn, Jumping Stick to Lighthouse, and 'Hanging Triange Lighthouse', or whatever that's called. I feel blessed!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 December, 2012, 12:10:03
Thanks. I was just thinking "I haven't tried Moon Circle for a while... let's give it a brush-up". After a couple of misses, I got one, and then landed my next attempt too. That reminded me that about 12-18 months ago, K.Cima had shown me a video of a Japanese competition, and in it he'd managed to get 3 Moon Circles in a row. At the time, I was amazed and impressed (now I'm "only" impressed ;) ), but it just goes to show that with perseverance ("Nebari!") you can exceed your own expectations.

On which note... nice one on the LHs - perhaps it was a breakthrough day for you.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 16 December, 2012, 18:56:58
Today I played a lot of kendama (inspired by Where We Are I guess...)

The best trick I got today was an Earth Turn with a reverse whirlwind. Was struggling a lot to get the opposite spins right... but than I threw a lot of knees in. Again proof of the power of knees!

Dama Sunday!

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 17 December, 2012, 15:20:15
First try: Moon circle -> rosoku catch -> candle flip -> spike. So smooth I surprised myself and nobody was there to see it, oh well..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 17 December, 2012, 15:51:21
Niiiiice!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 19 December, 2012, 21:01:51
Took a break from an endless Lunar training slot (think I'm almost there) to mess around with Ken grip tricks, and learned to Turntable instead. I find Kenflip (can't find the proper name for this) -> Turntable -> Spike strangely satisfying, but how many other tricks will come before I land my first proper bloody Lunar?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Nabil Sultani on 20 December, 2012, 03:43:50
Today I landed a variation of the whirlwind, but in tama grip. It looks like this:

1: Airplane
2: Throw ken into a Jumping Stick
3: Spin tama in your hands so the hole makes a full 360
4: Catch the jumping stick back into hole.

Felt Great!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 20 December, 2012, 11:01:03
Nice work, Nabil. We call those Typhoons:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,96.msg495.html#msg495 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,96.msg495.html#msg495)
They're tricky little beasts to get right, so well done.

And... Welcome to the forum!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 December, 2012, 15:23:32
Today I self-certified myself as 6th Dan.....

.... except for that damned 2-Turn Lighthouse! :-\ Oh well, I've never got that far before, so that's pretty pleasing. Sooooo much hard work though.....
Further!
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Post by: theobau on 22 December, 2012, 09:21:47
Today i landed double gunslinger, you know when the tama is hanging down and while you are pushing it up, you spin the ken around your finger twice before landing spike! -I was very pleased. The best part was that I did it again after some tries. I'm going to master that for sure! ;)

Theo
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 December, 2012, 14:34:22
Nice, Theo. The single isn't too bad with a bit of practise, but the double remains awkward (for me, at least). In sight, but awkward!
Today I self-certified myself as 6th Dan.... except for that damned 2-Turn Lighthouse!
And today I failed on the first trick. *sigh*
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 24 December, 2012, 14:45:24
but how many other tricks will come before I land my first proper bloody Lunar?

None. After long but steady progress, today I finally landed my first proper, no-nonsense, crisp Lunar. So, Merry Christmas, I suppose! 
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Post by: BKA on 24 December, 2012, 15:10:34
Well done, have a mince pie!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 26 December, 2012, 09:09:53
For Christmas, I gave a Kendama to my father... he managed spike quite soon
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dadooh on 29 December, 2012, 03:31:16
Today I managed single to double to triple lunar flip! Plus it was filmed! Today is a good day.
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Post by: WTP on 30 December, 2012, 09:46:17
Ahhh, I'm so jealous of this. I've wanted to get that trick for awhile.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Adam K on 01 January, 2013, 23:05:41
BKA speak: Stab the USA
America-speak: Downspike the USA

My knees are killing me.
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Post by: donald grant on 06 January, 2013, 13:01:06
Last night I somehow managed to hit sideslinger earth turn.  Three times!  Most satifying new trick for a while :),  now I've got to get it more solid and save my old knees from such a battering!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 January, 2013, 14:23:37
..with the Earth Turn horizontal, presumably? Nice!

Today I got 0/10 on the easier of my two 6th-Dan Freestyle tricks (that I'm hoping will be acceptable if I ever meet a 6th Dan examiner) and a record 6/10 on the harder one.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 07 January, 2013, 09:55:48
Maybe you are making it a too hard trick... 0/10, impressive.

You are planning on attending the Japanese Open again, right? You know there are 6th Dan examiners there :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 January, 2013, 00:17:21
More "Hoping" than "Planning".... I don't even know when it is yet.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 10 January, 2013, 12:50:01
Today I picked my performer, tried, Bird Fly Over The Valley, landed it at the first try, left the performer.

Then I did swing to bird (big cup) and mini moon circle with a normal kendama.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 13 January, 2013, 21:56:24
Today I finally got my breakthrough making consistent Lighthouses. I know this trick isn't a difficult one in your guys' arsenal of tricks, but I guess the overwhelming satisfaction and sweet feeling is the same when you finally feel you "know" a trick. It really feels sooo rewarding and boosts the motivation for learning more... :)

When I started playing kd three weeks ago I never thought I would be here now....ahhhh...life is good!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 January, 2013, 15:27:12
Pleased for you!
Now you can make Lighthouse your Cup Of Tea Trick (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,27.0.html), and move on to work on... Earth Turns, or Jumping Sticks, or whatever you fancy.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 23 January, 2013, 14:28:29
Consistently scoring 6 earth turns in a row :) a few months back they were only 3.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 25 January, 2013, 18:19:33
Pleased for you!
Now you can make Lighthouse your Cup Of Tea Trick (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,27.0.html)...

Today I managed to land one in five lunars while practising this as my 'Proving the Bread' trick - there's no better way to spend that good fifty minutes' proving time. Was really happy to be finally understanding the balance point of the ken when it makes the landing, and being able to control the less-majestic of lunars coming in to land. Thanks guys for your positivity, was a milestone for my level!
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 26 January, 2013, 13:27:40
This morning I landed a swing in to bird!
(Don't know if that's the correct name)
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Post by: shalafi on 27 January, 2013, 13:23:27
Just did Base Cup -> Bird. Next objective: Around the Bird. I've done most of them individually already.
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Post by: Thorny on 29 January, 2013, 14:24:42
Last night I had quite a good night. After some friendly competition with Matt at the NRC, I decided to continue trying Bird - Small Cup Wing Walker and managed to do it whilst the kettle was boiling aha. Other than that, I had quite a successful night with my new T-8 and landed some rather surprising tricks... including Spacewalk Fast Throw Spike! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 January, 2013, 21:54:48
Ooh, nice T-8 trick!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 04 February, 2013, 15:29:56
Today I began to master flipping to Lunar from a landed Aeroplane position. Very satisfying. Now all I have to do is to work out how to get into Lunar by means of the 1-Flip. Did I just say something about being satisfied?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 05 February, 2013, 17:13:53
Today I had a good run with "Around the prefecture" both with the Kendama and in real life - in this case it's Hyogo prefecture.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: mreasyguy on 05 February, 2013, 19:13:21
Today I been practising some new tricks ready for ken around the world and got basecup>540kenflip>spike>earthturn-whirlwind. Also got my first spacewalk-handroll-fast throw lighthouse. felt good  :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BrandonYoder on 06 February, 2013, 07:50:09
today i witnessed my 6 year old sister get excited about spiking the kendama i gave her ONLY 2 DAYS AGO!!! I nearly started to geek out when she told me shes been practicing for "a hundred hours a day." She even wrote herself a song about bending her knees and keeping the ball steady, and all the good fundamentals. it was great!!
Cheesy...but it was literally the cutest thing ive ever heard a little kid say. haha

Good thread..
Cheers everyone!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 February, 2013, 11:57:40
Ha, cool. Enthusiastic beginners are great to play with. Last night I sold a kendama to a pretty good cigar box juggler[1]. Those guys have to use their knees a lot too, so I think he'll do pretty well. (Tried to convince him to get training for the Beginner's division of BKO.)
 1. Check out Eric Bates if you don't know what that is. [noembed]http://juggling.tv/1799[/noembed]
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 06 February, 2013, 14:18:52
Tonight at diner we started talking about Kendama. Turns out that all of the Japanese colleagues were playing as a child, but no-one continued. So I got my Kendama out and we talked about and did a few basic tricks. I started doing Moshi Kame and suddenly one of the Japanese colleagues started to sing the Moshi Kame song. We had our own booth, but still it was a public restaurant. I held Moshi Kame for all the song and finished together with him. He went all crazy about that, proposing that I could earn lots of money in Japanese TV - kind of a "whacky gaijin doing Japanese things".
But the highlight was really, that I played Moshi Kame to the Moshi Kame song :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 February, 2013, 20:40:26
Today I ... Stared out of the window at the grey grey wet grey skies. Bah, how's a fella supposed to film a ken around the world?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 09 February, 2013, 14:33:58
Tonight at diner we started talking about Kendama. Turns out that all of the Japanese colleagues were playing as a child, but no-one continued. So I got my Kendama out and we talked about and did a few basic tricks. I started doing Moshi Kame and suddenly one of the Japanese colleagues started to sing the Moshi Kame song. We had our own booth, but still it was a public restaurant. I held Moshi Kame for all the song and finished together with him. He went all crazy about that, proposing that I could earn lots of money in Japanese TV - kind of a "whacky gaijin doing Japanese things".
But the highlight was really, that I played Moshi Kame to the Moshi Kame song :)
While in Japan there was a day that I was playing moshikame in front of a whole bunch of very young school girls, and they all started to sing that song. I always knew there was a song, but had never heard it. It was a really cool moment haha!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 15 February, 2013, 15:58:08
Today i did some practise for about half an hour. Landed some slipsticks, did my regular small cup - spike combo and tryed to land more airplanes. About one week into kendama and having a great time!
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Post by: theobau on 16 February, 2013, 10:47:00
Today I did my first backwards lighthouse flip, that was very pleasing!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 19 February, 2013, 15:45:55
... landed my first combo coming out of a Lunar: Lunar - Lighthouse - In - Jumping Stick. Not exactly earth-shattering but it's the first time I've seriously regretted having no camera equipment!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 25 February, 2013, 11:04:46
Yesterday I landed a half-swirl aeroplane, with witnesses!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 25 February, 2013, 17:28:17
Today I ... Stared out of the window at the grey grey wet grey skies. Bah, how's a fella supposed to film a ken around the world?
I just sent off the Ken to carry on around the world. It was a bit sad seeing it go. There is a slight flaw in the plan that all the UK shots will be done in this grey winter. My edit is looking so grey, but I guess that makes it more real....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 03 March, 2013, 05:05:46
Only had about one hour practice today abd landed my first "big" combo. Swing in, earthspin, basecup, (trow all up and catch aeroplane style) don't know how to call it :p
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 03 March, 2013, 13:09:32
... (trow all up and catch aeroplane style) don't know how to call it :p
...fast hand aeroplane.

Well done. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 03 March, 2013, 19:53:35
... (trow all up and catch aeroplane style) don't know how to call it :p
...fast hand aeroplane.

Well done. :)

Ah oke thanks! It all just keeps getting better and better! :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 03 March, 2013, 22:52:47
Today I did an inventory of all the tricks Ive learnt over the past month, an landed them all in a little session! Anyone suggest what new tricks i should learn now? Heres what i got so far:

(all basics and juggling obviously)

Airplane Jumping stick
Spacewalk airplane
Handroll to big cup
Whirlwind
Gunslinger Spike
Lighthouse to spike
Pull up airplane (dunno the specific name for this one)
kenflip
bird
bird over valley
orbits
earth turn ken and sara grip (sara grip horizontal)
ufo
One turn airplane after swing ken around free hand finger.
big cup partial kenflip small cup partial kenflip base cup partial kenflip back to original position (ID please)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 March, 2013, 18:07:25
Brad, try some of the Consistency Challenges, and self-certifying yourself in the gradings.

Today I was waiting for the rice to cook, so I had a few goes at Around Tunbridge Wells. I got to 55/57 AGAIN! Aaargh. I don't know whether to be gutted, or pleased that I wasn't filming.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 12 March, 2013, 21:52:12
Today I landed my first 1-turn lighthouse - the catch was very very low above the ground but I could get up and hold it steadily for long enough. I also landed my first aeroplane -> half turn to lighthouse combo. Great evening :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 12 March, 2013, 22:40:19
Nice work, Lars. I had a good trick night too:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,205.msg6525.html#msg6525 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,205.msg6525.html#msg6525) :-)
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 13 March, 2013, 01:23:35
Just memorizing a 57 move sequence would be challenge enough.

Today, I began to grasp some fundamental concepts, such as tama rotation control and keeping the string out of the cups. I gained a deal of consistency on a few basic tricks and began hitting spikes clean with a satisfying "clack".
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 13 March, 2013, 01:47:07
I landed a few good tricks today. I went to the beach and practiced for a few hours. I am able to juggle the ball between all 3 cups and get it to spike now. I can spike it from the big cup and base cup, but not the small cup yet. I also practiced doing it with both sara and ken grip. I must say spiking it from sara grip is a little tricky. I also landed some ken flips and jumping sticks today.
I was able to do a swing up spike directly to an earth turn as well... that combo felt good. I suppose the only "basic" trick I have left to land is the lighthouse, which feels absolutely foreign to me.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 14 March, 2013, 05:52:07
Finally figured out how to lighthouse.  :)

Landed a few tonight.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 14 March, 2013, 16:23:08
Nice work guys. *hi fives*.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 17 March, 2013, 08:15:06
Learned Bird today.
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 17 March, 2013, 19:05:56
Learned Bird today.

I kind of poked at Bird the other day. Didn't land it. I'm still trying to bang out the basics. I'm not surprised you're learning so fast. You're yoyo skills are well advanced for the time you've been playing.
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 17 March, 2013, 21:26:25
Today I stabbed heaven for the first time. However I didn't stab sideways. Instand I stabbed from front to back. I.e. After having caught, my hand was behind my back (a little bit like if the police grabbed you - not that I ever experienced that, mind you). Does that count?

If only my earth turns would improve ...

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 March, 2013, 11:14:01
Lars, that's called "adding style" ;-), sure it counts.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SamB on 18 March, 2013, 14:45:00
Lars that is the perfect position for "stab behind the back". All you gotta do is stab like that then let go and throw the ken over your shoulder and catch in front!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: donald grant on 18 March, 2013, 14:57:38
Having a noodle this morning, decided to have a go at reverse swing in gunslinger.  Never tried it before, but apparently I can do it!  Rather chuffed!
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 18 March, 2013, 19:18:14
Lars that is the perfect position for "stab behind the back". All you gotta do is stab like that then let go and throw the ken over your shoulder and catch in front!

Sam, that's a great idea. Something like that is one of my favourite throws with clubs.
Next steps: Stab heaven again, throw ken over shoulder, visit chiropractor.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 March, 2013, 22:48:10
Nice one Donald. I gave it a go too, and also managed to get it. In fact, I had quite a good evening's clicking tonight, what with http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,851.msg6708.html#new (http://KCC20), your trick, and generally having a nice play with a few different models. (Including the Pink/black fella you made for me).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 19 March, 2013, 07:24:40
Recently got a few new tricks in the arsenal:
1turn lighthouse
lighthouse (flip) to lighthouse
bird over the valley + nighting gale (sp?)
swing in spike pen grip
tradespike
spin tama around finger and then spike (like swing spike but spin tama around finger first)
landed a double ufo once

lunars are still beyond me though :/
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Yoda on 19 March, 2013, 19:08:34
Today i tried playing with two tamas on the string. It's more demanding than i thought :p
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 19 March, 2013, 19:29:38
Landed 2 new tricks last night.

1 Turn Lighthouse

Airplane to 1/2 Turn Lighthouse


Out of 100+ attempts I only landed each trick 3 times. So it looks like I have some serious training to do.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 20 March, 2013, 18:52:35
stuff i recently got in the trick arsenal. Have landed all these tricks atleast a few times :) happy to say none in the video were fluke.

I think im just going to keep documenting my kendama progress, maybe i will get good enough to put out some quality edits later on. I pretty much have video on youtube from day one :)

KENDAMOK (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcs3zoWWHVU#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 20 March, 2013, 20:35:57
@Yoda Yes it is!
@James ="Build The Lighthouse"
@Brad Progress, keep it up!
Nice work, guys.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 20 March, 2013, 21:31:13
@James ="Build The Lighthouse"

So thats what its called! I just looked it up on the kendama app and realized that is what I've been doing.
Thanks for the info.
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 20 March, 2013, 22:17:44
Today I landed my first 1-turn aeroplane. Maybe twice in 25 attempts...now aiming for consistency...hmmm
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 March, 2013, 18:27:45
2/25, or even 3/100 is pretty good for a trick which is challenging your skill level, I think. Gotta start somewhere!

Today I did Spacewalk 1-Turn Scoop Spike for the first time, when trying to work out the name of a combo a friend asked about.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 22 March, 2013, 12:40:50
Hey there!

Thanks to an unexpected snow day here in the frozen north (and therefore some extra time to practice) I'm pleased to say I've just landed every trick in the required attempts for up to and including Kyu 3 - not much by the standard of many of you guys I know but a personal victory (the best kind right?).

I only got my kendama on Wednesday and now it's Friday so I'm pretty pleased :)

There's a part of me hoping to have landed all the Kyu level tricks by this coming Wednesday but I think that may be a challenge - getting Lighthouse fear already!

We'll see.

Cuppa then more clickin' I reckon . . .

Have a good day peeps.


Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 March, 2013, 12:48:38
Nice one Kev. If you want to do an official grading... see me at BJC! (And/or come to BKO!).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 22 March, 2013, 12:53:35
Yes thanks, I'd very much like to.

Can't make BKO unfortunately but hoping to make BJC.

I should be a bit more consistent by then too as I'd imagine the grading scenario adds a bit of pressure? *deep breath*

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 March, 2013, 13:07:06
Yup. {insert evil mwuhhahaha-ing here}
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 22 March, 2013, 14:10:31
So it has been a while. I'm playing kendama since feb 9th 2013. At first the baiscs where not that hard, but there's a huge gap between easy and hard tricks. I overcome the gap and now keep getting better. Heres what i did today! (I'm proud!!)

Swing in bird (don't know real name)
Bird over the valley.
Bigcup bird ->Earthspin  -> bigcup bird -> spike
And the last.......








Bearthspin over the valley! (Bigcup bird -> earthsin -> smallcup bird -> spike!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: mreasyguy on 22 March, 2013, 20:22:31
Just landed something i was thinking about but didnt think i could get.

Airplane>fast-throw inverted earthturn (grab ken, and inverted earthturn in one upward movement)

Also landed a spacewalk 1 turn scoop spike thanks to KendAlex's tutorial  :)

Good night of clicking!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 24 March, 2013, 06:15:28
Landed my first Lunar today. Such a fun trick. I was able to get it to spike too!

EDIT: I am so stoked right now. I just landed 3 Lunars in 10 tries. Once it clicks, replicating it isn't too bad. The hard part is figuring out the proper motion. I am using the this method: Set up like an airplane, and slightly twist the ken clockwise on take off. The motions are very subtle and require very little pressure / strength.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 24 March, 2013, 13:53:29
Congrats, Cliff, mreasy and James!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 25 March, 2013, 00:40:32
Got a 1-turn lighthouse to UFO today! On footage too!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 25 March, 2013, 09:00:05
Had a pretty dama-heavy weekend and managed to land:
- a lot of moon circles (trying to get that one consistent)
- reverse swing-in gunslinger (which came up on this forum and is a very satisfying one to land)
- tap in with a 1.5 turn. That one felt soooo good :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 25 March, 2013, 10:44:14
What i did with kendama today
http://youtu.be/ntKOSnDJyqA (http://youtu.be/ntKOSnDJyqA)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 25 March, 2013, 11:57:45
@hans: gratz! Always feeling good landing new tricks!

@brd : looking great, really like the combos.


Myself:

I keep getting better in birds! I'm really thinking about making a birds variation video. First youtube video i ever made haha.

What i landed this morning. I'mfeally hyped about these tricks. Some new ones maybe?

1. Bigbird(bb) - earthspin(es) - spike-earthspin - bigbird
2. Bb - es - bb
3 pull up eartspin - bb
4 pull up earthspin - spike.
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 25 March, 2013, 13:18:19
Oo! Nice man!

Birds are deffs a weak spot for me! Gotta practice them more! Look forward to the video!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 25 March, 2013, 14:54:02
Oo! Nice man!

Birds are deffs a weak spot for me! Gotta practice them more! Look forward to the video!

At first they where impossible but after a weak doing almost only birds they are (almost) easy. I'm waiting for a bit of a better day to start filming outside haha way to cold right now!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 25 March, 2013, 19:39:46
@Cliff: I would love to see a bird variation video! I can do big bird solid, but I could use some inspiration / demonstrations of bird variations.

@Brad: That video was sick. The 1 turn lighthouse to UFO was so epic bro. Near the end you do this cool trick where you swing the ball onto the big cup like a trapeze on a yoyo. you then keep the string tensioned and pass it to the base cup horizontally. That trick looks so stylish. What is it called / is there a tutorial?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 25 March, 2013, 21:10:22
@Cliff: I would love to see a bird variation video! I can do big bird solid, but I could use some inspiration / demonstrations of bird variations.

@Brad: That video was sick. The 1 turn lighthouse to UFO was so epic bro. Near the end you do this cool trick where you swing the ball onto the big cup like a trapeze on a yoyo. you then keep the string tensioned and pass it to the base cup horizontally. That trick looks so stylish. What is it called / is there a tutorial?
It originally was made by Donald i believe! Really its not a super hard trick, all you need to do is get used is swinging the ball past your finger and getting some tension. I can made a tutorial video sometime, i have been planning doing some tutorials that are really detailed.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 26 March, 2013, 05:34:45
sorry for double post but... I LANDED MY FIRST LUNAR! IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT NO FINGER TOUCHING/ASSIST AT ALL and got the spike.

I literally threw my hands in the air! Finally got that last "basic" hard trick in the arsenal, now for consistency!

Probably happened from good karma! Almost done that tutorial video for the string trick in my recent video.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 26 March, 2013, 14:50:36
@James: It's a variation of Donald's trick Around The Triangle[1], but with a different ending.
@Brad: First Lunar? Always worth a *hi five*!
 1. See KendamApp or Knees
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 26 March, 2013, 18:29:26
...was messing around trying to land Bat in different positions - starting at Base Cup, flipping the tama like an Earthturn, landing in Bat, and also Bat>Big Cup>Bat, in the manner of Nodding Off but upside down. Is there perhaps a name for this trick already? It feels really weird to finally land it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 27 March, 2013, 04:18:41
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151325868925986&l=5323866331246933319 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151325868925986&l=5323866331246933319)


Second lunar! This time i didnt get the spike, i was trying to get close to the camera to show it wasnt touching my fingers.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 27 March, 2013, 08:55:25
... I LANDED MY FIRST LUNAR! IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT NO FINGER TOUCHING/ASSIST AT ALL and got the spike.
I literally hate you ;) No, congrats to you...must be awesome!!

I'm still struggling with lunars...which technique did you use...string hook or the twisted ken version?

I'm amazed to see the progress you have done in so short time...I have played since mid-December and is not at you level. How much do you play per day?

Cheers,

-Thomas

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 27 March, 2013, 10:46:06
Whoohooo mother of G!
I did 2new bird tricks! Also going to be in the video. Only one of it i only landed it once. I thought it was impossible.

1. Big bird -> slipstick to big cup (new get untoouched with the wood) -> slipstick bigbird -> bearthspin to spike!

2(only landed it once!) big bird -> kenflip (horizontal, keep ken straight up and move it 180) -> small bird catch!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 28 March, 2013, 02:39:08
... I LANDED MY FIRST LUNAR! IT WAS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT NO FINGER TOUCHING/ASSIST AT ALL and got the spike.
I literally hate you ;) No, congrats to you...must be awesome!!

I'm still struggling with lunars...which technique did you use...string hook or the twisted ken version?

I'm amazed to see the progress you have done in so short time...I have played since mid-December and is not at you level. How much do you play per day?


Cheers,

-Thomas

I used the string hang technique brought up by alex. It seems to be more consistent, but i never had issues getting it up there - its more the balancing that is hard. I find trying to get it in contact with the ball when its horizontal and then cushion the rest of its spinning motion for a better grip and position on the tama. Thats just what ive observed so far though, it could be the wrong technique - i only land one or two every day.

And i practice about 2-3 hours a day, i just bring it everywhere i go and play when i walk. When i first started i played pretty much all the time, even when im longboarding (which is quite the challenge at first).

Also, heres ma edit from yesterday at the beach, landed my first lighthouse-build the lighthouse (around 50s). Hope you guys dont mind videos over just saying what i landed. I love doing video so always filming hones my video skills as well as dama skills.
Todays Clacks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ik9-TFMQtfM#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 29 March, 2013, 02:30:47
Nice video Brad! When Im feeling on, I will always record my latest tricks. Watching them gives me great motivation... A constant reminder that, "Hey... I can do this!"
Great locations by the way.. the beach is always great and that graffiti wall is pretty dang cool.



I landed a few new tricks recently.

Finally got Bird Over Valley (seriously inconsistent though)

Windmill Swing In (Thanks Void for helping name it)

Around The Triangle (the yoyo style combo). I have been playing around with different variations of this trick. Adding pinwheels before landing on the cups, things like that.

Learned how to do Gunslinger Spike recently.. very fun trick.

I have also been practicing my Lunars and Lighthouse variations a lot. Slowly gaining consistency!

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 29 March, 2013, 04:53:55
Nice video Brad! When Im feeling on, I will always record my latest tricks. Watching them gives me great motivation... A constant reminder that, "Hey... I can do this!"
Great locations by the way.. the beach is always great and that graffiti wall is pretty dang cool.



I landed a few new tricks recently.

Finally got Bird Over Valley (seriously inconsistent though)

Windmill Swing In (Thanks Void for helping name it)

Around The Triangle (the yoyo style combo). I have been playing around with different variations of this trick. Adding pinwheels before landing on the cups, things like that.

Learned how to do Gunslinger Spike recently.. very fun trick.

I have also been practicing my Lunars and Lighthouse variations a lot. Slowly gaining consistency!

Nice! The first bird over the valley is always a great accomplishment! Ive only landed one so far and never have again (was a month ago)

Heres what I got on footage yesterday and today. Some shots ontop of a mountain! God I love living where i do :)

Got my first tradespike on film. And a nice, very horizontal stuntplane to ufo :)

Today I... (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7R6D2YfeBI#ws)
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 31 March, 2013, 13:34:43
Last night I finally landed a solid lighthouse. Not the chasing it around the living room variety, but the solid looks like I know what I'm doing kind. I did a little happy dance then proceeded to not repeating the feat for the rest of the night.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 31 March, 2013, 17:39:40
Hey nice work Waylon - that new trick feeling = top buzz :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 31 March, 2013, 17:40:46
P.S. I'm in the same boat myself - just started to land the lighthouse (very occasionally!)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: JamesFM on 31 March, 2013, 22:38:09
@ Brad: Sick video as always.
@ Waylon & Kev: Landing a solid lighthouse is a big milestone. Nicely done guys. Give it a few days and you will nail them without even thinking about it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 02 April, 2013, 19:41:36
Great work on landing the lighthouses guys! They are great fun once you get proficient at them, one turns are very rewarding :)

I dont have a video today because we were slacklining & damaing in the park with some tunes on so i couldnt shoot at the same time :/

But I cant wait to film more, i landed some nice moves the last two days!

One turn lighthouse - tradespike - build the lighthouse - in
spacewalk - ufo - build the lighthouse - in

lots of other fun stuff but those were my favorite combos i would say

I really wanna learn some handrolls and get good at doing spacewalk combos. They look really impressive but i cant seem to get the hang of it... the part where you need to let go of the ken and reposition your hand always messes me up.
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 02 April, 2013, 22:34:28
This evening I landed my first lunar!! Actually I landed it five times in a 2 hour practise session completely missing the Champions League games! :-)

Feels so nice to land a trick for the first time and get the feeling that it is indeed possible!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 03 April, 2013, 04:16:02
Congrats man! I wish i could get some decent consistency right off the bat! Ive only landed a handful of lunars, they arent getting any easier so far. Gotta practice them more i guess.

I have been doing some variations with the string style tricks, pretty happy with the ones ive landed! I got a nice looking area now that i might start to do tutorials in.

BKA Forum - Today I... Edit #2 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9NRsvCHEZdA#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 03 April, 2013, 13:10:31
Had a short lunch break dama session and managed to get a lunar to in again after quite some time. I landed it a couple of times but never got it consistent. It felt great to get it again after this long while..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 April, 2013, 15:42:33
After a while without playing kendama I took it again and noticed that 1-turn lighthouses are a lot easier than they used to be.

Sometimes letting your body rest and assimilate the movements is the trick :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 April, 2013, 22:28:25
It occurred to me yesterday that I don't think I've done a Whirlwind Swing In before.
...well, I have now. I had a little session in the park this afternoon, got that one, and Nunchucku Aeroplane plus a few curious glances from the skaters nearby.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 07 April, 2013, 00:37:17
Thats awesome! I always thought the whilwind swing in was such a stylish trick, have yet to land one myself though.

On the other hand i have mastered the double whirlwind and have started landing reverse kenflips (proper terminology?)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 07 April, 2013, 11:43:48
i have mastered the double whirlwind
...to Big Cup? ...to Spike? ...to/from somewhere else?
Quote
and have started landing reverse kenflips (proper terminology?)
...and that's why we don't use "kenflip", because it's so vague. You could mean many things, so we don't know.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 07 April, 2013, 22:32:50
Just double whilwind to big cup for now. Working on spiking it.

Heres some new tricks ive got down recently:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hWRpkAdjd4s (https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=hWRpkAdjd4s)

Swing - reverse kenflip/reg kenflip - big cup
Gunslinger spike
Spacewalk - one turn aeroplane

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 08 April, 2013, 07:38:37
Yesterday I had a short session and got:
- 2-turn airplane
- 1-turn reverse airplane
Really satisfying tricks when they click into place :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 08 April, 2013, 18:51:16
Swing in -> lighthouse -> 1turn lighthouse -> 1,5 flip to spike ! And than he dropped :(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 08 April, 2013, 19:47:47
Lighthouse to lighthouse is what im assuming you did? Good job! Havent been able to do that one for a while!

EDIT: You inspired me to try it! Im happy to say after numerous failed attempts, i have managed to land two (one was spiked, the other only held for >3 sec then failed spike).

Thanks for the indirect motivation!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 08 April, 2013, 21:43:41
... replaced my medium blue Ozora by a new blue Ozora. It's a little bit too dark to my liking, but the old one was just to beaten for the EKO13. I think I start practicing with a new one not too late. Otherwise it won't work properly ...

Of course, the old one remains respected and cherished - too many fond memories are attached to it
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 09 April, 2013, 11:03:48
Last week I brought an old kendama to work. I was planning on trying my lunars during break time. But a co-worker found it and started to play around with it.

Today, I have three kens at work and the kendama-moments seem to grow every day. Yesterday it was one co-worker trying it, and some others joined in. Today, everybody stopped working and watched while they took it in turns trying to spike it.

My boss decided to make it a contest: the person who can spike it ten times in a row on friday, gets a free lunch. Unfortunately, I'm not allowed to compete :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 09 April, 2013, 11:07:08
Lighthouse to lighthouse is what im assuming you did? Good job! Havent been able to do that one for a while!

EDIT: You inspired me to try it! Im happy to say after numerous failed attempts, i have managed to land two (one was spiked, the other only held for >3 sec then failed spike).

Thanks for the indirect motivation!

Yeah Lh to LH . And no problem for the motivation haha. The one thing i can't seem to find out is how to double flip. 1flip i can see, 2flips are going to fast to catch. So need to find out where the catch point is :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 09 April, 2013, 18:39:35
yeah i know what yah mean. I have a feeling for most double tricks its all in the knees and finding ways to allow the most time to do the trick vertically - if that makes sense. By doing that you get more time to do the trick slightly slower... might have more force from gravity when the ken lands on the tama though :?


Got this today! Gonna be part of my first actual edit which i have started working on :) Is this a double kenflip or 1.5? Im not sure, all i know is it had to go a lot faster to land it

Stoked on this one (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i0ag_NswC48#ws)

Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 11 April, 2013, 05:58:17
I love the slow motion victory rattle :)
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Post by: br4d24 on 11 April, 2013, 06:02:48
haha i was so stoked to finally land it on film at a good location :P

probably was trying it for a good 10min
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Post by: Waylon on 11 April, 2013, 18:39:56
haha i was so stoked to finally land it on film at a good location :P

probably was trying it for a good 10min

You consistently get good locations. You must live in a beautiful part if the world.
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Post by: HansNickmans on 11 April, 2013, 19:57:25
Today I self-certified myself as 2th dan, moshikames and all...
I'm hoping to get it for real in Toulouse..
Gotta keep practising...
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Post by: LarsVegas on 11 April, 2013, 22:56:10
... stopped the time for the "Intermediate Speed Ladder" for the first time. A whooping 05:04 minutes :(
I spent soo much time with Earth turn and Jumping stick. But I still have some time to practices

Knees and perseverance! And of course more knees!
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Post by: br4d24 on 12 April, 2013, 19:42:39
New Paintjob Kendama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXSw4D-yeRg#ws)

Painted my tribute and now it looks and plays like a new '13 model! Got some nice tricks on it yesterday in the car park.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 14 April, 2013, 18:16:29
...managed Swing to Bird three times in a session. Nothing on Brad's stuff at the moment, though!
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Post by: br4d24 on 15 April, 2013, 00:14:52
Haha birds are my huge weak spot. Really need to work on them more!
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Post by: Cliffdama on 15 April, 2013, 12:32:19
@brad , everytime i come here  to read etc i see new videos of you getting better and better every time! Keep it up!

-

Yesterday i landed my first spacewalks, and today with sone practice they are even easyer, there's nothing hard about it after all :). And... Got it on camera! My girlfriend was filming me :D, also did some tapes allready with some birds so soon my first edit will be there ^^
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Post by: Cliffdama on 17 April, 2013, 16:46:32
Found out a easy way to learn lunar catch. Lighthouse -> Lunar (no flips) by this way i landed my first!! Shouted: whooooooo!!!! (And than it dropped of :( )
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Post by: br4d24 on 17 April, 2013, 20:05:29
hmm i will have to try that! I have made great progression today as well. No video this time but i landed my first swing to bird and stilts. Also landed lighthouse one turn to spike (not sure the correct term, you have a lighthouse and flip it once instead of just dropping it to spike)
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Post by: Kev on 22 April, 2013, 21:14:59
Today I just got Jumping Stick sorted.

How? Thanks to an excellent tip from Spike! - (http://kendama.co.uk/books.html (http://kendama.co.uk/books.html))

"Keep your eyes on the tip of the spike"

Had been a bit hit and miss up to this point but just landed 8 out of 10.

 :)

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Post by: br4d24 on 23 April, 2013, 20:48:10
Hey congrats man! Jumping stick is a very important stepping stone to other fun tricks like UFO and build the lighthouse!

I have been progressing too! Heres a short spring edit with some new combos and tricks!
Spring Footage - Kendama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=11RFFMqA0v0#ws)
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Post by: The Void on 23 April, 2013, 21:42:13
Well done Kev. Brad, you keep getting better, man.... :)

Today I.... tried a 2-Swirl Aeroplane for the first time. After a few brushes of the face and the chest on the exit, I got it. Also, I tried Dimensions' latest suggestion from the endless combo thread: gunslinger under the leg. Surprisingly hard, and tiring!
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 24 April, 2013, 01:48:45
After four months of playing kendama i finally landed around europ with downspikes.
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Post by: The Void on 25 April, 2013, 18:16:23
Today Mr Jumpshoe and I strolled along to the park and had a little session. As it got colder, we decided we'd finish when one of us hit Kamikaze. His spin was much more consistent than mine, but I managed to fluke it first. :D
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Post by: the milky oolong on 25 April, 2013, 20:24:27
...landed Swing to Bat. Getting a bit obsessed with starting everything with a swing; maybe I should change tack soon. Still, very satisfying trick!
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 26 April, 2013, 01:16:29
Landed my first big cup-spike mars finally.
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Post by: BKA on 26 April, 2013, 10:24:15
"Mars"?! What's that?
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Post by: The Void on 26 April, 2013, 14:05:29
Spacewalk Fast Throw Spike... But with an axis spin on the ball, not an earth turn spin. I'm confused as to whether I "cheated", or made up a new trick! ;)
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Post by: The Void on 27 April, 2013, 10:07:28
...managed to repeat that trick yesterday at the airport, waiting for Mirek... I'd tried so many times to get it, that some guys sat drinking coffee must have twigged how tough it was for me, and applauded when I landed it. That was fun. Then a few minutes later, Alex got the Earth Turn spin version and got some applause too.
I also got my first 3-Swirl Aeroplane at the Airport. Earlier, Alex, Jumpshoe and I had some fun games of Spin-Off. See @BritishKendama on instagram for a few pics.
Meanwhile, not much sleep, and a full day's clicking and sightseeing ahead.... #runningoncaffeine
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Post by: Cliffdama on 27 April, 2013, 18:12:10
Finally landed my first stilt! What a great felling if you labd a trick like that!
Yesterday i landed slipstick special ^^ also great and not as hard as it looks :)
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Post by: BKA on 27 April, 2013, 21:27:11
*hi five*!
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Post by: br4d24 on 28 April, 2013, 10:15:33
Kendama: Whirlwind Spike - Earth turn Whirlwind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs74GmBJFzs#ws)
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Post by: Cliffdama on 28 April, 2013, 10:21:00
Wow always like your progres videos, i think i should also do that more often. And nice trick!
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 28 April, 2013, 18:24:40
Sorry about the late reply BKA,

Mars is what metropolis comix calls a sideways earth turn and Venus is the same except the tama is facing the right instead of the left.
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Post by: BKA on 28 April, 2013, 20:10:42
Ha, okay, cool.... So, well done then! :-)
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Post by: br4d24 on 28 April, 2013, 21:38:44
Someone needs to make a trick bible with all of the trick names and descriptions so all this silly trick translation can get easier :P Congrats on the new trick BTW!


Heres another vid of some more progress :) the handroll on that first trick is a little sketchy but i couldnt land it again before i left. Thanks for showing me mooncircles Rod!

Kendama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5OY8HV_7hA#ws)
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 03 May, 2013, 17:02:26
I mostly focus on grading tricks and basics (swing in is still difficult for me - tips are welcome) but today I was outside in my bare feet in the sun and decided to let go of the ken for the first time. It was only half a flip to the base cup, but that moment was a real confidence builder. Then, I scrolled through Kendamapp and learned Around the Cosmos and Fast Hand Base Cup. That was a really good 45 minutes for me.
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Post by: The Void on 03 May, 2013, 17:07:36
Nice work Waylon and Brad!

I had two sessions today. One 6th Dan practice (average), and another one where I just tried whatever popped into my head. And I finally got Wingrunner! Whoo.
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Post by: Waylon on 03 May, 2013, 19:34:11
Nice work Waylon and Brad!

I had two sessions today. One 6th Dan practice (average), and another one where I just tried whatever popped into my head. And I finally got Wingrunner! Whoo.

It's awesome to see a guy like you who, in the tutorials, looks so smooth and together, like no trick can't be done, still get stoked about progression and challenging yourself. Hats off.
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Post by: br4d24 on 03 May, 2013, 23:23:04
Yeah no kidding eh waylon. When i pray to kendama the gods to land tricks i always visualize Alex Ruisch, the void, and donald in the clouds like mufasa in lion king.

What is a wingrunner anyhow? Sounds like something crazy, which it must be if mr void is stoked to land it! 
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Post by: BKA on 04 May, 2013, 08:10:25
It's Alex's 3rd trick here, but without the Earth Turn:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1062.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1062.0.html)
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Post by: br4d24 on 04 May, 2013, 08:39:23
When I saw that trick:

 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH_PgNF_84Q (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iH_PgNF_84Q)

EDIT: BAH best 200th post! Didnt even realize until after I posted vidoe :P
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Post by: The Void on 05 May, 2013, 10:19:23
Yesterday I went to a 1-day juggling convention. Fun times clicking with [user]Ian F[/user], [user]Jamiejuggler[/user], Cedric, Dave and Johnny. I was talking about Spacewalk Fast Throw Spike to [user]kendamajohnny[/user], and I managed to hit it first time. I was pretty pleased with myself, but that started to diminish when Johnny got it 1st time too.... and 2nd.... and 3rd.... and in fact 8 times in a row! Holy moly mystic biscuit, this kid's good. Look out Europe, he's coming back with a vengeance!

Meanwhile, I also got another trick for the first time, but I'm saving that one up for video...  :)
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Post by: Kev on 05 May, 2013, 13:35:28
Today I:

Landed my first spacewalk

and

got my 'One Shot Consistency Challenge' up to Kyu 2.

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Post by: Cliffdama on 05 May, 2013, 18:37:52
Kendama: Whirlwind Spike - Earth turn Whirlwind (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zs74GmBJFzs#ws)

Finally after about a week of practice hard i finally landed this s****r ! Great trick to land!
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Post by: Waylon on 06 May, 2013, 02:25:14
Today I:

Landed my first spacewalk

and

got my 'One Shot Consistency Challenge' up to Kyu 2.

I got my first Mini Spacewalk! It's fun to know we are all playing and learning from opposite sides of the ocean and all working on the same things.

I'm going to have to take a crack at that consistency challenge when I'm feeling froggy.
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Post by: br4d24 on 06 May, 2013, 06:33:23
Got a pill and have been playing it pretty hard these last couple of days. Also got a new yellow oozora which makes its premier in a few clips. Messed around a bit for the start of this vid, the songs playing in the background were pretty ridiculous.

There is a lighthouse summersault lighthouse spike to build lighthouse, didnt get the final spike though :/

Another Day in the Park! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ghitMa2QMbg#ws)

Lol missed a few tricks when i was putting this together... Im a retarded

http://youtu.be/8yMzOhKT2nQ (http://youtu.be/8yMzOhKT2nQ)
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Post by: Cliffdama on 07 May, 2013, 16:23:22
A preview of a little trick i came up with yesterday. Filmed with my phone and forgot to upload in hd :p. I'm happy to be able to land it even more than once :). It's still in buildibg a trick mode so hope you like iy.


Preview of new kendama trick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ORKXRGfg6-c#)
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Post by: BKA on 07 May, 2013, 16:28:06
"Horizontal pinwheel".
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Post by: Cliffdama on 07 May, 2013, 16:38:16
Not new than :p thought i found something here! Than it's jusy really cool trick to land ^^
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Post by: The Void on 07 May, 2013, 16:47:00
Pinwheels aren't new, but I don't think I've seen them done horizontally. Depends where you go with this... could still be something new. Imagineer it!
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Post by: Cliffdama on 07 May, 2013, 20:47:11
Pinwheels aren't new, but I don't think I've seen them done horizontally. Depends where you go with this... could still be something new. Imagineer it!

Wow thats great to hear, i just found away to add another finger spin to it. The first to are my index finger, the next(new) is a underspin with my middle finger and ending with the tumb :).
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Post by: br4d24 on 07 May, 2013, 20:58:36
This trick has inspired me to try horizontal swirls! That would be some epicness right there!
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Post by: The Void on 07 May, 2013, 21:01:42
This trick has inspired me to try horizontal swirls! That would be some epicness right there!
Ahem. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,820.msg6053.html#msg6053 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,820.msg6053.html#msg6053)
Thank you.
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Post by: Cliffdama on 07 May, 2013, 21:13:00
@Void
Offtopic. Didnt know you live in bristol. Was about to go there this year for upfest festival. But couldn't because of my little niece is about to be born those days. Next year i be te to paint :)
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Post by: Kev on 07 May, 2013, 23:54:18
I got my first Mini Spacewalk! It's fun to know we are all playing and learning from opposite sides of the ocean and all working on the same things.

I'm going to have to take a crack at that consistency challenge when I'm feeling froggy.

Nice one Waylon! It is indeed. And definitely do, be nice to hear how you get on.

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Post by: br4d24 on 08 May, 2013, 06:32:00
SUPER FUN TIME TODAY!

I got to jam with someone new today! Eric (Kendama Edmonton), a friend of Rodneys is out here in kelowna for a bit doing some work stuff and we got to meet and jam today! Got some epic footage of him killin it on the pill and dama! I want to share the footage but I think he is going to use it for a best trick competition coming up. All i can say is that its like no other trick ive seen before - and it would be impossible to do on a tribute :) Keep your eyes open and i will post it once its up.

but to keep on topic, i was telling him about how much i like orbit jumping sticks (thanks kendamapp) and he mentioned how he landed an orbit ufo one upon a time. Excited at the thought i decided to try it:

I LANDED IT FIRST TRY EVER. Of course it wasnt on film, but a credible dama player can attest to my accomplishment if there are any doubters. I plan on doing this in my next edit! It is such a nice trick! Im on cloud nine with this nice weather and great jam, hope i didnt type to much!

landed it on film tonight. little sloppy still but this was only my 3-4ish time landing it. probably only tried the trick 15 times so far :) UFO ORBIT - BRADREEVES SINGLE TRICK KENDAMA (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYTTyuylSwc#ws)
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Post by: The Void on 08 May, 2013, 11:56:20
orbit ufo
Coo!!
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Post by: Cliffdama on 08 May, 2013, 16:11:21
Wow orbit ufo looks sick!
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 08 May, 2013, 18:19:58
It seems everytime i jam with a kendama edmonton player i learn a sick new trick and step up my game!

Also learnt swirls
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 08 May, 2013, 19:23:09
It seems everytime i jam with a kendama edmonton player i learn a sick new trick and step up my game!

Also learnt swirls
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 09 May, 2013, 07:08:12
No fresh tricks today, but I did do this to my car. I don't know anyone locally who is in to skill toys. I figured maybe I should identify myself. I can't be the only player around.

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Post by: Waylon on 10 May, 2013, 00:18:57
First Spacewalks and beer!
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/05/10/7y2yvura.jpg)

(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/05/10/usy6u4ez.jpg)
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Post by: HansNickmans on 10 May, 2013, 11:16:33
Did a banking yesterday:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,349.msg2616.html#msg2616 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,349.msg2616.html#msg2616)

Also got through 1st dan.
It was a good day :)
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Post by: BKA on 10 May, 2013, 11:30:47
Nice one guys.
Waylon, looks like the pic of your car didn't upload correctly.... we're intrigued!
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Post by: The Void on 10 May, 2013, 17:00:25
Today I went back to using my Mugen for my 6th Dan practice, and got 3/10 2-Turn LH for the first time since.... I was last using my Mugen. Hmmm, interesting! Mind you , I did miss some other stuff I should have got... like Cosmos. *sigh*
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Post by: shalafi on 11 May, 2013, 20:10:47
I did quite some new tricks today, specially with the bilboquet, ken-flip pull-up spike (technically bilboflip) also backstab-> earth turn+bilboflip (to normal apike)

And some other random tricks, like scoop spike->jumping stick (with flow)
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Post by: Misterwhang on 12 May, 2013, 07:55:08
I managed to get the feeling of lunar down today! Landed a good amount, some better than others, have been kinda cheating on some by using my thumb by accident. But overall I am very happy with my progress, I hope to post a video soon to ask for tips!  ;D
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Post by: HansNickmans on 12 May, 2013, 13:18:13
Did a stilt for the first time this weekend. Never really practised them, but this weekend I got four. Everytime to in.

Also made some progress on lunars. Did a reverse airplane - building lighthouse - lunar - to in. Felt pretty good

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Post by: br4d24 on 12 May, 2013, 21:35:16
Did a stilt for the first time this weekend. Never really practised them, but this weekend I got four. Everytime to in.

Also made some progress on lunars. Did a reverse airplane - building lighthouse - lunar - to in. Felt pretty good

Hate you so much right now! Gotta get on that lunar/stilts level - just dont practice them enough.

Have made TONS of progress though! No video for now but i have recently landed:

Swing to bird - over the valley
Swing to bird - earthturn bird - earthturn in.
SWIRLS!!!!!
Spacewalk - tama grip mooncircle - handroll - ken grip moon circle - swirl - spacewalk - ken grip spike.
Under the leg mooncircle
Nunchuku style tricks/variations
Insta-jumping sticks (throw jumping stick as soon as you catch airplane)
And finally have figured out the proper way to pull up lunars/stilts without having to twist the ken or use string hang method... now just gotta land em :)

Oh and i destroyed the pre-dan a few times - moshe kame is a little rough but i passed it; everything else was childsplay :)
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Post by: Yoda on 14 May, 2013, 15:19:10
... passed theoretical part of driving license exam, and finally nailed lunar barrel roll!
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 14 May, 2013, 18:25:06
Quote from: br4d24
And finally have figured out the proper way to pull up lunars/stilts without having to twist the ken or use string hang method... now just gotta land em :)

What is your method for doing it without twisting the ken?
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Post by: Cliffdama on 15 May, 2013, 13:58:11
Please everybody cheer with me!!!! ;D ;D i landed lunar flip!!!!!!!!!
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Post by: BKA on 15 May, 2013, 14:17:39
*hi-fives all round!*
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Post by: donald grant on 15 May, 2013, 23:25:00
Enjoy the joy!
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Post by: TrevorWestad on 16 May, 2013, 20:20:57
I just learned whirlwind!!! :DDDDDD
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 16 May, 2013, 20:32:59
I just learned whirlwind!!! :DDDDDD

Nice! I've been trying for that one myself.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 16 May, 2013, 22:55:29
Just to douse the unanimous state of  jubilation: today I fumbled the Falling Down (ken falling clockwise) part of Around the Pitfall (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,940.msg6853.html#msg6853 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,940.msg6853.html#msg6853)), that being the penultimate stage. Urgh.
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Post by: emagdnim on 18 May, 2013, 10:24:43
I just landed a trick but I don't know the name. I think/hope it's called  Earthspin Bird Over the Valley.

I landed bird, and than when I threw the ball to do Bird over the Valley the tama made a 360 like when you do a Earthspin.
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Post by: BKA on 18 May, 2013, 11:08:22
Over The Valley tricks end on the Spike, so if you add "...and Earth Turn to Spike" to what you did, you get "Bird Turns Over The Valley".
Well done.
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Post by: emagdnim on 18 May, 2013, 11:50:27
Thanks  for the info.
I enjoy doing that trick
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Post by: Cliffdama on 18 May, 2013, 19:57:11
Love that trick to! This is whay i'm trying to do for ages. Big bird -> eartturn to spike -> reverse earthturn to smallbird :p
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Post by: br4d24 on 19 May, 2013, 00:40:53
1turn lighthouse to lunar. Aeroplane to lunar. plus alot more for filming the compilation video!

finally getting some consistency with em!
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Post by: emagdnim on 19 May, 2013, 22:36:43
Today I landed Lighthouse to spike to Jumping Stick
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Post by: Dimensions on 20 May, 2013, 19:18:24
I landed...
Bat
Falling down
Jumping stick (I've done it before but it is much more solid)
Base cup whilwind
Down stab
Base cup - down stab
1 swirl with in under the leg catch - swing in
A jumping stick, but when the ken is at 90 degrees the tama hits the ken and it bounces in

+
I've decided what combos I'm going to do for the collab

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Post by: shalafi on 20 May, 2013, 20:20:30
I have landed 3 jumping stick in a row. I think is the first time I make it that solid :)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 20 May, 2013, 21:15:54
Had a few hours to spare at work waiting on a delivery - happened to have my kendama with me so had a session in the sun and managed Big Cup Fast-hand Lighthouse, some nice Reverse Jumping Sticks, and even got Stilt (twice nice and clean). Pure joy!
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Post by: Misterwhang on 20 May, 2013, 21:27:07
Today I finally gave in and bought the full kendama app! Its pretty awesome so far!!
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Post by: br4d24 on 21 May, 2013, 02:49:17
New Combos - BKA Forums (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KasOTEEHnI4#ws)

Some personal progression :) I know some of you like watching these progression videos of mine so here is a new one i just shot in my place today.

Annnd some new pill tricks
New Pill Tricks (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjYNgCDgIiA#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 23 May, 2013, 00:20:30
I have landed 3 jumping stick in a row. I think is the first time I make it that solid :)

Shalafi, don't know if this counts for everyone, but when practising consistency with Jumping Stick, try to hold your stance after the first caught one (keep your feet placed where they were with the catch). Now you're in. Next bend your knees, and catch the next ones a fraction of a second after your maximum 'flex' as you rise. I find I can make chains of seven to eight Jumping Sticks with this technique quite often before the string gets too knotted and ends up affecting the spin. Shame it's not transferable to consistency in other tricks!
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Post by: shalafi on 23 May, 2013, 07:54:48
I have landed 3 jumping stick in a row. I think is the first time I make it that solid :)

Shalafi, don't know if this counts for everyone, but when practising consistency with Jumping Stick, try to hold your stance after the first caught one (keep your feet placed where they were with the catch). Now you're in. Next bend your knees, and catch the next ones a fraction of a second after your maximum 'flex' as you rise. I find I can make chains of seven to eight Jumping Sticks with this technique quite often before the string gets too knotted and ends up affecting the spin. Shame it's not transferable to consistency in other tricks!

Thanks for the tip, I will try it :)
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Post by: The Void on 23 May, 2013, 14:56:08
Today I filmed a bunch of nice stuff for my first proper solo kendama video.

I also had my best ever attempt at self-certifying myself as 6th Dan, only failing on 2-Turn Lighthouse by one. Still a long way to go to solidify it, my Android KendamApp still has 4 orange tricks right now....
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Post by: the milky oolong on 23 May, 2013, 23:29:27
Hey Void, I dare to speak for everyone when I say that we are all looking forward greatly to the day that footage is released! Messrs. Grant and Jumpshoe have been prolific with the filming, and of course Brad is doing a great job of documenting his phenomenal progress. All that is missing is more of the Void! (and yes, I am aware of the irony of not having anything to bring to the plate myself, but I have spent time scouring the JTV archives for more of your solid stuff!)

Today I bought a Sunrise kendama and had a good long session with it to wear it in; at first, the ken felt unwieldy and the tama much too heavy in comparison, the string too long - as if everything was out of kilter. I stuck with it and am now addicted to the crisp 'clack' of 1-Turn stuff landing home, landing Lunars which seem like they're way too steep toward me, and really punching through penguin-caught Downspikes. Well worth it! Thanks to Donald for the recommendation for Just Juggling in Zossenerstraße; the owner is a stubborn English speaker and wanted to know what the scene was like for kendama at the moment to see if he should buy in more models/brands; I directed him to the forum to find out more.

Good day all in all!

Oo
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Post by: br4d24 on 23 May, 2013, 23:40:05
Yess! Void I cant wait for your video to come out, I have a feeling it will be of the same calibre as Donalds last two videos - maybe more impressive? (filmed over longer timespan)

Also thats great to hear about the sunrise Milky! I am personally thinking of getting one myself after my first custom is completed (cream white tama with orange stained stripe and thin black outline, gloss overcoat) by flow kendamas!
 
Do sunrises have the same paint inconsistencies as other damas do? Is there any colors that may be more favorable or is that all just a big myth.
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Post by: emagdnim on 24 May, 2013, 15:53:13
Just got Spike and Knees, so i think I am going to have a fun night:)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 24 May, 2013, 19:02:28
Took the new Sunrise to the park for sundown. After about an hour of constant perseverance and a lot of cursing, finally landed Around the Pitfall. The only point where anyone looked was at my totally-emasculated whelp of joy at the final JS. Squeek!

Oops, sorry, Brad, almost forgot. I've got no idea about the paint jobs in comparison; the neon green tama is now very dirty and has worn really well after two days, but maybe that's got a lot to do with the fact I'm pounding it with Downspikes, Scoop-Spikes and Stabbing Heaven right now. It seems to have a bit more of a naturally 'grippy' texture than my first kendama (feel free to despair of me; no idea of the make, relatively small with red tama, official stamp, came in a package like a disposable toothbrush, Japanese script for the logo, illustrated little booklet). Perhaps someone else who actually has a collection could help you out there.
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Post by: br4d24 on 24 May, 2013, 21:09:37
Tell me the color of the official seal and i can tell yah the brand :)
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Post by: Kev on 24 May, 2013, 21:15:54
Today I started learning and landing 1-turn lighthouses! ;D

AND Also

I got to One Shot - Kyu 1!

(This actually happened in quite a cool way. A guy came over asking 'hey what's that?' about my Kendama, I explained and showed him some tricks starting with the beginners trick ladder and just landed each one one after the other right up to (and including) the Moshis. He seemed pretty impressed and I think we may have a new convert!).

Good day all round.

Espresso reward shot coming up.

 8)

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Post by: Cliffdama on 24 May, 2013, 21:32:40
Finall landed lighthouse -> bamboo horse -> lunar. And... Missed the spike :(. The plus is i landed it on a almost new yellow ozora! Best buy so far for me. 3more coming in for custom paints!
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Post by: the milky oolong on 24 May, 2013, 22:25:30
Tell me the color of the official seal and i can tell yah the brand :)

Gold ringed with green. I say official; it looks like a kendama, it plays like a kendama, it sounds like a kendama, but come to think of it, the people selling them had less idea of what they were than I did, so who knows!

Congratulations Kev, such a great trick to get down solid. Cliff - Still damn amazing stuff, man, I think Dave had a video somewhere about the pains of missing the spike after a great run, so at least one can say it happens to the best of us.
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Post by: br4d24 on 24 May, 2013, 22:51:48
Like this ones seal? Its a tk if so - really good kendama, debatably as good as an oozora.

(http://kendama.cz/kendama_images/tk16master-kendama-green1.jpg)
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 25 May, 2013, 00:19:51
Today I achieved third Dan at my lunch break. I'm really stoked and I barely got the one turn airplane and 500 moshi kame.
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Post by: br4d24 on 25 May, 2013, 07:25:12
500! that just seems a little excessive. Literally have to have some good arm strength and endurance to pull that off. PS for moshi kame is it counted 1 for each cup contact or for each complete 2 cup trick?
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Post by: Kev on 25 May, 2013, 09:11:44
500! that just seems a little excessive.

500 is just what you need for 3rd Dan. It's 1000 for 4th! Eek!

PS for moshi kame is it counted 1 for each cup contact or for each complete 2 cup trick?

1 for each cup I believe.



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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 25 May, 2013, 22:34:09
Yes I think it is one cup each.
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 25 May, 2013, 22:35:15
Landed earth turn to bird on my enjyu. I was soooooo stoked!!!
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Post by: emagdnim on 26 May, 2013, 10:02:51
 I have been practising my Lighthouse tricks and i have landed 3 new tricks yesterday.

Build up Lighthouse
1-turn lighthouse to Falling Down 
Reverse Aeroplane to lighthouse to Jumping Stick.


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Post by: Cliffdama on 28 May, 2013, 14:11:38
Did some basic training for about 30mins. Small cup -> big cup -> base cup -> big cup -> small cup -> penguin base cup -> spike. Etc etc etc

Alsmost landed big bird -> penguin base -> small bird . ( bird flies over the penguin nest) :p
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 29 May, 2013, 02:28:48
I landed Ufo twice ina row plus handlestall. So happy...... T-T
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Post by: the milky oolong on 29 May, 2013, 15:53:31
[user]Cliffdama[/user] Nice stuff man, so much fun getting to grips with Bird variations. Am currently having fun with Swing to Bird > Earthturn Bird > Earthturn to Spike. Was thinking about your thing about the penguin nest, and realised that a penguin nest is, well, a penguin.

[user]Tetsuya Takahashi[/user] Getting consistent with UFO is a real challenge, good work!

Today I was working on consistency with tama tricks, just making ladders of difficulty - Aeroplane, Jumping Stick, UFO, etc, when I realized that in some senses UFO comes too early in the series; changed it to Aeroplane, Jumping Stick, 1-Turn Lighthouse, Lunar, UFO. I find it much easier now with the Sunrise - kind of like the kendama equivalent of one of those telephones with really big buttons for the near-sighted.
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Post by: emagdnim on 31 May, 2013, 15:26:15
I landed inward Lunar today.   ;D
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Post by: Adam K on 01 June, 2013, 22:41:15
Missed the last earth turn in around tunbridge wells. The heartbreak was indescribable.
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Post by: Misterwhang on 02 June, 2013, 04:02:00
swing in spike -> x3 earthturn,,,,,, AND I got bird over valley!!!!!
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Post by: BKA on 02 June, 2013, 09:18:49
Missed the last earth turn in around tunbridge wells. The heartbreak was indescribable.
Oof! :-(
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Post by: oliver.r.wagener on 02 June, 2013, 17:27:36
Today I landed my first Lunar and Faster Than Gravity! Super Excited! :D
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Post by: Cliffdama on 02 June, 2013, 20:09:21
Don't know if it has a name but some sort offinger wind.

Tama grip. Swing the ken forward ,stick your finger out (from holding the tama) let the ken wind around the finger once, and swing it into a lighthouse :D
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Post by: shalafi on 03 June, 2013, 08:53:04
Landed: Lighthouse~Falling Down~Build the Lighthouse~Falling Down for me it is hard to make all the sequence :)
Also landed an UFO, which I believe is the 5th time ever I land that trick.
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Post by: emagdnim on 03 June, 2013, 09:31:48
Lighthouse to falling Down to Jumping Stick to Build the Lighthouse and end with Falling Down.
Took me an hour, but landed it:)
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Post by: SamB on 03 June, 2013, 21:07:43
... landed hanging 2-turn aeroplane and hanging 2-turn lighthouse (I really like hanging start tricks!) and Speed Trick B in a 5th Dan time:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=151.msg8573#new (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=151.msg8573#new)
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 07 June, 2013, 03:26:44
Nice Sam. I landed my first inward lunar, suicide one turn light house, and lunar flip  ;D :D ;D :P
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Post by: mreasyguy on 08 June, 2013, 20:42:31
I've been working on my stilts alot lately, it's been my main goal after getting lunars very consistent.

I just landed my first ever stilts over the valley, and as you can see from my reaction, felt good  ;D

http://youtu.be/UPMix9IiTsk (http://youtu.be/UPMix9IiTsk)
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Post by: shalafi on 08 June, 2013, 22:56:09
Today I did s short ball juggling show for a friend on his birthday, there were 2 japanese people and I ended up showing them some kendama tricks :)
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Post by: emagdnim on 09 June, 2013, 00:21:22
Took me about two hours or more but landed Lighthouse to falling Down to Jumping Stick  Lunar
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Post by: Dimensions on 09 June, 2013, 16:15:30
Today I uploaded the collaboration!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Whoooooooooooooo

ahem
And i was trying to do this combo
little cup -> orbit -> little cup -> spike -> gunslinger ->
Big cup -> orbit -> little cup -> spike -> gunslinger ->
Base cup -> orbit -> little cup -> spike -> gunslinger->
slip on stick -> earth turn -> turnover

i call it "around the wild west"
but, i faild on the base cup -> spike
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Post by: shalafi on 13 June, 2013, 15:03:03
Finally! I made the Speed Trick B under 2 minutes!
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Post by: br4d24 on 13 June, 2013, 21:19:43
Some new stuff im working on - just about finished my outdoor half of this.

http://youtu.be/u42t5hHu8z4 (http://youtu.be/u42t5hHu8z4)
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Post by: br4d24 on 14 June, 2013, 02:08:34
New dama Tricks (outdoors) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofgj80bhAZE#ws)

Outdoor half
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Post by: shalafi on 14 June, 2013, 09:55:22
Again, today I did 2 tries of Speed Trick B and I managed 2:20 and 1:45. Second time I made it in 3rd Dan time, 2 days in a row.
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Post by: shalafi on 16 June, 2013, 22:41:10
Today I landed Lighthouse-Fast hand spike for the first time on the semifinals of Spikedama.
Also, landed Fast-Hand spike for the first time, and then about 3/10.
Then did a 6/10 series in Lunars.
And some other cool tricks... great day!
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Post by: PikWik on 16 June, 2013, 23:04:24
Quote
Then did a 6/10 series in Lunars.

i hope to say that someday  :D
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Post by: shalafi on 17 June, 2013, 08:36:14
Quote
Then did a 6/10 series in Lunars.

i hope to say that someday  :D
I still can't believe it myself :)
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Post by: emagdnim on 17 June, 2013, 09:03:13
Landed a one turn lighthouse to in in front of 26 students of mine:) Pretty neat, because I really learned that trick just a day ago.
And I ordered  a Yellow Ozora :)
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Post by: happygoat on 17 June, 2013, 10:58:32
Landed my first solid stilt!  :D
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Post by: The Void on 17 June, 2013, 21:50:10
Nice one guys!
Today I landed Rising Aeroplane twice in a row.
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Post by: br4d24 on 18 June, 2013, 06:51:02
Nice one guys!
Today I landed Rising Aeroplane twice in a row.
is that like a stuntplane but in regular tama grip and not underhand?
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Post by: emagdnim on 18 June, 2013, 07:52:08
I did almost all the tricks of the biginner trick list of the Kenapp.
Only trick not landed was the scooping big cub.
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Post by: BKA on 18 June, 2013, 12:31:05
Nice one guys!
Today I landed Rising Aeroplane twice in a row.
is that like a Scoop Spike but in regular tama grip and not underhand?
See #21 of the EKO 2013 Advanced list. http://kendama.co.uk/EKO2013.html (http://kendama.co.uk/EKO2013.html)
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Post by: emagdnim on 18 June, 2013, 14:53:25
Don't know if it is a trick or not. had a laugh doing it do..

Its a lighthouse somersault but the first lighthouse is landed on two fingers.

so,, pull up Lighthouse on ringfinger and middlefinger (Tamma in thumb and indexfinger) than trow it like a somersault and land it with the Tamma to in.





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Post by: The Void on 19 June, 2013, 12:01:33
Similar to "Duncan's challenge", emagdnim, (search the forum for it), but both easier and harder.
Last night I managed 10/10 Lighthouse Somersaults for the first time ever, and also 4 Moon Circles in a row. Not on camera, though. But that's another one for the "no record set yet in How Many Times...? thread" list.
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Post by: Dimensions on 19 June, 2013, 21:08:41
Today I landed behind the side
But of course you all know that
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Post by: Kev on 22 June, 2013, 10:30:55
I just landed my first lunar :)

Ace.



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Post by: happygoat on 22 June, 2013, 12:10:12
Great job, Kev! :-) I know how it feels!!
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Post by: Kev on 22 June, 2013, 13:15:47
Great job, Kev! :-) I know how it feels!!

Thanks mate. I was very impressed with your run of lighthouses the other day.

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Post by: Misterwhang on 22 June, 2013, 16:32:59
With a help from a new buddy in Hong Kong I landed my first UFO and learned how to do lunars without the string hook method!!
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Post by: shalafi on 22 June, 2013, 16:35:55
I just landed my first lunar :)
I still remember my first lunar, something like a year ago. It feels great when you finally land it
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Post by: the milky oolong on 27 June, 2013, 21:26:06
... got to grips with Reverse Lighthouse Somersault, came across the idea of doing a Reverse Build the Lighthouse too. Now just to nail that Inside 1-Turn Lighthouse...
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Post by: Waylon on 28 June, 2013, 12:49:10
Played kendama for the first time in a while night before last. I've been focused on throwing yoyos due to some upcoming contests. It felt really good. I can't wait to throw myself back in to it in a few weeks. I'm pleased to see everyone continuing to progress here and disprove the idea that kendama isn't "as free form or creative as Yoyo".
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Post by: The Void on 28 June, 2013, 13:00:28
I was just wondering the other day where you'd gone. Welcome back! :)
When I first discovered a whole load of "beyond the basics" tricks in late 2007, I was blown away. Over the next few years, more avenues seemed to open up, and in the last couple of years or so, it's really amazing to see how seemingly more and more possibilities in kendama are explored. Long may it continue!
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Post by: Waylon on 28 June, 2013, 18:25:42
I was just wondering the other day where you'd gone. Welcome back! :)
When I first discovered a whole load of "beyond the basics" tricks in late 2007, I was blown away. Over the next few years, more avenues seemed to open up, and in the last couple of years or so, it's really amazing to see how seemingly more and more possibilities in kendama are explored. Long may it continue!

Thanks :) I'm certain it will. Trick innovators from other toy disciplines and everyday crossover players who don't know what they're "not" supposed to do will continue the trend.
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Post by: Misterwhang on 30 June, 2013, 19:08:07
Today I placed second at my first kendama event and won this!! Super happy haha!  ;D

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Post by: The Void on 30 June, 2013, 22:23:04
Nice! And well done. Dark wood, or stained?
You're still in Hong Kong, I guess? Care to tell us a little about the event?
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Post by: shalafi on 01 July, 2013, 08:18:03
I finally landed lighthouse somersault on a regular Kendama! (I did it with a performer a while ago)
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Post by: Misterwhang on 01 July, 2013, 16:57:27
I think it is painted/stained, definitely not black wood..It was a small event held at a really popular mall in tsim sha tsui hong kong..it was a small set up to promote kendama play. An hk kendama company call pak fuk collaborated with an hk clothing/skate company to make these shark head kendamas. The competition was very small it was about 10 people. We were timed on the 10 basic moves (big cup through lighthouse).. the second part was who could juggle the most in one minute (moshi kame). It was a neat little event and the mall was packed with people walking by wanting to try out kendama! There is not many people that play kendama in hk but they work hard spreading the word. I am happy to have been a part of the event! :)
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Post by: The Void on 03 July, 2013, 12:50:41
Cheers for the info, Alan. Always good to hear of kendama events being run.

Today I turned 2-Turn Lighthouse green in my Android KendamApp. That means I've done the required (for 6th Dan) 3/10 three days in a row. I've never done that before. (4,4,3).
Also, I only failed to self-certify myself as 6th Dan by one trick: Jumping Stick, 7/10 instead of 8. Still a long way to go, but that's my best 6th Dan run ever. (I failed by 1 trick once before, but that was on the hardest trick, so I think this counts as better.)

That was a good day... Exactly 21 years to the day since I started juggling.
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Post by: shalafi on 03 July, 2013, 14:16:26
@Void you do remember the day you started juggling?

I remember the moment, but no idea of the day, it was sometime in August, probably the first or second week, I think it was 1993. So it is going to be 20 years for me :-)

Great run, BTW.

I did double turn swing in yesterday, never tried before, it is tricky.
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Post by: The Void on 03 July, 2013, 14:22:27
Nice one Raul. I think I've tried that a few times, and yes, it's tricky.
I remember the exact date I started juggling only by accident. We were having a conversation about how long it takes to learn 3/4/5 balls, so I thought "okay, let's see...". It was "the day before American Independence day", so that was easy to remember. (A day/a week/6 months, in case you're wondering.)
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Post by: shalafi on 03 July, 2013, 14:53:37
20 years and I'm still not able to do 5 balls properly :-( in fact I started "juggling" something like 2 years after that (again in August, almost same place) the first 2 years I only did diabolo(s)

That being said, I can't believe I've been playing Kendama for almost 3 years already. And yes, I remember both, my first kendama (EJC Joensuu 2010) and the first time I played with one (BJC Duncaster 2008) and it was Donald's kendama BTW.
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Post by: donald grant on 03 July, 2013, 22:47:39
Ahh, my black mugen!  I still have it but sadly it's no longer in the same condition as 2008 -sigh- :) !
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Post by: shalafi on 04 July, 2013, 08:15:13
Wait... the first Kendama I played with was a mugen!?
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Post by: PikWik on 04 July, 2013, 21:03:31
great discussions, really glad to find a place with so many jugglers/kendama players!

i havent been around lately but Hey, i landed my first legit lunar

i was just practicing and practicing and on a random throw it just stuck. i held it there for what mustve been a minute; my eyes in awe!
lunars, for me, are one of those tricks i didnt think was going to happen for a while and then it just Did :)
i must say, my focus and determination for kendama has yet to be matched by something else. truly enjoy this game and the people involved

(http://s17.postimg.org/6tauavbz3/Screen_Shot_2013_07_04_at_2_59_26_PM_copy.jpg)
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Post by: The Void on 04 July, 2013, 21:15:51
[user]PikWik[/user]*Hi-Five*
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Post by: emagdnim on 05 July, 2013, 00:23:00
@PikWik congrats buddy.

I hope I can do them someday to. Have landed Lunar and Stil both I think 3 times now, but want to land them some day at least once a day
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Post by: emagdnim on 05 July, 2013, 15:01:55
I Finaly landed Reverse one turn lighthouse
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Post by: the milky oolong on 08 July, 2013, 00:33:30
[user]emagdnim[/user] Good stuff, really a whole different kettle of fish to 1-Turn. Just recently getting to grips with those tricks, getting my Reverse Lighthouse Somersaults tightened up, and yesterday just landed Build the Lighthouse with the extra flip (Like a Jumping Stick plus an extra half spin) - practising regularly after work for an hour in the park I've begun to really enjoy just going for it, working out tricks on-the-fly and in combos - adds a whole different fun factor when you land that 'risk-just-one-last-trick' run. The feedback on the forum is a great support. Thanks guys.
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Post by: HansNickmans on 09 July, 2013, 21:27:08
Today I did some solid corkscrews. Ever since I saw them in an older kendamaUSA edit by Colin Sander, I've tried them out. Before that I used to do them like K.Cima (on his channel somewhere) with some help from the other hand. But ever Colin's edit 9, I started practicing them again. It's a very weird looking spin, and I don't really know a how-many-corkscrew it is, but it's beginning to click.

Now on to those corkscrew lighthouse flips...
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Post by: The Void on 09 July, 2013, 23:52:55
Keep it up everyone!
@Hans I've never worked on those. Show me at Toulouse?
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Post by: HansNickmans on 10 July, 2013, 07:22:23
@Void: Sure thing! I'm gonna be practicing them a lot this week to get them down ever better (together with the dan practice).
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Post by: mreasyguy on 12 July, 2013, 23:08:37
Today I landed a no hole stilt (on purpose for a change). Held for 3 seconds too. Was mighty impressed with that one  ;D
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Post by: Waylon on 15 July, 2013, 16:45:20
I went to Mideast regional yoyo contest Saturday. Got to play a few Bahama Kendamas at the YoyoSam table, including a jumbo sized one. That was pretty fun. Landed Falling Down on the first try. I'm pretty sure I need a jumbo now :)
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Post by: emagdnim on 15 July, 2013, 16:48:47
Been trying Lunar, Get it now at 1/15.
Pretty stoked about that one.

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Post by: Dadooh on 17 July, 2013, 11:57:03
Today i landed lunar "tré" flip!
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Post by: The Void on 17 July, 2013, 17:17:32
Everyone's rockin' it hard!

I've just been drilling my Dan tricks - still a long way to go - but it's been hot here, and I melt in the heat, so I've not been doing much. I'm hoping for a nice temperate 22 degrees all week long in Toulouse, so I can just jam all day with the gang. :-)
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Post by: br4d24 on 22 July, 2013, 07:03:49
Landed first stilt today, and first 2 turn lighthouse. Got the latter on film with some fresh tricks/combos you guys havent seen me do on film. Also getting much better at editing videos.

KHENDAHMUH (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAk9rWZ6OFs#ws)
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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 26 July, 2013, 00:32:31
Got a yellow new ozora in a game of keeps. Landed lunar flip, 2 turn lighthouse, and spike fasthand one turn light house finally!!! ;D
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Post by: emagdnim on 08 August, 2013, 08:40:44
Landed this combo.. Inward Aeroplane -> Jumping stick -> jumping stick lunar.
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Post by: Waylon on 09 August, 2013, 07:46:14
Got my first Bird yesterday morning. My first full Whirlwinds the day before that. Pretty stoked.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 10 August, 2013, 18:22:12
...got caught in a storm on the way home from work, half-day, spent two hours in a metro station with a 'friend' (a new Sunrise natural wood finish): sharpened up my Big Cup 3/4 flip to Lighthouse, worked out Big Cup Reverse 3/4 flip to Lighthouse (quite tricky, give it a go!), had fun with some awkward Stab configurations, and finally got to grips with Stunt Plane to so-called 'Upside Down Jumping Stick' - a name that sours the achievement of learning the trick:

1:"Hey chap, last night I landed an Upside Down Jumping Stick!"
2:"No idea what you mean, but congratulations anyway. I'm off to work on my Sideways Jumping Sticks."
1: "Ah, a real milestone, the old Sideways JS. Keep it horizontal and remember, KNEES!"


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Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 11 August, 2013, 00:07:32
Been messing around with spacewalks, handrolls, flips of all sorts and juggling. The drawback to this experiment was a chip on my blue ozora and a very deep nick on my red tk 16.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 August, 2013, 18:04:46
Way to go guys.

Today I failed by one attempt at one trick to self-certify myself as 6th Dan. My best run yet, but...

..Curse you, Bird! 7/10, damn!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 17 August, 2013, 18:52:44
ive switched to only playing with competition kendamas and so far ive been landing bird over valleys, jumping sticks, 1 turn lighthouses, swing in birds, and UFOs

im still way behind you top players here, but its just one of those things where practice makes 'perfect'. and by practice i mean PRACTICE :) getting better at kendama is really forcing me to focus on my posture as well. ive been working out my back more recently and thats been helping a lot.


Quote
..Curse you, Bird! 7/10, damn!
im sure youll get that cert, void!

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 August, 2013, 17:02:37
Last Tuesday I casually got 19 Earth Turns in a row.

But today I strugglefully self-certified myself as 6th Dan for the first time. Damn it's hard. Now the long road of moving from "once" to "a few times" to "several" to "regularly" to "usually". And believe me, that's a long road...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 August, 2013, 19:30:08
Quote from: shalafi
370235586449129472[/tweet]]Woo, VERY impressive. Did you approved the freestyle tricks yourself? :)[/url]
Well, a couple of cats were wandering through the garden, but otherwise I was the only one there to ask. I picked one that's medium-hard and semi-original to me, and another one that's definitely "hard enough" and completely original to me. I'll have to ask Cima if he thinks they're okay, or ask for some other examples of what people have passed with. (http://[tweet)
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Post by: shalafi on 22 August, 2013, 07:53:42
The cats may have some interesting criteria :)

Hard enough and completely original sounds really nice, I hope to see it on video after you get certified :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 23 August, 2013, 00:08:20
... landed my first "around the cosmos". I can do "slip on stick" fairly well, but throwing the tama from that first catch position and to spike it then is still difficult.
And I'm getting further along with birds. Since I started to hold the ken with the big cup towards me, it's much easier. Caught two of about 40 tonight :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 August, 2013, 11:47:32
Well done Lars. I find that first transfer to spike in 'Cosmos much easier if I catch the ball with the hole NOT flat on the side of the spike. You have to be softer on the landing to stop it rolling off, but it's much easier to control the transfer like that.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 23 August, 2013, 12:36:27
I agree with Void, I do it in a similar way to around the village and it is waaay easier
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 23 August, 2013, 17:06:37
Well done Lars. I find that first transfer to spike in 'Cosmos much easier if I catch the ball with the hole NOT flat on the side of the spike. You have to be softer on the landing to stop it rolling off, but it's much easier to control the transfer like that.

Void and Raul,

thanks for the hint. I'll try that - so far I always tried to catch it with the hole on the ken, just like for "Slip on stick".

 ... ah the sweet way to 1st Dan :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 23 August, 2013, 19:01:10
thanks for the tips you guys! tbh, i didnt realize i was doing around the cosmos until i read your post. well, everything except the spin from the slip stall. i was attempting them with the hole on the ken as well but will try this new method soon. the "around the's" are my warmup when i pick up a dama and notice they help get the tama and cups grippier

hopefully in a years time ill get a tunbridge wells
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 24 August, 2013, 16:06:34
I haven't been able to practice kendama for a few days as I am sat here ill
But I just rememberd a few weeks ago I was trying horizontal swirls[1], I did a HS then instead of standing still I walked around it while it was spinning around my finger caught the ken then caught the tama on the big cup - I then missed the spike!
Also that day I did a double swirl and then caught the tama from behind my back, I can get them quite consistently now - and it is my new faourite trick
 1. lets just call it HS
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 August, 2013, 16:28:11
Nice idea, Dimensions.
Today I got my best score of 2-Turn Lighthouse: 6/10.
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Waylon on 27 August, 2013, 13:20:45
I've been playing more kendama lately than yoyoing. Can't get enough. Got my first lunar last week and landed some lighthouse somersaults over the weekend. The first one was in the living room with my family. No one was watching. I started celebrating and I think they thought I'd lost my mind for a minute. I'm surprised they aren't used to me doing my "I just landed a hard skill toy trick" end zone dance by now.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 27 August, 2013, 14:31:24
Today I just caught a slip grip special - got so excited when I did it!!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 27 August, 2013, 18:28:19
Got my first lunar flip a while ago! Nearly have stilt down as well!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 27 August, 2013, 19:41:51
@Waylon - Nice job on the lunar! when i first got one it was so random and not expected i just sat there holding the tama in disbelief; looking at every side making sure i wasnt touching with my hand/string. that trick was something i didnt think was going to happen for a while but now i can get em fairly consistent.

these lunar and tre flips are what im after next! such a tough trick... ugh, so many new tricks to learn  :o
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 28 August, 2013, 10:00:10
Yesterday I was practicing speed trick B - I normally get it in about 4 or 5 minutes (I normally struggle a lot on around Europe and even more on the 1 turn areoplane) but yesterday I got around Europe on my 2nd go and 1 turn areoplane strait away! My final tim was 2:04 minutes, yes it's not that great but it is my PB
Also I got a bit bored of practicing my pre dan ladder so I for a laugh I tried the 1st dan ladder and for the first time ever I got all of the tricks but then I started moshikame and I did 195 clicks I was really annoyed that I was 5 clicks away - never mind
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 07 September, 2013, 17:16:56
... practised for two hours after work, landed some really fun stuff: Big Cup Flip to Lighthouse > Lighthouse Somersault > 540 Flip to In. Also worked out a weird inverted Falling Down variation where the spike is caught as if Penguin style. My kingdom for a camera and some editing software!

Had to let you guys know, thanks for all the motivational enthusiasm,

M-Oo.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Waylon on 08 September, 2013, 06:43:37
What's it called when you lift the ken as if to Lighthouse, but you tap it with the tama along the way and catch it like Aeroplane? I did that today. And my basic lighthouse variations are coming along. Fun stuff :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 08 September, 2013, 09:32:38
[user]waylon[/user] it's called "tap in"
But shouldn't you be using the 'what's that trick called?" thread?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Misterwhang on 11 September, 2013, 05:38:26
Today I landed stilts twice and landed a few swing bird!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 11 September, 2013, 19:15:14
[user]Misterwhang[/user] Great stuff! Swing-Birds get surprisingly easier if you keep on top of them, so don't rest easy just yet and get them down tight. Such a satisfying trick. After that you'll be wanting to mess around with Swing-Bats too, then Penguin Swing-Ins, etc etc etc.

Today I was messing around with starting Build the Lighthouse from a Penguin position, so to speak, an 'under-flip' to Lighthouse. Works really well, and you're always primed for a hefty 'batS' (tama opposite of Stab).
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Post by: emagdnim on 11 September, 2013, 19:37:41
messed around with lighthouse.

Did lighthouse somersault
and
a lighthouse where you land lighthouse, then trow the ken up again and let it spin 360 degrees and land lighthouse again

ended up doing a mini suicide 1 turn lighthouse,  the other lighthouse 360 trick, somersault lighthouse tradespike in one combo
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Waylon on 15 September, 2013, 15:27:32
Completed Kyu 1 on self cert. Lost it in the Swing In in pre advanced. I'm just happy to have gotten the 50 MK  in Kyu 1 on the first try :) It's not a move I practice.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 17 September, 2013, 21:03:59
Today I was practising my 'hanging' tricks. Managed to get:
- Hanging candle --> very challenging and fun trick
- Hanging one turn airplane
- Hanging one turn lighthouse

Still practising on my hanging swing-ins though...

Plus played some spin-off! Great game!
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Post by: Misterwhang on 18 September, 2013, 20:57:36
Today I landed a few Suberi-dome Gokui Slip Stop Specials after watching a KendAlex tutorial!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 18 September, 2013, 23:15:46
...landed Tap (1-Turn) On, á la Bitter Beans Crew. A very happy boy!

...landed Penguin Start Build The Lighthouse > Scoop Spike. Fun fun!
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Waylon on 04 October, 2013, 08:17:36
(http://img.tapatalk.com/d/13/10/04/5aze7y4a.jpg)

Today I made a pill. Way more fun than I thought it would be.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 October, 2013, 13:26:10
Wow, that looks like a bit of a monster!
So, do you mean way more fun to make, or to use? (I suspect both! :-)

If you hadn't posted that image on this forum, I would have guessed from the proportions that it was some kind of monster yo-yo. Have you made it to be cunningly dual-purpose?  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Waylon on 04 October, 2013, 14:16:10

Wow, that looks like a bit of a monster!
So, do you mean way more fun to make, or to use? (I suspect both! :-)

If you hadn't posted that image on this forum, I would have guessed from the proportions that it was some kind of monster yo-yo. Have you made it to be cunningly dual-purpose?  :)

It's more fun to play than make, but both activities are satisfying :) I have this big slab of curly maple lying around so I thought I'd do something useful with it. I'm going to pick up some tung or maybe linseed oil this weekend so the beauty in the wood can be brought out on the next one.

If only I were half so clever! It weighs in at about 137g. That would be one monster yoyo.

It's not actually as big as it looks. I measures about 2.75" in diameter and maybe 5 or so inches tall.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 04 October, 2013, 18:16:48
I landed Lunar first try today, was the first time ever hitting Lunar first try..

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 October, 2013, 19:05:11
Today I cricked my back whilst practising. I guess I won't be going to the Manchester Juggling Convention tomorrow after all.

Oww.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 12 October, 2013, 17:09:40
Landed a lunar flip today
And a maelstrom lunar - after alex's helpful tutorial
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Post by: Kev on 12 October, 2013, 17:49:51
Today I found my new Terra Pill waiting for me when I got home . . . Been playing for about an hour, so far so good! Really fun little toy.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 12 October, 2013, 23:02:16
[user]The Void[/user], those Falcon Dances and Rising Aeros giving you gyp, Void? Hope you're getting better, and not too disappointed about missing the trip to The North.

[user]Dimensions[/user] Was pretty astonished by the speed of anyone getting this after Alex's post - a testament to your practise dedication and also to KendAlex's tutorials!

Was working on the L.A.C. from the Bitter Beans Vol. 2 video (see topic below that nobody found all that interesting), took a break and landed Bat > Fast Hand Aeroplane - always wanted one of those, and it was a crisp'un, too!

*** Ooh, and cleaned up my Build The Lighthouse - Tap - Reverse On, not as easy as it sounds, but fun, especially when you celebrate with a Lighthouse Somersault before the spike. And get away with it.

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 October, 2013, 13:07:48
I just landed a lunar to stilts, sitting down... well, I was trying to land it on the spike, but it landed quite solidly as stilts :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 October, 2013, 17:53:42
Nice work guys!
Today I played for the first time in a week. Just a little gentle play to ease my back back into things, but I discovered Faster Than Hanging Triangle Lighthouse, which was nice. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Waylon on 19 October, 2013, 12:13:30

Nice work guys!
Today I played for the first time in a week. Just a little gentle play to ease my back back into things, but I discovered Faster Than Hanging Triangle Lighthouse, which was nice. :)

Glad to hear you're back at it :)
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Post by: The Void on 19 October, 2013, 16:30:17
Today I edited the BKO 2014 Advanced trick list video.

Export, compress and upload still to come....
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Post by: The Void on 25 October, 2013, 09:04:24
Today I'm sitting down with my morning coffee, waiting for a Japanese TV crew to turn up at my house.  :o
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Post by: shalafi on 25 October, 2013, 11:30:30
Today I'm sitting down with my morning coffee, waiting for a Japanese TV crew to turn up at my house.  :o

That's cool!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 October, 2013, 12:05:13
Well, that was fun.
(http://distilleryimage11.ak.instagram.com/60fdc31a3d6011e3a8e322000a9f13d9_8.jpg) (http://instagram.com/p/f4xc-bkFjD/)
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Post by: Kev on 25 October, 2013, 14:41:47
Well, that was fun.

Good stuff, what was it for?

And, today I started playing with whirlwinds for the first time and landed big cup > whirlwind > bigcup > whirlwind > spike which was nice.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 25 October, 2013, 16:33:06
[user]kev[/user] now do that combo with juggles or double whirlwinds!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 October, 2013, 21:57:54
Good stuff, what was it for?
Ah, what is anything for?

In a less philosophical answer: a TV show called "I Love Japan". I think it's going to go out in December, so I'll let you know when/if I manage to watch it/get a copy.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 26 October, 2013, 13:31:58
Ah, what is anything for?

 ;D
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Post by: shalafi on 28 October, 2013, 08:21:22
Cool photo, Mr Void.

Yesterday I learned reverse gunslinger. It was worth a few points during Spikedama 4 :)
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Post by: johndmc on 28 October, 2013, 08:58:06
Today i landed my first couple of aeroplanes! would not have even thought it was possible a month ago.  8)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 28 October, 2013, 11:16:22
Well done shalafi - what was the "knack" to it for you? Nice shot, John. What's your next target? Swing In?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 28 October, 2013, 11:43:24
Today I landed a personal target of mine, 10 "around tricks" all continuously joined togeteher
It goes:
Big cup > little cup > base cup > big cup > spike > little cup > big cup > spike > base cup > spike > base cup > little cup > spike > little cup > big cup > base cup > spike > little cup > spike > big cup > spike > base cup > spike > frying pan > spike > little cup > spike > big cup > spike > base cup > spike > big cup > little cup > big cup > base cup > big cup > penguin base cup > big cup > spike > earth turn > big cup > spike > earth turn > little cup > spike > earth turn > base cup > spike > earth turn

Also known as:
Around the block > around the village > around Japan > around the prefecture > around Britain > around the world > around Europe > around the cosmos > the 1st section of around turnbridge wells > around the U.S.U

it took me 3 days and I call it "around the islands"

Rob
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Post by: The Void on 28 October, 2013, 11:56:03
Well done Rob.
I've got a feeling that there was some combo similar to that one that was referred to as "Around The Arounds", but I can't remember what, and a brief search doesn't turn it up.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 28 October, 2013, 13:36:04
[user]The Void[/user]
I have seen lots of US pros do combos like this as well but normally it's only like:
Around Japan > around the world > around Europe > around the USA
But that combo is only 22 clicks, not 49[1]
 1. And not 57 clicks either (around turnbridge wells)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 28 October, 2013, 14:07:40
Just landed my first stilt!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 29 October, 2013, 23:03:20
Well done Dimensions.

Today I did some forum database optimising after we had a little mySQL crash. Oh, the joys of webmastery....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: johndmc on 30 October, 2013, 10:43:55
Well done shalafi - what was the "knack" to it for you? Nice shot, John. What's your next target? Swing In?

Yes i think swing in will be another work in progress for me. I did land a few yesterday though, albeit not very gracefully lol
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 October, 2013, 19:12:37
Today I had no time to click, as I was (triumphantly) debugging a different web site that had had me tearing my hair out. Also, I got to play with my new video light, which I will probably end up using to brighten the dark corners of the house where I click in the winter. It's all about the light!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: AlexSmith on 31 October, 2013, 07:40:10
Today I learned a yoyo trick.
I have ono idea what its called though, some sort of little one handed green triangle thing? Ah well...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 31 October, 2013, 12:19:50
Today I Pre-Ordered my Mugen Musou, Snow Gold!
So exited
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 02 November, 2013, 14:44:29
Today I broke this fellow out his cardboard jail.
(http://distilleryimage1.ak.instagram.com/bc8bfeea43be11e3b05522000ae902ef_7.jpg)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 02 November, 2013, 15:02:17
Ah, now that's a beauty. That walnut looks great.

The tama also seems to have quite a texture to it - is that the wood grain showing through the paint?

Kinda looks like a lemon (the fruit, not a dud!).

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 02 November, 2013, 15:04:11
is that the wood grain showing through the paint?
Yep!
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Post by: Kev on 02 November, 2013, 15:14:48
Tasty!
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Post by: emagdnim on 02 November, 2013, 15:18:17
Landed this tree tricks today, quit happy with it.

- Landed Around the bird .
- Spacewalk, handroll bird.
- Bird over the valley
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 02 November, 2013, 15:21:44
That's a good day's work! :)
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Post by: emagdnim on 02 November, 2013, 15:48:55
That's a good day's work! :)

Had a great day tho.   ;)
entered the  Video Challenge: Endless Combo  with lighthouse jump to. Fun trick to do, never done it before.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 04 November, 2013, 08:25:47
Had a good dama-filled weekend. Lots of games of ken.
Not being that good at the tama tricks, I managed to do (in about 2 hours):
- Lunar to in
- Stilt (no string hang) to in
- Axe to in
It was a good day...
Also my play kendama is breaking in very nicely, it becomes better and better!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 04 November, 2013, 13:48:02
Nice one Hans, sounds fun.

Today I had a solid hour to practice Stilts for the first time. Still yet to land it properly but plenty of 'Stilt Stalls' (AKA sub-3 second balances) - so looking promising.

Weirdly my hit rate of 'almosts' is much higher than with lunars. Anyone else find this?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 04 November, 2013, 21:09:33
Lighthouse on indexfinger - one turn to lighthouse on tama - to spike.

So greatthat you get a bit better everydau :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 05 November, 2013, 11:13:55
@Kev: I noticed that the sub-3-second catches are a result of both askew ken position and a hard landing. So try to throw/catch it as straight as possible and catch as soft as possible.
Not that I'm an expert, but maybe it helps.

That difference with lunars is the same with me, I have no why. Although I do notice that a stilt more or less 'clicks' into place, where a lunar has to be caught in the right position at the right time.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 05 November, 2013, 21:04:39
Thanks Hans. That does help.

Been doing quite well again today. Technique is sharpening up so it seems (as usual) it's now down to our old friend - practice. ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 05 November, 2013, 22:22:23
I Challenged myself to land pre-dan today. And got it. ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 05 November, 2013, 22:53:58
Yeah, Kev, I think I get more Almosts with Stilts too. I think because once it's in position, it's a more stable balance. Well done emagdnim! I hit my personal grade target today too. Practice-passed 6th Dan. That's once a month for 4 months in a row for me now. Time to work harder....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 05 November, 2013, 23:05:59
thank you void! Congrats landing 6th dan.
hope to get that good some time
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 November, 2013, 12:48:51
You can do it! You know you can do Pre-Dan now, so now you can start practising for 1st Dan. One step at a time will get you there!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 07 November, 2013, 13:11:22
Just landed swing in no turn lighthouse (very fun trick) swing the ken and insted of pulling to you just pull it up to get it straight again.

And swing in inward inverse one turn lighthouse :D. Same as above only pull it away from you to let the ken turn into a inverse turn lighthouse!

Now i have to go to wrk :(.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 08 November, 2013, 09:13:53
I hit my personal grade target today too. Practice-passed 6th Dan. That's once a month for 4 months in a row for me now. Time to work harder....
Not enough but very impressive. I have to get back to my 3rd dan practice, I want to jump 3 dans in a row :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 09 November, 2013, 20:26:16
Today[1] I juggled £1500 (in bags of course!)
 1. Fine yesterday!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 11 November, 2013, 07:47:33
Today I self-certified myself as 1st Dan...all these Dan gradings is for me about Moshi Kame...it's soooo boring to practise!!

...and landed a good number of swing-in small bird...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Misterwhang on 12 November, 2013, 06:11:20
I found out that I can land stilts easier than lunars today :) :(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 12 November, 2013, 12:29:43
@misterwhang.. i still can't control the landing of the stilt all the time... lunar landings are for me much easyer :D






----




and here just some small random things i did today :)

todays practice kendama (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfidDKzDeqE#ws)

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 12 November, 2013, 12:38:03
0:25 is really cool!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 12 November, 2013, 12:47:52
thanks void. trying do more variations on it. to lighthouse etc.

also did this although it's almost not worth looking at it :P>

swing in inverted 1 turn corq lighouse.
setting up my good cam atm to do some serious filmping :D

inverted 1 turn corq lighthouse (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ljss2OpAfw#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 November, 2013, 15:18:41
Can't really see that one very well - not enough light. But I get the description - well done.

Having had a torrid time for a week with Bird/Valley, today I practice-passed 6th Dan. First time I've done it twice in one calendar month, and the 5th time overall. Damn it's hard. I'm having a celebratory biscuit, whatever anyone says!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 27 November, 2013, 18:32:31
Woo, got it again!
Nebari!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 27 November, 2013, 20:24:56
So this is three times in a month [user]The Void[/user]?

Well done sir! That's mighty impressive.

Today I've been persevering with my Lunars - good progress made and a few nice ones landed.

Some insight seemed to click into place regarding the gentleness of the catch / correction movement if you get me? Before I had to land them perfectly or there was no chance, now it seems a good cushioning catch works wonders.

(And surprise surprise knees are a huge part of that along with a light touch).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 27 November, 2013, 22:07:39
Yes Kev, and thanks. Still far from confident on any given day, though.

Well done on getting Lunars better controlled. I believe the original one had a relatively soft touchdown.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Tetsuya Takahashi on 29 November, 2013, 02:07:21
I've been experimenting with "flip" moves. I got  a lunar and stilt flip plus a double lighthouse flip and a triple jumping stick :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 30 November, 2013, 15:01:42
I just did the Sppeed Trick B in 1:15. My current personal best.

Only missed 2 earth turns, 1 jumping stick, 1 1-turn aeroplane and 1 falling down, so 5 misses in total :)

I think it is the second time I make it in less than 2 minutes (a.k.a. 3rd Dan time)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 November, 2013, 15:24:05
Nice one guys.

I haven't done STB for ages, but the other day I was racing the microwave, and managed to sneak in a 45s run. That's probably the fastest I've done it since passing 5D. Probably average about 65s, without much practice.

You know Akimoto's advice, right, shalafi?: "Try NOT to miss!". Sounds stupid at first, but slowing down a tiny bit to enhance your precision often leads to a faster overall time.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 01 December, 2013, 08:31:34
Never done stb :o. Going to try it when i'm home.

What i did do is balance training yesterday. Lunar -> stilt (no turn) this is a very good practice to balance tricks. First you land a simple lunar than click it up to a stilt, hold it and once stable you spike it :). Want to do a axe before the lunar but still not being able to land it very often...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Deadpoolzer0 on 01 December, 2013, 10:02:11
Today was a good progress day. After finally getting some progress on stilts, I started flipping from airplane to stilt. Still mostly flukes but at least it's progress! Also, after watching Void's typhoon video a few months ago, it occurred to me tonight to use it in simple tricks for extra difficulty. My first landed one turn lighthouse>typhoon>grab ken from air and spike the typhoon. Definitely a good day!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 01 December, 2013, 10:02:40
You know Akimoto's advice, right, shalafi?: "Try NOT to miss!". Sounds stupid at first, but slowing down a tiny bit to enhance your precision often leads to a faster overall time.
I know, that's what I've been focusing on for a while, not to make the tricks fast but to avoid missing. It seems to be working.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 December, 2013, 15:26:37
What i did do is balance training yesterday. Lunar -> stilt (no turn) this is a very good practice to balance tricks. First you land a simple lunar than click it up to a stilt, hold it and once stable you spike it :). Want to do a axe before the lunar but still not being able to land it very often...
That's a nice trick. I just did one in the kitchen. (i usually miss it though.) Axes are naaasty. :-)
Today was a good progress day. After finally getting some progress on stilts, I started flipping from airplane to stilt. Still mostly flukes but at least it's progress! Also, after watching Void's typhoon video a few months ago, it occurred to me tonight to use it in simple tricks for extra difficulty. My first landed one turn lighthouse>typhoon>grab ken from air and spike the typhoon. Definitely a good day!
Nice. You might also call that 1-Turn LH > Fast Hand Typhoon Spike (Or ....Stab, depending on the angle you hit the Spike at.)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 December, 2013, 16:11:36
Failed 6D on one trick by one miss. I'd've been pretty pleased with that a month ago. Today, I'm annoyed that it was Hanging Spike. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 06 December, 2013, 14:49:23
... am still recovering from five weeks' working on an alpine goat farm. Got some really nice moves down in the cabin I was staying in though (not much to do in the evenings):

Clifftop
Swing-in Clifftop (not yet spiked though!)
Reverse Upside-down Jumping Stick (opposite rotation, ridiculously descriptive, non-snappy name)
Stopover > Lighthouse (anyone messed about with this? Kind of Big cup > Lighthouse, not as easy as it looks, needs loads of flip!)
Aeroplane > Corkscrew Build Lighthouse > Scoop Spike (continuous, inspired by Jeffrey)



Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 December, 2013, 18:15:14
Stilts> Tap-on-the-spike Somersault In
That was a well earned cuppa.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 December, 2013, 18:35:05
Today I looked at prices of flights to Japan. Not looking tooooo bad...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 10 December, 2013, 18:22:48
Today I
Completed my 3rd Dan! (Self assessed, of course)

I started off with the moshikame, I did 684 clicks (strung)
Next up slip on stick - 1 miss
Then earth turn - 3 misses
After, falling down - 1 miss, annoyingly it was only on the lighthouse section
Then a perfect run of reverse swing in
After, a terrible run of around the cosmos - it took me 8 attempts for 3 successful runs
Next bird - missed my first attempt, had a perfect run for the next two, then ended the third on my 7th attempt
After that, it was my big throw back. Hanging spike, my nemesis![1] - a perfect run of two hanging spikes, then a big run of failure. I ended my run on the 10th attempt!
Then, jumping stick - took me 8 attempts, 3 of those where failed on aeroplane!
1-turn aeroplane - took me 3 attempts
1-turn lighthouse - my first attempt succeeded, but then I lost my concentration and it fell off in the 2nd still second. My second attempt worked though

I then had a big rest! I had dinner, during a mouthful of chicken casserole I rememberd, "Speed Trick B!"

Swing to candle - excellent, quick start as well
Around the prefecture - good
Around Japan X2 - good, could easily be faster
Around the world X2 - ^above
Around Europe - I missed the first spike twice! I then had a reasonably fast run
Earth turn - very fast!
Bird and in - missed the first and second attempt, then a rathe slow run
Jumping stick - 1 miss
1-turn aeroplane - 3 misses (but quick fails)
Falling down - medium speed

All in all 1:24 seconds!

At the BKO 2014 I hope to at least get my 2nd Dan!
Rob




 1. i've always hated this trick
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 10 December, 2013, 18:29:36
Well done Rob! :-D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Rich on 10 December, 2013, 23:39:07
Today I...

Did some kendama with one of my Japanese students! It's always nice cos they don't usually know that it's popular outside Japan so it makes them very happy to see their teacher playing.

I'm yet to meet one who actually plays though so it makes me feel pretty good when they all tell me I play well cos they can only just big cup. xD
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 December, 2013, 23:59:19
すごい!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 December, 2013, 12:58:43
Today I....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 12 December, 2013, 12:01:47
thats one hell of a trick you did there void!


just landed 2 small lunar -> half side flip big lunars . took me a while to figure this trick out but this is something i need to start doing a lot. it looks great!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 15 December, 2013, 12:54:03
Started my own 10/10 consistancy list today to find out wich tricks i really control. So far :

Small cup 10/10
Big cup 10/10
Base cup 10/10
Spike 10/10
Lighthouse 10/10
Swing in 10/10
Orbit 10/10
Lighthous -> falling down 8/10
Big bird 5/10
Jumping stick 6/10
Whirlwind spike 1/10 i suck at those.
Swing in lighthouse 4/10
Aeroplane 8/10

This is as far as i could go today since i have to work now . Long way to go and far from consistent!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 15 December, 2013, 13:08:53
Looking good for getting on the Dan table. How's your Moshi Kame?
http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 15 December, 2013, 14:29:04
Didn't do moshikame very much yet so don't know. I'm going to do some self grading tomorrow. If moshi kame will go well i cab get to pre dan i think :).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 15 December, 2013, 14:33:50
Cool, good luck!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 16 December, 2013, 02:45:53
Today I... should already be sleeping but had a niggling feeling that I'd not managed Everest with (Small Cup) Monkey's Chair > (Big Cup) Monkey's Chair, as good folks mentioned the Base Cup in the middle. Stopped tossing and turning, got out of bed and landed

(Big Cup) Monkey's Chair > Base Cup > (Small Cup) Monkey's Chair (yes, I'm a lefty), AKA (?) Everest.


Well done [user]Dimensions[/user], well done [user]Cliffdama[/user], well done [user]The Void[/user], was that 9/10 Clifftop or Slip Grip? Only caught the very end during a 'skimming' frenzy.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 16 December, 2013, 09:33:23
Whats a monkey chair? :p
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 16 December, 2013, 12:09:58
Self grade day. Got to pre dan moshi kame 87 from kyu10 in one try :p. I suck at moshi kame :o.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 16 December, 2013, 14:07:04
Well done Cliff.

It's been said somewhere on the forum that it's the Moshi's that get 'em every time. It's definitely the area I'm weakest on so have been trying to practice on a near daily basis. Thing is, although I'm really trying to learn to love Moshi Kame - I can't stand doing it, I find it annoying, boring and uncomfortable after a time. Of course, this attitude isn't going to help me get on the Dan table so I've been trying to make friends with the Moshi Monster!

Something that may be helpful (it was for me) is to not count the catches just note the time. For me this helps me focus in on the trick and relax into it better as I'm not counting.

Once you're rocking around 135bpm you know that 1 min = 135 catches so just set yourself a time to Moshi for. Say for example you're going for 1st Dan, practice for 2 mins at 135bpm you will have done 270 which is 70 more than the required 200. This way seems to work for me and you get that bit of extra practice going beyond your target.

For some reason 2 mins of Moshi seems so much more achievable than 200 catches. Weird huh?

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 December, 2013, 14:16:55
[user]The Void[/user], was that 9/10 Clifftop or Slip Grip?
It's the one of those that is required for 6th Dan. http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/tricks.html)
Whats a monkey chair? :p
It's number 16 in the BKO 2014 Advanced list. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1380.msg10419.html#msg10419 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1380.msg10419.html#msg10419)

Nice work on the tricks, guys. And yeah, +1 for what Kev said about timing your Moshis, not counting them. Put on some nice tunes and just click away at (a bit faster than)  the required pace.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 16 December, 2013, 18:45:17
On the moshikame, I practiced with a 135 bpm beat in my ears (no music, just the beat). And I count everytime I hit base cup, then you only have to do half :-) And there's the fun of multiplying afterwards :-) With that technique, I got my 200 moshikame first try in Toulouse (my second try was horrible).

With that beat, I kinda zone out after a hundred catches. And suddenly you wake up and you're around 450 (only happened once).

Oh yeah, and today I played with my Taiyo (late and awesome birthday present) and managed to get a gunslinger earth turn and a corkscrew with it. Great fun!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 16 December, 2013, 23:57:26
Today I...

...did a lot of running around getting important paperwork from different ministry buildings (welcome back to Germany). At one point found myself next to Just Juggling, so I went in to say hi. I'd met with the softly-spoken (I think) Dutch owner a few months ago, as to the Kendama demand. He said he wanted to get on it but wasn't sure what to do. I said I was often in contact with the BKA online, and though I wasn't a member, I could recommend some brands and some websites (obviously this one foremost), and he said he'd do some research. Turns out he is a friend of Donald's, so he was of course not completely new to kendama, and could even show potential buyers the basics.

I asked how kendama was being received (Just Juggling has a regular Monday/Tuesday meet where a lot of the city's jugglers meet, some of whom are living from busking-juggling) - he said it'd grown rapidly since my last visit; his shelves reflected this, now stocking as well as the neon SunRise Performers also KROM Deluxe, the leopard-print KROMs, KNEES!, a few other models, and a KROM mini. This I greatly coveted, and the sterling chap gave me a whopping discount, apparently for my pains. Hopefully kendama will be arriving in Berlin in earnest some time very soon.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 17 December, 2013, 01:11:15
That would be Alan, I believe. Good to hear!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 December, 2013, 01:20:04
Today I hit myself on the head with the tama when trying Half-Swirl Aeroplane.

Owww.

Also, I currently hate BirdFOTValley.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 17 December, 2013, 11:27:51
Also, I currently hate BirdFOTValley.

Don't hate, hate is the path to the dark side.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 December, 2013, 13:40:35
Don't hate, hate is the path to the dark side.
[rasps into a pint glass]
(http://kendama.co.uk/images/ESK-ninja-sm.jpg)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 17 December, 2013, 15:14:01
Today I landed Aeroplane > 1 turn Dead Body with my Ozora.

There was a lot of luck involved in this but land it I did - and y'know, some people say, you make your own luck. ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 18 December, 2013, 08:25:45
Don't hate, hate is the path to the dark side.
[rasps into a pint glass]
(http://kendama.co.uk/images/ESK-ninja-sm.jpg)
You are my hero :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 18 December, 2013, 08:31:52
Yesterday I gave a kendama workshop at my circus school. Only 7 people, but we had a lot of fun. One of them got to a lighthouse and some swing-ins were landed within the hour. It was a fun evening.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 18 December, 2013, 12:16:13
Nice one Kev - next step... on camera! ;)
Hans, good work spreading the word!

Click click!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 19 December, 2013, 15:19:52
Today I realized that you can 'tré' a Jumping Stick without the 'one finger in the cup and spin' method, but using the wrist instead. Pretty neat.

Ouch, [user]Void[/user], that can't have been good. According to the chat it seems to be a dangerous day for kendama, statistically-speaking. Two men down. Nothing but a hardwood deathtrap, that thing. As my gran never used to say, 'someone'll have an eye out in a minute'.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 22 December, 2013, 16:09:47
With thanks to BKA and the 3 great books.

I landed this combo yesterday

One turn Aeroplane, fast hand Base Cup, Juggle to Aeroplane,  fast hand Base Cup, Juggle to lighthouse, tradespike.

Next up on my to learn and land is juggle to lunar and land is in between this serie..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 December, 2013, 13:43:15
[user]the milky oolong[/user] Ah, yes, the 'doorknob' technique. (Search forum for a reference).
[user]emagdnim[/user] It's always nice to hear the books are helpful. Nice combo!

Today I will be taking some photos of... things. Ooh, how enigmatic of me. ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 December, 2013, 00:19:27
Today I.... http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,851.msg11479.html#msg11479 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,851.msg11479.html#msg11479)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 December, 2013, 09:47:39
Nice one Void!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 26 December, 2013, 00:20:09
thanks to kendalex and his swing technique tutorial, i just started getting stilts.
was so stoked when i landed my first one. it was on a kendamaco natural bamboo. after that i made it a mission to land a couple on each of my other kendamas and i can get them fairly consistently now  :D for me, i load them like i would a lunar (twist the ken counter clockwise a few rotations so that when i let go it starts to rotate) and right when the cups are where i need them i pull up and stop the ken from rotating any further and get the tama into position. i wasnt getting them before because i was treating stilts exactly like a lunar and trying to make a gradual landing. stilts made more sense after i saw kendalex's swing tutorial and i realized i could suspend the ken from rotating any further. That made them alot more feasible.

i also started trying out trade spikes and can get them every ~10-15 trys. still havent got the hang of trade spikes but i am getting them now.

my next big trick that i want to get down are lunar flips. they seem impossible right now but tbh so did jumping sticks/earth spins when i first started
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: axel.aas.12 on 26 December, 2013, 02:30:42
landed my first lunar!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 26 December, 2013, 13:42:07
[user]axel.aas.12[/user], well done, a real milestone for every kendama player. Now invert it!  ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 26 December, 2013, 14:33:45
Now invert it!  ;)
What, Big Cup? ;P See http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,52.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,52.0.html)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 26 December, 2013, 22:36:03
Eek, makes my head spin thinking about it! Of course I meant Inside Lunar, seeing as the nice new Tutorials section has been opened, and it's one of the tricks at the top of the list right now!

Today I...

Tried two hours to nail 1-Turn Lighthouse>(penguin, falling away) Scoop Spike.
Invert that! (Whirlwind Base Cup>Spike?)
Spiked it twice, lost grip of the tama and threw the whole kendama clean out of the kitchen. Twice.

*Sigh.*
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 27 December, 2013, 22:07:31
Nice one Pikwik and Axel! Keep going TMO.

Today I failed my grading practice on 2 of the easier tricks, but passed on all the hardest ones. Err, good?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 28 December, 2013, 09:36:01
(Yesterday) I landed my fist Axe!
I was trying to go for it yes but the second time I nearly got it (2 second balance) and after a following five minutes I didn't even get close...  :(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 29 December, 2013, 15:10:31
Well done Rob!

Today I finally Spun With My Grandma's L.A.C[1]... Thanks, Grandma.
 1. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1357.0.html
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 30 December, 2013, 09:32:38
So the last few days i finally start to land those whirlwinds. This is what i did.

Spike -> Ww -> spike
Swing in ww -> spike
Pull up ww -> spike
Pull up ww -> big bird
And my best! Pull up ww -> juggle to tama -> catch airplane!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 December, 2013, 00:30:08
At the recent tricking event, one of the guys was asking me for tips on Lunar Somersault, saying "Oh, you can do it, right?". I replied "Well,... I have done it...." just not many times, and not recently. It's just not a trick I work on. (Too many tricks, not enough time!)

So, today I did a Lunar Somersault. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 01 January, 2014, 22:01:22
Pull up ww -> big bird

Tweet tweet. Starting the year as it means to go on, [user]Cliffdama[/user]?  ;)

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: kendamski on 04 January, 2014, 04:45:51
Today I finally did  "one-turn stilt"!!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 07 January, 2014, 19:29:27
Today I failed at 1st Dan self cert, TWICE! . . But only just. . .

1st attempt: all tricks landed including Moshi Kame, but I missed the Bird.

2nd attempt: all tricks landed inc. MK but I missed the Hanging Spike.





Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 07 January, 2014, 20:39:37
nice one Kev!
Im trying to go for my 2nd Dan next, i have always been fine for most tricks apart from two - moshikame and hanging spike are my killers!
a tip for MK try using a metronome - 135 bpm is actually slower than people think!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 07 January, 2014, 20:58:20
Thanks! After a long period of dislike, I'm pretty in the zone with MK myself at the mo. After a difficult start with it (I hated it, found it boring etc.) I decided the only way I'm going to make it on to the Dan table is to learn to love it instead!

So thanks to patience and practice, me and Moshi Kame are pretty good mates now I've managed to find a focus and flow with it. Nailed over 300 both times I tried it in the above attempts.

There's no way I could have done that while I still hated it ;)

You're right about 135bpm - once you have a groove going it is slower than you think.

EDIT: Ha ha! Just realised I sound a bit like Yoda, "patience your friend is, Moshi Kame learn to love you will" etc.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 January, 2014, 23:51:43
My sympathies Kev, I managed to fail my target Dan twice today too. This stuff is hard, huh? :-/ Still, at least I do seem to have got my Bird back.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 07 January, 2014, 23:59:34
Cheers chap, I'm glad I got the MK's sorted though and to be honest, not quite making it makes it all the more satisfying when you finally do get there.

Don't forget - Bird is the word  ;)

The Trashmen : Surfin' Bird ( 1963 ) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZThquH5t0ow#)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 08 January, 2014, 21:50:03
... unpacked my new yellow Ozora (bought at Kendama.cz :) ). I'm actually more the blue guy, but in the dark, artificially lit winter nights, I see the whole in a yellow tama much better. Anyway, the wood of the ken still is quite rough (is this always the case with Ozora? Can't remember the previous ones) and I managed a bat without the tama touching the ken. It freely sat on the big cup only. Felt quite good.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 10 January, 2014, 12:21:03
Nice one Lars, Yellow Ozora all the way I say :) I've currently got three on rotation to make sure I've always got a familiar feeling competition / grading 'dama to hand, all worn in the same amount etc.

You're right about the low light too, I find yellow is even more visible than white to my eyes at least.

TODAY: Since getting my MK sorted and getting a comfortable 358, I attempted 2nd Dan, and . . . missed BOTH Birds! (Which means I'm still yet to do 1st Dan! Argh!)

Still, it's getting close.

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 10 January, 2014, 18:28:26
Today I bought Kendamas for a late Christmas present for the kids of the family.

Well, and a new Oozora for me.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 10 January, 2014, 19:35:02
Today I bought Kendamas for a late Christmas present for the kids of the family.

Well, and a new Oozora for me.

I do that all the time: if I buy some for others, miraculously there's always one for me in the package
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 10 January, 2014, 20:44:18
Spreading the kendama love ;-) and some for us. Everyone will understand
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 11 January, 2014, 19:52:32
I hope you all don't mind me sharing my near misses (again). I've been finding that posting my daily progress up here has been motivating and has encouraged me to keep on practicing for my attempt at the Dan table.

Today I . . . Started well with 914 Moshi Kame followed by an attempt at 2nd Dan that turned out to nothing much to shout about.

This evening, I had a good shot at 1st Dan, landing all the tricks and MKs except for one single  (appropriately named) Falling Down.

I've got a pretty clear day tomorrow, I'm hoping to report back with positive news, fingers crossed.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 11 January, 2014, 21:01:46
... just did my first Big Cup Scoop Up. After watching the trick in the BKO14 video, I tried to copy Void's body position and movement and the unimaginable happened. Within 10 tries I got three catches. These ladder videos are so inspirational and helpful - thanks a lot for them.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 12 January, 2014, 10:37:05
Nice one Lars! That's a trick that still eludes me.

Today I . . . am very pleased to announce that this morning I finally managed to achieve 1st Dan (self cert).

Really pleased as I've been putting a lot of effort in to this recently.

The kettle is most definitely on.

Happy Sunday folks.  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 13 January, 2014, 00:20:55
 ... managed Backhand Slip-on-stick and Hanging Pirouette for the first time. I also can do now 8 out of 10 Big Cup Scoop Ups - wouldn't have thought that two days ago.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 January, 2014, 12:49:29
Nice one Kev!
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Post by: Kev on 13 January, 2014, 18:33:28
Nice one Kev!

Thanks [user]Shalafi[/user] Pretty stoked :) Just got to do it again (and again and again) then at the BKO for real - a grading is a lot more pressure than a self cert as you've no doubt experienced too!

Are you coming along to the BKO yourself?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 January, 2014, 13:48:49
[user]Kendamski[/user] I hate that one.. well done.
[user]Kev[/user] it's great reading people's progress and hearing what keeps them inspired and pushing forwards... and it looks like it worked - with a selfie 1st Dan, yay!
I tried to copy Void's body position and movement
[user]LarsVegas[/user]Excellent! That was exactly how I started to learn "above kyu-level" tricks - by watching vids of Japanese players and trying to mimic their movements. Well done on Scoopery, and others.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 14 January, 2014, 14:17:43
...Went back to the TK16 to glean wisdom from its near-optimal weight distribution. Result? Finally getting consistent with Opposite Lunar, a trick/position that has frustrated my every attempt to get close to it. The TK16 showed me where to direct the 'tug' and the pitch of the landing, things I just couldn't work out from tutorials. Hurrah for the little guys!
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Post by: shalafi on 16 January, 2014, 10:35:49
Are you coming along to the BKO yourself?
Maybe, with a small baby things are not easy to plan, but I do want to go, so I'll try :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 16 January, 2014, 10:49:41
Great! Hope you can make it. And with all that hard work parenting you must deserve a break now right ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 January, 2014, 14:26:40
Urk. Having 5 days off from my Dan practice has definitely not helped. Time to get back on the horse....
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Post by: Dimensions on 16 January, 2014, 16:52:59
Your not the only one failing Void
Today I failed my 2nd Dan practice on one of the easier tricks... Earth turn



.......
But luckily it was only one miss so I managed all of the 1st Dan list instead

Oh and a question about Moshikame in gradings
Are you allowed to use a metronome to keep you in time - I'm really bad at MK without it
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 16 January, 2014, 16:55:03
You can use a metronome app (or music) with headphones, but not an audible one. It is too distracting to the examiner trying to count.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 16 January, 2014, 16:59:03
Ok that's fine, I'm using your Kendamapp
At least I know that's cool because I can get to over 4 minutes with it - which I did the other day!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 16 January, 2014, 17:23:25
... found my UFO after several weeks of not landing a clean one.

Turns out it was air-sealed inside the packaging of a new Play Kendama 2013, like the spare string coming free of charge!

Bam! Didn't expect that one!

[user]Void[/user], head up, get back in the saddle - wait, do Unicorns have saddles? Another bad joke with Bamboo Horse? no? Alright.

[user]Dimensions[/user], congratulations on pushing through with the 2nd Dan!
 
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 16 January, 2014, 19:23:42
Focused on two tricks and landed both

- Spacewalk 1turn lighthouse tradespike
- Don't know trick name but goes like this.
  spacewalk - trow the ken like you would do with a jumping stick, and when the base cub is turning your way, hit it with the tamma so it
  rotates the opposite let it turn for a whole round and land it back in the tamma.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 19 January, 2014, 19:52:07
Some clicking this weekend. Managed to get a lunar to in and a earth turn whirlwind with an audience.
Also, after seeing it pop up in Cooper Eddy's last video and the facebook kendama community, I tried doing the 'ladybug'. Was a lot easier than I suspected, now on to some funky variations!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 19 January, 2014, 20:22:44
milky: Yeah, I've been back on it, getting a bit closer again. Trying to get more than 1 run per day on average in January, and more after that. (I'm behind schedule so far). Today I did very little, but I was at a poker game, and I did get a couple of the other players having a go.
Emagdnim: Tap-back Jumping Stick?
Hans: I've not seen that - post a link to Cooper's vid in Videos?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 20 January, 2014, 23:38:36
3 runs at 6D today. The first was the best, only missing 1 trick by 1 hit. But on a trick I'm normally solid with. :/
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 22 January, 2014, 11:43:40
Since last time i posted here i made some huge steps. Before i was thinking i could never see the turns in 2turn or more moves... But... Practice practice practie! I learned:

Swing in 2turn aeroplane
Swing in 2turn lighthouse
Swing in 1turn lunar.
Swing in whirlwind bigbird.
Reverse 1turn jumping stick
Pull up stilt (insta tap) to lighouse.
2turn falling down!

None of these go perfect but i start to land them.

Best combo yet:
Swing in 2turn lighthouse -> double lighthouse flip -> 2turn falling down.

From tomorrow i'm one year in kendama and still/even more addicted!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 22 January, 2014, 12:04:18
Happy anniversary! Those are some nice tricks to celebrate with. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: kendamamaster on 22 January, 2014, 14:10:56
Today I practiced
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: kendamamaster on 22 January, 2014, 14:15:23
Today I performed a double space walk to 1 turn lunar flip lunar (spike)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: johndmc on 22 January, 2014, 14:17:09
Today i had bit of practice with my new Sunrise, it came with Voids book as well. Looking forward to using it more. I also landed my first 'Faster than Gravity' :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 22 January, 2014, 14:44:06
Is it also your first kendama? The felling was magical when i got my first last year!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: johndmc on 22 January, 2014, 21:42:54
Is it also your first kendama? The felling was magical when i got my first last year!

Not my first I have a cheap one I bought in a shop called Tiger. The paint is SO different it makes balance practice much more manageable.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 January, 2014, 15:59:20
The last few days have seen my kendama practice undermined by gloomy weather/light, poor sleep, and strong coffee. I'm beginning to think this 6th Dan thing is the hardest thing I've ever (not) done (yet). I'm running out of January to get a pass in...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 25 January, 2014, 09:10:33
Well all I can say is that usually after a rough patch with anything a good patch follows. To reverse an idiom, maybe this is the 'storm before the calm'?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 27 January, 2014, 00:32:40
Know just what you mean, Kev. The wave is in the first phase of ascension in my case right now, so better make the most of it.

Today I started to find a way to go from Aeroplane > Opposite Lunar, by means of a forward Jumping Stick movement. Working out the rotation, I found that Jumping Sticks in the other direction are miles easier when not trying to 'high-lob' the ken (as in Tomahawk), but more to say pulling the tama out from under the spike to get the rotation. Not got the Opposite Lunar catch smooth yet, but it's getting there.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 28 January, 2014, 09:56:03
Heres a couple tricks I recent got that i havent landed before! Especially stoked on my first EVER double lighthouse flip, especially since it was in a deece combo  :D

Intstagram Dama Clips! (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzxWDfsP374#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 29 January, 2014, 22:20:43
... landed my first bird and in (correct? from bird to spike)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 January, 2014, 23:58:35
Nice going guys! @Lars, Bird And In, yes, cool!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: johndmc on 31 January, 2014, 12:06:03
i landed my first lighthouse and held for 3 secs, seriously made up with this. my beginners trick ladder is making good progress :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 31 January, 2014, 12:09:26
Good stuff! Great feeling  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: johndmc on 31 January, 2014, 13:47:51
Good stuff! Great feeling  :)

It really is, better than the first aeroplane! I cant wait till im able to land lunars, they just look so cool.

Im still struggling with the Swing in, i know its similar to aeroplane but i havent figured the knack and timing of the pull back properly yet.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 31 January, 2014, 14:40:04
Swing In can be rather awkward, it's the trick I'm most inconsistent with out of the beginners list.

On a good day, a sharp tug backwards / horizontal with the elbow seems to pop it in to place for me. A good starting position is vital IMHO too. With Aeroplane it seems like there's a little more you can do to catch it if the launch wasn't perfect - not so much for Swing In (for me at least).

And it (should) go without saying, but - use your knees! Really helps to get a smooth movement and the timing of the backwards tug is about the moment you start to straighten your legs.

Good luck!

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 31 January, 2014, 21:23:05
Today I had a good Run.

Looked on facebook to high beginner and low intermediate tricks.
Wrote 15 of them down. Than I set 5 diffrent kendama's next to me.

Started trick one with kendama #1 try-ed it for five times, and on to the next kendama.
Or if I land it within five try's I went on to the next trick with a new ken.

Played all the kens lots of times and landed a lot of (new) tricks.

List of Kens
- Beat up Yellow Oozora
- brand new Yellow Oozora
- OG Red Oozora
- Premium white Oozora
- Brand new tk16 Master Red

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 02 February, 2014, 18:49:11
Good stuff! Great feeling  :)

It really is, better than the first aeroplane! I cant wait till im able to land lunars, they just look so cool.

Im still struggling with the Swing in, i know its similar to aeroplane but i havent figured the knack and timing of the pull back properly yet.

To me, doing swing-in the japanese style helped a lot with the consistency.

That is, without holding the tama, you have to focus a lot more on the impulse you give and how you give it.

And yes, I think all of us remember our first lunar :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: johndmc on 03 February, 2014, 12:10:46
Good stuff! Great feeling  :)

It really is, better than the first aeroplane! I cant wait till im able to land lunars, they just look so cool.

Im still struggling with the Swing in, i know its similar to aeroplane but i havent figured the knack and timing of the pull back properly yet.
To me, doing swing-in the japanese style helped a lot with the consistency.

That is, without holding the tama, you have to focus a lot more on the impulse you give and how you give it.

And yes, I think all of us remember our first lunar :)
I'll check out the japanese style for sure, think i might try and get more proficiency with my current method first though. Thanks for the help
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 03 February, 2014, 18:26:32
Good stuff! Great feeling  :)

It really is, better than the first aeroplane! I cant wait till im able to land lunars, they just look so cool.

Im still struggling with the Swing in, i know its similar to aeroplane but i havent figured the knack and timing of the pull back properly yet.
To me, doing swing-in the japanese style helped a lot with the consistency.

That is, without holding the tama, you have to focus a lot more on the impulse you give and how you give it.

And yes, I think all of us remember our first lunar :)
I'll check out the japanese style for sure, think i might try and get more proficiency with my current method first though. Thanks for the help
Funny, I always found swing-in from free hanging to be easier. I so struggled with a held Kendama at first (and still do a little bit).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 February, 2014, 19:38:04
@LarsVegas I think it depends on the person, to me it was easier, but to many people I know, it was harder.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 03 February, 2014, 20:34:52
Today I learnt some tricks I've not tried before:

- Around the Triangle.
- Bat.
- Captain Hook.
- Faster Than Fast Hand Base Cup.
- Munich Tower.

Plus some kind of odd "Around the (anti)Clock" style move: Right hand Sara Grip all the way through Big Cup > Base Cup > Small Cup > Spike with my hand always rotating anti clockwise so you end up kinda twisted up.

:)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 February, 2014, 17:36:30
I managed to get in 30 runs of 6 Dan practice in January, and not pass once. 6 or 7 of them were fails by only one miss of one trick though, so close. Last night I began a run at the juggling club, but it was poor lighting, so I gave up half-way through. Finished it off this morning, and it was terrible. Then I got something in the post (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,292.msg12179.html#msg12179), which cheered me up, so I had another go. And I passed. First time for almost 2 months.
Well all I can say is that usually after a rough patch with anything a good patch follows. To reverse an idiom, maybe this is the 'storm before the calm'?
Well, don't think I'm in calm waters yet, but the ship isn't sunk, at least. ;) Hmm, interesting that I'd not had a coffee before that run either....

Well done [user]emagdnim[/user], a nice way to get all your KDs seeing some regular use.
Nice, [user]Kev[/user]. Been doing some reading, I see? :)

Edit to add:
Plus some kind of odd "Around the (anti)Clock" style move: Right hand Sara Grip all the way through Big Cup > Base Cup > Small Cup > Spike with my hand always rotating anti clockwise so you end up kinda twisted up.
Neat. What about resetting it with a clockwise movement, and then repeating?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 04 February, 2014, 23:45:18
Just landed my first lunar with new keyaki kendama. It takes about 80 min.
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Post by: BKA on 05 February, 2014, 00:02:53
Just landed my first lunar with new keyaki kendama. It takes about 80 min.
Yeah! *Hi-Five!*
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 05 February, 2014, 15:24:07
Thanks! I just spend another 55 min to my second lunar. Well, it's not so easy  ???
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 05 February, 2014, 16:18:54
Not easy. But getting a little easier! Keep going. Try Stilts too!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 05 February, 2014, 16:48:45
Blah blah 6th Dan practice blah blah... oooh! Passed again today, with the freshly-opened Mugen. Now I don't want to be one to add to the hyperbole/mythologising of any brand, but I could definitely feel the new, unsmoothed-by-time sara-do gripping on for Birds a little bit more. Phew. Now let's hope I don't wear it in too much, or too little before I get to Japan.

(Sorry if this "6th Dan" and "Mugen" stuff seems elitist to anyone. :| I'm just sharing my kendama experiences.)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 06 February, 2014, 08:09:06
(Sorry if this "6th Dan" and "Mugen" stuff seems elitist to anyone. :| I'm just sharing my kendama experiences.)
Not at all, please keep sharing :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 11 February, 2014, 01:25:28
... really sucked ...
I currently have a practice session where I do all the BKO intermediate tricks 10 times. I'm already up to about 66% success and I'm almost constantly improving. But today I was below 50%. I guess sometimes, you have setbacks. And I'm not yet really down with the time. I'm still quite above 1 minute. Does anybody know what a good target time would be?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 February, 2014, 15:24:48
Your best target time will be a run with no misses. Keep working on your accuracy before you worry about speed.

Yesterday I spent about half an hour trying to land one of Donald's tricks from Click. Got it in the end....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 11 February, 2014, 18:06:58
Practicing big cub juggle, It took some time but I landed it.
I am really bad at it, but find it fun to do. I can land it 1/30 right now.

Wanna progress that I land it 1/10 before the end of the month.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 14 February, 2014, 15:13:09
Happy with my new everyday kendama! I am finally getting consistent on Bird Fly Over the Vally... oh, tha magic of a freshly open kendama.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 February, 2014, 18:34:33
Well done guys. Today I started my new regime of not having a coffee until after I've done my daily Dan practice. Failed anyway, on 4 tricks, by 1 attempt each. *sigh*
But @TheYarnold says "never give up", and it worked for her.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 15 February, 2014, 08:17:04
I should get back to my Dan practice, I lately only try the STB...

OTOH, I did got a new phone and all my tracking of tricks of KendamApp is now reset.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 February, 2014, 16:11:30
Today I did this to my new Mugen.

Fantastic! Now I don't have to worry about getting my first scratch anymore. :/
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 18 February, 2014, 10:40:04
After trying for 2hours i did it!

Big bird ->kenflip ->tama juggle -> spike


Now trying to get it on video. And to small bird. How would tha be called?

Edit: wow i just did a other cool trick i call it frying ufo!

Frying pan -> horizontal kenflip (as in ufo) -> catch the ken with tama still in frying pan position.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 18 February, 2014, 11:25:41
The second one is a lot like Helicopter, but with the tama on the other side of the sara-do.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 February, 2014, 23:18:27
Today I did a few little BKA things. But two days gone by with no kendama play at all. Shame on me. I blame the headcold and the insomnia-induced low energy. Back on it tomorrow. And so to bed.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: axel.aas.12 on 25 February, 2014, 02:07:17
Juat wanted to say 1000th reply on this thread!

EDIT: I had fun with earthturn tricks :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 25 February, 2014, 12:49:50
Juat wanted to say 1000th reply on this thread!
Ha! But come on, at least edit in something kendama-y you did today too! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 February, 2014, 19:39:00
A couple of runs at 6th Dan today. Both into brick walls, with Birds sitting on them. :-/ Also played a little for fun, plus shot the 3rd Outlink vid for BKA. Coming soon.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 February, 2014, 16:28:08
So, that was February then.
29 runs at a 6th Dan practice exam, and 2 passes. My 2-Turn Lighthouse is getting there, finally, but Bird/Valley have just got the hex over me. I think it has now become psychological. I've got a month to kickstart my technique or my mind, or there's no hope in Japan. Oh well, at least I won't have any nasty surprise about how bloody hard it is.....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 28 February, 2014, 16:36:06
Yesterday I tried out speed trick K for the first time
My first run I got up to 12
The second run, I got up to 12
The third run, I got up to 12

That fast hand falling down is horrible!

I later went t try the rest of it, I did all the tricks up to that 3-turn aeroplane. I spent 10 minutes on it then gave up

For those of you who don't know speed trick K
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,791.msg5618.html#msg5618 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,791.msg5618.html#msg5618)

-Rob
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 28 February, 2014, 20:48:55
Today I  do lunar-> flip to lighthouse-> trade spike. May be this is hardest trick I do ever. Another funny combo: swing to small finger -> earth turn to spike.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: axel.aas.12 on 04 March, 2014, 00:55:40
I got my new kendama and I landed my First underbird! I decided to try underbird and i got it my first try! My mom and her friend clapped for me :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 March, 2014, 12:12:47
Nice one guys.
Rob, I think it turns out that Speed Trick K is changeable - it was different at the last TKG!

In the last few days, I've gone back to my old white Mugen from my new sky one. And my birds have improved a fair bit. So now my dilemma is whether to stick with the older, quite battered one, or try and accelerate the wearing-in of my new one. Probably some combination of the two....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 05 March, 2014, 11:37:26
Today I did an interview for someone's dissertation. It focussed on the cultural differences in kendama between Japan and the West, and its links to sport and juggling. I think/hope I gave a good general overview. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 05 March, 2014, 20:15:09
Today I realised two things . . .

1) The thing that's by far the most likely to scupper my chances of making it on to the Dan table this year is *drum roll* . . . Moshi Kame.

I can now comfortably land the required tricks the required number of times for 1st Dan most of the time (and even for 2nd Dan some of the time), but the Moshi's are almost a lottery. Yes, I do get up there sometimes but most of the time I don't. It's so erratic. Sometimes I can do a few hundred catches and yet there are many more times when I drop under 100, even under 10 on occasion.

Practice? Yes, of course it helps but not enough (yet?). To add injury to insult, I hurt my wrist a couple of weeks back while at work and it's still not quite right (so I guess rest is best now). If I'm ever lucky enough to manage to make it up to a high Dan grade I look forward to retiring from Moshi Kame afterwards!

and,

2) The ever popular "Today I ..." thread is often about more than just tricks, (I suspect it has evolved into something beyond its original scope?) It seems to me it might be more appropriate as a sticky in 'General Discussion' - what do you think?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 05 March, 2014, 20:52:03
1) Get well and good luck!
2) You may have a point, but after 1000+ replies, it's probably safe to say it's found its place. (Plus, there are enough stickies in General already.)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 05 March, 2014, 21:02:47
1) Thanks!
2) Fair point  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 07 March, 2014, 10:28:32
Today I realised two things . . .

1) The thing that's by far the most likely to scupper my chances of making it on to the Dan table this year is *drum roll* . . . Moshi Kame.

I can now comfortably land the required tricks the required number of times for 1st Dan most of the time (and even for 2nd Dan some of the time), but the Moshi's are almost a lottery. Yes, I do get up there sometimes but most of the time I don't. It's so erratic. Sometimes I can do a few hundred catches and yet there are many more times when I drop under 100, even under 10 on occasion.

Practice? Yes, of course it helps but not enough (yet?).

Haha, some difficulties here...Moshi Kame kills me...I have no problem doing the tricks in 1st Dan, and can more often than not do the tricks in 2nd Dan, but doing 300 catches in moshi kame in one try....arghhhh!! And I hate practicing it  :o

Today I landed a couple of 1-turn lunars...weee...feels soooo nice to finally land that trick!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Cliffdama on 09 March, 2014, 16:52:17
I finally landed a decent combo today at the first beach day!

http://instagram.com/p/lVBkl6PmrI/ (http://instagram.com/p/lVBkl6PmrI/)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 March, 2014, 19:00:02
Nice ones, happy & Cliff.

Today I looked at a kendama. Which is more than I've done since Friday. Had a mild fever over the weekend, which has now decided to turn into a snotty cold. Far from ideal for my practice regime. :-/
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: swaydama on 12 March, 2014, 11:27:30
finally landed LUNAR!! took me a while but finally hit it
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 12 March, 2014, 12:07:00
First Lunar? Always worth a
HI-FIVE!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 March, 2014, 20:30:02
Today I did my first kendama playing for a week[1]. (I've been ill.) A gentle warm up and then into the usual practice. Got past Bird, but fell at quite a few other hurdles. The legs haven't quite recovered yet, obviously....
 1. Apart from filming Outlink 5, which nearly killed me!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 15 March, 2014, 21:00:22
Today I did my first kendama playing for a week[1]. (I've been ill.) A gentle warm up and then into the usual practice. Got past Bird, but fell at quite a few other hurdles. The legs haven't quite recovered yet, obviously....
 1. Apart from filming Outlink 5, which nearly killed me!

I'm really glad that you're fine again. But it's no wonder you got ill: If you include tricks in Outlink that can (almost) only be practiced outdoors at these temperatures, illness is almost guaranteed.

But to be on-topic: Today I didn't play at all. I'm still mentally exhausted from yesterday's Outlink session ...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 March, 2014, 16:13:41
Just enough sun, and just little-enough breeze for me to have my first outdoor practice of the year today. I got through Bird again, which was pleasing, but I was annoyed to then fail Hanging Spike by one. I was much more annoyed a little while later when it turned out to have been the only trick I failed. But overall that's a plus.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 16 March, 2014, 16:25:10
Today I landed Spacewalk 1-turn horizontal aeroplane - coo Kendalex makes it look easy!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 March, 2014, 16:28:39
= Spacewalk (Swing to) UFO? Nice one. It feels really good when the spin comes off, and it clicks in.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 16 March, 2014, 16:58:39
= Spacewalk (Swing to) UFO? Nice one. It feels really good when the spin comes off, and it clicks in.
Yes
And definitely yes, I had problems of it going in then out agin they made me very annoyed. [Mod Edit: spoilers removed]
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 16 March, 2014, 19:40:20
Wanted to say thanks to [user]KendamaEurope[/user] for the enthusiasm, the gritty game of KEN (in the freezing wind), the t-shirt and the white Play kendama at the Flying Colours meet yesterday.

The tricks being brought out easily made up for the relatively modest gathering of players - Marc very Handrolly, Peter dominating the Whirlwind (Whirlwind Monkey's Chair etc), Adrian with the super-clean 'Around' variations and innovative transitions. Was super happy in setting Swing-Bird with frostbitten fingers, gutted about not nailing 540 Build the Lighthouse!

Zockt weiter! (German for 'keep clicking!', not that I imagine anyone says it!)





Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: udgfxp on 20 March, 2014, 05:25:22
Today I did my first double whirlwind (two kenflips instead of one)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 March, 2014, 16:06:46
Today I practice-passed 6th Dan. It's been a while, but nice to be hitting form right about now. Only time for 2 or 3 more runs before I fly off on Wednesday.
Nice to see so much green in KendamApp at the moment. More work to be done though...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 March, 2014, 19:31:43
well done Mr Void!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 March, 2014, 17:28:55
Thanks. Missed one 2-Turn LH today. Bah!
Meanwhile, Ikea frames for the win.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 26 March, 2014, 21:43:09
Great progress, Void, you're a consistency saint!

Today I landed Around the Bird twice, and tightened up the following tricks:

Whirlwind Big Cup>(Reverse) Whirlwind Big Cup> Whirlwind Base Cup> Aeroplane
Whirlwind Spike
Reverse Swing-In>(Reverse) Earth Turn

Plus, this weekend, while visiting my girlfriend's parents in the south of Germany, was browsing one wing of their converted schoolhouse home, what did I find among the various décor but a gnarly old kendama? They've got no idea where it came from; had a go, was stodgy as hell, 1-Turns and Spacewalks an impossibility, but chunky birds and lighthouses a veritable treat! If I can reduce the file size of the photo I'll post it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 30 March, 2014, 10:00:58
Have not played in weeks, but picked it up today and landed Mooncircle Small cub bird :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 01 April, 2014, 20:09:10
So I'm out of link :) but I still practice the new tricks. My arm turned to a nice yellowish purple which nicely complements my yellow Ozora.
However, slam aeroplane wasn't for me, I couldn't catch it so far. For some consolidation, I got the Fast Hand Drill on third attempt yesterday evening, but had no further success ever since.
Luca cought the slam aeroplane after only a few tries today in our weekly meeting.  So we decided to slam everything:
- very easy but somehow pretty to look at, are big cup slams (big cup -> slam down the ball -> big cup)
- of course you can slam every cup, that's still quite easy - even if you do it with style
- slam spike is cool but hard to control. I tried to pull up the ball very softly and ... did it ... after only a couple of tries
Keep slaming!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 01 April, 2014, 21:06:12
Last weekend I made some great deals. The Japanese garden in my city agreed for me (and friends) to play kendama there at the big events. And the local circus store is supplying me with play kendamas to do some workshops. Also I landed a juggle to in, which felt really good.

And today I flashed 6 rings (for those jugglers among you). It was ages ago since I first tried that, and got it after a couple of tries, which felt great.

So yeah, good days!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 02 April, 2014, 23:06:37
Last weekend I made some great deals. The Japanese garden in my city agreed for me (and friends) to play kendama there at the big events.

That is cool. There's a Japanese Garden in Stuttgart, Germany, too. But I don't think they have any events. Have to check out in the future.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 09 April, 2014, 19:42:41
Starting to land stilts and can now finish spacewalk combos with a handroll, juggle to lighthouse :D will film a mini edit and upload soon, havent done so in a while now!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 09 April, 2014, 20:38:34
Nice one Brad! Haven't seen you in a while, do you know about http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1667.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1667.0.html) ? :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Misterwhang on 10 April, 2014, 07:40:07
Landed my first lunar flip!!!! It felt sooooooo good!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 12 April, 2014, 23:07:36
[user]Misterwhang[/user], great stuff!

Today I am quite happy with:

(clean) Swing Bird>(Earth Turn)Over the Valley>Turn In
Gunslinger>Small Bird>Lighthouse>Trade Spike

Regular Berlin kendama meets sure are raising the bar!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 15 April, 2014, 08:31:10
Today I'm having my first official shot at the Dan table with [user]The Void[/user] at BJC2014.  8)

Wish me luck!  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Confound on 15 April, 2014, 12:39:24
Good luck!! And today I landed a pull up, quad ken flip. And I landed my first big cup juggle. Feeling pretty stoked!
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Waylon on 17 April, 2014, 11:10:39
I've been pretty quiet on all the toy boards lately. I've been busy trying to learn a thing or two. Today I had a session of pure progress. I feel like I'm getting through a blockage I had after mastering the basics.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 17 April, 2014, 19:09:49
Good luck!! And today I landed a pull up, quad ken flip. And I landed my first big cup juggle. Feeling pretty stoked!

Hey thanks for the luck [user]Confound[/user], sorry didn't see this until now! It worked anyway - got my Pre-Dan which is great AND managed enough Moshi Kame to attempt 1st Dan at the BKO next month too. Very happy about that :)

As for you feeling stoked about your tricks, you should be! Looks like it was a good KD day for you too.  8)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Waylon on 17 April, 2014, 23:09:21
In the last day I've gotten these firsts: downspike, downspike earth, small bird in, bird over Valley, whirlwind spike. I couldn't be more pleased.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 19 April, 2014, 17:26:41
Yesterday I did Bird and Turn in 3 times in a row. Today I did Bat -> Big cup -> Bat at the first try (to my own surprise)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 20 April, 2014, 08:19:33
[user]Shalafi[/user]: sounds like you're getting a real feel for your cup rim tricks - just to push things on a bit, go for Monkey's Chair or (Swing) Monkey's Chair while you're feeling nimble!

Enjoying the sun in the park yesterday, landed:

Gunslinger>Fast Hand Lighthouse (pretty neat)
Swing to Candle>Candle Balance>Spike
">">Fast Hand Lighthouse

after learning Gunslinger>Small Bird I am getting pretty close to Gunslinger>Slip Grip Special and Gunslinger>Clifftop. Well, sun is shining, maybe today will be the day!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 20 April, 2014, 09:49:11
Today I did the around trip in one go, I think for the first time: Around Village, Japan, World, Europe. Quite happy :)

@the milky oolong I was also trying swing to bird and earth turn to bird, but I'm nowhere close to consistent with them. I will try Monkey Chair, you can also do Everest from there :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: SC_Kendama on 20 April, 2014, 17:22:32
Today I landed One turn lunar, lunar flip, flip in, double jumping stick. I also made a One Turn Stilt>Flip In, and a Double Juggle. It's not even 11 O'clock here yet
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 April, 2014, 22:46:17
I discovered a new Pinwheel variation tonight. Not telling you what it is yet, in case it ends up in Outlink or something...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dadooh on 22 April, 2014, 12:55:27
Today I landed the most spectacular trick I ever done. It deserves a share:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npstnkay21Q#ws (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=npstnkay21Q#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 April, 2014, 13:02:08
!!!
Your reaction is priceless. Killer trick, dude! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 22 April, 2014, 13:13:35
Amazing [user]Dadooh[/user]!

Awesome in the true sense.

Well done!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 23 April, 2014, 21:35:22
Incredible, David!

I uploaded this to KendamaEurope's Facebook page; at the same time Marc W. did the same, giving two equally astounded entries. BAM!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 April, 2014, 10:43:15
I just give a go to Around the Prefecture and I hit it 10 times in a row.

Also, inspired by SamB Valley the world, I  tried Big Cup > Bird > Spike > Small Cup > Small bird, but I failed miserably at the last step
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 April, 2014, 14:47:04
It turns out that taking 3 weeks off from your Dan practice doesn't magically improve your skills.
Who knew?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: br4d24 on 25 April, 2014, 03:02:49
Got my first Keyaki dama today, a blue keyaki shin fuji! Its super slick but it just makes playing it way more rewarding! Lunar flips on a brand new fuji = good feels :D same with stilts!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152011196325986&l=7627080671142157021 (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152011196325986&l=7627080671142157021)
Title: EarthTurn......YES
Post by: AptDweller on 25 April, 2014, 20:44:46
I just did 10 Earth Turns in a row!! YES! Never thought I could do it.  Life is good.  Kendama is just like golf, make a few good shots and you keep going.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 25 April, 2014, 20:57:10
Well done guys!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 26 April, 2014, 09:33:57
Today I did 17 pull up whirlwind to big cup in a row, hopefully a new BKA record. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg13635.html#msg13635 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg13635.html#msg13635)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 April, 2014, 16:08:22
The other day I finally got around to gluing the tip of my Earth Blue Musou.
Today I finally played it. Not for a competition, or a video. Just for fun.
Got my 2nd ever Stiltwalk in about 3 minutes of trying. #bigger
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 29 April, 2014, 17:56:37
I tried around the USA, which I have never tried in years and I hit it surprisingly early, about 1 in 10 attempts.

Then I decided to try what I call "Around the European Gunslinger" which is like Around the USA, but with gunslingers instead of earth turns. I may save it for some edit, maybe the forum one if I manage to get out and film in a nice landscape.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 April, 2014, 17:54:24
In between sorting out a bunch of BKO stuff today, I popped into the garden for 20 minutes play. Inspired by Sakamoto-san, I got String-Pull The World.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: DamaLife24 on 02 May, 2014, 02:58:40
Got my membership card and landed this awesome trick!

http://youtu.be/Zt7bdwiEZH0 (http://youtu.be/Zt7bdwiEZH0)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 02 May, 2014, 08:32:09
Nice! Loved the face!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 May, 2014, 16:55:53
I just landed a 1-turn stilts (while practising 1-turn aeroplane)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: DamaLife24 on 03 May, 2014, 17:02:47
Isn't that an awesome unexpected surprise shalafi! I love when things like that happen.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 03 May, 2014, 20:55:52
turned two friends to the dama side of life :) Two new damaheads ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 07 May, 2014, 20:24:52
[user]emagdnim[/user], definitely something to feel good about.

[user]DamaLife24[/user] Sweet, love the family in the background glued to the TV missing the stompage!

[user]shalafi[/user] Alright! Retrace the motion and bag Stilt?

Got to grips finally with Inward Lunar today, was a question of changing kendama type to understand the weight - on a regular KROM, even a still-very slippery one, the ken seems to arc much better. Now I can switch back to lighter kens and land it with consistency. Best line yet: Inward Lunar>Lighthouse>540 In. Unfortunately, just tried to get this on film, but after half an hour it was still camera-shy. Oh well, not a bad day!

(Geeky note: the tama on my KROM isn't perfectly round, it seems, and any Inward Lunars caught with the ken pointing too far over six o'clock naturally swing beautifully, of their own volition, into Lunar Rover!)

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: DamaLife24 on 07 May, 2014, 23:43:43
@the milky oolong. Right? There completely oblivious to the awesomeness that just happened less than 10 feet away.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 08 May, 2014, 21:57:43
Today I (finally) landed the Broken Triangle > Sideways Aeroplane trick that [user]Void[/user] showed me at the BKO.

Nothing like hitting a new trick  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 May, 2014, 22:15:07
Nice one guys. Just got a few clicks in between the two poker games tonight. I got looks.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 09 May, 2014, 00:05:24
You should be grateful; looks are more than [user]DamaLife24[/user] got. More Inward Lunar stuff today, bit of a setback, nothing too drastic. I think I'm going through a process of ironing out the completely false starts (high-lobs, false-twists, flops, etc), trying to find that perfect crux of tama and cup where it just glides to a surprisingly sturdy halt. For all those writing 'Inward Lunar' in the 'Kenfessions' thread, I have only one bit of advice yet concrete: it's a short pull and 'support' movement, the quicker the better - clean pull out with the big cup at NNE (NNW for me) and be there with the tama with a gentle push forward to cushion. As I'm still getting to grips I'll say no more than that. There's a very definite 'sweet spot' to this trick. Find it; I'm trying!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 10 May, 2014, 16:54:10
Today I self-certified 1st Dan. Doing 4/10 Around the cosmos, which used to be my worst trick :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 May, 2014, 14:25:41
Yesterday I went to a yo-yo comp for the first time in a couple of years, at least. I triumphantly missed a couple of binds, and came 5th of 6 in the Trick Ladder division. (About par for me these days.) Good fun, and a few folks were having an unprovoked click.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 11 May, 2014, 16:58:47
Nice work [user]shalafi[/user] and good to hear of you showing some of your other skills [user]Void[/user].

Today I landed my first Half Swirl Aeroplane(s) largely thank to this thread: http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,473.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,473.0.html) - when you get them right it has a lovely flow / liquid feel.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 May, 2014, 17:54:37
I forgot to mention that my right knee decided it had had enough activity yesterday, so Today I....
did no kendama, just computer catch-up stuff. Maybe a little light clicking for the next kettle boil....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 12 May, 2014, 17:17:43
Today I landed my first Cat's cradle rocket
(1:10)
http://youtu.be/6b4oF0v_PHM (http://youtu.be/6b4oF0v_PHM)

I'm not sure if I'm doing it right, I C-Whip the spike then place 1/2 fingers in the base cup. I do it more like 2 separate movements, instead of  1 movement like in the video above

-Rob
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 12 May, 2014, 17:45:15
Today I landed my first Cat's cradle rocket.
....thanks to Rob's description of it and that video. Thanks Rob!  :D

Spent about10 minutes trying before I realised it was on a "2 finger"-strung kendama. I switched to a 3-finger one, and got in it in about 5 attempts.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: happygoat on 13 May, 2014, 08:05:08
Today I had a blast of a session landing lots of 1-turn lunar -> lunar somersault - > to lighthouse -> lighthouse somersault -> trade spike

A nice combo to get down for me as I have struggled with somersaults of various kinds... still far from consistent
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 May, 2014, 13:04:16
Nice one, Happy! Lunar Somersault seems to be a trick I can never be bothered to practice. Hence, I'm terrible at them. :)
Today I landed my first Cat's cradle rocket.
I got a couple more too. One whilst sitting down.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Misterwhang on 14 May, 2014, 03:19:20
I landed my first 1-turn lunar!!!!!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 14 May, 2014, 10:31:20
Hey, congratulations!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 21 May, 2014, 17:53:33
...landed Clifftop> (Earth Turn)Small Bird > Spike. On film! That wasn't properly focussed!  ???
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 May, 2014, 13:31:16
Today I landed 7 jumping sticks in a row. I usually fail after 2 or 3, so very happy
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 May, 2014, 18:57:43
And I just did Speed Trick B in 1:42, my personal best and at the first try :)

Best part is: I felt that I could do better.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 27 May, 2014, 20:48:30
Yesterday:
I worked on my stilt tricks:
Inward
Stiltwalk
Somersault and more!

---Video to come---

Today:
I got speed trick B under 45 secs three times in a row. Beating my previous record of 49 secs - which I got in my BKA 3rd Dan grading
I landed double loaded gunslinger
Valley the world - check [user]SamB[/user]'s Click Nomination

-Rob
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: happygoat on 29 May, 2014, 22:13:00
Today I landed 1-turn stilt!! Wuhuuu! Find it very hard to find the right amount rotational speed!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 02 June, 2014, 19:17:26
...landed Half-Swirl Aeroplane with relative consistency...
...but I can't seem to do with without a kind of upside-down tama-grip sideways Scoop Spike (Stunt Plane type as the American guys are calling it). I think it looks pretty cool and it feels great, but is this still considered a Half-Swirl Aero?  I mean, in a tournament situation? Or does the string have to be between the finger and thumb, so to speak? :o
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 02 June, 2014, 19:25:13
If you're asking us, Half-Swirl Aeroplane and Half-Swirl Scoop Spike are different tricks. Grip may be varied, but angle-of-spike-at-catch may not go over the horizontal.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 02 June, 2014, 19:33:29
Ah, thanks, [user]BKA[/user], so I think it's ok, as the catch is either perfectly horizontal or higher, the ken exits sort of like in Spacewalk > UFO. Maybe if I get time I could upload a decent bit of footage, but that'll do for me right now
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 02 June, 2014, 21:40:06
Today I beat my Speed Tric B record again!
32 seconds!
http://youtu.be/T7fAdDFYvz0 (http://youtu.be/T7fAdDFYvz0)

BKO - 39
Wednesday - (last week) 35
Yesterday - 33
Now - 32

Not bad progress me-thinks. My next big goal is under 30

-Rob

...now on to that pesky moshikame...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: KendamaOC on 05 June, 2014, 16:20:27
I learned Border's Balance and did it for the first time!! So stoked :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 05 June, 2014, 16:30:44
Nice work guys!
Today we took some photos of prizes that could be heading your[1] way soon....
 1. Collective, non-specific "your".
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: nils on 05 June, 2014, 17:35:56
Today I landed 'around the moon' :D Don't know if that's a trick name, but small lunar -> 1/2 barrel roll (to big lunar) -> lighthouse -> in. 10/10 would do again.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: quadraptor on 05 June, 2014, 18:53:55
Today I landed two 'similar' tricks -

Aeroplane -> Base Cup
Spike -> Base Cup

I also did my first attempt at Moshi Kame, strung and slow just to get a feel for it.  I started slow for now and only got about 10 before I dropped, but I'll keep practicing it and see how faster and longer I can get
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 06 June, 2014, 11:31:24
Today I landed 'around the moon' :D Don't know if that's a trick name, but small lunar -> 1/2 barrel roll (to big lunar) -> lighthouse -> in. 10/10 would do again.
I think it was called something like "Inverse Around the World" super cool trick. There is a thread about "Inverting" tricks.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 06 June, 2014, 14:42:15
Today I landed 'around the moon' :D Don't know if that's a trick name, but small lunar -> 1/2 barrel roll (to big lunar) -> lighthouse -> in. 10/10 would do again.
I think it was called something like "Inverse Around the World" super cool trick. There is a thread about "Inverting" tricks.
A) Well done! B) It's here, with links to Dave doing various versions on video:
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,52.msg920.html#msg920 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,52.msg920.html#msg920)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 09 June, 2014, 16:59:22
Ok, managed to get a video down of my proposed Half-Swirl Aero, is this right?

Half Swirl Aero? (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gZ1J6pAIfwI#)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 09 June, 2014, 17:09:29
There's no Half about that. That's a Swirl. But the ken seems to exit in front of your hand, not between your arms, so it's an Outside Swirl Aeroplane.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 09 June, 2014, 17:22:31
Erm, ok! Thanks for the clear-up, I can't seem to land the trick any other way than that, watched all the tutorials, just seems to come out that way. Still, neat little trick.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: DamaLife24 on 10 June, 2014, 04:16:55
Won my first ever prize on a BKA prize draw! =] super excited thank you void for puting together and hosting the awesome collaboration video! 
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 10 June, 2014, 09:04:51
I managed to do Backhand slip-on-stick. Once I landed it twice, it clicked,  and suddenly I'm consistent with the trick :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 11 June, 2014, 01:35:47
Today I landed a jumping stick! I've been working on it a while and I landed it today!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 June, 2014, 19:22:51
Today I read the tricks for the Gloken cup, realised that i never tried some of them, like big cup->Airplane, Airplane->Base cup->Stab, and I landed them :) I guess I have 5 level 3 tricks now.

I also landed a half-swirl aeroplane for the second time.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 June, 2014, 19:31:24
Today I landed a jumping stick! I've been working on it a while and I landed it today!
It is tricky, but in a while you will feel like it is easy :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 13 June, 2014, 19:35:42
Well done guys!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 14 June, 2014, 00:38:38
It is tricky, but in a while you will feel like it is easy :)

[user]Shalafi[/user], you must have it good! I still dream of the day any JS feels 'easy'. Just got back from the pre-jam for the first German Kendama Championships; we were fluffing the most elementary of tricks all over the place. :)
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Post by: shalafi on 14 June, 2014, 17:12:23
It is tricky, but in a while you will feel like it is easy :)

[user]Shalafi[/user], you must have it good! I still dream of the day any JS feels 'easy'. Just got back from the pre-jam for the first German Kendama Championships; we were fluffing the most elementary of tricks all over the place. :)
Well, not THAT nailed down, but I am confident in a 3/10 on it, still, most of the time I just got the right feeling for the trick. It has taken me years thou :)

Today I went to a Japanese Festival on Amstelveen. Lots of nice food and some shows. I did bring my kendamas with me and play around for a while, I got a small crowd of 7-10 year old Japanese kids :)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 15 June, 2014, 12:20:27
Cool, [user]shalafi[/user]!

Today I realized that yesterday I came second in the first German Kendama Open, behind the new Kendama Europe Team player Peter Wimmers, and I won the Speed Trick round! Didn't really sink in until now.
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Post by: The Void on 15 June, 2014, 13:25:52
Today I realized that yesterday I came second in the first German Kendama Open, behind the new Kendama Europe Team player Peter Wimmers, and I won the Speed Trick round! Didn't really sink in until now.
Yeah man, nice work! :D
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Post by: The Void on 15 June, 2014, 16:53:16
Today I had a go at 6th Dan practice - first time in nearly a month! Where does the time go?
Failed Bird & 2-T LH by 1 miss each. Not bad for a rusty old bloke....
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Post by: shalafi on 15 June, 2014, 16:56:51
Congrats "rusty old bloke" when I'm older I hope to be half as rusty as you :-)
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Post by: shalafi on 21 June, 2014, 11:27:12
Speed Trick B in 1:10 (never been under 1:30 before)
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Post by: The Void on 21 June, 2014, 13:30:05
Nice! Only 10 seconds away from 4th Dan standard.

This week I practiced 6th Dan every day. Failed every time, on one or two tricks. But 2-T LH seems to be getting there... except for today when it was just 1/10. *sigh*
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Post by: Kajerm on 22 June, 2014, 01:09:02
Today I attempted a one turn airplane to lighthouse. I got it to stick once! Then I missed the falling in... It felt good though.


Enjoy simple things
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Post by: the milky oolong on 23 June, 2014, 14:46:37
Nice work, guys (you too, [user]Void[/user]).

Today I got something very special through the post from BKA headquarters. More about that coming soon (see Video section)...
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Post by: The Void on 30 June, 2014, 23:34:33
Today Donald and I did a doubles trick.
http://instagram.com/p/p4kLwRCHpT/ (http://instagram.com/p/p4kLwRCHpT/)
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Post by: jsirois31 on 01 July, 2014, 02:11:03
Today I got...
Gunslinger>Loaded Gunslinger>Big Cup Gunslinger>Kenflip>Spike
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Post by: Sqveel on 01 July, 2014, 09:42:57
last night i learned bird! slowly trying my hand at all the tricks my friends claim are "impossible"

yeah, still no luck on lighthouse though...
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Post by: Sqveel on 03 July, 2014, 16:26:06
just got the knack of the gunslinger! man it makes me feel smoooooth :)

might have to retract my bird from a few days ago, not been able to catch it since
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Post by: BKA on 03 July, 2014, 16:34:03
Nice going, cats!
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Post by: emagdnim on 03 July, 2014, 16:54:50
Spacewalk, handroll, Juggle, spike.... need to get this trick on film.

Almost landed, Spacewalk, handrol. juggle lighthouse tradespike..  keep on missing the tradespike. :( and most of the times the juggle to lighthouse ::)
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Post by: The Void on 06 July, 2014, 21:30:10
Today I didn't play kendama at all. Was too busy prepping, printing, packing and tidying.
I'm away for 3 of the next four weeks on various jaunts, mostly hanging out with kendama cats. It's gonna be good.
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Post by: emagdnim on 07 July, 2014, 23:48:02
First time ever done Speed Trick B and lunar to border balance...

Last trick did not go so well but had the bb down for about 2-3 seconds
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Post by: the milky oolong on 08 July, 2014, 18:55:25
Bird>Bat for me today. Woop!
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Post by: The Void on 11 July, 2014, 09:34:11
In a post frisbee-golf session, I got an Everest>Aeroplane yesterday, first try, with witnesses.
And this morning, in Samuli's garden, I got it first time again. Oddly, doing it faster seems to work for me. ?!
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Post by: fredCP on 11 July, 2014, 10:04:40
Congrats ! Everest is one of my favourite tricks, that's a cool combo !
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Post by: shalafi on 11 July, 2014, 10:30:58
In a post frisbee-golf session, I got an Everest>Aeroplane yesterday, first try, with witnesses.
Oh, you tried Disc Golf! I've been playing it for a couple of years, it's lots of fun.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 11 July, 2014, 13:46:35
In a post frisbee-golf session, I got an Everest>Aeroplane yesterday, first try, with witnesses.
And this morning, in Samuli's garden, I got it first time again. Oddly, doing it faster seems to work for me. ?!

Great going, [user]Void[/user], sweet way to finish a tricky balance number! Are you working from big cup back towards small cup, or is the tama on big cup (other side of the ken) during the Aero catch?
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Post by: The Void on 11 July, 2014, 21:42:35
Small>Base>Big>(well, I suppose it's Fast Hand...) Aero
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Post by: HansNickmans on 12 July, 2014, 14:31:24
Finally got a striped kendama (green-white new Play). So today I went for the Typhoon One-Turn Airplane. Very satisfying trick :)
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Post by: M.Wang on 12 July, 2014, 22:46:22
I did a spacewalk>hand roll>big cup>base cup>spike>earth.

Yay
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Post by: shalafi on 19 July, 2014, 10:42:27
Today I practiced my Dan grading with a TK16 instead of my usual Play. Much better lighthouses (and falling down) but much worse birds and around the cosmos.

Well, I can't take the exam with the play, so...
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Post by: Davo on 21 July, 2014, 18:29:41
Yesterday, I *finally* broke past 100 moshikamis - 128, to be precise. 
Might not seem like much to some of you, but it's been a long time for me to get here.
Today, I did it again - 104.
Then I laughed and dropped the tama. Both days. Hoping this is something I'll get over  ;-)
Now to begin to work on hole control in earnest....
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Post by: udgfxp on 25 July, 2014, 00:44:30
Today I landed a 360 bird toss. Idk if that is the right name but it's a trick that Christian Fraser did in one of his edits. Check it out on my instagram @chris.nkt :)
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Post by: Sqveel on 25 July, 2014, 13:23:10
around japan!!

been trying this non stop for about 2 weeks. Slowly got better at "hole control" between the cups but i can actually land it on the spike consistently now!

I've only really been going from cup to cup, and only starting on the spike cos any cup to spike just seemed crazily hard, but I seem to have found some kind of zen in regards to the hole and how to manipulate it with my tosses :)

next on my list will be swing in, seen as even though i keep seeing it referred to as "a backwards aeroplane" it seems to demand a different technique and a little hole control
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Post by: fredCP on 26 July, 2014, 18:46:11
Today I landed Small Lunar > Lighthouse > Spike, which is Inverse Around Britain, I guess...
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Post by: the milky oolong on 28 July, 2014, 11:42:14
Great stuff, everyone!

Just finished up with a session in the park with Till from Kendama Berlin, who unfortunately can't make it to the EKO. Got down on film:

Bird over the Valley x Around the World (Small Cup>Bird over the Valley, Big Cup> Bird over the Valley, Base...)

Bird>Earth Turn into Clifftop>Spike

Scoop Spike>[Penguin throw] Build the Lighthouse>Scoop Spike (continuous flow)

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Post by: fredCP on 29 July, 2014, 07:12:06
Congrats, @ the milky oolong, especially for the first one ! I really like your second one, that's a cool combo ! I'll give it a try this week end.
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Post by: shalafi on 29 July, 2014, 14:05:05
Managed to do a small cup scoop-up, just with a few days before the EKO
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Post by: M.Wang on 29 July, 2014, 18:32:56
I did a Stunt Plane! (Finally) ;D
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Post by: shalafi on 03 August, 2014, 17:55:33
After failing my Dan exam on the lighthouse, I decided to go on and try to break the consistency record. I need to recode de video in my laptop because it's too big, but you'll see it son.
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Post by: DamaLife24 on 04 August, 2014, 12:00:32
I finally did swing in, inward whirlwind, whirlwind and got it on camera!


https://vimeo.com/m/102487672
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Post by: the milky oolong on 05 August, 2014, 18:25:46
Nice one! Also watched your Two Trick Fix now that it's on Vimeo as well - really nice finish. Great work!
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Post by: DamaLife24 on 06 August, 2014, 13:42:31
Awesome!! Glad you enjoyed them milky! Haha yea my little camera oops I added to the end as a blooper =]
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Post by: shalafi on 06 August, 2014, 13:52:56
I finally did swing in, inward whirlwind, whirlwind and got it on camera!


https://vimeo.com/m/102487672

Love the face at the end. XD
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Post by: DamaLife24 on 06 August, 2014, 17:26:10
Love the face at the end. XD

Whirlwinds are my weakness. I despise them so much lol so there is very good reason for my (*$@! Yea!) Face lol
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Post by: the milky oolong on 10 August, 2014, 13:41:21
...continued my practise with David Gault's Consistency Challenge 'Lighthouse Keeping' (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,713.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,713.0.html)), got to number 9 and fluffed it. Ouch! Next time I'll have to film it and nail it.
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Post by: PikWik on 10 August, 2014, 23:08:31
very cool on the whirlwinds, @DamaLife24. ive landed a few, but not them inwards  :'(
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Post by: axel.aas.12 on 11 August, 2014, 18:28:17
Got a diabolo! However I am failing terribly.
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Post by: axel.aas.12 on 11 August, 2014, 19:12:22
For example, this is my best trick
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Post by: The Void on 16 August, 2014, 16:49:23
You forgot a link, axel?

I'm back on the 6th Dan practicing. So close each time in the last 4 days. Damn frustrating. Hey ho, so it goes. (Nobody died.)
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Post by: shalafi on 16 August, 2014, 19:09:11
I read it "Dan frustrating".

Good to see you back in track Mr Void
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Post by: kendamatty on 16 August, 2014, 22:56:14
Today I put all kendamas in a suitcase ready for my big house move. Still kept a couple out though to fuel the clicking addiction till the move (and the bag hit dead one 15kg to comply wirh ryan air's meticulous bag restrictions. .. reeesult!) O also tried the endless combo  100 in my "bag packing" party. I am having a real party when I leave, so that number 100 is mine last day of august, unless someone snags it first!
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Post by: emagdnim on 17 August, 2014, 13:23:29
Two turn lighthouse, tradespike, wirlwind in one combo !!!
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Post by: M.Wang on 18 August, 2014, 03:21:06
I did my first gunslinger!
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Post by: DamaLife24 on 18 August, 2014, 03:24:35
Anyone ever seen this before? If not then I've dubbed it the Saturn voyage. Enjoy =]


http://youtu.be/rTbpLEm6UpU (http://youtu.be/rTbpLEm6UpU)
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Post by: BKA on 18 August, 2014, 10:57:18
Feel like it's been done before, but not sure. (Well done anyway!)
Would it not be "Orbit USA", by convention?
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Post by: DamaLife24 on 18 August, 2014, 11:49:04
I think it would be considered "orbit USA" I just choose the Saturn voyage or "around Saturn" because it was a ball (planet) being orbited by the ken (rings) hence the Saturn voyage or around Saturn. My next accomplishment will hopefuly be pull up lunar, spike, j stick while orbiting tama around and landing back in, out to inward lunar and the same concept all the way to lighthouse falling in orbit j stick. Anyone got trick name ideas? =]
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Post by: BKA on 18 August, 2014, 12:10:06
So that would be Inverse Around The World, plus Orbited Jumping Sticks.

"Inverse Orbit Jump The World" or "Inverse Orbit JStick The World", perhaps?

Note: It's not an Inverse USA variation, because Inverse USA would have Typhoons instead of the JSticks.
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Post by: DamaLife24 on 18 August, 2014, 12:34:45
If I use my sol kendama I could call it "orbit around the sun" as kind of a play on words with the brand name lol
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Post by: The Void on 20 August, 2014, 19:35:32
Practice-passed 6th Dan today. That's the one for the month then. Onwards!
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Post by: PikWik on 21 August, 2014, 03:13:28
high five @The Void!
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Post by: Cliffdama on 21 August, 2014, 07:09:59
Wow thats sick! @the void  :o. So whats after 6th dan ?
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Post by: shalafi on 21 August, 2014, 08:26:58
Practice-passed 6th Dan today. That's the one for the month then. Onwards!
Congrats!
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Post by: The Void on 21 August, 2014, 11:09:53
Wow thats sick! @the void  :o. So whats after 6th dan ?
Freedom?
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Post by: DamaLife24 on 21 August, 2014, 11:58:23
Wow thats sick! @the void  :o. So whats after 6th dan ?

Cake
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Post by: The Void on 21 August, 2014, 11:59:22
Freedom to eat cake! :)
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Post by: Cliffdama on 21 August, 2014, 12:30:15
Wow thats really worth the dan strugle yeah!
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Post by: the milky oolong on 26 August, 2014, 10:09:00
... am going out filming for the first Kendama.Berlin edit. Last time got a few nice tricks on board, getting to grip with Inward Lunar flips and variants. Let's see if I can manage today to make that very special line á la Matt Nix from way back when edits were few and far between. It's going to be a long day...

Update: working on the Hanging 1-Turn Inward Lunar, just need to notch it up for the homage line:

Hanging 1-Turn Inward Lunar (hanging start, odd socks stance) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S7wsvN_K53U#)
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Post by: The Void on 28 August, 2014, 15:52:36
It's always nice to catch up with Matt, huh? Nice one.

Today I missed (practice) 6th Dan by 1 measly 2-Turn Lighthouse. Gah!
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Post by: Dimensions on 29 August, 2014, 19:49:40
... Completed the 6th Dan ladder for fun!
I had a very sketchy first lighthouse flip but in the end I got it!
For my freestyle tricks I did:
Swirl aeroplane with an under the leg catch
And Cats cradle rocket!

-Rob
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Post by: The Void on 29 August, 2014, 19:54:06
Coo, well done. I missed 1 Bird and 1 2-turn LH today.
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Post by: shalafi on 31 August, 2014, 20:46:33
Today I did 12 Stabs in a row, enough to get the consistency record, but I find very sad to only beat it by one, so I'll keep trying.
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Post by: shalafi on 03 September, 2014, 14:57:26
I just did reverse swing to bird. I thought of the trick while practicing reverse swing-in and I landed at the 2nd try!
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Post by: BKA on 03 September, 2014, 15:02:40
Today I did 12 Stabs in a row, enough to get the consistency record, but I find very sad to only beat it by one, so I'll keep trying.
Hey, a record's a record! Were you filming?
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Post by: shalafi on 03 September, 2014, 18:29:23
Today I did 12 Stabs in a row, enough to get the consistency record, but I find very sad to only beat it by one, so I'll keep trying.
Hey, a record's a record! Were you filming?
Yes, but in terrible lightning and terrible frame (most catches were out of frame). I actually made 12 twice 11 another time and 10 a couple more. Don't worry, you'll get one video, eventually.
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Post by: shalafi on 03 September, 2014, 19:23:09
Ask, and it will be given: http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg15989.html#msg15989 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg15989.html#msg15989)
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Post by: The Void on 04 September, 2014, 00:30:56
Well done, mate. I may try and get it back....

Today I missed the last 6th Dan trick by 1. But I at least seem to be getting through the four "8-ers" more often.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 04 September, 2014, 00:44:55
Solid stuff, guys.

Today I was filming with Kendama.Berlin's main man Till in an abandoned stretch of motorway, landed some nice stuff for our first collaborative edit. Stay tuned, folks. Yeah. Do not adjust your... modems. Boo-yah.
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Post by: shalafi on 04 September, 2014, 10:15:25
Well done, mate. I may try and get it back....

Today I missed the last 6th Dan trick by 1. But I at least seem to be getting through the four "8-ers" more often.
Get it back, then I can try to get it again :-)

Good work on your Dan practice! I'm actually working on a better self cetiffication for KendamApp and I have my Dan practice on hold until that is finished (hopefully this week)
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Post by: The Void on 04 September, 2014, 17:34:46
Get it back, then I can try to get it again :-)
Well, if you insist... ;)
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg16004.html#msg16004 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg16004.html#msg16004)
I'll ask Donald to approve/deny it.
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Post by: Cliffdama on 04 September, 2014, 18:16:39
For my next edit: swing spike - lighthouse - big cup - lighthouse - tradespike ^^
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Post by: shalafi on 04 September, 2014, 19:48:02
Get it back, then I can try to get it again :-)
Well, if you insist... ;)
http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg16004.html#msg16004 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,209.msg16004.html#msg16004)
I'll ask Donald to approve/deny it.
Well done, I love that under the leg catches. We're getting this one up little by little.

I'll try to get it back again, this is good motivation ;)
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Post by: shalafi on 05 September, 2014, 13:32:48
A new Stab consistency video is being uploaded, let's push it a little bit further :)
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Post by: The Void on 05 September, 2014, 16:57:59
Today I got a...
Lunar>Somersault>In
...first try while waiting for the kettle. Pleasing, because my Somersaults are pretty awful. Made up for my awful 6th Dan attempt today.

Also posted a BKA membership to Cambodia.
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Post by: donald grant on 05 September, 2014, 21:56:47
Yep, saw and approved Void's stab record, but it looks like the crown has passed back to Shalafi already :)

On a side note, landed axe somersault to axe for the first time tonight!
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Post by: LarsVegas on 05 September, 2014, 22:19:35
failed another attempt at 1st Dan. I'm working hard on it for some time but just can't get it right. I don't get my Moshikame up to 200 anymore and today the earth turn didn't work. Still two weeks to go until the grading. Don't know yet whether I try at all.
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Post by: The Void on 05 September, 2014, 22:45:37
Not trying is failure. Buck your ideas up, boy! Do your best, that is all. Try.
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Post by: shalafi on 06 September, 2014, 13:58:08
I self-certified myself for 2nd Dan. On the edge for Earth Turns, but all the rest were quite solid.
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Post by: Cliffdama on 06 September, 2014, 17:44:00
I didn't film :'( .... Big bird -> one turn to lh -> small bird -> 1 turn to lh -> tradespike!
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Post by: PikWik on 11 September, 2014, 01:36:10
1-turn lunar, inward lunar, 2-turn airplane, and ONE 2-turn lighthouse with the new grain theory.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

i didnt think the wormhole would make that much of a difference. but, it does.
the grain theory ken is different from any other ken ive played. the cups have rounded corners on the bridge, similar to a musou, but not quite as pronounced. the slip-grip ring is slightly higher up on the ken and also a little bit bigger than a JKA. the swoop and deeper base cup give a better lunar balance as well. and, i dont need to mention that grain theories are weighted to perfection. much like an ozora, the weighting difference is within 3 grams between the tama-ken.

after seeing how easier the harder tricks are with the wormhole i am tempted to drill a wormhole in another kendama. however, it really is the entire design of the grain theory ken that makes it play so well. imo, playing with a grain theory is an entire different kendama experience.
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Post by: The Void on 14 September, 2014, 18:14:41
Today I practice-passed 6th Dan, and shot some footage for a new tutorial.
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Post by: Dimensions on 14 September, 2014, 18:24:40
Today I shot some footage for a new tutorial  ;)

-Rob
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Post by: LarsVegas on 15 September, 2014, 18:47:14
529 Moshikame - should be enough for 1st Dan
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Post by: the milky oolong on 15 September, 2014, 22:59:39
Today I:

Landed my first 1-Turn Lunar
Took 1h40min to film an Inward Lunar line
Threw a ken half way across a car-park to be caught by the tama of none other than [user]KendamaEurope[/user]'s Peter Wimmers...

...and then got escorted off the premises by three bored and irate security guards and one bored but quite docile rottweiler. Interesting day, all in all.

EDIT:

And today I landed:

Aero > Orbited 540(and a bit) Lunar> In
1-Turn Aero > Orbited 540 Tapped In Jumping Stick
Turntable > (Fast Hand) Inward Lunar (?)
Trap Bird > Over the Valley > Turn In
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Post by: kendamatty on 18 September, 2014, 23:58:43
Milky - some of those tricks sound pretty awesome, would live to see them??  (slightly intrigued also why some cups and balls were a volatile enough reason to warrant such a security entourage!)

Today I - wore the glued tip off a keyaki ozora and started with some border balances, including a combo involving a border and an axe...)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 19 September, 2014, 08:39:04
Milky - some of those tricks sound pretty awesome, would live to see them??  (slightly intrigued also why some cups and balls were a volatile enough reason to warrant such a security entourage!)

Today I - wore the glued tip off a keyaki ozora and started with some border balances, including a combo involving a border and an axe...)

Matt, I am happy to say you will see many of them in the up-and-coming first ever Kendama.Berlin Edit (shameless plug), which I will most definitely be uploading to the forum. Now, off to the juggling shop to poke our production team...
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Post by: The Void on 21 September, 2014, 13:56:00
Today I got my 2nd ever Stiltwalk (on a standard kendama) while waiting for the kettle.
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Post by: The Void on 23 September, 2014, 00:09:23
Broke one of my endurance records today. Video soonish.
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Post by: shalafi on 23 September, 2014, 22:59:54
Broke one of my endurance records today. Video soonish.
Hope is not the stabs, I want that one.

My bet is on around the cosmos ;-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 26 September, 2014, 23:24:03
Around the Cosmos is a thoroughly demanding trick for consistency. Well done [user]shalafi[/user]

Just can't help sharing my elation today. Went out this drizzly evening with kendama.berlin's Till and got some techy stuff on the GoPro:

Crane (inspired by all the building work around Berlin) > Forward Whirlwind Spike
Inward 1-Turn Dead Body > Lunar > In
Around the Belfry (a bit of a hint, also quite a nice looking trick)

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 28 September, 2014, 23:41:27
Landed hand roll > spacewalk > handroll > swirl > handroll > big cup > turntable > spike > whirlwind. Not on film though. It felt so good to land it first try. Wasn't planned out just some freestyle. Also landed 7 lighthouse flipsin a row, also not on film.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 29 September, 2014, 05:22:52
I did my first bat and little bird to big bird to spike!! That is bird over valley right?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 September, 2014, 11:49:06
Nice combo, Ben, although I don't quite get how some of the transfers would work.
And Matt, that's reverse BOTV. It normally starts with Big Bird. (Unless you're using a left-handed kendama right handed.)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 29 September, 2014, 17:28:52
Thanks the void!
But does it still count?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 29 September, 2014, 21:06:15
M.Wang, did you think it counted?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 29 September, 2014, 22:22:06
i would say small bird to big bird is a more uncommon way of doing BOTV. usually its big to small, but to be able to go from small to big is equally as important.

add a bird flip (bird > earth turn > bird) after each landing to really give it some chutzpah  :P
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 29 September, 2014, 23:25:03
today i landed some 1-turn lunars without pre-loading the ken. in the past, i would always twist/wind up the ken before doing 1-turns. but, ive since re-trained myself to use a different method. previously, i would start with a loaded ken and from a dead hang let the ken start to spin and then swing the ken forward. when the small cup is at 12-o-clock give a tug, directly towards my chest plate, and hopefully LAND it. this method would work, but 5/10 would be a wobbly mess, and not repeatable as id like it to be.

now i use the 'hold the tama in one hand and hold the ken in the other' (un-twisted/unloaded) with the tama held just in front of the ken. then, barely twist the ken on release, swing forward and once the small cup is at 12-o-clock, pull the string towards my sternum. this gives that perfect smooth movement to the lunar flip and is the technique that has plagued me for a few months. i now understand the mechanics of the release and this new method is far more repeatable. just like i want it to be :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 29 September, 2014, 23:48:23
Well milky, I kinda think it counts but then I did a regular BOTV. So yay.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 October, 2014, 20:39:41
Nice work guys. I've never got the hang of those, PikWik, but then again, I almost never practise them.
Today I failed to practice-pass 6th Dan by 1 miss on the last trick.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 02 October, 2014, 15:49:10
Today I failed to practice-pass 6th Dan by 1 miss on the last trick.
And again today! Bah.  ???
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 02 October, 2014, 23:37:47
Today I felt myself nearing Small Bird > Gunslinger, can't wait for the next session of filming to get it down.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 October, 2014, 13:12:03
Today I felt myself nearing Small Bird > Gunslinger, can't wait for the next session of filming to get it down.

Do you mean doing a gunslinger with the tama on the small bird? That's really hard.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 03 October, 2014, 16:38:32
Today I failed to practice-pass 6th Dan by 1 miss on the last trick.
And again today! Bah.  ???
Three days in a row! Dammit!
*sigh*
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 03 October, 2014, 23:51:27
Landed spacewalk > handroll > juggle > big cup > spike > whirlwind with no extra swings or cupping from handroll into juggle.
@Void I feel your pain for not getting self certified. I've gotten to pre Dan and missed 1st Dan by one trick. Can't remember which one.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 05 October, 2014, 17:54:23
Today I felt myself nearing Small Bird > Gunslinger, can't wait for the next session of filming to get it down.

Do you mean doing a gunslinger with the tama on the small bird? That's really hard.

Yes, [user]shalafi[/user], that's the one. I've realized if you pull up inward swing to the Small Bird already in a Gunslinger grip, taking care not to touch the tama on landing, you can get the rotation right. What's hard is the re-grip on the ken, trying to do it as gently as possible. Had some fall-offers while waiting for a train yesterday. Alleyoop!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 05 October, 2014, 18:13:56
Today I failed to practice-pass 6th Dan by 1 miss on the last trick.
And again today! Bah.  ???
Three days in a row! Dammit!
*sigh*
Yesterday's long afternoon's playing must have done me good, because today I practice-passed 6th Dan.
Going to have to work on getting rid of the orange here...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 05 October, 2014, 19:28:14
Impressive screenshot!

I have to find time to finish the self-examination feature.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 05 October, 2014, 22:16:23
Nice work void. I self certified myself to pre dan today while on my break. Quite happy with myself. 150 moshikame.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 05 October, 2014, 22:24:05
Nice work, man. I briefly glimpsed you doing MK yesterday, and you looked pretty solid at it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 05 October, 2014, 22:52:55
I got to 75 mk yesterday. Which I find strange as I never do it. I guess you get used to cupping from general play.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: axel.aas.12 on 06 October, 2014, 22:24:53
Today, i self certified myself through kyu 1-10 abd 1st dan!


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Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: axel.aas.12 on 06 October, 2014, 22:32:20
Oh, and pre-advanced


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Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: nils on 06 October, 2014, 23:21:23
Today I landed a one-turn lunar on a dragon baby kendama. Put up a short edit on the 'Videos' forum.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 October, 2014, 00:05:41
Nice one guys!
I failed 6 Dan on the last trick again. Still getting that far 5 times in a row is probably a record for me. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 October, 2014, 15:48:05
Today I practice-passed 6th Dan. October must be my lucky month.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 07 October, 2014, 16:09:18
Looking good, Void, great stuff. I suppose if you keep up this rate you will have a great overhead to account for any shakiness on the real day.

Today I...

...am about to go out filming with Kendama.Berlin in full (at the present date 3-man) force, going to film Kendama Europe Pro Peter Wimmers doing some no doubt mind-boggling stuff. Just wanted to get a pre-emptive Today I in there, not sure how many of these there has been!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Theamerican on 07 October, 2014, 21:27:43
Today I found out that I have inspired one of my friends to buy a kendama. And blew a kid's mind with a simple pull up gunslinger. I also successfully self tested myself to 1st dan. Today was a good day
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 08 October, 2014, 08:10:30
Yesterday I received the boxes of my international move. Now I have all my kendamas with me again :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 October, 2014, 15:51:42
My good 6th-Dan run came to and end. I failed on Jumping Stick today, and 2-T LH too. I blame the weather, and having to practice indoors.
On the plus side, today I confirmed a yo-yo gig. I'll be demoing (just one trick, I think) for a TV show in a couple of weeks.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 08 October, 2014, 19:51:47
Today I...

...landed (Gunslinger grip) Inward Swing In > Small Bird > Gunslinger > In, off camera, while waiting for my turn to film. Since then the trick's been seriously camera-shy, to our collective frustration (there was another GoPro sitting around doing nothing all the time). Aiai! At least someone saw it!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 October, 2014, 20:03:46
Never practice off-camera!
An impossible piece of advice to adhere to, but one that's always apt (after the event)!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 09 October, 2014, 04:45:33
im slowly starting to realize that having a camera rolling while practicing is a must, once you get to certain level. im trying to make it a habit of having a spare smart phone (galaxy s3) specifically for filming long periods of practice. the process isnt burned in, but im getting the rhythm of 'lighting , roll camera , then practice'. its still awkward, and i find myself bored with watching the single framed composition. but, its making me think of unique and better ways to film kendama.

and then, some days, i forget all about having the camera rolling, land a huge combo, and am just happy that i did it. in the end i am doing this for myself, so to know the accomplishment has been completed is rewarding enough. if i can land the trick consecutively, and clean, then i try to record it. but, im honestly not at a skill level to make a serious edit,. Yet
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 October, 2014, 14:42:10
Messed up my practice on 1-T LH today. A terrible 3/10. So annoying, when I passed everything else.

I've been trying this week to confirm a venue for BKO. No luck yet. Bah. Still working on it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 11 October, 2014, 15:52:15
Today I practiced my Insta jumping sticks. But like most Insta practices, I always got a few flukes
Insta-J > Insta-J in to stilt > Insta-somersault in
Insta-J > boarders > Insta-reverse somersault in

I also managed to get: aeroplane > UFO throw - drop in to merry-go-round > spike!
I laughed so much after that
#wishIwasfilming

-Rob
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 13 October, 2014, 02:24:59
Today I just did:
Helicopter->handroll->spike
spacewalk->handroll->big cup-> kenflip->spike

Yes!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 13 October, 2014, 11:33:04
Today I just did:
Helicopter->handroll->spike
spacewalk->handroll->big cup-> kenflip->spike

Yes!
Well done, but what are you calling "Helicopter"?
Here is what Helicopter is on kendama:
Kendama けん玉 ヘリコプター (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6SzbnrgxDc#)
That doesn't seem to flow into Handroll? Perhaps you have found a way though.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 October, 2014, 22:26:28
Tonight at the juggling club, while waiting for the kettle to boil, I beat my own (and current forum) record for Stilts: 5 in a row. Off camera, of course, d'oh!
And missed the last 6D trick by one as well. :-/
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 14 October, 2014, 00:20:17
Quote from: The Void
I beat my own (and current forum) record for Stilts: 5 in a row. Off camera, of course, d'oh!

good going on the record. it seems my kitchen dama gets the most random play and subsequent 1st-landings/off camera combos

------------------------------

... landed some 1-turn stilts while trying to land 2-turn lighthouses. its weird. at first i would only use my GT for 1-turn/2-turn stuff. but since ive learned the proper technique, ive been using standard/JKA kendamas. i wish i had tried to learn the motion sooner. before, i couldnt imagine doing 2-turn tricks, but now that ive started landing them, they arent as "impossible"

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 14 October, 2014, 03:35:19
Today I just did:
Helicopter->handroll->spike
spacewalk->handroll->big cup-> kenflip->spike

Yes!
Well done, but what are you calling "Helicopter"?
Here is what Helicopter is on kendama:
Kendama けん玉 ヘリコプター (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6SzbnrgxDc#)
That doesn't seem to flow into Handroll? Perhaps you have found a way though.
oh! Never mind then! That's what yoyojordan (my cousin) called it. The trick I dud is when I hold the string in my non ken hand and spin the string horizontaly in a circle then throw the ken side ways so they spin in facing away from each other. I will send you a quick video.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 14 October, 2014, 03:41:36
Today I just did:
Helicopter->handroll->spike
spacewalk->handroll->big cup-> kenflip->spike

Yes!
Well done, but what are you calling "Helicopter"?
Here is what Helicopter is on kendama:
Kendama けん玉 ヘリコプター (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6SzbnrgxDc#)
That doesn't seem to flow into Handroll? Perhaps you have found a way though.
ok. Here is the video of not so 'helicopter'
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 14 October, 2014, 03:45:21
Shoot, for some reason, the video didn't post. Sorry.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 October, 2014, 12:13:58
Hey Matt, I think maybe you mean Rotary Swing (which maybe some people are also calling Carousel?)?
See 1m10 here: http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,97.msg8465.html#msg8465 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,97.msg8465.html#msg8465)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 October, 2014, 14:12:50
Today I practice-passed 6th Dan. 3rd time this month. More practice!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: nils on 14 October, 2014, 22:16:24
Three days ago I started playing with my left hand. Today I landed one turn lunar :)
Weak hand (left) - One turn lunar (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zyg-TaojlWM#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 October, 2014, 00:05:45
Excellent "success face"! Nice job.
Now go and join the Endless Combo.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 15 October, 2014, 14:56:57
Thanks the void!  ;D did the video actually post?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 October, 2014, 15:07:51
Hi Matt,
No the video didn't post. I was working from your description.

Did you try to *attach* a video, or just to post a link? There is a file size limit for attachments, so videos are v likely to be too large. If you were trying to post a link though, I don't know why it didn't show up.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 16 October, 2014, 14:54:40
Hi the void.

I was trying to attach a video but when I tried to post it, it glitched out and took me to the start a new topic page. After a few tries, I just gave up.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 October, 2014, 13:38:59
Today I practice-passed 6th Dan. 3rd time this month. More practice!
Passed again today.  Cake for me.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 October, 2014, 19:57:52
Today I practice-passed 6th Dan. 3rd time this month. More practice!
Passed again today.  Cake for me.
Ooh, and again today. Never done 2 days in a row before. Still feels a way off though, lots more hard work...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 19 October, 2014, 20:40:43
Congrats Void!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 19 October, 2014, 22:25:53
Thanks. Nearly made it 3 in a row. Just one miss too many on the last trick today. Ah well.....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 20 October, 2014, 11:59:47
Got it. 6/October.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 20 October, 2014, 23:36:44
Crikey, [user]The Void[/user], that's surely one of the highest reports of consistency the forum has ever heard about!

Today I recorded some kendama tricks I recalled from a very lucid dream this morning - talk about inspiration!:

Pengin Scoop Spike > 540° UFO

Penguin Scoop Spike > Penguin grip 540° Build the (tama grip) Lighthouse > Realize you've split your spike in half.

The second one was not a dream prophecy...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 October, 2014, 00:25:28
I like the sound of the first one... Not so much the end of the second one!

And thanks, it's going well at the moment, but no way will I let myself become complacent. Work work work.
Tonight I broke one of my own records, and had a go at some 2-handed stuff.... vids tomorrow.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Trace3k on 22 October, 2014, 04:23:44
Today I learned about the orbit and landed it on my first try. This is my third week with a kendama. I feel like a pro ;)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 22 October, 2014, 04:34:13
Congratulations trace3k!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 22 October, 2014, 09:49:40
Congratulations trace3k now try double orbits :) or orbit to spike.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 22 October, 2014, 16:32:02
Today I landed some nice combo's imo. All combo's are on my ig @ben_pycroft if anyone wants to see :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 22 October, 2014, 18:12:06
The afore-mentioned trick, this time just managing not to break the spike...

Penguin Scoop Spike to 540° Lightouse to Scoop Spike (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jt_T6A5GF2U#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 October, 2014, 16:24:21
Nice ones Milky, Trace & Ben.

I failed my practice for the 3rd day in a row. Worst 3 of the month. *sigh*

Right, now I need to go and put my yo-yo head on, for a gig tomorrow.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 October, 2014, 01:32:31
Today I spent 10 hours travelling to do 45 minutes' work. Zoiks!
Stilla good day though.
#1000fps
#tired
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Trace3k on 25 October, 2014, 03:55:42
That sounds rough, Void. I hope the 45 mins were fun.

Today I landed my first spike to earth. I went through a whole bunch of ladders on youtube and wrote them down on a sheet of paper. Now I go through the ladders until I land each trick. I'm learning so many beginner tricks now.

I got hit by a van last week and pulled a knee ligament so I can only play for five mins at a time. Total bummer. Getting x-rays on Monday.

I just landed my first lighthouse as well!!!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 October, 2014, 16:43:22
Yes it was, Trace! :-)

Well done on the tricks, but bad luck on the van. Ouch. Get well soon.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Trace3k on 25 October, 2014, 20:44:28
Thanks. I may be out a month.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 27 October, 2014, 00:45:37
I just got space walk into airplane!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 27 October, 2014, 01:03:43
Today I...
Managed to get a few clips around New York whilst on holiday
But whilst filming a trick on Ellis Island, one of the helpers[1] saw me and started to call me other. It turned out he owned a kendama too - and had it with him! He didn't know what it was called but could do a few basic tricks (moshikame etc.) we talked a played for ~10 mins - so all in all a good day and a good finish.

Oh and my Bamboo KROM managed to take a big chunk off the big cup. Time for some super-glue and a warning sign me-thinks!

-Rob
 1. not too sure on the technical term for their job
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Trace3k on 27 October, 2014, 04:58:15
Sorry to hear about your Krom. I would like to see your edit when it's done.

Today I landed my first airplane to ken somersault! So psyched!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 27 October, 2014, 23:01:03
Today I...
Managed to get a few clips around New York whilst on holiday

For a short moment I wondered, what kind of sequence "around New York" might be. Found it funny that you filmed it on Ellis Island. Then I understood :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 October, 2014, 16:27:06
Ha ha, Lars! :-)

Today I filmed my submissions for the diabolo collaboration (http://diabolo.ca/forum/index.php?topic=12105.0), passed my 6th Dan practice, weighed, measured, and sold a kendama, and started writing up a web page.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: fredCP on 28 October, 2014, 16:41:03
Today I landed Valley fly under the bird  ;) Bird > [Half turn of the ken to get the small cup facing you, in a weird twisted wrist position] Small Bird > Spike.
Fred
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 28 October, 2014, 23:07:37
Played my first session of "Spin-off" today against [user]KendaMax[/user]. Lost big time :(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 28 October, 2014, 23:26:25
Today I scored myself an all mahogany Viking from [user]The Void[/user].

 :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 October, 2014, 16:00:39
Nice, Fred! Max has got skills, huh, Lars? Or were you just having a bad day? Glad you like it, Kev.

Today I passed 6th Dan practice. 8/October. But with a whole heap of horrible in the tries between this and my last pass. And it seems I need to be outdoors in daylight to stand a good chance.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 30 October, 2014, 18:29:25
Max has got skills, huh, Lars? Or were you just having a bad day?

I'd say it was both. But we also played on different rings because of our different skill levels. And KendaMax is more solid than I am with on the respective level :)
The game's a nice addition to our sessions. We used to use the random function of the Kendamapp to explore new tricks in a non-competitive way. But to have some change is great.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 01 November, 2014, 17:29:42
trying to land this one..

swing spike turn slip grip turn in turn cliffhanger turn in.
Got it a couple of times, but still not concistant.
When I get it better I am going to try to add birds instead of in's,

hope it make some sence..

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 04 November, 2014, 16:00:28
Today I had a half hour filming session before work. Got a couple clips and a few missed combos. Tried some new stuff out as well. Just gotta trim
The clips that I can use now.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 November, 2014, 16:33:04
trying to land this one..

swing spike turn slip grip turn in turn cliffhanger turn in.
Got it a couple of times, but still not concistant.
When I get it better I am going to try to add birds instead of in's,

hope it make some sence..
I think a bit of punctuation helps make it clear:
swing spike> turn to slip grip> turn in> turn to cliffhanger> turn in.
If that's what you meant.... Niiiiice!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 04 November, 2014, 20:47:23
landed my very first  swing-in to bird -> spike. Incredible, it just felt great. ... Given that I only wanted to do a simple swing-in and missed the spike :)
Of course, I couldn't repeat that anymore.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 November, 2014, 22:08:55
landed my very first  swing-in to bird -> spike. Incredible, it just felt great. ... Given that I only wanted to do a simple swing-in and missed the spike :)
Nice one!
Quote
Of course, I couldn't repeat that anymore.
No no no no no. Please immediately say exactly the opposite of this to yourself!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BenPycroft24 on 04 November, 2014, 23:30:23
Sometimes I find swing in birds easier than pull up birds. Not sure why. I think it's because I can see the hole coming around so I know where to catch. Keep practicing it though.
I don't like this negativity haha!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 05 November, 2014, 13:46:44
Today I filmed a quick trick for http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2105.msg16962.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2105.msg16962.html) and passed my 6th Dan practice. (1/4 November). About 6 months ago, I stopped each trick after I passed it, not having all 10 attempts per trick unless I needed them. A few days ago though, I decided I need to train my 2-T LH harder, so went back to doing all 10, even if I passed earlier.

...and today I got 8/10 of them! That's my record by 2. Coo. Quite pleased about that!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: emagdnim on 05 November, 2014, 20:43:24
trying to land this one..

swing spike turn slip grip turn in turn cliffhanger turn in.
Got it a couple of times, but still not concistant.
When I get it better I am going to try to add birds instead of in's,

hope it make some sence..
I think a bit of punctuation helps make it clear:
swing spike> turn to slip grip> turn in> turn to cliffhanger> turn in.
If that's what you meant.... Niiiiice!

Yes it is!!
Give me a week or two and I have it, on my way on getting this one!
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Post by: M.Wang on 06 November, 2014, 03:40:29
I just did big cup->ken flip->turn table into sara grip->spike! I also did
Bat->candle->regular base cup in sara grip->little cup->spike! I guess today is combo day.
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Post by: BenPycroft24 on 06 November, 2014, 17:59:35
Today I landed my first double juggle. Also practiced the intermediate speed ladder division. Completed it in around 45 seconds. Plenty of time to practice though :)
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Post by: The Void on 07 November, 2014, 22:26:56
Well done guys.

Dark skies and rain meant indoor practice for me. Not so good.
Did some event planning stuff too, though.
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Post by: BenPycroft24 on 08 November, 2014, 21:00:19
Today I landed my first lunar on the new krom deluxe :) (not my first lunar in my kendama career though) it's starting to break in slowly after today's little jam.
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Post by: shalafi on 09 November, 2014, 14:29:34
I was playing around doing some freestyle pinching the string and doing swings back and forth also some half swirls when I realized of a trick I've seen mostly to Eji and I was able to get it out.

It looks like diabolo suns (internal and external) but you do them with the string entangled around the index finger. You have to do them in pairs, but you can do them any of the 2 directions.

IT is not a hard trick, but I think it is quite appealing visually. Does the trick have a name? Is it worth making a tutorial of it?
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Post by: BenPycroft24 on 09 November, 2014, 14:30:43
I'd love to see a tutorial on what you mean. I can't picture the trick as I have no idea on diabolo tricks @shalafi
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Post by: shalafi on 09 November, 2014, 14:34:40
Picture the entry to a half swirl, then instead of releasing the ken, let the ball do another turn on the inside (between your arm and your body)

You hold the ken in one hand, the other hand index finger gets the string in the middle and then the tama does 2 small turn, one on the outside and one on the inside.

Not sure if I explained myself this time.
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Post by: BenPycroft24 on 09 November, 2014, 14:51:44
Would it be possible to make a quick tutorial on it? I can't imagine in. Plus I find it earlier to learn if I see it. It's easier to grasp haha. Sounds cool though. I learnt eifell tower a couple days ago. It's such a simple trick but also visually pleasing.
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Post by: The Void on 09 November, 2014, 14:53:09
Sound like some sort of pinwheeling? Sorry, prob need a video demo or link.

Today I passed 6th Dan practice. 2/7 November.
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Post by: BenPycroft24 on 09 November, 2014, 15:04:18
Congrats void! I managed to shave off 5 seconds on the intermediate speed ladder today as well.
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Post by: shalafi on 09 November, 2014, 22:09:54
I'll try to make a short demo video tomorrow, hopefully with natural light (but not hoping much, weather is really shitty lately)
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Post by: shalafi on 10 November, 2014, 10:26:47
Here you are, indoors video.

Kendama pinwheel suns (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HMB-q9hrIl0#ws)

I'll put it under "What's this trick called?" as well.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 November, 2014, 16:13:36
Well done Ben, and shalafi.

Damp, dark and dreary today. Fail. Indoor practice in artificial light.
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Post by: BenPycroft24 on 11 November, 2014, 16:28:02
Thanks Void.
That trick looks fun as well shalafi. I'll have to try it out tomorrow :)
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Post by: fredCP on 12 November, 2014, 14:56:17
Inspired by KendAlex's "Wings ans Rings", I landed "Wingwalker > Backhand Wingwalker > Spike", and "Wingwalker Somersault"  :) I didn't think I could get these tricks and would'nt have tried them without Alex's edit. Community makes everyone better !
Fred
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Post by: The Void on 12 November, 2014, 15:30:29
Wow, nice job, Fred!
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Post by: fredCP on 12 November, 2014, 16:16:18
Thanks, Void ! You inspired me too with some of your edits, "Still Seeking Six" for example, that made me try and land Fast Hand Drill and Banking variations !
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Post by: The Void on 12 November, 2014, 22:46:30
:D
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Post by: The Void on 14 November, 2014, 14:08:30
Passed 6th Dan practice today. 3/11 November.
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Post by: shalafi on 14 November, 2014, 14:59:00
Congrats! I did failed 2nd Dan for the 2nd day in a row.
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Post by: The Void on 18 November, 2014, 15:03:13
Another pass today. 4/14. Brrrrr.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 18 November, 2014, 21:24:11
landed the current challenge of the endless combo. Of course it's not on tape. We usually don't film during our weekly meeting :(
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Post by: Trace3k on 21 November, 2014, 06:16:18
Today I landed my first spike to jumping stick to reverse jumping stick and my first bird, all on the pill. I've had the pill for 9 days and I love this thing!!!
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Post by: Fireproof on 23 November, 2014, 23:55:15
You guys are all insanely good, so this won't sound like much.  But today I landed my first lighthouse on my Ozora Enjyu.  Actually got three of them.  Pretty excited about that.  I have a long way to go still.  :)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 24 November, 2014, 00:48:34
First Lighthouse is an absolute milestone! Well done!
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Post by: The Void on 24 November, 2014, 17:28:59
[user]Fireproof[/user] - we all started somewhere, and we all remember that feeling of our first Lighthouse, or Earth Turn, or other "simple" trick.
Hi-fives to you & [user]Trace3k[/user]!
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Post by: Fireproof on 25 November, 2014, 01:45:13
Thanks Oolong and Void.  You guys are an inspiration!

I did a few earth turns today.  So cool.  It's so fun to nail a new trick for sure!  I can't put it down.
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Post by: shalafi on 25 November, 2014, 09:06:49
I did STB in 1:55, not my best mark, but not bad for a "cold start"

Also, still not consistent at all with turntables. I think I'm going to invest some serious time on that trick.

I've been working quite a lot in my flow lately, feels nice to play with a kendama more like juggling instead of single tricks ;-)
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Post by: LarsVegas on 25 November, 2014, 22:20:23
... did a Big Cup -> Lighthouse combo. Nothing earthshaking, but I recently started to play around with transitions and this is the trickiest so far - I'm quite happy :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 26 November, 2014, 04:18:36
Just got my first complete turn table to spike!  ;D
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Post by: RyanArthurWalker on 26 November, 2014, 11:54:18
You guys are all insanely good, so this won't sound like much.  But today I landed my first lighthouse on my Ozora Enjyu.  Actually got three of them.  Pretty excited about that.  I have a long way to go still.  :)

First lighthouse is an incredible feeling. After landing that you won't look back. It doesn't matter what tricks you land, every single new one is an accomplishment. Even the most advanced players remember what it was like to land their first "enter trick namer here." Lighthouse has become one of my favorite tricks to combo into and out of.

Cheers man. Keep progressing. 
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Post by: M.Wang on 26 November, 2014, 21:49:46
Yeahhhh! Nice. I remember when I got my first lighty. Congrats!
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Post by: the milky oolong on 27 November, 2014, 14:34:54
...got a message from Aviram Lugassi, he's the maker of Kendama ISR, Israel's very own brand of kendama. How strange to be sulking, finding nobody free to play in the whole of Berlin, and then to have the chance to play with Aviram again! Looking forward to getting stomped at KEN and seeing some Reverse Swirls and Butterflies. Eek.

Other than that, generally one of those re-kindled love affair days with the kendama. Very lucky to have received a Hardwood Kendama from [user]KendamaEurope[/user], have been tweaking my Taps all over the shop:

Jumping Stick > (Interrupt) Tap Build The Lighthouse
1-Turn Lighthouse Tap Fast Hand Spike
JS > Tap Inward Lunar (almost had it a few times)

Fun fun!
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Post by: Trace3k on 27 November, 2014, 18:47:35
This week I did a trick on the pill that Alex Smith doesn't have a name for yet. Nipple stall to earth turn caught with the male end tucked into the palm of the hand. Roddama had never seen it before, of course he landed it on the first try. I also did a stilt to jumping stick and my first ufo, all on the pill, both for the first time.

I have to say, I am loving the pill. It's become my go-to toy.
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Post by: shalafi on 27 November, 2014, 19:04:43
I find the pill easier for jumping sticks, earth turns and UFOs in general.

Very fun little toy.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 November, 2014, 00:16:52
This week I did a trick on the pill that Alex Smith doesn't have a name for yet. Nipple stall to earth turn caught with the male end tucked into the palm of the hand. Roddama had never seen it before, of course he landed it on the first try. I also did a stilt to jumping stick and my first ufo, all on the pill, both for the first time.

I have to say, I am loving the pill. It's become my go-to toy.

Sounds amazing, although I have to say Pill tricks are beginning to sound very anatomical already. Nipple Stall > Male-End Stab?  :-X
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Post by: Trace3k on 28 November, 2014, 00:46:33
I hadn't thought of that, but I don't know what to call the spike part. I call the other part the cup.
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Post by: shalafi on 28 November, 2014, 09:31:10
I call them spike and tama actually.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 November, 2014, 10:15:51
I have no idea what the official names of them are. [user]Roddama[/user] would most likely know.
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Post by: modraska on 28 November, 2014, 20:54:55
Today I started struggling with spacewalks again. Started the day with 3 of them in a row and then 0 in like 50 attempts. It's a tricky one for me but I like it alot when it's spiked. In the meantime I did my first UFO and started learning all the juggle and whirlwind stuff.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 29 November, 2014, 11:06:49
Keep on it, [user]modraska[/user], you'll get there!

Today I have the pleasure of meeting up with the guys from Kendama Leipzig and Munich, who have spontaneously decided to come to Berlin for the weekend! Happy about that! Yesterday learned from Kendama ISR's Aviram Lugassi how to do Lunar Rovers. ..And I was just done saying how quiet the Kendama scene in Berlin has been lately!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 November, 2014, 15:32:07
After several days off due to insomnia/bad weather/knee pain/busyness, I tried 6th Dan practice again and passed. 5/20 November. Being able to practice outside makes a big difference for me, it seems.
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Post by: HansNickmans on 01 December, 2014, 12:21:42
Congrats Void! Are you planning on going back to Japan soon?
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Post by: The Void on 01 December, 2014, 12:35:18
Whenever I can raise the money.
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Post by: shalafi on 01 December, 2014, 13:09:44
Whenever I can raise the money.
That reminds me of KendaAlex and his "mugen sponsored" trips. It's in between quotes because what he does is to sell a few mugen from his collection to pay for the trip.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: modraska on 01 December, 2014, 21:52:39
it started literally freezing outside which resulted into first juggle to bigcup and pull up kenflip spike. today i am happy with the progress.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 01 December, 2014, 23:42:30
Is the freezing connected to you getting the tricks? Well done anyway!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 December, 2014, 23:58:57
Today I beat my own Big Cup Juggle record. But off camera. Oh well.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: modraska on 02 December, 2014, 05:35:01
when it's wet/icy/really really cold I have much more time for kendama, because i cant skate. how many juggles did you do Void?
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Post by: The Void on 02 December, 2014, 11:27:03
5. (With a big cup catch between each juggle.)
2 is normally my limit!
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Post by: The Void on 02 December, 2014, 13:30:27
Today I practiced outside, because I much prefer the space and daylight. But it was breezy and cold, so was a pretty bad practice for me. Pesky winter, bahhhhhh.
I also recorded the trick lists for February's LKO the other day. (They will be released in January.)
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Post by: shalafi on 02 December, 2014, 14:12:26
5. (With a big cup catch between each juggle.)
2 is normally my limit!
5 is quite a lot. I want to get some practice on that with a stringless kendama.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 02 December, 2014, 17:09:21
... will board a plane to Japan :)
Now I only have to find out what's going on in Osaka this weekend - or any other place in that area.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 02 December, 2014, 21:07:32
I just landed mini-spacewalk to lighthouse.
Heads up. Check if someone had seen it. Yes! Another juggler did!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 December, 2014, 10:39:52
After days of (pseudo serious) practice I almost landed my first turntable.

Ah, I wish I had Philip at hand to give me tips...
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Post by: BKA on 04 December, 2014, 15:07:46
Today we... ordered some things....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 December, 2014, 16:13:23
Today I made 7 birds in a row, twice. Nice, but not enough for the KCC #30 http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2141.msg17316.html#msg17316 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2141.msg17316.html#msg17316)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 06 December, 2014, 16:45:41
...jammed with Thorkild and Mathias in Berlin, was a fun session, Mathias so enthusiastic introducing all the onlookers to kendama. You'd think he'd just discovered the thing. Looking forward to their session tomorrow.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 06 December, 2014, 16:46:02
... Spent my day with the players from the Kansai area in Kobe. The sun was shining but it was quite cold. Didn't matter, I learned so many new things. And I managed to do pull-up with a gunslinger, swing in with several rotations, a wrap around the fingers trick, and a swing in where the string is wrapped several times around the sarado. Awesome, these guys are so nice and extremely good players (up to the sixth Dan)
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Post by: BKA on 06 December, 2014, 16:51:41
Cool stuff.
Always take every chance to meet up with other players, everyone!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 06 December, 2014, 22:53:22
Got my first practice-pass of the month in today.
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Post by: modraska on 07 December, 2014, 12:06:28
Congrats Void, its massive amount of moshikame for these high dan grades.

I did my first whirlwind and laced double gunslinger on 2nd try ever. Surprised and stoked.
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Post by: Paul_S on 07 December, 2014, 15:22:46
Holy shitsnacks!
Just landed jumping stick tapback with full rotation after the tap first try ever fluuuuuuuuuke.
ima get it tho
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 07 December, 2014, 19:05:29
Just finished up at the Japanese Christmas Market where the KROM guys did a fantastic show. Came 2nd in the battle behind Peter (as always), then came to my own just jamming and sharing tricks with the novice guys. Tomorrow we're going to mooch around Berlin with the Autum Bikes crew, maybe even do some filming, would be great!

Keep your dominant hand toasty warm, everyone.
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Post by: Dimensions on 07 December, 2014, 20:15:28
Sounds good! I'm sensing appearances from Thorkild and Mathias in the K.DE video, yes?
Also speaking of that, can you ask Marc if he got my submission, Milky. Thanks

Anyway, today I... finally got 1-turn LH>  insta LH flip > insta LH flip > LH and managed to repeat it another 3 or 4 times! i guess its a trick that just 'clicks' after you get it the first time. Unfortunately I kept missing the fast hand stabs as I've been getting them more solid recently,. :(

-Rob
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Post by: shalafi on 08 December, 2014, 15:02:23
I'm finally getting somewhere with turntables. It has taken me a couple weeks to land them with "some" consistency.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 08 December, 2014, 17:59:41
Great work, guys!

I'll ask Marc for you - I'm hoping he's not even started pre-editing yet as all our footage is currently being harboured by our editing guy (the one who should be finishing the Berlin edit). A word of warning to you guys out there - always be sure about who is in charge of your footage  8)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 December, 2014, 17:58:06
Urg. Sore throat, cold coming on. No play today.
Still got some stuff done though....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 11 December, 2014, 21:47:41
Just landed my first double-turntable. It was much harder than I expected.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: modraska on 13 December, 2014, 09:17:42

Just landed my first double-turntable. It was much harder than I expected.

Some tips for this one?
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Post by: BKA on 13 December, 2014, 09:37:19
modraska, you're probably asking about the "double" part, but have a read of this thread, and try to apply the tips there. http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,844.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,844.0.html)
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Post by: Salvator-vals on 13 December, 2014, 11:58:25
Some tips for this one?

Sorry, no tips. I landed this trick only thrice, so may be I need some tips.  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 14 December, 2014, 16:20:56
I landed a hanging one turn lighthouse. On the second try. Quite an elegant simple trick.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 14 December, 2014, 17:12:00
A beautiful trick, certainly a good one to have down, [user]shalafi[/user]!

Today I broke in a new green Ozora, loving that process of smoothing the ken and roughing up the tama a bit, a good hour's session and I landed a few nice things too, including:

(String pinched)1-Turn Lighthouse > Lunar > In
Scoop Spike > (flip to) Lighthouse > Scoop Spike (Fast Hand Grip Switch to ken-grip)
...and something weird:
Hold the ken in ken grip with the inside sarado facing towards you (for most players Big Cup pointing right)
Pull up so the tama rests on the sarado and spike, preferably with the hole facing you (a kind of inside Frying Pan)
Let the tama roll down the full length of the ken (making a rattly, domino-race sound)
Fast Hand Spike the tama (it should do one Earth Turn rolling along the handle and one as it free-falls)

Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 16 December, 2014, 08:49:03
Yesterday I did a reverse 1-turn lighthouse. Quite harder than I expected.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 18 December, 2014, 21:54:29
... did Big Cup Juggle for the first time (i.e. Big Cup, juggle ball and ken once and catch on big cup - see KendamApp) - 2 out of ten. Amazing - I can juggle quite low and quick, but the string does not forgive any deviation.
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Post by: shalafi on 19 December, 2014, 09:04:18
... did Big Cup Juggle for the first time (i.e. Big Cup, juggle ball and ken once and catch on big cup - see KendamApp) - 2 out of ten. Amazing - I can juggle quite low and quick, but the string does not forgive any deviation.
That's a really cool trick, and yes, the string is really the most complicated part of the trick.

You can nos go for "pull up -> juggle -> big cup" which is slightly different
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Post by: The Void on 19 December, 2014, 11:15:11
Nice work guys.
I haven't touched a kendama for over a week. Ugh.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 22 December, 2014, 19:38:22
I had one of my best runs at the Speed Trick B. Untimed, but only 4 misses in total.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 December, 2014, 22:27:02
I had my first click for 2 weeks tonight. My legs protest.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 29 December, 2014, 22:55:59
Did my first 6th Dan practice run for 3 weeks today. Got all the way to the last trick, which was 0/10, alas. Quite pleased to get that far after such a long break, though.
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Post by: Kev on 30 December, 2014, 00:09:12
Today I renewed my BKA membership!

Very happy to support the cause as I've seen first hand how much work goes into all the events, competitions and the running of the forum (and the chances of winning something amazing are so high it'd be frankly silly not to!) Here's to another good year :) and thanks again[user]BKA[/user]  :)

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Post by: The Void on 02 January, 2015, 16:24:46
Today I did my first 6th Dan practice of the year. Failed, by 2 2-Turn LHs. Got everything else though, so not so bad a start.
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Post by: Tsurushi on 03 January, 2015, 00:59:13
Today, after several days of hard training, I've managed to pull off my first Lighthouses. I'm not consistent yet, but I feel I'll be ready for 1st Kyu and Pre-Dan in no time at all  :).

My consistency at late Kyu tricks has also improved a lot over time, and I've even managed to do Around Europe, Around the USA and several connected Jumping sticks while practicing.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 January, 2015, 10:10:43
Good work Tsurushi! The first lighthouse is always a nice milestone :)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 03 January, 2015, 14:30:43
First Lighthouses are fantastic, but it was a long time after my first that I could get Around the USA consistent!

Today I had a better practise session than yesterday where I couldn't land jack. Was messing around with a Ken-guin grip technique trying Around the World, Around Europe, etc. The Penguin Earth Turns aren't good enough yet for Around USA, but I am near to landing Penguin Earth Turn Whirlwind (I think stolen from Oase's last edit). Fun fun fun!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 January, 2015, 17:56:31
Today I recorded the tricks for the Irish Kendama Open.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 03 January, 2015, 18:46:23
Today I was editing the videos for the LKO tricklists.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 January, 2015, 14:06:10
Failed 6th Dan practice today - Cosmos & JS.
Had my first practice run for the IKO (if I'm going). #tired!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: mlarinen on 04 January, 2015, 23:18:18
Being a total newb I have been practicing by doing the tricks used for gradings. With varying number of tries I can land every trick up bird over the valley - except for ONE! Only today did I manage my first hikouki! Then I put my kendama down with a huge sigh of relief... A few minutes later I picked it up again and managed yet another one! And then I put it down for the day, didn't wanna push my luck... :D

How I've managed to learn the other tricks but not that one, I will never know. All I know is I HATE it - but maybe that will change after today.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 January, 2015, 23:41:14
Ha, we all have our bête noirs. Well done on 2 successful aeroplane landings!
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Post by: The Void on 05 January, 2015, 13:46:59
Glue day. (Log in to see attachment.)
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Post by: The Void on 05 January, 2015, 22:32:03
Tonight I broke a couple of forum records. Videos tomorrow....
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 06 January, 2015, 07:59:42
Tonight I broke a couple of forum records. Videos tomorrow....
You're no longer holding too many? ;-)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 06 January, 2015, 09:14:10
I just landed around the universe in less than 5 tries. One of these days I'll go for the-around-that-should-not-be-named
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 07 January, 2015, 19:41:10
Failed my practice again today, but got other things done....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 07 January, 2015, 19:57:35
Today I took a photo for the header of kendama-ireland.org

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Sqveel on 08 January, 2015, 01:04:05
thought I'd try a new trick today, randomly picked jumping stick out the book cos it looked "cool and impossible." clicked into the aeroplane first time, which is not usual for me, and then managed to jump the ken round and spike it again first time!! felt sooo awesome, like the gunslinger. A tricky yet simple and smooth looking trick :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Paul_S on 08 January, 2015, 01:54:19
nice Sqveel, J-sticks might have been the trick that made me pick up dama in the first place, still my fave.
on topic today something clicked I guess and I got a whole load of downspike/stabby earth turns!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 08 January, 2015, 02:19:10
Today I...

or better said Tonight I... had a practise round at Flying Colors juggling shop in Berlin, landed some new stuff, tried out loads of new 'Ken-guin' stuff like penguin Kengrip half-Reverse Whirlwind Earth Turn (as with juggling terminology, easier done than said), Swing to Candle > Insta-Stab, and got underway with a two-hour long Barrel Roll race with a too light and too slippy Ozora: by the end of the session I was landing Lunars whose margin of correction couldn't be measured with a micrometer (of course, only felt that way). Landed a few Barrels which then pathetically skidded out after two seconds of pure stillness. Anyway, just feeling the Kendamalove this evening (morning already, damn). Hope you are all having plenty of fun too.

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 January, 2015, 11:34:32
Yay, Sqveel and Paul!
penguin Kengrip half-Reverse Whirlwind Earth Turn
Coo! I want to see that. (Looks good in my mind!)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: donald grant on 08 January, 2015, 14:22:13
Good to hear that things are still clicking away in Flying Colours; say hi from me next time you're there:) !
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 January, 2015, 22:05:17
Today I was too busy to do any kendama. Got stuff done. And this evening I packed my kendamas for tomorrow, when I'll be being filmed for a rap video.

Yes, really.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Tsurushi on 09 January, 2015, 12:41:58
Today, I managed to land Bird fly over the valley once. I'm still miles away from any sort of consistency, but it felt very rewarding (also, it's been such a good consistency training for Birds; I managed to land about 6/10 in several series right after that).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 10 January, 2015, 16:09:24
Today I contacted the people at the Japan Festival in Dublin and offered them a Kendama workshop.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 January, 2015, 14:33:33
Failed my 6th Dan practice. Need to get a lot more regular again with the practices after the new year break.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Tsurushi on 12 January, 2015, 21:59:58
Today, I've managed to land both Suberidome Gokui and Clifftop several times. Secret grip stalls like those are quite tricky, but, nonetheless, satisfying :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 12 January, 2015, 22:35:57
Today I failed 6th Dan again, but I think it was my best effort of the month so far. Last 2 tricks missed by 1 each. I also saw [user]Sonicpearse[/user] having a heroic effort at the latest Endless Combo trick, and [user]Paul_S[/user] training for LKO.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 January, 2015, 13:49:58
Killed by 6th Dan again today. I blame the storm that killed all the natural light half way through. #excuses
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 13 January, 2015, 14:13:11
Killed by 6th Dan again today. I blame the storm that killed all the natural light half way through. #excuses

Yeah, we can all pass 6th Dan when it's sunny!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: mlarinen on 13 January, 2015, 17:43:20
Today I mourn the loss of my favourite espresso cup, after a tama went rogue :/
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 January, 2015, 21:21:36
Had a great day jamming at Trinity Juggling Society. Met with another player, and sparked some interest about the IKO.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 January, 2015, 13:51:11
Damn BFOTV! :/ #6thDan
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 January, 2015, 15:20:33
Today I had a perfect run on my first 6 6th Dan tricks. Failed badly on the last trick though. Knee pain sucks.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 January, 2015, 12:51:14
When my knee started hurting the other day, I rolled up my trousers to put a tubigrip on it.... to discover a big bruise on there. How did that get there? I gave it the day off yesterday, but practised again today. Still hurting. Failed. Better rest it for a couple more days at least, I guess. *sigh* #old
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 19 January, 2015, 01:27:32
Get well soon, [user]Void[/user], you're as old as you feel (easy to say, I know)!

Today took some time out with Berlin's Kendamatill, filmed some tricks:

Swing to Candle> Fast Hand Lighthouse > Axe > In

was the one I was most proud of. Never had an axe on film up until that line. Just goes to show, sometimes you gotta go for it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 19 January, 2015, 12:25:07
Thanks, TMO!
Nice combo - I look forward to seeing it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 19 January, 2015, 23:50:44
Good fun at Altern8 tonight - nice game of KEN with Sonic and Ash, plus Sonic finally cracked EC110!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 January, 2015, 16:43:31
#QuickClickTrick
http://instagram.com/p/yNBnj3iHrI/ (http://instagram.com/p/yNBnj3iHrI/)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 January, 2015, 12:47:58
Freshie #QuickClickTrick
http://instagram.com/p/yPLhbMCHjI/ (http://instagram.com/p/yPLhbMCHjI/)

Edit: direct video url: http://videos-d-2.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t50.2886-16/10946855_1544768179105342_183646161_n.mp4 (http://videos-d-2.ak.instagram.com/hphotos-ak-xfa1/t50.2886-16/10946855_1544768179105342_183646161_n.mp4)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 January, 2015, 11:06:53
#QuickClickTrick
http://instagram.com/p/yRkwxFiHnv/ (http://instagram.com/p/yRkwxFiHnv/)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 25 January, 2015, 19:22:56
tastes like cherries :)
I really like the last one.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 25 January, 2015, 20:52:25
Great little series, [user]Void[/user], more more more!

Today I found a new unlikely winter kendama venue at the bouldering hall round the corner, nice of them to let us play there for free! Was a serious off-day for me; I didn't even want to insult my new Ozora Enjyu with my sloppy skills. But you can't lace everything you want every day. Unless your name is Peter Wimmers.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 January, 2015, 22:59:41
Thanks, shalafi, TMO, I'll see what I can do...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 26 January, 2015, 21:54:43
Today I land swing to pinky, ring, middle and index finger. Can anybody land it to thumb?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 27 January, 2015, 00:09:38
Some people have trouble even with pinkie! Thumb could be pretty tricky.....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 27 January, 2015, 04:49:47
... had a ipod spin-off session with three other players (actually yesterday night, but I was too tired to post afterwards). I'm currently near Osaka and we met last night in Okamoto-san's Chariran-ya restaurant (THE kendama hang-out in Osaka). With the shop full of players it was very easy to find someone to join the game.

I also have the paper version, but the electronic one is much easier to carry (doesn't crumple so easily) and it counts the points for you. We had much fun and it was definitely worth buying.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 27 January, 2015, 14:56:42
#QuickClickTrick
http://instagram.com/p/yXEFKWCHre/ (http://instagram.com/p/yXEFKWCHre/)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 27 January, 2015, 16:06:26
Infamous One-eye Bat :)

Well done!
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 27 January, 2015, 20:08:24
I landed my first moon circle, on camera. And my first aeroplane swap to spike, twice (not on camera)

First time I went serious about landing those two.

Edit; And another trick I just thought of, which may go in my next edit.

Kendama - Moon circle: http://youtu.be/kXUdOXLwoAc
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 27 January, 2015, 21:32:49
Great tricks, [user]shalafi[/user]!

After a disappointing weekend's kendama, today I felt right on top of things again, sharpened up the spike on the green Ozora and spent the evening just stringing long lines of JS and Lighthouse stuff, then mirroring the same in Reverse:

Aero > Jumping Stick > Build the Lighthouse > Lighthouse Somersault > Falling Down > Reverse Build the Lighthouse > Reverse Lighthouse Somersault > Reverse Falling Down > Reverse Jumping Stick.

Really cleaned up my game a lot in this area, especially as I am trying to lengthen my trick lines at the moment. As usual, Knees, and, not to forget, Lungs!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 27 January, 2015, 21:57:03
Nice one, shalafi. It's the intake of breath and wide eyed look of surprise that gets me. :)
Milky, that's a nutso line if you got it all in one.
Lungs! Yes, I'm always telling people who are learning to juggle "don't forget to breathe!"
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 January, 2015, 13:39:03
Nice one, shalafi. It's the intake of breath and wide eyed look of surprise that gets me. :)
Milky, that's a nutso line if you got it all in one.
Lungs! Yes, I'm always telling people who are learning to juggle "don't forget to breathe!"

Hey [user]Void[/user], I got it on film in the worst tablet camera quality ever, if you really wanna see it, don't have many other options for filming stuff right now. I'll upload it if you want!

http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1549667511952471 (http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=1549667511952471)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 January, 2015, 14:51:01
12fps FTW! :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 January, 2015, 17:36:34
Only the best, eh?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 29 January, 2015, 10:30:08
I got a premium gold last weekend and yesterday I managed a corkscrew (or tré) lighthouse flip. Missed the spike though...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 29 January, 2015, 21:27:26
Beautiful trick, Hans! So satisfying.

Today I set myself two targets: Fast Hand Lighthouse the World (Small Cup > fhLH > Big Cup > fhLH...) and Fast Hand Aeroplane the World. Still struggling with the Fast Hand Aeros, but such a great model for training.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 January, 2015, 13:58:15
Nice work guys.
Today I recorded the first trick for Outlink. Coming soon!
Now I'm off to see The Scaramanga Six, yay!
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 31 January, 2015, 20:25:04
Today I glued the tips of some Kendamas and discovered that the cliff John is great for holding them upside down(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/01/31/9eb9e44014fbc9aec968f0b18c1f45e1.jpg)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 02 February, 2015, 22:35:11
I had a nice session at the juggling club tonight. No other clickers were there this evening, so I tried KCC#31 (got better, but not all the way), recorded some record runs and a silly trick. Vids tomorrow. I also had a couple of ideas for Outlink tricks.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 03 February, 2015, 05:08:28
Today I landed...
my first whirlwind with my kendama usa tribute triple stripe black and blue.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 03 February, 2015, 12:07:04
Congrats! Now do some more! :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 03 February, 2015, 14:36:39
Two months without passing 6th Dan practice is very depressing. Today the sunlight was shining through the window, and I passed my first run of February. Yay!
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 February, 2015, 10:30:16
Well done void!

Yesterday I failed my self examination for 2nd Dan, but I made a nice Kendama tower.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/02/04/e3d6f703ab4e38e20412f47f036e5db7.jpg)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: fredCP on 07 February, 2015, 12:46:38
I come back to the forum after a few busy weeks, but still reading you daily guys ! This morning, I landed Free Bird Fly Over the Valley, then I found my new Girr Bamboo Regal Kendama Co in the mailbox, and just out of the box I passed 3rd Dan with it ! That's what I call a successfull day  :D
Fred
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 08 February, 2015, 02:38:05
Today I landed...
My first Bird

I was just trying to do one casually because i knew i was not gonna land it. I landed it :0. Gonna be a couple months before i land one again...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 February, 2015, 15:03:34
Nice work Fred & Leo. It's a great thing about kendama that everyone can feel good about breaking their next target, at whatever level of play. Kudos!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 08 February, 2015, 17:22:18
Today I landed...
My first Bird

I was just trying to do one casually because i knew i was not gonna land it. I landed it :0. Gonna be a couple months before i land one again...

Well done. I remember thinking the same, and it came much sooner that I thought.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Maicodama on 11 February, 2015, 11:44:08
My First J stick Line.

1- Turn Airplane > J-stick > Lighthouse > Falling.

Go it on video too  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 11 February, 2015, 12:32:47
Nice one Maico. I remember getting my first line like that, and emailing my friend to let him know how awesome I was. He he.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Maicodama on 11 February, 2015, 16:18:34
Thanks Void, felt so good to actually lace a few trick together. Progress  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 12 February, 2015, 04:51:59
Today I...

Finally completed Kyu Grading and now im going to pre dan YAY! already starting to practice.
I am going to pass kyu again just to make sure i didnt land anything with luck.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 February, 2015, 17:59:54
Well done Leologic777!

Today I was practicing double swirls, and some continuations. Surprisingly easy, at least for the swirl part, I suck at the exit anyway.

Then I tried to do a mall combo, but I didn't manage to land it with a kendama, then I thought of my good old pill, and here it is!

Pill swirl combo - juggling videos hosted @ Juggling.tv (http://juggling.tv/14718#id=http://juggling.tv/nuevo/econfig.php?key=8669208bc39bdcbaf4ed)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 February, 2015, 18:24:03
Like those antispin grip changes!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 February, 2015, 17:13:45
Quick trick for Sunday. Foxed [user]Dimensions[/user] in KEN yesterday, surprisingly!
http://instagram.com/p/zITYhFCHk8/ (http://instagram.com/p/zITYhFCHk8/)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 15 February, 2015, 17:50:30
Ahhhhhh, you were trapping it on the 'side spike' I thought you did it on the handle (body catch position).
In that case...
Today I also landed a trap to flying top

-Rob
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 February, 2015, 22:41:12
I'm surprised that would make that much of a difference.... but then i haven"t tried the lower version.

Tonight I filmed 15 minutes of out of focus tricks. D'oh!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: PikWik on 16 February, 2015, 23:25:52
you guys should figure out a way to film some of those games of KEN. i watch games of SKATE online so i dont see why other folks wouldnt watch KEN videos :)

and [user]The Void[/user] i have done that (film for 10 minutes and then go to watch the "super tech combo" and the camera was out of focus...) and also, set the camera up, jam for 20 minutes or so, and then right after i landed the trick, go check the footage, and yup, "the cameras out of batteries" :/

back on topic - ive been getting much more consistent with 2-turn lighthouses. and 1-turn stilts arent so "impossible" anymore
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 17 February, 2015, 01:16:22
you guys should figure out a way to film some of those games of KEN. i watch games of SKATE online so i dont see why other folks wouldnt watch KEN videos :)

and [user]The Void[/user] i have done that (film for 10 minutes and then go to watch the "super tech combo" and the camera was out of focus...) and also, set the camera up, jam for 20 minutes or so, and then right after i landed the trick, go check the footage, and yup, "the cameras out of batteries" :/

back on topic - ive been getting much more consistent with 2-turn lighthouses. and 1-turn stilts arent so "impossible" anymore

I agree!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 February, 2015, 14:10:49
I think I'd feel weird about recording a game of KEN and offering it up to the world. Personally, I think playing KEN is fun, but watching it seems a bit dull to me. Too many misses.

Meanwhile, this...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 17 February, 2015, 21:30:01
By the way,  theoretically speaking if you play KEN against absolutely same-level opponent  your should choose the tricks with landing probability 1/3. Just simple math  8) Not sure if it really helps.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Maicodama on 17 February, 2015, 21:55:39
Watching a game of Ken would be pretty funny though despite the misses.

Anyways, off topic - finished my uni studies for the day and had a go on the dama. Didn't just land a stilt on the fourth try....whaaat- last week i thought it wasn't possible. Going to use [user]The Void[/user] as inspiration to land one from a lunar haha.

Dama on!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 February, 2015, 00:00:34
By the way,  theoretically speaking if you play KEN against absolutely same-level opponent  your should choose the tricks with landing probability 1/3. Just simple math  8) Not sure if it really helps.
I totally agree! I think most people try for tricks that are just a bit too hard. You can't give people a letter if you don't set a trick!

Good luck, Maico - you've really got to soften that landing, and get a nice straight throw upwards from the lunar too.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 18 February, 2015, 09:14:07
By the way,  theoretically speaking if you play KEN against absolutely same-level opponent  your should choose the tricks with landing probability 1/3. Just simple math  8) Not sure if it really helps.
I totally agree! I think most people try for tricks that are just a bit too hard. You can't give people a letter if you don't set a trick!
I also think people try too hard on games of KEN. I personally like weird tricks that most people haven't practiced.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 February, 2015, 23:42:06
Today I made a quick new video (coming out end of Feb), and moved a bunch of boxes around. Played no kendama. Oops.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 19 February, 2015, 03:19:33
Today I...
Landed my first earth turn orbit! its so exciting i litterally dropped my dama and went to hug my friend (he helped me with it) i took like two weeks to get it though.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 19 February, 2015, 11:09:14
Nice one Leo! :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 19 February, 2015, 22:14:59
...
finally landed on film the Swing In > (Fast Hand) UFO that I've been dreaming about since being in the woods without a kendama and an imagination that tends to run wild. Am I right in thinking that the devilish Yannick Brunner stomped this years before I cracked it? Edit 2? Can't remember. 'Dama on, people, Milky's back from the woods and happy to be on the forum.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 20 February, 2015, 10:13:27
A bit like EC48? http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1022.msg10732.html#msg10732 (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,1022.msg10732.html#msg10732)
Well done!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 20 February, 2015, 10:24:57
Erm, not exactly. Maybe better to say Swing In (Fast Hand) UFO, without the ">": when the tama comes up, spin the ken in your UFO rotation direction, and let go, grabbing the tama, then spike as for UFO. In one motion.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 20 February, 2015, 10:25:53
Ah, right. Nice!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 20 February, 2015, 11:50:19
Erm, not exactly. Maybe better to say Swing In (Fast Hand) UFO, without the ">": when the tama comes up, spin the ken in your UFO rotation direction, and let go, grabbing the tama, then spike as for UFO. In one motion.
I think I've seen that, it is a really cool trick. Congrats on landing it!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 20 February, 2015, 17:27:40
Today I twice landed double-UFO . Surprisingly each attempt takes less than 10 min. Hard but doable.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 21 February, 2015, 10:36:05
Nice. I might try one of those today...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 22 February, 2015, 20:43:52
Today I landed some nice stuff, but was especially happy to beat Peter Wimmers in a race to land Candle Grip Swing (1.5 Inward Whirlwind) In, as demonstrated by [user]Kendalex[/user]

http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=918828078139182&set=vb.100000359945547&type=2&theater (http://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=918828078139182&set=vb.100000359945547&type=2&theater)

A gruelling but satisfying day's 'dama
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 February, 2015, 22:16:39
Tonight I got a trick I was requested/suggested on film. Not sure how it'll look on a big screen... We'll see.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 27 February, 2015, 21:41:18
Today I...

...doesn't matter.

Balcyon Days: Handle Stalled (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-oPlIfOSq0#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 27 February, 2015, 22:07:35
Oof. (cues trumpet solo)
<sing>Dedication's what you nee-eed!</sing>
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 27 February, 2015, 22:21:35
On a plus note I managed to download some codecs (whatever the hell those are) and managed to render (whatever that means) my videos at a higher quality. Is the difference noticeable or am I imagining it?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 27 February, 2015, 22:28:32
Definitely, and you've lost the letterboxing too. Double plus good.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 February, 2015, 01:49:46
Alright, then I'll give another dose; was trying to come up with a line that involves the same trick but different grips that wasn't all just Stab numbers:

Spinning Top 3 Grip Switch (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L6SWzzHkuNo#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 01 March, 2015, 14:55:40
Today I finally self certified myself for 2nd Dan. I've been failing this level a lot. Need to get more consistent to pass it at IKO...

(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/01/5cda24a434fb1eb04402951f57ddf322.jpg)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Paul_S on 01 March, 2015, 16:09:21
around the downspike happened a few time yesterday :) feeling that consistency
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 March, 2015, 22:01:43
TMO: Fast and nice looking!
Shalafi: Neat-oh, keep it up!
Paul: = "Stab The World", well done.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 02 March, 2015, 00:48:29
Today I test-shot a few tricks for the new 2015 Forum Collaboration Video. Ideally I want to have a few tricks on there, each building on the trick I submitted last year (Stopover > Fast Hand Scoop Spike). Here's a work-in-progress snippet:

Balcyon Days: To The Chopping Block (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NWATgcuhyI#ws)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 02 March, 2015, 13:38:03
Today I 'Mastered the Kendama'[1]...

I landed every trick listed on the title page of the excellent Spike! book[2]

So I'm pretty pleased with that - especially as it means I got my first ever proper:

- Stilt
- Clifftop
- Wingwalker
- Everest

Also while attempting Everest I twice landed and balanced the tama on the rim of the small cup without it touching the ken, kind of like a Candle Grip Wingwalker / or a 'chairless' Monkey's Chair on Small Cup (Could we call that a Small Chairless Monkey perhaps [user]BKA[/user]?  ;D)

Anyway, today was a good day.


 1. Ahem, well, according to the subtitle of Void and Donald's book anyway ;)
 2. (Of course there are lots of additional ideas for variations listed within the book too, but I got all the big one's ticked off the list!) Get it here if you haven't already - http://www.kendama.co.uk/books.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/books.html)
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Post by: The Void on 02 March, 2015, 13:48:42
Wow, Kev, excellent work! Of course, you've made a rod for your own back now, what with there being 2 more books... ;) No, seriously, that's great.

Today I did my first 6th Dan practice for a month. That's a long time, but the lack of daylight was p***ing me off, so I took a break. Anyway, I had a bad Bird day (5), but passed everything else. So, not bad. Spring is slowly springing, with more daylight on the way, so I intend to get back on the grading grind!

Now for a bit of IKO practice....
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Post by: Kev on 02 March, 2015, 14:23:11
Thanks [user]Void[/user] and well done to you too.

It's been said a million times but if I was reminded of anything today it's 'Use More Knees!' - once I started thinking more about that all the above new tricks just dropped in to place.

I'm very aware of the challenge of the other books - always been my intention that once I'd done Spike! I'd move on to Knees! and then Click! - then string them all together in a giant consistency ladder.

[*wanders over to bookshelf, finds Knees!, begins again].
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Post by: shalafi on 02 March, 2015, 19:50:05
I've self certified myself as 2nd Dan for the 2nd day in a row.

Getting better!
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Post by: the milky oolong on 03 March, 2015, 17:29:03
Nice work guys, really working on the essentials, great investment for your overall kendama game!

Today didn't have much time to play kendama but managed finally to land a few Reverse Swirl Aeroplanes that actually looked smooth. Happy with that!
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Post by: shalafi on 03 March, 2015, 18:46:19
Good work TMO. I like reverse swirl lighthouses myself ;-)
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Post by: shalafi on 03 March, 2015, 21:16:30
And today I failed my self examination, but still managed 1st Dan.

I also got an interesting entry for the cotton reel, which I have on camera, and started to get the hook into the c-fan thing that Donald did on his last video.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 March, 2015, 16:49:34
@shalafi: DanDanDan!
@TMO: I missed your last vid in this thread until now. V cool. (But, the first rule of the collaboration video is you do not make allusions to other first rules[1].)

Yesterday, I'd missed 1 too many Jumping Sticks, but was otherwise having a good run at 6th Dan, until the sun went in, and I got 0/10 2-T LHs. But today I practice-passed, so that's okay. I also had my best run at the IKO list today.
 1. Err... or something less Meta
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 March, 2015, 17:27:28
@Void Good to see that you are practicing the IKO lists :)

Last word I have is taht Donald is not coming, so it will be a fiery battle between Matt and Void.
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Post by: donald grant on 04 March, 2015, 20:17:58
Yeah, sorry I won't be joining you in Ireland, I'm sure it'll be a lot of fun.

Nice to hear you're having a go at the c-fan trick; don't try to go too fast, and keep your fingers close to each other for better control.

Didn't play much today, but I did land a typhoon jumping stick while waiting for the kettle to boil!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 05 March, 2015, 08:21:32
Today I failed 2nd Dan self grading again, but at least I managed to fail safely to 1st Dan.

@Donald it's a pity, Neil told me that they were very limited in resources and they couldn't bring you in.

My first try at the C-fan almost hit my face at high speed. I managed to get it slower, but I was putting my fingers quite away from each other, so I'll try putting them closer.
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Post by: The Void on 05 March, 2015, 11:19:25
@donald, we'll miss you! Plus... Ooh, typhoons, forgotten about those.
@shalafi, getting nicely Dan-consistent there. Keep it up!

Today I'm being interviewed again....
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Post by: shalafi on 05 March, 2015, 14:58:23
@shalafi, getting nicely Dan-consistent there. Keep it up!

I have less than 3 weeks to get consistent with that bloody tricklists :-P
I expect you to do my grading, probably after the IKO.
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Post by: The Void on 05 March, 2015, 17:18:18
Sure.
Today I tried one trick - 2-Turn Aeroplane as my cup of coffee trick - and as the ken was flying, I got distracted by thinking "ooh, nice grain on the ken!".
I then laughed at how ridiculous that was. :)
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Post by: The Void on 06 March, 2015, 15:50:17
First outdoor practice of the year for me today. Spring! Bit cold, and slightly breezy, but tolerable.
Missed a couple of JS, and one 2-T LH.
Less solid on IKO stuff.
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Post by: The Void on 06 March, 2015, 18:25:29
Today I recorded Outlink Trick 4....
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Post by: Leologic777 on 07 March, 2015, 02:46:26
Today I landed my first Falling Down!! Im still trying to master turntables. After those, time for some swirls!
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Post by: shalafi on 07 March, 2015, 09:17:52
Good progress Leo!

It took me 2 weeks to get a hook into turntables, swirls were easier for me.
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Post by: The Void on 07 March, 2015, 17:45:48
Nice one Leo.

Today I had a not very good practice session. I blame being awake really early listening to the cricket. :/
Later on I tried some exits (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,2279.msg18870.html#msg18870), plus had a last-bit-of-sun-in-the-garden brief evening session of just trying a few things for fun.
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Post by: shalafi on 07 March, 2015, 20:04:05
Today I played disc golf instead. But I did it wearing a BKA hoodie
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Post by: shalafi on 08 March, 2015, 19:36:20
And today I practice-passed 2nd Dan again. Really on the edge on Earth Turns, Falling Down and Jumping Sticks, landing the last one on the 10th attempt, but I made it!
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Post by: The Void on 08 March, 2015, 22:04:18
Today I made a little video. Should be out sometime this week.
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Post by: The Void on 09 March, 2015, 14:07:44
Here's a quick silly trick:
http://instagram.com/p/0AnuFWCHri/ (http://instagram.com/p/0AnuFWCHri/)
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Post by: LarsVegas on 09 March, 2015, 21:12:36
Did "swing in to candle" and then a 180° degree ken flip to spike. First time I did something like that. Worked three times in about twenty tries.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 March, 2015, 10:42:07
Nice one Lars. That was one of the WKO 2012 tricks. They called it "Candle Flip".

Last night I got a few tricks on camera. Not sure whether to save them up, release them as single tricks, or maybe save 1 or 2 of them for Outlink. *ponder*...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 10 March, 2015, 16:40:04
Good practice session today, passed 6th Dan, all but one IKO trick was behaving itself.
Now to the garden for a quick sesh in the last of the evening sun...
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Post by: BenBenVx on 10 March, 2015, 18:41:03
Finally landed more than one juggle to big cup!! My record is 3 so far aha =]
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Post by: shalafi on 11 March, 2015, 08:54:54
Today I practice passed 2nd Dan with my best run so far. And practiced a lot of silly tricks.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 11 March, 2015, 16:21:01
That was one of the WKO 2012 tricks. They called it "Candle Flip".

What was WKO 2012?

Anyway, I'm all about flipping right now. Today, I did my first Whirlwind Tomekens
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Post by: The Void on 11 March, 2015, 16:43:09
Sorry, I meant WKC: The World Kendama Championship at Kendama Festa in Osaka. (Search "wkc" on the forum.)

Well done everyone. Today I haven't played kendama, but my car passed its MOT test, so that's a plus.
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Post by: M.Wang on 14 March, 2015, 14:59:36
I just got my first lighthouse>lighthouse flip>falling down!
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Post by: Leologic777 on 14 March, 2015, 15:45:39
Finally got turntables woo! Now i'm on to swirls! I have a small question: When you wrap do you start wrapping from the bottom or top of your finger? Ive seen both ways and which is easier?

Thanks

Leo
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 March, 2015, 18:07:14
I tend to aim for the (middle) knuckle, Leo.
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Post by: shalafi on 14 March, 2015, 19:08:07
Today I recorded the Trick Around the World in the Ha'penny bridge. About time to make that video in Dublin, it's been almost half year since I moved here!

And with that it counts 7 vids, I'm afraid this year will only add Leeds to the list, maybe Palo Alto and/or Montain View.
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Post by: kendamatty on 15 March, 2015, 15:22:47
Im still trying to master turntables.

Me too Leo!

Today I had a good crack at the Irish Kendama open trick list in preparation for next weeks battle... It is surprising how much the kendama can impact your consistency with certain tricks due to weight distribution of the different parts! Now to choose a weapon of choice...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 March, 2015, 15:30:09
Today I had a practice run at the IKO. Also, I thought it might be fun to try to psych out my main opponent...

"Ah, Matt, I see you are hoping to rely on your tools, rather than in your own abilities? Good luck with that!"

...like that. MWUHAHAHAHA!!!!  ;D
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Post by: the milky oolong on 15 March, 2015, 19:12:32
[user]Leologic777[/user], congratulations! A great milestone in your Kendama play, and of course the essential trick for finishing a nice tama-grip line. Today I looked over some footage I made on a farm outside Berlin, a few nice tricks in there, maybe I'll upload some for the Collaboration Video 2015, we'll see! Also had a crack at Outlink Trick #4, lovely line, just hope the camera angle is up to scratch. Oh well, I'm averaging 4 tries per trick up until now :)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 16 March, 2015, 17:13:49
Today I filmed this little number on the balcony, quite happy with it:

Balcyon Days: Scoop Alley-oop (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkN8r_jtbks#ws)
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Post by: BKA on 16 March, 2015, 17:58:22
Nice.
"I keep doing between-the-legs swoops with Diving Top too." - The Void
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Post by: the milky oolong on 16 March, 2015, 23:11:18
Yeah, [user]BKA[/user], that makes me realize, I should have called this episode 'Swoop, Scoop, Alley-oop'. Darnit.

After diddling about with this one also had a great idea for the collaboration video. Dama on, people, spring is almost upon us!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 18 March, 2015, 10:05:36
Yesterday I passed 2nd Dan again with one of my best runs, but so far I have been unable to land the trick for Outlink, and time is running out.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 18 March, 2015, 23:08:26
Well done on Danning again, shalafi.
Today I was moving boxes around a lot, and taking the car to the garage, but I managed to squeeze in a quick IKO practice.
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Post by: shalafi on 19 March, 2015, 14:30:50
Well done on Danning again, shalafi.
Today I was moving boxes around a lot, and taking the car to the garage, but I managed to squeeze in a quick IKO practice.
I'm getting decently consistent at the tricks. It makes sense, since I've been trying the same ladder for the past 2 weeks almost daily :)

I'm not getting anywhere with this round of Outlink myself :(
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Post by: kendamatty on 19 March, 2015, 21:37:28
For the first time in about 2 years, I hit around the wing walker. Dang chuffed. Steady hand is ready for Saturday's showdown! last showdown would have been in 2010 I think Void...time to dust off your game face ;)
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Post by: The Void on 19 March, 2015, 22:08:13
I'll pack my boxing gloves. ;)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 19 March, 2015, 22:17:17
For the first time in about 2 years, I hit around the wing walker.

Sweet sweet Mary. Incredible.
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Post by: Kev on 19 March, 2015, 22:30:30
Crivens!  :o 8)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 20 March, 2015, 09:29:37
Steady hand is ready for Saturday's showdown! last showdown would have been in 2010 I think Void...time to dust off your game face ;)
I'll pack my boxing gloves. ;)
It's going to be an interesting battle. 5 BKA titles among the two of you :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 20 March, 2015, 20:36:07
And today I practice passed 2nd Dan again. This makes 12 attempts this month, 8 passed and 4 missed to 1st Dan.

I think it's about time that I improve my grading.
(http://tapatalk.imageshack.com/v2/15/03/20/8e996247165dcdfdb09cc91a5e2eb7fb.jpg)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 24 March, 2015, 01:41:56
Today I went to the Kendamondays event at ULA Berlin, a Japanese fish restaurant with a cool basement for playing kendama in, now called "The Doujo" for event purposes. I met Kentaro Akai, Sachi Tamiya, Justin of Kendama TPC (of early Bitter Beans fame, the Taiwanese kendama contingency!), along with long time Seattle kendama chap Zack Winters, who has just moved to Berlin. We had a great bunker-jam until late in the evening. I learned the string trick necessary for Infinite Revolvers and watched Justin bang (Pull-up) Double Whirlwind Double Reverse Whirlwind Spikes like it wasn't no thing. The Taiwanese guys seemed both happy and a bit perplexed that my bike is almost entirely plastered in Kendama TPC stickers. Surely too much kendama awesomeness to fit into eight hours.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 March, 2015, 01:56:31
Wow, that sounds like a great night, milky! It inspired me to search for a Japanese club in my city, and there is one, with 2 meetings a month. I shall have to go along when I'm free....
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Post by: shalafi on 24 March, 2015, 07:38:26
Yes, sounds like great fun TMO.
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Post by: shalafi on 24 March, 2015, 21:12:52
Today I went to the Trinity Juggling Society. Two of the guys that played on the IKO were eager to try our new tricks and show me the ones they could land. @kenDogma also dropped by.

Very nice afternoon indeed.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 24 March, 2015, 21:35:57
 ... practiced #5 of Outlink 2015. I was so close once, but didn't succeed. I can do everything until Big Cup and I can nudge the Bird back to Big Cup. But that part inbetween ...
However, I also find spiking after the Hoop quite difficult - see Void's video :)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 25 March, 2015, 08:55:24
Hey Lars,

Keep going, man, you can do it! Really exaggerate the knees on the hop up to Bird, and you'll be alright. Niemals aufgeben!*

Had a surprise session with Kendama Till today, was a brilliantly sunny day and the tricks were flowing: my first ever Lunar Half Rover and Oppose Lunar Half Rover, Clifftop the World, and some other nice stuff I might save for the Collab Vid. Happy days!


*Never give up!

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Post by: LarsVegas on 26 March, 2015, 23:48:28
... did Tomeken > 3/4 Earth Turn to Big Cup > Bird > Nudge to Big Cup - yeahyeah!
That's the Outlink #5 part I couldn't do so far. Now I only have to get the camera and do the whole sequence
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 27 March, 2015, 00:36:33
Go Lars! Control of that tama to set up a nice Bird is crucial. You'll be all over it soon, flippin' the old Bird out of every cup, that's the way we do it balance-style! Really happy for you!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 29 March, 2015, 19:34:58
Today I...

Finally Passed "Kyu" I am so happy!!!
(and yes with an approved dama; a Blue Tk!
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Post by: shalafi on 29 March, 2015, 20:34:35
Today I...

Finally Passed "Kyu" I am so happy!!!
(and yes with an approved dama; a Blue Tk!
Well done! I'm assuming that's Kyu 1, right?
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Post by: LarsVegas on 29 March, 2015, 22:40:49
... I improved further on my birds - from a hanging tama only. So far I succeded twice with Tomeken > Big Cup > Bird > Nudge to Big Cup.
Still not able to do the whole Outlink #5 sequence. And the Hoop is sloppy most of the time. Two more days to go.
But at least my birds get much better :)
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Post by: shalafi on 29 March, 2015, 23:21:14
Funny, I found the previous trick of outlink harder. I guess it's all about different play styles.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 30 March, 2015, 02:35:12
@shalafi

I don't know what to call it because i still dong get how to tell. I do know that I have completed the whole chart including the 50 moshi kame (2attempts. Got it on second attempt, lucky!)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 30 March, 2015, 08:44:57
That's Kyu 1.

The kyu levels go from 10 (lowest) to 1 (highest).

The Dan is the other way around, from 1 (lowest) to 6 (highest you can earn by completing tricks)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 30 March, 2015, 22:34:43
Today I did speed trick B in 1:20, my personal best!

Practising the consistency of all that tricks for the Dan really paid off.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 31 March, 2015, 21:17:25
Today I had a great kendama day. Starting out with a decent practice session this morning with Void, (he on 6th Dan preparation, me on string tricks and stilts helped along by a beautiful yellow Mugen).

The rest of the day was spent goofing around with silly tricks, getting some on film and coming up with a lot of new ideas.

More tomorrow!
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Post by: MelkyReb on 31 March, 2015, 21:31:16
@shalafi Today I completed speed trick B in 1:35!!! Slowly catching up to you bud... :P
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 31 March, 2015, 21:33:47
Well done @MelkyReb ! As long as it's under 2 it's good enough for me.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 March, 2015, 23:27:46
Well done, all.
Today I missed a practice 6th Dan by 1 hit on the last trick, failed to film any silly tricks with Kev, had constructive EKO chats, renewed a BKA member's subscription, and hit my (first?) 3-Turn Aeroplane (when trying a 2-Turn). Oh yeah, and I bought 2 rather nice kendamas yesterday.

Plus I judged a juggling competition.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 April, 2015, 00:44:22
And I just 1-Turn Lighthoused and No-Hole Spiked this: 583051278189744128[/tweet]] (http://[tweet)[/url]
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: MelkyReb on 01 April, 2015, 06:45:05
Today I missed a practice 6th Dan by 1 hit on the last trick and hit my (first?) 3-Turn Aeroplane (when trying a 2-Turn). Oh yeah, and I bought 2 rather nice kendamas yesterday.
@The Void I hate when that happens... :P :-[ You should share your 2 new "rather nice" kendamas on the new arrivals thread. I would love to see them!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 01 April, 2015, 11:09:32
I will do, Melky. But I'm on the road right now, so getting nice pics and uploading them is a bit awkward right now. Next week!
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Post by: shalafi on 01 April, 2015, 11:15:39
I will do, Melky. But I'm on the road right now, so getting nice pics and uploading them is a bit awkward right now. Next week!
Is BJC over already? Hope you had good fun, sounded like it :)
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Post by: Kev on 01 April, 2015, 12:04:01
No BJC is on til Friday. I came home for supplies last night, now just getting prepared to head back in for another couple of kendama days.

 8)
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Post by: The Void on 01 April, 2015, 23:49:51
A fun session this afternoon of inventing/exploring new/odd/silly tricks with Kev & Captain Duncan.
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Post by: kayadama on 02 April, 2015, 12:21:38
Been trying to learn a new trick everyday for a while now, and also film it again once done. Had learnt lighthouse flip yesterday but didnt get round to filming it. Got a few on film this morning :)

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Post by: HansNickmans on 03 April, 2015, 12:17:19
I did 560 moshikames, speed trick B in 1:10 and than failed on the final Jumping Stick...

3rd Dan, here I come
now to get some practice in for the competition...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 April, 2015, 13:10:06
I did 560 moshikames, speed trick B in 1:10 and than failed on the final Jumping Stick...

3rd Dan, here I come
now to get some practice in for the competition...
Cool! I can do the moshikames from time to time, and STB under 2 from time to time as well.
Actually, you are very close to have it under 60 seconds. Well done!
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Post by: kayadama on 03 April, 2015, 14:30:49
Got a couple more new things today while waiting for/jamming with Lee :)


https://instagram.com/p/1A5Ew-Rv7P (https://instagram.com/p/1A5Ew-Rv7P)
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Post by: shalafi on 03 April, 2015, 16:16:18
Today I practiced a few tricks from the BKO Advanced List. Kind of fun :)

I'm hating the kneeling liberty candle already.
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Post by: kayadama on 04 April, 2015, 18:10:28
Did my first lunar today. Had been trying them from lighthouse all evening yesterday. After opening this gold ozora i had done my first lunar in about 10 minutes of play. Really happy!

https://instagram.com/p/1D3ljRRv4e/ (https://instagram.com/p/1D3ljRRv4e/)
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Post by: shalafi on 04 April, 2015, 18:17:11
Well done @kaia the first lunar is a great milestone!
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Post by: kayadama on 04 April, 2015, 18:28:39
Thanks @shalafi  ;D i had learnt lighthouse about a month an a half ago so im really happy with the progress so far.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 April, 2015, 22:13:40
Today I practiced the BKO list a bit. I noticed my terrible performance with the weak hand and decided to practice all the basic tricks with it.

I had a vivid memory of when I found around the prefecture to be a difficult trick.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 05 April, 2015, 23:00:40
I played with my new green pill! Big fun! And I was searching Easter eggs with the kids - first time for the two year old one, just hilarious.
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Post by: KenSan on 06 April, 2015, 14:26:53
Hit a couple of Lighthouse trade spikes the other day. Felt like a real kendama player when I went low for the spike! ;D

Also the "birds" have been coming home to roost consistently with at least one flying over the "valley"!  ::)



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Post by: kayadama on 07 April, 2015, 05:29:18
Nice one @KenSan that trade feels good when u first get it huh! Was trying 1 turn lighthouse trade to spike for some time yesterday, was unsuccessful  :( had learnt some funky light house falling in half jstick thing back to lighthouse though. Still trying to do over the valley myself. Have learnt both birds but cant hop it over yet without some turn on ball. I think that will be my challenge for today :)
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Post by: KenSan on 07 April, 2015, 07:52:13
Cheers @kaia. Yes apart from that one over the valley I seem to get a little spin on the tama that throws the landing off. The remedy is probably more "knees"! ;D
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Post by: kayadama on 07 April, 2015, 19:19:13
Unsuccesful with over the valley today. Did get a 1 turn light house trade spike and 1 turn lighthouse to some catch im not really sure the name of, like a downspike but still holding the ball?

https://instagram.com/p/1LudCURv5q (https://instagram.com/p/1LudCURv5q)

Had also learnt lighthouse flip back to lighthouse yesterday, however it was a lot longer to get the clips as i am now using a drift cam a friend lent me rather than phone.

https://instagram.com/p/1Ltod4Rv4M (https://instagram.com/p/1Ltod4Rv4M)
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Post by: Dimensions on 07 April, 2015, 19:26:28
Today I hit a 4-turn aeroplane whilst going for 3
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Post by: The Void on 08 April, 2015, 15:43:17
Good work everyone. Keep clicking.

Sorry I've been a bit quiet. Busy, tired, ill, and busy for good measure too.
Anyway, today I recorded 32 tricks for the Pro division of this year's EKO. I wonder which 7 will get cut....

Cheers to Kev & Captain Duncan for the ideas fest.
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Post by: Dimensions on 08 April, 2015, 15:49:26
Cut out wingwalker :)
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Post by: shalafi on 08 April, 2015, 15:52:45
Anyway, today I recorded 32 tricks for the Pro division of this year's EKO. I wonder which 7 will get cut....
Whoo, looking forward to see the compilation.
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Post by: Kev on 08 April, 2015, 18:20:34
... today I recorded 32 tricks for the Pro division of this year's EKO. I wonder which 7 will get cut....

Cheers to Kev & Captain Duncan for the ideas fest.

A pleasure and an honour. Really enjoyed it. Until you pointed it out, I didn't know I could be so evil! Very much looking forward to watching the comp. [Insert sinister cackle followed by villainous stroke of white cat for added evil].
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Post by: LarsVegas on 08 April, 2015, 23:44:49
... I landed a bird > earth turn > spike.
I somehow finally found the courage do things like this. Don't know why I didn't feel confident enough before. Maybe I think too much that I have to master the basics before ...
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Post by: kayadama on 09 April, 2015, 13:46:12
Been trying pull up kenflip spike all week and got my first one on film today.

https://instagram.com/p/1QSztgRv-S (https://instagram.com/p/1QSztgRv-S)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 09 April, 2015, 20:22:28
...blew into the Big Cup on an Aero, realized the force can get the ken to turn, probably multiple times. Just put your lips together and...

Candlesnuff Aeroplane (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MLCQWOiZyo#ws)

EDIT: Try watching in slo-mo, makes a bit more sense.
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Post by: The Void on 09 April, 2015, 21:48:01
You know how to whistle, don't you?
Neat trick... Feels like there ought to be a bunch of possibilities therefrom.....
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Post by: shalafi on 11 April, 2015, 13:33:06
I've been practicing a few tricks that I don't remember seeing to anyone else. Not sure if I'll have them for the forum collab, for the Kendama-Ireland one or for my own edit.
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Post by: The Void on 11 April, 2015, 22:02:35
Two practice runs today. Both fails, on different tricks.
Meh, can't win 'em all.
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Post by: shalafi on 12 April, 2015, 17:24:50
Today I played some kendama in the Japan experience festival in Dublin (just casually, not in a booth or anything).
Later I landed a reverse 1-turn lighthouse to lunar.
I love the inwards 1-turn lighthouse! Really cool trick.
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Post by: kayadama on 13 April, 2015, 17:32:50
Today met up with an old friend who began juggling and mayko. Learnt some trade at the end of this clip. Half spacewalk trade to spike? Really happy to have landed that one, the first one the tama had snapped down really fast to spike and was very shocked it happened lol.

https://instagram.com/p/1a_rENxv11 (https://instagram.com/p/1a_rENxv11)
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Post by: BKA on 13 April, 2015, 18:35:28
Mini-Spacewalk>Handroll>Swing In. Well done.
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Post by: Kengeaa on 13 April, 2015, 19:31:10
Today I was trying to get more consistent whirlwinds and I have now got them down to about one in every five tries but whilst in the constant process of trying them I managed to get a triple Ken flip whirlwind and then got two whirlwinds after that! The kendama gods must have been watching over me
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Post by: The Void on 13 April, 2015, 22:35:27
It's nice when it all falls into place like that. :)
Two near-miss practice runs for me today.
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Post by: Kengeaa on 13 April, 2015, 22:36:49
It's just the best feeling ..!


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Post by: shalafi on 14 April, 2015, 20:27:53
Today I went to Merrion Square and landed 500 moshi-kames and a cool trick which will go for kendama-Ireland edit (and maybe 7toSpike on the BKO)
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Post by: KenDogma on 15 April, 2015, 16:22:49
Today I landed a lighthouse trade spike, and a swing-in bird! Two tricks I've been working on for a while. Now, to get consistent...  :o
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Post by: the milky oolong on 15 April, 2015, 16:32:00
Learned this little number, thought this was Sisyphus, typed the Japanese into Youtube and found that it's Secret Grip > Base Cup and back. So why's the trick called 'Contact Slip' in a literal translation? Anyway, that's about all the kendama I got to play today:

Kendam Berlin: Greek Mythology (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELh88hg90KU#ws)
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Post by: HansNickmans on 16 April, 2015, 20:50:55
Never been very good in stall tricks but in the last couple days I managed to get:

- Normal grip  slip grip special>small bird> earth turn spike
- Secret grip > slip grip special > clifftop  (now just to catch that spike...)

That Croix is a slip grip magnet for some reason.
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Post by: The Void on 17 April, 2015, 13:53:58
Today I got my 2015 JKA membership card, to match my BKA one.
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Post by: Dimensions on 17 April, 2015, 15:48:03
Time for an updated thumbnail, Void
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Post by: shalafi on 17 April, 2015, 16:00:54
Time for an updated thumbnail, Void
I was thinking the same :)
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Post by: shalafi on 17 April, 2015, 22:11:11
Today I did a trap combo: trap axe ~ release the trap ~ trap lunar ~ release trap ~ trap stilts ~ release trap ~ trap in.

Inspired by outlink
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Post by: The Void on 17 April, 2015, 22:53:15
Today I did a trap combo: trap axe ~ release the trap ~ trap lunar ~ release trap ~ trap stilts ~ release trap ~ trap in.
Inspired by outlink
Nice!
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Post by: The Void on 18 April, 2015, 02:41:30
Missed by one on the last trick in the park this morning. So it goes.
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Post by: PikWik on 18 April, 2015, 03:48:08
@shalafi when you say 'trap', thats like when you hold the trick in place with the opposite hand right? or am i thinking of something else?
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Post by: shalafi on 18 April, 2015, 07:51:32
Yes PikWik, it is like that. I did all the traps with the index finger of the other hand. Outlink had a trick which was a trap combo.
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Post by: The Void on 18 April, 2015, 12:18:21
Good day at the Outdoors festival today, jamming with a bunch of clicking dudes. Fresh inspiration and got some new tricks in the brain.
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Post by: The Void on 19 April, 2015, 01:51:29
Another pass in the park this morning. Off to another park meeting later.
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Post by: The Void on 19 April, 2015, 10:53:14
Great afternoon in the park with this crew. I hit my first Around The Galaxy, and Reverse Whirlwind Earth Turn (twice), plus some of my new tricks from yesterday's brain. Which are no doubt hitting IG already.
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Post by: shalafi on 19 April, 2015, 13:27:23
Sounds like great fun!
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Post by: PikWik on 19 April, 2015, 19:04:20
around the galaxy is - around the bird with a bird flip at the end right??

big cup > bird > small cup > bird > base cup > bird > bird flip> in
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Post by: azleonhart on 19 April, 2015, 19:24:57
around the galaxy is - around the bird with a bird flip at the end right??

big cup > bird > small cup > bird > base cup > bird > bird flip> in

@PikWik Around the Galaxy is:
Frypan bird, big/small cup bird, small/big cup bird, base cup bird, bird earth, earth turn spike.
AtG was last year's KWC Level 9 trick.
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Post by: BKA on 19 April, 2015, 21:08:25
We also called it Migration in early days. Here are a few extra commas for clarity:
@PikWik Around the Galaxy is:
Frypan, bird, big/small cup, bird, small/big cup, bird, base cup, bird, bird earth, earth turn onto spike.
And here is Mukai-san nailing it:
kendama 銀河系一周 (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86GJjbyRrnY#ws)
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Post by: Jkriner987 on 19 April, 2015, 23:55:18
Today I...landed lighthouse flip to whirlwind, I was so
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Post by: BKA on 20 April, 2015, 02:14:59
Today I...landed lighthouse flip to whirlwind, I was so
...excited you forgot to finish your sentence? :)
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Post by: azleonhart on 20 April, 2015, 05:59:32
Today I...landed lighthouse flip to whirlwind, I was so

You mean LH trade kenflip spike, yes?
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Post by: The Void on 21 April, 2015, 16:16:47
Today I jammed with the 'Bu Crew.
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Post by: shalafi on 21 April, 2015, 20:21:33
Today I jammed at Merrion Square and met 2 new local players with their own kendamas! Up to 5 people playing!(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/04/21/7c977b7849f4c5456a6b4c09f5336961.jpg)
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Post by: BKA on 22 April, 2015, 01:28:12
Cool! It's great discovering new players under your nose. :)
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Post by: Jkriner987 on 24 April, 2015, 04:45:45
Today I...landed lighthouse flip to whirlwind, I was so

You mean LH trade kenflip spike, yes?
Yup

Today I figured out how to do turntable and managed to land one in about 2 hours of trying
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Post by: shalafi on 24 April, 2015, 09:40:59
Quote from: Jkriner987
Today I figured out how to do turntable and managed to land one in about 2 hours of trying
It's a tough trick. Congrats on landing it!
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Post by: BKA on 24 April, 2015, 10:08:17
Well done Jkriner, and in case you haven't found it already, this may help: http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,844.0.html (http://www.kendama.co.uk/forum/index.php/topic,844.0.html)
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Post by: kayadama on 24 April, 2015, 10:36:05
Today i took @Dimensions advice and jammed my krom quad split. Found i was able to hit some tricks much easier than normal. Duno if its the stripe on tama or what.

https://instagram.com/p/12fjG2xv8M (https://instagram.com/p/12fjG2xv8M)
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Post by: The Void on 24 April, 2015, 11:38:17
Today I got a couple of balancey things and a hand tweaky thing on tape.
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Post by: donald grant on 24 April, 2015, 12:57:40
I'll have to try those, Void ........:)

Filmed a new edit this week, should be up and ready sometime next week.....
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Post by: The Void on 24 April, 2015, 13:55:55
Ooh, sounds like a little pre-/post-BKO treat for us all.
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Post by: KenSan on 24 April, 2015, 17:08:14
Nice sunny day here in Ramsgate so had some Ken practice in the garden.

Managed a few 1 turn lighthouse and 1 turn aeroplanes of which I got one on film!
Missed the down spike though :-[

Starting to be able to see the landings now with the one turn stuff also the kenflips and falling downs. Hurrah!

Worked on some whirlwind earthturns to but didnt get any. Getting closer though.

The video looks like one in three but was more like one in ten.
https://youtu.be/mFnZ9OIW9HM (https://youtu.be/mFnZ9OIW9HM)
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Post by: shalafi on 24 April, 2015, 17:22:09
Good job KenSan! You are progressing quite fast.
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Post by: Jkriner987 on 25 April, 2015, 03:23:27
Today I passed the 1st Dan after a few tries
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Post by: shalafi on 25 April, 2015, 07:18:15
Today I passed the 1st Dan after a few tries
Self certified or with an examiner?
Well done in any case!
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Post by: The Void on 25 April, 2015, 11:30:55
Today I filmed the trick lists for [something that I don't think has been announced yet].
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Post by: kayadama on 25 April, 2015, 19:56:38
Managed to get a few more kenflip earth turns today. Also got my first pill in the mail and learnt some interesting balance thing. Been filming clips of all the tricks i have been learning as i go, thought id make a edit at the end of every month and made a start on that today  ;)
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Post by: Dimensions on 25 April, 2015, 20:15:41
...Landed my first triple reverse whirlwind
And a 1-2-3 lighthouse somersault (and my first triple lighthouse somersault) but missed the falling :(
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Post by: KenSan on 25 April, 2015, 20:24:45
Thanks @shalafi but I'm still not sure if its more luck than judgment at the moment.

@kaia I will keep an eye out for your first edit. I liked the Krom quad split video with the whirlwind spike thingy at the beginning. Nice work!

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Post by: The Void on 26 April, 2015, 13:09:23
Today I... 592292921929375744[/tweet]] (http://[tweet)[/url]
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Post by: Kengeaa on 26 April, 2015, 13:21:11
Today I got a under earth spin back to under bird to lunar flip to spike quite a nice little line ... It took so long!!
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Post by: Leologic777 on 26 April, 2015, 18:12:57
Today I...

unofficially completed Pre-Dan by that I mean I didn't do it with an approved kendama. I did it with my Sweets Red Stained Ken and My Sourmash War Paint Custom Kendama. Still proud of myself though!

-Leo ;D
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Post by: the milky oolong on 26 April, 2015, 23:58:36
Today I... 592292921929375744[/tweet]][/url]

Damn, Void. Feel for you, man. So close. (http://[tweet)
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Post by: The Void on 27 April, 2015, 01:55:08
Today I... 592292921929375744[/tweet]][/url]
Damn, Void. Feel for you, man. So close.
Thanks, mate. So it goes. Previous best: trick 4. So to get to #11 ain't too bad. Just a little bit gutting though. It's a trick that I either have a good day or a bad day on, with not a lot of control over which. Hey ho, next time..... (http://[tweet)
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Post by: Kev on 27 April, 2015, 09:20:32
Wow. Great effort. It'll be there next time.
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Post by: HansNickmans on 27 April, 2015, 10:55:27
Too bad Void, think a lot of people were rooting for you. The first drink in Surbiton/Surrey is on me.
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Post by: shalafi on 27 April, 2015, 11:16:49
Yeah, almost there Void! I think this year at EKO it will finally fall. You really deserve it.
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Post by: Jkriner987 on 28 April, 2015, 05:51:36
Today I landed my first 1-turn lighthouse!! It isn't as hard as I thought actually
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Post by: BKA on 28 April, 2015, 11:33:55
Well done. Some find it easier than 1-Turn Aeroplane. Similar level, though.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 28 April, 2015, 21:59:34
... I did several one-turn swing ins. Not as difficult as I thought
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Post by: The Void on 28 April, 2015, 22:34:36
... I did several one-turn swing ins. Not as difficult as I thought
"Swing In" is a 1-Turn trick. Presumably you mean 2-Turn. Nice. I had a quick try at those when I was in the JKA office on Sunday. There was a young lad there that has done 3-Turn Swing In.
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Post by: donald grant on 29 April, 2015, 21:36:44
Thought I might give the 2 turn swing in a go.  Got it after a dozen or so tries, so thought, why not give reverse 2 turn swing in a go.

Acually turned out to be easier, especially as you get a better view of the hole on rotation.

So then went for reverse 2 turn to small bird. And after a few goes, it was on (and in!)

Productive little 5 minutes, cheers for the inspiration, chaps!
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Post by: shalafi on 30 April, 2015, 08:45:38
I find reverse swing to big bird to be easier than to the small one.
Well done Donald!
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Post by: KenSan on 30 April, 2015, 20:25:42
Today I...Got my BKA membership card and stickers :)
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Post by: kayadama on 02 May, 2015, 08:03:47
Congrats! Think i will sign up next week also.

Had managed to learn juggle to spike on my pill and also learnt handle stalls on my dama :)

https://instagram.com/p/2I7o8Rxv_S (https://instagram.com/p/2I7o8Rxv_S)
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Post by: KenSan on 02 May, 2015, 09:11:24
@kaia.  Yeah I thought why not join and be part of the community. Wont be able to attend any meets this year but maybe next year. Also I just did the basic membership as I already have a Royal Kendama. But if you don't it might be worth paying the extra as they are really solid players.

Regards your videos you look like you've really taken to this kendama stuff well. I haven't even considered handle stalls yet. Just started thinking about Lunars!!
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Post by: The Void on 02 May, 2015, 09:58:57
Hey KenSan, it seems to me that newish players see what other people are doing (on Instagram, etc), and "assume" , "ah, that's what I should be trying". When often, it's the newest, coolest tricks that everyone wants to try, even though they *may* be above their level. I recommend getting a solid grounding on all the lower level tricks, and then working your way up from there.

BUT having said that, different people find different tricks easier or harder, so who's to say which tricks you "should" be trying. Go for that Lunar! And those other stalls! Why not? If they prove to be too difficult for you... step down a level.

But always make sure that you're having FUN!
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Post by: kayadama on 02 May, 2015, 10:38:13
Cheers @KenSan ive been working hard on the dama tricks. Pretty much stopped riding flatland bmx and concentrated on kendama over the rainy winter season. Totally addicted. Pretty used to slaving away for tricks as flatland bmx can also take months and months if not years to learn things so its very similar in that aspect. I had only really started trying lunar from lighthouse after learning lighthouse flips and bird variations. Have to start with the ken the other way so that the big cup is facing you though. I had also learnt it on a sticky tama first, that being a gold ozora.
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Post by: kayadama on 03 May, 2015, 08:03:05
Yesterday i had done my first bird over the valley :D

https://instagram.com/p/2LpEohRv2d/ (https://instagram.com/p/2LpEohRv2d/)

Also finished my first custom tama ;)

https://instagram.com/p/2L1cNYxvwS/ (https://instagram.com/p/2L1cNYxvwS/)
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Post by: KenSan on 04 May, 2015, 19:44:48
Nice work on the Tama kaia and the bird over valley!

Hit that Lunar today. Got the satisfying "clomp" sound as the big cup landed, followed by a moment of disbelief, and a couple of seconds of euphoria before the ken slipped off the back of the tama! Almost got it again a few more times but not quite. Practice practice practice in that order I suppose.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 04 May, 2015, 20:12:55
Well done, *Clomp* is also a very good approximation of that 'settling into the cups' sound of a nice Lunar. Today I am bloody amazed that I'm still hanging in there on Outlink, had such a struggle with the last trick. better get practising! In general! For anything that might come!
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Post by: kayadama on 05 May, 2015, 02:37:28
Got handlestall to bird yesterday 8)

https://instagram.com/p/2RM-vrxv67/ (https://instagram.com/p/2RM-vrxv67/)
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Post by: shalafi on 05 May, 2015, 21:17:20
Today I practiced three tricks that are kind of similar: LH tradespike, Swing-in swap to spike & Earth turn kenflip.

The first two I have landed them a while ago, but I got far less consistent now. Today I got some consistency on those. Did not landed the keflip earth turn thou.

And I jammed with @KenDogma, got some dual tricks on camera. Fun afternoon.
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Post by: shalafi on 06 May, 2015, 14:25:34
Forgot to say, yesterday I also did "Orbit the World" when showing it to @KenDogma at first try. Specially tricky the orbit spike.

Pity I was not getting it on camera, my face was quite something.
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Post by: KenDogma on 06 May, 2015, 15:05:01
And @shalafi, I've been trying to land it since - that orbit the spike is pretty tough.

Your face when you got it first time was priceless.
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Post by: The Void on 06 May, 2015, 15:59:01
Well done guys.
Today I practiced my new kendama show. I'm performing it as support to http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/8948/down-up (http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/8948/down-up) on Friday, if anyone is nearby and fancies coming along.
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Post by: shalafi on 06 May, 2015, 16:16:31
Today I practiced my new kendama show. I'm performing it as support to http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/8948/down-up (http://boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/8948/down-up) on Friday, if anyone is nearby and fancies coming along.
New kendama show implies that there was an old kendama show. Not sure if I've seen it.
Would we have the chance to see that new show sometime in the near future? Even if it is just on video?
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Post by: The Void on 07 May, 2015, 11:26:46
New kendama show implies that there was an old kendama show. Not sure if I've seen it.
It's easy enough to find, if you look. Probably rather dull to a kendama enthusiast, though.
Quote
Would we have the chance to see that new show sometime in the near future? Even if it is just on video?
That depends how it goes! :)
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Post by: shalafi on 07 May, 2015, 12:17:27
Now that you mention it, I recall talking about that show a long while ago.
Anyway, the kendama and ball sequence is still one of my favorites.

Well, let's expect it goes well and we have the chance to see it someday ;-) Good luck!
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Post by: HansNickmans on 07 May, 2015, 17:38:18
Being in a post-BKO buzz, I managed to land slip grip to lighthouse and in (like Matt does in the Dan Jam).  Thanks @kendamatty  for explaining that trick to me!
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Post by: kayadama on 07 May, 2015, 17:52:26
Tried to learn some taps today as i realised i never try any thing like that. Also joined the bka which was a pretty rad move :)

https://instagram.com/p/2Yu30Exv25/ (https://instagram.com/p/2Yu30Exv25/)
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Post by: shalafi on 07 May, 2015, 19:57:23
Today I finally landed an Earth Turn whirlwind. Yes, @kendamatty was right, I was doing it right, I just needed more practice.

Visual proof uploading... done

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN6d4899LkM (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UN6d4899LkM)

Now off to practice more until I got it more consistent.
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Post by: donald grant on 07 May, 2015, 20:03:48
Just landed a double earth turn over the valley and in.  Goes to show that sometimes it's worth having a go at things you think are beyond you ......!
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Post by: BKA on 07 May, 2015, 21:39:14
Rockin' day all round. Way to go, guys.
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Post by: KenSan on 08 May, 2015, 09:53:59
@shalafi. Very nicely done. That seems to be a very popular trick. I watched a couple of Zoomdanka specials recently and its almost there trademark move.

Right lets have a go!
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Post by: shalafi on 08 May, 2015, 09:56:50
@KenSan there are a couple tutorials if you search for it. One from KendAlex is in the forum.
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Post by: kayadama on 08 May, 2015, 13:04:25
After yesterdays kendama hype i was determined to hit the trick ive been trying the past few days with no success. Got my first on film but the catch was a little funny. Kenflip basecup kenflip spike :)

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Post by: the milky oolong on 08 May, 2015, 15:13:46
Nice one shalaf, first Whirlwind Earth Turn is a game-changer! I'm practising Reverse Whirwind Earth Turn right now, but I'm actually not that solid on my normal ones.

Landed 1-Turn Scoop Spike switch Ken grip yesterday, then deleted the file from my camera. Uhhn.
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Post by: The Void on 11 May, 2015, 19:06:48
Well done, cats.

Busy weekend for me. Doing my new act (couple of mistakes, and the video's rubbish, so, no, shalafi. :P), demo for the warehouse crew, jam with Arron & Anton, another jam with Alex and Zac, filmed EKO Advanced list (coming soon) and Outlink 12.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 11 May, 2015, 22:08:52
Nice day playing out today:

Learned Pull-up Reverse Gunslinger Downspike and Swing In (x2 turns) Reverse Gunslinger Downspike, weird feeling but really great when it starts hitting home. Managed to pull it off in a game of KEN, also landed Aero> JS Tap In > JS Tap Lighthouse > Tradespike, was a very happy boy. And also dropped my first Reverse Whirlwind Earth Turn as a finisher! Some days just flow, feeling thankful for it.

Keep movin' on, fellas!
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Post by: Peat on 11 May, 2015, 22:16:11
Today I landed my first quad jstick, and then I landed a few more after that.



I also learned kenflip late flip to spike, whirlwind late flip is next!

Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 12 May, 2015, 20:21:07
Today I practiced a lot of spacewalks, namely for the advanced list of EKO.

I also landed a few nice combos and had a nice time playing with my Viking.
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Post by: kayadama on 12 May, 2015, 22:33:06
Learnt turntables and got my first lunar flip to lighthouse on film

https://instagram.com/p/2mNRIPxv4M/ (https://instagram.com/p/2mNRIPxv4M/)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 24 May, 2015, 21:37:49
...  Landed some two turn earth turns. Finally I did my first two turn swing in > earth turn > two turn earth turn. Nice sequence.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 May, 2015, 23:12:48
Today I played with a bolero, a real one from Peru. Quite tough, but fun.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/05/24/3a9aba78e6852086d2279f4214de5c43.jpg)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 25 May, 2015, 17:09:13
That thing is really weird balanced, "tama" is really heavy and "ken" is really light. I estimate the tama to be 4x times the weight of the ken. Also the ken has a too uniform weight distribution, jumping sticks and even aeroplanes are too hard, but earth turns play very nice.

Size-wise, this one is about the size of a competition kendama.

Apparently in Peru it is called bolero and not balero (or so my friend claimed), that seems to be the name in a lot of other South American countries.

Also, they gave it to me as a present because they were very happy to see someone not from Peru enjoying it a lot and landing tricks they had not seen before. I may drop a not-kendama edit in the future.
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Post by: LarsVegas on 25 May, 2015, 22:09:59
Landed a lot of new tricks - directly in sequences. First was Tomeken > big cup > bird > nudge into big cup. First time big cup to bird at all. I should have landed that a few weeks ago for outlink. Second was aeroplane > lighthouse > somersault to lighthouse. I never landed any somersault before.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Leologic777 on 27 May, 2015, 06:11:42
Today I went to The KG Tues meetup. I go there every week but this time was special because I got to meet @shalafi.
Also Ive played with the balero/bolero above because that's where he got it.

I have a few small things to point out though. :P @shalafi
When I first saw you I thought you were who you are. Then im like no this is impossible. I was too shy to ask because I thought it would be disrespectful . Then when my friend talked about the Bat I decided I would take the chance and mention it was in KNEES! Im pretty sure. From there I said are you a member of the BKA forum? I remember you answering something like "Im one of the major admins" or something along those lines. Then I yelled "OH YOUR SHALAFI!". Then I remember you saying "im glad people recognize me" It was a really funny experience.

Anyways, I was really happy too meet you!!!!

Thank You

-Leo ;D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 27 May, 2015, 07:56:37
Yes, it was very funny @Leologic777 I think you mentioned that the monkey chair was in the BKO list, something like that. I'm quite sure I said I am one of the admins. There is no such thing as "mayor admins" except, maybe @BKA itself. It's always nice to meet someone from the forum in person.

Edit: don't be shy, it would not have been disrespectful or anything... I mean if someone asked me if I'm someone I'm not, I would not mind. I also don't mind someone asking other people if they are me ;-)

I love the Tuesday meetup, lots of people, and so much fun. I wish I could go there every week, but in the meantime, I'll have to do it with the kendama-ireland ones...

And I also learned some new tricks today and got a few tips about other ones. Great day. Time to sleep.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: M.Wang on 02 June, 2015, 00:33:16
Yeah!!
Got my first whirlwind!! Took me forever though.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 02 June, 2015, 20:20:45
Did some Royal Abuse today. And managed to get a swing-in slip grip special. Never saw that coming. This trick was in the list of 'will never be able to do'. Time to go through that list I guess.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 02 June, 2015, 22:13:09
Hand, land a quad inward tre penguin boarder balance somersault for me :)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Logan on 02 June, 2015, 23:35:36
Today I landed a ken flip spike:)


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Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 02 June, 2015, 23:53:49
Nice work, everyone.
"Hand...", Dimensions? Huh? Oh, right, typo/Autocorrect for "Hans" would make sense... :-)
But yes, Hans, everyone's list should always be evolving. Nebari!
Today I did a fair bit of kendama-ish stuff... but didn't even touch a kendama. *sigh*
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 03 June, 2015, 08:38:19
@Dimensions, I'll get right on that. It will probably be in my Edit #51, so it could take some time.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 03 June, 2015, 09:50:32
Edit #51, not even Jeffrey has made that many...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 June, 2015, 19:13:53
Back on the grading practice today. Failed 1st trick, and sailed through the rest. Hmm.
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Post by: Icemonkey on 05 June, 2015, 14:18:49
Yesterday I got my first stuntplane to ufo! I also am slowly getting more consistent with both
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Post by: The Void on 07 June, 2015, 13:48:30
Well done, Icemonkey.
Quiet weekend on the forum, it seems. I've mostly been watching or listening to cricket. Might have a little click in the garden this afternoon. What's everyone else up to?
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Post by: the milky oolong on 08 June, 2015, 00:00:42
Had a great day of filming for the new Kendama Berlin edit. Landed some fun stuff, was quite surprised as I've not had much time to practise lately. Some interesting Dead Body variations and some swash-buckling  UFO lines were delivered. Also did some free-hand dynamic filming with the GoPro during a few of Till's lines, worked quite well even without a weighted camera boom thingy (that's tecnhical jargon in case you didn't know). By the way, what's cricket, is it a bit like the yo-yo?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 June, 2015, 12:03:56
By the way, what's cricket, is it a bit like the yo-yo?
Yes, but it needs more knees to sound right.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 08 June, 2015, 17:15:47
Yesterday I landed my first bird on the small cup. And because this worked multiple times, I also tried bird over the valley. Landed it only once, but at first try - bird on big cup > bird on small cup > in
Hurray.

Overall, these were successful holidays. I was two weeks (with interruption) in Corsica and had a lot of time to play :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 08 June, 2015, 19:43:34
Well done, Icemonkey.
Quiet weekend on the forum, it seems. I've mostly been watching or listening to cricket. Might have a little click in the garden this afternoon. What's everyone else up to?
Thanks!
I graduated from high school this past weekend, that's what i was up to :D


Today I got my first gunslinger! I first tried going to big cup, got close and then I quickly got it, and then I decided to just try for spike and I got it only after 10 tries or so!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 08 June, 2015, 21:34:45
Congratulations Icemonkey, on both counts!

Today I landed my first ever Half Falcon Dance (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v_l5HHgGhk (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3v_l5HHgGhk)), and we filmed some nice stuff with Kentaro and Sachi, our new Japanese kendama buddies in Berlin. Was a fun day, nice to land a completely new trick too!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 08 June, 2015, 22:40:03
Sounds good, guys. Oh, Japanese players you have found? Cool!
Today I practiced my grading at juggling club. Failed, and my knee hurt. Oh well.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: kayadama on 08 June, 2015, 22:52:52
Did my first lunar flio to lunar and also lighthouse to bird :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 13 June, 2015, 12:15:26
Today.... Considered what KCC #32 might be....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 13 June, 2015, 13:53:42
Sounds good, guys. Oh, Japanese players you have found? Cool!

Yeah, Void! We're happy to have Kentaro Arai and Sachi Tamiya as part of the Kendama Berlin group. Did some more filming, got some great footage. Been working a lot so not had much time for kendama this week. Oh, and KCC 32 will probably be something else that Dimensions wins :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 13 June, 2015, 14:46:34
It's quite possible that many people have not realised what @Dimensions has realised: If you don't enter a competition, you can't win it. This is very disappointing. We hope that many more people will realise this vital tactic is important for success!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 June, 2015, 15:36:45
It's quite possible that many people have not realised what @Dimensions has realised: If you don't enter a competition, you can't win it. This is very disappointing. We hope that many more people will realise this vital tactic is important for success!
I've been using that tactic for a while :-P and in fact it worked once. So, hey guys, it works!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 14 June, 2015, 06:17:23
Congratulations Icemonkey, on both counts!
-snip-
Thanks! :)


Today I did my first turntable! It's such a fun trick, especially with a Biggie :) I also got a few lighthouse flips on the Biggie too, overall a very successful dama day for me!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 June, 2015, 12:06:17
Nice one, Icemonkey. Have you already transferred them to a standard sized kendama? I sometimes use a large kd to train for a hard trick, to get the feel of it, before downsizing.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 14 June, 2015, 19:22:07
Nice one, Icemonkey. Have you already transferred them to a standard sized kendama? I sometimes use a large kd to train for a hard trick, to get the feel of it, before downsizing.
I actually did it first using my yumu kendama, which is regular size but also has the holes in all the cups for removable spike pegs, so that probably helped a bit. After I got it a few times on that I decided to try it on the biggie and got it second try.
 I know what you mean though by learning tricks on the jumbos and then going down to normal size, that's what I'm trying to do with lighthouse flips (although I got my first one of those on a normal size kendama too). They are good for practice and super fun to use, I also like the sound my biggie makes more so that doesn't hurt either.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 14 June, 2015, 19:37:01
It's quite possible that many people have not realised what @Dimensions has realised: If you don't enter a competition, you can't win it. This is very disappointing. We hope that many more people will realise this vital tactic is important for success!

Was meant as a cheeky jab, BKA. Whatever the new Consistency Challenge is, you better know I'll be giving it my best shot at nailing it before Rob. Have a CC of my own that I really want to set, and there aren't too many ways of doing that other than...

Today I came up with a nice Fast Hand Lighthouse variation, holding the ken gripped via the big/small cups with spike facing down, tama hanging, pull-up tama and forward 180° flip the ken, landing in Lighthouse. Has a really nice floaty feel to it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 15 June, 2015, 22:46:12
Interesting, milky. I think there mght be several ways of executing that move, too.
Today I passed 6th Dan in practice. Also, my wrist hurts slightly. I think that might be kendama-book related.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: donald grant on 15 June, 2015, 23:56:34
You should try illustrating them......:)

Had a bit of a play today, found some new weird stuff, and also landed pull-up reverse whirlwind spike for the first time.  Oh, and a pull-up tap 1-turn lighthouse that looked very pretty too!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 June, 2015, 17:28:19
Failed on the last trick today. Always frustrating.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 16 June, 2015, 21:13:15
Had a great game of ken with @KenDogma he's progressed a lot to the point of having even games. So much fun!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 17 June, 2015, 00:55:56
Today (technically not the same day as the previous post) I finished editing a video titled "Not a Kendama Edit" to be uploaded later on "today".
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 June, 2015, 11:48:32
Today I think I decided on what the KCC 32 trick list will be. Hopefully I'll get it ready for the weekend.
Title: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 21 June, 2015, 08:27:20
... also had something on the bright side. My first ever tricks today were:
- reverse earth turn
- turntable
- downspike > center cup > downspike
- That trick where you wrap the string around the hand and the ken and catch on the base cup.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 21 June, 2015, 16:23:58
Some more royal abuse. Got a stilt again after a looong time. Triple jumping stick and earth turn double whirlwind.

Those Royals are great!
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 21 June, 2015, 20:21:11
I got to the base cup section of ATW... I kind of started playing that one lately.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 23 June, 2015, 00:21:32
Great work, guys! Double Whirlwind is big, and, shalafi, ATW is a serious man's game. I'm still trying to get through it too.

Today Zack Winters showed me a neat little floor trick I'd never seen: place Ken flat on the ground, place the tama in the Clifftop/Handlestall position, press down on the spike and catch tama in candle grip. Infuriating? yes! Incredible, yes!

Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 23 June, 2015, 21:13:22
Don't know why you guys are having such trouble with Around The World. ;)

@donald grant and I tried that move today, milky. No luck, and a bit of a clanky mess, but a laugh.
We also went out filming today for a project.

Last night we play-tested Kendama CombonesTM with @Sonicpearse. Seemed to work pretty well. It will probably make an appearance at Kendama Camp.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 23 June, 2015, 21:30:37
Void, I often throw Around the World into a game of KEN, just to give some cocky so-and-so a letter, but only now I'm doing my Dan practise regularly again!

Tip for the Clifftop Flipper to Candle thing, you need a sharp new spike to do it. Any rounded-off, beaten down favourite kendamas just aren't going to get the pitch high enough for you to go into Candle. I was trying it for ages on an old knackered Ozora and wondering how at least two other people got it in about five minutes.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 23 June, 2015, 22:12:05
Interesting move, I have to give it a try.

I had a nice day at Merrion Square. I did a Trap version of Bird fly over the Valley, using the palm of the hands on top and bottom and releasing both in between moves. It does not look good but it's so much fun to do.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 24 June, 2015, 20:10:53
...failed miserably at KCC#32, many times, and not without serious effort. It seems I am an easily-distracted kendama player.

Did manage to land this a bit later though:

! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zuFlFEPBkO0#)

EDIT: Just so Void knows I really was trying KCC and not just filming big flips, note the whisk and copy of Infinite Jest on the table. Flower out of shot, I think.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 June, 2015, 21:17:19
Nice one, milky.
Today I experimented with a new hybrid. I'll probably mess around with it some more, and maybe try and shoot some stuff, before I reveal what it is... :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 24 June, 2015, 23:17:28
I was soo busy I didn't had time to get a flower for a proper attempt at KCC 32.
But I went to get some dinner at a local fish and chips and played STB while waiting, quite a decent run, less than 2 minutes, something about 5 to 8 misses. The staff was not very surprised, I've played kendama there before :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 25 June, 2015, 17:10:16
Yesterday I got my first 1-turn lighthouse! I've also been trying lunar a lot and I think I've gotten the hang of the slight turning motion you do with the ken before pulling up. Now to land the hard part of the trick! I see lots of practice in my future haha
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 June, 2015, 19:27:49
Stick with it, Icemonkey, your first Lunar will feel soooo good. :)

Today I indulged in some constructive Royal Abuse.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 26 June, 2015, 03:21:22
Void, yeah I have been. I'm getting more consistent with actually having the big cup smack the tama in some form now :) It'll come soon, I suppose I should practice walking around with it in lunar balance though.


Today I messed around with earth turns. I decided to see how many I could do, and I got a couple doubles, a couple triples and I think maybe one quad earth turn :D I was really just hucking them and hoping for the best too hahaha.
I also did a front earth turn (wow they are so much harder than regular earth turns) and I thing I call a earth spin. I'm not sure if it's been done yet, but it's essentially a ufo, but with the tama instead of the ken. I'm don't doubt that it's been done before, but it's a fun trick. Idk what the name for it might be, but I'm going to call it a Earth spin since that seems to make the most sense (at least to me). Unless there's like some super official name/a more creative name for it (planet spins? Earth rotations? Earth day? 24 hours? 360 degree movement along the x axis?).
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 June, 2015, 09:40:54
I'm getting more consistent with actually having the big cup smack the tama in some form now :) It'll come soon, I suppose I should practice walking around with it in lunar balance though.
"Smack" sounds a bit hard. You want to think more of a "landing", I think. But that's a good tip you gave yourself about walking around with it. Try to almost-lose-then-save it too.
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I also did a front earth turn (wow they are so much harder than regular earth turns)
Here, you must mean a "Reverse Earth Turn". Because it's the reverse of an Earth Turn. (No confusing skateboard terminology here! :) )
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and I thing I call a earth spin. I'm not sure if it's been done yet, but it's essentially a ufo, but with the tama instead of the ken. I'm don't doubt that it's been done before, but it's a fun trick. Idk what the name for it might be, but I'm going to call it a Earth spin since that seems to make the most sense (at least to me). Unless there's like some super official name/a more creative name for it (planet spins? Earth rotations? Earth day? 24 hours? 360 degree movement along the x axis?).
Rather boringly, this is a Sideways (or Horizontal) Earth Turn. Yes, it's known, but it is a nice one to discover for yourself, isn't it?
Well done, mate, keep it up!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 28 June, 2015, 03:04:21
AAAAH!! I got my first lunar! :D I still can't believe I actually did it though O.o
I'm so happy right now yay lol.


Rather boringly, this is a Sideways (or Horizontal) Earth Turn. Yes, it's known, but it is a nice one to discover for yourself, isn't it?
Well done, mate, keep it up!
Gah! That is such a lame name :P It's a neat trick though. Thanks!




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Post by: shalafi on 28 June, 2015, 08:52:15
Congrats! The first lunar is a great milestone.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 28 June, 2015, 11:53:21
AAAAH!! I got my first lunar! :D I still can't believe I actually did it though O.o
I'm so happy right now yay lol.
*High Five*

Now do it again. :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 June, 2015, 21:24:59
Today @donald grant and I filmed stuff for two videos.
Going to be at least a week before I can edit the first one though. The other one will be out this summer.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 01 July, 2015, 19:17:05
... did a lighthouse > spike (i.e. throw the ball, grab the ken, spike) - ball control feels good
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 01 July, 2015, 21:38:40
Nice one, Lars, Great trick to get the hang of, not easy at all at the beginning! I think you'd say Lighthouse > Trade Spike or Lighthouse > Swap Spike, even though in this case it's pretty obvious how you get from LH to Spike. Somehow just become a common term. I mean, nobody says Lighthouse Trade Base Cup... The world of kendama nomenclature is an odd place.

Today I didn't play kendama, but I snuck a favourite old ken into a friend's luggage after she'd been staying an afternoon with me in Berlin. Let's hope she'll appear on the forum!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 02 July, 2015, 04:49:40
*High Five*

Now do it again. :)
Haha I have! Today I got to my grandparents lake house and played kendama for probably 2 hours. I practiced some spacewalks and hand rolls (still trying to figure out how to grab the ken right after the handroll). I also worked on my lunars and got lunar maybe 20 times. There was one instance where I got it twice in a row! So my consistency on that has gotten better :) I finished the day off doing an airplane with almost no light haha. Overall a great kendama day for me.

@the milky oolong Haha I guess that's one way to spread kendama!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 02 July, 2015, 23:21:54
I also worked on my lunars and got lunar maybe 20 times.

Really great - I still have to work on that one ... congratulations
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Icemonkey on 03 July, 2015, 04:24:35
Thanks Lars!

Today I played for around 5 hours. I would have kept playing but my shoulder started to get sore so I stopped. I got pretty close to getting stilts, and I worked on getting more consistent with airplanes, jsticks, and swing-ins. Lots of kendama!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 03 July, 2015, 11:40:41
Wow, @Icemonkey, that's a busy clicking day! I had a day like that on Tuesday, and was knackered at the end. Hardly touched a kendama since! Ha ha... </old bloke>
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 July, 2015, 08:28:59
Yesterday I edited the first Kendama Ireland community edit. Will upload it today.

But right now I'm off to play disc golf.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Buttkraken on 04 July, 2015, 22:10:25
Today I did my first juggle to spike :D
Landed it twice already! :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: donald grant on 09 July, 2015, 08:27:03
Been playing quite a bit this week.

A couple of unexpected highlights were a reverse swing gunslinger small bird (while dog-sitting for a friend) and a double juggle to lighthouse (while waiting for a bus).

Always nice to land something you think is just beyond your abilities....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 09 July, 2015, 22:24:05
Hey Donald, that's an absolutely bonkers trick with the Reverse Gunslinger, hope you were happy with it.

Today the Berlin crew entertained KROM HQ's Rolf S, Ganer, the Copenhagen big-hitter and long-time KROMIE. I didn't know much about him before today but I continue to be impressed by the KROM Kendamalove. We met on the street and Rolf showed off some serious Copenhagen freestyle trick lines (smooth diving Moon Circle into Swirl into Pinwheel into slapped Butterfly stuff to make your mind boggle).

Then we took to the park and played some games of Follow, and Rolf insisted we keep the tricks simple and just go for long lines. It was so great to be battling him with a ten, twenty trick long Follow line, just completely focussed on consistency. He showed our little team what it means to 'make everything count', as Eelco recently put it, referring to a different KROMIE. To be honest our team didn't hold up well to this sustained barrage of the most simple of tricks in the book, but I was trying my damndest, and really let things get flowy and smooth in that Danish way.

After that we bashed out a few rounds of Points in the subway, Rolf taking almost everything home and even doing several flawless rounds (5x Slip-On Stick at high speed was particularly beautiful), before discussing tricks and showing variations, at which point he was even more involved than ever, completely blown away by the tiniest differences and seeing possibilities open up he'd not yet thought about. Some of these he insisted filming for Instagram, and he seemed genuinely elated when the tricks were finally landed on film.

I know this isn't usually the place for longer posts, but I just thought some of you might appreciate, as we did today, this instance of real kendama spirit. If you ever have a Rolf in your country, get hold of him and have an hour or two of kendama with him, you'll learn a lot, and I don't just mean tricks.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 09 July, 2015, 23:24:04
I think the swing was reversed in Donald's trick, not the Gunslinger (So: Gunslinger [Reverse Swing] Small Bird)? Very nice though.

Loved your post, Milky. :)

Today I released a video.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 12 July, 2015, 21:15:30
Today was cloudy, wet and grey. So I did some video editing. Expect a new Donald & Void collaboration soon.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: shalafi on 14 July, 2015, 20:17:02
Today I played at Merrion Sq. I traded a Kendama with @Kendogma and be both raced the STB and both landed it in less than 1:20.
We also played "chained tricks" and loved the format (not sure how TMO called it). We went for long combinations of easy tricks, so much fun.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 14 July, 2015, 21:20:54
Less Outlink, more Linkup? :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: LarsVegas on 17 July, 2015, 23:18:57
Two days ago I finally self-certified the 2nd Dan for the first time after the failed exam three weeks ago. Feels good. I had about 450 moshikame, i.e. the safety margin is there. All praise to @shalafi  for the cool Kendama App that helps me so much to keep track.
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Post by: M.Wang on 18 July, 2015, 21:56:26
Nice job!!

I just got my 3rd whirlwind!! That trick is going to be occupying my time for a bit. ;)
I also just self certified 1st Dan!! Hurray! :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 21 July, 2015, 10:01:50
Yesterday I...
Had a fun day filming with @AlexOdd  and Mark from Oddballs for a video for Royal. And also witnessed Luke Davies juggle 9 balls on request in the shop too! It was a fun day all round.

-Rob
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 27 July, 2015, 09:32:04
Last week I went on a camping holiday in France. Brought two oozora's and my Royal. Managed to get stilt to lighthouse to in and lunar to lighthouse (and the reverse). I was never very keen on these balancing tricks, they seemed impossible. But for some reason they're beginning to grow on me. Maybe I'll put out a 'Royal Abuse' vid of my own once these get more consistent.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Salvator-vals on 27 July, 2015, 10:37:37
Today I land my first lunar flip. Unexpectedly it was little bit easier than first lunar or first stilt.
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Post by: The Void on 27 July, 2015, 22:40:59
Nice work, dudes! I've been offline for 4 days or so (funeral, party in the back of beyond). Catching up....
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Post by: shalafi on 27 July, 2015, 23:40:01
Today I recorded Around the World in Astana. Probably the first kendama video done in Kazakhstan :)
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Post by: Salvator-vals on 28 July, 2015, 11:30:36
Quote
Probably the first kendama video done in Kazakhstan :)

Actually the second one :)  Here is the first: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8TOqyDDHKE  (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8TOqyDDHKE)
In the description we can read (in russian) that this is the only kendama player from Kazakhstan.
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Post by: KenSan on 28 July, 2015, 23:13:34
That's a Nice little edit.

Well today I hit a one turn luner but caught a smidgen of thumb, so will probably have to right that off :'(
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 August, 2015, 12:30:41
Today I self certified myself 2nd Dan after months without trying, just as a little warm-up for the EKO.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: Kengeaa on 13 August, 2015, 12:48:27
I just self certified 2nd Dan, only 6 misses do I'm pretty proud...!!
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Post by: BKA on 13 August, 2015, 14:06:40
@shalafi Bam!
@kendomoe Bam!
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Post by: Kev on 13 August, 2015, 20:19:38
Well done guys.

@shalafi - I forgot you're coming to the EKO - looking forward to meeting you finally!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 13 August, 2015, 21:00:24
Well done guys.

@shalafi - I forgot you're coming to the EKO - looking forward to meeting you finally!
Haven't we met yet? I'm terrible for names and sticking nicknames at people :-/
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Post by: Kev on 13 August, 2015, 21:28:16
No we haven't unless I've forgotten! I'm pretty bad too  :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kengeaa on 14 August, 2015, 19:31:27
Today I... Little bird across the valley to wing walker slide transition thing to in..!! Nice feeling little balance line, also I got my first gun slinger handle stall. Good dama day.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 22 August, 2015, 10:11:46
Nice one, @Kengeaa

Monday: 1 miss. Tuesday: pass. Weds: rain. Thurs: cricket. Friday: 1 miss.
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Post by: The Void on 23 August, 2015, 19:20:43
Lost it on JS yesterday, as the light faded and the rain came. This evening, adopting Basic stance, after the rain left and the light returned, hit 'em all. #6thDan
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 23 August, 2015, 19:59:41
Woo hoo. Nice work Void. Very impressive.

:)
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Post by: shalafi on 24 August, 2015, 09:37:14
Well done!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 August, 2015, 09:42:32
Thanks, but it's only practice. Need more consistency....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 August, 2015, 18:42:26
Was consistent last night at the juggling club (in not-so-fab lighting), which was pleasing. And then today, not quite so. One blight of orange amongst the green. Don't miss the Spike, Void, don't miss the Spike.

#KendamApp #Android
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 25 August, 2015, 20:18:15
Void, are you trying again for sixth when you go to the WKO?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 25 August, 2015, 21:53:16
It'd be rude not to.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 25 August, 2015, 22:04:52
It'd be rude not to.

Indeed. We just hope that the next video of the series "Still Seeking Six" and "Further Five Frustration" can be titled something like "Added Awesome Achievement"
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 26 August, 2015, 14:58:26
Indeed. We just hope that the next video of the series "Still Seeking Six" and "Further Five Frustration" can be titled something like "Added Awesome Achievement"
Agreed!
Go get it Void!
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Post by: The Void on 26 August, 2015, 17:03:54
Today I glued some tips, and messed up 1-Turn Aeroplane.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 28 August, 2015, 18:00:12
Not had too much time for kendama recently, still trying to stay creative and enjoy what time I do get to play. Today I thought up and landed this:
! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KkRj95YdKg8&feature=youtu.be#)
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Post by: The Void on 28 August, 2015, 18:59:38
Neat, Milky. *tries it* Hmmm, tricky.

Today I messed up Jumping Stick, but got 2-T LH for the 6th day in a row.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 August, 2015, 20:43:18
I also had a run-through of the WKO tricks. That base cup scoop (without the pirouette) is a killer. Managed all the rest, after a few goes.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: azleonhart on 29 August, 2015, 10:43:02
Managed to complete Speed Trick B (with some errors) in 44 seconds!
What a relief. Need to work on minimising errors.

2015/08/29 Speed Trick B (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7C0eIbPifM#)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 29 August, 2015, 13:08:27
Managed to complete Speed Trick B (with some errors) in 44 seconds!
What a relief. Need to work on minimising errors.

2015/08/29 Speed Trick B (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7C0eIbPifM#)
Well done. You can save some time on transitions, I think.
But... isn't that a Musou? Not allowed in official STB exams. Go JKA for your practices.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 30 August, 2015, 12:26:22
Managed to complete Speed Trick B (with some errors) in 44 seconds!
What a relief. Need to work on minimising errors.
#

Really nice run, seemed very relaxed, I'm sure you can shave some seconds off with a little more practise. Good work!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 August, 2015, 19:32:13
Got a couple of passes in this weekend. I'm off to the local shop to reward myself with chocolate. :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: donald grant on 30 August, 2015, 23:26:22
Was noodling the other day, and landed lunar - axe - lunar - in.  Don't even recall why I tried it; most of what I was doing was my usual noodly stuff.  But 'twas very satisfying to land something subtle out of the blue (for a change :) )
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 August, 2015, 17:16:33
Nice one, Donald. I still don't think I've managed an Axe to Lunar - I'm probably not getting the throw/lift right. (Not that I've tried lately.)
No chocolate rewards for me today: so close to turning KendamApp all green, but fell at the last hurdle. Ah well.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 31 August, 2015, 21:56:55
Donald, that's a serious trick indeed, serious kudos for haing the cojones to go for the second Lunar too. I managed (for me) a pretty serious axe line a few months ago which is going be in the new Kendama Berlin edit, but once the transition to Axe was there, I was so exhausted I had to just spike the thing!

Sounds like you're really cranking up the training game, Void, I wish you all the best. By the way, well done on the WKO tricks, I suppose you landed the Turning Painted Scroll thing? I'm always looking for 'authentic Japanese' tricks to bring to games of KEN (stuff that you only really see the Japanese doing, I suppose I mean), but not had a chance to start serious work on cracking it.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 31 August, 2015, 22:40:34
Yeah, milky. That was one of the compulsory tricks in 2012, so I worked on it quite a bit back then. Not done it for a while, but after dusting it off, it was just about still in the armoury.
Had a little practice blast at STB tonight. Got my best run on-camera. Will upload tomorrow.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 03 September, 2015, 15:01:26
Today I got 8/10 2-Turn Lighthouses. I've only done that once before, so that was very pleasing. Shame I only got 7/10 JS though, so failed 6th Dan practice. Eggy bread time, then a bit of WKO & C&F practice.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 04 September, 2015, 16:55:20
Today I dislike Jumping Stick.
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: KenSan on 04 September, 2015, 20:37:07
Today I landed this twice in a row then spent 15mins trying to get it on video
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: KenSan on 04 September, 2015, 20:39:54
By the way what's it called? Stunt plane 360 stunt plane?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 04 September, 2015, 21:33:56
Today I played with a tree trunk to do some string tricks and got a few interesting variations, but I didn't get any of those on camera...
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 04 September, 2015, 22:16:50
By the way what's it called? Stunt plane 360 stunt plane?
Scoop Spike > Backhand Jumping Stick
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: KenSan on 06 September, 2015, 21:24:41
Cheers @BKA. Is that scoop spike because I didn't catch the ken on the vertical?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: BKA on 06 September, 2015, 22:09:24
Meh, depends who you ask. It's just jamming, right? Above horizontal is usually cool, or above 45° off-vert for sticklers. In a comp, it may be specified more precisely.
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Post by: HansNickmans on 12 September, 2015, 17:57:02
Did my first inward lunar today. Didn't spike it though..
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 12 September, 2015, 18:05:29
Finally managed to get lightning drop swap bird yesterday
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Post by: Kev on 12 September, 2015, 18:08:39
Rad! @Dimensions and @HansNickmans
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 13 September, 2015, 00:50:45
Did my first inward lunar today. Didn't spike it though..

Landing my first inward Lunar was an absolutely golden moment for me in my kendama development. Who cares if you didn't manage to spike your first one? Pretty sure I didn't manage mine! Keep it up!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: HansNickmans on 13 September, 2015, 11:01:35
Retried it today and got the spike! You're right, it does feel like a golden moment!
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Post by: fredCP on 13 September, 2015, 17:16:29
While reading your posts, I realized I never tried Inward Lunar before, so I gave it a try this afternoon and passed it twice (only spiked the second one). I'm happy, but my "golden moments" remain my first Bird fly over the Valley, Stilt or Lunar Barrel Roll. It took me months to land this last one, and I still find it so hard  :-[
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 13 September, 2015, 23:46:25
*High fives* everyone!
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Post by: the milky oolong on 14 September, 2015, 18:28:01
While reading your posts, I realized I never tried Inward Lunar before, so I gave it a try this afternoon and passed it twice (only spiked the second one). I'm happy, but my "golden moments" remain my first Bird fly over the Valley, Stilt or Lunar Barrel Roll. It took me months to land this last one, and I still find it so hard  :-[

Lunar Barrel Roll is a right tricky one. I have to use maximum concentration and 'pop' to get the ken to turn properly, and find myself imagining my hand sort of set on a horizontal rail that allows no forward/backward movement at all. Love it when it lands, though, such a nice feeling! Am working on Inwards right now for a long Rover/Barrel Roll line :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 16 September, 2015, 08:08:29
Today I ... got really into Speed Trick B. I've not really done it before for some reason. It's a great and well thought out challenge as @the milky oolong has pointed out, (and also I need it to hop up to 3rd Dan which is my next grading aim).

I also decided to clean up and develop my kendama skills all round - there are lots of tricks I can kind of do that I've never really finished learning. I got some lovely slow and floaty turntables and became much better with swirl style tricks too.

I also continued work on some new Le Chef custom kendamas which are looking really fantastic.

All in all, a good 'dama day.





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Post by: The Void on 26 September, 2015, 17:38:17
Today I tried a combo I thought up the other day. Didn't get it on film. Will work on it. Now I'm doing this:
@cello_91
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Post by: cello_91 on 28 September, 2015, 09:40:44
Ohhh @The Void Yess! So hyped for this!!  :D
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 28 September, 2015, 16:44:32
Yesterday Frank Typhoon Tyson died. So today I did this:





Plus, today I got that trick I've been trying for a few days. It's too long for IG, so I'll save it up....
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Post by: shalafi on 28 September, 2015, 20:33:28
I gave a kendama workshop at University College of Dublin. People got interested, and I got asked if I could do another one for the Irish Japan Association ;-)

I swear that I'll grow a Kendama community in this island!
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Post by: The Void on 28 September, 2015, 21:56:37
I found out today that my stall this weekend will be next to the Japan Foundation's. Looking forwards to chatting to them! :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Dimensions on 28 September, 2015, 22:02:15
Double stilt flip!
Been getting these a lot more consistent recently
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Post by: The Void on 29 September, 2015, 23:14:55
Inspired by the Endless Combo #125, today I...
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Post by: donald grant on 30 September, 2015, 19:18:08
That was very nice, Void.

Today I had a little post-golf session in the garden.  Lots of swingy stuff; was rather chuffed getting multiple landings of baton twirl to 1 turn lighthouse, and space walk - handroll - fast throw one turn lighthouse.

Gotta make the most of the good weather while it's still here....:)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 30 September, 2015, 21:07:56
Cheers, @donald grant . Sounds good. I've always found those throw-to-lighthouse moves trickier than they ought to be. Another one for the "to practice" list, I suppose.

Meanwhile, this one leaked out onto the net:
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Post by: Cliffdama on 01 October, 2015, 06:26:57
I always like it to see you have so much fun in it void! Cool stuff.




And i'm going to leave this here for everyone to watch, i'm beyobd hyped that i finally did it! Can you help me name this @thevoid ?

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Post by: Kev on 01 October, 2015, 09:22:53
Great trick!

Personally I'd call it Aeroplane > Gear Change > 3 Turn Reverse Aeroplane.

#AeroGearChangeTripReverseAero
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Post by: The Void on 01 October, 2015, 13:17:53
Another one from earlier this year. Just a simple doubles trick.
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Post by: Dimensions on 02 October, 2015, 16:08:22
A cheeky trick from me, a couple of weeks back
 
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Post by: HansNickmans on 02 October, 2015, 21:49:58
First double lighthouse flip on the Gold Oozora. Felt pretty good.
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Post by: the milky oolong on 03 October, 2015, 16:51:34
Everyone getting fresh with the 'grams, keep them coming! Had a race to land this and its inverse (Swing-in Trade Backhand Scoop Spike), thought I'd share it with you guys. Tip: drinking tea out of a cup with an owl on it helps you see Stabs better. Scientific fact.

! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tGMllfBZrXk&feature=youtu.be#)
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Post by: the milky oolong on 05 October, 2015, 00:29:20
Ugh. Sorry for the double-post, but just spent most of today being teased out of my mind by getting so close to Inward Lunar Tré. Dug out the old sticky green Ozora, but not happy with the balance, still, not getting close with any other dama in the current collection. Getting to the stage where when I push in the direction of 5 o'clock (lefty) when going for the pop, the landing is giving the proper Lunar landing chime (you dig?), and I watch the spin and the inclined small cup smiling at me in a moment of bewilderment; I'm full-knees but I'm adjusting either too much or too little on the landing. The 'too much' ones are particularly annoying, as I've already had a few suction-cup landings and ballsed them up with over-compensation. Well, makes for good footage. Maybe I'll make a feature-length movie with all the footage I've got so far. Happy dama'ing, never give up.
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Post by: The Void on 05 October, 2015, 16:24:53
Nice work, Dim, Hans & Milky!

Among the many tricks I need to work on....
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Post by: HansNickmans on 07 October, 2015, 10:19:34
Yesterday I gave a class on kendama at the circusschool. Did the same over more than a year ago, and quite some people remembered the tricks :) Some highlights:
- Kid from the previous class stayed a bit longer and got all the cups and a spike in the end (after 15 min). Guess I'll try to hand him one next time.
- New clicker doing a solid lighthouse after exchanging the Flying Tiger for my Gold Oozora. She was very happy, and managed to do it a second time afterwards.
- One kid asked what the 'hardest' trick on the list was. Since I was going through the dan exam tricks, I told him 2-turn lighthouse. After some time a scream came from his side as he ran after the ken falling of his tama. For 1 second, he did it :)
- Getting a solid stilt and 2-turn lighthouse somersault.

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Post by: BKA on 07 October, 2015, 12:23:50
Getting people hooked and inspired about kendama is a great feeling. Well done! (...on your tricks too!)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: ray on 08 October, 2015, 01:48:41
   Today I...

   received my first kendama and I got the "jumping stick". I think I can't repeat it in one year.
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Post by: BKA on 08 October, 2015, 12:37:18
Congrats, Ray. And yes you can! Smile, breathe, knees... go for it!
:)
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Post by: ray on 09 October, 2015, 13:39:16
   Thanks @BKA, I got it 3 times more!!!

   Today I... got (by myself) the Kyu 3 (not exam). At he moment, the most difficult for me in Kyu grades is "Swing in" and the hardest is pass from the big cup to the base cup in "Around the world" because I can't move so much my wrist, but I got it.


   Good morning.
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Post by: The Void on 09 October, 2015, 18:13:23
Nice, Ray. Yep, those things will get smoother with practice...

Today I opened my GT16. Waiting to see how the paint breaks in. Couple of quick tricks with it, including a Handcuffs exit variation.


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Post by: KenSan on 11 October, 2015, 12:33:57
Hit a few trick recently some lighthouse flips, 1 turn lunars and 1 solitary lunar flip. However most chuffed with 226 moshi kami which would I believe get me into the 1st Dan realm
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Post by: ray on 11 October, 2015, 13:38:11
   Wow, all of you speak about tricks I don't have idea. Step by step.

   Today I... got 116 Moshi Kame.

   At the moment I got at least two times these tricks: Kendama Tricks:

      - Big cup, Small cup, Base cup, Candle, Spike, Aeroplane, Swing in, Around Japan, Around the world, Lighthouse, Moshi Kame 50.

      - Moshi Kame 100, Around prefecture, Slip on stick, Earth Turn, Reverse swing in, Bird, Hanging pull up in, Jumping stick, Swing the candle.

      - Swinging big cup, Swinging small cup, Swinging base cup, Swinging slip on stick, Orbit, Arm bounce, Tap back, Chops, Thumb trap, Inverse thumb trap, Reverse aeroplane, Spike little finger, Spike to spike (turning the ball), Faster than gravity, Spike closed eyes, Earth turning x2, Earth turning x3, Fast hand base cup (starting in aeroplane), Robocop, Robocop + Base cup.


   Best.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: ray on 12 October, 2015, 21:12:27
   Today I... got two new tricks to add in my tricks list: "Around Japan 2 times" (I got it 10 times 2 times... the two times, ten times). And also around the world 3 times (only one time the 3 times). My happy face ->  :)

   Swing in is the hardest trick to me, at he moment.


   Kendamas and love!
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Post by: the milky oolong on 12 October, 2015, 22:08:42
Good work, ray. Keep working on the Swing-In, it's a crucial trick and you'll find it'll become your go-to trick to get into a loaded ken (ball on spike) position for doing other tricks you currently won't be able to believe you'll learn with time.

Today I played a few rounds of KEN with the Kendama Berlin team and enjoyed the fact that it's starting to be come very challenging indeed playing in my small circle. Keep it tight, people!
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Post by: The Void on 12 October, 2015, 23:45:30
Keep it up guys!

Today I was pretty tired after a 6-hour drive home, but I took an afternoon nap before I headed out to MoNKe. Great, and surprising, to see some unexpected new faces there, and we got a couple of converts too. Good fun playing KEN, but Follow was better... especially when we ditched the lives. :-)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: ray on 13 October, 2015, 19:38:16
   Thanks for the advise, @the milky oolong. I'll work in this trick (maybe I'll make it a new hole).

   Today I... got the Falling down.
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Post by: shalafi on 14 October, 2015, 06:48:33
Wow @ray you're progressing very quickly. Nice!

Today I jammed with some crazy guys... Love to meet them every time I got the chance.
(http://images.tapatalk-cdn.com/15/10/13/18abedfb2646a3ebe43ca123d7ca1ac7.jpg)
Title: Re: The ever popular &quot;Today I...&quot; thread
Post by: ray on 14 October, 2015, 17:06:33
Wow @ray you're progressing very quickly. Nice!...
   I think so. Thanks. I play kendama for survive the cold weather because my heater is broken. But next week I'll finish to fix it, so, maybe my motivation will be low.
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: ray on 15 October, 2015, 01:13:25
   Today I... got Around Ireland. Thanks, @shalafi. I love Ireland. Any Irish here?
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 16 October, 2015, 13:59:38
I realised this morning that I haven't played kendama since Monday. (Done a fair bit of kendama-related stuff on the computer though). Well, let's finish this coffee and then try to get outside... (Looks cold out there!)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 October, 2015, 15:51:58
I realised this morning that I haven't played kendama since Monday. (Done a fair bit of kendama-related stuff on the computer though). Well, let's finish this coffee and then try to get outside... (Looks cold out there!)
14° is about the lower limit for me practising outside.
Rubbish run yesterday, failing on 4 tricks. Better today, only missed 2 JS. Goes to show that slacking off on practice is not an option. More work!
I'm reading Bounce by Matthew Syed at the moment... Inspiring (and yet somehow depressing).
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Post by: ray on 17 October, 2015, 18:36:35
I realised this morning that I haven't played kendama since Monday...
   Do you play kendama all days? :O

   Today I... got Bird in!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 17 October, 2015, 20:33:21
I try to! It's how to get better.

Bird>In? Nice one!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: TCY on 19 October, 2015, 05:22:34
Hi.
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Post by: donald grant on 19 October, 2015, 18:06:30
Had a slightly chilly film session with Pete the other day: off to go look at what we caught tonight....
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: ray on 23 October, 2015, 00:49:02
   Wow, I don't know how many time I'll have the passion to play kendama.

   Today I... got 7 of 10 birds. Swing in progress very slow
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: Kev on 23 October, 2015, 07:34:14
Well done @ray - it's funny how different tricks are hard for different people. When I learnt swing in I could only dream of landing one bird let alone seven!

As ever practice and patience are the answer but here's a tip that might help.

Wait for the tama to rise to the highest point where the string is horizontal and parallel to the floor, at this point give your elbow a sharp but small jab directly backwards, this should give the ball enough rotation to float over nicely.

Warning, don't jab too hard or you'll risk losing a tooth!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: shalafi on 23 October, 2015, 10:50:10
   Wow, I don't know how many time I'll have the passion to play kendama.

   Today I... got 7 of 10 birds. Swing in progress very slow

This is amazing progression. Well done. I hope this passion stays with you for years to come :)
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 24 October, 2015, 15:38:21
Today I thought about playing kendama. But with rain and cold, and tiredness, I decided to have a day off. Sometimes you need a rest. :)
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Post by: BKA on 24 October, 2015, 18:12:10
Do you think Yamahi was pleased to hit his first Lunar Rover?

#jumpforjoy
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: the milky oolong on 25 October, 2015, 13:49:44
Sweet, gobsmacked joy!

Today I played Kendama with KendamaEurope and some of the wider German kendama scene; landed (loaded tama grip)  Tap 540 Jumping Stick > Trade Spike, and even landed probably my second ever Triple Jumping Stick first try in a supposed race. So I know all about gobsmacked this weekend too!

Click on, people!
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: KenSan on 26 October, 2015, 21:02:33
I managed to land the base cup two turn aeroplane that I set in the endless combo. Hurrah! Needs some refinement though :o
Title: Re: The ever popular "Today I..." thread
Post by: The Void on 26 October, 2015, 22:47:34
Tonight at the juggling club, I also had a few goes at that one, KenSan. Didn't get it, but definitely felt I could. Newbie Dylan had his first clicks. I also tried the latest EC, and eve