June 11 - Edgemont Kendama Jam & Competition

May 29, 2016

On Saturday, June 11, we're helping to host a kendama jam and competition at the BC Playthings shop, in North Vancouver BC. There will be contests for all skill levels, as well as a freestyle jam, pill contests, and many other sidegames. 

Registration begins 9:00 am
Competition starts 10:00 am

Click here to pre-register for the events
Click here for the Facebook event page

Please see the video below for a rundown of the contest rules, and a demonstration of the trick ladders.

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Ladder battle rules:
- Each competitor can compete in one skill category (beg, int, adv)
- Any standard kendama may be used, but no kendamas larger than a Terra LBB (18cm tall, base cup to spike)
- Qualifying rounds will be larger groups, with the first few competitors to complete the ladder in each group advancing to later rounds
- Final rounds will be heads up, and the final two competitors will compete in a best of three battle
- The goal is to land each trick in the ladder, as quickly as possible
- Try each trick until you land it, then move to the next trick, until you have landed all five tricks
- Tricks must be completed in the listed order
- No ‘adjustments', or using your other hand to adjust the ken or tama

BEGINNER:
1. Candlestick
2. Around the block (catch on all three cups, any order)
3. Airplane
4. Big cup, tap to big cup
5. Spike! (no spinning)

INTERMEDIATE:
1. Hanging spike
2. Lighthouse, falling in
3. Around Europe (any order)
4. One turn airplane
5. Downspike!

ADVANCED:
1. Around USA (any order)
2. One turn lighthouse, tradespike
3. Bird over the valley, spike
4. Inward jumping stick
5. Whirlwind!

Freestyle contest rules:
- Each competitor will have ~30 seconds to perform their best moves on stage
- Judges will be looking for creativity, difficulty, showmanship, and of course you have to land your tricks!
- Any size of kendama is allowed
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