The Faces Behind Terra Kendama

Run by kendama players, for kendama players. 
Terra Kendama is a small Canadian company run by kendama players originally from Edmonton, AB, and currently located in Vancouver, BC. Our kendamas are made one at a time by people who are both enthusiastic about the game and extremely high skilled players; this means that when you purchase a Terra ken you can feel confident that our products are made to a high standard. After all, these are the kendamas we play with daily, and we hope you will love them as much as we do.

Alex Smith

Alex started playing kendama in 2008, and has been making kendamas by hand since 2011. He is a co-founder and co-owner/operator of Terra Kendama, and inventor of the Pill (patent pending). He joined the Kendama USA pro team in 2012 and has traveled to several events with the company since then.

Significant Achievements
JKA Certified 3rd Dan
Winner of the 2012 Kendama USA Pro Contest

Kristin Olinyk 

Kristin started playing kendama in 2008. She is a co-owner of Terra Kendama, and works for the company as designer, photographer, woodburn artist, and painter. She has also helped found the Girls' Kendama Collective, a group focused on encouraging and highlighting girls and women in the kendama community.

Significant Achievements
2nd Place in KROM Girls Kendama Competition
JKA Certified 1st Kyu

Creator of the Pill

A simple yet addictive juggling toy.
The Pill was first born one hot summer day, undoubtedly inspired by our time spent playing kendama, but with a novel and simplified design and made out of Jatoba wood. We immediately began experimenting with our new creation, discovering new tricks while honing the design for maximum playability. Today we are proud to offer both handmade and factory produced options for The Pill. As this toy's popularity continues to rise, players from around the world are continuing to invent new tricks and push the limits of possibility with such a simple design.


Terra Kendama is proud to have sponsored the following events: 

Czech Kendama Open (Zlin, Czech Republic, June 2015)
Rocky Mountain Rumble (Denver CO, June 2015)
Battle at the Border (Nashville TN, June 2015)
Dama in the D 2 (Wyandotte MI, May 2015)
Girl's Dama Jam Festa (Osaka, Japan, May 2015)
Tacoma Takeover 2 (Tacoma WA, May 2015)
National Kendama Retreat (Angelus Oaks CA, April 2015)
BC Provincial Yoyo Competition (Burnaby BC, March 2015)
Willy P's Shredstock (Woodstock GA, March 2015)
Kore Kendama Jam (Edmonton AB, January 2015)

Kore Kendama Jam (Edmonton AB, November 2014)
Minnesota Kendama Open (Minneapolis MN, November 2014)
The Van Jam (Vancouver BC, September 2014)
Canadian National Return Top Championship (Vancouver BC, August 2014)
Battle in Seattle (Seattle WA, August 2014)
European Kendama Open (Copenhagen, Denmark, August 2014)
Kendama World Cup Hatsukaichi (Hatsukaichi, Japan, July 2014)
Tacoma Takeover (Tacoma WA, March 2014)

Calgary Kendama Open Battle (Calgary AB, October 2013) 
Minnesota Kendama Open (St. Paul MN, October 2013)
Canadian National Return Top Championship (Edmonton AB, August 2013)
Battle in Seattle (Seattle WA, July 2013)
The Kengarden Roots Tour (West Coast USA, July 2013)
European Kendama Open at EJC (Toulouse, France, July 2013)
Gloken Cup (Nara, Japan, July 2013)
Gloken Kendama Night (Matsumoto, Japan, July 2013)
Dama Fest (Atlanta GA, May 2013)
Spikedama II (The Netherlands, 2013)

Battle in Seattle (Seattle WA, June 2012)
Kendama Edmonton Summer Battle (Edmonton AB, July 2012)

Attended and/or Vendored Events:
Sakura Days Japan Fair (Vancouver BC, April 2015)
Sakura Classic (San Francisco CA, April 2015)
Catch & Flow (Tokyo, Japan, September 2014)
Bay Area Classic Yoyo Competition (San Francisco CA, May 2013)
European Kendama Open at EJC (Lublin, Poland, July 2012)

Keep an eye on our Instagram feed for more Terra sponsored events happening in the future!