4 Tips to Get Better at Kendama

June 10, 2015

1. Don't get frustrated

Easier said than done, yeah? Look, everyone else gets frustrated too. It is perfectly normal, but to get better at kendama, you must overcome it. If you're frustrated or upset, you're not going to play well. Kendama is a form of meditation, and bad emotions don't make for good meditation. 

If you're feeling an emotion and it isn't positive, it might be time to take a break.

2. Take breaks

Have you ever had a long kendama session that left your knees weak? Was your forehead drenched with sweat? Sometimes it's easy to get in a groove and jam for hours. I'm not saying you don't need to practice, but if you've been working on getting a trick for four hours.... then it might be time to take a break.

Taking a break helps your brain recoup. It gives your hands some time to rest. You'll sharpen your focus and be better prepared for your next sesh.

3. Try something new

It's fun developing a style and getting into a routine. You might have the go-to stalls or juggles. After grinding on a trick or combo for a long time, it might be a good idea to just dramatically change up your game by playing entirely differently! Remember those gunslingers that you haven't attempted in 3 years? Yeah, it's time to sling. When was the last time you practiced around USA? 

It's time to shift your style and flow.

4. Play with a different Kendama

It sounds crazy, but give it a try. There have been days that I've struggled to get a trick, switched up the gear, then landed it immediately. Maybe you need a different balance, a different weight, or maybe the paint is too sticky!

Change up your game, you might see new results!