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 Battle at the Border 2024

The longest running annual kendama event outside of Japan.

BATB 2024 had 500+ attendees 359 competitors

BATB 2023 had 450 attendees 278 competitors from 11 Countries and 38 US States. 


Spectator Only
Beginner Open
Intermediate Open
Advanced Open
Am Open
Pro Open

January 26th & 27th

Rocketown Main Building
601 4th Ave S, Nashville, Tennessee, 37210, USA

BNA - Nashville International Airport

Recommended Accommodations:
We recommend Airbnb for bigger groups, there are several really great airbnbs in Nashville that are affordable and not too far from the airport and event venue. 

The following is a great spot for people flying in (walking distance from Rocketown, but parking is not free)
Hyatt House Nashville Downtown / Convention Center
group rate:


Tentative Schedule:

Day 1: | Friday January 26, 2024 | 11:00am-10:00pm

Friday January 26, 2024
10:00am - Check-In Outside
11:00am - Doors Open
12:00pm - Video Premiers
1:00pm - Beginner Division  - single elimination
1:30pm - Intermediate Division  - single elimination
2:30pm - Advanced Division  - single elimination
4:00pm - Group Photo
4:20pm - Pro Freestyle Invitational   - single elimination
Day 2 | Saturday January 27, 2024 | 11:00am-10:00pm 
Saturday January 27, 2024
11:00am - Doors Open
12:00pm - Amateur Open - single elimination
2:45pm - Pro Open - double elimination
Day 3 | Sunday January 28, 2024 | 12:00pm-Sunset
Sunday January 28, 2024
Jam day at the Parthenon in Centennial Park. No vending, no competitions, just a chill day at the park!

Battle at the Border History

Battle at the Border is the longest running kendama event in the United States, held annually in Nashville, Tennessee. It all started back in January of 2012 in a garage with 15-20 kendama players looking to hang out and have some friendly competition. Over the next few years, the event bounced back and forth between the states of Tennessee and Kentucky, hence the name Battle at the "Border". In 2015 we decided to make Nashville, TN the official home city for BATB, and it has remained there ever since. In 2023, we hosted around 450 kendama players in person at Rocketown in Nashville, TN. Battle at the Border has hosted participants from 38 US States as well as international kendama players from 11 other countries. In 2021, we saw 1,024 live concurrent viewers with 22,526 total live views when we partnered with Sweets Kendamas to host the event online, setting the record for the most streamed online kendama event. 2024 will mark the 13th year of BATB, and we are expecting it to grow beyond 500 attendees this year. The name “Battle at the Border” was given to the event in 2014 after it switched locations between the states of Kentucky and Tennessee. We are excited to be continuing several traditions we have created throughout the years, while implementing some new ideas and formats to keep things fresh. We hope that you will consider supporting our event to provide the kendama community with an opportunity to grow stronger. Your participation in this event allows people from all over to establish new friendships, reconnect with old friends, and grow the kendama community as a whole. Help us continue to write a piece of kendama history together.

Follow the BATB Instagram page to keep up to date with new information regarding the event. If you have any questions regarding the event, please email