All the information you wanted to know about the history of Kendamas
- Japan Kendama Association (JKA)
- The Japan Kendama Association (JKA) was established in 1975 with the
purpose of promoting Kendama awareness and heritage, and to encourage
Kendama play and the development of Kendama waza (techniques).
JKA is the largest Kendama organization in Japan. The JKA wants to
share the enjoyment of Kendama not only within Japan, but also all over
JKA organizes kendama competitions and awards martial arts style
kyu and dan level skill rankings to kendama players. The JKA also
oversees the design of the "competitive kendama."
- JKA licensed competitive kendama
competitive kendama, also called the "official kendama," dates back to 1975 when the JKA was founded. Kendamas were
originally considered toys, and each maker produced different designs, sizes, and balance points. The JKA approved a design of one of the inventors associated with the JKA and that became the official design for competitions. Today almost all of the core
design elements are in the public domain, the JKA still licenses its
approved design to kendama makers, who are then permitted to put an official JKA seal the to base of the kendama handle. At present only a few
companies produce JKA official kendamas.
- The Oozora is the current brand of JKA licensed kendama
manufactured by Yamagata Koubou, and is the only JKA certified kendama
still manufactured in Japan.
The Oozora replaces their previous model, the Shin Fuji, which replaced
the Fuji. The Rokurosen was a cosmetic variation of the Shin Fuji.
- TK16 Master
- The TK16 Master is the other main currently produced JKA
licensed kendama, produced in China. A smaller version of
the TK16, the Junior, is manufactured and has a variation of the JKA
seal, but is not approved for use in JKA sanctioned competitions or
- Shin Fuji
- The Shin Fuji is the final currently produced JKA licensed
kendama, produced in the Kanagawa Prefecture. This used to be produced by Oozora, but now is a seperate entity although there is still some uncertantity.
- Japan Kendama Association (JKA), Japan
- British Kendama Association, including a players' forum, UK
- European Kendama Association (EKA), Amsterdam, The Netherlands
- Kendama USA — American Kendama Association, United States
- Balero Players’ Association — International, United States
- Federacion Internacional de Balero, Mexico
- Fédération Internationale de Bilboquet, France
- Kendama forum, kendama.freeforums.ms
- Kendama USA, United States
- Kendama Co, United States
- Kendama DK, Denmark