Irish Kendama Open 2016

The Irish Kendama Open is returning in 2016

Event Info

Save the date, the 2nd Irish Kendama Open is going to happen on April 9th, as part of the Dublin Circus Festival (April 8th-10th).

The Irish Kendama Open is free to enter, but you need to purchase the ticket to the Dublin Circus Festival.

Agenda with approximate schedule:

  • 12:00-13:00 : Kendama workshop (mostly beginners) & Jam
  • 13:00-13:30: Beginners Division
  • 13:30-14:00: Advanced Division

The venue is the same as the Dublin Circus Festival, which is the Gym of the Larkin Community College.

Any Competition size Kendama will be allowed. Bring your favourite one!

There will be 2 divisions: Beginners and Advanced.

Beginners Division

Players start at trick number 1. If a trick is completed successfully, the player moves on to the next trick in the list. Players are allowed a total of 2 misses per trick. A player’s 3rd miss on the same trick signals the end of their run.

The player who gets furthest through the list wins.

In the event of a tie, the player who reached the highest level without missing is the winner.

If the game is still tied after this, the player with less misses in total wins.

If there is still a tie, then players will compete in Moshikame, each player having one minute to complete as many catches as possible. Their run ends at the first drop, or after 60 seconds, whichever comes first.


Please note, the video also contains the tricks for BKO intermediate division which we are NOT using.

EKO 2013 Trick Ladders: Beginner & Intermediate

  • Big Cup
  • Candle
  • Moshi Kame (3 catches). (No rimshots allowed. Start from hanging.)
  • Orbit (Orbit must be around the ball, in any direction)
  • Spike (No spin on ball)
  • Flying Top (Ball must completely leave the spike)
  • Tap-back
  • Aeroplane
  • Around Japan
  • Lighthouse (Hold still for 3 seconds)
  • Falling Down (continued from lighthouse, only one try)

Advanced Division

Players compete in pairs, in a knockout system. A random trick is drawn, and the players attempt it once each. If one player succeeds and the other fails, the successful player gets 1 point. If, after 3 attempts each, no player has scored a point, a new trick is drawn.

The first player to 2 points proceeds to the next round.

In the final, the first to 3 points will be the winner.

For the early rounds, tricks are randomly selected from #1-8 on the list for the early rounds and from 4-12 for the final.


Early Rounds

  • Around the World
  • Secret grip spike -> Flying top pivot
  • [Weak Hand] Spike
  • Fork catch -> Spike
  • Swing to small bird
  • Aeroplane -> Swap spike
  • [One-Eye] Monkey Chair
  • Spacewalk


  • Rotary Spike
  • Hanging 1-turn aeroplane
  • Stab -> Earth Stub
  • Reverse Lighthouse -> reverse falling down


A big thank you to all the sponsors of the Irish Kendama Open. This won’t be happening without you.

Platinum Sponsor: Sunrise Kendama


Gold Sponsors: Krom Kendama &


Silver Sponsor: Royal Kendama