Irish Kendama Open 2017

The Irish Kendama Open goes for the 3rd edition in 2017

This event already happened, you can check the results

Event Info

The 3rd Irish Kendama Open is going to happen on Saturday, April 8th, at the Dublin Circus Project.

That’s right, the IKO is a standalone event this year.

The Irish Kendama Open is free to watch, you pay for the division you enter.

  • Beginners: 5 Euro
  • Advanced: 8 Euro

Agenda with approximate schedule:

  • 14:00-14:30: Setup, registration, socializing, gradings.
  • 14:30-15:00: Beginners Division.
  • 15:00-15:30: Advanced Division.
  • 15:30-16:00: Prizes, cleanup and Jam.

The location is easily accessible by train, which we recommend. You can travel with us from Connolly.

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

If you want to take a grading, Raul is a certified BKA examiner, we can do that any day, but this day is more fitting.

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 Ireland
  • [One eye} Spike
  • Base cup – Stab
  • Faster than gravity
  • Lift Bird
  • Scrambled Aeroplane
  • 0-Turn Jumping Stick
  • Around Europe


  • Swirl Aeroplane
  • Lunar – In
  • Lighthouse Somersault
  • Earth Turn Whirlwind


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

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