Beginners

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1.Ôzara (Big Cup)

Grip A

Pull the the down-hanging ball  straight up an catch the ball in the big cup.

First  bend your knees and pull the ball straight up while extending your knees. Then put the big cup under the ball while bending your knees and gently catch the ball.

 

 

2.Kozara (Small Cup)

Grip A

Pull the ball straight up an catch the ball in the small cup.

First bend your knees and pull the ball straight up while extending your knees. Then put the small cup below the ball while bending your knees and gently catch the ball.

 

 

 

3.Chûzara (Middel Cup)

Grip A

Pull the ball  straight up an catch the ball in the middle cup.

First bend your knees and pull the ball straight up while extending your knees. Then put the middle cup under the ball while bending your knees and gently catch the ball.

 

 

4.Rôsoku (Candle)

Rôsoku grip

Hold the kendama with the spike downward in an angle so that the string does not touch your hand. Deeply bend your knees, and then pull the ball  straight up while extending your knees. Straighten up the stick while pulling up the ball and catching it.

 

5. Tomeken (Pull up in)

Grip B

Hold the kendama with the spike upward in an angle so that the string does not touch the end of the stick and hold it still. First deeply bend your knees and pull the ball straight up while extending your knees. Move the spike under the ball's hole and catch the ball on the spike or put the spike in the ball's hole.

 

 

6.Hikôki (Airplane)

Grip C

Hold the ball, swing the stick upwards and lightly pull towards you when the stick goes over horizontally. Catch the spike as it's rotating towards you. Only a minimal amount of movement is needed.

 

 

7.Furiken (Swing in)

Grip B

Swing the ball up, move the stick towards you and pull the string to rotate the ball.

Catch the ball as it completes its full circle.

8.Nihon Isshû (Around Japan)

Grip B
Kozara → Ôzara → Tomeken

First  bend your knees and pull the ball straight up while extending your knees. Then rotate your hand inwards to put the small cup below the ball while bending your knees again to gently catch the ball.Throw the ball up while extending your knees once more and rotate your hand to catch the ball in the big cup while slightly bending your knees. Finally throw the ball up again while extending your knees and catch the ball's hole on the spike. The key to spiking it up is to see or know where the ball's hole is at when the ball is in the last cup.

 

9.Sekai Isshû (Around the World)

Grip B
Kozara → Ôzara → Chûzara → Tomeken

First bend your knees and pull the ball straight up while extending your knees. Then rotate your hand inward to put the small cup below the ball while bending your knees again to gently catch the ball. Throw the ball up while extending your knees once more and rotate your hand to catch the ball in the big cup while slightly bending your knees. Now straighten your knees and throw up the ball again, this time twisting your hand with your thumb is pointing downward to catch the ball in the middle cup while bending your knees. Finally throw the ball up again while extending your knees and catch the ball's hole on the spike.

The key to spiking it up is to see or know where the ball's hole is at when the ball is in the last cup.

 

 

10.Tôdai (Lighthouse)

Grip C

Hold the ball with the stick hanging below and still. Bend your knees and pull up the stick straight while extending your knees. Put the ball underneath the middle cup and try to balance the stick on top of the ball while slightly bending your knees again.

 

11.Moshikame

Grip A

Pull up the ball and catch it in the big cup, slightly bend your knees and throw up the ball at the same time you extend your knees. Catch the ball in the middle cup while slightly bending your knees. Repeatedly throw the ball from the middle cup to the big cup. Repeat to throw the ball back and forth between the big cup an the middle cup. Try to catch it in your own rythm.

All pictures with courtesy of  Yamagata Kôbô.

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