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MN KENDAMA OPEN 2017 OCTOBER 27, 28 +29


 

The Largest Kendama Competition in north America

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MN KENDAMA OPEN 2017 OCTOBER 27, 28 +29


 

The Largest Kendama Competition in north America

 

5th ANNUAL Minnesota kendama open

OCTOBER 27, 28 + 29

 

The Minnesota Kendama Open is the second largest annual kendama competition in the world. It takes place over 3 days at the end of October, with the last two at the Mall of America. This is a chance for us to give back to the kendama community, while putting the sport we love on the world stage. 

Sweets Kendamas just recently moved our offices from our old home in Bloomington, to our new space in Minneapolis. We are excited to have our friends from around the world experience our hometown while enjoying a weekend jam packed with dama.


Weekend Schedule:

 

Thursday

Pre-Event Jam - Sweets Shop
All Day
18+ After 7pm

 

Friday / Day 1

Airport Hilton - Check-In, Preliminary Rounds, & Vending
3pm - Check In
4pm - 10pm

 

Saturday / Day 2

 Mall of America Rotunda -  All Levels
9am - Check In
10am - 7pm
 

Sunday, Day 3

MOA - Finals & Award Ceremony
9am - Check In
10am - 5pm


 
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BOOK A ROOM


BOOK A ROOM


BOOK A ROOM AT THE HILTON

Why book a room:

  • Day 1 of the competition is held at the Hilton.
  • We have a group discount for $105/ night for a single OR double bedroom. 
  • Easy access to the Mall of America, where day 2 + 3 of MKO are held.
  • There are shuttles to and from the MOA and MSP Airport that run all day. 
  • Most people who will be coming from out of town stay at this hotel so if you want to spend some time with Kendama friends you only get to see at events, might as well stay at the same place!
  • Our discount code is only running until October 8th so book ASAP!

You can either book a room by clicking on the link, or else give The Hilton MSP a call at (952)-854-2100. The group discount code is 'SWEET' don't forget to mention or else you won't get the discount! 

 

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REGISTRATION


REGISTRATION


OPEN DIVISION

$50

Tricklist

 

Head-to-Head match-ups, up to 3 points. Tricks cards from Open Division Trick List are pulled at random. 

Bracket will be narrowed down to a final 32 on Day 1. Final 32 play out their bracket on Day 2.

• Start with Rock-Paper-Scissors to decide who goes first. Winner gets to pick to play first or second.
• Player 1 pulls the first trick card from the deck. 
• If Player 1  lands the trick, Player 2 has one chance to land the same trick.
• If Player 1 makes their trick and the opposing player misses their trick, Player 1  earns a point.
• If Player 1  misses their trick and Player 2  lands their trick, Player 2  earns a point.
• If both players LAND the trick on the same try, the trick is repeated until one player earns a point. *Max 3 total attempts per player per trick*    
• If both players MISS the trick on the same try, the trick is repeated until one player earns a point. *Max 3 total attempts per player per trick*    
• A new trick is pulled from the deck after 3 attempts. 
• Alternate who pulls the trick card every time always. 
• All stall tricks must be held for 2 seconds minimum
• When finishing a stall trick you can exit to spike any way you wish, straight in or flip in. 
• All tricks must be landed the same way they are completed in the video unless otherwise stated during trick briefing.
• Whirlwind must be done Regular NOT inward. 
•If a kendama breaks on stage during a match do to NATURAL CAUSES, the player may then be allowed to use there back up kendama. 

 

INTERMEDIATE DIVISION

$40

Tricklist : 

  • Gunslinger to spike
  • Swing spike, earth, reverse earth
  • Base cup, kenflip to base cup, downspike
  • Lighthouse, lighthouse flip, falling in
  • Bird over Valley In
  • Stuntplane

Competitors go on stage in small groups of 6 – 8 and race through a trick list consisting of 6 tricks placed on the floor in front of them.
 
• Each player starts with their tamas hanging in front of them touching the floor.
• When the timer starts, the player tries to land each of the 6 tricks as fast as they can.
• The player must reset the kendama after each trick is landed (tama or ken hanging – does not have to touch the floor)
• The player must land the tricks in the order specified.
• The player cannot move onto the next trick until the one previous is finished.
• The players who finish first will move onto the next round (1 or 2 person(s) from each heat).  Depending on the number of participants in each heat, more than one player may move forward in a group.
• Rounds will be played out until we are down to a manageable amount to move onto the Finals on Day 2 (this will be determined once we have a total number of competitors).

 

Beginner DIVISION

$35

Tricklist :

  • Big Cup
  • Airplane
  • Bottom Cup
  • Candlestick
  • Penguin Cup
  • Spike

Competitors go on stage in small groups of 6 – 8 and race through a trick list consisting of 6 tricks placed on the floor in front of them.
 
• Each player starts with their tamas hanging in front of them touching the floor.
• When the timer starts, the player tries to land each of the 6 tricks as fast as they can.
• The player must reset the kendama after each trick is landed (tama or ken hanging – does not have to touch the floor)
• The player must land the tricks in the order specified.
• The player cannot move onto the next trick until the one previous is finished.
• The players who finish first will move onto the next round (1 or 2 person(s) from each heat).  Depending on the number of participants in each heat, more than one player may move forward in a group.
• Rounds will be played out until we are down to a manageable amount to move onto the Finals on Day 2 (this will be determined once we have a total number of competitors).

ALL GIRLS DIVISION

This is the first year Sweets Kendamas will be hosting a Girls Comp as part of the Minnesota Kendama Open, and we hope that it grows to be an established part of our competition. With the growing number of female kendama players, we want to do our part to recognize their slayage. 

This year, the Girls Comp is an Optional competition alongside the regular divisions.  We are excited to find out who the best female players in Beginner, Intermediate, and Open are!
But we do not want to limit any player, so if you register for the Girls Comp, you have the option to compete in your standard level, the Girls Comp, or Both. 
 
The Girls Comp will use the same tricks lists as the regular levels. 

The final structure of competition will rely heavily on the number of players registered. 

We hope this will help open the door for more female players to join and be recognized in our growing kendama community. 

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FREESTYLE


A combination of Invite and Open Bracket Competition.

FREESTYLE


A combination of Invite and Open Bracket Competition.

FREESTYLE + OPEN COMPETITION

* ONLY 50 spots first come first serve *

Freestyle Prelim Rules
 
Each Player will get 90 seconds to demonstrate their best freestyle routine in front of the 3 official judges. Their performance will be judged on 3 factors. Difficulty 50, Creativity 30, Control 20 for a total score of 100. The top 8 players with the best score will go on to face the invited 8 players in the finals at the Mall of America in a head to head battle on Oct. 30th. 

THE BATTLE:

• 16 Players will compete in a head to head bracket style competition until there is only one MKO Freestyle Champion. 
 • Each player will either have a BROWN or BLUE Bandana on them.
 • The player with the BROWN Bandana always starts.
 • Each player gets 2 X 45-second runs to show off their freestyle skills.

 The Judging:

• Creativity : How creatively did the player flow the tricks one into another? Did they have their own style? Did they use the whole stage or just stand in one spot? Did they do a trick you've never seen before?
 
• Consistency : How many times did the player miss the spike? Did they just spike one long combo during their entire routine or did they land 10 different spikes on tricks in a row without missing a spike? Anyone can do a flow line but it takes a true champ to cleanly land everything with a spike.
 
• Difficulty:  How hard were the tricks the players were trying?

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PAST WINNERS


PAST WINNERS


OPEN DIVISION CHAMPS

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2013

1st Place - Max Norcross

2nd Place - Willy P

3rd Place - Brandon Meyer

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2014

1st Place - Lukas Funk

2nd Place - Sam Cannon

3rd Place - Jake Fischer 

 

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2015

1st Place - Zack Gallagher

2nd Place - Lukas Funk

3rd Place - George Marshall

 

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2016

1st Place - Nick Gallagher

2nd Place - CJ Martinez

3rd Place - Zack Gallagher

 


FREESTYLE CHAMPS

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2015

1st Place - Jake Fischer

2nd Place - Nic Stodd

3rd Place - Tie: Bonz Atron / Christian Fraser

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2016

1st Place - Bonz Atron

2nd Place - Jake Fischer

3rd Place - Logan Tosta

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Volunteer


Volunteer


Do you want to volunteer for MKO? We would love your help!

Name *
Name
Which day(s) can you volunteer *

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FAQ's


Frequently asked questions

FAQ's


Frequently asked questions

• When Should I arrive?

Many players will arrive the day before competition on Thursday the 26th. We are planning to have a jam session that day, and give everyone a chance to settle in and hang out before the competition. You do not have to show up that day, as long as you get to the Hilton on Friday during Check In / Registration you will be able to compete.

 

• When does Registration close?

 Online pre-registration closes October 1st. There will be on site registration Friday October 27th.

• Will the price for registration change?
 No. Pre-registration includes the limited edition MKO T-Shirt in your Swag Bag, but if you choose to register on-site you will not receive the shirt. 

 

• What Can I expect?

A weekend jam packed with Kendama
 


• How much money should I bring?
We will have vendors from around the world and you will have to purchase food for yourself. Make a plan before you come about what you want to spend of damas, and expect to spend at least $20 a day on food.

 

• Can I share a room with someone?

Sharing a room is a great way to save money on your trip. If you are fine with sharing a bed, you can easily fit 4 people in the double rooms at the Hilton.

 

• Can my parents/ siblings come?

Of course! The MKO is free to spectators, and there are a lot of things to do in the Twin Cities and the Mall of America during the day.

 

• What if I just want to watch?

The MKO is free to spectators on all 3 days!

 

• What are the tricks / when will they release?

We will announce the trick lists for each level soon. Please keep an eye on here and our social media pages.

• I don’t know 1 trick in Intermediate, should I do beginner?

No way! We don’t want any sandbaggers this year! If you can do most of the tricks, please spend the time until the MKO grinding out and learning the tricks that are new to you.

• Will there be food?
We do not provide food at any point during the event. The Hilton has a restaurant on site, and many places deliver as well. The Mall of America had over 50 restaurants, so there is something for everyone.

 

• I have school on Friday and cannot be there till ____PM

We start the competition later in the day on Friday because we know many local players have school that day. Please plan your afternoon accordingly when we release a more definite schedule for the 27th and arrive to the Hilton as soon as you can!

 

• Why is registration so much?

We are going to hook you up with the dankest Swag Bag ever!

• How do I participate in Freestyle?

Freestyle will be a first-come first-served sign up opportunity. The first 50 players to register will be able to compete against the 8 invited players.

 

• What is the Girls Comp?

This is a first for us! We are stoked about the growing female kendama community, and we want to offer them something special. More details will be released soon, but the Girls Comp will be an optional additional competition to any female players at the MKO. You will need to register for regular competition to participate.

 

• Do I have to stay at the Hilton?

No, but we have worked hard to get some of the pest rates in the area and hope you take advantage. There are many other hotels in the area, but if you want to be part of the action, the Hilton is where to stay!

 

• Can I Volunteer to help out?

Yes! We can’t promise exactly what you will be doing, but we always need more hands during the event. Please sign up here ____

• How old do I have to be?

The MKO is open to every age! If you are planning to stay at the Hilton though, you will need to be 18 or have an adult book your room.

 

• Since the MKO is the weekend before Halloween, should I bring a costume?


That is up to you! If we decide to do any official Halloween / Costume related activities we will be sure to notify you in advance.
There will be many Halloween related events in the Twin Cities and at the Mall of America you may decide to attend after competition time on your own. If you do decide to bring or wear a costume, please keep it appropriate as this is an all ages event. The Mall of America has a policy against full face masks. Dressing as your favorite pro is always encouraged.