Kendama is a traditional Japanese skill game with many benefits. Playfully it improves the hand-eye coordination, trains reflexes, reduces stress and offers great opportunities for creativity in more than 1000 different tricks. Especially in today’s world overcrowded with digital information it is a valuable source for recreation.
Tradition, culture, movement, fun and purpose: Kendama is much more than a game. Kendama literally means sword and ball and consists of a ball and a handle connected by a string. It originated in Japan in the 17th century, where its French ancestor, the “Bilboquet”, was first taken up and further developed. Today thousands of people around the world use it to create a playful counterbalance to everyday’s life in schools, at work, on the road or at home.
Our Kendama guide teaches you the basics and more than 40 tricks, and helps you to reach a harmonious interaction between body and mind. With the included checklist you can keep track easily of your progress and goals. You will also learn the cultural and historical backgrounds as well as many fun team, partner and individual games.
What is the project goal and who is the project for?
Kendama promotes balance between body and mind through playful joy. Coordination skills are important in every phase of life and at every age. Pupils, managers, taxi drivers and students alike, anyone can learn tricks on Kendama quickly and have fun using it. Main target groups are therefore children, adolescents, adults and the elderly. In addition, the handbook should serve as a helpful guide in working with children and adolescents.
Why would you support this project?
In our society, which is literally governed by a frenzy for technology, there needs to be a counterbalance that compensates its resulting disadvantages. We are influenced by new technologies and digital media continuously in an inescapable flow of information, while our minds nearly beg for rest and recreation. At the same time, these devices can be found already in the hands of young children and adolescents. As a result essential motoric development is neglected at a young age. Therefore, the Kendama is a valuable tool, not only in the hands of children, but also of adults at work or at home.
How will we use the money if the project is successfully funded?
The first funding goal of 2,120 EUR contains only the printing costs of the Kendama book and the fees of Startnext. The second funding target of 4,120 EUR includes editing costs, word processing, cover, graphics and typesetting, and delivery costs, as well as adjusted fees of Startnext. With your financial support, you contribute to making Lukas’ dream come true and making sure, that Kendama finds its way into schools or kindergartens, establishes itself in the adult world and thus generally ensures a balanced way of life in our society.
Who are the people behind the project?
Lukas J. Beck founded "Kendama Austria" in the beginning of 2018. Since then, he has worked together with his cooperation partners on an Austrian-wide dissemination of Kendama and the establishment of a nationwide community. His main focus lies on the integration of Kendama in the pedagogical, didactic area, as a break filler, before a meeting, family party or just walking trough the streets. Because coordination skills can never be taught early enough. In workshops and on events Lukas introduces Kendama to his target groups. https://kendama-austria.at