Being a long time juggler and yo-yo enthusiast, Matt “Sweets” Jorgenson had to have a kendama after seeing one in a skiing video. He searched the web and was only able to find kendamas from international sources. Paying more for shipping than for the product itself, the seed that became Sweets Kendamas was planted. With the vision of spreading kendama love, Sweets Kendamas was incepted in August of 2010. Since then, our company has focused its efforts on spreading the benefits and gratification that kendama can provide and the culture that it creates through providing kendama players with the best products it has to offer.
Part of this mission, of course, was making kendamas more available in the U.S. market. It seems like decades ago that we ordered our first batch of 600 from overseas, which came fully painted and assembled. In the first couple of hours it was apparent that these kendamas did not share the same quality finish as the JKA kendama that Sweets had first purchased. From that moment on we began ordering unfinished kendama pieces that we painted, assembled and packaged in Minnesota to ship out all over the world. This broadened our mission to create the most durable, playable, and aesthetically pleasing kendamas on the market.
As one of the first American kendama companies, we are the only company to design and paint its own brand of kendamas in the USA. This allows us to design and research new finishes that continually set the bar for the industry’s highest standards.
Our company is composed of individuals who, while having a variety of experience and expertise, all share the commonalities of being kendama fans and players. We hold the belief that our best kendamas are yet to come. We keep the company focused on what kendama players want in a kendama while offering kendamas at entry-level and higher-end price points.
To us, kendama is about never giving up, and learning that practice makes the impossible become not only feasible, but attainable. Much like martial arts or golf, kendama can never be completely mastered, leaving the possibility open for constant self-improvement. It gives the player a means to increase focus and hand-eye coordination, creating self-confidence and perseverance that can be applied to any other difficult task in life.