The Royal Kendama – It’s One Sick Click

Careful Construction

When it comes to Kendama design the team at Royal Kendama have no time for half measures. The tiniest tweaks in shape and balance all help when it comes to getting the right feel for a trick. It took years of trials and tricking to finally get the Ken that can!

Beautiful Beech

We needed a durable hardwood that was uncompromising and gave the best grain possible. Quality beech was the only choice. Guaranteed free of knots and flaws, our beech is tough and will look better as it matures.

Glorious Gloss

Six lustrous colours adorn our tamas. The key to the Royal paint is longevity and texture. Our paint stays fresh for longer – slick at first until it reaches clicking maturity. Then you can enjoy the grippy texture of a veteran tama, ripe for a Moon Landing.

Plush Packaging

If you’ve made something beautiful, you best make a smart box to put it in. The Royal Kendama is housed in a windowed presentation box that just zings on shop shelves. Each model comes with instructions and a spare string, bead & threading tool.

Real Research

It took a team of pro-players, some talented craftsmen and a whole lot of playing to get the Royal where we needed it to be. We took elements from our favourite kendamas and look backed to the roots of Kendama to make a model that rewards and challenges.

Clicking Community

The team behind Royal have been part of the global skill toy scene for over 3 decades. Using our hands, making friends and always nurturing the most important people – the players! The Royal Kendama team is driven in cultivating a scene where we encourage each other to learn and grow.

Seven Stunning Colours

Starlight White

Pillar Box Red

Hyper Pink

Apple Green

Royal Blue

Panther Black

Beech Beauty

Introducing the Royal Plush

In the Summer of 2017, after deep testing, the Royal Kendama team developed an improved paint formula that became the cornerstone of the PLUSH performance model.  Staying true to the original Royal design but featuring a coating that gives higher-level players that extra edge they need for the craziest of technical tricks. The Royal Plush Tama features a 65/35 colour split. Available in five striking two-tones, plus the deliciously transparent “Honey” colour, for those who just love to show off their grain. The Plush is lush. We know you’re going to love it.

Now comes the SuperNatural!

Royal SuperNatural
The SuperNatural project was developed by the competition winning Royal Kendama as a raw session model.

Built from a tough, strong Ash Wood, the SuperNatural is designed for ken-contact and dynamic, aerial play. The Tama includes an exotic Zebrano wood stripe to help players gauge their hold location.

Designed with competition specifications in mind and paying tribute to the legions of new players developing their Kendama game in ways never before thought possible. Exceptionally beautiful grain and on-point handling.

Royal SuperNatural Ash-Zeb tama

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what they say

“I’m seriously impressed by the Royal. It’s really well made and feels great to play.”
“Really enjoyable Kendama straight out of the box”
The Milky Oolong
“I like it a lot, specially for tricks like birds. … It is an amazing kendama”
“…once you get the feel for the tama paint it snaps right on due to the beveled cups”
MaKayla 'Cheesey' Parker

see it in action

Royal Kendama

The team behind Royal Kendama have over 30 years experience manufacturing and playing with skill-toys. We’ve always loved kendama – they’ve always been in our pockets, on our shelves and in our hands – and its been with much joy we’ve witnessed the scene flourish in to the community around us

We knew when we started the Royal project we needed to make something special.

We wanted to create a great quality kendama for all styles of play – firm and stable for the balances, light and agile for the aerial kids, precise and fluid for the spike fanatics. This kendama had to tick all the boxes.

Taking inspiration from the competition specifications of Japan and the BKA, we went to work on the Ken, Cups and Tama. Old school wisdom and new-school methods were all thrown in the crucible. Collaborating with renown expert The Void as our chief designer, and getting input from kendama players worldwide, we made a model that’s perfect for beginners and pros alike. The Royal Kendama M.O. is clear – we stand proudly in the traditions of the past, but with eyes firmly fixed on the future.

We also knew the price had to be right – but we weren’t willing to compromise on quality. So we tweaked and re-designed and worried and then, when we had the final prototypes made, they looked like Royalty – there was no question what we were calling them.

Where to Start ?

So you’ve bagged yourself your first kendama? Congratulations – you’re on a lifelong path of trick discovery and personal development – it’s also the key to a community of people pushing each other and growing together. You’ve made a great choice.

The trick possibilities with kendama are near infinite. But we all have to start somewhere, right? Here’s a playlist of instructional videos to get you started.

Although these are some of the earliest ‘starter’ tricks that you may learn, if you get to grips with the correct techniques shown here, you can apply them to all the tricks you’ll learn in the future. It’s important to nail the fundamentals in order to develop as a player. Even the most simple trick is satisfying and beautiful if done with style and confidence.

Getting the basics right will take you a *very* long way in kendama play!

Looking for more to learn ? Check out the Trick Archive on the Kendama Forum,
or The Books by The Void & Donald Grant.

The Royalists

“Royalists who are righteously reppin’ the Royal rules: Kicking tricks with wooden clicks.”


The Void is a Royalist


Ingi Hughes is a Royalist


Matt Nix is a Royalist


Rob Henman is a Royalist

The Brief History of The Kendama

Kendama came from Japan in the early 20th century – evolving from centuries of cup-and-ball tradition, and especially the French Bilboquet.

In 1975 the Japanese Kendama Association was formed with the aim of spreading kendama’s popularity, and making it playable as a sport, as well as just for fun. They created a grading system with 10 “kyu” (beginner) grades, and 6 “dan” (master) grades, which players can work through by scoring consistently at a set range of tricks, which get harder as you progress through the grades. Currently, there are approximately 30-40 6th Dan players – all Japanese. If you want to challenge yourself, why not see if you can make your way through the official Kendama Grading Trick Tables.

In the early 21st century, with the advent of the internet, kendama tricks and culture began to spread to the Western world, and now players from all over the globe are putting their own spin and freestyle ideas on exactly what “kendama” is, or can be. Sharing tricks on social media, posting “grain” photos, showing off longer edited videos of your skills, and joining in online chat and competitions: Join in, and share the fun of the ever-evolving journey!

Looking for Inspiration ?

Check Out this selection of our favourite Kendama Videos and see some of the hottest players out there strutting their stuff.

If this whets your appetite, then head over to the Kendama Channel for an unhealthy helping of Kendama videos.

For online discussions and the latest Kendama News on events and competitions pay a visit to the British Kendama Association

We Want to Hear From You

 [email protected] – Give us a shout – to Discuss Your Royal Kendama, Find Your Closest Stockist or Talk Wholesale.

The Royal Kendama is Approved for Gradings and Competitions by the British Kendama Association.