MONDO 23 held its first Minnesota MONDO Kendama Championship on Sunday, Feb 19th.
The competition began with a Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Ladder Battles. Battle Ladders are speed events to determine which competitors can complete 6 specified tricks in order as quickly as possible.
Congratulations to the Battle Ladder winners: Jon Atwell (Beginner), Joe Spitzenberger (Intermediate) and Ben Thompson (Advanced).
- 1st Place - Jon Atwell
- 2nd Place - Trent Bosak
- 3rd Place - Patricia Wilton & Dan Plante (tie)
- 1st Place - Joe Spitzenberger
- 2nd Place - Shane Kohlmeier
- 3rd Place - Mike Nieland
- 1st Place - Ben Thompson
- 2nd Place - Matt Jorgenson
- 3rd Place - Shane Kohlmeier
The Best Trick Award was won by Jon Atwell, who combined his kendama and unicycle skills for a unique finish.
Many thanks to Sweets Kendamas and Robin Westacott for sponsoring the event and donating the prizes.
On a related note, Ben Thompson, winner of the Advance Battle Ladder, and his passing partner Doug Sayers also tied the passing record at MONDO 2012 with 14 passes of 14 clubs.