Staying on the Grind

We’ve almost reached the end of February.

Which almost brings an end to another year of #28 Tricks Later.

If you’ve nearly made it all the way through, epic congratulations to you. For those of you who didn’t, try not to worry, there’s always next year. And for those of you who don’t know what’s been going on, hop on to Instagram, type ‘#28TricksLater’ and prepare to be blown away by the onslaught of personal progress and mind-bending Kendama tricks that this month has brought.

In 2017 Sweets Kendama pro, Christian Fraser, came up with the idea, to help push him, and the Sweets team, to really put work in and level up their play. Four years later, it has become quite the phenomenon, with thousands of Kendama players, taking part in the challenge, sharing their personal progress online, and trying to help each other stay motivated throughout the process. There were even a few of the Sound Kendama slayers getting involved again.

This sort of durational challenge can be a really great way to push yourself through some barriers, by forcing time for practice and play, and possibly, pushing you out of your comfort zone.

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It can also be incredibly soul-crushing and heart wrenching, when you accidentally set the bar too high, and spend hours on a trick that just isn’t supposed to work yet. It is important to be able to identify what should be ‘achievable’ as a challenge, as you should still be looking to find some enjoyment in the process. So if your still fairly new to a skill, you probably shouldn’t be setting yourself an expert level trick, to try and achieve on the first day of the challenge, maybe not even by the end of it.

Also, you might have other stuff to do and not be able to make it all the way through.  Which is fine, life happens.

If your reading about this for the first time and thinking, ‘Hey, can I not just do this in March?’

Well, absolutely, yes, do it! These personal challenges can be started in any month, on any day, at any time, it just takes you to say “I’m going to try and do this every day for a month, or however many days in a row.”

 

One thing you might miss out on is the inspiration and encouragement from the community, all embarking on the challenge together. Also, February is the shortest month in the year, so it’s all over a little sooner. But don’t let that stop you.

If you completed #28TricksLater drop us a comment below and let us know, what helped you overcome your biggest challenge through the month?

 

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