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How to juggle!

How to Juggle in 3 easy steps!
Diagrams used with permission of Stevemd

Step 1: "Throw - Catch"

• Keep hands at waist level.
• The 2 crosses represent the top corners of a square, your hands are the bottom corners
• Toss the ball from one hand to the other, aiming for the opposite corner of the square
• Do this in both directions!

Step 2: "Throw, throw, catch, catch"

• Throw ball one as before.
• As ball one reaches its peak, throw ball two to the other hand, aiming for the other corner
• Listen for the rhythm and say "Throw, throw - catch, catch"
• This is a vital step, so don't move on until you've got it"

Step 3: "Throw, throw, throw, catch"

• You're very close to juggling now.
• The aim here is to throw and catch all 3 balls!
• Same as for step 2, except as ball 2 reaches it's peak, throw ball 3 across to the other hand.
• Catch ball 2, then catch ball 3.
• After this, the trick is to keep going and not stop
• Hurray! You're now juggling :-)

Hints & Tips
• Begin each session with a warm-up. Do step 1 at least 10 times!
• Top Technique Tips:
- Watch the top of the square.
- Keep your hands at about waist level.
- Wait for the ball to come to you.
• Concentrate on consistent throwing, don't worry about the catching!
• If you move forward as you juggle, try standing in front of a wall.
• Juggle over a bed / sofa / table to reduce the distance you need to stoop to pick up the balls!
• If you get stuck, go back a step.
• Practice little and often. If it's not fun, stop and try again later!

Resources
Oddballs Juggling shops in London & Brighton
"More Balls than Most" - juggling courses & products
Animated Juggling Lesson
How to make your own juggling balls

Comments

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nice_cup_of_tea
Mar. 2nd, 2006 11:57 am (UTC)
The joy of the internet
I did a lot of juggling a while back and then when I bought extra juggling balls last week in the charity shop, I though, better post some instructions!

Have fun, it's very addictive ;-)
katie1980
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:27 pm (UTC)
Ooh, oddballs! Great shop, but rather dangerous imho! ;o) It's too easy to spend a fortune in there! G's into Poi, and we "popped in" when we were in London (in September 2004, I think, gosh, how time flies!) and spent quite a bit! We got 2 sets of poi, a couple of books, and a contact juggling ball.

I don't have the patience to learn how to juggle, but G is very good at it :o)
nice_cup_of_tea
Mar. 2nd, 2006 01:28 pm (UTC)
My sister....
... made me some poi for Christmas!
katie1980
Mar. 2nd, 2006 02:08 pm (UTC)
Re: My sister....
G started off by making his own, but then he bought some fire poi in Odballs when he went there with a friend.
Now he's gone and lost one of the fingerloops off *my* poi, and those ones aren't listed on the website :o( I'll have to wait until we go back there to get a replacement loop, and in the meantime it's got one of the homemade loops on it which were made for his fingers and so don't fit me!

But the fire poi look very impressive :o)
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