Monday, January 28, 2008

Juggling Update

3-ball: passing to another person is getting pretty reliable - I can pass every third, every other, or every one. Realized my Mills' Mess isn't quite symmetric, but damned if I can figure out how to fix it...I can now "claw" about 5 catches in a row and switch between that and a standard catch. Can juggle off the wall, off the floor, transition between those and normal throws. When catching on the neck, I can drop the ball behind the back.

Still working on: toss to an over-the-shoulder position, some weird V-finger small-movement stuff, and the still-impossible high-toss-with-spin-around. There are two issues: my high tosses aren't consistent and my spins aren't fast or consistent. If I could make my high tosses more consistent, it would help a lot with the 4- and 5-ball juggling effort too.

American-style clubs: I can now do around 100 throws without a drop. Starting to work on basic tricks such as under-the-leg, chin drop, and double spins.

What was new and different this time around: rope tricks. Specifically, I learned a half-dozen knot throws, which are really fun and very weird.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Juggling in New York

Today was my first juggling class at New York Circus Arts Academy. Some things I can do now that I probably couldn't have yesterday include:
  • 3-ball: "steal" from the side
  • 3-ball: catch a ball between my shoulder blades
  • 3-ball: catch a ball reliably with the back side of the hand
  • 3-club: do about 40 throws (american-style clubs) without a drop
  • diabolo: cat's cradle into suicide toss
On the other hand, some things that still need a lot of work include:
  • balls: "claw" catches
  • balls/clubs: regular passing
  • balls: the transition *after* I've caught a ball between the shoulder blades.
  • diabolo: "the whip".