|Learn to Juggle|
by Jack Kalvan
Impress your friends!
Play and get exercise at the same time!
Improve eye-hand coordination, reflexes, and self-confidence!
|You may be assuming that you're going to learn to throw three balls in a circle.|
This is called the "shower" pattern and is actually a difficult way to juggle.
Perhaps you can learn it later, but I will teach you the easiest, most basic way to juggle, called the "cascade" pattern. It is shown at the top of these instructions. To learn the cascade, you need to start with one ball...
|One ball: learning the basic throw and catch|
The first and most important thing to learn is to throw and catch one ball correctly. This is the only move you'll need to learn the three ball cascade: Hold both hands in front of you with your palms facing up. Cradle a ball loosely in one hand, and lower the hand down by your side before throwing. The goal is to have the ball land in the other hand, so throw the ball up and a little bit across.
|Two balls: almost juggling
Now you are ready for two balls. Hold one ball in each hand. Throw one of the balls up and across the same as you just learned. When this first ball starts coming down, then throw the second ball up and across. Each ball should cross over to the opposite hand. Throw, throw, catch, catch.
|Three balls: where real juggling begins!|
First, just hold 3 balls, placing 2 in the hand that you want to start with and 1 in the other hand. Then, the first 2 throws will be the same as you just did with 2 balls... but when ball 2 is coming down, throw up ball 3. If you catch them all, they will each land in the opposite hand from where they started.
Congratulations! You are now officially a juggler!