==== ====Cool Stuff for Juggling you find at this link :http://snurl.com/21oxgff==== ====In order to learn 5 ball juggling, it is assumed you can already juggle a very good 3 ball cascadepattern and do quite a few tricks. It is not essential that you have learned 4 ball juggling as oddnumbers of balls are juggled differently than even numbers, but there are several 4 ball tricks thatcan help you to learn 5 ball juggling.5 Ball Juggling is not easy and it will take a lot of time and practice and a lot of dropping, butpersevere and it will be worth it! Please note that I use the terms "favoured hand" and "weakerhand" instead of mentioning "left" and "right" hands. This makes it easier for left handed peopleespecially to understand these tricks!What Does This Pattern Look Like?The actual 5 ball cascade is the same pattern as the 3 ball cascade, only it is higher and a lotfaster! This may sound quite simple, but bear in mind that in the cascade, the balls pass throughthe same central point, and therefore if your timing or accuracy is slightly off, then the balls aremore likely to collide!Find Other AdviceWhen researching how to do 5 ball juggling, everyone seems to have their own opinions as towhich tricks and techniques are best. The advice I offer here is one possible way to learn to 5 balljuggling, but feel try other peoples advice also! Find your nearest Juggling Club or Convention inorder to meet other jugglers who can encourage you and help you out.Dont Give Up3 ball cascade and 4 ball juggling may have took you just a few days/weeks to master, but 5 balljuggling will take you much longer, so be prepared! It took this author a few years of practicebefore it became solid.Learn 3 and 4 Ball TricksTry learning every trick in this article as there are some good 3 and 4 ball juggling patterns whichwill help you to master 5 ball juggling, but they are excellent tricks anyway to add to yourrepertoire!What Height Should I Throw To?This is a trade off, as you will know from juggling 3 balls that the lower you can throw, the more
accurate a pattern you have, but the less time you have to make each throw, and vice versa.Some people suggest that you should throw to the height that is as high as you can reach whenyou are on tip-toes. The choice is yours!How to Hold 3 Balls in one HandWhen it comes to numbers juggling (eg 5 or more balls), then it is best to purchase some balls thatare either a bit smaller than normal or a lot squishier, because you cant change the size of yourhands that are holding them! You will find that 5 ball jugglers all have their own favourite type ofjuggling ball and favourite method of holding 3 balls, so experiment a little until you find a methodthat works for you! Beanbags take up little space and have the added advantage of not rollingaway when they hit the floor!Practice these 3 and 4 ball Tricks first!There are several 3 ball and 4 ball tricks that I recommend practicing, which will help you withlearning to juggle 5 balls. Of course nothing beats just picking up 5 balls and giving it a try, butthese tricks are useful in helping you to increase your juggling speed, height, accuracy andimprove your timing, which are all essential skills for improving your 5 ball juggling, so please givethese tricks a try!3 Ball TricksIn any 5 ball practice session, probably best to pick a couple of these tricks and maybe one 4 balltrick and plenty of 5 ball practice, rather than just concentrating on one trick. This may keep youfrom getting frustrated and it will also help expand your 3 and 4 ball juggling routines!3 Ball Cascade (High): Practice throwing every ball to a 5 ball height and get the height consistentwith every throw.Hands Down to Knees: Juggle a 3 ball cascade but bring your hand down to below your kneesbefore throwing the ball high.3 Ball Shower: One hand throws high to the other hand, which passes to the first. In essence, onehand does all the throws, and the other hand makes all the catches. The balls travel in onedirection (a kind of triangle). To begin with, just use two balls. Have them both in your favouredhand, and throw them high and quickly (one after the other). As soon as one ball lands in yourweaker hand, pass it horizontally to your dominant hand. When you feel ready to try three,remember that this will take a lot of practice to look smooth. Remember to throw high andaccurately, as you dont have time to chase balls! Try to do a high shower pattern and keep thepattern smooth and accurate, and please practice this in both directions!3 Ball Flash: While doing a cascade, throw all 3 balls high, and then continue. This trick will helpyou get used to the speed and the height of the 5 ball cascade!Flash With Handclaps: Do a 3 ball flash (see above), and as soon as you have released the thirdball, clap your hand once. Now try again but this time clap your hands twice before continuing thecascade. These 2 claps would represent the 4th and 5th balls being thrown in a cascade pattern,
so it is a very useful trick. Try doing this trick continuously.Juggling the Baby: Start with 2 balls in your favoured hand and one ball in your weaker hand.Throw 2 balls from the favoured hand in a shower pattern, then toss the ball from your other handstraight across to your favoured hand. Now throw the 2 balls in the shower pattern back towardsyour favoured hand and throw the single ball straight across to your weaker hand. This trick iscalled holding the baby, because this is how you would juggle a real baby (the baby being thesingle ball that would be passed carefully using the arm as a cradle, straight across from one handto the other!) PLEASE DO NOT JUGGLE A REAL BABY THOUGH!4 Ball TricksLearn some or all of these tricks, then try some 5 ball juggling. Learning these tricks will help makeit easier!Half Shower: If you are able to 3 Ball Shower (see above), then this trick should be simple enoughonce you are comfortable with 4 ball juggling. You can start off by juggling this patternsynchronously (throwing a ball from each hand at the same time). Choose which direction youwant the balls to go in, and at the same time throw a ball high to one hand, and throw the ball lowto the other hand. When both balls peak (which should be roughly the same time - needs a bit ofwork), then throw the next two balls in exactly the same way (the hand that threw a high ball,throws another high ball etc). Keep going, and practice this trick in both directions!Snake: Start with two balls in each hand. Throw one ball from your favoured hand, then two ballsfrom your weaker hand in quick succession. Then throw two from your favoured hand insuccession. (i.e. throw the one still in your hand, catch the first left, throw it, catch and hold thesecond left) Then two lefts, two rights, two lefts, etc. Its confusing at first, but the pattern looksreally good!5 Ball Advice and things to practiceImprove your Accuracy: Throw the 5 balls and let them drop again. Look at where they havelanded. They should have landed roughly in a clump of 2 near each other and 3 balls near eachother.Improve your Timing: Try throwing all 5 balls up in the air and letting them drop to the ground.Listen to the sound that these 5 balls make when they each hit the ground and try to get a niceeven rhythm for the drops. This will mean that your pattern is evenly spaced out.5 Ball Flash: This is 5 throws followed by 5 catches. The 3 balls from your favoured hand shouldend up in your weaker hand, and the 2 balls from your weaker hand should end up in yourfavoured hand. You may find that it is your third or fourth throw that is consistently off in the samemanner each time and therefore this trick gives you the chance to concentrate on just improvingthat particular throw.Stand Near a Wall: What really helped me is when I practiced against a wall. Since the ballstouched a little bit of the wall, their pattern was easier to make.
Try for 6 Catches, then 7: "After you learn to do the five ball flash, you should try throwing an extraball afterward, I researched and learned that in the old schools of juggling they taught to take onestep at a time and it helped me a lot, for instance dont just flash but flash an extra ball so youeventually develop the quintuplet rhythm faster" (tip from Jashufet Harold)1 Different Coloured Ball: Try using 4 balls of the same colour and one ball of a different colour. Ifyou have, say, four black balls and one red ball, and you make sure that you throw the red balllast, then you will be able to keep track of how many catches you are making, because every timeyou throw the red you know that you have done "5 more catches"!If the pattern gets too wide: This tends to happen when you dont have enough time to bring thehands back towards the centre of your body to make the next throw. Try throwing a little higher togive yourself some extra time to return your hand to its proper throwing position.If the pattern gets too narrow: This may be because the pattern is too high. Try to bring the patterndown just a little and spread the pattern out slowly (if you do it too quickly you may find that theballs collide!)I can manage "10" throws and then cant get any further! Try a few 5 ball flashes (5 throws and 5catches). Aim for accuracy, and getting the timing improved. Now try to get 10 clean throws andcatches and stop. If you can keep the first 10 throws and catches clean, then there is no reasonwhy you shouldnt be able to keep going with a bit of practice! It may be helpful to stop trying tocount the balls as this may be taking up too much of your thinking!The pattern seems way too fast! One way to make 5 ball juggling seem slower is to try flashing a 7ball cascade! After a few attempts and the realisation that you have to be even more faster andaccurate, your 5 ball pattern will seem a lot slower than before. Trust me, this actually works!My arms hurt a lot when I practice: In order to build up some endurance, you could possibly trysome weight training at your local gym, try juggling 3 or 4 of the heavy DX balls, or just keeppracticing, but take regular breaks (your arms will eventually get used to this trick, but it will taketime to build the endurance!)You only need 3 repetitions of 5 balls to be classified as a 5 ball juggler (15 catches), so keeppracticing!Steve Thomson is a professional juggler based in the UK. He has an online juggling store calledJugglingworld.biz.His Jugglingworld Website has tricks pages and beginners guides for over 30 different skills-basedprops so if you ever want to learn a new skill, this is the place to start! Tricks Section.Twitter name is @stevejuggler
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