Strengthening your pattern and overcoming problems in juggling
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Hi and welcome back. My name is Lynden Blades and I am your private one to one juggling instructor. Welcome back to freejugglinglessons.com. Wow! You have done fantastically well if you completed the last lessons. You should be able to do quite a few throws in the cascade pattern and so congratulations if you have come this far. I am really very happy for you and I want you to go up and teach all your friends how to juggle and spread some happiness around the world.
In this lesson we are going to be looking at how to make your pattern really, really strong. So that you control the juggling balls and the juggling balls do not control you and there is a few ways that we can do that. But first of all, I want to help you to overcome some of the common problems that people have when they first started to juggle a cascade pattern. Now by far the most common pattern I have ever come across when people start to juggle is that they throw in forward, so instead of being able to stand still and do juggling pattern they do juggling pattern and they start running off down the road or running across their garden juggling balls, running forward. So does this sound like you? Probably it does because maybe everybody who stopped to learn how to juggle throws forward.
Now there is a couple of ways that we can fix this problem. Now one of the best ways I think is to just really take care of your body position before you start to juggle. Because often when people are throwing forward in there juggling pattern, they are so enthusiastic about juggling that they forget about their body position and then there palms are facing outwards before they start and if their palms are facing outward where will the ball is going to go. They might be going forward and then they have to move forward to actually catch the ball inside, and they will start running down the road and the look is really funny and it is a great fun but if you want to avoid doing that here is what to do:
Stand on a really good position, feet and shoulder width apart Make sure that your palms are facing the ceiling and you are putting the force of your throw upwards and not outwards. It is like this, upwards. I am pushing the balls upwards every time. Also if I juggle with my hands about hip heights then if I do throw the ball slightly out, I can reach out and grab that ball and put it back into a correct position. If I start my juggling pattern out here with my arms thrust forward and I throw the ball out then I have immediately started to loose, after I have thrown out that ball I have started to loose my balance and then again, I have to lean forwards. So just make sure that your hands are pointing to the ceiling and then you put the force of your throw upwards. Another way that you can cure the problem of throwing the balls forward is by juggling in front of the wall. So I am going to turn around with my back to you, I am going to show you what I mean, like this and what that does is because I got a wall right in front of me I kind of have to keep my hands close to my body. I cannot stop juggling out here because wall is in front of me and also I have got sense, a real sense of prospective that I only got a limited space to juggle in and that gives you a heightened awareness about where the ball is meant to be. If you practice juggling in front of the wall for a while, when you come away from the wall, you still juggle as if the wall is in front of you and then you do not throw forward so much. So that is a really bright requirement.
So where will you with your juggling? I hope that what you are doing is building up the number of throws that you are able to do in your juggling pattern. So what is really important is, how many throws can you make, one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, yes, pretty much! Eight or nine throws. If you are at that stage that is really, really fantastic and congratulations, you need to be adding to those throws all the time. Remember in the last lesson, I said to you if you are able to do eight throws and you want to go for nine, do not aim for nine, aim for 15. Give yourself a nice big distance between where you are at and where you want to be. So there is a plenty of margin because sometimes as you approach your goal, you start to notice a bit of tension and that tension throws you off. So make sure there is plenty of distance in giving yourself a really good goal to go for.
Once you got hold of this juggling pattern, how can we make it really, really strong? In this lesson, I am going to give you some exercises to carry out which is going to make your cascade pattern counts to iron strong. So what we do is get your pattern going and the easiest way to make your pattern really, really strong is to start to vary the size of your pattern. So what I have said to you, keep all the balls of the same height. What we need to do this time is to keep the balls of the same height and then I am going to shrink the pattern out down, so that I am going to do the smallest pattern that I can. So it looks like this. He is throwing the balls at normal height and now I am going to shrink the pattern down so that I am doing the smallest pattern that I possibly can. Now you will notice if you are doing the small pattern that your hands have to go quite a bit faster because there is less distance between your hand and the ball. So you do not have to do a small pattern as I am doing just the smallest pattern that you can do is absolutely fine. If you can get any variations on the size of the pattern at all then that is going to really help. So here is approximately the normal size pattern and if you just bring it down a bit that is absolutely fine. If you can bring it down a bit more, that is really good and if you can do it really, really small down here then that is really going to help from the pattern out. Then we are going to go the other way. We are going to go from the regular size pattern and see if you can do a slightly larger pattern. So here is the regular size pattern, now let us make the throws slightly bigger so that now the balls are going a bit higher and now I am going to go even higher still. And what is happening is that I am really strengthening my pattern. So I am controlling the balls, the balls are not controlling me. So you can go from a big pattern to a regular size pattern to a smaller pattern to an even smaller pattern which by the way is quite hard. So that is one way, vary the size of your cascade in different sizes.
Another way that we can really get our get our juggling cascade pattern really, really strong is by moving around when juggling. So what do I mean by this? Well, get the juggling pattern going and then walk up and down and or forward and backward. Looks it looks like this. Again, I will get my pattern going, I will walk forward a little bit with it and then I walk back. Now I got loads and loads of room in here but what I suggest is that you walk, you know a good five or six or 10 steps forward and 10 steps back. But at any movement that you can get it so with your juggling pattern is going to really, really help. And if you are throwing forward still then moving backward while you are juggling is a really good way of curing that problem.
Another thing that you can do to move is to get down on one knee while you are juggling and get down on the other knee and then stand up again and I will show you what that looks like now. So you get your cascade pattern going, drop down on one knee, drop down to the other knee and then stop to get up again, all the time keeping the juggling pattern going. Another thing you can do is to turn a circle. So get your juggling pattern going and then turn around on the spot in a circle making a complete 360 pattern. If you can do these things, if you can move backwards and forwards, get up and get down, sit in a chair, walk around, turn in a circle while you are juggling then that really makes your cascade pattern absolutely fantastic and as strong as anything.
I hope you did enjoy this lesson. Well, I am Lynden Blades. I am your private one to one juggling instructor and I will see you in the next lesson where we are going to learn some fantastic variations on the three-ball pattern. See you in the next lesson. Take care. Bye.