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I was actually considering giving juggling a break, but I continued practicing anyways. My practice the past few days or so (maybe a week actually) hasn't been very...structured. But i'm hoping to get things back on track. I don't have any valid excuses not to practice, and that's the bottom line. xD
Total practice time: 40 minutes
*recorded myself and observed throwing technique. Wasn't a real session. But still practice nonetheless.
Total practice time: 60 minutes
Total practice time: 60 minutes
Things worth noting:
-If you can simply reach up and grab the next ball, (without reaching out) that means you were throwing correctly.
-When warming up, move on to the next trick when the current trick your doin is beginning to feel comfortable. So you don't have to spend so much time practicing stuff you're already capable of.
-If you're feeling tired, or not so energetic, jog, run, do jumping jacks, anything to help get the blood flowin.
-No more throwing technique stuff. Save it for one session dedicated to that some other time. maybe once a month?
-(5) flash x10, 6 throws x3-5, same with 7,8,9? (i usually skip 9), 10. Then work on short controlled runs. Idk about long runs, i might save it for the end of each week or something. Or just let them happen when I've got the pattern under control. Do this so that you can spend more time on the short controlled runs, and make progress.
-Reaching out is something I struggle with at times when working on 5.
-My lefty feels wierd.
-Focus on where you're actually aiming your throws. I noticed at times that my pattern got a little bit wide, noticably on my leftside, idk if my right side was affected too. I like to aim for narrow throws inside the frame of my body, if that makes sense.
^This is not meant to be advice, these are just things i thought about at the end of my session. I wanted to jot it all down so it wasn't forgotten.
Total practice time: 56 minutes
I began my session warming up (way longer than intended, infact, i ended up practicing) then i jumped into the 5b cascade, and practiced 5 throws,6,7,9,then short controlled runs, and a few longer runs. I noticed more control this time! Also, I practiced 5 5b cascade throws, followed by a 3, repeat, etc. I also tried adding more throws, then i found this cool exercise: You do 5 5b cascade throws, collect 4, then flash again, repeat. It doesn't make sense in my head, but it's possible, and u don't have to rush either. I don't think. It really seemed to help me out before practicing the longer runs.
Then I practiced the 3in1. I worked my way up to 7 throws, then for the fun of it, and to test my limits..I tried to get as many catches as i could. And a few times i got around 10-17, and once, i was able to get 31! new record! I was struggling a few times, but for the most part, it was under control. To make up for it, i ended up practicing really short runs (3-7 throws.) And ended off with what felt like a perfect pattern, 8 catches.
I noticed a few things:
1. I tend to make the first throw from infront of me, it's hard to explain. It's not really a problem. And this type of throw often doesn't get corrected, it interrupts the whole pattern so I have to stop and collect (just one throw)
2. To run the pattern smoothly, i have to let my arms go down. I discovered this today.
Then I practiced my routine.
Theeeeen, I created a new one, and was FINALLY able to run through it successfully without any drops. I practiced this one a little bit longer than i should have but i did it. I might record it, but it still needs work, and it feels awkward!
Also, I WAS going to post a video of me juggling 5 a few days ago, but i recorded side ways and i don't know how to edit videos very well. I'll get a better video (one that isn't sideways!) and post some time. i'm lazy tbh. I've been very lazy lately...i'm not kidding. I'm just glad i've gotten in the habit of juggling everyday regardless of how lazy i am. :P
Total practice time: 126 minutes
Throwing technique? hah. No. How about the 5b cascade flash? Yep. That's the highlight of my session today. I have a video of the practice, and when i get around to it, i'll post it on youtube and give you guys a link. :P
After watching a video of myself juggling the 5b cascade from a couple of weeks ago, I was inspired to practice the way I had been before. I was impressed with how good my pattern looked. Screw throwing technique. Honestly, has anyone ever improved from tossing just a ball from hand to hand, making perfect throws? Just curious. I can't stand doing that..or anything easy with perfect form.
I really need to keep better track of the time I spend practicing. I usually go with the minimum ammount of time I think i spent practicing just to be safe.
I can't english today. Ugh. >_>
Instead of throwing technique, I practiced the stuff I normally do (not all of it) and I focused on one thing i wanted to improve at a time. Like, for the 552, I focused on the rhythm and the throws, making sure each throw was done the same exact way. But that doesn't mean i let myself be sloppy with everything else, it means that I put most of my focus on that one thing, while still trying to make sure the throws and everything are good.
One more thing! In my 5b juggling video I noticed that my right shoulder was moving up and down while my left was still and relaxed. Wha daa craaaeep! Why..WHY..I'm gonna see to that tomorrow. It isn't too bad, but it's noticeable..for me atleast.
Total practice time: 75 minutes
I noticed that if you have to move your elbow forward at all, that means you're reaching out to throw. It's pretty obvious, i know, but it's what i was focusing on today. I was focusing on throwing straight up, and keeping my elbows to the side. They tend to move forward a little bit when i throw. I started with one throw up high, then I tried 2. Then I tried the high cascade, and kept movin on till i reached the 55550, then I took a step back, worked on the 552, then i took a step back further and worked on the first 3 throws of the same pattern, with only three balls. I worked on throwing starting with the left, and right, and starting with the hand that had 2, then 1, etc. Then I worked a little bit on throwing 2 balls from one hand to the other, having them follow eachother in the same path (50500).
The session went well. :)
Total practice time: 45 minutes
Warmed up, then practiced some 4ball tricks, doing only the first few throws. I learned from this session that I tend to lean back, and my left hand needs alot of work. Luckily, my right hand seems to be in good shape, so I can put alot of focus on my lefty.
Total practice time: 42 minutes
It's never a good idea to practice one thing for too long. This session didn't go very well.
Total practice time: 60 minutes
Today, as a little experiment, I started off the session by juggling 5. I didn't warm up. And to be honest, it wasn't really all that difficult. I mean, i still don't have it solid, but i've gotten to a point where i feel more comfortable actually doing it. Idk why..but I still have a tough time keeping the pattern going for a while. Maybe 50+ catches, but I don't really count, unless i'm practicing short runs. After that, I worked on the 552, the 55550, the 534 just a little bit, and i played with a few other patterns. But..about half way through, I had a hard time focusing and keeping the patterns up and running. I don't get it. My head felt kinda weird too. I'm wondering if I was running out of energy? I mean, I did work for 8hrs. and i hadn't had dinner just yet. I also haven't been getting much sleep lately. And i was juggling the 4b ftn. in between all tricks I was practicing, the majority of the time. Anyways, I wasn't able to practice for so long, I had to stop. I wanted to improve more, i wanted to focus, but i just couldn't. Also, I recorded and watched myself juggle the 5b cascade and WOW, i've really improved. It's crazy!
When i get around to it, I'm going to post a video of the 5b cascade, and i'm hoping you guys can provide me with some feedback :)
Total practice time: 30 minutes