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20th February 2017

Maria

# 3 clubs, 3 balls, 4 balls, mixed objects, 30 minutes

3 clubs:
Warm up
backcrosses, every 3rd throw
(4,2)(4x,2)*

3 balls:
45123 with active 2

4 balls:
Fountain
552, best attempt: 5 throws, 5 catches.
Fountain as fast/low as I could

...did a few attempts at 5b flash too, but never even managed to throw all 5 before catching the first one. Worse than with clubs, though of course I only try with clubs when the ceiling height is better.

Mixed objects:
Ball, ring, club.
Cascade
423... or rather (4,2)(4x,2)*, easiest with the ball as the crossing throw, hardest with the ring crossing.

Total practice time: 30 minutes

Location: Vardagsrummet

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19th February 2017

Maria

# 4 clubs, 3 clubs, 85 minutes

Warm up
4 clubs:
Fountain, doubles
534534 and back to fountain, took many attempts to get it once starting with the left hand. Got it on first attempt starting with my right hand.
53 with the 3 as a backcross once and back to fountain
Kick-up from 3c cascade to 4c fountain, took many attempts to get it once.

3 clubs:
45123 with the 1 behind my back and the 2 as a flip
55113 with the second 1 behind my back
55500 with hand clap, once and back to cascade
1up 360 (on a triple)

# passing, 85 minutes

(With C)
5c 1-count (744)

(With M)
7c 2-count doubles worked OK, got maybe 8-10 passes each on the good rounds.
8c 2-count doubles didn't work
7c 2-count singles was difficult, tried to remove one club and have the right hand do pass pass zip, but it didn't really make it easier.

(With S and M)
Bruno's Nightmare, 9-beat version. We were close to getting a full round in the best attempt.

(With S and A)
2-count/4-count feed with walking

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 15 minutes

3 balls:

Tennis
4440441
1up 2up
45123 with active 2
52512
55500 once and back to cascade. Got it with hand clap once or twice.

4 balls:

Fountain
552, got 4 catches (of 4 or 6 throws). Might be slightly easier with balls than with clubs.

Total practice time: 185 minutes

Locations: Södermalmsskolan (Fritidsjonglörerna), Vardagsrummet

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16th February 2017

Maria

# 3 clubs, 4 clubs, 45 minutes

Warm up

4 clubs:
Fountain, doubles
53 once and back to fountain
534534 and back to fountain

Kick-up from 3c cascade to 4c fountain, better than yesterday

3 clubs:

The club knocking thing... S said it would look better handle to handle.

# 5 clubs, 5 minutes

M was trying to juggle 5 clubs, so I wanted to try too.

I'm not really ready for this, but it was fun. Best attempts: Threw 5 clubs, caught 3 of them.

# passing, 70 minutes

(With S)
7c 2-count singles
Same rhythm as 7c 2-count singles, but the right hand doing pass pass self pass double-self. Difficult, but one time I got to throwing my third double.
7c 2-count doubles
7c 3-count

(With M)
Practising steal and replace, early or late steal.

(With S and M or C)
Me and S passing 4-count with M or C in the middle as manipulator. They learned to substitute a pass and a self. C also continued substituting the following pass.

Total practice time: 120 minutes

Location: Eiraskolan (Fritidsjonglörerna)

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15th February 2017

Maria

# 3 clubs, 4 clubs, 80 minutes

Circus class was cancelled, but the hall was still booked and I had brought my own clubs so I went there anyway.

Kick-up from 3c cascade to 4c fountain did not work as well as last time, took about 10 attempts to get it once.

Did 2 consecutive double backcrosses and back to cascade, starting with my right hand. Didn't get it starting with my left.

Tried to "throw" a club down to land in "kick-up-position" on my foot, of course helping with the foot... Not while juggling, just with one club. Got it to stay on the foot a few times, not without touching the floor though.

Total practice time: 80 minutes

Location: Kvisthamraskolan (Cirkus Mani)

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14th February 2017

Maria

# 3 clubs, 20 minutes

The usual, but less backcrosses.

Had not done head rolls in a while, but doing one with my right hand and back to cascade worked on most attempts.

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 10 minutes

Easy 3b stuff (tennis, 1up 2up, 4440441)
4b fountain
45123
52512
525 (no better with balls than with clubs)

Total practice time: 30 minutes

Location: Vardagsrummet

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12th February 2017

Maria

# 4 clubs, 3 clubs, passing, 175 minutes

Warm up

4 clubs:

Fountain, doubles
53 once and back to fountain, at least better than yesterday
534534 and back to fountain

Kick-up from 3c cascade to 4c fountain, got it on the 2nd attempt. Tried again and got one more after 4 attempts

Sync fountain, doubles

3 clubs:

423 (double, thumb roll, backcross) was difficult
45123 with the 1 behind my back and the 2 as a flip, have not practiced this enough

Siteswap 5 as doubles:

52512, I could probably use some more of this to get the doubles more consistent
55500 once from 52512 and back, hard, I don't know if I got it more than once
50505

525

Passing:

(With A)
3-count

(With T)
3-count with tricks. I did early double with pirouette, in both directions, and "steal a club". T did many tricks.

(With T and S)
10c 7-beat Bruno's Nightmare. Did all parts of the pattern, but usually one "walk" at the time, sometimes two. Some collisions, some counting errors, and I think I am lucky that both S and T are good at catching bad passes... But we will get this if we keep trying.
7-beat Bruno's Nightmare (just to end with something we can actually juggle)
5-beat Bruno's Nightmare, doesn't feel that difficult any more, though we didn't get a full round during the 3-5 minutes we tried it today.

Total practice time: 175 minutes

Location: Södermalmsskolan (Fritidsjonglörerna)

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11th February 2017

Maria

# 4 clubs, 3 clubs, 100 minutes

2 times 50 minutes while there were circus classes for kids (age 8-14).

Warm up, failed the scissor catch that I always end one of my warm up routines with. Tried to do just the end of the pattern but failed the scissor catch many times. Maybe I should practice that more than once per practice session?

4 clubs:

Fountain, doubles. Not very good today.
53 once and back to fountain, took way too many attempts to get it.
534534 and back to fountain. Since 53 was difficult today I decided to do just 5 attempts from each hand. Got it on the 4th attempt, from both hands.

53 with the 3 as a backcross didn't work today.

Kick-up from 3c cascade to 4c fountain, got it on the 4th attempt (and it was a good one) so I decided I could try to get one more. I think it took me less than 10 more attempts to get it one more time, though it was not as clean as the first successful one. Making progress!

3 clubs:

Backcrosses, every third throw
Backcross double, every 5th throw. Tried every 3rd throw or 2 consecutive double backcrosses but that didn't work.

423
45123 with the 1 behind my back and active 2

The club knocking thing. The kids thought it was cool.

Siteswap 5 as doubles:

52512, tried to do active 2s but that didn't work.
50505 (starting with all 3 clubs in my right hand). Best rounds: 8 (+1) catches of 10 throws.

525, still not many catches, but the dropped clubs were often a lot closer to me than last time I tried it so that is some progress! (Some throws overspun, some collisions.)

I feel like I'd need more long practice sessions to have time to both learn new tricks and keep practising my old ones.

# teaching, 1 minutes

About 15 minutes, taking some short breaks from my own juggling, helping the kids with 2b practice for 3b cascade.

Total practice time: 101 minutes

Location: Kvisthamraskolan (Cirkus Mani)

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9th February 2017

Maria

# 3 clubs, 4 clubs, 45 minutes

Warm up

Fountain, doubles
53 once and back to fountain
534534 and back to fountain

441 (mostly because I showed it to M)

# passing, 80 minutes

(With C and M)
2-count/4-count feed with walking, worked OK after a while though not without drops
4-count triangle, outsides
4-count triangle, insides
3-count inside triangle

(With C, M and S)
Weave, started with S feeding. All of us tried feeding at least a little while.
Feed, 13 clubs, 2-count/6-count doubles, S feeding. Worked OK.

Total practice time: 125 minutes

Location: Eiraskolan (Fritidsjonglörerna)

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8th February 2017

Maria

# 3 clubs, 9 minutes

Warm up

# other circus skills, 1 minutes

Circus class, about 40 minutes + juggling

Forward rolls
Cartwheels
Trapeze, getting up + easy tricks
Slackline

# 3 clubs, 4 clubs, passing, 35 minutes

Warm up

4c fountain, doubles

3c The trick with knocking the clubs from yesterday

Kick-up from 3c cascade to 4c fountain. Some attempts that were close, some that were really bad, one successful and a lot cleaner than the one last Sunday. (Stopped practicing that after I got it once).

Passing (with B), 7c 2-count doubles. Didn't get many passes.

Total practice time: 45 minutes

Location: Kvisthamraskolan (Cirkus Mani)

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7th February 2017

Maria

# 3 clubs, 30 minutes

That feeling after you get a new trick for the first time... Sometimes it gives extra juggling motivation for days. Last Sunday was a good one. I look forward to the circus class tomorrow, and might use my cold (only coughing a little bit now) as an excuse to not do the most exhausting stuff... Do some more juggling instead. And there is more juggling as usual on Thursday!

Ah, well. Tonight: Mostly the usual "at home"-juggling.
4440441 on singles is getting a bit better.
Playing "hit the club"... Don't know the name of the trick, but I knocked the club in the air back to the hand I threw it from (it got a slow reverse spin). Tried to do it in a 423-like pattern. It was fun!

Had kind of planned to do a little bit of ball juggling too, but it got a bit too late. Maybe tomorrow, but probably not, since I'll have a high ceiling then so much better space for club juggling. :)

Total practice time: 30 minutes

Location: Vardagsrummet

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