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6th November 2015

JackJuggles

# 3 ball, 4 balls, 5 balls, 6 balls, 30 minutes

I made a few goals for the end of the half month( November 15th) and I tried to start achieving them today

3 balls: my goal is to get a 3 up 360, which I have been trying to do for over a year. Didn't go very well but didn't give it much time.
4 balls: Want a non qualified 4 up sync pirouette. Barely practiced that at all today
5 balls: Not a ton of practice with either, but that's because I didn't need to. I shattered my goal of 75 catches with 106, even though these goals aren't for over a week.
6 balls: Majority of practice session. Just started working with 6 yesterday. Got a qualify of the sync fountain, and 8 catches of async.

Total practice time: 30 minutes

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12th September 2015

JackJuggles

# 4 balls, 5 balls, 45 minutes

4 balls 40 minutes
Haven't juggled in a while so just tested my skills. I got minute long runs for async fountain, sync fountain, wimpy, and halfshower to a clean finish. Also a 40 second run of 53.

552 went well, 10 rounds to a collect easy.

5551 went well, managed to get 10 rounds, although this took a little more effort.

Overheads went well, 23 catches in sync 53 in async. Both new PB!!

Scissors was fine, got 4 catches.

5 balls 5 minutes

Promised myself I would just do short controlled runs, but I didn't feel like it today. Got 60 catches with ease.


Not going to practice the full hour because it's the third day of grade 8 and I have got a big essay coming up. I'm going to have to make a good first impression!

Total practice time: 45 minutes

Location: My bedroom

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7th September 2015

JackJuggles

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 120 minutes

Wow what a great practice! This has been a total of 3 hours of bounce juggling practice in my life and I have done a lot. I set the edge records for:
3 ball force bounce cascade(500 catches clean)
3 ball force bounce halfshower(450 catches clean)
3 ball force bounce reverse cascade(140 catches)
3 ball lift bounce backcrosses(3 catches)
3 ball force bounce (4x4x)(4x0)(11 catches)
4 ball 552 force bounce (6 catches)
3 ball in one hand force bounce (4 catches)
3 ball in one hand lift bounce(5 catches)
And the first person on the edge to do 4 in one hand lift bounce flash

I also got a qualify of both whimpy and sync fountain for 4 balls

Although somebody took most of these records and ruined the mood(guess who) I am still proud of myself for a good practice.

Although tommorrow I will focus on longer runs, as today I was going for records

Total practice time: 120 minutes

Location: My basement

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6th September 2015

JackJuggles

# Ball bouncing, 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, multiplexing, experimenting, head bouncing, fitness, 105 minutes

I've been on vacation for the past little while, so I haven't been juggling. My juggling was REALLY out of shape, and I didn't feel like practicing it, so I tried something new.
I tried bounce juggling. I haven't done it before, although I do play basketball on a competitive team, and often my coach often gets us to practice dribbling with two of something(either two basketball dribbling or two tennis ball dribbling) at the same time to increase our ball handling skills. I think all this practice of 2 prop bouncing helped me learn 3.
On a side note I used some bouncy ball similar to lacrosse balls. And I learned force bounce, because lift bouncing kinda bored me. On my first try I qualified 3. After about 5 minutes I got 100+ bounces. My PB for the day was 240 catches, along with 30 catches of the reverse pattern.

Of course after an hour of bounce juggling I realized I may as well do some toss juggling. Since my juggling was very out of shape, I just did some short runs of most of my tricks, hoping to build up over time.

I tried some new tricks too. I tried alberts with balls, and I managed to do one Albert from a cascade twice in a run. I also tried reverse backcrosses neck catches. Both didn't have much success. Another trick I did was some multiplexing, which I enjoyed

At the end, I tried 5 balls, although it went terribly. I realized I'm going to have to learn 5 all over again if I'm going to ever improve. So all I did was 10 flashes, and one run of 7 catches to end off.

Another thing I hadn't done over the past two weeks was work out. So I did a strength test, seeing how many push-ups I could do, and I only got 31. I could normally do much more, but I guess I will have to build back my strength.

Total practice time: 105 minutes

Location: My bedroom

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26th August 2015

JackJuggles

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 6 balls, 90 minutes

Same practice as yesterday, although I realized something. If I practice 5 balls for 30 minutes, my pattern gets VERY sloppy. Even if I do short controlled runs then I get very bored. So starting tommorow I will just do a couple 5 ball runs.
I realized I had to fill the remaining hour of practice with something, so I decided to pick up new skills: balancing, head bouncing, and hackey sacking. I worked 15 minutes for each skill. For balancing I used a rolled up newspaper taped together (it works pretty well), and for head bounce I used a soccer ball.
They worked good, I want to do this every practice, unless some of the skills I start to dislike. Now to talk my about ACTUAL juggling practice.
Highs:backcrosses(90 catches) 4 ball shower (40 catches)
Lows: overheads again. Couldn't beat 16 catches async and 14 catches sync.

Total practice time: 90 minutes

Location: My bedroom

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25th August 2015

JackJuggles

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, 6 balls, 60 minutes

I've been away at another camp for a few weeks, so that is why I haven't been practicing.

I've been constantly changing my practice structure. I've decided to just make a list of all the tricks I can or want to be able to do. I created my own practice routine, although since this only takes around 30 minutes, and I'd like an hour long practice, I will devote the rest of my practice to 5 balls.
My practice was mainly 4 and 5 balls, although I started with some 3 ball 3 up 360 attempts(still no success).
Then I go through the 4 ball practice routine, which is pretty boring, and then I do 5 balls. I spent 30 minutes doing 5 balls, and man did it help. My old record was 70 catches. This practice I got 129! I can't believe it! I broke 100! I want to solidify it a bit more before trying tricks though.
I finished with a 6 ball flash, both sync and async. Does anyone know if they found sync it async easier when learning 6 balls?

Practice review:
Highs: 5 balls, 4 ball shower 30 catches, 4 ball halfshower 50 catches, and 64 catches of 3 ball backcrosses.
Lows: 4 ball overheads. Took me over 5 tries to make it to the 20's, for both sync and async.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

Location: My living room

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13th August 2015

JackJuggles

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, fitness, 60 minutes

My usual practice structure, doing short controlled runs, but finishing with a longer run each time session for that trick. I will do a progress report tommorow. Today some of my highs were:
4: 08 4 ball async (almost the record!)
1004 catches 4 ball sync(200 throws from the record!)
70 catches 5 balls (soon 100 hundred catches!)

Finished with 100 push-ups in 5 sets, 110 dips in 5 sets, and a minute and a half plank

Total practice time: 60 minutes

Location: My bedroom

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11th August 2015

JackJuggles

# Records, 30 minutes

Just trying to get some 3 ball over head records. Isn't accomplish much, but a few records

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, fitness, 3 ball routine version 2, 80 minutes

As you may have noticed, each practice session I work on all my tricks, although I do longer runs each day for tricks I have not yet mastered, although I make sure I have a clean finish.
I decided to add in a few tricks that I have already mastered, but run them for much longer runs, trying to go for the juggling edge record.
These tricks are: 3 ball overheads, 4 ball sync and async fountain
3 ball overheads I am going to try to have a clean finish each time. This is because it hurts my arms a lot to run it for long, so I want to build up strength over time. I got 250 catches clean
4 ball async: 2:10
4 ball sync: 4: 08

The tricks I haven't mastered yet that I just practice short controlled runs of take up far too much space to wright, so I will just give a progress report every 3 sessions.

I also worked on my 3 ball routine, version 2. I know I won't be performing any time soon, but it's fun to make a routine, and the translations solidify my tricks.

I finished with 101 dips in 5 sets

Total practice time: 110 minutes

Location: My bedroom

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10th August 2015

JackJuggles

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, fitness, 3 ball routine version 1, 60 minutes

A good 40 minutes of juggling (20 minutes for fitness).
The 3 ball tricks I got today was:

35 catches 3b bxx(+5 from yesterday)
6 rounds 3b overhead multiplex(+2 from yesterday)
6 half pirouettes 4 connected half pirouettes(-1 half pirouette, +1 connected half pirouette)
Let me just tell you my half pirouette practice. I do 10 half pirouettes every practice. I try to make most of them connected. For example I did 6 half pirouettes to warm up, then 4 connected half pirouettes to finish. Tommorow I hope to do 5 of each.

What I got in my 4 ball practice:
12 catches 4 ball overhead async(+2 from yesterday)
12 catches 4 ball overhead sync(+2 from yesterday)
28 catches 4 ball halfshower r-l(+ 4 from yesterday)
18 catches 4 ball halfshower l-r(+2 from yesterday)
10 catches 4 ball 53(+2 from yesterday)

My 5 ball practice I got 55 catches, 5 more than yesterday. Hope to get 60 tommorow.

If you look at my practice you see no drastic changes from yesterday. All I care about I improvement, I don't care how much is there. I believe I'm making slow but steady progress.

I also worked on one more thing. I worked on a WJF juniors 3 ball routine. I will work more on it, along with 4 and 5 balls, but for now I just want the basics down. I'm just 13, and I don't plan on going to the WJF for a couple or even a few years. May as well start working on a routine now though!
I also finished with 100 push-ups in 5 sets.

Total practice time: 60 minutes

Location: My bedroom

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8th August 2015

JackJuggles

# 3 balls, 4 balls, 5 balls, fitness, 70 minutes

I wasn't going to juggle today, as my baseball team had our championship game today, but we ended up winning, I got a home run and a double, and pitched the best game of my life. I was awarded team mvp:) (most valuable player). I was in such a good mood that I just had to juggle.

50 minutes of juggling, 20 minutes of fitness.
Went through all of my 3 ball tricks in 20 minutes. I haven't been improving much lately, so instead of doing the same practice routine everyday, never doing long runs, only going for longer runs every so often, I am changing my practice routine.
I'm going to go through all of my tricks, but everyday I finish with a longer run than the day before. For example, if today I got 30 catches of 3 ball bxx(which I did) tommorow I will go for 35. Of course this does not apply for tricks I can already do, such as the halfshower, but I will do this for tricks I have not yet perfected.
What I got today:
30 catches of 3b bxx
4 overhead multiplex throws
7 half pirouettes, 3 connected half pirouettes

The reason this list is so short is I've perfected most 3 ball tricks I want to learn. I am also learning the 3 up 360, but I can't quite do it yet and there is no real way to track that.

My 4 ball practice had the same practice routine. Today I managed:
10 catches 4 ball async overheads
10 catches sync overheads
24 catches 4 ball halfshower r-l
16 catches 4 ball halfshower l-r
8 catches 4 ball 53
6 high throws 4 ball shower

I used to do a pyramid practice for 5 balls, and I would count the drops. But it is VERY frustrating having worse results than the day before. So today I got 50 catches. I will go for 55 tommorow.
Finished of with 80 push-ups in 5 sets, 30 dips, and 30 leg raises.

Total practice time: 70 minutes

Location: My living room

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