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25th November 2017


# 5 ball tricks, #list, #exercises, #focus, #mentec, #StagesOfLearning, #efficiency, #endupatt, #ThinkAs, #structuredPractise, #reflecting, #technique, 160 minutes

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60' - 5b rev casc -

Systematically - easy going, no fights to keep up or sth - went through all kinds of focusses, ways of aiming, ways of thinking the pattern, modes indeed:

  1. - trapezium - throwing along the sides of a trapezium, with shared flightpoint high up - ~40 throws, .. it turned out, that focussing either on aiming the shared flightpoint or else on doing the throwing movement along the trapezium's sides in that angle are two different focusses

  2. - ``over´´ the pattern, along it's inner part - seeing where I'm throwing, what I'm doing + a second focus on height are better here, .. got ~24

  3. - similar: "to the middle", through an imagined horizontal ring, focus on where balls should land (less on right height) - chaotic, already a little landing spread disconcerts, useless without also scooping well (didn't even pay attention to balls on collision course) - had 21 throws

  4. - nice bowy weakhand throws (no matter anything else, but including height of the bows thrown course) - 24 t

  5. - along the high incoming ball - 47 cl, .. in case of bad timing gives unconstant height (corresponding to - in the moment that I throw and aim - .. to where the oriented on ball is, when, early or late, it's on a different height), .. is also pattern's top, i just realize, .. merged into remote controlling a top's 3b rev cascade!?

  6. - with active thumbs, in a scope of a) thumb in case helping or sustaining, stabilizing, to b) gripping every throw with also the thumb and it being active also at release; overall catching nearer to or in the palm then (rather than in a fingerbasket) - ~23 t?

Not easy or obvious to switch between mindstates or focusses.

40' - repeat:

  1. - trapezium, to shared flightpoint - 39, 41 throws

  2. - over the pattern - clear view, nothing to imagine, .. doesn't in any way enforce scooping well, .. maybe nothing to orient on when pattern (is about to) fall apart, .. 53 cl

  3. - similar: "to the middle" - not so good. ~16-20

  4. - whd leads, prio & focus on nice bowy whd throws - 47 cl, ~40?, 67, couldn't soon soon confirm this longest upto now run in this session

  5. a variation of this could be with prior focus on anything weakhand does, on nothing of that in particular, in no special distinct mode.

    /break, 25'/

    35' -
  6. - along highest incoming ball / remote controlling a 3b rev cascade top - 49 throws (actually doing "over the pattern" here), .. one bad throw and your orientation is gone in this mode

  7. - active thumbs - 33 t

  8. - trapezium, along sides - 31, 31 ("over the pattern"), 53 t (loosely, merged into "over the pattern" again).

Too few data to draw any conclusions but from how it felt, what it seemed:
Above and before anything else, a well scooping weakhand needs be granted in the first place.
"remote control", "remote controlling only the 3 ball top", is most fun for sure, (it also downright asks for scooping, aiming, doing well in general), but needs a period or two of a good, stable pattern, and relaxed juggling first; first "doing along the high incoming ball" seems the easier exercise;
"over the pattern" was often what came merging; (also somewhat enforces good scoop, but still, nonetheless allows for too narrow patterns); seems to be the most direct, concise, the most obvious option within a small frame with best view on the whole;
"active thumbs" is in any case a good exercise for more options on finetuning and bail outs; it seems to entail low wide patterns (thus a bit more difficult, more challenging); also feels different, but makes a lot of sense to own as a technique;
"focus on weakhand only /whd leads / bowy throws" is a good necessary exercise;
.. but it remains unclear, how much a good pattern results from those ways, or else, is necessary to have it already gotten up rolling shortly, before even getting the opportunity to do in those ways (e.g. when going through imagining a trapezium).

25' - unrestricted, now, going for some result, high prio on whd scoop, now - 79 ("remote controlled 3b top" + "over & into the pattern" that was), 82 cl ("over & into"), 82 cl. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 82 ]

Total practice time: 160 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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8th November 2017


# 5 ball tricks, 3 ball tricks, #exercises, #StagesOfLearning, #structuredPractise, #otu, #list, #focus, 115 minutes

30' - 3b rev casc varied - almost more to say here, than it actually lasted in realtime:
- Having had bad starts with 5b rev a lot, I figured varying 3b rev was a good idea.
- First revealed: a strongly tensed weakhand, even some recalcitrant small muscle in that forearm, which indeed explains my bad starts with 5b rev.
- with notably bent knees, I exaggerated wiggling (shoulder belt & hips, whole body in fact) to get the pattern running well,
- every once in a while I tended to do corrections as regular cascade throws ( I don't have that with 5b .. there's just no free space inside the pattern for that then ).
- Did step back 'n forth - ok,
- turn slowly once around anti- & clockwise - soso, needed full concentration to get full turns,
- pulse high\\low - ok,
- tried to find into an easy small low pattern - ok after a while
- wide - the "tendency" to correct with normal throws was an ""urge" here, but I got it pretty wide, but not easily,
- pulse wide\\narrow,
- pulse high & narrow \\ low & wide .. then also high & wide mixed into - all hard (anything with wide is hard), but got it all mixed once,
- more small low easy, now with stepping back 'n forth and peripheral view, gazing with #focus on background wall or changing focus on and concentrating on looking at different things on the bookshelf there (almost sort of completely forgetting the juggle) - took a while to get it pretty automized and a few steps back 'n forth.

85' - 5b rev casc - 79, 72, 82, 82 cl, 103, 89, 71, 97, 105, 99, 99 throws longest runs. Also here, need to ``settle´´, once I get the `perfect´ pattern (and motion & rhythm & mindstate & ado), need to stay in that stable pattern. [ 5b reverse cascade progress: 105 ]

Total practice time: 115 minutes

Location: indoors low ceiling

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8th December 2015


# #PR, #list, #endupatt, #outstandingRuns, 1 minutes

Old PR: 53 catches last late fall.
71 throws run. Think, it were like 67 or 68 caught before drop.
Overdue by mere statistics, after getting several 53 throws runs and a few estimated round PR uncounted very long runs this year.

It was another of those rather high runs. Not narrow at all. No fight to keep it up in between. Actually not much effort needed.
I think, all I did, was to throw rather a good bit too high rather than a tiny bit too low .. make dead sure to be on height all the time, but hard to tell, what - if even - was different. I think, I also scooped well without thinking about it.

Felt very simply cascady. Felt so 'normal' during the run, like I've been doing this before and would later again. Not felt like sth 'new' or extraordinary or 'other'. So, --> no yell, no outburst, no kiai.
But some great relief, maybe satisfaction for being on the right way, and against some casual doubt of maybe practising wrong, thinking wrong, doing sth essential wrong, even though knowing that my average has risen since last year. One or two moments of deep peace sensation also for having taken this hurdle of breaking by number that last old PR after feeling so much like having improved considerably.

I was really now running out of any new preliminaries or recipes after having done
  - 5b cascade varied in any way
  - attempting to flash 9b a lot
  - controlling a pattern (or 5b) partly mainly from wrists
  - focussing on drifts in 7b pattern and working against these by e.g. scooping more
    or e.g. training wide\narrow-control with 5b, or e.g. pulling patterns near my body
  - and enduring 5b a lot.

Even though I couldn't, in one hour's remaining practise time, confirm by getting another run like that, higher than old PR, I can now have an outlook and hope to get long runs in less practise time. And getting into 7 ball tricks (!?) is getting nearer as an option. And I can hope to improve even faster now (my longed for "breakthrough"). I can hopefully soon now go out for practise to actually juggle and not try or find into pattern. But find back into pattern anytime during an actual run :o)

Total practice time: 1 minutes

Location: concrete area among fields

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11th June 2015


# 7 balls, 3 heavy balls, 3 clubs, 1 club, #list, 300 minutes

3b freestyle, misc - 75 min.   ( hard heavy balls the last days, 200 gr - makes them preliminary fast & weight for 7b bubbles 80 gr )   3c casc - 15 min.   (wooden) Doubles, 51 c. Triples, 4 c.   1c clawed reachovers - 10 min.   (plastic club; +reachover / xhand-throw back to starthand) Single spins, okey. Double spins much harder.   7b casc - 95 min.   Partly trying unleashed wrists = more shorter runs, less accurate aiming, but feels good (low and swift) when a run goes longer. Dwell-time feels somewhat longer that way too, but I'm not sure .. and not sure if height gained outdoes this.  

3b freestyle, misc - 30 min.
7b casc - 65 min.   So many reasons the ongoing pattern fails after a good start and half-well found into height and rythm [ #list ] :
  - drifts off towards ..
   - getting higher
   - gets wider and wider
   - drifts to stronghand side
  - collisions due to small scoop, or else to ugly unaccurate pattern, or even else due to too narrow pattern
   - fall into stronghand-outside throws to avoid collisions
  - wrong beat/height ratio
.. most of which throwing more from inside seemed to me a good idea to avoid several of those failures at a single blow. But that again is sth rather new and gotta get accustumed to .. :o|
1c clawed reachover - 10 min.   (+ throw back) Single spins getting faster and more fluent.   Thrice double spins, but very awkward.

nature: many swallows. First horsefly last week,,, are coming now (all ignoring Ah'm nott'a horse).

Total practice time: 300 minutes

Location: rivershore-meadow

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