Posted - 07/12/2010 : 15:54:03
I’ve been really enjoying the learning process with site swaps. The theory and such is pretty simple to pick up the basics with, and now that I’ve been diving deep into 4 ball swaps as well as moving on to 5 and 6, I continue to enjoy and really appreciate the system.
While there are several site swaps that I enjoy throwing just the regular throws (63641 or 75251, both 4 ball patterns for example) it’s a lot of fun to seek out patterns that I can do other things with.
Carrying a 3 in 633 or 7333. Flailing around a 2 in 642 or 552. Even finding a 4242 pattern to do a double orbit with. All made possible because I can search out the numbers and make adjustments to them.
There are some really cool videos / tutorials that explore what you can do with a “hold” (i.e. 2) in the three ball pattern 423. That’s where you get Burkes and the Weave. Finding possible extensions into 4 and 5 ball patterns can be a challenge and a lot of fun.
The latest thing that I’ve been working on is making use of passing notation site swap. This has come in very handy for learning new passing patterns for 7 clubs.
Crizzly (Kilt guy at the WJF) and I have greatly expanded the patterns we can pass. We originally made a 7 club 7 different ways video to push ourselves to learn more patterns. With the use of passing site swap, we could probably (and should) put together another 7 ways video. Granted, a lot of the patterns are “juggler only” patterns, but without exploring possibilities, you can never be sure when you might find one that is audience accessible as well :-)
The main thing is that it keeps us busy, keeps us learning and most importantly of all, it’s FUN! :-)
Anyone else noticing an increase interest, or decreased attitude towards site swaps in general?
Any other practical examples of using site swaps that people want to share? :-)
Oh, I have another one . . . heh heh.
Crizzly’s wife, Kristen has been working really hard on learning bounce juggling, so I’ve been trying it a bit more to help figure out new things for her to work on, and have really enjoyed applying site swap to bounce juggling. 531 with the 5 bounced and the 3 1 thrown has a great feel to it. Plus 633 with the 6’s bounced is a really nice looking easy 4 ball bounce pattern.
Our outdoor meeting location doesn’t have the best of places for practicing bouncing, but we’re making it work :-)
David Sallee (Hmmm . . . will have to try a 633 bounce machine carry one of the 3’s :-)