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Posted - 06/15/2006 :  12:46:16  Show Profile  Send IOJuggler an AOL message Send IOJuggler a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The only true juggling sport?


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Evan Patterson
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Posted - 02/10/2009 :  20:21:45  Show Profile Send Evan Patterson a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I do not like combat. Combat does not determine how good you are at juggling.

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Posted - 02/11/2009 :  10:25:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I never played combat, but I see it as a 'funny game'.
I think there is some skill in it, but I don't think it has something to do
with technical or art-isch juggling
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Dave Altman

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Posted - 02/11/2009 :  11:21:07  Show Profile  Visit Dave Altman's Homepage Send Dave Altman a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've played and enjoyed watching it, too. I don't play any more because I've seen too many Kamikaze players that don't have any skill. They make it too dangerous.

There is a correlation between good combat players and good jugglers, in fact, Anthony is/was an excellent player. One of the best players I saw was Ed Jackman. George Strain, aka Zhorik, is/was very good, also. Being able to control your pattern when moving, making great saves, and being able to catch very high throws helps in regular juggling and in combat.

Another juggling sport that I think is my favorite, is volleyclub. It's played with two person teams like beach volleyball. The strategy involves being able to throw good throws to your partner and difficult throws to the other team, typically, helicopters. Each person has two clubs that they keep and one club is passed back and forth over the net until one team drops it.

"The fifties are the infancy of old age." ~David Frederick McWhorter Altman
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Posted - 02/11/2009 :  14:43:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here in berlin we play combat twice a week at least at the juggling meetings, and let me tell you it's awesome.
While there certainly is a correlation between being a good juggler and a good combatant (apart from good (club) juggler => juggling for a long time => been too many conventions => good combat player), past a certain level (say 5 clubs) it's mostly about being quick, timing, fast reactions and anticipation.
Yes it's great and yes, together with volleyclub (which is less awesome, but fun as well) and maybe numbers, those are the only two juggling disciplines that actually work as a sport.
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Posted - 02/11/2009 :  19:35:03  Show Profile  Visit GLF's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Combat is too awesome to be "sport juggling" *evil grin* I think it's the ultimate expression of art... :D

"If you can't stand behind our soldiers and support them, feel free to stand in front of them."

"When you stop dreaming of Batman, then you will be a real ninja like me." - a 5 year old ninja

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aaron gregg
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Posted - 03/04/2009 :  22:33:09  Show Profile  Visit aaron gregg's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Having played a lot of combat with some of the best players in the world it becomes clear that the necessary elements are juggling skill, height and combat experience. I can't think of a short person ever beating me regularly and the only people who can school me are both taller than me and better jugglers.

-Aaron (British Juggling Convention two-time celebrity fight club winner*)

*Luke Burrage cheated I'm sure of it
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