JUGGLING! with Eric Rowe | Eric Rowe | Skillshare
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9 Lessons (31m)
    • 1. 1 Introduction

    • 2. 2 Strategy Overview

    • 3. 3 One Ball Technique

    • 4. 4 One Ball Strategy

    • 5. 5 Two Ball Technique

    • 6. 6 Two Ball Strategy

    • 7. 7 Three Ball Technique

    • 8. 8 Three Ball Strategy

    • 9. 9 Class Project Demo

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Whether you are looking for a party trick to impress friends, on the hunt for a new hobby, or seeking to tap into health benefits of challenging and growing your cognitive function, start your juggling journey with the 3 ball cascade. Though simple, the 3 ball cascade is far from easy. I have been an adept 3 ball cascade practitioner for the last 12 years and applied this skill while juggling raw eggs, coconuts, and 12 LB bowling balls. As well as stepping through the pattern, I will share insights, tips, and general truth bombs to further your learning.

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Eric Rowe

Engineer, Juggler, Lego Artist


I work full time as an engineer, and part time as a juggling and dance performer/instructor. I enjoy discussing ideas and engaging fully with life and helping others do the same.

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1. 1 Introduction: Hello, my name's Eric wrote, and this is a skill share class on learning the three ball cascade. I've been doing this juggling pattern for about 12 years, and although it's one of the simplest juggling patterns, it's not in this video. Siri's. I'm going to step through technique videos that will show you what the three ball Cascade looks like with one ball, two balls and three balls, as well as thes technique videos. I'm gonna intermingle them with strategy videos. Where I'll give you tools that you can use in your own practice is to learn this pattern more effective. These are tools that I use when I learned progressively difficult tricks, as well as how to juggle weird objects in a three ball cascade. So let's jump in. 2. 2 Strategy Overview: just stretching the face. We rolling yet or okay, welcome to the first strategy video. I arranged this course so that there are technique videos, and the purpose of those is to see the pattern, an ideal version of the pattern. So when you see one ball, two ball, three ball, you can see even throws and correct posture in these videos, I'm going to kind of break down a lot of the problems that I run into. Well, I coach juggling in with other jugglers and also problems that I run into myself, as I'm trying to learn progressively did more difficult patterns as well as weirder and different shaped objects. So I want you to think of the strategies videos as I'm giving you tools that you can apply in your own practices. So first I wanted to talk a little bit about how to arrange practices If you don't have a coach, normally, if I'm one on one, I'll be able to look at your pattern and give you immediate feedback. But I want you to still incorporate feedback in your practices so you'll notice the project for this skill ship class. It has taking videos of yourself, and I want you to review those videos as you learn the three ball cascade and then, as you learn a three ball cascade with different shaped objects, you can apply these tools so there's gonna be three strategy videos besides this one. Teoh specifically give you tools when you're trying to analyze the one ball pattern, a two ball pattern, a three ball pattern. But right now, I wanted to talk about how to structure your practice in terms of being focused when you do it, so always have in your mind a place that you want to go. So in the when you start out with one ball, you can think about all the ways that I described the pattern. If you are throwing up to the same level on both sides, that could be a goal for you in one of your practice sessions. So if you have a focused objective that's gonna help your practices, and also another strategy is to be able to give yourself feedback, and when you were watching your pattern, how do you know how close you are to your goal? You have to be aware of the height of your throat where it peaks and check against the peak of your other throats, for instance. So there's focus and you have feedback. And then I want you to be thinking about how to fix any issues you have so that your pattern more closely aligns with your goal and objective eso. This would be the fixed parts. You can think of it as three EFS focus, feedback and fix. So in the one ball, two ball, three ball strategy videos, I'm gonna give you specific things to look at in those patterns that you can use as tools in your toolbox. As you think of an objective to focus on in your practices how to give yourself feedback, whether that's through taking a video of yourself or just watching your pattern in real time, and how to fix those by applying a few of the techniques on ways to adjust your throws to fix and correct that pattern 3. 3 One Ball Technique: Welcome to the technique video for the three ball cascade with one ball. So when you start, you want to throw from one hand to the other about eye level and shoulder with part. And as I throw, I'm throwing from between my two hands. Throw it across my body, and when you catch, you want to catch it with some cushion like you catch a water balloon. And as you look at this pattern with one ball, it should. You should hopefully see that it's a figure eight or an infinity sign pattern. There's a cross in the middle as I'm crossing from one hand to the other, and it's also rounded at the top in the bottoms as gravity starts pulling the ball down as it reaches its peak. And I'm scooping in tow, throw catch on the outside and throw between my two hands. I usually say, Practice this until you get bored 4. 4 One Ball Strategy: So you just came from the one ball technique video here. We're gonna talk about strategies and tools that you can look for as you're conducting your own practices with the one ball pattern. So I said, you're gonna throw from one side to the other, and one key here is to watched the height of your throws. So I said about eye level. So if you can establish a point in space or line in space, that could give you a reference. You can make sure that each throw is reaching that line and another tip that you can use as you are running through because I said, Do this until you get bored. But, well, you're getting bored to keep yourself engaged and focused on the task of matching the pattern. You can look at the top of your pattern, but also establish a good riven with the bottom of your pattern, and that a lot of that is with catching. So when you catch, give it some cushion and scoop, and if you are doing it properly, you should have be reducing the impact. That's why when you catch a water balloon, you want to give it a lot of cushion because if there's a lot of impact than it will burst and with why you don't want impact while you're juggling is, it will give you more control of the ball because instead of coming in and bouncing around , you can arrest it in your palm and you'll feel ready to throw. So we're kind of smoothing out that transition from catching to throw with that scoop, because I'm catching on the outside and transitioning it to be inside to these air, all extra little details that you can apply to your pattern. Another thing to think about while you're juggling is your posture. So this isn't such a problem, usually with one ball, but I'll reiterate it with two and three. So you want to keep your elbows in and your shoulders down and relax. So let the ball come down. Teoh. You don't lift up too high, and then when you scoop, you want to go below your waist because that's gonna really give you a lot of space here instead of truncating your pattern. It isn't just up here. That's where most that's where your vision is. You're looking down below your waist but by opening up because it's still in your hands so you have that control to bring it down, you're going to keep your shoulders relaxed in their posture will end up being better. And this will help keep you more balanced, A swell when you throw your always throwing about your center line. So if you think about where your belly button is, that's nothing you can watch in. Another tool or strategy you can use or objective is to make sure each of those throws is coming from your center and you'll find that you can tend to use your core mawr when you have good posture and it will help give you more control. So you're throwing from a place of balance. So these air all I'm just kind of spitballing all these techniques that I talk about with my jugglers when I'm coaching them one on one. So if you need to go back to this video, if you're getting frustrated with, even if you go on two or three and that's when your pattern kind of breaks down, come back and just refresh your memory and give yourself those skills. It's sort of a skill and how to learn properly, not necessarily the skill, because you won't have that muscle memory skill or that technique skill built up. That's your goal is to build up the skills that's the one. 5. 5 Two Ball Technique: Welcome to the technique video for the three ball cascade with two balls. So we've already learns the one ball pattern. And if you're throwing from one side to the other than your working both sides with your throw and catch when you add in a second ball, the key is the time. So you want to throw your second ball when the first ball stops going up and starts coming down, so to look like one, too 12 And if you practice that from your dominant hand first for me, it's my right. Then you'll also want a practice from your opposite side as well. 12 12 So if you look at the pattern, it should be the same as with one ball. The timing is gonna be key there. Some common mistakes are not throwing both balls to the same height. It's the same throw from both sides, and it's the throw that you practiced until you're bored in the last video. So I'd say if you can do 10 catches and 10 throws from both sides and you're watching that same height, then you can move on to the next step 6. 6 Two Ball Strategy: welcome to the two bowls strategy, video, learning to balls. You're really only learning one new concept. And that's the timing of the throw, because the throw is the same from both sides. So, yeah, just think timing, timing, timing when you're doing the practice or if you've got a good sense of rhythm. If you really want to focus on that one too, I really want to get that very good. The most common mistake is gonna be throwing both balls simultaneously. So something like that, which you can see it. It still works, sort of. But the problem is, if you're throwing both balls from the center like you're focusing on with one ball, then you can't have both hands in the center at the same time. Eso Yeah, so that's the main reason why you can't throw both ball simultaneously. Inevitably, you're going Teoh, pull twist your bodies so that you're on different planes or you're gonna throw a different height ball, so it's gonna be one to catch catch on to. So there's a difference between 12 and 12 or want to if you're catching them both at the same time, you got problems so the way to correct that is sometimes I say eliminate the catch. Don't worry about catching the 1st 1 because it's more important that you get one too. Then it is that you get one, too. I caught them both, but it wasn't correct, because if I keep doing that, my pattern was gonna fall apart. So if you do that without Ket without catching, it's gonna It could look like one, too. And if you listen to that, you can see that you can see that it's gonna be You can hear the balls hit the ground in the same rhythm that I threw them. 12 splits Blatt. It should sound. Have some familiarity. So that's 11 check that you can use for yourself. Because if you're throwing them to the same height in the correct rhythm, they're gonna hit the ground in the correct rhythm because gravity is acting on them in the same manner. So once again, it's gonna be like one too 12 So that's one exercise that you can use with two balls. Yeah, going back to posture, I said, with one, you want to make sure you have good alignment with your body, and the same is true with two. I mentioned a little bit of twisting your body on the key. There is that that if you are doing it properly, your elbows are tucked into your sides and you're throwing the balls from the same flat level level plain. Whereas if you're twisting or trying to throw the balls from out here instead of from the correct throw that you practice with one ball, it's very easy with two, because you're focused on that timing to lose the skills that you were practicing with one ball, so pretty common is to try to instead of throwing from here, I started throw with a scoop really out instead of in towards the center like we were doing one ball. And if you catch yourself doing this and it's pretty difficult to correct, especially want to get rolling in a practice session and you're starting to feel like I have to catch them, you don't have to catch them to learn how to throw really well. The catch comes after the throw often, but um, if you find yourself, you can't get past that by correcting your throw or just trying to think about what you're doing. Just drop back down to one and practice that throw so that it's in your muscle memory. That's some of the common common problems with, too, and it kind of goes back to learning that throw really well with one ball. So refer back to these strategy videos if you're really getting stuck or frustrated in your pattern. 7. 7 Three Ball Technique: So going from one vault, two balls, I said, the most important thing that you're learning is timing because you already know the throws . Its similar going from two balls 23 Except you already know the throws and the time. So there's very few skills that we're gonna learn in order to deal with three at a time. And the most important skill is learning how to throw and catch with two in one hand. So I'm gonna show you a few drills to learn this skill. This is a one balled real, very similar to what you've learned your one ball pattern with in the one ball technique video. I'm squeezing the bottom ball with my bottom two fingers and only using my top two fingers and thumb to throw and to catch the next drill, you're gonna do your two ball drills 12 if you progress until do until you get bored on both these drills, you should have a good feel for controlling one ball with only 33 digits. Once you learn that we're gonna progress what's called a three ball flash, it's very similar to that to ball drill 12 except we're gonna go up to three, it's gonna look like 123 catch. And in order to prep for this, it might be a good idea to do some to ball drills while squeezing the ball in your opposite hand as well. Then practiced this flash starting from your opposite hand. 123 123 Once you can do this well with three throws, just keep adding on a throw, so it's gonna be 1234 And once you have that 12345 once you have that 123456 and so on until you get bored of counting and then we say you have a continuous three ball cascade. 8. 8 Three Ball Strategy: So you ready for the big one? Three balls. This is your final step that launches you on the journey of juggling. So, yeah, you learned the new skill of dealing with two on one hand, that usually isn't really a problem for a lot of people. Most of the problem comes with just because you have mawr objects in the air and more things going on, you start to lose those technique points from one ball into bowl that good throw and good rhythm. Because if you theoretically, if you were to isolate each throw, you know all the skills, you know how to do that, You know how to do that. And you know how to do that. And you know how to do that. And you know how to do that. Say, do you this? So when you're going through your practices, I stepped out a building it up one throw at a time, and I really want you to take that seriously, because a lot of the times what can actually slow you down is trying todo till failure every time. So if you if you throw out a little bit, you'll catch and throw out a little bit and catch and just start walking. That's a pretty common mistake. Or if you start throwing in towards yourself up, you could start walking backwards. If you ever find yourself moving your feet at all, just stop at earlier before you have to take that step, so assumes you notice you'd have to take a step. So, for instance, if I have one errant throw, I probably would have just stepped forward and caught it and stopped. But it's OK if it hits the ground. At this point, you're probably used to it. Um, yeah, it's not a big deal. A. So long as he used proper technique. Will you pick it up and protect your back? Um, yeah, that's not gonna be a problem. Yes, So that's a pretty common mistake is that people want to keep going till failure because they want to get as many catches as possible. But what's gonna help you, Morris to focus on the throws and try to get as many good throws as possible on the first time you have a bad throw that would constitute a step or get off your rhythm. Just stop and start over fresh with your good throws. So that's a good tool to use as you go through that progression of learning the flash and adding an extra throw on until you can theoretically go for as long as you want. A couple points because this is really common is to once you get multiple balls to lose that, throw from your center if and start scooping towards yourself. So if you notice that you're throwing, if you notice that you have a bad throw that causes you to want to take a step, what you did to cause that throw always is coming from, um, where when you release the ball because you have it in your hands and you're going down and up. So if you if you release it at a less steep trajectory than it's gonna go out more, and if you hold onto it too long, it's gonna go back over your shoulder. If I want to show an extreme, I'm just checking salt. Um, I have an extreme angle. And then, of course, if you have one ball and you don't have in this as extreme oven angle, that's gonna go out. So that's the two extremes that people have problems with that caused them to step forward . You want to really throw when it's at 90. So if we keep going with three, there's one MAWR mistake that can really get people off rhythm as well. So there's thief throwing out in front of you problem. But then there's not throwing at the right spot in your center, so I want to always throw at that center line. And often, if you squeeze your peaks too close together, then you are mawr likely to hit the balls together because you are giving your self this much space. So one thing to think about is that shoulder with We learned it way back with one ball. But if your shoulders, if you throw with your peaks the peaks of each ball about shoulder width, that's gonna help you keep it under control and give you the self max space without getting way out here, where you're sort of reaching outside your good posture. Those were some techniques for three balls 9. 9 Class Project Demo: Oh, right. So you made it to the class project. Hopefully you were able to learn the three ball cascade and get about 10 throws and 10 catches like we said, our goal would be. But if you didn't quite get there, your class project is gonna be just recording yourself in is one of your practice sessions so that you can review it as well as maybe ask the community here for feedback on things that they see in your pattern and little tips. Even beyond the scope of this video, another thing you can do is go to look up how other jugglers teach. Learning through the three ball Cascade, I I listened to a three ball Cascade tutorial video, probably at least 11 new one a week just so I can kind of hear what other people are using and ways that they describe the feedback that they're giving to their students or the strategies that they're using. Even though I know that technique, I want to still keep learning and adding more tools to my toolbox. So your class project is going to be used these strategies to learn the three ball cascade and record yourself judging the three ball cascade. And also apply those those skills throughout all the strategy videos to learning a cascade a three object cascade with random objects from around your house. So for this video, I'm going to just pull from behind me. I'll take an eraser and a marker. And I've tried this once before and it didn't go so well, but I'll use my belt. Okay? I usually dio Yeah, usually do these videos in one take, but yeah, watching me take my belt off turned out to look really weird. So I just did a quick cut, so these would be on example of three. Sort of. They fit in my hand kind of objects. Of course, I'm trying to challenge myself a little bit, so I would not advise using a belt, but three sort of ball shaped objects could be fruit, other food, or you know, something around your house that you wouldn't mind, uh, landing on the floor. So I'll just step through basic. I always try to start with the weirdest object that I want to juggle in and just do that. Those one ball drills. So, as you can see, I'm having some difficulty in keeping with some of those good technique points. But I'm watching the height, how high I'm throwing consistently on both sides. The catch is definitely the hardest part with a belt, because I can't really go. Palm's up all the time, so I kind of have to snag it and then scoop. Or, as I told you, to give it a lot of cushion. You know, some part of learning this strategies is to know when that is inappropriate in your object , but you're trying to juggle, so that's going pretty good. With one. I'll build up and see if I could get a good rhythm with two. Well, I'll just show you. Ideally, you probably want to practice with your up to other objects in one as well. So, yeah, this has a little bit. It's pretty light. Sometimes it spins, but yeah, generally looking for the same types of things. Same height, give it a lot of scoop. Try the eraser for a little bit. Oh, yeah, definitely very light. So the lighter the object with less important it is to really give it a lot of cushion, so I might try to snag it and then bring it down just because it's gonna bounce out of my hand unless I'm really giving it a lot of security. Okay, so gotta adjust for different objects. And remember how you adjusted your catch and throw depending on the object. So that's 12 And here goes. I'm just gonna aim for a flash to start so that I don't extend myself too far, so it's gonna be 123 123 Catch. Okay, Same thing. Oh, extend myself too far. I got too excited. Uh, then we'll dio four throws, four catches. 1234 I stand it up to five. 12345 And we'll just go for six as well. And six is a good goal for you. For this class project. It's called a qualify. It's when you qualify. A juggling pattern is when you juggle the number of objects times the number of hands that you used to juggle. So in this case, we've got three times to make six. So here will go for a qualify with my weird shaped objects. 123456 Missed it. No problem. We'll try it again. Yeah, I'm just, uh, whiffing on the eraser. I think it's just a little bit harder for me to catch, but, um, I feel pretty good. I think I could get this. All right, Now you go and do likewise.