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#1 Old 04-16-2008, 05:39 PM
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I've decided to try my hand at juggling. It's been suggested that it could help my adhd plus it would be a wicked skill to have. A quick search turned up this site. It looks to be a good place to start. How many of you juggle? Any tips/tricks/resources for a desperately uncoordinated beginner?
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#2 Old 04-16-2008, 05:51 PM
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#3 Old 04-16-2008, 06:14 PM
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I was going to just pm him but I thought that there might be other jugglers on here or other people who want to learn.
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Hey, I'm by no means a good juggler, but I did learn how to juggle 3 items (or 2 in one hand) a long time ago. I remember that I initially learned with bean bags. Later, in a PE class in middle school, we "learned" how to juggle with bunched up cloths, or something like that the would slowly float down, so it was like "slow motion" juggling to get the basics.

From what I remember, the hankerchief/cloth juggling was a lot harder than just using real beanbags, so I'd recommend not starting with items that have a lot of air resistance...
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no advice but good luck

my brother in law (though never diagnosed adhd as far as i know) always has had an insane amount of energy. his hands are always ALWAYS moving lol. he took up juggling and is pretty good at it. he has the patience to stick with stuff like that and it keeps his hands busy. he also took up drumming and without any lessons got really good really fast, seems he's a natural. he's always been into acting and miming also, combination of his skills landed him in the blue man group!

it seems like something small and trivial but something as simple as juggling can make a huge difference, can really help you learn to focus your energy

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#6 Old 04-17-2008, 07:47 AM
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dirkduck, the slow motion would drive me mad! It hadn't occured to me to try that but now I know never ever to do so.

Ladyfaile, It's awesome that your brother is in blue man group! I love them!! Did you get your username from wheel of time?
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#7 Old 04-17-2008, 09:04 AM
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I juggle! It took me a little while to learn, but here's some helpful hints:

- First start with one ball and get used to the motion of throwing it from one hand to the other. Next move on to two balls. Throw one ball, pause, throw the other and concentrate only on catching that first ball. Let the other one fall to the ground if you want. Once that's comfortable, work on catching both balls. There's a rhythm to juggling. Throw, throw. Catch, catch. Once you feel good about that, add the third ball. Practice doing your throw, throw catch, catch with that third ball just sitting in one of your hands. Get used to having all three balls in your hands without throwing them all. Then move up to throwing all three balls, but only catching two. This really helped me. I would throw all of the balls, but only concentrate on needing to catch two. Once you have a good rhythm with that, try catching that last ball.

- Juggle in front of your bed so when you drop the balls, you don't have to reach all the way down to the floor to get them!

- Juggle in front of a wall so that you don't keep leaning forward and throwing the balls out, instead of in front of you.

- Use bean bag type items so they don't roll when you drop them

- BE PATIENT (And don't try to learn to juggle with golf balls!)

Hopefully that all made sense.
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I know *how* to juggle and can manage about 3 circles (technical word?!) before failing miserably.

itd be really fun to learn!

stop making me want to =(
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Thanks for the tips everyone! I thought I had a bean bag around here but I can't seem to find it so juggling will have to wait another day.
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