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Chinese meditation balls

Submitted by: cuathebt

Ever tried CJ w/ Chinese meditation balls? Talk about soothing....giling, gillliiing, gilling

Find the "Focus" of a move

Submitted by: Kai_Loi

When I'm learning a new move I always look for the focus point that makes the move much easier to nail. For example I origionally couldn't get outside elbow to cradle rolls. Then I found that if I shifted what I was concentrating on from "throwing the ball up onto my arm" to "sending the ball to my cradle" and ignoring everything in between then the move became a breeze. Sometimes focusing on the destination and letting your brain "fill in the blanks" rather than concentrating feircly on the ball can bring a move together. Try it!

Balance and Breathing

Submitted by: EZ_Pyro5

In order to achieve any sort of balance with the c-ball, i have found that breathing is essential. Irregular breaths will cause the ball to be unstable. By regulating your breathing, all the muscles that are involved in the balance get trained to support it. I have been cjing for 4 weeks and I can balance a 3 incher on the tips of the index and middle finger for about a min. Put it there with a prayer and remove sideways the non-balancing hand. IT FEELS REALLY GOOD

Another Acrylic Holder

Submitted by: tarsonet

Ya know those little triple stands that come in some pizza boxes? Take it. Wash it. Flip it over. Put something under one and you can have a nice 3 ball pyramid.

a good why to stop smokking!!!

Submitted by: O-CHAN

the time that i srart cj i stop smokking cigrat and the cj realy hlpe me becose whan i fill to tack acigart i tack my contact ball and breaking my kreeze !!!

Learn to play the piano

Submitted by: BallZac

The results of a study published in new scientist showed that soccer players who also played the piano had no less ball control with their preferred foot, and more ball control with their other foot, than players who did not play the piano. No doubt this transference of ambidexterity applies to contact juggling too.

Wooden Balls are good

Submitted by: Jomma

I recently recieved three wooden balls for christmas. My Dad had gotten them at a nearby arts and crafts store. I find them ideal for palm spinning becuase they are smooth and resilient to damage. Although the wooden balls are only 2 1/2 inches and are a bit on the light side, they make a good alternative to the acrylics if you can't afford them or want to practice palm spinning in on the run.

Don't get discouraged

Submitted by: sublimer

If you drop a ball (even the greats do it) and it gets a major crack in it, don't get discouraged and stop practicing. Or you could try using a wood ball until you are comfortable enough to start practicing with your acrylic.

Vision, Priorities and Determination

Submitted by: iannai

Visualize what you wish to achieve, keep to learning one thing at a time, Keep going tell you get to your vision... and smile cause you fufilled a dream.These three things have brought me much advancement in cjing.I found the more I limit myself in my learning the better I can be at the one thing of my study I am prioritizing. 5 ball free spin of most late.

Find a one person audience

Submitted by: Juggles

I found it helps to have one person to watch when you have a new trick. Since you can't tell what it looks like from your view, find a friend that will comment on it. Remember, the customer is always right.

Use a feild hockey ball.

Submitted by: Natalie

If you don't have an acrylic yet, use a spare feild hockey ball to start. They are about the same size, if not a tiny bit bigger, than most acrylics, and have a nice weight to them.

different balls for different folks

Submitted by: djkaneda

i personally have played all types of hockey over the past 12 years (roller, street, ice) so when i started learning CJ I naturally reached for the first ball i found, being one of my old street hockey balls, they have a decent weight depending on the brand, and are fairly smooth. all in all they work fairly well

Acrylics do melt

Submitted by: Milamber

Try not to leave your acrylics in the sun because they have a tendency to melt.

softballs and ducttape

Submitted by: danothia

Ive been learning on a softball with duct tape on the outside, it works great.

A little poor? Visit the Pet Store!

Submitted by: Brian

Something I found out early in Contact Juggling is... balls are expensive. At the local pet store you can pick up heavy rubber etc balls for really cheap and they work as great practice balls! It helps save ware and tear on your good balls and hey... sure the rubber ones are hard for palm spinning but if you drop them they will sometimes just bounce back up!

(P.S. Avoid buying the mint flavored ones unless you like minty hands. Heh heh)

Start out with something you don't care gets broken

Submitted by: poiboy

I started out with a tennis ball filled with rice, it helps you learn the basics without ruining a good cj ball.

Lacrosse Balls

Submitted by: KT

Cant afford a few acrylics? (i cant im only 13 :) Buy some Lacrosse Balls! They run for 2-5 dollars at your local sporting goods store. Theyre also good for juggling, and bounce juggling (great way to learn it) Dont buy like 4 though if your only planning on palmspinning them, there not that good for palmspinning.

Acrylics are hard and can break teeth

Submitted by: pestis

I just broke one tooth tossing a 4" acrylic behind the back and, obviously, catching it in a wrong place. Consider using silicones instead. The tradeoff is that they do more damage to your surroundings (as they can bounce surprisingly far away).

Avoid getting burned!

Submitted by: KT

If your walking in the sun with your acrylics, keep it moving in your hands. I prefer moving it from my palm to my finger tips and back. It works your hand too, impresses people if you do it with style, and you avoid getting burned.

Learn "The Secret"

Submitted by: Phart

I believe there is a physically describable "secret" to doing any trick. The secret is the key to accomplishing the trick. What once seemed undecipherable will seem easily deciphered. Also, if you know the secret to a trick, it helps wih teaching. The secret will help even the slowest learner to learn a trick quickly and easily.

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