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Practice Stalls with a Hackey-Sack

Submitted by: Dark5taR

Use a slightly worn hackey-sack ( or footbag ) to practice your stalls. Just toss it from your hand and catch it wherever you want to practice stalling ( i.e. Outside Elbow Stalls - toss up catch on elbow ) the Hackey-Sack doesnt roll very good you usually get a nice "plop" right onto your stall point.

Note: this has only worked for me with Hackey-Sacks containing the small beads.

Buy a large mirror!

Submitted by: monkeyb

Isolations and palm spinning will def benefit from practicing in front of a mirror - it's a good way to stop bad habits forming. It is also good becuase it gets you out of the habit of looking down at your hands.

100 % Silk, accept no substitutes!

Submitted by: arron

Natural fiber materials make the best types of contact juggling clothing, for practice wear or performing costumes.

One of my favorite pieces of clothing to wear, when CJing, is my 100% pure Silk, long-sleeve undershirt. The Silk surface of the shirt produces perfect control over an acryllic ball, enabling me roll and stall the ball with great precision. Finally a Silk undershirt is both warm in cold weather, when practicing outdoors, and dries quickly when hand washed.

100% Silk, accept no substitutes!

Change up weights: for beginners...for everyone

Submitted by: mysfit

I've found the it's best to start out with a heavy ball to get the movement and then to change to a light ball for speed. When you go back to a heavier ball your movements will be much smoother.

Yet another stand

Submitted by: Hiemdall

For those of you who like clay, you can take a slab to a potters wheel and make one. then you take fabrics of any type and connect it to the wheel after with glue. Or, if you have no access to a kiln, buy some self drying clay for about 5 bucks. clay after it is glazed will not scratch your acrylic.

Watch your acylics around computers

Submitted by: Hiemdall

If your new, dont practice while surfing the net. I was practicing around my computer and accidentally bashed the keyboard at least twelve times

Cool Off

Submitted by: Hiemdall

try to cool off every now and then if youre starting a new move.just take a deep breath and relax. then you can go back to it. this helps to prevent accidental flying acrylics

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.

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