Sample English Essays on Learning How To Juggle

Learning How To Juggle


Juggling is both a challenging and a rewarding hobby. In fact, studies show that people who juggle increase their brains cognitive abilities. In as much as juggling might seem to be very hard to learn and master effectively at first, it gets easier as a learner knows the basics and practices effectively. However, it should be noted that constant practice is the key to being a juggler. The following is a framework that can be used in learning how to juggle.


Steps I used in learning how to juggle

Step 1: Choose the right balls to begin with. The first thing that I learnt was that starting with the right type of bags helped a lot. As such, I choose beanbags. The point here was to use balls which didn’t bounce off when dropped.

Step 2: Have the correct body posture. I stood erect with my feet slightly apart. Next, I had to bend my forearms so that they were parallel to the floor. While doing this, I kept in mind the rule that each ball toss had to reach eye level; each ball toss was to be under the previous one and the fact that one ball was supposed to be in the air while the hands held the other one(s).

Step 3: Conducting preliminary exercises. I started with one ball in my right hand and tossed it to my left hand (this is the first catch). Then I tossed the ball back to my right hand. I repeated the one-ball juggling until I made 20 catches without dropping the ball. The rule was to make sure that the tossed ball reached eye-level.

Step 4: Juggling with two balls. This step entailed knowing the basics of juggling. I held a ball in each of my hands. I labelled the ball in my right hand as ball No.1 and the ball in my left hand as ball No. 2. I tossed ball No.1 in my left hand. As the tossed ball began to drop toward my left hand, I tossed ball No. 2 from my left hand to my right hand. I repeated the two-ball juggling until I could make 20 catches without dropping a ball. The condition was that the tossed ball had to reach the eye-level.

Step 5: Juggling with two balls. This was the most tasking step. At this step, I held ball No. 2 in my left hand, and balls No.1 and No. 3 in my right hand. The condition in this step was to always to start tossing with the hand holding two balls. As such, I tossed ball No.1 to my left hand. As ball No.1 began to drop towards my left hand, I tossed ball No. 2 from my left hand to my right hand. As ball No. 2 began to drop towards my right hand, I tossed ball No. 3 from my right hand to my left hand. The second condition was to toss a ball only if I needed to create room in a hand to catch an incoming ball. I repeated the alternating tossing and catching albeit initially having many falls which dwindled with practice.

Use of existing ideas – In learning how to juggle, I used existing ideas in learning how to play the hobby. However, I modified some of the existing ideas to better suit my mode of learning. For example, I learned in steps and repeated every step in the first day after which I concentrated on practicing the juggling itself. The hardest part was to coordinate a 3 ball juggling but with concentration, I was able to master the skill.

A simple training plan

Juggling is a fun activity. For the learner, it is imperative to keep in mind that learning how to juggle is not as hard as it might appear. In fact, it is an activity that can be learned in half a day. First, a person should learn how to focus. Secondly, it is imperative that the learner comprehends how to coordinate his mind with his hands so as to be able to it in a semi-conscious manner. it is also more effective to learn the activity in defined steps whereby the learner proceeds to the next step after mastering the previous step. The following are the steps to follow:

Step 1: Choose the balls that you are comfortable with and ones that will not bounce when dropped.

Step 2: Stand in a good posture.

Step 3: Start with the preliminaries by tossing one ball from one hand to the other.

Step 4: Juggle with two balls. Only throw one ball in anticipation to catching the other ball. Proceed to step 5 if you make 20 times without a ball falling.

Step 5: This will be the final step. Start with one hand holding one ball and the other holding two balls. Always start throwing from the hand with two balls. As the thrown ball is still in the air, toss a ball in the other hand in anticipation of catching the ball that had been tossed. Repeat this alternative tossing until you can comfortably toss 20 times without a ball falling.