Juggling Beanbag review
If you or someone you know and love wants to learn to juggle, you or they should probably start by getting yourselves a juggling beanbag or three. Beanbags are easy to learn to juggle with because they are soft, easy to hold onto and will not roll away from you if you should drop them. You can get a lot more practice in if you do not have to chase a rolling ball.
A juggling beanbag can come in all shapes and sizes. They can be relatively flat and filled with beans, or large-grained sand, or rice for that matter. Some others are more formed and are in the shape of a ball with four or six panels of fabric or leather sewn together and then filled.
Juggling is something that anyone can learn and helps improve hand-eye coordination, reflexes and large motor skills in the young and old alike. You can do whatever you want with your ability to juggle. You could go on and become a professional or you can just entertain friends and family at special gatherings with your skill.
No one is ever born juggling. It has to be learned and that is why it is called a skilled art. Learning to juggle takes dedication and patience and the best way to learn is to start with three beanbags. Actually I am going to start you with one.
If you think this is too easy or lame then you can just try to go on and learn with all three at once. But, it is my humble opinion that you should learn to control both hands alternating with a ball in each hand to get the feel for what you are doing.
Pick up a beanbag in your dominant hand and just begin to make small tosses and catch it the same hand. When this is comfortable, switch hands and do the same thing with your non-dominant hand until it is comfortable. This may take a few minutes since this is not your dominant hand.
Next, take a beanbag in each hand and toss them both up together and catch them together, one in each hand. Then start alternating the tosses and catches. When this is comfortable after a few more times then you need to start juggling two beanbags. Toss from one hand and then the other. Get a nice rhythm going and just practice this for a while. Now you are juggling.
After you find you are very comfortable doing this then add the third beanbag. With two in one hand and one in the other, you should now be able to just incorporate the third one into your tosses with very little trouble. Make sure that your tosses are all about the same height and you keep your knees bouncy to give your that extra control and your elbows tucked in close to your sides but loose.
I know it sounds a lot easier than it really is but this is how you use a juggling beanbag or three to get yourself started in the juggling world. If you like it well enough and would like to continue learning, why not join the IJA and go to the convention next July.
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