Learn to JUGGLE 3 CLUBS - Beginner Tutorial

Clubs are roughly cylindrical objects,[1] usually around 20 inches long, with a slim handle end and a center of balance nearer the wider "body" end.[2]

Club juggling originated in the 1870s (though jugglers had already been using other linear props such as sticks, torches, and knives for thousands of years),[3] and was originally done with Indian clubs, which were very heavy exercise/martial arts equipment made from wood and shaped similarly to modern juggling clubs.[4]

Edward Van Wyck started making the first commercially available juggling clubs in 1895. Van Wyck clubs were made of wood, but were hollow and decorated with foil, making them lighter than Indian clubs.[4][5] The first hollow plastic clubs were part of a children’s juggling set made in the late 1950s.[6] The first multi-piece plastic juggling clubs were made in 1964 by Jay Green. His clubs were also the first to feature flex cushioning on the handle, and foam knobs and end caps.[7]

Clubs are normally thrown so that they rotate at least once while in the air, with the top of the club rotating toward the juggler. Higher throws are usually done with more rotations, but the rotation speed can be controlled with the wrist to change the number of rotations per throw. It is also possible to throw flats, making the clubs stay horizontal in the air without spinning at all, or reverse spins, where the clubs rotate in the opposite direction.

The basic pattern for any number of clubs is normally done with each throw rotating half as many times as the number of clubs being juggled, rounding down for odd numbers: 3 clubs are done with single rotations, 4 and 5 are done with doubles, 6 and 7 are done with triples, 8 and 9 are done with quads. Any higher or lower number of rotations is usually considered a more difficult trick.

Clubs are more difficult to juggle than balls or rings. Sticks are harder to run than normal clubs, but easier for flashing high numbers.[8] The Juggling Information Service Committee on Numbers Juggling (JISCON) recognizes sticks as a type of club that may be used for numbers records.[9]

The highest number of clubs that have been qualified (at least twice as many catches as objects) is 8,[10] and the highest number of clubs that have been flashed (same number of throws and catches as objects) is 9.[11]

3 clubs[edit | edit source]



3 club tricks by Andreas Polimenis

DeWitt Cook was the first person to juggle 3 clubs, in the 1870s.[4] He juggled heavy wooden Indian clubs, normally used for arm-swinging exercises. Before 2015, the WJF overall championship included two competitions for 3 clubs: 360s (most 3 up 360s in 1 minute), and freestyle.[12] At first the 3 club freestyle competition was a "best trick" contest like the other freestyle competitions, but in 2008 it was changed to the 1 minute routine format originally used for the WJF freestyle competitions. The world record for the longest 3 club endurance run with publicly available video evidence is 3 hours, 43 minutes, and 13 seconds by Robert LeBoeufJohn McPeak formerly held the Guinness World Record for the longest time juggling: 6 hours, using 3 clubs.[13]

4 clubs[edit | edit source]


5 tricks with 4 clubs

4 club tricks by Josh Horton

Charles Hoey was the first person to juggle 4 clubs.[14] The world record for the longest 4 club run with publicly available video evidence is 1 hour, 2 minutes, and 54 seconds by David Piscoya. Luis Niño Villesca claims to have done 4 clubs for 1 hour, 5 minutes, and 28 seconds.

5 clubs[edit | edit source]


5 club 360s World Record yet again

5 club 1 minute 360s world record by Vova Galchenko

Ben Mowatt Jr. was the first person to juggle 5 clubs.[15] Until 1984, there were only two divisions in the IJA Numbers Championships - one for 7 objects (competitors could use either 7 balls or 7 rings in the same division) and one for 5 clubs. Since 1984, the IJA has had competitions with a separate division for each prop, where competitors are scored higher for juggling higher numbers.[16] The WJF advanced club short program has been exclusively for 5 club juggling since 2010.[17] The overall championship also includes a 5 club freestyle competition (best trick contest; held since 2004).[12] Before 2015, the overall championship included a 5 club 360s competition (most 5 up 360s in 1 minute), and a 5 club backcross isolated endurance competition (endurance contest with competitors standing on chairs to allow only accurate, controlled patterns).[18] The world record for 5 club juggling is 53 minutes and 21 seconds by Thomas Dietz.[10] Thomas claims to have done 5 clubs for 1 hour and 25 minutes.

6 clubs[edit | edit source]


Anthony Gatto 6 Clubs

6 club sequence by Anthony Gatto

Pat McGreevey was the first person credited with juggling 6 clubs (4 in one hand and 2 in the other).[14] 6 is now the minimum number of clubs used in the IJA's numbers endurance competition,[19] and was also the minimum number of clubs used in the WJF's numbers endurance competition until 2006. Since 2007 the WJF club endurance competition has started with 7 clubs.[12] The WJF overall championship also included a 6 club freestyle competition from 2008 to 2014.[18] The 6 club juggling world record is 7 minutes and 38 seconds by Anthony Gatto.[10](video)

7 clubs[edit | edit source]


7 club 7 up pirouette

7 club 7 up 360 by Anthony Gatto

John Breen is the first person recorded as having juggled 7 clubs, around 1910.[15] (He could do about 70 catches.[14] Long before that, an ancient Chinese juggler is credited with juggling 7 swords.)[20] The first person to juggle 7 clubs in the IJA's numbers endurance competition was Anthony Gatto in 1986.[16] 7 is the minimum number of clubs used in the WJF's numbers endurance competition,[12] and the highest number of clubs that have been qualified in any of the numbers endurance competitions at the IJA[21] and the WJF. Before 2015, the WJF overall championship also included two other competitions for 7 clubs: freestyle, and isolated endurance (endurance contest with competitors standing on chairs to allow only accurate, controlled patterns).[18] The WJF has also had a 7 Club Incentive Program since 2010, awarding $250 to anyone 15 years old or younger who is able to juggle 7 clubs for 50 catches at a WJF convention. Jack Denger won the 7 club incentive program in 2011 at age 14.[22] The world record for 7 clubs is 4 minutes and 23 seconds by Anthony Gatto.[10]

The following people have juggled 7 clubs for at least 100 catches on video:

Other jugglers reported to have done at least 100 catches of 7 clubs:

Tricks that have been done with 7 clubs include:

8 clubs[edit | edit source]


Anthony Gatto 8 Clubs World Record

An Anthony Gatto video with three 8 club qualifies

8 is the highest number of clubs that have been performed onstage. No one has successfully juggled 8 clubs in the numbers endurance competitions at the IJA[21] and the WJF, which require a qualifying run. The following jugglers have all done at least a flash of 8 clubs on video:

Other jugglers reported to have flashed 8 clubs:

Other jugglers who have done 8 similar objects:

Patterns and tricks that have been done with 8 clubs:

9 clubs[edit | edit source]


9 club world record

9 club world record by Eivind Dragsjø

Bruce Tiemann was the first person to flash 9 sticks, in 1996.[10](video) The 9 stick record has since been equaled by Scott Sorensen in 1997,(video) Chris Fowler in 2003,(video) and Daniel Eaker in 2009.(video) Chris Fowler claims to have done 9 sticks for 11 catches.

Willy Colombaioni claims to have first flashed 9 clubs in 2002, at age 17. Ben Thompson also claims to have flashed 9 clubs before anyone did it with publicly available video evidence, but he chose not to share a video because it was too sloppy. Emil Dahl was the first person to flash 9 clubs with publicly available video evidence, in 2013. In 2015, Willy Colombaioni flashed 9 clubs on video, using a holster to hold the last club. He later did 10 catches.(video) Ben Thompson also flashed 9 clubs on video in 2015. Eivind Dragsjø broke the 9 club world record in 2016 with 11 catches.(video) Moritz Rosner flashed 9 clubs in 2021.(video)

See also[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. http://www.juggling.org/records/rules.html
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juggling_club
  3. https://www.juggle.org/pre-club-juggling-with-linear-props/
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 http://ezine.juggle.org/2014/01/31/the-development-of-the-juggling-club-part-1/
  5. http://historicaljugglingprops.com/innovative-and-rare-juggling-clubs-1895-1969/
  6. http://ezine.juggle.org/2014/02/16/the-development-of-the-juggling-club-part-2/
  7. http://ezine.juggle.org/2014/02/24/the-development-of-the-juggling-club-part-3/
  8. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bjy3gHyrFDo&lc=72qknyRXhy1chl3_-mn7TSgxgXjY_ocG9FT5LIFTVW8
  9. http://www.juggling.org/records/FAQ.html
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 10.4 10.5 http://www.juggling.org/records/records.html
  11. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Juggling_world_records
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 http://thewjf.com/competitor-files/competition-rules/advanced-overall-championship/
  13. http://ezine.juggle.org/2015/01/17/john-mcpeak-a-serendipitous-adventure/
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 http://www.juggling.org/jb/jb20.html
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 http://ezine.juggle.org/2014/11/20/juggling-firsts-part-two-clubs-sticks-rackets/
  16. 16.0 16.1 http://www.juggle.org/ija/championships/
  17. http://www.thewjf.com/WJF6/WJF6CompetitionRules.php#short
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 http://www.thewjf.com/allevents.php
  19. http://www.juggle.org/ija/championships/files/2015/04/NumbersRules2015.pdf
  20. http://www.juggling.org/help/numbers/records/clubs-07.html
  21. 21.0 21.1 http://www.juggle.org/ija/championships/numbers-records/
  22. http://www.thewjf.com/wjf7/wjf7_results.php
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