All Martial Artists are aware of the need
to hone their skills.
A large number of Training Concepts/Aids have been
developed over the years to do just that.
Online searches will reveal many of use.
The DuckDuckGo search engine may help there. (click)
WHY SOME OLDER
WITH THEIR BALLS…
…is one that Shiro can share.
JUGGLING is a Training Aid that is not oft. mentioned.
(…a video tutorial… at end of article…)
Considering it’s benefits have great potential-
SHIRO’s Intel will now reveal…
Why some older BUJINKAN(click) students
still play with their balls.
JUGGLING… BACK IN TIME…
ON TOP OF THE WORLD…
well… KOMA HOUSE ANYWAY.
JAPAN… in the early 1990’s…
A somewhat run down Tourist Hostel…
KOMAGOME,.. JAPAN. (click)
Inside; several Aussie NINPO students… (click)
Soon became a habit to train on the rooftop.
Space was/is a premium issue in JAPAN.
KOMA HOUSE = A steel/concrete structure, ‘flat-roofed’.
Twas there SHIRO was introduced to the
ART OF JUGGLING
as a part of our growing training routine(s)
suggested by the
KOMAGOME btw is linked to the Museum city of UENO
and it’s rising Fashion scene vis the YAMANOTE Train Line.
A somewhat sleepy suburb, there is also easy
access to several renowned Shrines and Parks
including the RIKUGIEN and KYU FURUKAWA Gardens.
In addition to superb examples of current
JAPANESE GARDENS, a nowadays rare treat
not found in most other Garden areas,
is the customary availability of sweets
and traditional お茶, ocha,…
= JAPANESE TEA (click).
The Garden’s Ponds
are the central focus, though the gardens
are not without charm and tranquil natural
beauty therein. Local shops include traditional
arts, crafts and antiques, clothes
and so on. Many quite unique.
A quieter locale away
from the bigger cities bustle.
An ideal place where tired and
sleepy shinobi students could get some rest.
SIMPLE TO MAKE…
We made or rather…
re-made the JUGGLING balls ourselves.
A child’s hollow bouncy ball.
- Make a small split along the seam.
- Filled with raw rice via split-hole.
- Seam split re-glued/re-sealed.
We noticed the benefits to our skills
and training becomingly slowly but surely obvious…
at least to us.!.
E.g. better co-ordination ,
multi-tasking concepts easier,..
…was fun and entertaining too.
A very cheap training exercise requiring little room…
THOUGH lil height required too indeed.
SHIRO HIGHLY RECOMMENDS LEARNING THIS SKILL.
CALL IN THE EXPERTS…
There are several speciality JUGGLING sites online-
most with videos and great advice.
Many contain links to groups/clubs as well as detailing
both basic and advanced concepts.
A small selection of HOW-TO
my DUCKDUCKGO(click) Search Engine found.
As with any new or retraining skill-set… practice, practice…
The basic skill(s) can then lead onto the further
learning of other ball patterns and throws…
which tend to mesmer children…
and some adults and thus gives you a possible
social intro or even training interest to surface.
TO FEEL LIKE A CLOWN…
i’ve dropped so many balls…
…well… maybe not that many…
There are many, many benefits…
JUST to reiterate… get used to picking up your balls… oft.
You can offset this by having several xtra balls secreted around your person and thus keep going a lil longer… though then you have… more balls to pick up… eventually.
REMEMBER THE BENEFITS…
REMEMBER THE BENEFITS…
Part of the joy of learning, refining and enhancing
physical motor skills in this gravity defying manner;
is that you are definitely though subtly
mentally challenging yourself as well…
probably without being overly aware
of such a process. e.g.
Shiro found, as confidence and ball handling improved…
= …I ‘ WANTED ‘ ‘ NEEDED ‘ ‘ HAD ‘ TO LEARN THE NEXT
TRICK OR BIT ETC…
i progressed to learn and be fairly proficient with
several 2 and/or 3 ball combos and patterns
quite quickly,.. though my 4 ball work…
requires MUCH MORE WORK…
i even set the process in a numbered format,
down on paper when needed,
to help figure out the pattern’s particular
order and rhythm etc…
though my FORMULAS were probably not
quite like the SCIENCE Style below methinks.
THE SCIENCE IS IN…
Followers of SCIENCE too, have much to share
on the ART OF JUGGLING.
Reports and Findings of such as:
Improved BRAIN POWER and associated size growth/expansions;
Structural, Motor-plasticity and Skill changes etc too-
acknowledged by several studies and reports.
( ref links lil below…)
Areas of the BRAIN that controlled involvement in both
VISUAL and MOTOR ACTIVITY for example were subject
to quite extensive new neuron formations.
Understanding and using such results could be
applied to other medical fields or applications,
perhaps especially those conditions/syndromes
involved in trying to stem brain matter loss and
degeneration from other causes and illnesses.
SCIENCE says that’s ALL GOOD btw.
Shiro agrees and says,
with that science stamp of approval… then
JUGGLING could /should also be included in
such as recovery and rehab, where applicable…
any hand and eye coordination or focus routines etc…
perhaps included too as a school sport because
there is NO LIMIT ON…
AGE .?. NO LIMIT…
In particular and of note…
was the summary of many reports indicated…
age meant NOT much at ALL.
Our Brain’s ability to grow with new skills and hobbies
appears to know no LIMITS… age limits that is.
This recognition of how certain skill-sets can
enhance mental and physical health should
make such MANDATORY…
per se in any applicable area of health care.
if we ALL learnt early such as: to brisk walk oft,…
knit/crochet,.. paint… carve
slow dance,.. tai chi…
…tasks and hobbies that are simply simple AND creative;
but involve several body+mind areas working together…
then, in LIFE later…
STAYING ACTIVE in healthy non stress movements etc
that also give due honor and purpose
to a life well and long lived and can,
in many ways only bring people together
at such times/periods of our lives.
So sayeth Shiro… and the
SCIENCE ref links:
THAT JUGGLE WITH YOU.
Another clever bright spark of an INVENTOR,
JAMES D. CORRIDON
even designed a JUGGLING Aid/Equipment Set
complex enough to handle a large range
of training position and scenarios.
thinking ‘ inventively ‘.?….
Those fortunate ones who own a netted
trampoline type device may get a auto
training assist and get the opportunity
to perhaps create a new Sport altogether.
WITH NO EXCUSE NOW,..
WITH YOUR BALLS.!.
SHIRO’s JUGGLING INTEL shows there is indeed
much of benefit
for ALL Martial Artists and many others too.
Via JUGGLING’s required Skill-Sets
such as co-ordination and reflexes,…
these trained, enhanced, will naturally
and automatically AID your approach
to SELF-DEFENCE, SPORTs and other
LIFE areas too-
to which SHIRO says:
JUGGLE YOUR WORLD,
LIVE YOUR DREAM and
BE LIKE BEE, BELOW BE…
GO PLAY WITH YOUR BALLS.
I DREAM OF NINJA…
TILL NEXT… SHIRO.
Ball control… skills of Soccer indeed it seems.
…P.S… a late tip… (…22/12/17…)
…to help learn, then limit the extent/range of the ” throw ” action,..
practice a step away from a wall. This ” forces ”
you to perform such near/directly front AND
with minimal ” effort “.
…Thus easier to repeatedly control
and with the most appropriate strength of action…
…not too much… not too lil’.
…note: the ” throws ” in JUGGLING…
are not that powerful per se…
rhythm and consistently same height
throws very important when learning the basics.
ONCE LEARNT… IMPROVISE and change-ups
can be added and practiced.
Njoy the ball control indeed.