Re: Hockey and Juggling
In article <firstname.lastname@example.org>, Ed Porteous
> I am also working on juggling while on the uni, but progress is slow (picking
> the objects up isn’t so easy). Has anybody got any advice?
I didn’t used to be able to juggle on the uni (clearly), and then I stopped
practicing it. A couple years later, I tried it again, and was instantly able to
do it. This summer I attempted to pass clubs while idling, and was amazed to
find that I could do it with no trouble at all.
Here’s why I think I acquired the ability without practicing it: To begin with
unicycling requires a lot of use of the upper-body to maintain the balance. As
your body finds that it is off balance in one direction, it must correct for it,
and it often will over-compensate, and then have to correct in the other
direction. As you practice unicycling, you get better at simply being balanced,
without having to compensate so much. So then you can use the upper-body for
something else, say, juggling.
Now, I’m not saying, of course, that you shouldn’t bother practicing juggling on
the uni. I would recommend first practicing juggling while riding forward (as
opposed to while idling), though perhaps you already discovered that to be
easier. Also, try unicycling along a straight line, like a painted line on the
pavement. The more precisely you can control the unicycle, the easier it will be
to juggle at the same time.
As far as picking up the objects, well, that’s another fun thing to practice! If
you don’t mind having your seat a little low, it’s actually not too hard. It
also requires precision, though.
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