Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Presumably everyone reading this newsletter is well-aware of the dramatic event that occured on December 16, 2006 regarding Wendy's emergency surgery. The good news is that not only was the left ovary's 10 cm dermoid cyst benign, but Wendy is more than half-way to her six-week recovery mark and she improves daily. A large credit for her recovery is directly due to our JH community: visits, phone calls, e-mails, cards, meals, gift cards, flowers, well-wishes, prayers, and subbing for Paul (for six clubs over four days, Dec. 19-22). How is "thank you," however public, sufficient to express our gratitude? It is not, but please know that the Arnebergs are very moved and blessed be supported by so many of you in so many specific ways. Within a week of her operation, Wendy told Paul, "I have experienced more blessing than trial through this surgery and recovery." So, we thank you.
Showcase 2! "All-Comers" show Mar. 6 @ Edinborough
Voice: Selby Shlosberg
"Get the girl!" screams someone from behind me. I am at the World Juggling Federation (WJF) Convention in the center of a ring of jugglers who are batting their clubs together in a rhythmic war beat. I need to remain calm in this game of Combat if I want to stay in the game and be the last "man" standing. After a round of numerous fierce attacks, it is just me against Thomas Dietz, WJF three-time champion and considered by many to be the best juggler in the world.
Combat has always been my favorite part of juggling. If you don't know what it is, it is a game that can be played with any where from 2 to 100 or more jugglers at a time. Each person juggles three clubs and tries to survive the attacks of the others while maintaining a juggling cascade. A combatant is out when one of her clubs hits the ground. To eliminate the other jugglers, the most common method of attack is to throw one of your own clubs high in the air while using one of your other two clubs to knock away another's clubs, and then catch your third club to continue your steady three-club pattern.
I started playing Combat at JH in 4th grade. I joined JH when it was part of Wise Guys because it looked like fun. While juggling doesn't draw hordes of kids like soccer, baseball, basketball and other mainstream sports, it brings together a small niche of kids who can help each other by building hand-eye coordination and life-long friendships. JH has also exposed me to different international festivals and has allowed me to make friends with jugglers from all over the world. I currently communicate with jugglers from all over the United States and also with places like Germany, England, and Japan. When we meet at festivals, we do test our skills in Combat, but never toward complete annihilation of our opponents for we are friends first, combatants second.
I always get nervous when I'm one of the last ones in the game. I can feel everyone watching me. My heart beats wildly as I strive to win. I am up against Thomas. I throw up a club, swing for his, but I miss, and we keep going. Finally, just as I throw up a club, he simultaneously throws up one of his. I steal his club and keep going. He drops. Game over. We smile and laugh, then start the next game.
-Selby: Ultimate Club Officer, 9th year Jughead, Senior
more will be written in February regarding July's IJA Fest in North Carolina
and March's MONDO Fest in the Twin Cities, here are quick takes regarding
JH's annual festival visits:
SPOTLIGHT: Wed. Rec.
After a lapse in focus last year, Wednesday Rec. is now better than ever! The club may be re-named "Wed. Advanced" due to this year's implementation of nine new technical standards required for membership. Next year, these standards will increase even more, as each member in '07-'08 will be required to achieve at least 20% of each Elite Club standard (e.g., 10 with 5 balls and 20 with 6 club passing). In addition to this quantifiable increase in this club's quality, the cultural qualities keep improving, and the club is maturing as well: once known as "Elementary Rec.", the median age for a Wed. Rec. member is now 7th grade.
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