In recent weeks, the news has been saturated with train derailments, bus accidents, children/pets abandoned in hot cars and other assorted mood downers. So, I decided this week should be a diversion from all the sadness and tragedy. Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you… Combat Juggling.
Yes, this is a real thing. A Seattle man named Jason Garfield has created a “sport” which combines dodgeball, tag, juggling and, of course, combat. The basic goal is to prevent your opponent from juggling while controlling your own juggle. Players typically toss one of their three clubs high in the air to create an opening for an attack. A player is out when a) they stop juggling; b) one of their clubs hits the floor; or c) one or more of their clubs is stolen by another player. The last juggler standing wins.
The Major League Combat tournaments feature different varieties of games such as:
Sumo Combat – Players try to push an opponent out of a 12′ circle; they must keep at least one foot inside the circle while controlling their juggle.
360-Degree Combat – Players try to do more 360-degree spins than their opponent in 60 seconds. The trick is to figure out when to spin and when to attack.
Zombie Combat – When a player loses a club, he can remain in the game, but he is now frozen as a “zombie,” a player who can’t move but can attack opponents as they pass by.
It’s hard not to be competitive in juggling. You want to be recognized. The reason [jugglers] work so hard is they want to show off.
~ Jason Garfield
I think one of the responses to the YouTube video sums it up: “This takes great skill. But for some reason I can’t stop laughing.”
THE SQUARES – WEEK 31
Square four has another piece from my son’s jeans, the zipper and snap. I thought it might be fun practice for a child. Square five is a “K” for the the It-Feels-Like-This-Alphabet-Blanket-Is-Never-Going-To-Be-Finished project – I’m making progress! There are various stripey squares. Square seven is a zigzag from the neverending wool stash.
Square one is my attempt at a basketweave and/or something that resembles Entrelac, a knitting technique used to create a diamond pattern. It looks neat but was really more trouble than it was worth. At least it’s thick!
Square Count: 217