2008 International Juggling Association Championships Crown World’s Best Jugglers
Posted Sep 01 2008 7:14pm
LEXINGTON: The 61st annual International Juggling Association (IJA) Festival Championships were held in Lexington, Kentucky from July 15 – 18. Formal competitions crowned the world’s best jugglers in three divisions: stage performance, numbers juggling, and joggling (running while juggling). The championships were held as part of the week long festival that brought together jugglers from around the world for competitions, workshops and shows.
The stage championships took place in front an audience of 700 people at the Lexington Opera House on July 16-17. Over $4,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the champions. Competitions took place in three categories: Individuals, Teams (two or more people per team) and Juniors (individuals 17 years old or younger).
Finalists that competed in the championships were selected by a preliminary judging process in which competitors submitted a video of their act. Competitors in the preliminaries and finals were judged on seven criteria:
Execution – 20% Entertainment Level – 20% Degree of Difficulty – 15% Theatrical Framing – 15% Creativity – 15% Element of Risk – 10% Stage Presence – 5%
Final Standings in the Stage Championships:
1. Takashi Kikyo 71.78 2. Chuan-Ho Chu 70.04 3. Ben Hestness 63.36 4. Pei-Chen Jung 62.92 5. Motomu Utsumi 62.90 6. David Ferman 58.06 7. Stefan Brancel 54.20
The Numbers Championships took place at the Lexington Civic Center on July 18th. The Numbers Championships determine who can successfully juggle the greatest number of objects without a drop. Preliminary rounds were held to reduce the field to three finalists in each category and to determine the minimum number of objects to be juggled in each category in the finals. Each competitor had two minutes to successfully juggle the minimum number of objects in the category. Competition in the individual balls category started at eight balls. When all finalists successfully juggled eight balls, the competition proceeded to a round of nine balls.
Numbers juggling took place in four different categories including balls, clubs, rings, and bounced balls. There were both individual and two person passing competitions.
Gold: Robert Mosher III, 10 balls, 31 catches - NEW IJA RECORD Silver: Christian Kloc, 9 balls, 32 catches
Gold: Stefan Brancel & Ben Hestness, 13 balls, 65 catches Silver: Andrew Hodge & Chris Hodge, 12 balls, 93 catches
Bronze: Bruce Bailey & Doug Sayers, 12 balls, 67 catches
Gold: Peter Kaseman & Vova Galchenko, 11 clubs, 94 catches Silver – Ben Hestness & Stefan Brancel, 10 clubs, 90 catches
Ball Bounce Passing
Gold (tie): Christian Kloc & Robert Mosher III, 15 balls, 62 catches Gold (tie): David Critchfeld & John Jones, 15 balls, 62 catches
Three-Person Club Passing
Gold: Alan Thompson, Carey Wagoner & Thom Wall, 13 clubs, 72 catches Ring Passing (No team qualified)
The Joggling Championships took place on July 15th at the Henry Clay High School track in Lexington, Kentucky. Joggling is a highly skilled sport that combines running and juggling with 3 or 5 balls. The rules require that a juggling pattern must be maintained while running, and if an object is dropped, the joggler must return to the point where the object fell and continue from there.