The Forklift is a unique three
ball pattern established by Michael
Karas which combines a split multiplex with an odd throw made from the
top of your hand called a Fork. This Fork quickly separates the multiplexed
balls, allowing for extra throws/catches to be made while also creating a
very unique aesthetic. The actual throws made in the Forklift are fairly
simple, but controlling the Fork "throw" takes a fair amount of practice.
To learn the Forklift, it is best to begin by practicing the
Fork. Start with two balls in your non-dominant hand, and then make a fairly
vertical throw at the center of your body. As this ball reaches its peak,
you are going to make a second vertical throw underneath it from your
non-dominant hand while simultaneously pushing the first ball upwards using
the first two fingers of your dominant hand (your palm should be facing
downward). If done correctly, the first ball should stay in the same
vertical column as the second ball, and the distance between the two balls
should remain roughly the same. After the Fork, you are going to bring your
dominant hand down and claw catch the second ball, allowing the first ball
to fall into your non-dominant hand.
Practice this on both sides, making sure that the Fork is
done in a controlled manner. To add in the third ball, start with two balls
in your dominant hand and one ball in your non-dominant. Make a normal
Cascade throw from your non-dominant hand, and then do a split multiplex
from your dominant hand, clearing space for that hand to catch the first
throw. After that ball is caught, you are going to bring your dominant hand
underneath the multiplexed ball that is farthest away from your dominant
side. Simultaneously, you are going to bring your non-dominant hand directly
underneath the multiplexed ball closest to it (the same ball that your
dominant hand is now under). Once your hands are in these positions, you are
going to make a vertical throw from your dominant hand, immediately followed
by a vertical Fork "throw". These two throws are identical to the ones
practiced in step one. Your dominant hand will now be free to catch the
other multiplexed ball, while your non-dominant hand will claw catch the
vertical ball just thrown from your dominant hand. The Forked ball will then
be caught by your dominant hand.
Again, practice this on both sides. To finish the
cycle, you are going to make a second vertical throw along the outside of
your body from your dominant hand to clear space for the Forked ball to be
caught. You will then take your non-dominant hand, which has just claw
caught a ball, and swing it up and around to the outside of your body, claw
catching the ball just thrown from your dominant hand.
As shown, practice this on both sides. You may have noticed
that this step finishes with a ball configuration that is opposite of the
one you started with. To run another cycle and continue the full Forklift
pattern, you simply need to make another Cascade throw (with the other hand
this time) after you swing your arm around to catch the final ball. The
Forklift is an intermediate pattern, and as such it may take a couple of
days to fully master. Remember, to achieve the best aesthetic, you will want
to make your Fork "throw" as vertical as possible.
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