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Tsunami is an advanced four
ball pattern established by
It is a shape distortion of the 72416 siteswap, a pattern rarely juggled in
its standard form and not relevant to this tutorial. Though bearing some
resemblance to Mills Mess, Tsunami is an all together unique trick with no
closely related patterns or important prerequisites beyond basic familiarity
with four ball juggling.
To begin learning Tsunami, start with one ball in each hand.
Make a fairly high throw from your non-dominant hand toward the center of
your body, and then cross your dominant hand under your non-dominant arm and
make a significantly higher throw from your dominant hand toward the center
of your body. Catch both balls in your non-dominant hand. making sure that
there is a reasonable amount of time between the catches.
As shown, practice this on both sides. To add in the third
and fourth balls, start with two balls in each hand. Perform the same two
throws learned in step one and then, with one ball in each hand, you are
going to make a small throw from your dominant hand toward the center of
your body, followed closely by a horizontal pass from your non-dominant hand
to your now empty dominant hand. The horizontal pass should be timed such
that the very first ball thrown by your non-dominant hand is caught right
after the pass is made. Your dominant hand will then catch the ball it just
threw, while your non-dominant hand catches the underarm ball thrown from
your dominant hand.
As always, practice this on both sides. You have just
completed one full cycle of Tsunami; the next step will focus on connecting
two of these cycles together. Start by repeating the same throws performed
in the previous step. However, before catching the small throw made by your
dominant hand (the throw made just before the horizontal pass), you are
going to make a high throw from your dominant hand toward the center of your
body. This throw is a mirror image of the very first throw made by your
non-dominant hand. You will then catch the small throw with your now empty
dominant hand. As the high underarm throw made by your dominant hand
descends you are going to perform a mirror image of that underarm throw
using your non-dominant hand. You will then catch the previous underarm ball
with your non-dominant hand, while the other two balls will be caught by
your dominant hand.
Once again, practice this on both sides. Notice that these
two additional throws are the beginning of a new cycle. To continue the
pattern simply make a small throw and horizontal pass and then follow that
up with more cycles. While not being an especially hard pattern to learn,
Tsunami is very difficult to master, with tricky timing and a need for
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