The Juggling Workshop is held every week on Thursdays at 7 p.m. in the Oscar A. Kirkham Building 232 according to thee BYU-Idaho website.
Matlock Wyman, a senior studying exercise physiology, said he started the workshop to share his love for juggling with other students.
“I have always been into juggling but I didn’t have anyone to share that with,” said Wyman.
Wyman said he hadn’t ever juggled with someone or knew any other jugglers.
“I wanted to have a community for everyone to learn together and practice together,” Wyman said. “We’ve met every semester since then.”
He said everyone is welcome, and new arrivals should not be discouraged if they don’t know how to juggle because the instructors teach them how to juggle.
“We’ve had a few people who’ve been like ‘oh, awesome I’ve been into juggling, finally somewhere to go and other jugglers to be with,'” Wyman said. “We’ve had a few other people, they showed up and said ‘I want to learn’ and then they’ve become very good.”
Wyman said he has had a lot of experience teaching people how to juggle.
“I’ve seen some good techniques and some bad techniques, and the more I’ve taught the workshop, the more I’ve learned how to teach how to juggle,” said Wyman.
He said he does not believe in teaching people how to juggle with scarves and instead starts them out juggling balls.
“We don’t do scarves,” Wyman said. “I don’t believe in scarves. I think it’s completely off. It’s a different movement, different rhythm.”
He said the juggling team has a variety of juggling equipment to choose from.
“We have a variety of skill toys that we can work with,” Wyman said.
Jared Sellers, a sophmore majoring in art said, “It’s a circus, and it’s full of enthusiastic people who are willing to teach you anything you want to learn. We have unicycles, clubs, rings, diabolos, yoyos, kendama, devil sticks, poi, juggling chickens, and more juggling balls than you can shake a stick at. I’ve been able to try something new every single week, it’s never boring.”
Sellers said juggling is unlike anything he has every experienced.
“For most people, juggling is unlike anything they have ever tried before.” Sellers said. “It forces me to step back and learn a new way of tackling a problem. Once the wheels start turning in your head and things start to click, that’s when it all pays off and before you know it, you are juggling.”
Sellers said little by little he has been able to learn how to juggle various types of equipment.
“I’ve learned how to juggle clubs, ride unicycles, walk on stilts and so much else. It’s a lot more than just three ball juggling, it’s a culture of teaching, sharing and learning that we all benefit from,” said Sellers.
He said the Juggling Workshop also puts on a show every semester to showcase their various talents.
“It’s to showcase what we are and what we’ve been working on,” said Wyman. “We try to make it fun for everyone to watch.”
Wyman said juggling has a lot of health benefits as well.
Apart from helping a person exercise, it helps the mind, according to JuggleFit a juggling website.
JuggleFit is a website that promotes juggling by describing the benefits of juggling.
“One study even found that it did this in just seven days,” according to JuggleFit.
Research has also suggested that juggling can prevent Alzheimer’s disease, according to JuggleFit.
“When you juggle, you’re not only burning calories, toning your body and strengthening your core, you’re exercising your mind as well,” according to JuggleFit.
Wyman said there are a lot of things people can come away with after attending the Juggling Workshop.
Wyman said he believes anyone can learn to juggle if they want to.
“The principle I’ve lived by is if you want it, you put the time into it, you practice and you get it,” Wyman said.