So recently, Junming Lin posted the following video of him doing a 12 ring flash.
Crazy, right? As you can see, part of the challenge is just launching that many rings to begin with. My biggest stumbling block in trying to learn 7 is that I’m finding it very difficult to cleanly release 4 rings from one hand. As you can see in the video, Junming approaches this by starting with 4 in each hand, then 2 in hip holsters at his sides, and 2 in his mouth. His pattern is synchronous, meaning that he is throwing from both hands at the same time.
Shortly afterwards, Pavel Evsukevich released this video. Pavel is one of my favorite jugglers to watch these days, and also happens to be an incredibly nice guy. I met him and got to spend some time with him at the 2012 IJA Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Pavel is choosing to launch 5 from each hand, with 2 rings in hip holsters to start. But he also demonstrates a 10 ring qualify, 10 rings with a balance, 13 catches of 11 rings, and perhaps most incredibly an 11 ring flash with a ring head balance. You’ll also notice Pavel does all of these asynchronously, meaning his hands throw out of synch with each other. Not necessarily better or worse, but different.