BJC 2015 Darton Fight Night

Congratulations to Iver Tronstad for winning the BJC 2015 Darton Fight Night last week. He defeated Jon Peat in an epic and entertaining final, earning himself 500 rankings points in his first tournament of the year.

Jon Peat’s second place finish, along with his results from Chocfest and Bath Upchuck, moves him to the top spot in the 2015 race rankings with 540 points, just ahead of Iver, Luke Burrage and Dave Leahy, all currently at 500 points each. His result bumps him up one place to sixth in the current rankings.

Jon has now also matched Alexander Müller’sAlways the Bridesmaid” record for losing in the most FNC final matches without ever winning a tournament. Both Jon and Alex have four second place finishes without an overall victory. Simon À Campo has three and Rufus Oelkers has two.

24 jugglers took part in qualifications, with 12 players from five different countries in the knockout. Brook Roberts took third place, moving him up to fourth place in the current rankings. Iver put an end to Johnny Malcolm’s winning streak of 8 matches over three tournaments, and Johnny settled for fourth place.

Thanks to Martin King-Sheard for commentary, Max for organizing the tournament, and Ashley Harris for the photos. Videos will turn up soon, I’m sure. See all the results and details on the FNC website.

Freshly Squeezed

After working on squeeze catches in my juggling sessions, I thought I’d make another video. While I’ve shared some squeeze catches with clubs, the only video of me showing lots of tricks with balls is on the Siteswap DVD. That’s over 10 years old now! Time to share some old and new patterns:

WJW 2015 Fight Night

Congratulations to Dave Leahy for winning the WJC 2015 Heerlen Fight Night! This is his third 250 FNC tournament win in a row, and increases his winning streak to 10 matches.

Sander Vanpraet, in his first tournament since winning DumBo Days 2014, took 2nd place. Jordy Sanchez and Simon À Campo placed 3rd and 4th, with Simon going undefeated in qualifications. In total 20 players took part.

The next tournament in the Netherlands will be the NJF 2015 Fight Night, which will probably be the second biggest tournament of 2015, and worth 750 points. Dave will face stiff competition from other top 10 players like Luke Burrage, Eóin Allan and Brook Roberts.

Thanks to Dave and Max for organizing the tournament, and to Vincent Groenhuis for the photos.

See all the results and details on the WJW 2015 Heerlen page on

Bath UpChuck 2015 Fight Night Results

Jon Peat and Dave Leahy, both top 10 players, made it to the final of the Bath UpChuck 2015 Fight Night tournament.

This 250 level tournament experimented with a new scoring format: point-frame-match. Win three points and you take the frame, win two/three frames and take the match. Check out the video (with commentary) to see how the new format works, and to see who won:

See all the results and details in the Fight Night Combat website: Bath UpChuck 2015 Fight Night

Tropical Islands 2015 Fight Night

At the Tropical Islands Invasion 2015, Jochen (DJ) Hänsel made it to his first ever Fight Night final at his first ever 250 point tournament.

Luke Burrage, the defending champion, made it to his fifth final in a row, and was looking to keep alive an 11 match/900 point winning streak.

Here’s a fun video:

See all the results and details here on the Tropical Islands 2015 Fight Night page.

With this result, DJ climbed up to 17th place in the current rankings. Luke remains at number 3. Karsten Schölzel defeated Enrico Lohmann in the third place match.

Also congratulations to Maarten Willy Wils for qualifying for the knockout of a Fight Night for the first time after nine unsuccessful qualifications at tournaments in 2014.