5 clubs: 1-count
5-club 1-count (or ultimates) is a learning pattern that's pretty easy for beginners, but it's also a rhythm that lends itself to numerous variations and pattern evolutions for more experienced passers.
It's a rather slow passing pattern in which all throws are passes, so the
sequence is not at all complicated: Right Hand pass, LH pass, RH pass, LH
pass... The passes are normal singles, with one of the jugglers throwing
all crossing passes. The club that's in the air sets off the next throw
and so on; you might compare it to a domino effect (the causal diagram reflects
The siteswap is a little strange: <3p2*|2*3p>. For those who are wondering why it's not simply <2.5p | 2.5p>, or even 5 in 4-hand siteswaps, see the fast 1-count below.
Slow 1-count, or 726, or Flurry
This version is very, very similar to normal 1-count; all you need to do is
make lofty passes instead of normal passes (you could also try with
doubles). The siteswap becomes: 3.5p22 or 744 in 4-hand siteswap.
Hold on, I can see you going, "It's written 726 in the title, and now it's 744, what's the deal with that?" OK, let's look back at the normal siteswap: 3.5p22. The two 2's represent two consecutive pauses, and you could replace those with 31 (self then handacross). Besides, that's the interesting part of this rhythm--to make the most of the pauses. The sequence thus becomes 3.5p31, or in 4-hand siteswap, 726.
Two footnotes concerning the above explanations:
1- Sorry to those who don't know (and don't want to know) siteswap. I fully understand that they must have a hell of a time trying to make sense of what I wrote. The basics of siteswap are, however, an essential tool for any self-respecting juggler.
2- Here you have the opportunity to show what you can do with two pauses, and the numerous variations of 31 make up only a few of many possibilities. It's up to you to use your imagination.
In theory, one would simply have 5 as a 4-hand siteswap for 5-club
ultimates (just as six- and seven-club ultimates are noted as 6 and 7,
respectively). But that means you'd have to be able to make passes with a
value of 2.5p, i.e. very fast passes.
The solution: get closer together and pass in flats, pushing the club forward (with one juggler always crossing his passes). Thus we get a very quick rhythm that's visual, fun, and not that difficult.