2008 International Juggling Association Championships Crown World’s Best Jugglers


Lexington, Kentucky, July 25, 2008 –

The 61st annual International Juggling Association (IJA) Festival Championships were held in Lexington, Kentucky from July 15 – 18.  Formal competitions crowned the world’s best jugglers in three divisions:  stage performance, numbers juggling, and joggling (running while juggling).  The championships were held as part of the week long festival that brought together jugglers from around the world for competitions, workshops and shows. 


David Ferman juggles 7 balls in the International Juggling Association Junior Stage Championships.



Vova Galchenko, International Juggling Association Individual Champion




The stage championships took place in front an audience of 700 people at the Lexington Opera House on July 16-17.  Over $4,000 in cash prizes were awarded to the champions.  Competitions took place in three categories: Individuals, Teams (two or more people per team) and Juniors (individuals 17 years old or younger).  


Finalists that competed in the championships were selected by a preliminary judging process in which competitors submitted a video of their act.  Competitors in the preliminaries and finals were judged on seven criteria:


Execution – 20%

Entertainment Level – 20%

Degree of Difficulty – 15%

Theatrical Framing – 15%

Creativity – 15%

Element of Risk – 10%

Stage Presence – 5%


Final Standings in the Stage Championships:



Competitor                    Score   

1.         Takashi Kikyo                71.78   

2.         Chuan-Ho Chu               70.04   

3.         Ben Hestness                63.36   

4.         Pei-Chen Jung               62.92   

5.         Motomu Utsumi             62.90

6.         David Ferman                58.06   

7.         Stefan Brancel               54.20   



            Competitor                    Score   

1.         Vova Galchenko             85.66   

2.         Billy Watson                  77.38   

3.         Yoshihisa Suehiro          73.12   

4.         Takashi Hagiwara           66.22   

5.         Tomoyasu Tanaka          64.14   

6.         Ching-Ta Huang             60.92   

7.         Isaac Rockafellow          58.50   

8.         Kohei Ebihara                51.28   



            Competitor                    Score   

1.         Sharp Brothers              78.64

2.         Kikyo Brothers               75.68

3.         TPEC                            68.60





The Numbers Championships took place at the Lexington Civic Center on July 18th.  The Numbers Championships determine who can successfully juggle the greatest number of objects without a drop.  Preliminary rounds were held to reduce the field to three finalists in each category and to determine the minimum number of objects to be juggled in each category in the finals.  Each competitor had two minutes to successfully juggle the minimum number of objects in the category.    Competition in the individual balls category started at eight balls.  When all finalists successfully juggled eight balls, the competition proceeded to a round of nine balls. 


Numbers juggling took place in four different categories including balls, clubs, rings, and bounced balls.  There were both individual and two person passing competitions.


Final results:


Individual Balls

Gold (tie):  Daniel Eaker, 9 balls, 25 catches

Gold (tie):  Vova Galchenko, 9 balls, 25 catches

Silver:  Doug Sayers, 9 balls, 20 catches


Individual Rings

Gold:  Scott Sorensen, 8 rings, 25 catches

Silver:  Daniel Eaker, 8 rings, 16 catches


Individual Clubs

Gold:  Vova Galchenko, 7 clubs, 52 catches

Silver:  Stefan Brancel, 6 clubs, 16 catches

Bronze:  Daniel Eaker, 6 clubs, 12 catches


Individual Ball Bouncing

Gold:  Robert Mosher III, 10 balls, 31 catches - NEW IJA RECORD

Silver:  Christian Kloc, 9 balls, 32 catches


Ball Passing

Gold:  Stefan Brancel & Ben Hestness, 13 balls, 65 catches

Silver:  Andrew Hodge & Chris Hodge, 12 balls, 93 catches

Bronze:  Bruce Bailey & Doug Sayers, 12 balls, 67 catches


Club Passing

Gold:  Peter Kaseman & Vova Galchenko, 11 clubs, 94 catches

Silver – Ben Hestness & Stefan Brancel, 10 clubs, 90 catches


Ball Bounce Passing

Gold (tie):  Christian Kloc & Robert Mosher III, 15 balls, 62 catches

Gold (tie):  David Critchfeld & John Jones, 15 balls, 62 catches


Three-Person Club Passing

Gold:  Alan Thompson, Carey Wagoner & Thom Wall, 13 clubs, 72 catches

Ring Passing (No team qualified)





The Joggling Championships took place on July 15th at the Henry Clay High School track in Lexington, Kentucky.  Joggling is a highly skilled sport that combines running and juggling with 3 or 5 balls.  The rules require that a juggling pattern must be maintained while running, and if an object is dropped, the joggler must return to the point where the object fell and continue from there.


Overall results:


3 Ball 5000 meters

1.         21:50    Perry Romanowski

2.         24:24    Jesse Joyner

3.         24:31    Gus Tate


5 Ball 100 Meter

1.         :31.6     Andrew Ruiz

2          :37.8     Kylen McClintock

3.         :38.5     Jeremy Stanley


3 Ball 100 Meter

1.         :14.1     Jeremy Stanley

2.         :14.6    Chris Essick

3.         :15.0     Anders Kierfulf


3 Ball 800 Meter

1.         2:23.5   Lenny Ferman  (NEW IJA RECORD)

2.         2:32.9   Perry Romanowski

3.         2:52.6   Matt Baum


3 Ball 400 Meter

1.         1:06.5   Perry Romanowski

2.         1:09.2   Benjamin Thompson

3.         1:12.7   Jason Hollandsworth


3 Ball 1600 Meter

1.         5:40.0   Lenny Ferman

2.         7:24.3   Perry Romanowskin

3.         7:46.8   Andy Swan


3 Ball 200 Meter

1.         :29.9     Benjamin Thompson

2.         :31.8     Tim Hark

3.         :32.0     Jeremy Stanley



For additional information contact Len Ferman (contact information below) or visit www.juggle.org


About the International Juggling Association

The International Juggling Association was created in 1947 to answer the need for "an organization for jugglers that would provide meetings at regular intervals in an atmosphere of mutual friendship." Our members range from top professionals to avid hobbyists and enthusiastic beginners.



Len Ferman

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