Combat is a game played by jugglers.
The basic rules are quite simple:
- At a signal everyone starts juggling.
- The last person juggling a full set of balls wins.
- Holding one ball while juggling the others in one hand is not permitted.
The combative aspect is that players intentionally juggle so as to interfere with each other, as long at there is no actual physical contact between players.
Combat is most often played with three balls per player. Very experienced jugglers may play combat with four or five balls (but the games are shorter), and brave jugglers may play with clubs.
Basic strategies include:
- Moving face-to-face with an opponent so the opponent gets confused about which balls to catch. (Only works on novice players.)
- Throwing one ball high, and using the time to wave a hand in front of an opponent.
- Grabbing an opponent's ball out of the air, and either dropping one of your own balls, or continuing with four balls.
- Grabbing a ball from one opponent and throwing it at another opponent. (Not allowed when playing with clubs.)
- If the game is played with clubs, then it is possible to hit an opponent's club out of the air with one of your own.
- Throwing one ball high and far away, so it is possible to safely hold the two remaining balls while running away from an aggressive opponent.
- And of course, turning away from all opponents and hoping that they will drop a ball before you do.