International Jugglers' Association

The International Jugglers' Association or IJA is the world's oldest and largest nonprofit circus organization, and is open to members worldwide. It was founded in the United States in 1947,[1] with the goal of providing, "an organization for jugglers that would provide meetings at regular intervals in an atmosphere of mutual friendship."[2] Though its focus lies on juggling, its programs also support other circus disciplines.[citation needed]

Two-time Guinness World Record-holder Owen Morse joggling during the 1988 IJA festival

Programs and eventsEdit

The International Jugglers' Association runs the following programs and events:

  • International Regional Competitions
  • The Video Tutorial Contest
  • World Juggling Day
  • eJuggle - the IJA's official publication
  • The Afghan Mobile Mini Circus for Children (MMCC)

Conventions and competitionsEdit

The International Jugglers' Association holds the largest week-long juggling festival in North America. (The largest juggling festival in the world is the European Juggling Convention, started in 1978 and whose founders were members of the International Jugglers' Association).

The convention is held in a different city each year during mid-to-late July since 1948. There were also additional winter conventions in the 90s. Aside from the competitions, at the convention there are shows open to the public in which professional jugglers perform, and workshops are taught by jugglers of all skill levels.

The organization maintains lists of IJA record-holders,[3] and IJA competitors.[4]

IJA Stage ChampionshipEdit

The IJA's Stage Championships are the formal world juggling championships that offers medals and prize money for juggling performances. These competitions are held during the week at the IJA's annual festival, held in the summer. There are three categories of IJA Stage Championships: Individuals (individual competitors), Teams (two or more people per team) and Juniors (individuals 17 years old or younger).

Year Individual Teams Juniors
1969 Gold-George Zsilak N/A N/A
1970 Gold-Danny Rees N/A N/A
1971 Gold-Tommy Curtain N/A N/A
1972 N/A N/A N/A
1973 Gold-Jerry Greenberg N/A Gold-Martin Gray
1974 N/A N/A Gold-Nate Stein
1975 N/A N/A Gold-Peter Cuneen
1976 N/A N/A Gold-Norm Johnson
1977 N/A N/A Gold-Lenny Mazel
1978 N/A Gold-Fred Garbo & Allan Jacobs Gold-Ben Decker
1979 Gold-Edward Jackman
Silver-Larry Vaksman
Bronze-Peter Davison
Gold-Wimbledon Bros. (Pfeffer & Berg)
Silver-J. Held & B. Felker
Bronze-Locomotion Circus (Bounce, Cyrus & Flip
Gold-Lindsey Morris
Silver-Maria Alcarese
Bronze-Nguyen Phuc
1980 Gold-Michael Kass
Silver-Edward Jackman
Bronze-Larry Vaksman
Gold-Magnificent Material Movers
Silver-ISU Gamma Phi Jugglers
Bronze-Les Foubrac
Gold-Kezia Tenenbaum
Silver-Nick Newlin
Bronze-Jon Leffingwell
1981 Gold-Tommy Curtin
Silver-Edward Jackman
Bronze-Allan Jacobs
Gold-Gravity's Last Stand (Carville, Fry, Gagnepain)
Silver-L.A. Juggling Company (Rosen, Jackman)
Bronze-Up In the Air Juggling Club (Boyer, Friedman)
Gold-Anthony Gatto
Silver-Patrick Dempsey
Bronze-John Webster
1982 Gold-Peter Davison
Silver-Anthony Gatto
Bronze-Michael Marlin
Gold-Airjazz (Davison, Held, Tenenbaum)
Silver-Gravity's Last Stand (Carvill, Jim Gagnepain, Matt Gagnepain)
Bronze-Not Awarded
Gold-Andrew Allen
Silver-John Webster
Bronze-Christa Rypins
1983 Gold-Allan Jacobs
Silver-Edward Jackman
Bronze-Anthony Gatto
Gold-Bryan Wendling & Scott Burton
Silver-Jongleur Jugglers
Bronze-Raspyni Brothers
Gold-David Deeble
Silver-Rick Coleman
Bronze-Patrick Cox
1984 Gold-Albert Lucas
Silver-Mark Nizer
Bronze-Dan Holzman
Gold-Raspyni Brothers (Dan Holzman, Barry Friedman)
Silver-Young Gentlemen Jugglers (John Webster, Robert Stuverud)
Bronze-Circus Shmirkus (Steve Westren, Fred Stinson)
Gold-David Lee
Silver-Dana Tison
Bronze-Robbie Weinstein
1985 Gold-Andrew Head
Silver-Dan Holzman
Gold-Benji Hill&Dana Tison
Silver-Benji Marantz & Tom Murphy
Bronze-Live Aid
Gold-Ken Falk
Silver-Robbie Weinstein
Bronze-Bogar Zuniga
1986 Gold-Anthony Gatto
Silver-Scott Burton
Bronze-Benji Hill
Gold-Jet Set Jugglers (Eastman Webber & Richard Chesbrough
Silver-Raspyni Brothers (Dan Holzman & Barry Friedman)
Bronze-Jongleur Jugglers (John Creveling, Mike Stillwell, & Yvonne Wetherell
Gold-Robbie Weinstein
Bronze-Mark Bakalor
1987 Gold-Benji Hill
Silver-Jeff Mason
Bronze-Dana Tison
Gold-Manic Expressions(K.C. Canter, Tommy Gabriel, & Mark Lippard
Silver-Raspyni Brothers (Barry Friedman & Dan Holzman)
Bronze-Doubble Troubble (Nick & Alex Karvounis)
Gold-Curt Bonnem
Silver-David Cain
Bronze-Mark Faje
1988 Gold-Jeff Mason
Silver-Ryder Schwartz
Bronze-Benji Hill
Gold-Raspyni Brothers (Dan Holzman & Barry Friedman)
Silver-Passing Zone (Owen Morse & Jon Wee)
Bronze-Philippine Pride Jugglers (Emily Cafina, Regina Tayko, Joyce Bonachita, & Irlopal Macabinguil
Gold-Jason Garfield
Silver-Matt Linnell
Bronze-Clarke Mcfarlane
1989 Gold-Cindy Marvell
Silver-Larry Vee
Bronze-Michael Menes
Gold-The Passing Zone (Owen Morse & Jon Wee)
Silver-Doubble Troubble (Nick & Alex Kervounis)
Bronze-Clockwork (Jack Kalvan & Rick Rubenstein)
Gold-Jonathan Rosenberg
Silver-Brian Patz
Bronze-Alfonso Guerra
1990 Gold-Mark Nizer
Silver-Carlos Rodriguez
Bronze-Dan Holzman
Gold-Darn, Good & Funny (Kevin Holman, Karen Phariss, Paul Phariss)
Silver-Raspyni Brothers (Dan Holzman & Barry Friedman)
Bronze-Not Awarded
Gold-Chuck Gunter
Silver-Joel Purcell
Bronze-Brian Patz
1991 Gold-Not Awarded
Silver-Andrew Head
Bronze-Jason Garfield, Dana Tison, Tuey Wilson
Gold-Not Awarded
Silver-Doubble Troubble (Nick & Alex Karivounis)
Bronze-Clockwork (Rick Rubenstein & Jack Kalvan)
Gold-Pat McGuire
Silver-Brian Patz
Sean Mckinney
1992 Gold-Not Awarded
Silver-Miguel Herrera, Dan Holzman, & Dimitri Mourkes
Bronze-France Robert, Larry Vee, Bob Whitcomb
Gold-Not Awarded
Silver-Chuck Gunter & Benji Hill
Bronze-Dew Drop Jugglers (Jason LeMay, Michael Lunzer, & Jeff Kasper)
Gold-Sean McKinney
Silver-Ben Tolpin
Bronze-Brian Patz
1993 Gold-Fritz Grobe
Silver-Not Awarded
Bronze- Jill Westover, Eric Wenokor
Gold-Not Awarded
Silver-Benji Hill&Chuck Gunter
Bronze-Not Awarded
Gold-Jay Gilligan
Silver-Corey Hoelcker
Bronze-Jason Kariotis
1994 Gold-Tony Duncan
Silver-Brian Patz
Bronze-Martin Mall
Gold-Crash & Burn (David Cain & Jay Gilligan)
Silver-Darn,Good&Funny(Kevin Holman, Paul Phariss&Cindy Marvell)
Bronze-Clockwork(Jack Kalvan & Rick Rubenstein)
Gold-Joey Cousin
Silver-Artom Khomanko
Bronze-Casey Boehmer
1995 Gold-Francoise Rochais
Silver-Jay Gilligan
Bronze-Jochen Schell
Gold-Blink(Jay Gilligan, Fritz Grobe, Morty Hansen)
Silver-Cousin Brothers (Dan & Joey Cousin)
Bronze-Trio One Over Par(Thomas Hinte, Daniel Megnet, Dirk Meyer)
Gold-Vladik Miagkostoupov
Silver-Casey Boehmer
Bronze-Kevin Bylund
1996 Gold-Greg Kennedy
Silver-Jay Gilligan
Bronze-Brian Patz
Gold-Dew Drop Jugglers (Mick Lunzer, Jeff Kasper, Jason LeMay)
Silver-Tripp&Fall(Dexre Tripp & Reid Belstock)
Bronze-Not Awarded
Gold-Casey Boehmer
Silver-Mike Price
Bronze-Rick Friscia
1997 Gold-Vladik Miagkostoupov
Silver-Brian Patz
Bronze-Matt Henry
Gold-Mark & Charlie Peachock
Silver-Flight Patterns (Todd Blair & Jimmy Robertson
Bronze-Stoolies(Aaron Schettler & Reid Belstock)
Gold-Adam Kariotis
Silver-Emil Carey
Bronze-Rick Friscia
1998 Gold-Jason Garfield
Silver-Dana Tison
Bronze-Brian Patz
Gold-Les Tourisks
Silver-Rasing Cain (Scott & David Cain)
Bronze-Redefining Gravity(Heather Hackett-Brinegar&Darrin Marriott)
Gold-Jeff Civillico
Silver-Luke Jay
Bronze-Mike Roberts
1999 Gold-Adam Kariotis
Silver-Sean McKinney
Bronze-Jay Gilligan
Gold-The Mad Five
Silver-The Fling Kings
Gold-Peter Gerber
Silver-Emil Carey
Bronze-Christopher Chiappini
2000 Gold-Michael Price
Silver-Jason Garfield
Bronze-Patrick McGuire
Gold-Redefining Gravity (Heather Hackett & Darin Marriott)
Silver-We're Not Clowns (Scott Parker, Kelly Anzalone, & Andrew Pratt)
Bronze-Propellorheads (Dan Berman & Peter Frey)
Gold-Christopher Chiappini
Silver-Nate Seefeldt
Bronze-Dorothy Finnigan
2001 Gold-Matt Henry
Silver-Nicolas Souren
Bronze-Jeffery Daymont
Gold-The LaSalle Brothers (Jake & Marty LaSalle)
Silver-Team Rootberry (Jonathan Root & Bill Berry)
Bronze-Rasing Cain(David&Scott Cain)
Gold-David DiMuzio
Silver-Nate Seefeldt
Bronze-Josiah Jones
2002 Gold-Jason Garfield
Silver-Pat McGuire
Bronze-Rod Laver
Gold-Saccade (Greg Kennedy & Chris Ivey)
Silver-Team Rootberry (Jonathan Root & Bill Berry)
Bronze-Stoolies (Reid Belstock, Aaron Schettler, & Luke Jay)
Gold-Ryo Yabe
Silver-Josiah the Bold (Josiah Jones)
Bronze-Stephen Caruso
2003 Gold-Bill Berry
Silver-Matt Hall
Bronze-Vova Galchenko
Gold-Team Rootberry (Jonathan Root & Bill Berry)
Silver-Olga & Vova Galchenko
Gold-Jonathan Brady
Silver-Charles "C.J." Smith Jr.
Bronze-Leo James
2004 Gold-Thomas Dietz
Silver-Ivan Pecel
Bronze-Emile Carey
Gold-Olga & Vova Galchenko
Silver-Stanford Juggling Research Institute (Martin Frost, Rick Rubenstein & Neil Fred Picciotto)
Bronze-The Jugheads
Gold-Wes Peden
Silver-Leo James
Bronze-Edgar Mkrtchyan
2005 Gold-Ryo Yabe
Silver-Mark Kolbusz
Bronze-Cecile Poncet
Gold-Jonglissimo (Christoph & Manuel Mitasch)
Silver-Kikyo Brothers (Atsushi & Takashi Kikyo
Bronze-Entropy (Tony Gonzalez & Will Oltman)
Gold-Kazuhiro Shindo
Silver-Komei Aoki
Bronze-Takashi Kikyo
2006 Gold-Artem Khomanko
Silver-Yuki Kojima
Bronze-Michael Karas
Gold-MHD (William Wei-Liang Lin, Ting-Chin Hsu)
Gold-William Wei-Liang Lin
Silver-Tony Pezzo
Bronze-Billy Watson
2007 Gold-Thomas Dietz
Silver-Wes Peden
Bronze-Vova Galchenko
Gold-Jonglissimo (Christoph & Manuel Mitasch)
Silver-Kikyo Brothers (Atsushi & Takashi Kikyo
Bronze-Genetic Fallout (Scott & Amanda Richter)
Gold-Yoshiaki Nagatake
Silver-Nate Martin
Bronze-Teruki Okamoto
2008 Gold-Vova Galchenko
Silver-Billy Watson
Bronze-Yoshihisa Suehiro
Gold-Sharpe Brothers (Jacob & Nate Sharpe)
Silver-Kikyo Brothers (Atsushi & Takashi Kikyo)
Bronze-Taiwan Physical Education College (Ching-Ta Huang, Huang-Chin Lien
Gold-Takashi Kikyo
Silver-Chu Chuan-Ho
Bronze-Ben Hestness
2009 Gold-Doug Sayers
Silver-Billy Watson
Bronze-Yusaku Mochiduki
Gold-The Jugheads (Rory Bade, Stefan Brancel, Sean Carney, Ricky Harr, Ben Hestness Jonny Langholz, Jack Levy, Colin Revere, Amanda Richter, Scott Schultz Joey Spicola, Hanna Stoehr, David Uhr, Silas Wallen-Friedman, Brenden Ying)
Silver-Smirk (Ried Belstock, Warren Hammond)
Bronze-Poetic Motion Machine (Steven Dimon, Jeremiah Johnston, Jesse Johnston, Eli March
Gold-Liu-Wen Yeh
Silver-David Ferman
Bronze-Jack Levy
2010 Gold-Jordan Moir
Silver-Yu Kondo
Bronze-Ivan Pecel
Gold-Dream Team (Doug Sayers and Josh Horton)
Silver-Poetic Motion Machine (Steven Dimaon, Jeremiah&Jesse Johnston, Eli March)
Bronze-The Five of Clubs (Rory Bade, Sean Carney, Jack Levy, Scott Schultz, Brenden Ying
Gold-Noah Malone
Silver-David Ferman
Bronze-Lauge Benjaminsen
2011 Gold-Tony Pezzo
Silver-Kitamura Shintarou
Bronze-Tomohiro Kobayashi
Gold-Showy Motion (Stefan Brancel & Ben Hestness)
Silver-Smirk (Reid Belstock, Warren Hammond)
Bronze-The Jugheads (Rory Bade, Michael Barreto, Alex Behr, Daniel Burke, Sean Carney, Tom Gaasedelen, Joe Gould, Danny Gratzer, Conor Hussey, Reid Johnson, Griffin Kelley, Jonny Langholz, Jack Levy, Chris Lovdal, Mara Moettus, Chris Olson, Evan Peter, Scott Schultz, Joey Spicola, Brenden Ying)
Gold-David Ferman
Silver-Jack Denger
Bronze-Patrick Fraser
2012 Gold-Satoshi Eto
Silver-Thom Wall
Bronze-David Ferman
Gold-Daniel & Dominik
Silver-Institute of Jugglology (Galen Harp & Ellen Winters)
Bronze-Kikyo Brothers (Atsushi & Takashi Kikyo)
Gold-Kellin Quinn
Silver-Jack Denger
Bronze-Ashley Ellis
2013 Gold-Kyle Driggs
Silver-Wes Peden
Bronze-Kellin Quinn
Gold-The Pastels
Silver-Kikyo Brothers
Bronze-Mountain Motion
Gold-Ashley Ellis
Silver-Yusuke Yokoyama
Bronze-Patrick Fraser
2014 Gold-Kota Hayashi
Silver-Yusaku Mochizuki
Bronze-Thom Wall
Gold-Institute of Jugglology (Galen Harp & Ellen Winters)
Bronze-The Nine Hips
Gold-Jack Denger
Silver-Patrick Fraser
Bronze-Delaney Bayles
2015 Gold-Yusaku Mochizuki
Silver-Yosuke Ubukata
Bronze-Kento Tanioka
Silver-The Jugheads
Bronze-The Bling Bros.
Gold-Delaney Bayles
Silver-Max Poff
Bronze-Daniel Van Hoomissen
2016 Gold-Hiroki Kamei
Silver-Jorden Moir
Bronze-Scott Sorensen
Gold-Jonglissimo (Daniel Ledel, Dominik Harant, Manuel Mitasch)
Silver-Totchees (Tetuya Tochikubo & Ayaka Tochikubo)
Bronze-Aki and Takeru
Gold-Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse
Silver-Christopher Haaser
Bronze-Bennett Santora
2017 Gold-Hayato Watanabe
Silver-Shinya Yamane
Bronze-Delaney Bayles
Gold-CAPT – New Style Crew (Thean Leong Hng, Pei-Chen Jung, Wei-Hsuan Chang, Meng-Ti Hsieh & Yu-Ping Chiang)
Silver-CAPT (Yu Cheng Lu & Chin Yao Yang)
Bronze-Duo Octo (Peter Irish, Jordan Moir)
Gold-Bennett Santora
Silver-Christopher Haaser
Bronze-Houston Odum
2018 Gold-Masayuki Furuya
Silver-Jonah Botvinick-Greenhouse
Bronze-Makoto Hanada
Gold-Cosmic Cousins - (Eli March & Nate Hughes)
Silver-KK Staff (Keiichiro Kato & Takumi Ohkura)
Bronze-The LemonHeads (Isaac Cantor & Joshua Nelson
Gold-Sho Kasuya
Silver-Grant Bishop
Bronze-Christopher Haaser

IJA Numbers ChampionshipsEdit

The Numbers Championships awards Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals to those who demonstrate that they can juggle the most balls, clubs or rings for the highest number of catches. Competition occurs in three categories: Individuals, Duos and Trios. See the current IJA records.[3] Starting at the 2006 convention, prize is given to each "numbers" winner, with an extra prize for anyone who breaks an existing International Jugglers' Association record.

Other competitions held at the IJA's annual festival include the Individual Prop Competitions, the Extreme Juggling Competitions, the World Joggling Championships, as well as traditional (and more informal) juggling games and events.


The IJA has published Jugglers' World and JUGGLE magazine. In 2012, the IJA transitioned to an all-digital form of communications, halting publication of JUGGLE magazine. Today, members read juggling news through eJuggle, hosted on the IJA's website.

In addition to the online magazine, the IJA also produces a monthly eNewsletter with IJA news, articles of interest, and news from the global juggling community.

Notable IJA MembersEdit

Presidents have included Ronald Graham, co-inventor of Mills Mess.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Founding of the IJA". Juggler's World. Retrieved December 5, 2011.
  2. ^ homepage
  3. ^ a b "Number Records Archived 2008-05-11 at the Wayback Machine",
  4. ^ "IJA Championships Archived 2008-05-14 at the Wayback Machine",

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