Video Tutorial Contest


The Video Tutorial Contest is an online educational throwdown open to jugglers, object manipulators, flow artists and physical performers across all disciplines. A panel of expert judges evaluates all entries and scores them according to their educational, production and entertainment values. The top ten videos are awarded prize packages, donated by vendors from all over the juggling community. Some additional categories are added from year to year to mix things up!

The 2016 contest is over. Check back here later to find out about the next contest.

Below are links to the contest’s tutorials over the years. Go learn something new!

Learn from more Video Tutorials

lucas abduch – lego with clubs (2014)

Andrew Olson – The Triangle Wave (2010)

mike & emily – passing siteswaps (2013)

taylor glenn – five ball mills mess (2010)


This contest was established by Thom Wall in 2009 as a way for the IJA to render assistance to even more jugglers across the planet. We’re excited to have the opportunity to serve the juggling community through quality, crowd-sourced educational materials.

Since its inception, we’ve had hundreds of entries – over 24 hours of instructional material – submitted to the contest. Check out past entries to the contest on the IJA’s YouTube channel. If you’re looking for inspiration, you can see a few of entries from the past, below.


The 2016 IJA Video Tutorial Contest is over. Here is a summary of the rules for you to be prepared for the next VTC:

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– Make a video tutorial of a trick, upload it, submit it, and be entered to win thousands of dollars in prizes.
– You do NOT need to be an IJA member to participate in this event.
– Ten winners will be selected by the judges.
– All videos must mention the “IJA Video Tutorial Contest” in text, audio, or video. If using text or video, this must be on screen for a minimum of three (3) seconds. YouTube annotations are not sufficient to meet this requirement.
– All areas of object manipulation are permitted.
– The IJA reserves the right to disqualify videos that do not meet official rule criteria.
– You may not use copyrighted music in your video.
– You may submit as many videos as you like. Creating one good video, however, would give you better odds of winning than creating three mediocre videos.
– Videos must be submitted by the 11:59pm, Pacific Standard Time on the last day of the submission month.

Submit Your Entry

Entries to the 2016 contest are accepted from November 1st through November 30th, 2016. Winners will be announced on or around December 8th, 2016.


We’re teaming up again with our friends at! The best tutorial uploaded to JTV, as evaluated by The Void and his crack team of juggling experts, wins the JTV special prize! All entries uploaded to JTV are automatically entered into this sub-contest.

JTV Prizes:

  • 3x K8 Prophecy Glow Clubs (with remote, charger, and bag)
  • Royal Kendama
  • Kendama Book Trilogy
  • “The Third” by Tony Pezzo DVD

Flying Clipper

In addition to the top ten tutorial prizes, we’re also excited to announce the ‘Xtremity Juggling’ prize! This is awarded to the best juggling tutorial that uses the feet as well as the hands. Sponsored by Flying Clipper, the winner will receive a set of 7 Flying Clipper bags. It’s judged by Jim Fitzgerald, owner of Flying Clipper.

Flying Clipper Prize:

  • 7 Moir 157 Juggle Balls and Logo Pouch

Prize Packages

IJA Festival PackageIJA
IJA MembershipIJA
5x PX4 Clubs (Green & Purple)Play
$100 Gift CertificateFlow Toys
7x Brontosaurus Balls (large)Brontosaurus Balls
AYCO MembershipAYCO
Catching Greatness: A Guide to Thriving in a World Plagued by GravityNiels Duinker
Trick Roping Essentials with Chris McDaniels (and rope)Western Stage Props
2x Glow Contact Poi (with remote, charger, and bag)K8 Juggling
Juggling History BookDavid Cain
Yo YoDuncan Toys

2016 Judges

Noel Yee

One of the most important figures of the modern flow arts scene, Noel Yee has had a strong hand in the evolution of flow arts culture and brings a unique understanding of object manipulation to the table. With thousands of students over his eleven years of training, you can’t go wrong with a class from Noel. In addition to his performing career and quality instruction, Noel is part owner and founder of many notable events, performance troops and flow arts companies including Flow Arts Institute, FireDrums, Kinetic Fire, Vulcan Crew, Foreways Project, Vulcan DVDs, Give Props Documentary, is the director of the Flow Show Project and is a board member of the International Juggling Association. If it’s insight into the flow arts mindset and culture you seek, or just want to grow your skills and techniques, take a lesson from a seasoned pro.

Luke Davies

Luke is a 19 year old, self-trained juggler from Scotland. He’s an accomplished numbers juggler, currently training to break the 13 ball world record, currently standing at 15 catches. “What I look for in a good video is clear instructions, well framed tricks and a happy confident individual who can put a unique twist on their own style of juggling.”
Dmitry Chernov, son of the famous Soviet juggler Valentin Chernov, who specialized in large balls. Dmitry decided to follow the path of his father and also became a juggler with large balls. Dmitry began performing as a solo juggler in 11 years. In 16 years, Dmitry established his first juggling record: juggling 7 soccer balls (22 throws), and at the age of 22 years Dmitry set the second juggling record, made the flash of 9 gymnastic balls. Dmitry with his juggling act became the prize-winner at International circus festivals in Paris, Budapest, Moscow and Monte-Carlo.

“I expect to see an interesting videos and really want to be surprised by something new!

Dmitry Chernov

La Pao is a juggler from Mexico City, and has served as the general director of Circonvencion Mexicana for the past 8 years. Performing numbers that combine juggling with clown, lindy hopping, and shadow puppetry, La Pao has performed all across Europe and North America. She’s excited to see tutorials that cover new and exciting ground.

Paula Aviles

Founder and director of the Video Tutorial Contest. Thom is a professional juggler from the United States. He’s performed on five continents, and is currently on tour in Japan with Cirque du Soleil’s “Totem.” Thom is interested in tutorials that show clear breakdowns for juggling techniques without sacrificing the video’s entertainment value.

Thom Wall

Warren Hammond began juggling 22 years ago in his hometown, Roanoke, VA. He’s toured professionally as a solo juggler, as part of Lazer Vaudeville, and is best known for his two-man show SMIRK. While he enjoys juggling almost everything, his favorite props and styles are vertax diabolo , devil sticks, and club passing. Warren has taught hundreds of workshops all over the United States, was awarded the IJA’s Excellence in Education Award with his wife, Bekah Hammond, and just recently started a youth circus program in his hometown called Up Down Circus.

Warren Hammond

Prize Sponsors

resumen de las reglas
– Hacer un tutorial de vídeo de un truco, subirlo, enviarlo y ser entrado para ganar miles de dólares en premios.
– Cualquiera puede concursar (miembro o no de la IJA)
– Puedes subir tantos videos como quieras. Si quieres ganar, hacer un solo video de gran calidad te dará más oportunidad que hacer varios a medias.
– Cualquier material, cualquier disciplina puede ser aceptada (algo como aprende a caminar de diferentes maneras en el escenario es aceptado, como apilar dados) Nada peligroso (nada como aprende a hacer slapbacks con cuchillos, de hecho lo mandaron el año pasado, en serio.)
-No hay límite de entradas. Si pueden enseñar un truco en 20 segundos está bien. Si les toma veinte minutos también está bien. Por favor sean concisos y no malgasten nuestra tiempo!
– Los videos serán subidos en cualquier idioma (los subtítulos son un extra, o videos que no requieran palabras para nada sería genial!)
– Los videos deberán ser subido a Youtube.
– Los diez mejores, son elegidos por jueces y ganan grandes premios.
– No está permitida la música con derechos de autor.
– Todos los videos debes incluir una referencia al Concurso de Tutoriales de la IJA. Puede ser audio, texto, video, etc. Los concursantes tienen permitido usar el logo de la IJA, el cual puede ser descargado en alta resolución desde el sitio web. Si se usa el logo, hay que estar en la pantalla para 3 segundos a lo minimo.
Las Reglas completas

If you have questions about the program, please contact Thom Wall –