Combat juggling is a real and badass sport, no matter what your disappointed father says.

Combat juggling is a real and badass sport, no matter what your disappointed father says.
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If you have a competitive passion for tossing and catching several things through the air in continuous motion, you're in luck: there's a community out there where you'll finally fit in, unlike with your father.

The Nederland Jongleer Fest (NJF), or the Dutch Juggling Convention, recently held its 2016 competition, which included a sport called 'combat juggling.' This fascinating acro-battle is bound to make your dad even more perplexed by your interest in juggling. The rules are to keep your three clubs in the air while simultaneously trying to knock your opponents' clubs to the ground. The showdown between these top-ranked combat jugglers, Luke Barrage and Rob van Heijst, proves that this sport is the real deal, and tough as hell, Dad. Watch below.

Redditor u/Robbebeest explained the origins of the NJF Fight Night, which started because of a French juggler with a "desire for combat." It is wonderfully European-sounding.

In the winter of 2003 we had a French juggler visit the juggling club in Rostock for a while. His desire for combat made us play even more than normal. Even though he was much better than us, he still love to play and toy with us. When he left his desire stayed and combat became the warm up at the start of the evening started earlier and would go late into the night because of combat.

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And so the combat spread, leading to the creation of an organization where jugglers could improve each other's tossing-catching-tossing-catching abilities and help you earn your father's respect in spite of the fact that he'll never understand why you are the way you are.

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