For the seventh time, international teams have met at Järnsvenskan. During the last week-end, they fought for the skull at Sweden`s annual international Jugger festival, except for 2017 organized by the Uhu and Järnboås IF.
Along with the tournament itself, Järnsvenskan has bands on stage, a sauna and a very comfy lake ... no wonder it attracts teams of different countries, all of them traveling to the small village of Järnboås, Bergslagen, every year. There have been USA, Australia, Russia, Ireland (every year except in 2019), Germany (every year) , Latvia, Lithuania, and many players from other countries battling over the skull.
And of course, plans for Järnsvenskan 2020 are already forming. Read more at the festival's website.
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Kay Frank of the Orange Juggernauts has designed a Jugger game variant where four kingdoms fight for the throne.
With the last season of "Game of Thrones" having come to an end this week, it was just one step to adapt the Four Kingdoms game to the popular show.
He was so kind to allow me translating the rules into English and putting them in form, together with photos from the event. Note that they might be updated.
[ ⇒ Download rules (PDF) ]
[ Read also more about the event in a German newspaper ]
This is a collection of international Jugger rulebooks, including historical versions, where available. Countries in order of the fact-based knowledge of introduction of Jugger to them, where applicable, otherwise of their first rulebook's appearance.
If you know other national Jugger rulebooks, you are most welcome to drop us a note!
Continue reading "International Jugger rulebooks: Jugger Archive I"
So you are very fond of Jugger and put time and love into this wonderful sport. You spread the fascination to others, educate them how to play or how to make good spars. Or you struggle organizing that one big tournament every year that the community loves to attend. Yet, what about motivating your team mates to get a bit more involved in the organizational hassle of Jugger themselves, by making their engagement a bit more visible, so that their work may be appreciated by others? To achieve this, I thought about creating these Jugger merit roundel. They offer a way to show the merits you earn during your Jugger life with an »evolving« emblem, without having to change the roundel itself. So you can print the basic roundel on your jersey in your first year and than just add all that which you achieve over time. [Download the PDF with all the definitions here.
] [Download hi-res PNG elements here.
Note: There is also an extensive set of free individual player position symbols available. Check out [the individual player position symbols in this article].
Continue reading "Show your Achievements: Jugger merit roundels"
In the words of Maka: "We gathered some testimonies of female players of Jugger, regarding their experience as women in the sport. This is what they had to say." This is not only a brilliant video, it also fits perfectly: I am currently planning an Uhus Jugger Tutorials about training aspects in regard of teh specific needs of women. If you have any expertise on that, you are welcome to share your knowledge for the UJT.
We have started to update and expand the Jugger video link collection at the German Jugger Wiki
If you know good video playlists about Jugger topics (tournament clips, spars making, fighting/playing tutorials), you are welcome to drop us a note.
Wonder how to make your own Jugger Pompfe/spar?
At Uhus Jugger Tutorials, a playlist on spars making has been launched
Featuring a step-by-step guide on solid rod core spars (shortsword, longsword, Q-Tip, staff), shield making, including different shield core materials like plywood, plastic, EPP and basics on suitable materials, grip and chain making and more.
I have prepared a poster for Projekt: Jugger i Sverige which offers an overview over some basic training techniques. It also fits well to my Uhus Jugger Tutorials IIX: Training techniques YouTube video.
The draft version, available here, is in English, while the final will be in Swedish and available at the Swedish Jugger Association Svenska juggerförbundet
Download the PDF version here
Fellow German Jugger Gnome has started a blog
specifically about training questions in connection with Jugger, for example "How to avoid injuries".
He recently published an article about warm-up techniques
with some tips that you might consider quite helpful.
Go ahead and have a look (and don't fear that bit of sweat you might get):
Jugger Coach: The Art of Warmup
The Projekt: Jugger i Sverige, together with the Swedish Jugger Association, has recently published training material for spars makers (Baumeister/byggmästare) and for team leaders and referees
They will be used as hand-outs and as a base for the project's workshop in End of September, which will be held at the Största Älgen Svenska Mästerskapet