Ruben Philipp Wickenhäuser: Jugger and writer

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Some details about my fascination for the unique sports of Jugger.

Uhus Jugger achievenentsI am awful at making money but I am good at earning honours. Therefore I am fuelled by honours ... you may find the list below.


Did I invent Jugger? Of course not.

As you can read in ⇒ What is Jugger?, Jugger has been invented as a sport at two places in Germany separately, based on the movie. I am not even one of the oldest Juggers - I started just a couple of years before Jugger went right through the roof here in Germany, and started spreading like wildfire over other counrries like Costa Rica, Ireland and Spain.

I Am Jugger movie poster, by Mark HillWhat I did, however, is to compile the current rules, history, Jugger locations, and international variants to the best of my knowledge and publish ⇒ the very first book on this unusual sport.

I also started to do the Externer LinkUhus Jugger Tutorials series, an instructional Youtube video playlist on Jugger playing and fencing techniques, including comments on rules and history. Externer LinkHave a look! And Externer Linkvisit the facebook page if you like them. 

I have also earned a DOSB Übungsleiter C certificate (German Oplympic Sports Association trainer).

Books and team activities

Ruben. AmBi DesignBesides that, I got a PhD in history and am a writer of novels and factbooks; I have been captain of my team, the Berlin Externer LinkLaggerfalcons [Falco jugger], founded in fall/winter 2006, abandoned in 2018 and re-formed under the same name at teh end of the same year, and was trainer of the Falcones44, a club for 9th grade pupils I founded at a nearby school in legendary Berlin-Neukölln. 

After 2012, I was doing my best to bring Jugger to Sweden for six years, and have founded the Externer Linkfirst Jugger team of the country, Järnboås Järnfalkar. I am honoured to be the chairman of the Externer LinkSwedish Jugger Association Svenska juggerförbundet, and am on my way to earn one of the scarce titles of a Externer LinkJuggermaster zero. I was honoured as Årets Järnboåsare 2014 and Årets Föreningsledare i Nora kommun 2017 (honorary titles as "Person of the Year" of the village of Externer LinkJärnboås, and of "Club Leader of the Year" of the Nora district). The first jugger tournaments on Swedish grounds Externer LinkJärnsvenskan, which I started and build up to small musik-Jugger festivals, were named by the fantastic Irish player Anne Marie as "#Rubenstock", a title that was confirmed by acclamation on the Järnsvenskan 2017 festival (proof is even shown in a feature on Jugger aired by the main Swedish TV station).

In 2018, I founded the youth team Schädeljäger in the JCE Jugger club as coach.

International activities

1. German Open Berlin 2008Last but not least, I was the international co-ordinator of the 1. German Open in Berin 2008, the biggest German tournament, attended by 30 teams including Australia and Ireland; and chair of the first Juggerkonfabulation held there, a counsel of almost all German Jugger towns. Starting in 2015, I initiated and organized the Externer LinkJärnsvenskan festivals, which drew teams from Australia, the US, Latvia, Irland and Germany to the small village of Externer Link Järnboås and beautiful Finnsjöstrand. I am still doing my best to gather all information about international teams and put them in contact with each other - I was even given the title of the "international co-ordinator" by the Australian Juggers somewhere in 2007/08, as well as the "sage and Jugger scribe". Cute!

Oh and after Ann-Marie designed the fantastic Externer LinkJugger TTG boardgame cards, Externer LinkSeamus suggested on facebook about the card on him "Ruben looks so amazingly swashbuckling, I want a series of movies where he duels on staircases, swings off chandeliers and rescues damsels". Well that's something one likes to hear is it! 

Finally, the List of my Jugegr activities. 

• Jugger e. V. Berlin – first honorary member • Sweden – Juggermaster Jugger zero • Årets Järnboåsare 2014 • Årets Föreningsledare i Nora kommun, 2017 • Järnsvenskan festival – founder, organizer 2013-2016, 2018 • Järnsvenskan festival – #Rubenstock naming by the Irish • Svenska juggerförbundet – founder • Falco jugger – founder, team captain 2007-2012 • German Jugger Rulebook – keeper 2007-2012 • Main German Jugger forum – Global Moderator since start • Hero of Heroes – Mark Hill, Jugger Heroes series • "Senpai" – US Juggers • "Sage and Jugger Scribe" – Australian Juggers • "Fechtmeister" (technical instructor) in Jugger • something I have forgotten • First 3-year Jugger project of the world – initiator • Schädeljäger Jugendteam – founder •

... and if you really want to continue with nonjugger stuff, please refer to my vita at Uhus Nest.•

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