Keepie uppie

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Keepie uppie, or "kick-ups" is the skill of juggling with a football using feet, lower legs, knees, chest, shoulders, and head, without allowing the ball to hit the ground.[1] It is similar to Kemari, a game formerly practised in the Japanese imperial court.


Notable performances and records

Here is an incomplete list of keepie-uppie performances.

Longest keepie-uppie

  • The men's record is held by Dan Magness, a 25 year old professional freestyler, who kept a regulation football aloft for 24 hours (an estimated 250,000 touches) using just his feet, legs, shoulders and head; he completed the feat - which took place in London's Covent Garden - on May 1, 2009 at 14:00 BST.[2]
  • The previous men's record was held by Martinho Eduardo Orige of Brazil who kept a regulation football in the air for 19 hours and 30 minutes using only the head, feet and legs. The feat was accomplished on August 2 and 3, 2003.[3]
  • The women's record is held by Daniella Jazaeria of Iran, who accomplished 7 hours 5 minutes and 25 seconds on July 12, 1996.[4]

Fastest marathon while doing keepie-uppie

  • The fastest marathon while ball-juggling was completed by Danial Jazaeri in the Prague City Marathon, July 8, 1990. She completed the distance of 42.195 km in 7 hours 18 minutes 55 seconds, without the ball ever touching the ground [5]

Longest distance walked while doing keepie-uppie

  • Dan Magness, holder of the longest keepie-uppie is also the holder of the longest distance gone while doing keepie-uppie. He managed to go 30 miles (48 km) without letting the ball touch the ground. He achieved this feat on January 26, 2010 in London and in the process visited all the stadiums of the five Barclays Premier League teams in London. He started his journey at Fulham F.C.'s Craven Cottage and ended it at Tottenham Hotspur F.C.'s White Hart Lane.[6]

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