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flash fire

Sporadically Prodigal
Location: Sydney, NSW, Australia
Member Since: 25th Jan 2001
Total posts: 2758
Posted:This space is for all those funksters busy improving their technique by learning new moves - made-up or traditional.



Tell us all about it! We love hearing about our fellow poiers/staffies/misc. toyers succeeding with new things biggrin

It's just hard to keep up with it all sometimes, so if we keep it together you'll be certain to get a little feedback.



here a pat on the back in advance from me



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JayKitty
JayKitty

Mission: Ignition
Location: Central New Jersey
Member Since: 7th Nov 2004
Total posts: 534
Posted:It took me forever to get backward 5 beat, try doing the motions with your wrists while hanging upside down and study that for a bit, then remember to fling the poi over instead of flopping it like fowards. Also while I'm posting, I learned btb a weird way, practice the woolsey way, one hand at a time, and then when that is comfy and fresh, do a foward weave, focus on your planes, then turn 180 and leave the poi in the same place, and you will have reverse btb. I think reverse is a bit easier, but thats me. Move your body to avoid getting hit, as you get better that movement becomes smoother.

Don't mind me, just passing through.

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Wraith_Dividend
Wraith_Dividend

Bunny Bane
Location: i cant see because my head is ...
Member Since: 26th Mar 2009
Total posts: 205
Posted:the windmill and the fountain over the weekend
plus now that i can do a form of fountain i also found out how to smoothly switch from forwards to reverse 3 beat

all in all quite pleased especially as i stopped for months due to bad weather and no indoor space to practice


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NeverDoll
NeverDoll

New and Improved!
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 16
Posted:Ha! Three beat weave has been accomplished!

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Bear1970
Bear1970

Huggy Tart
Location: Londinium
Member Since: 29th May 2009
Total posts: 233
Posted:Excellent smile I was well pleased when I finally got that working!! Now I'm trying to figure it out in reverse! smile

I am hungry, I am incorrigible, I AM MAN!!

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MelissaRhae
MelissaRhae

I have dibbs on Zack Attack
Location: Nyssa, OR
Member Since: 25th Apr 2006
Total posts: 11
Posted:I figured out how to turn with a three beat weave, smoothing going from forwards weave to backwards and repeat. Now I am working on a 5 beat weave.

I am not smiling because I am happy... I am smiling becasue you have all finally driven me insane!

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JayKitty
JayKitty

Mission: Ignition
Location: Central New Jersey
Member Since: 7th Nov 2004
Total posts: 534
Posted:Turning and reverse moves open up so many possibilities. Seriously, no matter how much you will hate it, don't stall on learning stuff on your weak side. I still can't do airwraps and hyperloops from the left!

Don't mind me, just passing through.

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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:Mine are shaky. But yes, I would almost suggest learning with your weak side first....

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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JayKitty
JayKitty

Mission: Ignition
Location: Central New Jersey
Member Since: 7th Nov 2004
Total posts: 534
Posted:the contact juggler i got my start from years a go said he learns new moves on his weak side easier, perfects them on his strong side and goes back and polishes is weak side after.

Don't mind me, just passing through.

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Laura_OHare
newbie

Member Since: 14th May 2009
Total posts: 26
Posted:I brought my Poi with me when I went on a 10 day youth exchange to Germany...turned out one of my youth leaders does Poi too so we were both Poiing around outside our log cabins and some of the other young people started watching us- we ended up teaching most of the other 15 young people how to do a butterfly, 2 beat weave and corkscrew!

Also brought it with me on a residential I went on with my young arts group last weekend-turned out that there was a guy on it, Paul who also did Poi! Paul and I Poied for a bit on the beach, I got the 3 beat down to a t, (it had been bothering me for weeks!) Paul taught me how to do a corkscrew behind my head and then I ended up taking a Poi session on the beach, teaching some of the others how to do it!


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ChinChinni
ChinChinni

Oh, there goes art.
Location: The Netherlands
Member Since: 9th May 2008
Total posts: 23
Posted:I just learned the backwards 3-beat weave grin I was practicing it a bit and suddenly I just did it, I astonished myself tongue2 But I'm proud too ^^

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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:Nice work people....

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Ska Sha
Ska Sha

Poi Punk
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Member Since: 13th Aug 2009
Total posts: 10
Posted:Woo, ive been poi-ing for just short of a week, learned corkscrew, butterfly, 2 beat weave, buzzsaw, turns (forth and back) and now I just got the 3 beat weave after days of toiling! Just got to learn to stop hitting myself in my knee and hitting my boobs everytime I do a buzzsaw!

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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:Are you shortening your poi any for buzzsaws?

For the knee, make sure your planes and crosspoints are consistent.


'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Ska Sha
Ska Sha

Poi Punk
Location: Yorkshire, UK
Member Since: 13th Aug 2009
Total posts: 10
Posted:Yeah ive been trying different lengths, all of which Ive found are cringe worthy lol.

Ive been working on doing everything with one hand just to work on where they cross passed my legs smile


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NeverDoll
NeverDoll

New and Improved!
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 16
Posted:So... I threw a reverse three beat! I was doing forward with my poi friends, and thought...you know what? What happens if I... And I was thrilled to learn my hands just sort of figured it out!

Also.. I don't know what the move is called, I was watching one of my friends do a move where he took both of the poi and swung them up over and behind his head then back down again at the same time, and I ended up learning how to alternate them in circles over my head. Odd, yet entertaining!


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Mother_Natures_Son
Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!
Member Since: 1st Aug 2007
Total posts: 2418
Posted:Chasing the sun is the first, I think. Which is much like a same time windmill.

The other as best I can guess is a windmill... have you tried a corkscrew?


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NeverDoll
NeverDoll

New and Improved!
Location: Fargo, North Dakota
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 16
Posted:I haven't tried a corkscrew yet, but I shall attempt it tonight. I get to practice while I work overnights smile

Love All, Trust Few, Do Harm To None.

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Sister Eleven
Sister Eleven

owner of the group property
Location: Seattle, WA
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 1277
Posted:This is the end of my third week spinning poi, and this week I've figured out threading the needle, the five beat weave, and the four beat corkscrew. (These last two are kind of spotty, but I just figured them out tonight.) Goals for the next week: reverse threading the needle, the four beat windmill, and behind the back three beat weave, and managing to do a bloody reverse butterfly for 30 consecutive seconds without colliding (I can't believe I'm still working on that one).

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JayKitty
JayKitty

Mission: Ignition
Location: Central New Jersey
Member Since: 7th Nov 2004
Total posts: 534
Posted:Wow, you have a crazy learning curve sister. It took me forever to learn to add more beats to stuff, but both butterflies foward and back i got down easily. Keep going!

Don't mind me, just passing through.

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Sister Eleven
Sister Eleven

owner of the group property
Location: Seattle, WA
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 1277
Posted:I've been told I'm a quick study, though I chalk it up to the power of obsession. I've probably been practicing one to two hours a day every day since I started spinning, which seems like it might be a lot compared to many people. I doubt I can keep it up forever.

Though I am glad to say I met three of my four goals since my last post. Dumb behind the back weave, slowin' my mojo...


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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:A lot of people start out that crazily. They do tend to slow down after a while though.

But keep practicing. smile


'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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Arby
Arby

stranger
Location: York, UK
Member Since: 6th Sep 2009
Total posts: 1
Posted:Morning/Afternoon/Evening (Delete according to timezone).

Just joined these boards after having read them regularly for the last few months. I was introduced to poi by a couple of friends in the park sometime around April this year. Spent about 5 hours that day stealing their poi, trying to do a 2 beat weave and putting them down cursing after having hit myself in the head a few times and swearing I'd never be able to do it. The stubborn part of me kept picking them up though until at one point later on something clicked. I had an interesting experience of thinking: I'm doing something, I don't know what I'm doing but it's working. That was a cool feeling grin

I've been spinning off and on since then and collected a few more moves. I can now do a few more competently; forwards and backwards 3 beat weave, forwards and backwards butterflies same time and split time, windmill and corkscrew.

I can also do a few things less competently and with slightly more damage to myself and the living room lightshade. I got an antispin flower for the first time last weekend but only with one arm. I was still well pleased with that smile . I need to work out how to do two hands at once next. I find that I progress best if I try to learn a few things at once, otherwise I get disheartened if the thing I'm trying to do just isn't working. If I work on a few things at once then if one isn't working I can play with something else for a while. I probably spend the most time just now trying to work out how to transition between moves, particularly how to put together weaves and windmills to get a fountain. I can get from a backwards 3 beat into the windmill but then I haven't worked out how to come down into the forward 3 beat yet.

Just realised this post is turning into a ramble so I'll stop before it gets any less coherent. Anyway it's prompted the urge to spin so I'm off to assault the living room lightshade again.

Rich


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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:Nice going. Enjoy beating up that defenceless light-shade....

'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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keb84
stranger
Location: nottingham
Member Since: 18th May 2009
Total posts: 10
Posted:sounds good!
I have sock poi that I use inside...for damage limitation of the furnishings!


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Mitch_Sanford
stranger

Member Since: 14th Sep 2009
Total posts: 2
Posted:I just learned how to reverse my 3beat weave. It's fun.

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Mitch_Sanford
stranger

Member Since: 14th Sep 2009
Total posts: 2
Posted:Lol, I work overnights too. smile That's when I practice most.

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Sister Eleven
Sister Eleven

owner of the group property
Location: Seattle, WA
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 1277
Posted:I, too, work nights, where I constantly practice what one coworker calls my "ninja socks" with my free hand. I think not only does it help to have an environment that's supportive and where you can learn from other spinners, but it also helps to have another environment where no one gives a [redacted].

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Renfried
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Member Since: 18th Apr 2009
Total posts: 3
Posted:I picked up my first set of poi about 6 months ago and so far have mastered 2, 3, and 5 beat weaves (still can't quite do reverse 5 beat, keeps nailing myself in the head) 2 and 4 beat windmill and corkscrews (4 beat still a little spotty), btb reverse 3 beat, butterfly, thread the needle, split time butterfly and a variation called the pacman twist (that one is super fun), spiral wraps, anti-spin butterfly flowers, same direction flowers, forwards 1.5 beat weave, standard fountain, 4x4 fountain, buzzsaw and buzzsaw fountains, butterfly buzzsaw, forward hyperloops (can only go from right to left so far), and I can almost do an orbital.

Currently working on figuring out 4 beat thread the needle, split time thread the needle, stalls, plane changes, anti-spin same direction flowers, wall plane flowers, isolations, arm and leg wraps, and just generally trying to learn to flow and transition better so it actually looks good.

Got a bunch of videos of me spinning on youtube @ www.youtube.com/renfried if anyone wants to check it out and maybe shoot some pointers my way. Just now joining the forums, but all my gear has come from HOP. I love this place smile

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Sister Eleven
Sister Eleven

owner of the group property
Location: Seattle, WA
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 1277
Posted:That's right...

REVERSE BTB 3-BEAT WEAVE!!! IN YOUR FACE!! YOU THOUGHT YOU COULD STOP ME BY BRUISING BOTH MY SHOULDERS, BUT I DON'T STOP!! EAT IT, #$(*&$@&#&#!!

Sorry for the caps. I've just been working on this one for a while now. Now maybe I can let my shoulders heal...


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Sister Eleven
Sister Eleven

owner of the group property
Location: Seattle, WA
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 1277
Posted:I've found reverse five beats really want to hit you in the face, and I still get beaned about 20% of the time. It never looks completely graceful, but you need to sort of push over the weave and dodge it at the same time. Virtually every other weave will let you stand kind of still, but the reverse five beat really needs you to move around it.

EDIT: Oh, and I noticed shortly after writing this that when doing my reverse 5-beat, I tend to emphasize the twist too much and it speeds up one of my poi (the one that goes on to hit me in the head). I started focusing on keeping the motion more continuous and flowing, and it's improved my weave a lot.

EDITED_BY: Sister Eleven (1256787696)
EDIT_REASON: Additional Note


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