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Dj Masta Killa
Location: Staten Island, New York
Member Since: 7th Nov 2001
Total posts: 4
Posted:I've been practicing poi since the beginning of August and i've tend to notice the shorter my poi are the more moves i can do without wacking the balls together or getting tangled. I just wanted to get eveyones opinion on whether they like short or long poi..


All High Dude, Ruler of What You Want
Location: Trenton, MI, USA
Member Since: 25th Oct 2009
Total posts: 2280
Posted:I generally just use long poi for most everything, but a lot of moves when you first start out, like the very very basics you generally learn really short the lengthwise them. And some moves just look better short. And with long poi you can just shorten them while spinning wink

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Putting the "FUN" in fundamental since 1981
Location: Dover, Delaware USA
Member Since: 15th Sep 2009
Total posts: 787
Posted:It was easier for me to learn with long poi and found I like it even longer so when I shorten one wrap backwards is "medium" and two is "short".

I think the longer and heavier it is learning the basics and understanding how the poi works around you and frees up the full body movement is most helpful and ingrains into muscle memory quicker (plus when it's long it's much harder to bonk yourself! believe it or not).

I'm 5'9" and the long chains have opened up a freedom that is amazing, that shortens nicely to 2 other lengths so lots of versatility! smile

~Rock on!~

"As the pattern gets more intricate and subtle, being swept along is no longer enough"-Waking Life

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Sister Eleven
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Location: Seattle, WA
Member Since: 3rd Aug 2009
Total posts: 1277
Posted:Like EoN, i found learning easier with long poi. If you're hitting yourself or getting tangled, chances are it's a plane control thing and not a matter of needing more room. Long poi are slow, and give you more time to track what they're doing. Short poi can be more responsive in some ways, but that's a two-edged sword; it'll change to doing something you don't want just as fast as it will to something you do want.


May the fires of this world always burn bright!

Member Since: 1st Jul 2010
Total posts: 38
Posted:Okay thanks for the input everyone smile

The more enlightened man thinks he is the more foolish he proves himself to be.

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