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Posted: Been twirling for a few weeks, and I can do butterfly, overhead butterfly, mexican wave, 3beat, chase the sun, and corkscrew.
Now what? I have been using the Home Of Poi dvd but everything beyond chase the sun looks outrageously hard!!
The worst is the little low turn - how the *^&$($!!! does that work? Looks like she just turns her wrists over, but that DOESN'T WORK!!! GRR!
643 posts Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
The low turn screwed me up for ages too....
To be honest I don't find the order those lessons are in that wise - there are other basic elements you need to learn first - the rest of this post goes with a nod to Michal Kahn's great poi-spinning book which taught me what i needed to suss the turns
The next thing to learn is the reel - when both Poi spin in the same direction in front of you, or behind you at shoulder or waist height. It takes a little practise to keep the planes such that your Poi don't strike your other hand, but will come, and practising shoulder reels stops it being dull to learn (beat in front beat behind like a corkscrew/windmill but both Poi together not one after the other)
and that's how the low turns work - twirling backwards you turn 90degrees left, let both Poi do a reel behind you (like Chase the sun, but at waist level this time), then another 90degrees and come out twirling forwards
and there are loads of them - in time, out of time, in front, behind, different directions of spin... i can spend ages just trying variations on that, some seem FAR harder than others, not sure why, but i'm still learning and it's all good Non-Https Image Link
Thanks for the advice frostypaw, but I don't know what a reel is!! I can do chase the sun but that doesn't seem to correspond to the turn at all, but yeah like u say eera I'll just have to keep at it, but it just seems so incomprehensible! I have no clue how its done!
Forau, try the corkscrew just with your right hand goin round in front then above you, then when its above just follow it with your left hand. That's how I learnt it anyway - now teach me how to turn!
the chasing the sun move applies because when both Poi are beginning the up swing, they both go over your shoulders at the same time and your hands should stay the same distance apart. When both Poi go over ur shoulders, that is basically a shoulder reel but instead of extending your arms and going into the down swing of the CTS you just keep your hands up by your ears! This isnt very articulately explained but i hope you get what i mean, its very difficult to explain Poi Moves when you dont have a pen and paper!
These kind of connecting moves, reels, turns, etc. are really important so i recommend buying Michal Kahns book on Poi spinning, its taught me everything like that so far.
Aim high and you'll know your limits, aim low and you'll never know how high you could have climbed.
hey i learnt the turn yay! Also today learnt 4beat on the right hand side - can't seem to get it on the left, is it different or am I just being a nobber? I try to copy what i do on the right (with the opposite hands) but it seems wrong
also quite scared cos I just ordered beaming Poi - expecting more than a few bruises to come!
Actually I'm not even sure which-beat it was! Reading the "what is a beat" section, what I was doing doesn't sound like it. So here's what I did:
3beat weave then on the RHS, instead of bringing my right hand back to the LHS it went under my left wrist which can all the way over and across to the LHS which was then followed by the right hand and went back into 3beat on the LHS..
Can someone let me kno to confirm what I was doin!?
I think that sounds like the 4-beat weave... 'Least, sounds like what I do.
(Now, just watch, someone will come along and tell you that no, that's not the 4-beat weave, and what are you doing? and I'll need to relearn the 4- and 5-beat weaves because I'm totally clueless.)
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So, I can do a few moves, but........ how do I do four beat weave? on the right hand side i like what? let my left hand go over the top of my right then pull my right hand to the left? what the hell? My strings end up tangled up around my arms so I can't even move myself to untangle the strings, I have to ask strangers to help me!
This might sound like worn out and old advice; but if it hurts when you hit yourself it probably means you're spinning a little fast. Its surprising how slow you can go with a good set of Poi, and its easer to run through what you have to do in your mind with more time... and the wrist thing... I don't know if you sorted it all yet but most of moving the Poi should be done with the wrist, I don't know if you are flapping your arms around or anything (I'm pretty sure you're not but hey, humour me) but we shouldn't look like we're drowning when we're doing this... I think... maybe I'm wrong.... oh god help me...
Okay... here's the way I learned 4-beat with the help of a guy called Richard from Cheltenham - thanks mate!
[runs off to go and get Poi to understand better!]
RH, LH = Right hand, left hand RHS, LHS = Right hand side, left hand side
When doing 3beat weave: on your RHS your RH Poi spins once then goes back across your body over to the LHS. To start 4beat weave you have to stop yourself doing this and convince your RH to stay on the RHS and swing the Poi under your left arm.
Now, as you don't know what to do with your left arm yet, the Poi will undoubtedly wrap itself around your arm. Don't be disheartened - this is correct!
To avoid this wrapping problem, (this bit is well hard to explain!) as your RH Poi swings down and under your left arm, put your wrists together back to back so that your LH is on top of the right (yes you have to reach over really far to wrap the left wrist all the way over the right wrist) and then swing the LH Poi down across your body over to the LHS. The RH Poi just simply follows the LH, and you should be able to get into weave. You will probably have to move your hips and shoulders especially when you first get it, which seems like a massive movement - this is also right!
I don't know how useful that explaination is, the best way as always with Poi is for someone to show you and keep showing you and explaining it constantly!
PS: quick tip, if you have a tiny house like me and need to Poi indoors for any reason (such as trying to understand how to explain 4beat), Home of Poi's Beginner Poi inside the plastic bags they come with are good if you swing them by the drawstring!