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Posted: As in, when you just pick up your poi and you just "spin" them - what do you do whilst thinking about tricks or idly spinning them?
I always resort/return to low-reels - no idea why. I practically never do 3-beat weaves anymore, if I want to "fill" space, it is always low reels, likewise when I first pick up poi, it's the first "move" i'll do and if I'm talking whilst spinning - again it's always low reels
As for why - I'm think it's because it just feels really nice, keeps the planes neat (in performing), it's easy to turn with (but then so are weaves...), doesn't interfere with eye-level so I can talk over the poi and meh - I don't know. But I've been doing it for years now...
Just wondered what everyone else does - and how they think it reflects their styles...
Burner of Toast Spinner of poi Slacker of enormous magnitude
Posted: I will join the ranks of those with nothing to prove and say hip reels. Outward, alternating hip reels, aka low wave.
I think lots of Americans and beginners do use the weave as their base move, but I think that's due to 1) HOP teaching it as one of the basics 2) the infinite looping feel of it is what gets many people hooked on poi in the first place.
Before hip reels, mine was fwd ttn... because nobody had explained reels to me properly at that time.