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Calv
Calv

newbie
Location: Lymington, Hampshire, UK
Member Since: 12th Sep 2005
Total posts: 15
Posted:Don't laugh but i'm sure i'm about to ask a question that a lot of guys here will relate to.

I've only just been introduced to poi and as i want my little girls to learn as much as they can, i want to be one step ahead if i can so i can teach them the moves. As a result i have found myself in my lounge at night practising the basics. I have only been using a basic set of poi with tennis balls on the end, the thing is, i hit myself in the spuds during a full speed swing last night and i was led on the floor incapacitated for about 5 minutes! I did the same the other night in Bournemouth when i tried them for the first time. It's when i'm trying to get the weave right, i'm a bit cackhanded and i keep hitting myself where i really don't need to be hitting myself.
I finished the remainder of the session with a small cushion stuffed down the front of my shorts for protection, however as you can imagine i'd look pretty stupid out in public like this!

Oh yeah......smashed my lounge lightbulb too! wink

Any advice?, or is it case of just getting better at the techniques?

Thanks,

Calv.


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Seb
Seb

Penguin of Mass Destruction and Tricky Bugger to the court of Claire the Askew
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Member Since: 5th May 2005
Total posts: 642
Posted:Do you have a cricketer's box, CloudChaser? If so use it when you're practicing. I've stopped needig one with my sock poi but have broken it out again for my tails, if not you could get one or just find something sturdy to put down the front of your trousers. Now I think of it a pair of socks would be alright armour too. Bathers or an extra pair of undies help hold the box in place, too, as someone helpful and nice on this site told me once. smile

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Helen_of_Poi
Helen_of_Poi

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Location: Dublin, Ireland
Member Since: 28th Apr 2004
Total posts: 412
Posted:Ok, so i'm a girl and may not fully understand this dilemma, but after smacking myself in the tits once too many, i came up with the ingenious idea of slashing the tennis balls. They don't have to be hard! if you slash biggish holes in them, the weight is exactly the same, but they have more give. Amazing how many people i see beating themselves up with fully inflated grand-slam quality tennis balls.

Just a thought.


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Mint Sauce
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Location: Lancs England
Member Since: 7th Sep 2003
Total posts: 1453
Posted:when i was learning i used an ash tray in my pants

before i met those lot i thought they'd be a bunch of dreadlocked hippies that smoked, set things on fire ,and drank a lot of tea but then when i met them....oh wait (PyroWill)

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Lurch
Lurch

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Location: Oregon
Member Since: 1st Nov 2003
Total posts: 929
Posted:Written by: Helen_of_poi

Ok, so i'm a girl and may not fully understand this dilemma, but after smacking myself in the tits once too many, i came up with the ingenious idea of slashing the tennis balls. They don't have to be hard! if you slash biggish holes in them, the weight is exactly the same, but they have more give. Amazing how many people i see beating themselves up with fully inflated grand-slam quality tennis balls.

Just a thought.



Slashed or not, soft and squishy or not, hitting the boys is gonna hurt... As has been said before, learn control.. and until you have that, learn to dodge.


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Suibom
Suibom

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Location: Oregon, USA
Member Since: 2nd Sep 2005
Total posts: 577
Posted:Besides, if you perfect your dodge technique while scantily clad, you can fit yourself right into the "spinning like a whore" thread.

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Elemental666
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Location: Bville, OK
Member Since: 22nd Feb 2005
Total posts: 45
Posted:heh, w00t! ubbloco

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Jaeden
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Location: Edmonton
Member Since: 2nd Sep 2001
Total posts: 220
Posted:When I learnt to spin I taped 3 dead glosticks together for each poi. When I figured out I could use tennis balls I thought they were the greatest thing in the world. Glosticks have sharp edges.
Then my best friend learned on beaming poi. OUCH!


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VampyricAcid
VampyricAcid

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Location: My House
Member Since: 27th Jun 2005
Total posts: 1286
Posted:practice, after a while you get a sixth sense to move you nadgers out of the way before they collide, its useful

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Seb
Seb

Penguin of Mass Destruction and Tricky Bugger to the court of Claire the Askew
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Member Since: 5th May 2005
Total posts: 642
Posted:I hadn't for weeks, then gave myself the great great granduncle of all nadgerings in a fast three beat weave yesterday. Frozen peas are good things to sti around with. frown

Why the hell is it always the right one?


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CloudChaser071
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Member Since: 23rd Sep 2005
Total posts: 3
Posted:Written by: Mint Sauce

when i was learning i used an ash tray in my pants



ubblol ubblol ubblolLMAO!!! I don't think I can support that.. My pants are loose as it is and I'm skinner than mostly all the girls at my school. I gotta wear a belt. But I guess that works.. It's small and durable.. Except if you're performing out in public and butterfly goes rogue, there'll be a clicking noise lol


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Seb
Seb

Penguin of Mass Destruction and Tricky Bugger to the court of Claire the Askew
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Member Since: 5th May 2005
Total posts: 642
Posted:I hope it's not a glass ash tray though, shards in your trousers would be a very bad thing.

Chucks nuns
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JonnyRok
JonnyRok

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Location: Sunny South Africa
Member Since: 2nd May 2005
Total posts: 446
Posted:Hey I learned with bags of gravel! Needless to say I learned quickly. Also needess to say is that it was endlessly entertaining for my friends to sit and watch me curled in agony on the floor ubbrollsmilewhile laughing their heads off. Cant blame them though, I would do the same thing in their situation. Havent had a bad encounter with the twins for a while now though... not that im complaining Yeh I would also say spin slowly, baggy pants can help a little as well coz they tend to absorb most of the impact, though then your poi also tend to catch on them alot.

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L0s3r_r@v3r
L0s3r_r@v3r

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Location: Swansea, Ma (US)
Member Since: 17th May 2005
Total posts: 274
Posted:Ugh i thought i was past the hittin myself in the nadds.. but NOOO! i just whacked myself so hard with a pair of glow sticks that i was on the verge of cryin/laughing outa the irony if it all. oh god.. that's [censored] painfull!

You know what I'm thinking about right now? That's right, Tacos!

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L0s3r_r@v3r
L0s3r_r@v3r

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Location: Swansea, Ma (US)
Member Since: 17th May 2005
Total posts: 274
Posted:Ugh i thought i was past the hittin myself in the nadds.. but NOOO! i just whacked myself so hard with a pair of glow sticks that i was on the verge of cryin/laughing outa the irony if it all. oh god.. that's freakin painfull!

You know what I'm thinking about right now? That's right, Tacos!

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