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Meenik
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Meenik

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Posted:ubbrollsmile ubbrollsmile ubbrollsmile ubbrollsmile ubbrollsmile ubbrollsmile ubbrollsmile bounce bounce bounce2 bounce2 bounce bounce bounce2 bounce2 clap clap clap clap clap clap
It's out! It's done! It's on homeofpoi.com!!!

Yes, I've gone and produced a DVD: The Scales of Poi! A distilation of everything I know about poi. It's loveable. It's funny. It's... well, I can only say so much, because I made it, so you need to order it (yes, YOU) so you can say how great it is, and people will listen to you.

My God, it was a lot of work. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. Other people would be more sensible and make a DVD in a sensible way. Me? No. I have to have three camera angles. I have to put myself in a position to turn 24 hours of footage into a 90 minute DVD.

And now it's done! Did I say that already?

Are you excited? I am. Can you tell that I'm excited?

I don't know whether I'm itching to make another one, so I can do it the easy way, rather than the do-everything-the-hard-way way.

Oh, wait, I'm itching to get back to practice. Working on the computer is most definitely different than practicing. I'll just... Oh, shoot. That's right, I'm homeless and I owe the bank money. Should I have listened to my mother? Of course not! I'd be a terrible stripper.

Much love to all of you ubblove

nick biggrin


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Lucyhappy
BRONZE Member since Mar 2006

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Location: Lancashire

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Posted:We ordered this DVD last week and recieved and watched it yesterday.

We're very impressed cool

I agree with one of the above posts that it's 'advanced basics', exploring the complexity of the moves and movement covered in this DVD gives one the ideas to polish up ones alphabet to enable better poetry, if you know what I mean ubbloco
Also, instructional media on any subject can be somewhat heavy to watch but the sense of fun and beautiful spinning throughout this DVD made it captivating.

Well done to the team involved, I look forward to more in the future.

Light, trees and stars peace
Lucy.


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Ronopotamus
GOLD Member since Nov 2001

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Posted:My one should be on its way

I'll be lying in wait for the postman for the rest of the week

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Nice one Nick!


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_Clare_
BRONZE Member since Oct 2002

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Posted:ditto

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ben-ja-men
GOLD Member since Jun 2003

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Posted:got mine the other day tis awesome reminds me of uber oz ubblove very impressed with how well its put together clap clap bring on the next one

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Posted:nice job meenik, ill be sure to get a copy of it broseph, congrats wink

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DeepSoulSheep
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Posted:Doh, I sent mine to the wrong address I'll have wait another week now!

I live in a world of infinite possibilities.

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newgabe
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Posted:Love ubblove helps??/
Cool!!
Have some more ubbloveubbloveubbloveubbloveubbloveubbloveubblove


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strugz
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Posted:just seen this!

Dude - clap well done on getting this together - i know exactly how much time / hassle / love and money which has no doubt gone into this...........

Great job!

This year is full of soooo many great DVDs.

Its lucky that there are a few people who dont slack round here eh!

Cant wait to see it Nick smile

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Gnarly Cranium
SILVER Member since Feb 2005

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Posted:AAH!! It's here and I'm not broke!! AAGHH!! *runs around wildly in circles*

And here I was all depressed cause years have gone by and I haven't managed to make it up to Vancouver for any of the workshops! And I thought to myself, man at this rate I'll NEVER get to see what all this 'scales' business is about or learn some of the coolest stuff ever!

Dammit someone make it get here faster!


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Gnor
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Posted:Whoohoo..Im getting this for mothers day. Its amazing what broad hints and web adresses can do. biggrin biggrin

Gabe and Ben say nice things so it has to be good. hug hug


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BansheeCat
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

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Posted:Oh, Nick, you are brilliant!!!
Funny and cute too...

So good to see the final product. Makes me want to pat yer head and rub yer belly, and go out for a spin.

Man, do I ever need some practice. I have been such a slacker, and your video really reminded me of the various drills to work on. Getting excited about flowers, it being spring and all.

Thanks for sharing all your hard won wisdom my friend.
loads of love,
Andrea


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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

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Posted:smiles.

nice post, andrealee, esp..

 Written by: andrealee


thanks for sharing all your hard won wisdom my friend.
loads of love,
andrea



nick is cool! hug


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Schitz
SILVER Member since Jan 2006

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Location: Rochdale, Lancs

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Posted:Hey Nick...

Great dvd ! ...finally got to watch it this last couple of days.

Unique teaching technique ...basics, variations, planes..endless possibilities and movement.

Already I've picked up so much from watching it, and feel inspired and focused to carry on learning. I was previously in a bit of a learning slump, where no other sources where satisfying my spinning needs. But I just knew you would have the goods...and you did !

Thanks for sharing smile

Look forward to more releases in the future !


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Pyrolific
BRONZE Member since Jan 2001

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Location: Adelaide, South Australia

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Posted:awesome vid mate! great to see you leave some personality in there. I think it really shines through and adds to the video.



So refreshing to see such a different approach to poi. Theres a lot of value in this video to be sure smile



I'd have liked to have seen perhaps some suggested routines for practicing 'scales of poi', but I also think that without them your video makes people practice in their own way - rather than just reproducing your technique.



I want to get a T-shirt that says "You can be a Poi Pioneer!"



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Thanks!



Josh

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jeffhigh
GOLD Member since Oct 2005

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Posted:2 weeks down the track, I would have to say this is REALLY helping me get past blockages and achieve things I was just failing at.
It is a great approach with its emphasis on building motor skills rather than just learning moves.


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VampyricAcid
SILVER Member since Jun 2005

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Posted:My Bro got one, and we watched it as soon as it arrived (v early on a saturday morning)

i've gotta say, it made me think about how i spin and made me wanna return to basics and polish stuff off, techy is great, but fluidity is beautiful!!

really well produced, and its great you have gie it such a light and friendly feel, its not in the least patronising nor pushy, its nice and...comfortable


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Neon_Shaolin
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Posted:Been told by a few people I'm fuild enough already but I still wanna master techie stuff and I'm a LOOONG way off from that. I suppose this'll be the wrong DVD for that then?

"I used to want to change the world, now I just wanna leave the room with a little dignity..." - Lotus Weinstock

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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

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Posted:i dont think this dvd could in any way be considered "wrong".

you will benefit far more from having this dvd than from not..

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Meenik
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Meenik

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Posted:In a way it's about tech stuff that doesn't look that tech. I think understanding flowers takes a lot of technical plane control, and understanding the mechanics of compound circles, and all the variations of how to put them together... but when you do it, it still looks kind of easy, although it's not. So, to me, doing arms same direction chase while poi go opposites, and having the timing such that they move together like circling cogs, and turning while you're doing it, is quite technical, and took more time to learn than a BTB 5 beat weaves... but people look at the stuff with the flowers and say, "wow, you make simple things look so beautiful." ubbrollsmile

Also, it is my plane control that's now allowing me to do things like antispin compound circle hyperloops, so the "advanced basics" definitely pay off with tricky tech abilities.

Order it! It's only $20! That's like only seven cappuccinos.

n


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Motley
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Posted: Written by: Skinky


My Bro got one, and we watched it as soon as it arrived (v early on a saturday morning)

i've gotta say, it made me think about how i spin and made me wanna return to basics and polish stuff off, techy is great, but fluidity is beautiful!!

really well produced, and its great you have gie it such a light and friendly feel, its not in the least patronising nor pushy, its nice and...comfortable



Yes, it was absolutely worth getting up at 8am on a saturday to watch, very inspiring and made me look at what I do when I'm spinning and why, why some stuff works and other stuff doesnt.

Its the kind of dvd you can watch, go away and put into practice and think hey thats cool, go back and watch it again and take away something completely different each time, highly recommended to both new and old spinners alike weavesmiley

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_Clare_
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Posted:It is utterly wicked... thank you Nick... some great teaching styles and explanations in there... well done for all the hard work and thank you so much for sharing...

Love ya lots... see you soon biggrin


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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Posted: Written by: nik


antispin compound circle hyperloops




what fun!

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pricklyleaf
SILVER Member since Mar 2005

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Posted:Watched and it's excellent! well done Nick! It's like being at uberpoi all over again, but this time I won't forget it all because I can watch it all again. smile

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Neser
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Posted:Well done Nick! biggrin

I'll have to order myself a copy sooner or later. wink Cant wait to see it when I do.

~ Neser


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WOFT
SILVER Member since May 2005

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Posted:Got the DVD yesterday, 2 days before my exams start! I have kept it wrapped up, because I know that as soon as I open it, I will watch it, watch it again, practice everything, watch it again, and fail my exams (what can I say, I have no will power rolleyes). So, a review (which will probably look like all the others already posted here) will come on 9 June:)

'n Boer maak 'n plan.

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Mr_Chutney
SILVER Member since Apr 2003

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Posted:Ordered my copy today biggrin Looking forward to it smile

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ZeroG
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ZeroG

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Total posts: 103
Posted:My copy just arrived in Germany a week after my order and I just watched it.



Got to say, congrats and thanks, Nick.



Seeing myself as an "advanced beginner" it is just what I needed now to progress further. Nick develops a though through practising system that reminds of sports and indeed music: You dont run faster by just running more, you dont learn to play piano starting with Beethovens 9th, you gotta do it step by step and work the scales. Once you got the scales as solid foundation, the actual play as complex as it might be will then come quickly but on top it allows you flexibility to express your own creativity.



Funny enough, I kinda intuitively had already begun to walk that path, realising that I cant just jump into a waistwrap or btb weave drill but better learn to control 360 degree planes first, once I got those, both should be playable ... Seeing this approach presented thoroughly thought through is thus reassuring, even though it smells a trifle sweat ...



Also nice to see that Flowerkings dont just fall from the sky or have been simply blessed by the gods of poi, rather its the hours put in and the more methodical the approach, the more blind spots defined and ironed out, the better the result.



Absolutely fab Vid, lots of hints and tips, enough fun to stick to it (I hope) and a nice background section about preventing poi injuries rounding it off ...



Anyone who isnt yet proficient berspinner should benefit from this Vid. Only point of improvement is that a few motivational performances might have increased the fun, as they're more fun to watch DVD quality vs PC ...


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shen shui
SILVER Member since Jan 2005

shen shui

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Location: aotearoa

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Posted:biggrin flowerkings.

nick is the king of lots of things.

good old nick. hows your hair, buddy?


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TheWibbler
GOLD Member since Apr 2003

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Location: New Zealand

Total posts: 920
Posted:Well i've watched the dvd all the way thru now and it is excellent.



No matter how good you are at poi, you will definitely learn something from nick.



He manages to teach all those tricky to explain things that everyone usually skips over unless you're face to face with them. But without getting bogged down in all the details.



I love the comic edge to the presentation. It's great that it teaches in a way that lets the student explore the possibilities without just telling me all the answers parrot fashion.



The use of 3 camera angles is excellent. Altho i'd love to have a little fiddle with the editing of them. That's not a dig, i just wish nick and i weren't on opposite sides of the planet smile The 3 angles help with the explanations heaps.



Just go order one. It's brilliant, you'll learn loads. The physio section is gold dust too.



The voice over girl is great and she explains things really well. The only bad thing about this film is the pronuciation of the word maori lol, it's so hard to say correctly and it's great to hear a well spoken english accent trying to pronounce it. I can't say it either.



In conclusion, BUY IT, WATCH IT, LOVE IT



Thanks nick, maybe one day i'll even be able to spin compound circles,



matt


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BansheeCat
BRONZE Member since Jul 2005

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Posted:Matt, I want to see you *wibble* compound circles off the walls and ceilings wink wink
No less will satisfy!

hug
Andrea


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