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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Location: Frankfurt
Member Since: 8th Oct 2005
Total posts: 37
Posted:I am curious, how long did you play Poi or Staff before your first burn?

I am playing Poi for a few months now (or about a year) and I still feel like a total newb. I absolutely dont' feel comfortable with the idea of lighting up my Poi right now. (Even if I owned Fire Poi). I know that I want to light'em up one day, but that's still in the future.

So I want to know how long did it take you? Did you just start off and played with fire from the beginning? Or did you take your time? How did you feel about it?

Thanks for your insights! hug


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JerryD
JerryD

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Location: Maryland
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Posted:I spun poi for almost a year before lighting up. And when I lit up, it was during the final night of a workshop that I took. It was a very comfortable environment, as I felt comfortable in my skills and had been trained in fire safety by two professionals with years of experience.

If you don't feel ready, by all means don't light up. There is no rush!


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VampyricAcid
VampyricAcid

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Posted:i spun for 3 months before i lit up, but it was 3 months of almost nonstop spinning and i had 2 people there who had been spinning for god knows how long and were totally prepared for the worst. I also bought fire poi half way through the 2nd month so i coul get used to them. like Jerry said Light up when you like, if ever, while fire is great for spectators, i dont find it that appealing anymore, i much prefere spinning with socks or cones

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PyroMonkey
PyroMonkey

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Location: Northern Beaches, Sydney
Member Since: 6th Jan 2005
Total posts: 370
Posted:hmmm.... im gonna sound all stupid and unprepared....
lit my staff up the night i got it.... so spinning for about 9ish hours before lighting....

(although i used that 9 hours practising before it got dark)
twas at byron bay, and i managed to get a btb!!

dont go by my example though. just whenever it feels good to you.


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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Posted:This sounds like a great experience (both of you). (Or should I say three of you now!)



I am in absolutely no hurry to play with fire. I have a very healthy respect for it and don't want to rush. But I am very curious to hear about your experiences.



I think it's a great idea to try it out when you are in the company of experienced fire spinners. And that's the way I want to do it too (in a few years or so ^_~).

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Mr_Chutney
Mr_Chutney

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Location: Herefordshire
Member Since: 18th Apr 2003
Total posts: 1711
Posted:Over 2 years- if anyone has the patience I think its the way to go smile

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PyroMonkey
PyroMonkey

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Location: Northern Beaches, Sydney
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Total posts: 370
Posted:Although i did spin it really quickly, i did only stick to tricks that i felt comfortable with.

all it was was just 2beat weave and btb. they were the only things i did all day. but i had a hell of a time doing it.

but still, no rush smile
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Neon_Shaolin
Neon_Shaolin

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Member Since: 13th Jul 2005
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Posted:Probably about 6 months. It was at my first HOP meet in Manchester as well before I actually signed onto HOP.

Yup, same - uncomplicated tricks before becoming more comfortable with every spin...

Honestly it was better than losing my virginity. Definitely less messy and no 'Coyote Ugly' syndrome... biggrin


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Eveish
Eveish

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Location: Australia
Member Since: 14th Jul 2004
Total posts: 610
Posted:Maybe three months after I learned the basics? tis hard to remember now...

What if I should fall right through the centre of the Earth and come out the other side where people walk upside-down?!

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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Location: Frankfurt
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Posted:Wow you're so quick ^_^

I admire you're confidence, but I never was a fast learner and I'm supposed to be a cautious person wink


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Fyre
Fyre

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Posted:i lit my staff the first night i got it.. tho that`s probably why i hit my self in the face with it ending up having crispy(no, i couldn`t think of any better adjective) eyelashes and a scald on my cheeck for weeks biggrin

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alien_oddity
alien_oddity

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Posted:i was spinning for about 6 months before i lit up but it's totally up to you, if you feel confident enough, know the risks and have all the safety stuff ( fire blankets, fire extinguisher etc)


just do it in your own time is all i can say biggrin


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ApexProject
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Member Since: 17th Jan 2006
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Posted:same day =) I couldnt resist

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Kieron
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Posted:A couple of weeks-ish I think, after tail poi got annoying. Meanwhile the interested friends i'll start teaching at some point aren't touching fire for some time/untill I and they think their ready to. My judgement is far better in relation to other people then myself.



Also my spare wicks are mega cathedrals and my main pair are monkeyfist ropes so I haven't got any that produce smaller amounts of fire for them to try.

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DenGad
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Location: Copenhagen, DK
Member Since: 15th Jun 2005
Total posts: 45
Posted:With staff I practiced for 2 years before adding fire, with poi 3 months (started poi 3 years later than staff).
Main difference between fire and non-fire is without fire I experiment a lot; with fire I stick to moves that I am 100% comfortable with.
Especially the first burn; stick to the most basic to get used to having flame circling around you.


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poibaby
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Posted:i was spinning staff a bout a week before i lit up and poi three days . . . but both in a comfortable enviornment with people i trusted and who knew what they were doing. . .



like everyone else says, just do what you're comfortable with and when you're comfortable . . . it's like popping your cherry, you know when the moment is right . . . and when it comes . . . so do you! weavesmiley

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pitman
pitman

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Posted:i was spining poi for about 3 weeks then took some kids to ireland (im a youth worker not a nonce) and there was this guy in the hostel who spand staff and didi rope dart and he made me my first set of fire poi and i lit them as soon as he gave them to me. i found that i new a few basic moves and were confitable with them and as soon as i used fire poi i found they were easyer and i would pick up moves faster because i concentrate harder with fire. i dont have respect for it i am just kinda fond of my eyebrows. lol

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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Posted:wow I really like the diversity in your experiences smile

keep'em coming PurrEase ^_^

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Mynci
Mynci

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Posted:Mines a bit weird...

I learnt to juggle clubs when I was 12 at a circus tent at a local show.

then when I found out about the spinners in bournemouth I went down and met everyone. I then went and bought 3 normal clubs and 3 fire clubs.

had an hour practicing felt very smooth with my actions so did fire that night.

once i had experienced the utter panic that is juggling fire clubs when I took up staff I lit up the same night too.

and the rest...is history.

(I will point out that I can be a VERY quick learner and had some contact moves learnt the 1st hour of learning staff)


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Posted:that's awesome mynci smile

I'd like to have some talent ^_^


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Mynci
Mynci

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Posted:not awsome so much as strange. once you have had your first go at juggling fire clubs the rest seems pretty moot.
you keep hold of a staff and I only did simple stuff I knew I could do... besides...it was a bit chilly wink


A couple of balls short of a full cascade... or maybe a few cards short of a deck... we'll see how this all fans out.

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blu_valley
blu_valley

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Posted:Ummm, I was spinning poi for over a year before I lit up. But I wasnt spinning very regularly and I only knew three moves and how to turn with them, but I was very comfortable in those moves and turns...

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mudd
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Member Since: 14th Sep 2004
Total posts: 9
Posted:first time i ever tried poi was fired up... thats the first time id seen em.
the fire gives it all that edge and inspiration i recon best of gettin stuck in and burnt straight away then your scared and never look back.


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strugz
strugz

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Posted:4.5 years ago i bought a set of poi from this site.

about 10mins after getting them i lit them biggrin

I was stupid back then and thought i knew lots about spinning, luckily some things change, but some things stay the same.

IE - i now know lots about spinning, but im still stupid biggrin

ubbloco


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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Posted:wow I'm already afraid of my LED lighted glow balls...

(because they HURRRRRT #-/)


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pitman
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Posted: Written by: Hatsuyuki


wow I'm already afraid of my LED lighted glow balls...

(because they HURRRRRT #-/)



lol god man be very afraid. they if there the ones that change colour they trip me out hard when im mashed spining poi and they scare [censored] out of me lol


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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Posted:Well they don't change colors, but they still should be the same ones. (I bought the white ones) I absolutely love them as they look gorgeous in the dark.

But... don't bring them into contact with the southern region... excl mad2 ooooops meditate


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SunnySammy
SunnySammy

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Posted:been almost a year and i havent lit-up yet.

i started on my bday and hope to do it this year on my bday too. the thing is im a lonesom learner! so i cant exactly lite-up there and then! i havnt got a clue! i need to find someone at home to give me a hand because im looking forward to it if it does happen.


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Pogo69
Pogo69

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Posted: Written by: strugz


about 10mins after getting them i lit them biggrin




I'd spun, lit up, about 10 mins after trying it the 1st time, too... was handed a lit stick, so I figured if someone's handing me a lit stick, I must be ok to give it a go??? eek

that was about 6-7 weeks ago... I spin less fire now than I did in the 1st couple of weeks, cause I now know enough to see the need to learn stuff more thoroughly before trying it with burning firesol on the ends of the staff...


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alien_oddity
alien_oddity

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Posted:i lit up my fire staff the day i got it ubblol and singed my hair......................it got better though, first time i did a burn off................same thing ubblol but if you look in my inro thread you can see i managed to nail some nice moves

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Hatsuyuki
Hatsuyuki

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Total posts: 37
Posted:I think I start to see a few tendencies here... ^_^

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