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Posted: for split swinging you could try forward swing then try and when they're both at the top pull one of them down quicker then the other. e.g. if you chose the left then you forward swing then counting 'one...two...one...two' pull the left down on one and the right down on two and see if that makes a rhythm.
hope that helps - and yes the lessons are great, and now they're updated so you got through step by step, hear what they say and see from different angles.
my first proper move i learnt was the butterfly - took me forever to learn and understand the logic of it in my head but is a great place to start - so many moves can be done from it.
for low turn:
if you do a forward swing
then when the poi are at the top of their circles - move your right over to your left so it follows it and you've now moved 90 degrees to your left
then as they come up move your left over to you left and keep the right on the same side as you move another 90 degrees left to get you looking in the opposite direction with the pois going backwards.
try moving your poi as slow as possible to work it out in your head.
hope that helps - tell me if you need it breaking down a bit more
Posted: exagerate everything and spend hours practicing. Dont stop if you hit yourself. Ive wacked my danglies many times, head, in the eye and trying to get split time over my head a nailed my temple quite hard with a glow ball poi quite hard. I neally blacked out but its worth it!
Swing to music aswell, it makes it easier as you think about it less. Tonight i have progressed quite a lot and even managed a combo from weave to hand wrap to windmill to an air wrap to butterfly. woo hoo, it feels great when you can finally link moves.
anyway just keep practicing, oh and buy scales of poi, i think its good for beginners aswell as advanced. i bought it after 2 or 3 weeks of spinning and its great.
Posted: my first proper move was the butterfly - took ages to work out, as it didnt seem to fit in my head, but was fab when i got it.
also, buzzsaw is good.
you can try doing a 2 beat weave so you do a forward swing (same time) then cross one hand over the other to do a forward swing on the other side of your body, then back and repeat. (the idea is to cross your hands when the poi are working their way to the bottom of the circle.
hope that helps
i still hit myself when doing most of these moves - so its completely normal lol
Posted: easiest way i found to do the weave was to spin both poi in equal time then cross them over in front of me (so left is spinning on the right side and right is spinning on the left) then do 1 beat normal and 1 beat crossed. do this for a while then just do it in split time. Your brain will alter your hands after a while and it will just work
I find swaying my hips from side to side helped me with split time swinging when i first started....maybe I'm just odd.
If you are then so am i!
I still can't really split time without a bit of a wiggle. I shall use the excuse that it's my martial arts background, you have to put your whole body into it :P
You don't *need* to be able to split time to do : butterfly, high and low turns, chasing the sun, corkscrew. So rather than getting disheartened, have a go at a new move, as long as your forward swing is true there's no harm. Butterfly is a great place to go now, and there are a load of variations to keep you busy. I finally cracked butterfly by doing a giant butterfly (which is very easy and slow) and then just bringing it in. I do find with poi that the learning process isn't gradual. I do a move one hand at a time, get that smooth, then I try both and hit my self a lot. I can go for ages with no apparent progress, then something clicks in my brain (usually it's down to properly understanding the path the poi should take, and being able to visualise it - watching video in slow-mo helps). Once it's clicked I tend to have a move smooth and easy in about 10 mins - its the waiting for that point which is frustrating.