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Salem_ArchfiendBRONZE Member
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A friend of mine was talking about different styles and he broke them all down into performance Poi and battle Poi. now i can tell the difference between the two, but Im curious as to what kind of movements and tricks one should execute. he said something about attack moves but i dont know what those are. do any of you?

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Mother_Natures_SonSILVER Member
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Posted:
I know nothing about battle Poi as thats just not my style. I don't 100% understand the idea of battles, you might more so, but would it perhaps be tech kinda stuff? Thats just a vague guess, though.

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Posted:
No tech, just make sure to have fun!

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DurbsBRONZE Member
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Posted:
"Battle poi"?
Sweet lord no...

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_Poiboy_PLATINUM Member
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Posted:
by battle do you mean a staged fight?
or a battle like breakdancers and such do?

the first one doesn't make much sense to categorize moves into, since it would be just pretending to almost hit the other person.

and i just don't like the second one

MuckySILVER Member
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Posted:
Well, I can't comment on staged combat with fire tools, since I think it's very difficult to avoid looking corny, but as far as breakdance-style battle, my brother and I sometimes have impromptu face-offs while we practice (he with staff, I with poi), and it's fun mimicking each others moves, but we aren't at all competitive about it. For us it isn't about winning, or being a better spinner - it's just an energetic display of building on each others techniques. It's a good practice technique, too, because it really forces you to rely on seamless transitions and great control. And it makes you practice moves you might otherwise feel inclined to skip or put off until later (as I find is often the case with my practices)! It's how my stepbrother and I started learning Devil Sticks, too.

We probably wouldn't ever do it outside a practice context, but I don't have anything against the idea - as long as everybody's friends at the end of the day.

Poi is all about performance anyway! So as far as "battle moves," I doubt there really are any that wouldn't otherwise fit into a normal performance Poi context; likewise any solid Poi move has a place in a "battle" type setting.

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MRCSILVER Member
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Posted:
I can't imagine there being a big difference. In any dance battle...you dance. Of course in each round you attempt to do at least one largely impressive move. I actually wish I saw more of this in fire dancing. I think without battles break dancing wouldn't even be what it is today, I think it's a good motivation for creativity.

SuchGOLD Member
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Well, when I battle Poi I like to fashion sharp instruments on my Poi in place of softness. After that I find the simple three beat most effective. You can tear up an army of zombies that way...

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SuchGOLD Member
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Posted:
Originally Posted By: doppelGangerWell, when I battle Poi I like to fashion sharp instruments on my Poi in place of softness. After that I find the simple three beat most effective. You can tear up an army of zombies that way...

Although there was that one time when I needed the 5-beat... boy what a mess.

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Posted:
Originally Posted By: doppelGangerOriginally Posted By: doppelGangerWell, when I battle Poi I like to fashion sharp instruments on my Poi in place of softness. After that I find the simple three beat most effective. You can tear up an army of zombies that way...

Although there was that one time when I needed the 5-beat... boy what a mess.

lol O.o scary thing is i have done this with knives... me and a mate got bored so we stuck knives on the ends of the chains and swang some 5 beats out well he did 3 beatsas hes only jsut started haha xD

SuchGOLD Member
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Posted:
What you need is to attach a Fire Sword on each one, that could get interesting smile

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Salem_ArchfiendBRONZE Member
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Posted:
OMG THATS SOOOOOOO off what i ment!!!! no competition or staged fight or anything like that, what i meant was the different ways you use you arsenel of moves... i guess, when i see some Poi artist like nick or yuta i see lots of "show moves" big anti spins lots flowery stuff and all that, when me and my friends spin we like to "Move through" our Poi and do really sharp turns and lots of aggresive expression through what we can do. i dont know... but ive been watching enough styles i can tell the diffrence now i just need someone else to be able to so i can make some attack moves

Broken!This somber heart betrays only what it knows. A tragedy if nothing less. It merely scrapes the bones.You fell for kiss and a gentle touch.Now lost and alone...You hold your grudge,Because all you ever wanted You never really wanted that much-Salem


Salem_ArchfiendBRONZE Member
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Posted:
with that person

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SuchGOLD Member
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Originally Posted By: Salem_ArchfiendOMG THATS SOOOOOOO off what i ment!!!! no competition or staged fight or anything like that, what i meant was the different ways you use you arsenel of moves... i guess, when i see some Poi artist like nick or yuta i see lots of "show moves" big anti spins lots flowery stuff and all that, when me and my friends spin we like to "Move through" our Poi and do really sharp turns and lots of aggresive expression through what we can do. i dont know... but ive been watching enough styles i can tell the diffrence now i just need someone else to be able to so i can make some attack moves

smile I know, I was joking.

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MuckySILVER Member
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Do you mean moves that *look* more like attacks? Rather than moves that are all big flair and showy impressiveness? That would still fall under "performance" moves, if it's meant strictly to entertain an audience...

Perhaps you should consider looking into Rope Dart techniques - the Rope Dart originated as a weapon and many of the basic moves are derived from attacks from this weapon... It's much longer than Poi, and a lot of fun when you get the hang of it!

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SuchGOLD Member
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Posted:
Why don't you tell us the difference between the two? smile

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Mother_Natures_SonSILVER Member
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Posted:
Who are you talking to, doppelGanger, and in reference to what? I'd have a punt at answering your question if you're addressing Mucky, but if you're addressing Salem_Archfiend then I can't help you there. smile

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SuchGOLD Member
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Posted:
Originally Posted By: Salem_Archfiendnow i can tell the difference between the two

I was addressing Salem smile

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Posted:
Originally Posted By: doppelGangerWell, when I battle Poi I like to fashion sharp instruments on my Poi in place of softness. After that I find the simple three beat most effective. You can tear up an army of zombies that way...

three beat weave would be totally ineffective in battle as theres always one side of you exposed, leaving you open to attack.....i found this out whilst scrapping with a staff spinner!

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MuckySILVER Member
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Posted:
Mods, that depends on your timing - you can easily "cover" both sides of you with a 3-beat. It'd still be ineffective, but not for that reason! I'd bet on the staff every time, unless you have Poi made of sharp rocks. In which case the staffer would probably have a staff of shark's teeth... Or lasers...

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hamamelisBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Yeah.. lightsabers for teh win..

I've seen a 'battle scene' in a show done as Poi spinners vs staffers- about 20 of each, looks pretty effective from a distance even if it blatantly doesn't work close up.

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jarleGOLD Member
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Posted:
Lightsaber combat is all twirling anyway. Especially Darth Maul...

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animatEdBRONZE Member
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Posted:
I think I see what Salem Archfiend is on about.

Rather than 'attack and defence', I think 'passive and aggressive' are better terms. Kinda like yin and yang...

I do however, smell hippies. wink

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LevFiredance Philosopher
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Location: Vancouver BC Canada


Posted:
There's a video of nick doing a kobuki/kyojen fight with double club spin vs staff that's pretty decent (actual contact fight, not just jams as you guys are talking about).
The Poi spinning he did was amazing though.

I think there is no "real" difference between "battle" Poi and other Poi, as I have no reason to think so.

What I do know is that there's a certain energy when you mimic someone that feels really really good, and that the energy is free and expressive for me and would wither under cage and spotlight.

Mother_Natures_SonSILVER Member
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Posted:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zJR6SeaWUD8
This, Lev??

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TheAmazingBazBRONZE Member
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Posted:
Originally Posted By: Salem_Archfiendhe said something about attack moves but i dont know what those are. do any of you?

From this, I think he was referring to "double chain whip" kung fu type moves, and not glowstringer/breakdancer type battling.

There is a great DVD series put out by John Su called "Rock Solid Double Chain Whip" (I've only seen volumes 1 and 2, but there may be more).
It actually covers a very unusual list of moves, as a lot of the technique is based on the 3 beat weave, but has a lot of rope-dart style through-wraps and "shots" thrown in. And, of course, there are also the standard acrobatic kung fu type moves (flips, jumping up and down while seated on the ground, etc), but this time incorporating the darts.

Of course, every serious weapons-based martial artist I've spoken to over the years has told me that using a flexable weapon (like a rope-dart or heavy chain) in a real fight is a really bad idea. Not only because your reaction time is limited to the speed at which you can bring the weapon back around (specifically 1 beat in Poi terms), but also because your reach is pretty lousy (being neither a close in, grapple-friendly weapon, nor an accurate mid-range weapon like a sword).

Of course, if your friend meant dance battles, the only real guidelines are a) be able to "imitate, then innovate" (be able to copy the "opponent's" moves, but kick them up a notch), and b) look cooler when you spin (better posture, footwork, and general dance ability).
But battling is so very 2001 - which is to say, out of style for a decade and considered pretty lame these days.

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astonSILVER Member
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Posted:
Originally Posted By: TheAmazingBazOf course, every serious weapons-based martial artist I've spoken to over the years has told me that using a flexable weapon (like a rope-dart or heavy chain) in a real fight is a really bad idea. Not only because your reaction time is limited to the speed at which you can bring the weapon back around (specifically 1 beat in Poi terms), but also because your reach is pretty lousy (being neither a close in, grapple-friendly weapon, nor an accurate mid-range weapon like a sword).

It is also harder to control when hitting someone than a solid weapon is since the rebound is not entirely predictable....

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MuckySILVER Member
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Posted:
I don't mean to hijack this thread - but my background is martial arts long before performance twirling, and I've always loved flexible weapons, even for sparring. They do have many drawbacks, but if you train to use them for their strengths, you'll do fine. As far as close-in grappling, if you can use chain weapons to bind the arms, hands, or other parts of the opponent, you're in good condition. Most people's problem is only that they try to use it like a weapon they're familiar with. And as far as reaction times - that's just a matter of training to use your momentum effectively. Most of the "moves" you see people training in are showy and impressive, but not good for a fight.

And as for rebound - well, get a heavier weapon! One hit should do the trick, no need to worry about rebound! wink

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astonSILVER Member
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Posted:
tongue2

I never said that they were ineffective, just harder to be effective with. Or at least that is what I meant....

A sword is fairly straight forward (hold the blunt end, stick the pointy end into the other person) but nunchaku take some getting used to. Both can be effective in the right hands.

And I was more worried about hitting myself on a rebound. But training would obviously help....

Dragging this back on topic... I do not really get the battling scene, but it could be fun if taken as a "show me what you can do and I will reciprocate" type of thing.

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"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
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V_RegalGOLD Member
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Posted:
Hehe. I'm pretty good at using knives... ;]
But I'd rather a meteor chain than Poi in a real battle any day.
If it's a show battle, then Poi might be better, if you can throw. Besides, a meteor chain derived from the Meteor Hammer, which is a real one I enjoy using, and you can essentially use a temporary, makeshift one by tangling/knotting the handle ends of your Poi.

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LevFiredance Philosopher
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Location: Vancouver BC Canada


Posted:
Poi emulate double 9section whip FYI.

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