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spryte
member
Location: Canada
Member Since: 2nd Feb 2001
Total posts: 45
Posted:I've been spinning Poi since November, and I lit them up for the first time in January.When I wanted to play with fire happened alot earlier, I was about 3 and I saw a fire juggler/swallower/Blower. I was mesmorized. I didn't know how he could do that without getting burnt. When I went up to him to ask he said he was born with dragon skin. I believed himI always watched fire performers with AWE I always loved the idea of flirting with the raw element.But it was in my mind "thats for the professionals" ( You know the ones with dragon skin ) I went to Pennsic war in August and there I saw some performers at "The Rouge Vs. the Beer party."As I watched them perform, I thought then Why cant I do it? Its not JUST for professionals... I mean THEY had to start somewhere. When they were done I went over to introduce myself..... But forgot I was holding up my boyfriend( he was tryiing to help the rouge tackle thier foe so I had to support him)... He fell down a hill and I had to go help him get up... When I got back up the hill the fire performers were gone. It took me a while to find out what it was called so that could find it on the internet. But here I am. and spinning and loving it!~spryte~

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Dragon7
Dragon7

addict
Location: Aotearoa (NZ)
Member Since: 17th Oct 2003
Total posts: 625
Posted:Yea i know exactly how that feels, no matter how good you get there will always be moves that you missed along the way...unless you have some serious teacher and you put way to much time and effort into it.

I started fire staff when i was 8, in the islands thats normal...the people there are just gods...they spin form real early on and by the time most of them are 20 they are elite. I came home and continued staff under my grandfather, untill i blew myself up and had afew years rest. Although i still had a fair amount of different weapons training.

Then about 10yrs ago my g-friend brought some fire poi home and i went out and pretty much made a new staff that day...we've been burning hard ever since...so much so, give me afew months and ill retire...

The thing is, to me, it dont really matter how long you have been spinning, its how much you get out of it and how much your williing to put back in...there will always be elite, ill settle for being a happy average. meditate


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MiG
MiG

Self-Flagellation Expert
Location: Bogged at CG
Member Since: 16th Apr 2004
Total posts: 3415
Posted:Its about a month since i first saw a set of poi, which was the same night i first picked them up, which was the first time i lit up smile been practicing pretty flat out since then.

"beg beg grovel beg grovel"
"master"
--FSA

"There was an arse there, i couldn't help myself"
--Rougie

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Kapura Mataaro
Kapura Mataaro

HoP resident longboarder.
Location: Tasmania, Australia
Member Since: 11th Jan 2004
Total posts: 195
Posted:ubbidea spinning? mucking around for about 3 years....actually trying? about a year, i have learnt so much in that year that it isn't funny....

just being slightly offtopic how long are you a newbie for?


"surely a longboarding fire spinner should have no trouble getting some action!"- NYC....

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woodnymph
woodnymph

member
Location: london,uk
Member Since: 14th Sep 2003
Total posts: 313
Posted:It's my one year anniversary! ubbloveAnd i'm still a newbie by my standards........

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Rossco
Rossco

Official HoP hobbity potato monster!
Location: Cardiff, The Diffshire
Member Since: 4th Mar 2004
Total posts: 434
Posted:11 months of poi! biggrin biggrin
2 months of staff! biggrin
1 week of meteor! redface
2 hours of juggling! mad


O.B.E.S.E. Official Potato man.

Remeber kids.... Its all fun and games until someone loses a bol**ck! biggrin

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Parafinfairy
Parafinfairy

old hand
Location: Adelaide
Member Since: 5th Sep 2003
Total posts: 845
Posted:I can't believe that its been about 3 years now. I did have a break from it when I moved to France and its only recently that I've started learning stuff again. Went through a phase when I just didn't feel inspired by it but I'm over that now and ready to learn lots of new things biggrin

Slicing the Loaf as we speak.

I need it..... Trust me!

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FireSpirit
FireSpirit

Classic 90's Fire Dancer... Poi, Staff, Doubles, and Breathing
Location: South Lake Tahoe
Member Since: 29th Mar 2001
Total posts: 743
Posted:I was given the Gift of Fire as my high school Graduation Gift in 1997 from one of my best friends. She gave my two sisters and I practice poi a month before. We got a few solid moves down, and a couple partner moves and we lit them up on Graduation night!! Been Dancing ever since weavesmiley

I can't believe its been almost 7 years now! eek I now spinn staff and double staff, I blow and eat fire as well. ubblove What can I say I am a Fire Freek! biggrin

~Fire Spirit


FIRE IS ALIVE!
IT LIVES AND BREATHS!
IT CONSUMES, AND DISTROYS!
BUT WE CONTROL IT,
AND DANCE WITH FIRE!!

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Kombi guy
Kombi guy

HOP OM
Location: HOP Central, New Zealand
Member Since: 21st Nov 2003
Total posts: 223
Posted:I saw a young girl twirling fire poi at a party about 9 years ago weavesmiley. I must of watched her twirling for half the night, totally blown away by the combination of fire and dance. eek The next day I asked her to give me a lesson on twirling. Ive been addicted ever since. smile ubbrollsmile

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DFZ
DFZ

Christian Death Metal Anyone?
Location: Ipswich, Queensland
Member Since: 16th Apr 2004
Total posts: 313
Posted:i've been doing staff for about a year and now my little brother is learning and he is only ten.

Shin: a device for finding furniture in the dark.

If you were going to shoot a mime, would you use a silencer?
-- Steven Wright

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:*throws this down the stairs*

wink


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flid
flid

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire
Member Since: 27th Aug 2002
Total posts: 3136
Posted:cruelty to smilies will not be tollerated!

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:ubblol

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pricklyleaf
pricklyleaf

with added berries
Location: Manchester
Member Since: 7th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1365
Posted:I've been spinning for about a year, my friend introduced me to them on a uni trip. I had a go, was instantly addicted. I had a go spinning fire that night (even though it was just circles by my side and butterflys). I bought practice poi as soon as I got back and fire about amonth later.

Live like there is no tomorrow,
dance like nobody is watching
and hula hoop like wiggling will save the world.

What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

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albotross
albotross

member
Location: nsw, gunnedah
Member Since: 30th May 2006
Total posts: 52
Posted:iv been spining since 2003. im not very advanced for the time ive been doing it, but in that tym, iv also learnt ball, club, knife, cup, plate, and hat juggling, staff, stilts, diabolo, meteore, clowd swing, sward, meteorite, eating, breathing, fans, and club swinging. so i have a very wide range of skills.

The nite is nearly over, day is almost here. Romans 13:12

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MagsKat
MagsKat

Don't feed her cookies
Location: Surrey side
Member Since: 22nd Aug 2007
Total posts: 113
Posted:I've been poi- ing for about a month now, i had a freidn who used to spin fire an i thought it was stunning, never got round to buying some poi until a few weeks ago when bored at work i thought screw it! i want to learn!

So here i am.. bought a nice staff yesterday and have been working on the basic contact stuff for a few hours..

So glad that i was having a slow day at work otherwise i would have missed out on so much!


Formally known as kat224

We are not friends.. we never were.. but if i was part of your life then i thank you

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Fire_Moose
Fire_Moose

Elusive and Bearded
Location: Scottsdale, AZ
Member Since: 2nd May 2007
Total posts: 3597
Posted:YAY STAFF! It's way better then poi (:P).


I picked up staff about 5 months ago, i still suck.


O.B.E.S.E.

Owned by Mynci!

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JauntyJames
JauntyJames

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Hampshire College, MA, USA
Member Since: 22nd Dec 2004
Total posts: 3533
Posted:Roooaaar! Dinosaur thread!

I have been spinning as long as my reg date indicates.


-James

"How do you know if you're happy or sad without a mask? Or angry? Or ready for dessert?"

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Posted:I wish it was longer but I been spinning for about 4 months now.

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T-S-A
T-S-A

Magic Monkey Juice
Location: Saaf Ingerland Innet
Member Since: 21st May 2009
Total posts: 252
Posted:Sorry to dig up such an old thread tongue2

I started about 4 years ago for a month or 2, a freind at college had just started learning and let me use his. Learned 3 beat weave and butterfly, but then left my poi in a box for yearssssss.

Dug them out again about 4 months ago, picked up from where I left off all them years ago and now spin for an hour or 2 each day.

Wish I hadn't put them down now, I would love to have 4 years of solid poi experience behind me now frown

I think it would be quite interesting for some of the people who were beginners at the start of the thread to tell us how far they have come since posting first time smile


"We were making castles in the sand: Now we swim in the seas that swept them away"

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UCOF
UCOF

Carpal \'Tunnel

Member Since: 17th Apr 2002
Total posts: 15414
Posted:7 years for me now...

shocked


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Mother_Natures_Son
Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!
Member Since: 1st Aug 2007
Total posts: 2418
Posted:1 year, 10 months.

hug

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crimson rose
stranger

Member Since: 29th May 2009
Total posts: 9
Posted:almost 3 yrs for me now. start about 4yrs ago got into fire pretty quick but left my pois at macers one night and they threw them out!!!!!
partner brought me some more a yr later and ive become more and more addicted!! just starting to leart staff and fire hackey my god that is fun!!


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MelissaRhae
MelissaRhae

I have dibbs on Zack Attack
Location: Nyssa, OR
Member Since: 25th Apr 2006
Total posts: 11
Posted:I have been interested in poi for years and I made myself a set of poi about two years ago. But about two weeks ago I really started to practice with a new set of poi that I made that don't hurt as much when you wack yourself in the head(socks and water ballons) . smile So for about two weeks. But I got the poibug bad. I don't want to leave my house with out my poi becasue you never know when you are going to get some down time and may be able to bust out a few moves for practice. Anyone else like that, or am i just weirder than I thought ? lol

I am not smiling because I am happy... I am smiling becasue you have all finally driven me insane!

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Chloe'
Chloe'

enthusiast
Location: SouthDakota, USA
Member Since: 27th Jan 2009
Total posts: 324
Posted:Its been a while for me. Got introduced to it January of my freshman year in high school and will be a senior this fall. Had to take a break for about a year though. Have yet to light up because for one I don't trust my skills and even if I did I don't have the money. Want to start fans and possibly staff. But the money is an issue and so is time to learn.
And MelissaRhae: I would always take my sets with me for about 6 months...


Listen to Your heartbeat and dance...

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Seye
Seye

Geek
Location: Manchester, UK
Member Since: 27th Mar 2005
Total posts: 1261
Posted:Originally Posted By: UnscrupulousChavOffersFoot7 years for me now...

shocked
Same here!

How long before we officially qualify as 'old-skool'?


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Mother_Natures_Son
Mother_Natures_Son

Rampant whirler.
Location: Geelong, Victoria, Australia!
Member Since: 1st Aug 2007
Total posts: 2418
Posted:Originally Posted By: Seye

How long before we officially qualify as 'old-skool'?

Was the 5 beat amazing? If it was, then you're old skool. tongue2


hug

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aston
aston

Unofficial Chairperson of Squirrel Defense League
Location: South Africa
Member Since: 2nd Dec 2007
Total posts: 4061
Posted:That makes me old-skool. tongue2

I have been spinning since July/August 2006.


'We're all mad here. I'm mad, you're mad." [said the Cat.]
"How do you know I'm mad?" said Alice.
"You must be," said the Cat, "Or you wouldn't have come here."
- Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures In Wonderland

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zwok
sticker
Location: Finland
Member Since: 27th Jun 2009
Total posts: 2
Posted:I'm 15 years old i've been spinning with flowersticks for many years...last year I went to an event with lots of workshops, i spent three days in a workshop called Fire-art. I made myself some great devilsticks, my first fire toy. Some days ago i got my fire poi ready too...I also do juggling, unicycleing, yo-yoing and i walk on slacklines etc..

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Viking
stranger
Location: Amsterdam
Member Since: 26th Jun 2009
Total posts: 6
Posted:I've been practising poi for almost two years now, some friends of mine used to do it and the first time I saw people do it was on a festival (Castlefest, best Dutch festival there is, with fire-shows and stuff like that!). I tried to do a 3-beat weave and it really pissed me of that it looked some much easier then it was for me at the time.. I kept hitting myself.. tongue2

Back at home I tried to make some sockpoi to start practising, but I had no tennisballs or juggling balls, so I just grabbed some oranges. I've spent the rest of the day trying to clean all the orange spots from the furniture and ceiling.. xD

And occassionally I pick up my diabolo. I got that one when I was still a 5-year old, or something like that. It was really difficult back then to get the hang of it, which had me demotivated for years, it is only now that I've started to teach myself some nice diabolo tricks again.

That's about all my spinning experience. Oh, wait; someone taught me a staffmove a year ago, it looks very crappy when i do it, but it is something! tongue2


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Pasta of Muppets
Location: in the interwebs...
Member Since: 1st Sep 2004
Total posts: 2719
Posted:5 years now, and counting. The main reason I still love it is the cameraderie that associates the spinning community. I can honestly say I have made lifelong friends through this art. Plus, it still looks cool smile

ohmygodlaserbeamspewpewpew!
ubbrollsmileubbrollsmileubbrollsmileubbrollsmile

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