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Location: France Lorraine

I am looking for information about playing poi with the head,
Pungmul is a traditional dance of Korea with ribbon hats that looks like pois.

Some Pungmul documentation

UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

And video on YouTube / Pungmul

I haven’t found technical documentation about the poi:
* Weight of the poi?
* Rope or stick to hold the poi?
* How is made the hat?
* How to fix the hat on the head?
* Technical moves?

I tried and it works well with:
* A GoPro Head Strap on witch I replace the camera by a poi ( but a helmet is better)
* The poi is a standard tennis ball with no ribbon or flag
* A 65 cm (25 inches) rope

Thank you

12 posts

That sounds a good project integrating with the cultural dance. How's your research so far?

2 posts
Location: France Lorraine

An old version was created near 1960 1965 and was sold as a toy "swing wing"
This toy was forbidden because it is dangerous. ( neck and cerebral injuries)

An other version is a dance movement called “Headbanging”
Health problems are neck and brain damage

I did it with no neck or brain problem but I had a strong back pain ( lumbago) the first week of training, I did it after but not too fast and after a good warming up and I had no problem.

An other problem for the beginnners is to be dizzy (seasick) with nausea.

So if you do it you must know the risk and take your responsibility.

MalcolmSAPPHIRE Member
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Location: New Zealand

Thanks for the update :)

May your balls always burn

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