Why only counting the down-swings of the poi will confuse you

In this video we explore in-depth, succinctly, definitively, and with much Incan civilization ruins in the background, why only counting the down-swings of the poi will limit you!

Rhythm with Weaves

Continuing our exploration of moving with the music, here's a look at rhythm with weaves. The music track is Robot Motivation by The Polish Ambassador.

Making sure you know 4-petal antispin flowers

You can make as many petals as you want when playing with antispin flowers. 4-petal flowers are especially important because it flows so well with the cardinal directions (up, down, side, side) and also 4/4 music. But many people get confused between 4-petals and 4 down-swings. It's important to know that a 4-petal flower only has 3 down-swings (3 circles of the poi). This video helps you get the difference. 

How to Truly Dance with Poi: Rhythm with Reels

I rarely see people actually moving with the music when they're playing poi. There is a reason for this. Until you've explored the different ways you can move the poi with the music, you will probably be stuck. You have to start exploring how the rhythm of the up-swings and in-swings and out-swings and down-swings are all very important. Here we use reels as an example. Even if you've been comfortable with the reels for years there is a chance you're still not getting how to do it with the music! So do try to follow along and test yourself. Enjoy!

The track is "Get Your Damn Hands Off My Synthesizer" by The Polish Ambassador. He releases all his music with a creative-commons copy right and they've given me permission to use his music in my poi videos as long as I provide all the links back etc. It's awesome music to do check it out!

Poi-Fu for Capped Swoopy Swoops

Swoopty Swoop Switchy Backsies are based, deeply, on some good poi-fu!

Awesome Instructable on Making a Sweet Pair of Practice Poi

Nathan Vandevyver sent me a link to his awesome instructable on making a sweet pair of practice poi. Really nice design!

Just click through to see all 9 easy steps. Might be a great Christmas present for somebody? 

Some Philosophy Regarding Attitude

Some moves can be learned in a day or a week, or even 15 minutes. Some other patterns, like flowers or the Floopy-Floop Switchbacks can take months or years. But with the right attitude there's nothing frustrating about that. It can be a very rewarding journey. In this video I share some thoughts about attitude using my own journey with guitar and singing as an example, and a beautiful piece of music I hope to some day play well! The guitar piece is Nuvole Bianche - Ludovico Einaudi - arranged for guitar by Les Cheetham and I invite you to watch the whole thing!

Capped Swoopty-Swoop Switchbacks (Opposite CAPs Switchbacking w/ 4-Petal Antispin/Extension)

I've been getting requests for something more advanced, so here we're looking at a pattern that uses several different skills together. It will take several videos to go over all the lead-up skills, and then I'll post a video showing how to put it all together. Enjoy!

Opening into Extended Whirling from Weaves and Windmills

Opening into extended whirling is fun. It's like flying. It's like having super powers. It's like... space bending. To do it well takes some practice and patience! Here's how...

Exiting Spiral Wraps

Getting into spiral wraps is one thing, exiting them well is another. The good news is that there's a trick that works for most people, Big thanks to Andy Hoenigschmid who showed me this trick at the Poi Studio years ago! :) :)

Wall Planes, Saloon Doors, and Orbing: Important Prerequisites for Lots of Poi Goodness!

Control of your planes is essential to a lot of great poi spinning patters. In this video we look at "Saloon Doors," an approach to gaining skill through a full range of motion around the axis of wall planes. This will be a prerequisite for several other poi patterns and explorations!

4X4 Fountain + a Special Way to Turn with the Weaves = A Beautiful Flow

In this poi lesson we look at how to turn with the weaves high on one side and low on the other, which creates a poi pattern that looks much like the 4X4 fountain. Flowing between these high-low weavs and the 4X4 results in a beautiful flow!

The Secret of Turning with Weaves with Controlled Planes

Learning to turn with the weaves is one thing, learning to control your planes as you turn is another. Here we look at the secrets of using rhythm to understand turns, and how a friendly wall can give silent advice! :)

The Best Video Yet on Learning the 4X4 Fountain: Now You Have No Excuses! :)

The 4x4 fountain is by far my favourite version of the fountain. If you don't know it you're missing out. This video is how I now teach it after ten years of teaching poi!

Getting Started with Poi Flowers

Poi flowers are great. They feel good, they look good, and they require you to develop skill with your planes and rhythm everywhere you can reach your arms. But  playing with flowers takes time! This video shows you how to get started.