Fire Spinning Tricks For Beginners

3 Tricks Every Poi Beginner Should Perfect

It’s all in the muscle memory, they say. And it’s true, to an extent. But to get those muscles to memorize the moves, you need to practice those moves over, and over, and then over again, until they got it just right.

This should come as comforting to all the aspiring poi spinners out there. It means that that all those impressive moves are indeed within the reach of possible. But not just yet; you need to start where all fellow poi wielders did – at the beginning. So let’s cover some of the basic moves that beginners should master.

Get Your Gear Ready

But first, you need something to spin with, so you might want to get yourself some poi. Now, your first ever poi is best kept simple, meaning that all you need for your initial practice gear is a pair of socks, and something to put inside them. That something can be juggling balls, tennis balls, bean bags, balloons full of rice, or indeed anything that would give your poi weight on the other end. What’s left is to tie a few knots, and you’re good to go.

Look At Them Moves

Now that you’ve got a nice, shining piece of toy, let’s do some tricks!

* The Weave: one of the easier for a beginner to master, and a good foundation for the more advanced tricks later on. Mind you that there is a ton of variation here, and I’ll only explain the fundamental, 2-beat weave. You start off as you always do, but instead of endlessly swinging poi by the sides, you begin crossing your hands over each other with one hand always on top. This trick is great for getting your hands to work together, so make sure to switch them in order to train each side equally. Practice the movement without the poi first, until you get the hang of it.

* The Butterfly: this is a lovely illusory trick; it’s almost as if the poi heads are bouncing of each other. I say almost, because we know that those hands that you should hold together while you spin poi in opposite directions allow a little space for the poi to spin without crashing. When starting the move, one of the hands should be posed a little higher than the other, with the distance between them slowly lessening to a point where hands seemingly level and poi seemingly collide, but of course the both never quite do.

* Flowers: perhaps a bit more demanding trick then the previous two; it demands a lot from your shoulder too. Start first by drawing a big circle with your poi, and then occasionally pause mid-air to form smaller ones that go in the same direction. First practice forming one small circle at the top, then one at the bottom, and then on the sides. Combine them all together in the end for an amazing effect.

This is all just to get you starting, assuming that you already know to hold your poi and similar basics. With every new learned trick comes ardent desire to learn the next. The 3 above will provide a good foundation for that next trick. Also the other one after that.


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