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rauridh



Joined: 22 Sep 2007
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:25 am    Post subject: poi

how easy is it to pick up poi?
is it something you can progress in rapidly?
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Royal



Joined: 30 Aug 2007
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 2:33 am    Post subject:

Depends. Some people pick it up easily. A lot of people are clumsy like me and just hit things though. Won't know unless you try!
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daisylou



Joined: 24 Sep 2006
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:17 am    Post subject:

yeah took me about 2 weeks to learn the weave but ive taught it to people who have gone 'oh so it just goes like this' (successfully do it) and im like 'er yeah, just like that' hehe
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cant_think_of_a_name



Joined: 25 Jul 2007
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:20 am    Post subject:

I think it makes a difference whether you teach yourself or someone else teaches you though.
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rauridh



Joined: 22 Sep 2007
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 3:39 am    Post subject:

would you say its harder or easier than cjing?
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cant_think_of_a_name



Joined: 25 Jul 2007
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:10 am    Post subject:

Well obviously they're quite different things and it will be different for everyone but personally I found it easier to get the basics of poi than the basics of contact. Again, I had someone to show me poi and noone to show me contact though!
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rauridh



Joined: 22 Sep 2007
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 4:21 am    Post subject:

thanks!
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daisylou



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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 5:01 am    Post subject:

go to spitalfields and learn there if you dont already....loadsa spinners there

also sign up to homeofpoi.com

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cant_think_of_a_name



Joined: 25 Jul 2007
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Posted: Sat Oct 06, 2007 9:30 am    Post subject:

I use a new zealand based site called Poi Poi too. The vids on there are pretty good.
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mot
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Posted: Sun Oct 07, 2007 4:30 pm    Post subject:

I'd say, generalizing wildly, that poi is easier to pick up than contact. It all depends on how far you want to take it. Heres a few tricks to get you started.

http://www.motsplace.com/poi/list.html
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:32 am    Post subject:

my grandma recently bought me some poi, but shes lives in seattle, hopefully ill get them soon, but ive always wanted to get into poi but never really have
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Royal



Joined: 30 Aug 2007
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 3:52 am    Post subject:

Your grandma gives you poi?!?!

All I ever get from my grandma are sweaters with weird pictures on them...
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sylver_cat



Joined: 26 Aug 2007
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Location: Montréal! yeah!

Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 4:55 am    Post subject:

ah ha!

....well, I shouldn't laugh, I don't have any grandmas anymore
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rauridh



Joined: 22 Sep 2007
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:41 pm    Post subject:

with kind of poi would you recommend for a beginner?
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PorcuBrine
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Joined: 19 Jul 2005
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Posted: Mon Oct 08, 2007 11:49 pm    Post subject:

I would say get some long socks (stripy ones always look good) weigh out an equal amount of rice/plastic beads for each one (I'd say about 150-200 grams or thereabouts). Pour it in then tie a single knot at the open end as a handle and to keep the filling inside.

then give them some really fast spins to start getting rid of the stretch, et voila, Poi.

I would say ignore the tail poi, or any string poi. String tangles and knot and will make you angry, socks tend not to tangle and allow you to do a whole load of moves that are much more difficlut with string.

I think if you're enthusiastic then you can pick up the basics pretty quickly compared to some manipulation arts. Getting the flow takes a lot of dedication though and is a lot more than just learning moves and transitions.
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