learning to poi

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I thought that instead of buying another computer game id give poi a try. Im quite co-ordinated and can do diabolo a bit. Ive heard that buying some ankle socks and putting 2 tennis balls in the bottoms of them is good enough but would something like this be better
http://www.anti-gravity.org.uk/acatalog/Anti_Gravity_Home_Other_Stuff_17.html
Cobra Classic Poi

as they have the proper finger straps. of course tennis balls are still going to cost abit aswell as the ankle socks


opinions please
 
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just get a real pair (not the fire ones) and practice.

lots of sites on the net show you in slow motion how to do the moves, then its just down to practice.
 
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Phantom said:
do it with fire.

(in a park or on a beach at night...and everyone becomes your friend :p)

id want to learn normal poi then do it in a nightclub. Ive seen a couple of people do it with glowsticks when i was quite wasted and it looked awesome
 
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I always wanted to get into it, ltos of my friends does it, so I got some last week from www.homeofpoi.com

Got some LCD ones, the beauty of them is that they weight similar to the fire poi so if i move up to them the adjustment to the weight is easier.

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raymond - i didnt know you can get lcd ones. how long to the batteries last and do they look tacky or not? also where from? im going into antigravity today i think in the corn exchange in leeds to have a look at what they have in store
 
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geeza said:
raymond - i didnt know you can get lcd ones. how long to the batteries last and do they look tacky or not? also where from? im going into antigravity today i think in the corn exchange in leeds to have a look at what they have in store

that site i linked to sells them, you can get them in 1 colour or ones that changes, I got the colour changing ones. battery shoiuld last a while, there are 3 small battery inside and its only a tiny LCD. plus you dont have to have them on to practice. Just when if you are doing them at night it looks so cool !
 
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My mate introduced me to Poi last summer, it's such a load of fun once you get the hang of it, though I can only really do 3 beat weave really. I always end up getting over confident, going too fast, then either hiitng myself in the face, or worse, in the balls.

My mates ones had quite short tails. The longer tails get annoying when you're first practicing, but they do look good once you're actually doing it right.
 
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DaveyD said:
My mate introduced me to Poi last summer, it's such a load of fun once you get the hang of it, though I can only really do 3 beat weave really. I always end up getting over confident, going too fast, then either hiitng myself in the face, or worse, in the balls.

My mates ones had quite short tails. The longer tails get annoying when you're first practicing, but they do look good once you're actually doing it right.


Slow and steady is the way to go. You get much more time to think about what you're doing, and more importantly, more time to avoid them when they're about to hit you in the head!

Definitely get some of the 'softer' practice ones before you move on to fire. Fire poi are much more fun to use, the sound of it rushing close past your head is brilliant and the pictures you can take are amazing. I might post some up when I get home...

The cobra practice ones are a pretty good place to start, the heavier LED ones will be more painful and may stop you trying to learn things as you dont want to be hit. Another option is to buy some juggling balls (the soft 4 panel ones) and put them in a pair of socks - the bonus here being that you get to learn to juggle too :)

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SidewinderINC said:
i assume you mean buy a football :confused:

football sucks, poi rocks! FACT!

i'm off to get myself a set of poi later today :)


i also want to learn nunchaku kata at some point in the next 5 years!

I did mean buy, wasn't paying much attention when I wrote that.

I wouldn't mind Poi, if I hadn't experienced it in my living room. This particular hippy demonstrated a clear lack of common sense despite her Poi skills. I'm suprised she didn't set them on fire before swinging them 5 inches away from my TV. :p
 
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