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Our Compendium of Knowledge on all things beyond Poi and Hoop. Scroll down and locate your particular toy of choice and get started!
This will teach you where you need to be in order to learn Poi-Hooping. It will provide videos than run through the basic Poi moves needed, as well as the basic Hooping techniques that will be integrated and combined. While this will start at the absolute beginner level of Poi-Hooping, it is best to know the basics of both Poi, and Hooping off the body. We’ll run through 2 beat weaves, 3 beat weaves, thread the needle, reel turns, windmills, corkscrews and some basic fountain patterns. Fair warning, some dexterity is required. As well as maintaining that fearless spirit (as hoops will come flying at your face quite often) Need Poi-Hoops? We’ll show you how to make them or where to buy them in our Gear: Beyond section.
Tash shall attempt to break down the wand into an understandable and comprehensible language. It’s pretty intuitive, but hopefully these beginner lessons will give you the tips and tricks to both keep the wand upright as well as dancing or creating illusions. This starts at the absolute beginner level of Wand play, and progresses you through keeping the wand upright, horizontal movement, vertical movement, turning, and finally basic stall techniques. Need a Wand? Well unless your and extremely crafty person with a working knowledge of physics, you probably won’t want to make one. We don’t even know. But we can show you the best places to buy them in our Gear: Beyond section!
These lessons will teach you both the basics of Staff spinning as well as the basics of Contact Staff. This will teach anyone from an absolute beginner’s perspective, and cover the most basic concepts, such as continuous spinning, turning, passing, and some basic contact moves utilizing the wrists, elbows, and neck. As always, some knowledge of poi, or off body hooping is beneficial but not necessary. And that fearlessness comes in handy when wielding a hefty, metal, fiery, and unforgiving staff. Need a Staff? We’ll show you some techniques to make a basic staff, as well as places to buy top quality ones. All in the Gear section.
These Double Staff lessons will walk you through both the unique terminology for staff, as well as implementing single staff concepts to be used with twice the props. While these can be viewed at from an absolute beginner’s perspective, it really is best to understand single Staff mechanics, such as basic weaves, turning and wrist movement. This will walk you through No-Beats, Timing, Butterfly combinations, as well as turning while in same direction or opposite direction, and reel turns, in 360 or 180. Again, prior knowledge of staff is best. And you must be twice as fearless, because there’s twice as much staff! Need Double Staff? We can teach you how to make very basic double staves with an emphasis on equal size/weight. But if you need something a little nicer/less stressful we can also tell you our favorite makers of Double Staff, both practice and performance. All in Gear!
These lessons on Meteor will get you past the frustrating stages of not knowing how to get your Meteor to remain in split time. For Meteor, it really is best to have a basic understanding of poi, and the terminology involved. But we can teach anyone who is specifically an absolute beginner of Meteor. This will cover keeping your Meteor going same direction/split time, or keeping it in Butterfly. It will walk you through the 2-Beat, 4-Beat, Butterfly, as well as turning, and basic stall maneuvers which will allow you to change directions without too much interruption. Need Meteor? We can teach you how to make Meteor, as well as where to buy them in the Gear section!
This will take you through the basic techniques needed to Contact Juggle. This begins at the perspective of an absolute beginner. It will walk you through basics of hand manipulation, the best way to cradle the ball, passing, moving the ball up, down and side to side, as well as some simple illusionary techniques. Need a Ball? Well, making actual contact juggling balls is pretty difficult. I’m sure someone has done it. But you can use an orange! Otherwise, we’ll show you which contact balls are best to start with, and where to find them!
3 Ball Juggling
In this 3 Ball Juggling series, we will teach the basics needed to keep your balls in the air, and hopefully with style. Anyone can learn this, as the lessons will be coming from an absolute beginner’s viewpoint. And, we encourage people of all skill sets, and non-spinners to try their hand at juggling, as it definitely improves hand-eye coordination. We’ll walk you through basic juggling, starting with 2, then moving on to 3 balls. How to hold them, when to throw, where to throw, how to keep the balls close to your body, as well as a fountain, and some other simple 3 ball techniques. Need 3 Balls? You can certainly make your own juggling balls or fashion them from any spherical object. We’ll show you how. Or we can tell you where to purchase top notch juggling balls. All in Gear!
3 Club Juggling
These videos will teach you the basics of 3 Club Juggling. While it is possible to start as an absolute beginner, it is best if you have the basics of 3 Ball Juggling first, as the same principles and concepts are going to be applied, but to a larger and more difficult tool. The series will begin with 2 balls/1 club, and progress to 3 clubs. This will help you understand the timing, as well as the spin that you need to put on the clubs to have them land just right each time. We’ll show you how to hold the clubs, a simple pattern, as well as some variations on the most basic juggling pattern. You will drop the clubs, quite alot. So be prepared to constantly be bending down to pick them up again. Need Clubs? While people can and do make their own clubs, there is skill needed to make them balanced. We will, however, show you our favorite clubs makers in the Gear Section.
These lessons will focus on the basic concepts associated with the mesmerizing art form of Buugeng. While we are calling it Buugeng, it is moreover the techniques used for S-Curves, and Buugeng is in specific reference to utilizing the toys and style created by Dai Zaobob. You can start from the absolute beginner’s perspective, but a basic working knowledge of double staff is very useful. In these lessons, we will cover grips, the positioning of your Buugeng, and begin unraveling the secrets to create the patterns specific to Buugeng. Thanks to Dai for his work and these awesome lessons. Need Buugeng? Well, since Buugeng are specific to those toys created by Dai, we can instead show you how to make your own S-Curves. We can also gladly show you where to purchase your own Buugeng! All in Gear.
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Do you have any ideas or suggestions for skill toys lessons? Let us know what you’d like to see. We understand that this does not nearly cover the spectrum of all skill toys, but if you would like to create a skill toys series for Beginner’s, tell us!
Oh, and please, no baby juggling.