Some popular poi
tricks include: reels, weaves, fountains, crossovers and windmills.
The more skilled the spinner, the more complex and subtle tricks they can pull. Some more advanced tricks involve body wraps, which involve wrapping a poi string around an arm or leg, then pulling it to swing the poi back in the opposite direction. Split time and split direction moves are possible, and some of the more difficult moves, such as the 'five beat weave', isolations or hyperloop require a considerable amount of manual dexterity
and fine timing to accomplish. Manual strength is not a factor, as power and control come from good timing.
There are several basic classes of trick. The two poi are usually spun in parallel plane
, and can be spun in the same direction (weaves) or opposite directions (butterflies). Moves such as stalls and wraps can change direction of one poi to change between these two classes.
Weaves are a class of trick based around the "basic weave".
The basic (3 beat) weave
Considered by many poi swingers to be one of the staple moves, this is often one of the first few tricks learned by new poi swingers. The poi are swung 180 degrees out of phase with each other, in a forward rotation. As one of the poi reaches its highest point it is swung down across the front of the body. When the poi that was swung across the body reaches its lowest point, the second poi is at its highest point on the same side of the body. The second poi is then... Read More