Drex's Tech Poi Blog #362: Straight Jackets

This is one of those moves that is so epically much more work than is ultimately worth it, but man is it bragging rights! Straight jackets are like crossers, but from a place where you arms are pretzeled around each other so you have almost no mobility. Part of the challenge is that it's nearly impossible to practice them without getting the entrance (from a barrel roll) down first. Not for the faint of heart--use soft poi!

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #322: Toroid Triangle Rhapsody (how to)

Based upon the toroids I uploaded the previous Monday (, here's a long how-to on how you can perform each of them and integrate these toroid triangles into your spinning.


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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #318: Wheel plane opposites inversions

As promised: here is a breakdown of how to perform a split-opposites inversion in wheel plane. It's helpful to think of it as the path of the inversion being tilted up and around so that the rules we're used to get reversed for the hand that is going backwards.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #319: Inversions from all Atomic orientations

This is an update on a previous video. Originally I thought that inversions differed from tangles in that they could be entered into from either a tangle or an atom (clash or mesh), but it turns out they can be entered into from any atom. There are stack and crane atom-based inversions as well.


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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #316: 128 Inversions

The confluence of a lot of work in the past few months--here is a systematized method for learning and drilling inversions that covers all wall and wheel plane inversions as well as all the atomic orientations you can get out of a base-8 system of orientation.

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Poi Dancing: Spinning on MLK Day 2013

The tradition continues! Got outside to get some flow on and try out some new ideas on MLK Day in Dupont Circle here in DC.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #311: Putting it all together--toroids and inversions

The past few weeks I've played around with a lot of toroids and inversions on this tech blog--here are some ways to work between some of the patterns we've played with. Arashi likes to think of there being harmonics that share specific points within a circle. You can simplify this concept slightly more and just say that there are some vertical planes and horizontal planes and each represent opportunities to bend between each other.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #309: Framing the arms

Charlie had a nifty way of looking at what we do in weaves and inversions in terms of creating a series of three lanes and how they interact with the body. You can see his full breakdown on Poi Theory, but this is my own interpretation inspired by it: namely I think you have to see the body as a static object around which you move the lanes. Here are a couple concrete examples of this idea in action.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #296: Inverted toroid pentagram

This was a nifty idea hatched over the weekend: toroid pentagrams and inversions tend to be moves with the same number of beats, so can they be mashed up together? The answer apparently is yes! This took a whole lot of practice and doing to make a reality, but the result is a pentagram being used as one side of a series of inversions--a great mashup of at least three different techniques I've played with on my tech blog in the past few months.

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