Drex's Tech Poi Blog #345: Cateye vs iso vs extension tribrid

Following on last week's work with hybrids in three-poi land, here's another attempt of what has now been dubbed "tribrids" on the Tech Poi Facebook Group. This one utilizes a butterfly-like motion to create a cateye vs isolation vs extension tribrid, creating an intersection between three different hybrid pairs! (cateye vs iso, ext vs iso, cateye vs ext).

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #331: Isolated weave

This is one of those moves I've had on the "to-do" list now for a year or two. In the early days of my tech blog, I spent several videos getting the reverse isolated weave down. This is the forwards version. The helpful piece of this puzzle came from Ronan last summer, when he suggested I think of it as being similar to a five-beat weave.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #301: More point iso fun

Taking a thread from last week's video that included some fun uses of point isolations, here are a few that utilize the split-opposites timing and include either horizontal cateyes or pendulum vs CAP.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #273: pendulum vs extension hybrids

Back at IgNight Festival in LA, I worked on a hybrid I'd never seen performed before that mixed up an isolated pendulum and a unit circle extension. By strange coincidence, I happened to see Ronan use another hybrid based in pendulums and extensions, but his used a CAP and a point isolation to achieve a slightly different effect. The two moves utilize a very similar kind of movement and work together really well.

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Basic Poi Dancing Tutorial: Throws part 1

Part 1 of a 2 part series on how to do some of the most basic throws/releases with poi. This particular one is on throws where the poi continues to rotate after the release, including isolated throws and what I'd call "flower" throws. Next week we'll cover basic float throws and the like.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #219: Classifying Toroids

I know this topic has been done to death, but in trying to come up with a way to classify toroids, I came to realize we've barely scratched the surface of them. Here I use the approach of imagining the axes around which we can move the plane of a toroid as being similar to the major axes inside an octahedron and choosing specific axes that are parallel with the arm, hand path, or neither.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #210: Exotic properties of toroid flowers

There was a blink-and-you-might miss it moment in my video on timing and direction in toroid flowers that struck me as I was playing with them earlier today: namely, that toroids are direction agnostic. You can change the direction of the hand as you're performing one and keep the toroid in whatever mode you started in, be it antispin or isolation. This means that it inherits many of the mix-and-match capabilities from staff and clubs that we find with tools that aren't gravity dependent and opens up the field of what we can do with them a lot wider.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #200: The lines of poi

200 tech blogs! This one is on how I've been working to create the hybrid families I've been frequently featuring in my videos over the course of the past year--I have two methods I use these days and this is the more visual one: finding the "lines" of the poi tricks to figure out how to switch between them. Sorry for the weird cuts--I had to get it under 15 minutes :-P

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #198: Contact poi hybrids

I've been mapping out hybrids lately that utilize a relationship between the hands and realized I'd been assuming the handle was synonymous with the hands. I then started to think about cases in which the handles could be together but not necessary have the hands together. The first hybrid I played with seemed too easy, so I started doing it with an outer forearm roll and it led both to  isolation vs extension and triquetra vs pendulum hybrids.

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Video Tech Blog #157: isolated throw intensive

A couple weeks ago, Poiboi uploaded a new tech video and as I was watching it, I noticed an element of his style that had escaped me before but presented a good opportunity to woodshed a poi element I rarely use: throws. Specifically, I noticed that Poiboi frequently uses isolated throws to accomplish his timing and direction changes rather than 1.5s or stalls. I've been playing in the past week with doing isolated throws in all the same-time configurations I can think of, both in the same direction and not, plane-shifted, etc. Here are some of the results.

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