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Tech Poi T-Shirts now available in the DrexFactor store!

These have been a long-time coming! Three years ago, my friend Memory suggested I put some of the poi patterns I'd been creating in my simulators on a t-shirt. At one point, I nearly put one design out but found the printing quality wasn't up to my standards. Then, last month I put out four images that I quite enjoyed on both my Facebook and my Instagram, asking my followers to vote on their favorites.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #348: 3-poi spiral wraps

Following up from my video last week, taking that meteor spiral wrap and applying it to a three-poi environment. Ironically, I find this easier to do than the meteor version, but it does require a lot of work to understand the ins and outs of the 2-beats that lead up to it. Here are a few tips for getting there.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #347: Horizontal stacks with flowers

One of those things that came out of the final days of the Spring festival tour, a funny little curiosity that Keith promptly pronounced his favorite trick I'd done in the past few months. It's actually Mel's old stacking trick, but made out of 2-petal inspin flowers rather than repeated stalls. Part of the benefit there is that it's easy to switch directions with it.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #346: Meteor Spiral Wraps

Another one of those moves I've had sitting on the backburner forever and a day but that is hella useful when it comes to three-poi manipulations. Spiral wraps in a meteor setting are far from impossible but definitely tricky. Here are a few tips I've picked up as I've attempted to learn this move.

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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 #344: Forward no-beat tosses

This is one of those moves that's rapidly becoming ubiquitous in the tech poi world: taking no-beat tosses and doing them forwards over the wrists/elbows/shoulders in such a way that you're constantly throwing and catching them. Here's the step-by-step of how to learn this trick yourself.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #342: One handed triquetra vs pendulum

I first saw G do this trick a couple years ago at Burning Man and it turned out to be an essential element to getting another trick I'll be doing a tech blog on next week. This one turned out to be enough of a challenge to justify it's own tech blog, though, so enjoy! :)

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #272: Making a routine!

I have a performance coming up with Contradiction Dance for which I had to come up with a solo poi piece. Here's a couple sections of the piece that I've been working on in the past couple weeks. I'm sharing them because I'm hoping that the choices I made in putting these elements together will help some of you out there working on your own pieces.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #271: 3 hand-switching throws

A grab-bag of hand-switching throws I've either been working on or have encountered in the past couple months. The first is a triquetra vs pendulum hand switch Noel came up with during the same spin jam where I started working on the triquetra vs pendulum throw from the last tech blog. The second is a hand-switch that comes out of a snake that I've had a hell of a time getting clean these past few months. The third is a hand-switch I spotted Matt Cullen using a lot during a spin session he did at PEX Summer Festival.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #270: No-beat throws in triquetra vs pendulum

Here's a fun move that came out of a spin jam with Noel over the weekend at PEX Summer Festival: taking a no-beat throw and apply it to an antispin placement such that the top petal of triquetra vs pendulum winds up being a toss. This can be done either in front of the body or behind. I'm playing with my format a little bit a presenting the move both by narrating through it and showing it normal time and slowed down--let me know what you think of this format.

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