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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #333: Infinite folding lines

This is a folding line that Keith Marshall taught me this past weekend as we waited for a bus. It comes from an outer forearm roll that rolls past the shoulder back to cradle, so it sets up the potential of chaining many of the same rolls together for infinite folding lines.


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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #332: BTH CAP vs CAP

Something I spotted in a video of Ted Petrosky made me think of this--he did a cool body tracer around his shoulders (if memory serves, I've seen Michael Parisi doing the same tracer) and it occurred to me that the top part could be combined with a C-CAP faced downward to create a cool variant on BTH static vs CAP.

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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 #330: Uses for 1-petal inspin vs static

This is kinda retro tech, but it still leads to some fun places. Using static spin vs 1-petal inspin creates a moment that makes for an easy transition to a split-same isolation. You can use that moment to switch to static spin vs 1-petal inspin with each hand's role reversed or any number of patterns that use linear isolations through the body center.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #329: Timing and direction in Isobend-4 (with poi)

After uploading my vid on isobend hybrids (, Kory San pointed out to me that there would be at least two variants on each pattern because the isobends can be performed either with the poi always rotating away from the performer or toward. With that in mind, here is a demo of all hand T&D with the poi moving both inward, outward, and both (which in some cases yields movement in split-same and in some cases yields movement in opposites).

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #328: Thinking outside the box with plane bending

Trying to think about plane-bending in a different context than toroids and harmonics--like using them as a way to switch direction on a particular trick. The concept reminds me a bit of Nicky Evers' wavy weaves.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #327: BTH Antibrids

A nifty idea picked up from Conway Jennings when he was last in DC--switching the direction of a CAP vs static spin BTH to get different antibrid combinations. It creates the same sort of relationship between hand and poi that CAP vs pendulum does, but with a cool BTH element.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #326: Random staggered time toroid patterns

Just a grab-bag of some random variations of an isobend-4 where I play around a bit with the timing on them, seeing what happens by using split time same direction in them.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #325: What is a probend toroid?

There's been a lot of questions about this on the Facebook Tech Poi Group, so I thought I'd do a video on nothing but what defines probend toroids and how they can be constructed. Think of them as a whole long of two-beat weaves daisy-chained together ;)

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #324: Box mode plane-bent Zan's diamond

Based on some of Tracy Wilhelm's work on plane bending Zan's Diamond, here is the full pattern built in box mode, with the traverses through the middle being on diagonals rather than straight up and down. Thanks for the inspiration, Tracy!

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