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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #314: Antispin no-beat throw weave

In editing Keith Marshall's portion of the Top 10 of 2012 video, I spotted him performing this nifty variant on a no-beat throw weave that utilizes antispin to get the toss from point A to point B and thought it would make for an excellent tech blog! The key to getting this down is to flick the handle up like it's an isolated toss when the under hand comes around to make its throw.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #313: The airwrap cube

An interesting property of wall plane insides that Alien Jon showed to me while I was in Boulder for Christmas: the arms analog to an airwrap is a 4-beat windmill or watermill and in theory this is just a truncated version of a hyperloop/inversion. Jon pointed out to me, though, that when spinning clockwise with the crosspoint pointed down (as it would be in an airwrap), the only watermill one has access to in wall plane has the left hand leading.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #312: H vs V introverted weaves

Performing an introverted weave forces the planes into an atomic configuration, but it got me to wonder if one had the option of choosing what the atomic configuration would be. I went ahead and tried to produce a weave analogous to an introverted weave but in a H vs V  (horizontal versus verticale) arrangement rather than V vs V (vertical versus vertical). The result not only worked wonderfully, but also demonstrated there are two variants on this move: one for each direction the horizontal poi can rotate.

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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 Poi Tech Blog #308.5: PomGrips from LanternSmith

Charlie Cushing's company LanternSmith has really carved itself out a rather unique niche among poi spinners for creating really comfortable and functional handles. The company's latest efforts are similar in form factor to PX3 knobs but are made of silicone and are wonderfully soft and grippy. Here, Ted Petrosky and I review the handles after an afternoon spent playing with them. You can pick them up here:

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #308: Graph Theory and Poi Paths

Graph theory is surprisingly integral to a lot of patterns that we play with--essentially any time you're dealing with a number of points you're trying to hit in a given sequence and repeat them, you're using graph theory to solve the problem. Here's a little bit of history as to how graph theory came to be and some helpful hints that may help you solve those pesky poi patterns. :)

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #307 The (real) definition of plane facing

A couple weeks ago I uploaded a tech blog defining various terms related to a discussion I was having with Alien Jon and Arashi on the Poi Theory group related to inversions and the like. I biffed it a little on defining plane facing, so here is a correction.

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #306: Toroid triangle weave (now with both hands)

Taking up a challenge from Kai McHaggerty after I posted my first video on a toroid triangle weave to come up with a version of this move wherein both hands are performing a toroid triangle, here it is with both hands performing two toroid triangles in the course of a weave. Fun challenge :)

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Drex's Tech Poi Blog #305: Toroid triangle weave

Another attempt to merge together toroids with weaves and inversions--this one takes a simple two-beat weave and adds a toroid triangle to it.

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