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#1 Ravenshaw

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 03:58 PM

Here's a video of me spinning fire poi (pardon the watermark at the top, it's from the recording software). I was getting tired by this spin, because I had been spinning for a raku firing on campus for about 3 hours previous to this last spin (note the pissy look). Normally, I dance much more, if I get a more "active" video, I'll post it.

 

Sorry for the crappy quality!

 

 

Song: "Triveni" by Rodrigo Y Gabriela

 

 


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#2 Horne

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Posted 08 October 2014 - 04:59 PM

Awesome, thanks for sharing! Looks still pretty active to me. :wink:


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 05:11 PM

Nice talent you have there, RS! Fun video. :)
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Posted 08 October 2014 - 05:39 PM

That is so cool! If I tried that I would turn myself into a human torch.lol. How did you learn to do that?


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Posted 08 October 2014 - 08:39 PM

Thanks guys!

 

hawkwind - As soon as I saw someone do it, I knew I had to learn it. So, I actually started looking up lesson videos on the internet because I didn't have anyone to teach me. There are a lot of resources for it: never spin fire first, practice with tennis balls in panty hose until you are fluent.


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 02:23 PM

I found the video with the music going with it just so relaxing. I think if I watched long enough I could go into a trance! I felt like I was going to when I watched it. You have a truely amazing talent! :thumbsup:


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 02:24 PM

This reminds me so much of something I used to do a lot, well when I could walk. It's the same concept just the difference would be the metal slates that slide into the nunchaku I used. The sponge would be coated in a flammable substance and I would do a lot of similar things with the exception of the dance would free flow more into a martial art form. Though when I first learned that neck transitions didn't work well when I had longer hair so I had to keep it short or lengthen the the rod inside nunchaku all together. At one point I would use two but it seemed that it held certain limitations so I went back to a single pair. This video brings back so many memories thank you for sharing it was beautiful. ( sorry if I derailed the topic in anyway it wasn't my intention)
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Posted 09 October 2014 - 03:40 PM

That is AWESOME!


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 10:19 PM

Thank you :) I enjoy doing it very much.

 

JJ - I have thought about trying nunchakus but haven't gotten around to it. Staff, I think, will be my next venture


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Posted 09 October 2014 - 10:58 PM

+1 that was cool


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 12:36 AM

My suggestion with the nunchaku please practice with a foam one for awhile before attempting it with flames. It will make it a lot easier also you will get the hang of the transitions quicker when your dealing with it. Unless you are at least proficient with the nunchaku. And it's all about hand placement I like to have my hands near the top of the nunchaku about 2 -4 inches below the connection spindle or bearings in it depending on what type you get.
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Posted 10 October 2014 - 03:26 AM

Haha no worries, one thing I've learned in my 3 years of playing with fire is NEVER play with fire first.... always get the soft, squishy ones because you will hit yourself in the face a million times, no matter what the toy is.


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Posted 10 October 2014 - 01:08 PM

I made the mistake of practicing without foam. In retrospect it was a huge mistake that I learned painfully from hitting myself all over the face back of the head and groins. I'm just glad I never started with fire or I'd have more than singed hair then when I first started. Also if you don't mind me saying, no matter how toyish it may seem it's still considered a dangerous weapon. If you decide to go and try them and if you ever find any difficulty in it feel free to ask and I will completely oblige you with whatever help I can provide.
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Posted 10 October 2014 - 02:53 PM

Awesome, love the video :)
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Posted 11 October 2014 - 01:03 AM

Wow RS, very cool and a bit scary to watch! My husband uses nuchakus. That is a bit scary to watch as well, though I have never seen him hit himself with them. Good thing too, cuz they can do a lot of damage.


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 06:27 AM

Beautiful moves, RS. A friend of mine tried to get me into it a few years back so I know what you make flawless is super tricky to achieve.


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 12:06 PM

Wow, how did I miss this one?  +1 --Awesome skill there!  Thanks for sharing.  Have you ever tried learning to use a staff like this?


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Posted 11 October 2014 - 01:32 PM

Pikku - thank you! It's only hard at first, once you get the hang of it (takes about 3 months) then it becomes much easier. But yes, at first it's a lot of hitting yourself and your friends and OH LOOK I just shot a poi off into the distance.... XD

 

Cap - I have tried a little bit of staff, and I believe I have a good natural disposition for it. However, I have not taken the time to just hunker down and learn staff. That's on my repertoire for winter, I believe. After 3+ years, I need a little more variety than poi.... I do hoop a bit though, not well enoug to play with fire hoops or anything. Also, I play with fire fans, which I think are my new favorite in many ways.


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Posted 17 September 2015 - 11:29 PM

Awesome Raven! My partner uses a fire hoop, I have friends that use poi and staffs, an I am going to be working with some fire dancers soon! If you are ever passing through SW Virginia let me know, we could get a caravan of artists together for a fun moonlight gathering :)
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Posted 21 September 2015 - 12:41 PM

I have never used a fire hoop but may have the chance next spring. What a captivating toy!

Same for you if you're ever in WV, we could enjoy some fiery night debauchery! Especially if you can bring your excellent music.

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