How long should I practice poi?
How do I know when I am good at poi?
Who cares about the structure of poi?
What is poi?
long should I practice poi?
As we learn new poi moves, our bodies need time to adjust and
remember the muscles actions in our bodies. This time of integration
to develop our muscle memory can often be honored best by having
more frequent but shorter poi practices. It has been our experience
that a student practicing 4 times for 10 minutes will ultimately
get more out of the practices than a single 60 minute session.
We recommend at least 4 practices a week of anywhere from 15
- 30 minutes in addition to an intense learning session, such
as a class.
do I know when I am good at poi?
- Since you define "good" based on your own criterion,
only you can decide when it is you are good.
- Who cares?
- You already are good.
- Never, because the better you get, the more you understand
about how far you are from being good.
cares about the structure of poi?
The reality is, up until now you may not have even thought about
the structure of poi. As a matter of fact, until now, you may
not have consciously cared about the structure of poi at all.
You may even have believed that there is no structure to poi,
or that a structure limits your ability to enjoy your experience
and learn or you may believe structure holds you back.
Our experience at Temple of Poi is that everyone holds
an internal structure for the poi moves they do, even if the artist
can't articulate this structure in words. If you can do the move,
you have a way in your body to remember the move. Even if the
"muscle memory" of the move is the only structure you
know you have of a move, it is still an internal structure that
is present within you.
We believe that understanding a structure to poi, much like a
map of a hiking trail, can provide information and guidance along
the journey. Just as the map provides travelers with a greater
understanding of the terrain being hiked, the structure of poi
provides practitioners with a greater sense of understanding of
the interconnectedness of the poi movements.
Certainly you can go to a mountain range and walk randomly without
a map. Even if you are looking at a map, you still will not know
what it feels like to trip on a tree root on the path; smell the
trees growing around you; hear the sound of the water running
down the creek; or in any way have an understanding of beauty
of the experience of walking the path itself. The map is only
a representation of a part of the experience.
Put another way, the map provides a rough guideline of the terrain.
Is the map going to be 100% complete? No. If it were complete
and reported every detail of terrain it would need to be full
size and "to scale" -- which means it would be the
move rather than being a map of the move.
Is there only one type of map available to describe the path?
No. If you think of the structure of poi as a map that guides
you toward each move, transition or combination, you will also
consider that different kinds of maps will provide different kinds
of understanding of the terrain. A map with very little detail
will provide a broad view of the terrain, whereas as a relief
map will provide a more dimensional view of the experience.
Why Temple of Poi cares about the structure of poi is because
we believe that providing you with a well mapped system through
which you can study poi movement offers you the opportunity
to empower yourself to learn about how to move the poi with
your body more quickly and comprehensively. As an individual,
that translates to easier and faster results with your poi.
As a community, that translates to accelerated expansion of the
poi art form. We believe that is in everyone's best interest.
Poi is an art form involving moves weighted objects on the end
of a rope/chain/cord around the body of the artist. Weighted objects
include fire wicking, glowsticks, lights, beanbags and containers
with water in them.