5 Tricks Every Beginner Poi Spinner Should Know
5 Tricks Every Beginner Poi Spinner Should Know

Hey gang! Drex here from DrexFactor.com and I got asked
a fantastic question during a recent Q&A: what are 5 tricks every beginner poi spinner
should know. I love this question because it can be hard
when you’re starting off to know what you should focus your time on learning, what tricks
are going to be the most useful, and why. I’m sure just about every poi teacher will
give you a different answer to this question, but here’s the answer that I’ll give you. Before we dive in, I just want to take a moment
to give a shout out to the friends of the channel! Big thanks to Dark Monk, Emazing Lights, Flowtoys,
Spinballs, and Ultra Poi for helping to make the videos on this channel possible. You can visit them all on the web by following
the links down in the description of this video. So let’s get started! I’m going to do these in what I’d consider
to be the order of difficulty for them. That is, the stuff at the beginning tends
to be easier or faster to learn than the stuff at the end of the list but that’ll depend
a lot on your own experiences. I’ll include links for tutorials I’ve
done for each of these tricks in the description! [First up: reel turns. These are generally the first trick I recommend
anybody learns as they’re getting into poi spinning.] (full body slow) They teach you very basic skills about plane
control and how your body moves in relation to a poi plane. [One of those first big hurdles you have to
get over with poi is realizing that when you turn your body, the orientation of the poi
tends to change as well.] (POV) [You’ll also get your first exposure to
plane bending as you move the poi from one side of your body to the other. This’ll be important for everything from
thread the needles to weaves and body tracers.] (head on full body slow) This sets you up to be able to turn with pretty
much any poi move down the road. The lessons you learn here will be with you
for the entirety of your poi spinning journey. [Next up: butterflies. Butterflies are usually the first wall plane
move that most poi spinners learn as well as the first trick they learn where the poi
are spinning in opposite directions.] (slow-mo) Few people realize it, but they also require
a good degree of plane control. [To keep the poi from hitting each other at
the top or bottom of the move, so you have to be able to tilt one plane slightly off
of the other one so this one is a really good backdoor way to practice your planes.] (slow-mo side) [Third: windmills. This is that place where reels really get
cooking and you can start to see some of the cooler applications for them. It’s also a great use of split-time same
direction.] (slow-mo) The other great thing about windmills is that
they force you to do some level changes. [Up until now, everything we’ve looked at
can be performed at shoulder or hip level. Windmills require you to start performing
tricks up high.] (full body reels & windmills) Fourth is stalls. Now there are a LOT of different things you
can do with stalls but the ones that are best suited to beginners are definitely down stalls
and bottom stalls. [One feels like dropping the poi and the other
feels like casting it away.] (full speed demo CU) [Stalls are absolutely essential for doing
transitions between different tricks. You can change the direction of one or both
poi or change their timing in relation to each other. This will help you get back and forth between
split time moves like windmills and together time moves like our reels and butterflies.] (full body transition: reel to butterfly to
windmills) I seriously cannot overemphasize how useful
stalls are to learn. These are one of those tricks that you’ll
be using constantly no matter how long you spin. Finally: weaves and waistwraps. Confession time: I don’t actually think
these are as essential as the other tricks on this list. Everything else I’ve listed here has broad
uses as you go forward, but weaves are both difficult to learn and have limited potential
compared to the other tricks on this list. That said: they look cool and as a beginner
this is almost certainly the trick you’re looking at and wanting to learn. So let’s go with it. [More often than not, weaves are that first
trick that make you think: “wow! I’m actually spinning poi now!”] (full body slow-mo) [They’ve definitely got more wow factor
than any other trick on this list and are probably the first thing you’ll show your
friends and family that will really impress them with your skills.] (CU angle) So…I also have an ulterior motive for picking
these particular five tricks and that’s that they all fit neatly together to create
an easy combo. [You can start off with reel turns and then
stall out one poi to enter a butterfly. Stall that same poi again to enter a weave
and waistwrap around to your heart’s content. Take the weave into a windmill and then stall
one of your poi to get back to a butterfly. Stall once again to get back to your hip reels. Lather, rinse, repeat.] (full body demo) Pretty cool, right? Not only are these tricks super useful but
they all fit together like puzzle pieces. One thing many beginners talk about wanting
to do is finding transitions between the tricks that they know. This approach is a fast way to do just that! What do you think are the most essential tricks
for beginners? Let me know down in the comments. Did I leave out one of your favorites? Thanks so much for watching. If you got anything out of this video, please
hit that like and subscribe button to help my channel grow! Special thanks to all my awesome supporters
on Patreon–you guys are the ones that make these videos possible. If you’re not a current backer and would
like to sign up to support the work that I do, please go to patreon.com/drexfactorpoi. Thanks again and peace!

96 thoughts on “5 Tricks Every Beginner Poi Spinner Should Know”

  1. SmashFetus says:

    You must be a night owl like me, or live somewhere outside the US.

  2. 1989darrenw says:

    This may be kinda stupid but, I'm legally blind and sometimes lose track of the poi in your tutorials is there a possibility you could use glow poi and a darker background for some of your tutorials? It would greatly help I think.

  3. Omer Lewy says:

    Weaves teach you to change dominance of hands, teach you about down beats and teach you a little bit more about plane bending.
    I really have no idea how did you get to waist wraps with the Weaves as a basic move.
    I can only assume you lost a bet or something, and someone decided to have you make a video including waist wraps as a basic movement or something… ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. TJ Colorado says:

    Thank you so much for this

  5. Loรฏc Brunori says:

    Hello drex thanks for your work ! Is it possible toi make the same video with advanced moves ??

  6. William Stevens says:

    Maybe this is just me, but I thought weaves were the easiest to learn. I actually taught myself how to do them the very first time I played with poi without any guidance.

  7. ํ—์ œ๋„ค์‹œ์Šค Genesis says:

    Helps SOO MUCH! Thank you! ๐Ÿ‘ โค

  8. B Bear says:

    you left out buzz saw. greasy video though

  9. bongcouver says:


  10. Bri says:

    I'm the one that asked you this question on your live video on instagram! Thanks so much for making this ๐Ÿ˜

  11. MooMooMe42 says:

    So useful

  12. Joe Fleming says:

    Great stuff! Thanks for the continuing beginner help.

  13. Caitlin Luedke says:

    This was a perfect video. When I started I felt a little overwhelmed to begin and as such have spent more time with other props. Over the holiday break I think I'll do my best to polish these 5 out :D. Thanks, Drex!

  14. Deb Soromenho says:

    Hi there! Iโ€™m wondering if itโ€™s possible to do stalls with sock poi? Iโ€™m learning on them and they are so stretchy it seems super difficult to make stalls work. Thanks!

  15. scottym044 says:

    Hey thanks for the video, just got my first set of poi, went for contact poi after a recommendation from a friend, these videos will be really helpful in getting going.
    Have liked and subscribed ๐Ÿ‘
    Thanks again ๐Ÿ˜€

  16. jude meche says:

    These are seeds in your minds.

  17. scottym044 says:

    Another thought from a newbie, how do you spin? What I mean is does it come from the wrist arm or fingers or is it a combination of all? Many thanks ๐Ÿ˜€

  18. Cat Felts says:

    Thank you for the great vid! Also, sweet Ada Lovelace shirt! ๐Ÿ˜„๐Ÿ‘

  19. Guadalupe Zavala says:

    Great tutorial! I learned everything except stalls! Still working on them, itโ€™s a hard trick to learn for me!

  20. The Magician says:

    Thank you ๐Ÿ’—

  21. Brendan Meeks says:

    you so sweaty mane

  22. Trenton Vo says:

    interesting stuff!

  23. Aaron Talbot says:

    Ohohoh I can't believe I have not learnt stalls sooner!

  24. twitchster77 says:

    I can stare deeply into his nostrils.

  25. Isolated Egg says:

    Kind of late, but could you give me a link to good beginner poi sets?

  26. Kiki Gilbert says:

    This is so great. I'm just taking this up and your videos are so helpful and easy to follow. Just wanted to leave some love and say thanks โค

  27. Malinowe Marzenia says:

    I love the way you teach ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Donโ€™t Use says:

    I just started today and did the last one after 30sec because I did it with a baton XD

  29. Isabella Rose says:

    1) Reel turn
    2) butterflies
    3) windmills
    4) Stalls: down stalls/ bottom stalls
    5) weaves/ waist wraps

  30. Ivana Murillo says:

    Awesome and helpful video!! Thank you!

  31. Kommando 39 says:

    Oops! Wrong kind of poi

  32. Luis Zepeda says:

    I want to hug you so hard sometimes

  33. Amber Simeone says:

    I JUST got my LED poi on Monday and your videos have helped me a ton! Thank you so much.

  34. DrexFactor Poi says:

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  35. Lily Walker says:

    I seriously want to be a fire dancer but my boyfriend gets upset and doesn't want me to do it because he fears I'll hurt myself or die

  36. Tyron Abraham says:

    Lol a white dude trying to teach poi ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  37. Miracle Whittaker says:

    Where the pom poms at the top and how did you make them

  38. Solaura Rose says:

    Got stalled on my practice with poi and decided to look up tutorials. So SO glad I did. Iโ€™ve been doing harder tricks from muscle memory and had no idea about basics. Thank you so much for the great vid!

  39. Sarah Buxton says:

    This is great thanks! Only thing Iโ€™m stuck on is doing stalls with one poi… So hard to get my hands to do different things… practice makes perfect right

  40. DukeCyrus says:

    I appreciate drex to the nth degree

  41. Drachinator says:

    That's not POI! It has nothing to do with World of Warships

  42. Djamillat Alcide says:

    You got the four I was thinking of

  43. itsnowingrightnow says:

    Fantastic tutorial, thanks for your work!

  44. iiiSummer xSunlight says:

    I got my poi from homeofpoi IT CAME QUICK from new Zealand to UK

  45. Vincent van Roosmalen says:

    I saw someone doing poi and tried it. the first thing i did was the weave and i got it after a few minutes ๐Ÿ˜›

  46. Andrew Clemo says:

    Thanks for the tutorial! Just getting started

  47. HandsOFSpartan says:

    Yessss thank u

  48. Marvin L. says:

    Hey Drex, I really appreciate your tutorials and anything what you share with your spinning. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think Iยดm at a point were I get more confident with the basics. I can do all the tricks in the video and some more basics. Linking them together and always find a new way to combine is a lot of fun. What Iยดm looking for are some tricks to keep on the progress. I tried isolations and orbitals and recognized these are rather long-term projects ๐Ÿ˜€ Do you have some advice? Like 5 tricks inbetween basic and intermediate level, which are fun to learn and less frustrating ?

    Greets from Germany and keep on the good work ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. iiiSummer xSunlight says:

    check out homeofpoi

  50. Gabrysia Kluska says:

    Great but very dangerous

  51. Jedimindknight says:

    You forgot behind the back waist wraps into gunslingers.

  52. Lizard King says:

    Hey this packed a whole lot of learnings in for 4 and a half minutes! You're awesome and I want to practice poi now to try and do this all flowy together ๐Ÿ˜€ ๐Ÿ˜€

  53. Jason Valera says:

    Poi balls in Maori culture is meant for women to play just saying

  54. flavacreations says:


  55. Soviet Heart says:

    Yuudachi isnt here?

  56. Soph Healey says:

    Kia Ora Iโ€™m from New Zealand (where poi originated from) and Iโ€™m quite surprised and happy to see people from around the world learning and enjoying poi, Poi is an art form originally used to strengthen wrists of the Maori warriors which quickly formed into an art form used in Maori dances I am happy that my culture is being represented and used with honour so thank you.

  57. Lisa Broam says:

    Thank you so much for these and for your positivity. โ™ก

  58. Alex Adam Delgado says:

    Secretly your a NiNjA ….im gonna use this as training !

  59. ERIS says:

    This is wonderful! Thank you!

  60. Heartof Toledo says:

    Just been learning and this is the first vid I have officially watched.
    I didn't know a stall was called a 'stall' but I was already using them for transitions.
    Taking balls to Jamaica with some extras to pass out, I hope I can find some future spinners.

  61. GertMyBoy says:

    I came from a 2a yoyo tricks playlist to learn what on earth poi is and i think im satisfied with the answer i got. Time to look into this further…

  62. *Gloom Muladhara* says:


  63. Jacob Hiers says:

    Why is this in my recommendations

  64. Geraldine Buchin says:

    Haoles be like ๐Ÿ˜‚

  65. The Luna Wolf pack says:

    This vid was very useful towards school needs Iโ€™m setting my goal for learning everyone amazing two weeks LOL ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  66. jake stuart says:

    Butterflies, 3 beat weave, buzz saws, arm pops, and spirals are what I learned first.

  67. Antikia says:

    My ex taught me to do the 3-Beat Weave as my first move using nunchucks, so I had to learn the rest from there

  68. noam almog says:

    So i dont know stalls , its hillarious cause i been poiing for years and performed quite a lot. I agree its esentials and now i go to learn it lol

  69. rashaan64 says:

    So I've mead god of war weapons can I use poi knowledge for knife rope spinning?

  70. Hsieh Dawn says:

    relly helpful ๐Ÿ‘

  71. Nary says:

    you look like american psycho

  72. enigma846 says:

    i've been spinning for a few years now, however i have like literally no flow lol i'm too stiff due to injuries and surgeries. i've never been able to do windmills, however when teaching kids i start off with 1 beat, 2 beat, butterflies, split time butterflies, over the head butterflies, 3 beat, thread the needle, buzzsaw, one handed butterflies, reverse 3 beat, and obviously letting them go nuts and finding their own. my best move i can do is orbital, but i have a limited moveset filled with the above lol. without having any flow i'm limited in what i can do

  73. Daniel Correa says:

    Thank you so much these videos they have helped heaps ๐Ÿ™‚

  74. sophsrose4 says:

    HOW did I start poi knowing and learning Weave first?!?!

  75. Lisa Fleming Philpot says:

    DREX…I just got my poi two days ago. Led with the split finger grips. I got them to keep being able to use gross and fine motor skills I've been loosing thanks to having been injured in a medical accident 14 yrs ago. Back info important to the question.

    In doing same way spins and opposite way spins im noticing my right hand (that's partially paralized) is being chewed raw from the string.

    What can I use to wrap my two fingers in to keep my spinning from causing more issues … I had a five second thought on medical tape but im allergic to the adhesive. Im seriously set on this for helping myself so please any ideas or advice. Small info add…I should be in a wheel chair or bedridden that's how bad my condition is…but since im still walking and doing a good bit for myself that's how damn stubborn I am. TY for any advice.

  76. adam jurak says:

    Ooo man. Than you very much. I know a lot of tricks and I have to teach few people from the very beginning. I didn't know how to give them that knowledge because most of that I know is so natural to me that I don't remember how it was when I was starting.

  77. Francisco Ochoa says:

    I'm a beginner, but I think its important to smack your self with the balls at the beginning. That's how you learn to correct your self. Am I right? Do you agree?

  78. MIKA NEUFELD says:

    Who else wasted their time on this video because they thought they were gonna actually learn how to do them

  79. Siaosi Moimoi says:

    Actually I learned the weave easily on my own and it was with chains

  80. Chris Sepanak says:

    I am really digging this flow dancing stuff

  81. gummy bear says:

    I keep getting stuck on weaving, I want to do the butterfly but I donโ€™t get how to do it lol

  82. HeatherC BC says:

    Just got my first set of poi, determined to learn some tricks for a friends wedding in September. Thanks for your videos!

  83. Wikz Aotearoa says:

    Kia ora e hoa. Where did you learn about poi? Am curious as I am from Aotearoa and this is a major part of our culture. It would be great to see an introduction and recognition of this as an integral part of Maori culture and heritage passed down from ancestors and itโ€™s history. Also how you have come to learn poi and teach it? Have just stumbled upon your video somehow and you may have already mentioned something of this nature in another video ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ You are doing well at it, I was just curious to know ๐Ÿง Ngฤ mihi

  84. be the change you wish to see says:

    I'd be nice of you do one of a snake poi

  85. Sammy Steele says:

    I bought LED ones so I can trip out the homies at festivals ๐Ÿค™

  86. Mitch Stone says:

    This looks so cool! I just got hooked on the Kendama and the Yo-yo at the age of 53 for some reason! It's definitely a lot of fun! I am going to go check out how much they are! So broke these days, probably won't be able to afford a simple toy!! Lol.. I'm sure that they are not much, I think I will get them! If they are anything like the Kendama or Yo-yo, I'll need to get an Athletic Sports Cup! Or learn faster!!

  87. Alicia H says:

    Thank you this is very helpful!

  88. Kaan Telek says:

    hey this is amazing

  89. jamshed ali says:

    Hiii sir
    Which fuel u are using for this performance plz tel me

  90. Kim G says:

    I just ordered some poi and Iโ€™m sooooo excited to start to learn thanks to you!!

  91. Monique Jasper says:

    Are there any poi dancers in Atlanta

  92. Virgรญnia Benatti says:

    I'm so happy that I found this video, this is exactly what I was looking for… And funny thing, I know how to do one movement with poi and it's the last one that you showed hahahhaha Now I have a way to go ๐Ÿ™‚
    Thank you, I'm absolutely going to see more of your videos

  93. Arthur macedo menezes Araujo says:

    Damm, and he is also the Iron Maiden's leader!!!

  94. oszaszi says:

    I used to do Kung-fu and selected chain whip as my weapon of choice. Then, I moved to another city where the kung-fu sifu was not really a big fan of chain whip trainings – mainly because we had less space and a chain whip is like a human sized poi in length. Anyhow, my friends told me I should try Poi if I want to do something similar. I used to do juggling before (because of a bet with my bro) so I was like "sure, why not?" and I made my homemade Poi and went pretty far with the trainings. Then, as I started to focus on "building my future for my future family" (sorry, I'm one of those modern selfish girls that will not have a child until I have a house, thanks) so I started to climb that corporate bullshit for money all in all. I moved to another country where I get 4 times the salary of my home country and pretty much dropped all my creative hobbies. I used to have a lot of them. I kind of felt like throwing my true self away. I think it's not a surprise to say that I became pretty depressed even though now I had a lot of money to spend and I never need to count at the end of the month how much money I still have, will I be able to go out to drink with my friends or not. I have money now and I don't go out with any friends cause I don't have any, hell I don't even speak the language of the country. I diet 24/7 to fit the corporate outlook. I wish I made better choices and went for design and fashion school, but I didn't. I went for sales and marketing. Now I'm stuck with what I have. So, a couple of weeks ago I saw one of these vids and I thought, oh boi, lets give it a go once again. I ordered the Podpoi v2 cause I always wanted a led light poi and I finally have the money to have a good one. In just a few weeks, I already feel like my whole view on life is coming back to its color. I missed this so much. Not sure if anyone will read this, but just an advice: Do what you like to do. Money is not always the answer. Society will always have expectations towards you and people will always have an issue with others no matter how perfect you try to be in front of them. Do what makes you happy as long as it is not harmful for others or for yourself (except if ya into BDSM, cause that's again your choice). Anyhow, cheers y'all. Wish you a nice day.

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