Poi Spinning for Beginners

Poi involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of rhythmical and geometric patterns, improving hand-eye coordination and fitness.

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2 classes per week, for 1 week

Multi Class Course


50 minutes

Class Duration


1-8 students

Class Size


£88

Per Student


You do not need any experience to join this class. I will teach you by showing you how to do the tricks as well as give you tips on how to improve when you get them. There will be a lot of class interaction. In this class I will teach the following topics in two sections: Session 1: Introducing the poi How to hold your poi How long should my poi be Some other types of poi Single hand tricks to teach planes and control. Session 2: The Basics Parallel Time: small circles, planes, big circles, carry turn from forwards... and back again, inward and outward circles Reels: shoulder reels, rewind, hip reels, reel turn from forwards... and back again, linking reels, linking using the matching point, continuous turns, hitting yourself and getting tangled. Split Time: small circles, big circles, split reels, linking split reels, the windmill, the giant windmill The Weave: breaking the planes, counting beats, not circles, the weave, the giant weave, the backwards weave, developing your style, wave turn from forwards... and back again, non-turning turns, the fountain Opposite Directions: small circles, big circles The Butterfly: Angel wings inwards, angel wings outward, giant angel wings, butterfly turn, Maori poi spinning, some Maori moves, perfecting your spinning Please note I will not be teaching any tricks with fire in this class. Working with fire is very dangerous. I will cover this and explain why they must become master spinners before they can ever think about working with fire. Just so it is very clear, I will not be including the use of fire in this class. Please note: *If you do not see a time or date listed for a class that interests you, please message me with a few possible dates and times and I will do my best to offer a session that will work for your schedule.
Jonathan has been a martial arts expert since the age of 9. From the age of 16 he worked with various circus teams where he learned many skills. He has travelled the world performing for audiences including Formula 1 events, royalty and international superstars. He is a fully insured fire performer with many skills including bubbleology, staff spinning, juggling and stilt walking, to name but a few. As a serial entrepreneur who founded three successful companies before the age of 30, my drive to succeed in life began in my teens when I realised the power of positive motivation. I was lucky enough to have a good mentor who guided me through the intricacies of financial management which helped me to understand the value of money, how to identify and seize opportunities to make money and how to manage an investment portfolio. He holds a Bachelors degree and also teaches conversational English to children and adults across the world.
The student will need space to spin. If you are taking this class inside please make sure the ceiling is high enough for you not to hit it, I recommend a minimum ceiling height of 9 foot or more. The same goes for the space around you. Please make sure you have enough space to move around and spin your poi without hitting anything. This space should be approximately 8x8 feet. If you can I would suggest taking this class in as spacious an area as possible; gardens and garages are great. If you have limited space, don't worry, I will teach students much smaller tricks that don't need so much space. These are core skills and can be scaled up, so they're good to practice later in a more spacious area. Please note there are risks involved with this activity, including injury if the student hits themselves with the equipment while practising. To limit this risk, the equipment/poi we use initially to practice are made out of tennis balls and socks so the student can learn without any real injury. (They may hit themselves in the head a few times with the tennis balls while learning, as everyone does.) I, the teacher, will not be responsible for any damage or personal injury caused by the student during or after this class. Just so it is very clear, I will not be including the use of fire in this class. I will not be teaching any tricks with fire in this class. Working with fire is very dangerous. I will cover this and explain why they must become master spinners before they can ever think about working with fire.

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Johnathan Reynolds

If You Have Fun At Work You Never Work a Day In Your Life
19 teacher reviews total

About Me

I live in Brighton in the United Kingdom by the seaside and hold dual British / American citizenship. I hold a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Brighton.

Whilst studying I founded an events company that had become a successful global business by the time I graduated and which, to this day, supplies some of the best entertainment to corporate events, VIPs, and high-profile parties around the world.

Building on from there I founded an archery tag company that operates throughout the UK, and a bubble performer franchise which I created when my daughter was born as I wanted to add something fun that I could do with her.

I have been a professional performer for over fourteen years and traveled the world performing bubble, fire, and stilt shows. From corporate events to kids’ parties for the rich and famous, I have performed for them all. I founded and have run a global corporate entertainment agency (for over 20 years) and know exactly what it takes to create shows for any event and how to deliver them perfectly. I have also taught archery for PE classes in schools to pupils in every year group. Finally, I am a certified English as a Foreign Language tutor and have been teaching students all over the world from ages 8+ to adults, completely online.

These businesses have provided me with the expert knowledge and experience to teach my ‘How Money Works’, ‘Business 101 for Teenagers’ and investment classes. In fact, my experience as a performer working in the entertainment sector means that I am able to teach not only bubble magic, poi, and staff spinning but also card magic – all fun classes which my students really enjoy.

Business and Finance Skills
In my Business 101 class, I cover what it means to build and own a business, how to take an idea and make money from it, and specifically how to understand the financial aspect of owning and running a business.

My Finance and Money classes teach students what money is and how it works, investment options and opportunities, the difference between credit and debit cards, financial understanding, and how to use credit and loans responsibly. I also teach students everything they need to know about buying a house, including how to start saving for a property and what to do as a house owner.

Circus and Magic Skills
The bubble classes I teach focus on everything to do with bubbles. Starting with how to make the perfect bubble mix to make the perfect bubbles and bubble toys. Once we complete this stage, I teach a range of bubble tricks and explain in detail how and why they work.

In my card magic classes, I cover the basic history of card magic and how to shuffle and hold the cards. We cover beginner coin and card tricks and move on to learn how to force a card. We explore different ways of using these tricks and how to talk when performing.

In my poi and staff spinning classes, I teach students how to perform professionally with this equipment. We begin with simple moves and work up to creating a dynamic show for my students to impress their friends and family. Students are also given access to The Book of Staff Spinning which I published at the age of 21.

Life Skills
My life skills classes cover a range of topics including career options and the value of a university education, how to speak confidently in public, travel safety, and how to plan the trip of a lifetime.
I also offer mentoring for boys and what to expect during puberty and how to deal with the challenges that bring. The mentoring class is designed to support single-parent families who may be in need of an ‘older brother’ or trustworthy male role model.

Language and Games
The English Language classes I teach focus on all levels and aspects of learning English. We use different topics to explore new vocabulary, pronunciation, and conversation skills.

I also run classes on how to play Chequers and Chess.

The main philosophy on which my teaching is based is that learning should be fun and relevant to the student. "If you have fun at work you never work a day in your life" is a motto I use daily! I absolutely love teaching people how to achieve this.

I look forward to teaching you.

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