How to Spin a Staff Like a Professional - Intro to Staff Spinning + Free Book

In this class, I will teach the students staff spinning, safety and many different tricks. Great circus skill for hobby. Fun way to exercise that will improve 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


Per Student

Course Description

You do not need any experience to join this class.

Every student once enrolled will get a free PDF copy of my published 112-page instructional book "The Book of Staff Spinning" by Johnathan Reynolds (worth $20 in the shops). This will cover all the material I will teach in class and more.

I will teach you by showing you how to do the tricks and will give you tips on how to improve your skills once you have mastered these tricks.

There will be a lot of class interaction.

Topics will include:
Session 1:
Introducing the Staff
Types of Staff
The Theory
Planes and Body Directions

Session 2:
Basic Tricks : One Beat / Reel - One Beat Planes - Figure of Eight - Hip reel with Body Turn - One Handed Windmill
Behind the Back Rotor Pass
Two Handed Weave
Extra Spins
Nun Chuck Moves
Kick Ups
Balancing a Stick / Cane / Umbrella

Extra if we have time:
Transitions of the above tricks will be taught. (How to move from one trick to another with style)
Learning rhythm with music for fluid movement.

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, working with the staff as a weapon. From the age of 16 he worked with various circus teams to create the staff spinning art form. 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 poi, juggling and stilt walking, to name but a few.
The student will need space to spin a staff. 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 staff 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, not to 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 practicing. To limit this the equipment/staff we first use to practice will be a staff with tennis balls taped to the ends 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.

Available Times

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March 8th - March 12th (2 Scheduled Classes)

  • March 8th 14:00 - 14:50 (Europe/London Time)
  • March 12th 14:00 - 14:50 (Europe/London Time)
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8 places available

April 5th - April 9th (2 Scheduled Classes)

  • April 5th 14:00 - 14:50 (Europe/London Time)
  • April 9th 14:00 - 14:50 (Europe/London Time)
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8 places available


Johnathan Reynolds

15 teacher reviews total

25 completed courses

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 which 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 which 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 travelled 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 making 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 learning 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 brings. 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 in 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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