Tutsdays| Juan Guardiola Toss to One Handed Catch [Poi ]

Greetings, fine people of the flow arts!

We are back this week with a treat for you poi spinners out there!

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He has been traveling and teaching since the Summer of 2013, and in 2014, Juan performed in the Chicago Flow Show. Juan was even named one of the Flow Arts Institute’s Instructors of the Month this past July.

Thankfully, amidst all of the business, we were able to catch up with him at Kinetic 2015, where he showed us a cool poi catching technique.
So let’s get to it.

  1. Start by spinning each poi at your side Split Time/ Same Direction in Wheel Plane.  Notice that Juan is spinning his poi clockwise as he starts.
  2. As your left poi begins to point upward, release it into a toss.
  3. While your left poi is mid-air, toss the right poi as it begins to point upward.
  4. Collect both poi from the air with your right hand.
  5. Catch the left poi first on the pinkie side of your right hand.
  6. Catch the right poi with the thumb side of your right hand.
  7. At this point, you should have both poi in your right hand.
  8. From here you can weave both poi in one hand and even move the pattern to the other side of your body.
  9. To exit the technique, begin the toss with the poi on your pinkie side and catch with your left hand.

Juan goes on to show some variations of the technique as well as the transition from side to side.

You can see more of Juan’s object manipulation tech on his Youtube and on Instagram.

Thanks for checking out this week’s edition of the Flow Arts Institute Tutsday series!  I hope that you will return next week for even more flow fun!



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