Hey folks! We are back with another edition of the Flow Arts Institute’s tutorial series, Tutsday!
This week we have one for the club manipulators out there, the amazing Brian Thompson! Brian has been training extensively in the juggling and flow arts worlds since he was just 10 years old. He has taught and performed all over North America and Europe. Brian was also one of our Instructors of the Month back in September along with Cassie McKenney. Together they own and operate the hoop company Tuffhoops. We caught up with Brian at Kinetic Fire 2015 and he showed us a sweet 3-club manipulation technique, aptly named the “Trapangle”. The Trapangle is a self supporting structure. The angle at which the clubs rest, allows them to support themselves, as long as you are holding at least one of the intersections. This may sound a little confusing, but do not worry people! Thankfully, Brian is here to show us how to build a proper Trapangle. 1. Start with two clubs in one hand in circus grip. A circus grip means that the inside club is held underneath the thumb side club. 2. Take the inside club and slide it all the way forward, putting the knob all the way into your palm but still underneath the thumb side club. Brian notes that the inside club should be able to pivot, yet remain underneath the thumb side club, the whole time. 3. Take your inside club and pivot inward to make a 60° angle with the other club in the same hand. 4. Take your third club, presumably in your other hand, and place the club vertically, with the handle downward, into the gap made by the 1st two clubs. 5. Twist the third club towards yourself.
Congratulations! Unless you skipped ahead, you just made an equilateral triangle out of clubs. Good for you. Now, you must realize by now that the journey is far from over. There is a whole world of things to be done with your new powers.
Brian goes on to demonstrate how to quickly enter this technique and how to hold the pattern vertically. Once you have the motions down solid, you can work on adding speed and tosses to this technique. Brian strongly recommends drilling this technique for a while because it leads to a lot of cool tricks. Brian ends the tutorial by demonstrating some of the aforementioned tosses, tricks, and variations of this awesome technique, that he has found in his own studies in the juggling and object manipulation worlds. Thank you Brian for your fervent study of club manipulation! If you are interested in more instruction from Brian, you can email him at email@example.com. That is it for this week folks! Thank you for checking us out! Until next week, fine people of the Flow Arts, I bid you farewell.
Matthew Sosticky or Sticky has been performing and instructing for the past 9 years. He is part owner of Resplendent Flames from Virginia Beach, VA. He specializes in double staff but has been known to spin poi, staff, or fans on occasion.