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When I was a kid, I never believed the saying “practice makes perfect.” I believed that I was either inherently good at something or I wasn’t; and I didn’t have enough interest in anything I wasn’t good at, to stick with it long enough to see any progress. The thing that changed my view on self-growth and the impact of determination the most was finding poi and learning the art of fire spinning.
In April of 2012 my best friend convinced me to try and learn the art of fire performance, spinning poi. I previously had little experience playing with poi (I could do a 2 beat weave) but after about a week of practicing I was talked into having my first burn. I don’t recommend fire until your conformable without it, but sometimes you’ve gotta run before you can crawl.
I needed to get better. I practiced countless hours and learned a few tricks (practicing alone, with my friend and by watching tutorials online) and eventually learned to transition between them.
I started hanging out with other burners, I had bonfires with other fire artists (poi, rope dart, fire chucks, fire breathing, etc) truly amazing people and lifelong friends, went to shows, events and really grew as a person. I became more confident and happy.
The defining moment came when I learned to move around the poi. Until then, poi was a challenge, something to master. Once I could step around my poi while they maintained their plane (stepping from a butterfly into a butterfly buzz-saw, etc), it became fun. I danced with them and let them flow. My body was finding new movements, transitions and geometries that built into my style, no longer just a series of tricks. This allowed my art to be taken to a new level. Now each few minutes fire spinning flooded me with energy and a drive to grow.
I’m grateful for time. The summer of 2012 was one of the most enjoyable times in my life. I worked as a glassblower, vending at festivals every weekend. I met hundred of amazing people, heard hundreds of bands and DJ’s and had the time to practiced spinning. I even managed to get a few gigs performing for festivals and even city events.
Now poi is one of the biggest parts of my life. It’s taught me the rewards of dedication, discipline and practice and how important it can be to push through one’s plateaus. Poi has made my body strong, agile and flexible. I feel balanced inside and out.
Now that I am off to travel the world I’m leaving many things behind but I’m bringing my fire poi. My friends, family my entire familiar world will be me in the minutes lost in the flames, spinning in some far off land.
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