One of the reasons why I love going to the beach is because it’s one of the best places to spin a fire poi. Ever since I got acquainted with this hobby, a visit to Laiya, Puerto Galera, or Boracay is never complete without a night session among my friends.
What is a poi? It means “ball” to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand. They primarily used it as a tool to increase flexibility, strength, and coordination.
Nowadays, aside from being a hobby toy, it is also being used as a performance skill. Fire poi spinning is considered by some to be the most difficult and dangerous type of performance poi.
Below is a simple video which tells the story of my first burn (a term that refers to the first time a person will spin a fire poi). I can still vividly remember that night when I learned how to face my fears and got the courage to take the risk. I hope that this will inspire you to likewise do the same in your life.
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Author’s note: Please do not try this without professional supervision.
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