I was also thinking 'I don't think anyone hoops below the knees', then the very next discussion I read was about how good a hooper Brecken is, I'd never heard of her so checked her out on Youtube and saw her do this:
Are you looking to hoop on the ankles or shins? I can keep it going on my ankles and shins with no problem, but there really isn't anywhere to with it except back up or play with it like a Skip-It and jump back in. I really wish I had a camera to show you what it looks like, but the one vid mentioned below by Breken shows it pretty well.
I actually push with the back outside of my calf when it's on my shins and the back outisde of my ankle when it's on the ankles. I then use the toe kick method to get it back up from the ankles or shimmy it up from the shins. It's something new (for me) I've been working on, so this as best a description I can think of for now :-)
I have recently gotten this down pretty well, and I really enjoy doing it! I think it looks super cool, and I don't find it painful at all. I basically do the same movement as knee hooping. Maybe I can put together a tutorial today or tomorrow. I'm a clockwise hooper and I basically "pull" the hoop around with my right leg, similar to knee hooping.
To me, hooping below the knees is the same as hooping at the knees. Regardless of direction, you have a puller leg and pusher leg. (sorry I only show clockwise here.) The puller leg does most of the work, but the pusher leg is also important, I think more-so than when knee hooping. The puller leg can do little kicks to the side to get more momentum. As with all tricks, its about the rhythm.
To move the hoop downward I slow down very slightly and minimize my movements, letting the hoop travel down. To move the hoop upward I use my pusher leg to give it tiny shoves upward, just as I do when knee hooping. (as you can see the hoop gets kinda sideways wonky when Im doing this, something I need to work on.)
I never found this particularly painful, maybe just a tad in the beginning when the hoop would bang around some. I love wearing my CONS when ankle hooping cause it offers me the perfect combo of style and protection. :^P
I hope this helps! Any questions, please ask. Good Luck and Happy Hooping!!!
Actually, you can have a pusher leg or a puller leg but you can also have both legs going forward/forward/forward/forward like you're doing constant little kicks, kind of like one of those kossack dancers only your knees are straight. It looks like you do that also in here. This push/push/push/push creates the same forward/back push I mention in my Leg Hooping Tutorial. Using the front/back pushes (you only have to do the front pushes - it wraps around back naturally) doesn't bind you up because your feet aren't turned in toward each other. Your feet are both straight ahead. You can turn if you want and yet you can also stand in place.
If you can find any of Sass Schultz's videos on youtube she does it a lot and you can see if very clearly ... even in some of her fire hooping videos.
Very cool, thanks for posting this! Unfortunately I'm cursed with super-sensitive ankles X-[ but I'm going to try it on the calves at least & maybe work my way down as the pain permits! I need to buy some hi-tops too!