can't figure it out on my own and i also can't seem to find any videos to help me out. i an get the corkscrew down, which i assume is essentially the same thing, but now that i've tried it a bajillion times (including multiple whacks to the head >.<) i just don't get it... any tippers, hand movement explainations, or videos that could help me out here?
Hi Carolyn! The windmill is essentially a weave performed in front & behind your head but with both hoops. Your hands will be very close to the top of your head once you get the move down.
Here's the thing: One hand will be doing a backward weave and one will be going forward. me, for instance -- I'm holding a hoop in the right hand, palm up and hoop in left hand, palm down. Leading with the right hand I bring the right hoop behind my head and left hoop in front of my face, drop the back hoop into weave, bring it up and drop left hoop behind head and right hoop in front of face. aaannnddd repeat!
You need to have the forwards and backwards weave with both hands to feel comfortable to you.
i can do it with poi no problem, i just can't get the hand movements with the hoops. i'll give your move a shot, sounds way simpler than it is >.br />
i should probably practice the backwards weave too, i'm not so hot with that yet ^.^
Yes, practice the backwards weave and the forwards weave with BOTH hands. For me, twin hooping moves usually "click" after I spend a while drilling the motion (one hoop/hand at a time) until I can do it effortlessly, without thinking. THEN I focus on synching the two hoops/hands together.
I had to drill it a lot, like Tangled Macrame said, with each hand before trying together.
I wish I was able to make a video for you! Maybe in a few days once my back stops hurting (falling on ice is not fun, apparently) I'll see if I can get a quick video up, at least of my hand positioning.
PS I just wanted to make sure I understood. If I am doing reverse weave with my right and forward weave with my left I am always doing reverse with my right and always forward with my left I do not switch that? And this is done in split timing? thanks!
Yep, split timing but it's sped up so it's almost like quarter-timing (hard to explain) but there is a strange rhythm to it. but you can reverse the weave i.e. your right can do a forward weave and left do a backward weave.
my back is sooo much better, thank you! I'm off today so I will try to do video or two today. :)
ok, so i've got the backward weave down, but STILL don't undestand the concept of the windmill..it's hard. i can do it with one hand, but not both. i don't think i have the correct hand movements quite yet
I find when I'm trying to learn a poi-style move it really helps, especially when integrating the two hoops, to go through the motions super-slow for a while. That way I can figure out what needs to go where when... & after practicing that way for a while, my muscle memory gets the idea & before long I can speed it up. Use your lightest hoops for this & don't worry about the awkwardness of surface switches &c. in slo-mo-- the momentum will take care of a lot of that once you can get the timing right.
For the windmill make sure you are in split time... also, I learned the moves first away from my face to remove the fear factor (I am not fond of nosebleeds)! Only when I got the two weaves integrated comfortably did I begin to move them up to my face.