This post of Rich's and video of Baxter opened up a lot of new moves for me:
I'd love to discuss it with you guys. Anyone working on similar stuff? Or maybe did a workshop on touch technique, or maybe plays with a contact staff?
I'm planning to make contact technique a part of my practice. it is also a great thing to do in the winter when I don't have a lot of space.
edit: also found this video:
I was introduced to the touch technique at at the Edmonton 2011 Hoop Path, and I try to incorporate it into my practice. After watching that amazing video, I am really inspired to play with it way more. I also need to play more with my contact staff.
Baxter painted a really vivid scene for us, describing the future, when we are all too old to hoop balls out to super fast music. Picture a time, 50 years from now... It's 6am, and a young 18 year old girl is driving home from being out all night partying. She is decked out in her party gear, whatever is in style in 50 years, probably another 80's revival, but with color changing hair and eyeball tattoo. She looks out of her car while driving by a park and she sees a group of old people, moving in silent meditation with their hoops in the early dawn light. Moving as slowly as a Tai Chi practitioners, using touch technique. She calls us wierdos and drives away.