Do any of the online classes offered here go over hooping on the body with more than one hoop? I don't have any clue about split time, etc. I can do minis off body, but I can't hoop with one at the chest, one at the waist. Where do I begin to learn this kind of hooping??
Hi Serena! Not sure about online classes, which is your original question, but I've taken a workshop on it with Bunny Hoop Star and the biggest revelation for me was that in order to keep the hoops split (one at chest, one at waist) you have to keep your core and spine much stiffer and more rigid than with normal hooping with one hoop. It feels weird, at least it did for me. Basically you engage/tighten your abs while you're hooping. Depending on what kind of shape you're in, it might hurt a little! LOL (but not really). The technique is old-school circus-style hooping, something a little different than the way most of us here hoop.
Just to add to Khan's description - you need to create a 'dish' with your body. Stand up straight, feet about waist width apart. Tighten your thighs, tuck your butt under and squeeze it, tighten your abs and lift your floating rib cage. Really drive those hoops on your waist while holding your dish, then your can start to moving your ribs separately in a circle (the same way that you hoop), to bring one hoop up. You isolate the movement in your ribs so the top hoop can climb up, while your dish position holds the hoop on the waist. It might take a bit of time to get the hang of standing still and tall, when a lot of us are used to moving around, but trust me, it's worth it when you get it in the end :)
I have done a fair bit of training with Yos who is the person that trained bunny in her circus hoop technique.
Although it is possible to learn a three split and maybe even a 4 after that you really need to have the correct form to progress and even with those the circus form will help it feel sturdy, in control and graceful.
I would recommend looking around for a circus school in you area and seeing if they have a hoop teacher, the best ones will be if you can find a Russian or Chinese trainer or a trainer who has done a lot of training in either of those countrys.
Other wise, if it is your only option an online class will help.
Also i have posted some tips to think about in relation to form that are great to keep in mind while you are trying to teach yourself.
also don't fret if you really can't find a trainer, If you work really hard you can get pretty far, I did not have a trainer at all for 4 years and in that time i got up too 4 hoops( But that was a lot of working things out for my self). Then I went and worked with Yos for a week last year which was great, luckily my form was not to bad. But after her corrections and help i'm up to 6 hoops after around 3 months so i think working with a good trainer will help you learn things much faster.
This is a very advanced part of hooping. It took me some years to be able to do this (see my photos). I was actually thinking about trying to have a triplets class, but didn't know if there would be any real interest in that. I think we need a group for those hoopers. Let me know your thoughts. I could do a video to show you some pointers on it?