Im a beginner and live in the mountains, so needless to say, I dont have a mentor. I wanted to know truthfully, would you or should you pay money to learn?.. I know there are some cool benifits to the online course but when its all said and done its around 300 bucks. You tube is free but not as personal. Either way it is only going to happen with how bad I want it. I just wanted some opinions.Thanks for Reading :)
I like both for different reasons.
When I started I just did youtube videos because I wasn't sure hooping is what I really wanted to commit to. Once I realized I was going to hoop every day I signed up for SaFire's online courses. For me I was well beyond the tricks in seeding when I started but I discovered a lot of things to refine my routines from the classes. She doesn't just work on tricks but also ways to make your hooping smoother and intergrating moves.
To date I have taken both seeding classes and breaks and reversals. That class has been the hardest for me but it has also pushed me to improve in leaps and bounds on my alternative current.
TLDR: You can learn lots of tricks from the internet. Take classes to improve your overall flow.
I personal found the classes very beneficial.. i start by learning on youtube to see if i would even like it. i would say if you enjoy hooping you should definitely invest in the classes (i would recommend buy the discounted double packet). Youtube doesn't break down the move as well as Safire does and you get the class FOREVER!!
ladies!! I got alot of claritiy from reading your replys, and thank you for all your hoop love.
Safire is an extremely good teacher, and you do get quite a lot of material/tricks to go through so they are also value for money. I would say, perhaps try and learn core moves from youtube if money is tight. E.g Waist, chest, knees and the vortex. See how you get on. If you find you are struggling but still want to progress, then go for the appropriate online class.
I have only been hooping for 6 months but I am already on the material in the Blooming classes, I learnt nearly all of it from Safire. It really helped me to have moves broken down in steps thoroughly yet simply as that is how I learn best. This way I felt like I was given all the key info straight off instead of muddling my way through, wasting time with trial and error, and getting more frustrated and demoralised than I needed to be (I guess I am a bit of a perfectionist!) ;)
Generally, in my opinion I would also say that Safire's tutorials are of a much higher quality than ones I've found for free on youtube. (More detailed, clearer instruction, slow motion demos in both currents, examples of how to link tricks together, different angles/views, Safire gives you tips if you post any problems). You get what you pay for, she is a true professional. That's not to say you can't learn things off YT or that there aren't some great free tutorials out there, but I felt the need to give credit where its due! I guess it all depends on your natural aptitude for hooping and how you learn best :)
If you can afford it, do it!! Not everything is available on youtube :(
I watched youtube videos for about 5 months and then decided to take safires classes, starting at Seeding 2 since I had already learned some stuff from youtube. I think it depends on how much you want to learn. If you are serious about hooping and really want to learn, I would suggest taking the classes. So far I would say they are worth it.