So I realised that i have posted quite a few threads about multi hoops and splitting but they are all over the place. So i just though I might collate all the things i have written in to one thread. So i can add to it in one place.
So there are a few different schools of though when it comes to splitting and multi hoops. I think everyone should work out what works best for them. For me my training really stepped up when I learned about the techniques used in trational circus training when I was lucky enough to spend a few weeks training at Fruit Flys Circus with Yos Worth who is an amazing hoops trainer.
Preparing to learn Splitting
This may sound really horrible but i'm not trying to sounds that way. But i think a lot of people who learn hooping the hoop dance way may have a lot of problems with splitting.
The main reason for this is that to smoothly split and maintain multi hoops easily you need to push your hoop in a complete circle rather than back front or side side and a lot of hoop dance work shops teach that method. You also need to focus on your body being one rod pushing a circle from the feet like a column rather than waist and knees doing to different rhythms.
With practice you can learn this here are a few things to focus on in your hooping to help you learn if you want to try.
I think if you drill those things each with one hoop for a while and try and keep them in mind when you move on to splitting you will have a lot more luck.
Lastly when you are splitting it can help to slowly turn in the direction of the hoops, this action kind of forces your body to do a full circle with you push so you will find it a bit easier.
Thank you for this! It's been really helpful. I've been focusing on keeping the knee motion circular. Splitting isn't an issue, but the knee/waist combo is still tough! Working on it.
Thanks for the tips. I knew the front-back side-side wouldn't work!
Some great advise! I have the most trouble maintaining the waist and knee hoops while multihooping. i have no problems with three on my torso, however, which i'm told is highly unusual. do you have any tips for maintain the bottom two hoops while quadhooping?
No i don't think that is highly unusual the knee waist combo is probably the hardest of all. Probably the best thing to do would be to drill all of your combinations with just two hoops with one always on the knees. Some times always training with all the hoops will actually make it harder to perfect the knees. Unfortunately this one just takes lots of time and drilling.