Posts Tagged ‘flow’

Exciting Hoop-rizons: Looking Ahead to 2012!

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

by Sean Stogner

Isn’t it funny how the fresh start and new beginnings a new year brings inevitably bring up quite a bit of nostalgia about the previous year? Well, now that we’ve got all that awesome nostalgia out of our system, let’s start taking a look ahead to what will be, what might be, and what we’re wishing for in the year to come. Will 2012 mean hooping of epic proportions, what new developments will take place in the realm of hoop construction, and (most anticipated) will the sky be falling anytime soon?

Firstly, we look back in order to prepare ourselves for the onslaught of the incredible achievements about to take place. So what exactly gets our gears grinding and get us thinking about the possibilities for the new year?

POI CLOCK! Oh yeah! Yuta has created this great little clock/widget which plays a 5 second video every 5 seconds. And the best part is, it’s all poi! Check it out:

What’s exciting is the notion that someone could easily make a hoop clock version. And what better clock could there be, either at the workplace, or at home? Also his World Poi Clock is interactive, with users submitting the videos that will populate the clock. Exciting stuff indeed.

Another piece of awesomeness that might be coming this year is the integration of Google+ into the hooping community at large. I mean Philo of already got us kicked off in style with his New Year hoop jam Hangout. Of course G+ has a long way to go in terms of its user base, but think of the possibilites…Video interactions are a breeze, hoop ideas move from the text based forum to the real time video interface age. And meeting up with your hoop idols becomes something you can do on a Thursday afternoon coffee break! In all honesty, Google+ is a better social network platform than facebook in terms of user experience, with the one issue right now being the number of users experiencing it. Hopefully, that can change in 2012. And, if you find your way to G+, how’s about adding us to your circles, eh? Troo Hoops on Google+

And Thom Thumb is dedicating himself to a full year of videos with his concept: Flow 365! It’s both a meditation and an exercise in self-discipline as Thom attempts to capture his experiences each day with a video.

But what else is really on the horizon for this calendar year? Well those innovations are up to you guys! Let us know what your hoop dreams, goals, and ideas are for the year. It can be simple, or you can reach for the stars. Either post it to our Facebook Page, or tweet us: @troohoops #Hoop2012. Here are a few goals that have come our way:

  • Start teaching
  • Dedicated focus on mini hoops
  • Off body hooping
  • Leg hooping
  • Just getting off our butt and hooping, no matter what we’re practicing!

All awesome resolutions, and certainly something achievable. And if you’re struggling to stay focused with your resolutions, check out this article on GyroPulse, and inspired by Thom Thumb called “Structured Play”. There are some awesome tips for staying focused and making your practice more productive. Good luck everyone, and have a hoopy 2012!

5 Great Hooping Styles to Emulate

Thursday, December 1st, 2011

by Sean Stogner

We all envision ourselves as being a certain way, as hooping with a certain flair, as performing with a special something. But sometimes it can be hard to pinpoint exactly what it is about our hooping that we want to express. Perhaps it’s a carefree, wild, go with the flow attitude. On the other hand you may be leaning towards a more stoic, intense and sometimes authoritative approach. But what comes out on video or during a show may not exactly match the awesome-sauce that’s going on in your head.

Here are a few great examples of hoopers with a distinctive style. Hoopers who have discovered not only what they want to express, but the physicality specific to making that expression understood. Perhaps through examining what it is you like about their flow, you can more accurately direct your own feelings or emotions.

Brecken Rivara

This girl certainly spins with her own unique grace, if you can call it that. By mixing pinpoint accuracy and control over the hoop with body movement more akin to drunken boxing, she is able to create a sense of unpredictability. She also utilizes levels well by transitioning from upright all the way down to the ground. All in all, the seemingly erratic movements help to emphasize the moments of intent within her routine, as if she has somehow snapped out of a trance.

Malcolm Stuart

This guy exudes fabulous from the tips of fingers all the way down to the soles of his airbrush enlivened shoes. His style makes great use of his height and lankiness, making him seem like a make-believe character, a hooper too fantastical to really be. By coordinating him arm motions to trace the movements of his hoop, or through the use of his legs to add an air of illusion to his movements, he is able to make the hoop seem an extension of himself.

Rich Porter

He is the essence of what “male hooper” means. A stoic figure, feet firmly planted on the ground with a rigid control over the bounds of his hooping domain. His moves are both powerful and controlled, but he also adds a touch of uncertainty to the mix by slowing down from time to time and focusing all of his attention. He embodies the notion of an “isopop” through his isolated movements punctuated by bursts of speed and energy.


The other half of the duo that created “Hoop Technique” tempers the masculine energy given off by Rich through graceful, well-thought out movements.  She mixes off-body movements with flowing transition to bring the hoop seamlessly back onto her core. And she even looks super flowy by wearing this incredible outfit.


This guy just loves to dance, move and play, and you can tell. And I’m sure hooping blind folded has certainly helped to foster his own sense of style, as it forced him to feel not only where the hoop went, but how it got there. His style focuses primarily on how the hoop interacts with his body movement, so much of his hooping is actually unplanned and impromptu.

These are just a few examples of some very different styles out there. In the end, it’s up to you to discover your own personal style, and these videos are just tools to helping you better express that style.