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Shape Matrix Went Poi Chat Viral

5 Mar

Michael Todd posted my 2014 Shape Matrix in Poi Chat and it got 353 shares and 462 likes. It’s a rework from 2012, and a new flower shape matrix will be available for purchase soon.

A photo posted by Lorq Nichols (@spin.science) on


A Shape Matrix is like a multiplication table for tricks (moves, patterns) that you can do with your left or right hand. Flower shapes with the left hand are matched up with flower shapes of the right hand.   A flower is when the prop is rotating around the hand and the hand is rotating around the shoulder. So flowers are a study of rotation around rotation, or compound circles.   Each flower shape moves through very specific positions as the arm travels around in a circle. You can switch to other shapes that move through the same position, and each position has only so many shapes that it can move into. These are all shown in wall plane, but we can copy/paste them onto other planes and move through different planes at the same time (3d/atomic). To start, focus on spinning your prop with the hand up, down, with the arm open to the side, and with the arm crossed to the side. Practice spinning your prop in front of the body and behind the body in each of these positions, and practice with your arms to the diagonals as well. Begin to move your hand in a circle slowly and focus on drawing the flower shape that you intend, eventually moving toward making clear shapes. Stop the arm and continue the spin of the prop to reset. Begin moving the arm when the prop is at the appropriate position for the flower shape you want to make and … drill. Make sure to practice with both hands.


CAP Definition for Poi Chat and Tech Poi

22 Feb

I made this animation for a discussion in Poi Chat about CAPs (Continuous Assembly Patterns)

3 definitions for CAP:

1. CAP most often refers to the combined shape of extension and diamond antispin where the hand(s) reverse direction every half circle… changing from inspin to antispin (the prop doesn’t reverse direction so the relationship between the hand and the prop change.

2. CAP can also refer to the C-cap hand path described above, combining shapes other than Extension and Diamond Antispin. 
The pattern in this animation is Box Antispin transitioning into 2 petal inspin (vertical).

A video posted by Lorq Nichols (@spin.science) on


3. CAP as it was originally intended stands for Continuous Assembly Pattern, and means ANY PATTERN THAT COMBINES DIFFERENT STUFF AND REPEATS…. so there’s 8 step caps and 40 step caps and…. WHAT CAN YOU MAKE THAT REPEATS (that is more than a single pattern)? That’s a cap.

LORQ:TECH #50: ~ Another Toroid Snack ~

22 Apr

The cross point of a figure 8 is pointed either down or up and the angle at the cross point is stretched to 90 degrees.  Either the left or right hand is leading the figure 8.  Whichever hand is leading bends up to floor plane (45 degrees at the cross point) while the trailing hand becomes the leading hand.

LORQ:TECH #48: ~NINJA FLOW 2 (Tether and Throws Flow 2)

16 Apr

Continuing to explore tether manipulations combined with throws.  New Ninja combinations not yet shown, with many more combinations in videos to come.

LORQ:TECH #47: ~Tether and Throws Flow~

10 Apr

This is the best 2 poi I’ve caught on film so far.
Music: “Oakland Rope” by Claude VonStroke ft. Fox & Py

In addition to lots of gunsling wrist-wraps, continuous arm rolls, throws,
and all that stuff combined, you get:

0:00- Tether manip on top petal of 2-Petal Vertical Prospin (Underhand)
0:23- Tether manip on top petal of 2-Petal Vertical Prospin (Overhand)
0:46- Gunsling wrist-wraps to Together-time Same-direction 1-Petal Inspin (Petal pointing left)
1:06- Gunsling wrist-wrap vs. continuous contact roll
2:55- 4-Petal Diamond Antispin throw (over top, extension at bottom) vs. 2-Petal Horizontal Prospin.
3:01- 4-Petal Diamond Antispin vs. no-beat toss
4:48- gunsling wrist-wrap (2 versions) vs. 2-beat reels (underneath shoulder and above shoulder).

Did I mention Slow-Motion!


TUTORIAL: ~Gunsling Wrist-Wraps~

6 Apr

Due to Popular Request: a Tutorial on the tether manipulations found in my last video “Gunsling Wrist-Wraps.”

“Slide up the tether, wrap, move to the other side of the body, and unwrap.”

Music: “Nude” (Justin Martin Remix).

LORQ:TECH #46: ~Gunsling Wrist-Wraps~

25 Mar

2 Poi Dopeness. Illusional tether manipulations that pinch like a gunslinger, then do an extra wrap (twist) around the wrist before changing sides of the arm and unwrapping. It took a while to get them clean, but they look really good when done well.

LORQ:TECH #41 ~9 Flower Families! (with Trails)~

18 Jan

One hybrid is used to show 9 different planar relationships of the poi to the hands (With Glow Trails! Check it out!)

My favorites (in order) are @2:03, 1:25… okay the toroid at 0:50 looks sweet with the trails too.

0:07 –Poi rotating in Wall Plane on Y and Wall Plane on X {2D}
0:18 –Poi rotating in Wheel Plane on Y and Wall Plane on X (bending in Floor) {Helical-Toroidal)
0:38 –Poi rotating in Wheel Plane on Y and Wheel Plane on X {Helical}
0:50 –Poi rotating in Wheel Plane on Y and Floor Plane on X (bending in Wall) {Toroidal- Diamond Mode}
1:07 –Poi rotating in Floor Plane on Y and Floor Plane on X {Helical}
1:25 –Poi rotating in Wall Plane on Y and Floor Plane on X (bending in Wheel) {Helical-Toroidal}
1:47 –Poi rotating in Wall Plane on Y and Wheel Plane on X (bending in Floor) {Helical-Toroidal}
2:03 –Poi rotating in Floor Plane on Y and Wheel Plane on X (bending in Wall) {Toroidal- Box Mode}
2:29 –Poi rotating in Floor Plane on Y and Wall Plane on X (bending in Wheel) {Helical-Toroidal}
2:43 –Flow Jam showing some flow with the concepts.

72 Arm Path– Square Version (Teaser)

31 Dec



Colored tiles represents positions of the arms in 3D space.  Positive (+) and negative (-) are assigned to each of three axes.  Each large position tile represents one of nine possibilites of the left and right arm on 3 axes.  Left is pink and Right is Cyan. Each large position tile represents 4 positions of the arms.  (++, –, +-, -+).  Each middle-sized position tile represents two positions of the arms, each with a mirror, making 4 small position tiles in the itty-bitty squares.  white dots represent the arm being on the “positive” side of the axis, while the black dots represent the arms’ position on the “negative” side of the axis.  

All tiles are viewed as from the back of a teacher, the back of a stage, or the back of yourself staring out at an audience.  

The two heand will each move in either wall plane, wheel plane, or floor plane.

72 Arm Path- Hex Version (Teaser)

28 Dec

72 Arm Path Transition chart. Colors represent position of the arms in 3d space.

Grids, keys, and page-by-page breakdowns to come.


Look for upcoming Book of Arm Paths releases.