I just had to get on here and write a little something about this trick that Stephen Storey put up the other week. First I want to know if anyone has seen this move done before. feel free to chime in. I consider myself a Twirlin’ historian and I haven’t seen it.
So I think it is necessary for the few of us to acknowledge the new stuff. Especially because we often see new Twirlers building their foundation on everything that was done before (and there is nothing wrong with that BTW).
I’ve always found it a bit disturbing that so many of the brothers (and a few women) Twirlin’ claim moves or styles as there own because of some recent acclaim. My personal opinion is that moves used for transition or to start another move shouldn’t be claimed as someone’s own, unless we look back to the few who started Twirlin’ in the mid 1980s.
I remember counting the moves that I (and some of the people who came up around the same time) originated, like the “matrix” or the “one handed body wrap” or the “360 neck wrap” … but I honestly haven’t seen anything as unique as what Stephen Storey has done in the past decade or so outside of my own and some of the moves that Paco does. I can remember reading a book of tricks that Damien Findley had written out back in 2000 and thinking there is no way to master all of these, or watching Zorro’s moves from the late 1990s.
During the 2011 Kappa Conclave i was talking with a bunch of people while Twirlin, and I said that the only totally unique tricks that could be produced would require some type of martial arts or acrobatics, and Stephen definitely went there. So I just want to say Kudos to the new, and that its one of the few things that keeps us hitting it.
Happy 101st J5 to all the Nupes here. Some bros hit me up about Twirlin today, and asking “what can make them good”, as if a few words could substitute practice. To all the Twirlers out there. The biggest difference between most and someone like Paco or myself is control. It looks significantly better when you don’t have to chase the cane, or you dont have that “spare hand” waving at everyone (LOL). I don’t care how many tricks you do, we can all do 99% of them, but a controlled flow is what makes the best of the best obvious. Its so controlled that it looks like 1 continuous movement. Twirlin’ is about a lot of things like cane freestyle for instance, and we all have that going. But the best stuff looks like Jazz, it looks intuitive, you know it when you see it. Keep your balance 😉
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These guys are still the greatest…can you match it?
James, Warren, and Nyas Berry did a dance act with some amazing jumps and splits. See what they do after jumping off the balcony.
Written By: James Felton Keith
The Cane Critique:
Necessity is the mother of invention. I’ve heard Drew Brown say in the past that he has spent 10’s of thousands of hours repairing broken canes, and he simply needed something more robust. I actually have one of the plastic canes, Drew sent me one, and I experienced the difference. A much lighter prop than wood. In the Twirlin’ community we often hear “respect the wood”, because of the potential for its hard structure to make our bodies black and blue…LOL. Drew had a cane (at Klave) that was wrapped heavy with tape (not the one he used to balance in the show), and the weight/impact of it on his limbs is comparable to wood, but its ability to bounce off of a surface is much greater. That is an advantage that no competitors have.
On one end of the spectrum an opposing Kanemaster could say that Drew’s approach isn’t fair, on the other, he changed the art of Twirlin’ structurally and strategically; But, I’m not an extremist. When practicing for a battle everyone Twirlin’ is thinking about which moves will appeal to the Twirlers and the crowd. We’re usually thinking of Twirlin as a rigid craft with parameters that only allow a certain set of moves, and for one competitor to come along and deliver a balancing act coupled with some juggling and mild Twirlin’, one should be compelled to ask the question: Did Drew’s Twirlin’ presentation just change the way in which a KaneMaster competition could be won? The reality is that none of us on that stage (including Drew) had enough time to perform what we actually wanted to in its entirety, but, we all charged to make due with what time and space we had to execute the best. While its a shame for the onlookers, it has nothing to do with the successful and failed execution of the Twirlers (including myself).
Consistent with the elements of elitism and prestige that any fraternity is designed to have in order to keep out the rif raf, Twirlin’ has a conservative community. Whether we are referencing the transition from flow to speed to tricks between the masters of the 1980’s and 1990’s to the present, as so elaborated on in A Brief History of Twirlin’. Brothers wise reaction to Drew’s win was that it was “other-than” Twirlin’ with the use of different tools and therefore unwarranted. Perhaps his presentation lacks couth, perhaps his statements lacks the necessary deference. Rhetoric here is important and the instead of using language like “I’m the 1st
official KaneMaster, per KAPsi” a better way to acknowledge his win should be “I won the 1st official KaneMaster contest endorsed by KAPsi”. The statements reads similar but they are very different. When Kappa’s started stepping in step shows, the first winners weren’t oblivious to the teams, styles, and expertise that came before them. There are dozens of KaneMasters from before the age of Yogi on forward…
I’d just like to say congrats to Drew, and that I’m looking forward to the next competition. 😉
Our publisher is unsure if it will be able to make our high demands for the week of July 4 in Indianapolis. We’re just finishing edits and critiques. But we’re trying to get this out ASAP. At the very least it will be available on Amazon and at Barnes & Nobel book stores both online/physical.
#BehindSchedule It’ll be difficult to have physical copies of the Brief #History of #Twirlin’ book @KappaKonclave #Klave
Find the History of Twirlin’ to be published everywhere HERE