First Hand / Second Hand
The hand that does the majority of work in putting the hoop in motion is your First Hand. Naturally the other hand would be your Second Hand. You would think that if you are right handed, then your right hand is your First Hand. It is not always true!
Flow… I will let you to define what flow means to you on your own. To me ‘flow’ is natural, comfortable way of moving with a hoop without thinking of the next trick to do.
There are a variety of tapes used in hooping industry. Gaffer tape adds grip. It is a strong tape with a rough texture and is very popular in hoop making.
An artistic movement involving dancing with one or more hoops used as a prop or dance partner.
A gathering of hoopers to meet for fun, practice, and share their skills.
Spinning the hoop, while keeping it stationary in space.
When you are not inside of a hoop. Off body moves are performed on your hands, elbows, feet, or around your body. The hoop can also be tossed and rolled.
When you are inside of a hoop. On Body moves are when a hoop spins around your torso, legs, head, or neck.
The angle of your hoop. It is very important to know planes to keep your angles straight. Hoop spinning parallel to the ground is called Horizontal Plane. When you are standing, and hooping at the waist, you are hooping on the Horizontal Plane. Hoop is positioned perpendicular to the ground is called Vertical Plane.
Polypro hoops are fast, light-weight performance hoops. Polypropylene, also known as polypropene, is a type of plastic used for tubing.
Pounds per Square Inch. Most hoops are made with Polyethylene tubing, which is mainly used for irrigation. PSI measures how many pounds of water pressure per square inch the tubing can handle. It is the best way to tell how thick and heavy the tubing is. Hula hoops are usually made with tubing that ranges from around 100psi (light) to 160psi (heavier).
A Reversal means a change in current. As in going from hooping to the left, to hooping to the right, from move forward to move backwards. The key distinction in a reverse is that the current changes.
The art of separating hoops onto different areas of the body when multi hooping.
This is when the hoop is stalled in one place on your body. It is achieved by spinning in the same direction as the hoop with the same speed resulting in the hoop staying in one position on your body.
The act of switching your grip on the hoop from the outside surface to the inside and vice versa. Often done by carrying the hoop on the thumb or other surface of the hand as grip is adjusted.
To keep your body consistently spinning while hooping. There are many tips to keep from getting dizzy, such as either focusing on the ground or your hoop.
A toss is a throw of a hoop in the air. You actually completely let go of a hoop before you catch it again.
Hooping with two hoops.