THE ART OF ILLUSION
Pole Sport is made of tricks, otherwise known as figures or postures are as varied as imagination is capable to create, as force able to produce and as mind strong enough to carry. During the course, Pole Tricks are performed based on the level of difficulty and physical capabilities of the learner; namely, his strength, his level of resistance to the pain, his flexibility and the mastery of the technique. It is recommended to first simulate and work the trick from the ground, then half way up on the pole, then incorporate it in a combination of several tricks.
We examine four levels of tricks that will allow to identify in practice for learners:
· Tricks Beginner level: We quote the Climb (Fireman), the Open V (Inverted) or even a few figures with different hooks on the pole to train the body to withstand various pressures and incorporate lifting mechanisms. Will be more willing to practice on static pole but it is possible to introduce the learner to spinning pole on short sequences in order to start getting used to the spin.
· Tricks Intermediate level: We quote the Ayesha (Handstand on the pole) and the Brass Monkey (Inverted hand free) tricks that are demanding a relative flexibility. The intermediate level is a - more or less long - passage up to the advanced level in which it is important to work in strength and flexibility. It is also a step during which the student train to master combinations of tricks on static and spinning pole.
· Tricks Advanced level: we quote the Cocoon or Jade, (Split on the pole) to tricks that require a confirmed flexibility and a level of acquired force. This level gives the ability to create combinations of more complex tricks, as well on the spinning and static pole.
· Tricks Pro level: We quote the Iron X (Human flag) or the Spatchcock (Extreme split on the pole) and tricks that are combining a very advanced flexibility and total force control. This level can take over all of the tricks of the lower levels to make them more complex or bring variations.
This categorization of tricks is simply a marker according to the level of difficulty they represent. This means not only learning beginners can run a Brass Monkey. The pole tricks practice should be adapted to each student, according to his strength, his flexibility, but also be listening of his fears and his feelings.
Learning Pole Sport is a matter of patience, perseverance and consistency. The learner must be able to be in an optimal concentration, in a breathing control and allow the muscles to relax at the right time. Progress is not simply to move from one level to another, but above all to master the technique, to allow the accomplishment of figures in grace and fluidity.
It is at this point that we succeed to create the illusion that the execute trick is "easy", while it's just became better with training which allow the beauty of a figure to be revealed.