First Portland footblog
This is the first entry in the Sole Purpose footbag group's shred journal. We will be recording the highlights from our sessions throughout the week.
Team met in Pioneer Square, we have been doing a lot of demo work there ever since they re-opened it to footbag and hack. For those who don't know about Pioneer Square, it is the one of the original central footbag shred locations, if not the very first. For decades (since the early seventies) it has been the place footbaggers have gone to play. Almost any time of day, there is a hack circle happening. About a year and a half ago, we were kicked out for being a public disturbance. Two weeks ago, they reinstated footbag in the square. Things are back to normal, and we are doing demos down there for the crowds again.
Great shred session. Everyone was on, Noah has stepped up his game a lot, and is playing a lot more aggressively and confident. Nick is still messing with a lot of concepts sets. He has the best form of anyone in the group, hardly makes a sound when he plays. Brian is a machine, pure cardio. He has a high consistancy ratio. Each one of us has totally different styles. Nick is doing again a lot of cutting edge moves, sets and stalls, phasing set, doof stalls, reverse whirling moves and so on. I think his style is going to be more of the standard in the future, while the tradition style such as mine is going to be more dated. Nick is the innovator of the group, and turning moves I would have previously considered random into standard combination worthy tricks. Brian plays more traditionally, with a strong grasp on the technical. Much like Jim Penske, he hammers through stepping/atomic/quantum combos with easy. He is already beginning to master good tripless runs, but more importantly, he is opening up his game to a wider variety of moves, including a fair amount of spins and ducks. He has great endurance, and I believe he will be the next freestyler in Portland to hit Nemesis. Noah has upped his game a great deal, when we first started kicking, he was very much an uptime player. These days I see a lot of my own game in his combos, he has a pretty even mix of technical and spining/ducking/uptime/downtime combinations. His variety has increased greatly, he is going to start hitting 5+ fearless soon. Out of the new guys in Portland, his game has become the most big add. For myself, my game is back on track after about a month and a half of injuries, thought I was out there for a little while. I have a few goals now, I want to BSOS Blurriest Swirl, increase my fearless record, and get my Nemesis solid again, as well as get fury set completely solid on my right side again (had to stop because of knee problems with the set). On a side note, all the guiltless freestylers in the SP posse can hit fury set decently now. Brian is picking up his flipside now pretty easy. Great session again. The skill level of the group is high, I don't believe I would be kicking like I am without these kids pushing me. Our circles have a positive none competitive vibe, but for sure everyone is out to lay it down and get better.
Highlights from the Session:
Lots of flip stuff including Paradox Barrage, Blurry Whirl, and Phoenix. Though it is not noticable usually, I am grinding him about working his flipside. Also will be pushing him on increasing his consistancy, though I understand when pioneering brand new moves linking in and out of them can take time. When all of that comes together though it will look super good. Also hit Blurry Blender both sides, one was brand new.
Hit Blurry Blender as well, almost had it flipside too. Nailing smoke easily now, a huge jump from last week, when he was just picking it up. Long four add combos.
Again, lots of stepping/ducking/spinning/uptime and downtime combos, with tons of 5s. Noah's game has definitely gone big add. Even a few themed combos. Nice fearless run, can't recall the exact combo though, good four in a row. Also hit Tomahawk to Spining Paradox Whirl as well, which I think was new to him.
Flip Blurriest Swirl
Stepping Butterfly Reverse Swirl
New fearless, Phoenix-Blurry Whirl, Blurriest, Paradox Torque, PS Whirl drop.
Couple of themed osis combo. The one I can remember is right Paradox Torque-Paradox Mirage-Pixie same side Clipper-left Paradox Torque-Paradox Mirage-Pixie same side Whirl-Paradox Whirl-Paradox Mirage-Pixie same side Whirl.
PS Whirl back to back, not something I liked to mess with much (hard on the knees).
6/22/05 was a high energy session. We were missing a few players, Jake Wren in particular. The skill level of the group in general is rising quickly, we have been doing a lot of events lately, and everyone is excited about the Northwest Fest Jam!
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