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    Devin A

    3 years, 10 months ago

    Hey FT community!
    I recently got some fire chucks from dark monk and have enjoyed them thoroughly. I only used them twice, but I want to become more comfortable with them. Most of my play is simple handrolls and holding my arm out really far in fear of the flame. Now the idea of getting burned isn’t necessarily scary to me personally, but I guess it’s just a reflex to compromise my play in consideration of safety.
    I have taken all necessary actions when playing with fire chucks. I have a spotter with a damp towel, I’m wearing high thread-count cotton, and I’m in a good sober state of mind. Drex Factor has a very informative video on fire poi safety, which I followed for my sessions. ‘I’m just clarifying that my anxiety only goes as far as my play with the chucks, rather than fire being there at all.

    So, the questions I have, are:
    1) Are bounces okay if the wick happens to touch my clothes briefly (ex: on top of shoulder, on the hip, etc.)?
    2) If I touch the wick directly with my hand (or anything else), will the fuel burn off on my hand and cause enough damage to be significant?
    3) What are some good tips for tracking during throws? The flames are somewhat distracting and blind me from the dark handles.
    4) What are common accidents/extent of injury or burns?

    In any case, I simply need to practice more with my fire chucks, both lit and unlit, and get the feel, but it would help if anybody can help clear up some questions so I won’t fear the unkown anymore!

    Thanks!

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    • Hey Devin! I’ve got some answers for you. Maybe others will also have something to chime in!

      > 1) Are bounces okay if the wick happens to touch my clothes briefly (ex: on top of shoulder, on the hip, etc.)?
      When you first light up, depending on your spin off method, your wicks will spray a little extra fuel out. This makes bounces a no-no for the first 30-45 seconds. However if you want to get used to putting out a fuel transfer, you can practice by deliberately tapping a freshly lit chuck on a part of your clothes. You do this so you can get used to putting out fire that transfers to your clothes. So, have your safety on ready and then you can tap your clothes. From there, practice swiping out the flame with your hand, with your safety on ready.

      >2) If I touch the wick directly with my hand (or anything else), will the fuel burn off on my hand and cause enough damage to be significant?

      Not immediately. There are tricks where you grab the flame and light the other side with your lit finger. You do only have a couple seconds before you need to cut off the oxygen or swipe your hand to put it out.

      >3) What are some good tips for tracking during throws? The flames are somewhat distracting and blind me from the dark handles.

      Unfortunately, this is something you just have to train. Start by throwing very wide throws without a lot of revolutions. You will eventually learn to track the chucks by where the flame is.

      >4) What are common accidents/extent of injury or burns?

      * Bounces usually cause a fuel transfer on the body. Sometimes, the fuel will transfer to the back. The safety can take care of out of control fuel transfers, but they are rare.
      * Most injury happens on the forearm or pinky finger This happens most often in the beginning when the flame is large and you aren’t keeping the fire chasing itself with rolls or motion.

      Generally speaking, when I do a nunchaku spin, this is a general template that I follow
      1 – 45 secs: High speed wrist rolls, turns
      45 – 1:20 secs: more intricate patterns that don’t require as high of speed like antispins, some light throws, occasional catches.
      1:20 – 2:00 : The flame should be low enough to give leeway to do your more technical moves and bounces shouldn’t transfer fuel anymore.
      2:00 + Hyper speed to make up for the flame which is starting to dwindle

      • Ken knows best!

        Watch my fire videos for examples of tricks to do: Youtube.com/thefireantshow

      • Thank you Ken! That was very informative! I’ll be sure to keep these things in mind, and what I need most is straight up practice now, but I’m a lot more confident since I know what I’m headed into!

    • Hey Devin,

      Great questions. Ken is exactly right. Some additional things to consider: (1) seriously be mindful of wind, especially with nunchaku. My worst burns have been on my pinky and forearm due to gusts of wind that blow the flame over my hand. (2) As you progress you’ll find that there are techniques you can’t (or at least you won’t want to) do with Fire chucks that you can do with non-fire chucks. As you practice be mindful of the tricks you should avoid when on fire.

      Have fun my friend and spin in!!