Poi is the Maori word for ball. It originated with the Maori people in New Zealand and today it is practiced in several countries across the world.
The art involves swinging tethered weights through a variety of geometrical patterns. Poi can be made from various materials with different handles, weights, and effects (such as fire or LED lights). Poi is often seen as just a performance art but it does much more than look good. They will help you develop dexterity, concentration and flow.
There are other tools and weapons similar to Poi that have originated in other cultures such as the Meteor Hammer, Rope Dart, Three Section Staff, Chain Whip, Nunchuks and Mace Flail. These may also be categorised as flexible weapons.
Poi has foundation movements which can be applied for both flexible and rigid weapons and props.