Da Hu Yellow Belt Forms for Her Green Belt Test

As a Disc Quan Do Yellow Belt, these forms are your test for your Green Belt. In order to pass, you have to at least look as good as da Hu here.

Notes on This Belt Test:
This was our first crack at the Yellow Belt Forms. I thought doing them for the first time with a green dog would better approximate Yellow and White Belt performances. Epic and Loot will be taking over the forms demonstrations for Green-Black Belt while we bring da Hu along at a nice slow learning pace. Rushing these forms for NEXT is not the point.

Hu needs a ton of work on basic of skills. She over-pursues and is pushy and impatient, lining up a few inches from the handler. Her actions are binary, on and off, pokey, and hard to time as a teammate. Following the handler’s movements is hard because she’s overwhelmed with the power of the Frisbee. Such is the way of a young, inexperienced drivey, athletic dog. This is why we do Disc Quan Do.

About Belt Tests

The Belt Tests are super simple. Execute each required form from your current rank in succession, in person or livestream in front of the Digital Dojo. It will take less than 5 minutes. Belt tests are available every 3 months. It’s a good progression giving teams plenty of time to explore and understand the skills before moving on.

All Disc Quan Do practitioners should aim to look at least as good as the team that demonstrates each of the forms in class. Perfection is not required, especially at the White and Yellow belt ranks. Hu and I’s performance is sloppy, as mentioned above. You should aim to look at least that good performing each form. The forms do tighten up. At Green Belt things start to get real, and a team has to be pretty solid to earn their blue Belt. Good luck, da Hu.

Anatomy of a Belt Test

While performing these forms a team should demonstrate the following:

  • Stimulus control over the Drop
  • Connection between dog and handler
  • Noticeable cuing and responses to cues
  • Control over movement – starting and stopping
  • Solid and proper footwork
  • Attention to basic positions (BSP and BFP)

4 New Releases

Handler demonstrates 4 new releases per belt level. The idea is to demonstrate 4 new dog catchable throws in flow at a target. Both spin directions are to be demonstrated in this form.A zig zag is a nice pattern, although no pattern is necessary. I perform a fairly poor form here, looks more like a drill that I’m not interested in. You should look at least this good. Shouldn’t be hard.

Crossing Pass From

Formerly the Front Cross & Throw Form, the Crossing Pass Form is all about declaring your Flank, pulling the dog past you, and making a good solid throw that resonates with the dog’s movement – clock then counter. The imagining of the dog’s line and the pretend Front Cross and throw is a critical skill here. This form gives you repetitions of the physical experience of grabbing the dog on the run and hooking up for a perfect catch. Flank, BFP, Front Cross, throw, find the dog, repeat.  It also asks you to regroup before grabbing your dog again. Sounds a lot like freestyle, doesn’t it?

Yellow Stance Shifting Form

One of the most important forms of them all is the Yellow Stance Shifting Form. Movement is about intelligence more than athleticism, and this form is the place to find that intelligence, both physically and mentally. Shifting stances fluently from clock to counter is an unbelievably key skill for interior sequencing and flow. The idea is to make a low high toss and shift stances and return to your Basic Standing Position Pose before it hits the ground while demonstrating a neutral, pulling, and pushing stance shift from counter to clock.

Balanced Position Form

Another highly productive form, the Balanced Position Form exposes the team to most all the elements of successful Team Movement. Basic Standing and Flatwork Positions are exercised in both directions, teaching the handler to lead, the dog to follow the handler, and the team to move together. The Front Cross and the stance shifting footwork can be experienced and developed as well.

Around the World Form

A simple Around the World, clock or counter. 4 throws to a dog while maintaining the flank, or the direction the dog is moving. No need for fancy throws, although you can do them if you want to. Ideally yours doesn’t look as square as team Hu. Your belt test should not be the first time you try something.

Pendulum Form

The Pendulum is an alternating Clockwise and Counter Clockwise Flank. It can be done using flatwork from Basic Flatwork Position (BFP), where you pull the dog around, clock then counter delivering a throw each time, or it can be done as dueling Arounds, which has the handler sending the dog around clock then counter, making a resonant throw in each direction.

Passing Form

The Crossing Pass Form really comes in handy here. Deliver 4-6 throws that bring the dog across the handler’s plane in close proximity to the handler.

Spin and Twist Form

Perform controlled and connected Clock Spins and Counter Clock Twists with your dog. These spins should be cued properly and executed with the handler. Reinforcement is not only allowed it is encouraged.

Give Demonstration

The team demonstrates a give from a static position as well as a retrieve.

Earn Your Green Belt

Perform these forms clean, connected, and competently, and you will earn your Green Belt.

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