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 Toss and Fetch, aka: Distance & Accuracy, Toss & Catch, is a disc dog discipline that uses a single disc. It is a timed event and you get scored based upon the distance of each catch in 10 yard increments up to 40 yards. The object of the game is to accrue a high score.... More 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
- Unsolicited eye contact or Attention is a great way to hook up with a dog. If you have something the dog wants he should give eye contact in order to get access to it. This quickly becomes akin to asking permission for things that the dog wants. If your dog offers Attention when they see something they want, most dog... More 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 Spins and Twists are tricks where the dog spins 360 degrees in a clockwise or counter clockwise fashion. Spin is clockwise and Twist is counter clockwise so it is important to have a cue for each skill. Feel free to call them what you want. Spin & Twist Vids https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8zWXaJfi1-ueMMm4kItbzErILfRNNTwv... More 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 On a Front Cross, your dog switches Flanks in with you in front of them. From Clock to Counter Clockwise Flank or vice versa. Taken directly from the canine agility world, the Front Cross is a foundational Flatwork skill for team movement. It allows you to move your dog around the field in stylish fashion. On the Front Cross, your... More 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. Out to the side of the handler is the Flank. If the dog is out to the handler's right or left the dog is on Flank. If the dog is moving with the handler the dog is on the Working Flank.... More, BFP, Front is a stable position directly in front of the handler. Front is an traditional obedience skill. Usually your dog sits in this position, but standing is often acceptable as well, especially in the game of disc dog freestyle. It is important to have a stable Front position for training and performing many disc dog tricks. Your Front position should... More A Cross is an canine agility term that describes a change of working sides. Your dog moves from your left to your right (Heel to Side) or from Clock to Counter. Crosses are labeled be the relationship of handler to the dog. A Front Cross is a cross with the handler in front of the dog. A Rear Cross has... More, 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 The handler's stance is important. There are many ways to stand and each way you stand can say a different thing. Stances communicate pressure and direction. Switching stances sends information to the dog. ... More 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 Standing in front of the dog with the disc held vertically in the throwing hand is Basic Standing Position (BSP), a foundational position in the Yachi Method.... More 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 is how dog and handler move, as a team, out there on the field. It is a judging category in some organizations and certainly is a focus of many judges, players, and fans, when assessing the performance of a freestyle routine. Is movement synchronized? Is it cooperative?Do dog and handler move well together? Are they moving together at... More. Basic Standing and [caption id="attachment_27605" align="alignleft" width="300"] Counter Clockwise Working Flank[/caption] Flatwork is the stuff that happens between the catches. How the team moves and transitions, often without the disc, is flatwork. Flatwork concepts in disc dog are taken from the agility and herding world and purposed towards chasing plastic. For the agility minded: The cued Drop is the previous obstacle, the catch... More 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 An Around the World is a disc dog flatwork pattern consisting of 4 catches in a circular pattern around the handler. This pattern is typically larger than 5 yards and often features creative throws to a leaping dog for maximum freestyle scoring potential. Clockwise or counter clockwise, the Around the World is a working flank with multiple catches that highlights... More, 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.
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.
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.
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.