Offense Means Nothing if you Can’t Dodge and Move
It’s easy to look good on a heavy bag. You watch a big bad boxer smashing a heavy bag and it’s hard to imagine someone dealing with that kind of offense. But boxing isn’t nearly as much about hitting the other guy nearly as much as it is about not getting hit. Dodging, movement, pressure, and position are the majority of the fight. Stick and move kid.
Many disc dog freestylers have plenty of offensive tools at their disposal. Got a flip? A few vaults? Got a couple overs, a A Dog Catch is a great trick to use for hitting the crowd or for putting a strategic pause in your routine. The dog leaps to catch the disc and then you catch the dog. Often performed during a Gainer Flip, the Dog Catch highlight’s the connection between dog and handler. A Dog Catch can also be done without the... More, a Foot A Stall has the dog leaping up and chilling out on the handler’s back. Stalls are great for showmanship and for presenting a dog to the crowd. They create a dramatic or emotive pause amidst the craziness of a disc dog freestyle routine. Stall Demonstrations https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a3F8HqllxAY&list=PL8zWXaJfi1-t7XqHfgNaInWj-qHN2XHvg... More, a bunch of set up moves, and some cool throws with decent placement. So what’s the problem?
The problem is, you can’t dodge and move. The dog is too fast, too sharp. He always beats you to the punch. You go to move and the dog is there. He can all but read your mind.
“Everybody’s got a plan until they get punched in the face.”
If you can’t dodge or move, you are going to get punched in the face. Getting punched in the face is not fun and is hard to recover from. You can’t punch or even move while you’re getting punched in the face. Offense is only usable when you have good defense, footwork, and understanding of pressure to create the time and position to use it.
You don’t need a new weapon, a sweet Spinning Backfist or Hook Kick, you need to learn how to dodge and move; how to stay in front of the game and position yourself to influence your dog’s movement and behavior.
Form Based Martial Art
Disc Quan Do is a form based martial art with a belt progression:
Each belt features a series of forms. In order to go up in rank to the next belt, the practitioner must perform a livestream or in person test consisting of all the forms from their current rank: To achieve your Green Belt you must pass a test featuring all the Yellow Belt Forms.
Progressive and Flexible Forms
The forms are progressive and build upon each other. White, Yellow, Green, Blue, Red, and Purple Belts all feature 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 Forms. Various belt levels have Balanced Position Forms. These progressive forms create intricate knowledge of base level disc dog skills. They teach you how to dodge and move.
You start at White Belt as a total noob, and then you start to really do things as a Yellow Belt. Pretty soon you’re a Blue Belt and you’re doing super cool things, same stuff only cooler. As a Red Belt you can pretty much do just about any cool thing you want. Such is the way of a Disc Dog Freestyle Martial Art.
Forms > Drills
Forms are different than drills. Drills are about getting better and the future. A form is about understanding. Just the care and attention to detail in the form alone take it further than a drill. But the livestream test in front of the dojo and 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 world is a great reason to take it seriously.
But as you start to work the forms, and work them as forms for the now, for the understanding, and for the experience, it’s pretty easy to see how the form is superior to the drill.