Fly Chi Flow | Flatwork, Flash, and Team Movement

Fly Chi is structured jam driven by forms that rely on, exercise, and test, foundational disc dog jamming skills. Similar to Tai Chi, Fly Chi is a flowing, soft style disc dog martial art that relies on simple beautiful movements performed while present and in flow. Challenging exercises, a framework for problem solving, a learning tool for Flatwork, Team Movement, & Flow, a drive building or management exercise, Fly Chi delivers the core experience of Team Movement while exploring the intangibles of disc dog freestyle.

New Class – Patrons Only Testing Audit

I am starting a new Fly Chi class. It is being crash test dummied by our Patrons at the Vice Director tier and above.

Class will eventually meet 1-2 times per week. At this time we will be utilizing the Disc Quan Do Class zoom meeting for Fly Chi – Tuesday @2PM ET | Friday @PM ET. All current Disc Quan Do practitioners are welcome and encouraged to join the Fly Chi course.

Here is the first Form Lesson ripped directly from Class:


Fly Chi Flow Form #1 – Flanking Compass

This is the very first Fly Chi Form. This is a combination of the PVR and/or Pendulum form and the Flatwork Compass. It provides a clear balance of Team Movement and stopping & set up. 6 of the throws are flanks, so this Form could be used to help your dog work further away from you. Video repeats last rep of session for instructional purposes… take a look.

Description:

Alternating Clockwise then counter clockwise working flanks using Basic Flatwork Position with leaping catches in both directions. Block the dog, chill, and execute the first two flanking throws from the Flatwork Compass. Read dog and work Clock and Counter working flanks with purpose. Block the dog and perform the Clock and Counter pass. Two more alternating Flanks… Finish in Front Position, throw a flip if it was awesome…

Method:

  1. Clock or Counter Working Flank to Leaping Catch – BFP
  2. Alternate Working Flank – BFP
  3. Block Dog and Clock Flank BSP
  4. Block and Counter Flank BSP
  5. Clock or Counter Working Flank to Leaping Catch – BFP
  6. Alternate Working Flank to Leaping Catch – BFP
  7. Block and Clock Pass BSP
  8. Block and Counter Pass BSP
  9. Front

Max Time:

30 seconds

Lessons Learned:

  • Link Flatwork and Set Up
  • Experience, Compare, and Contrast BSP & BFP
  • Understanding of Delivering Flanking Throws
  • Clarify Team’s Understanding of Flank and Pass
  • Practical Flatwork Compass Applications
  • Flowing Flatwork

Purpose:

  • Early Reading and wrangling of the dog.
  • Working the Drop
  • Reinforcing Communication
  • Communicating Team Movement
  • Move While
  • Leaping
  • Expanding the Flank
  • Contracting the Flank
  • Flank and Pass on the Run

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