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 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, 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,, & Flow is a key component of the modern day disc dog game. Keeping your dog moving with seamless, ever moving and flowing sequences with little to no set up time is the goal, 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
Alternating Clockwise then counter clockwise working flanks using Basic Flatwork Position (BFP) is a standard position of the handler in the Working Flank; hand reaching out towards the dog (usually with a disc) with the dog on the same plane as with leaping catches in both directions. Block the dog, chill, and execute the first two flanking throws from the The Flatwork Compass is a disc dog form that separates the Flank from the Pass, creates a reliable trigger, and exposes the team to all of the key elements of Team Movement. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xW7Czz-7ows&list=PL8zWXaJfi1-synGOkBJ7u4p-WkotsL3LR. 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 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 Position, throw a flip if it was awesome…
- Clock or Counter The Working Flank is a moving position. On a Working Flank the dog is out to your side some distance and holds position, moving with you as you move around the field. The to Leaping Catch – BFP
- Alternate Working 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 – BFP
- Block Dog and Clock Flank 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.
- Block and Counter Flank BSP
- Clock or Counter Working Flank to Leaping Catch – BFP
- Alternate Working Flank to Leaping Catch – BFP
- Block and Clock A Pass or Passing is a linear Team Movement maneuver that has the dog running or moving past the handler in close proximity, crossing or breaking the plane of the handler's body. BSP
- Block and Counter Pass BSP
- 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
- Early Reading and wrangling of the dog.
- Working the Drop
- Reinforcing Communication
- Communicating Team Movement
- Move While
- Expanding the Flank
- Contracting the Flank
- Flank and Pass on the Run