The X Hands Forms are throwing forms from Disc Quan Do. The X is just a place-holding variable. Each belt level of Disc quan Do has a throwing form featuring four throws. 4 Hands, 8 Hands, 12 Hands, all the way to 32 Hands. You don’t have to be a Disc Quan Do practitioner to use the forms, but it does help to have some structure…
4 Hands Form
The White Belt 4 Hands Form is the only X Hands Form that has required throws: The Backhand toss is the traditional disc throw. While it might not be the easiest throw of them all, it is the easiest to throw a hundred yards, and it is the easiest, SideArm, Push, and Overhand Wrist Flip.
This is standardized for the noobie and to ensure that we’re all able to walk before we start trying to run.
The 4 Hands Form is all about base level competence and getting a handle on the intangibles of throwing multiple discs to dogs. Learning to load the discs efficiently and how to present our body to the target are just a couple of the more important pieces of the puzzle that need to be learned before adding more creative releases.
8 Hands Form
The 8 Hands Form I’ve chosen is a bit crazy. They are not very standard throws but they are throws that I make frequently to my dogs and that I should be more than competent with. That said, putting them together, back to back, is really quite a physical challenge, and that is the point.
Push Airbounce – Flamingo – Airbounce – Magic SideArm
Putting these throws together is both a physical and mental challenge. Learning how to set my body up between the throws while loading discs is a powerful learning experience that will make my job of making one or two of these throws in a routine or sequence a pretty routine operation. Taking the pressure off of the mechanical skills of loading discs and positioning my body frees up my brain to do other important things like reading my dog and calculating disc placement.
12 Hands Form
I chose to do a bunch of upside down throws in my 12 Hands Form because they are hard to handle, mentally. While none of the throws are hard to do on their own, they are all exactly backwards from what is normal.
Loading all the discs backwards is super funky. It’s like exactly the opposite of what I’ve taught myself to do. Handling any one of the throws in a sequence of four wouldn’t be super difficult, but it also would not be super helpful for learning the intricacies of the upside down throws in general.
By placing all the upside down throws together I get to compare and contrast them, side by side. This side by side comparison and contrast will draw attention to the similarities between the throws while separating and discriminating their distinctions. I find this to be a very powerful learning experience.