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Better Interior Team Movement | Squared Stance Shifting Form

Being ahead of the dog is the key to flow and control, and being in front of the dog on interior moves requires fast, purposeful movement. Watching the dog or being caught on your heels is not an option. This form creates a habit out of moving immediately, with purpose and being prepared for the next move before you’re done moving. Making a habit of this kind of movement makes being ahead of the dog much easier leading to greater control and enhanced flow.


This IS Interior Team Movement

In the video at 0:31 and 1:12 there is an overlay that shows the overlap in movement on a couple of standard interior sequence moves.

A capture of 0:31 of the video… This clockwise movement is exactly the same as the movement done to intercept Epic on his Weak Side flip.

Moving while the dog is in the air or navigating a catch is the only way to get in front of the dog and to be prepared before the next move will happen. Loading the next disc into the hand during the previous move is also key to being prepared for the next move. The habitual ability to move both right or left, clock or counter, while the dog is in the air or navigating the catch is a requirement for interior Team Movement.

The Squared Stance Shifting form develops these skills, foundationally. These movements are how all the bad ass jammers move and preempt the dog’s next move. This IS the essence of Team Movement.

A clock shift captured from the video at 1:12… This is exactly the same movement required to intercept a dog on Epic’s Strong Side flip

Clock and Counter Movement

Fluent movement in either direction, to your left or to your right is critical for interior Team Movement. You must be able to move in either direction to flow and control your dog in interior moves.

The Squared Stance Shifting form makes both clock and counter movement, to the left or to the right, habitual, instantaneous operations that are easily adjusted towards your sequencing needs.

Preemptive Loading of the Disc

It is one thing to be in position, and another to be prepared in position.

While moving, practice loading the disc. The next disc should be loaded before you get where you’re going so you can set your position the moment you get there.

As soon as the first disc is thrown, move the stack of discs towards your throwing hand and grab the bottom disc. It’s not a problem at all to move and load discs at the same time… IF you practice it. Make this preemptive loading a habit and it will be a habit. You will always be ready for the next move before the dog.

Use this pre-loaded disc to lock the dog into Basic Standing Position (BSP), and your dog will be helpless as to your position and will be forced to line up properly if you’re flowing and forced to hold in position if you are waiting,

Reaching With Heel Toe Movement

The 90 degree move around the Klimb table or around any decently scaled obstacle can be a bit of a stretch. It is most likely further than you feel comfortable moving in normal fashion. While this is true, it is not the whole story.

“Normal fashion” is the key term here. Moving normally is not what you’re doing. You’re moving to where you need to be and moving with purpose. This is not normal movement.

Reaching with the heel of the foot that is moving to the spot is a nifty bit of athleticism that does not come standard in normal movement. It is not hard, but it needs to be practiced, exercised, and experienced.

Turning the heel on the moving foot to reach for position will add another 45-60 degrees of rotation. That extra rotation will save a step or two when you get to your desired location and will allow you to go much further than normal movement.

Adding a little turn of the planted foot extends both the rotation and reach as well, as illustrated in the video.

Locking Down With a Stance Shift

The finish of this movement is a Stance Shift. The foot that reaches moves in one direction, hits the ground, then the trailing foot that was planted slides on over and back just like a Stance Shift from the Stance Shifting Form.

This Stance Shift pulls in the opposite direction of the handler movement. Done properly, the Stance Shift will use positional pressure to lock the dog into position and keep the dog from rolling with the handler’s movement and being pushed along in the direction of the handler’s movement.

Execute the Stance Shift properly with a pre-loaded disc and the dog is sucked into the position of your choosing as soon as you make it to your destination.

A Progressive Foundation

This form is much easier done if you have the component skills installed. All of the skills required for this, save the heel toe movement, are exercised and made habit in White and Yellow Belt Disc Quan Do forms. This is what those forms are for.

The White Belt Low High Form and the 4 Hands Form create the disc loading habit. The Yellow Belt Solo Stance Shifting Form creates flexibility and competence in adjusting stances while loading discs, making the operation a habitual one.

In addition to developing a strong, flexible foundation for these movements for the handler, the Yellow Belt Flatwork Compass and Balanced Position Form instills habit and function into both the dog and the team, so when you get to where you are going, the dog will respond properly and lock into position, waiting for the proper trigger to respond.

Here is an excerpt from Disc Quan Do class that lays out the connections between the White and Yellow Belt forms and this new movement in depth:

An in depth look at how this form works and relates to other foundational forms and exercises from a recent Disc Quan Do class.

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