disc quan do belt test

Disc Quan Do White Belt Test with Obi

Disc Quan Do is a disc dog martial art. It means “Way of the Disc Dog”. In a pop culture sort of way, it is a silly thing, I mean, “Disc Quan Do”… While it is a bit silly in a pop culture sort of way, it is quite sincere in reality. Martial arts are more than fighting and more than sport. It is the study of fighting as well as the study of the self and is not of “sport”, it is art.

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Disc Dog Vaulting Principles | Cross as Trigger

Vaulting a Disc Dog is a complicated process. We break this complex process down into 3 basic functions – Tell | Trigger | Target. We have already covered the Tell function in an earlier DiscDogger Weekly. After you Tell the dog what we are going to do and where we are going to do it, then we Trigger the skill. We have covered the Trigger skill here on the blog in various places.

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Disc Dog Team Movement with Leaping Catches

Creating arcing, round lines in disc dog team movement is no easy task. It is rather simple, but it ain’t easy. The Squeaky Wheel Form is a terrific tool for creating shapes in your game and working on the component Functions of the Leaping Catch while improving your throwing skills.

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Disc Dog Team Movement | Figure 8 Cross Form

Team Movement is hard for many people because it is more than tricks. Team Movement is moving together. This is often easier said than done with a ballistic collie or a disc seeking missile, but it is an important concept to keep in mind while training your disc dog.

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DiscDog Training + Distractions in Team Movement Forms

Distractions play a big role in dog training. Identifying and dealing with them is the epic quest of the dog and dog sport trainer. In the case of these videos, the distraction is an agility jump that is placed in play and promises to feature prominently in the game (why else would it be there, right?). This distraction impacts Epic in one way and Loot in another.

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Disc Dog Vault Principles | Cuing Direction aka: Tell

What vault are we doing and where are we doing it? That is the very first thing a disc dog team needs to know. We call this Telling and we do it by cuing direction. We tell the dog which vault we are doing and where it will be done. Everybody knows what’s happening before anything actually happens.

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Advanced Throwing | How to Throw A Funky AirBounce

Funky throws are the lifeblood of the disc dog freestyler. Delivering discs with various releases are a scoring metric in all disc dog freestyle contests. Continuing development of your quiver of creative releases is a key to growing as a player. I am rather well known for creative throwing and the teaching of creative throwing. Here is a quick lesson on how to throw a funky over the shoulder airbounce, one of my more flashy throws

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DiscDogger Weekly #5

5th installment of DiscDogger Weekly is out. Team Movement, UpDog Criterion Freestyle Rounds from the Endless Summer Series, Throwing, and some Disc Quan Do Forms are on this week’s agenda. Hope you dig the show.

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DiscDogger Weekly #4

Sweet show for you guys this week… We’ve pulled some stuff from the archives, digging up some Polka Puppy lessons – Hoop and Bitework (more on the puppy front to come…). Some serious throwing videos and a few training jams. Hope you dig the show.

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Epic Speed Reduction | A Simple Solution for Slowing a DiscDog Down

Nothing gets in the way of patience and methodical movement like pattern training in dog frisbee. When a rabid frizbeast knows what is coming and where it is going, odds are the dog is going to go for it, and hard. This is one of the problems that I have with freestyle routines and it gets worse later into the year. By World Finals time my frizbeasts are cutting corners and running on autopilot which can and does cause timing problems for the team.

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Epic Flatwork Compass for Leaping & FreeFlowing Flatwork

Communication on the fly is a key element of disc dog freestyle and disc dog game play. It is a good idea to have a clear and concise communication system to make on the fly decision making a successful endeavor. Nobody wants to be handcuffed by pattern training. The Flatwork Compass provides a simple and elegant communication system that is based upon natural movements and canine/human pressure and body language.

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Three Simple Steps to Teach a Polka Puppy a Hoop

Historical footage recovered from our cloud archive, the Polkanado puppy learning the Hoop behavior. This was her first shot at the skill and you can see she got it right away. Now part of that is because she is not only super cute, but she’s super smart, but this simple 3-step Hoop technique we’re going to cover right here is extremely elegant and effective.

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