This is Flo
Her name is right there on her name tag. However, we are talking about, “flow” in armed and unarmed exhibition drill which is broken into two different types.
This is not Flow
Before we get into the two types of flow, let’s quickly go over what flow isn’t. Flow is not a sequence like this:
Port Arms to Right Shoulder into a Shoulder Roll/Drop catching the rifle behind your back and bringing it to Order.
All of those movements require completing the movement and providing what is called, articulation.
See also: Grammar Rules and Exhibition Drill “Rule” Equivalents, The Seven Parts of an Exhibition Drill Routine, Routine Design Considerations, The Opening Statement, Programming, Programming, Programming, Where’s the Power?, How to Write a Military Drill Routine: Routine Mapping Tools, How to Switch from Regulation Drill to Exhibition Drill,
Yes, the above is quite a bit of reading, but then you will be that much more educated. Now, let’s get into the “flow.”
1. Vertical Flow. This first definition is about the smooth work of a piece of equipment and/or body movement.
The word, vertical, is used to describe the brief usage of flow in the performer’s equipment or body work. This flow is only in a short segment and there can be more than one segment.
When using a piece of equipment, flow centers around continuous spinning and the Here is an example:
Unarmed exhibition drill vertical flow is more difficult as the performer’s footwork, hands, arms and body all play a part in continuous smooth movements over a short amount of time. I have judged military drill for over two decades and can only remember seeing one true flow segment and that was when I marched in high school back in the early 80s. My teammate, Russell Fryman, created an amazing unarmed routine that had large segments of flow using his arms and footwork that I have not seen duplicated since. I wish we would have recorded his performances!
2. Horizontal Flow. The second definition takes the whole routine into account.
Logical progression best describes Routine Flow. This is when there are smooth transitions between segments of drill. This flow is from the beginning to the end of the routine encompassing all movement, body and equipment.
Watch any routine and pay specific attention as to how segments fit together. This can be difficult because it is normal for us to only react to a performance in the form of liking or disliking it. You have to train yourself to not be entertained and react to those feelings (probably 90% or more of how drill has been judged for decades) and look further into the performance. Try it with this video:
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