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The 22 March 15 Michigan Online Drill Competition Results!

Yet another military drill season is upon us and the videos were submitted by midnight Eastern time on March 21, 2015. I have judged each Michigan Online Drill Competition (MIODC) and have learned as well as taught with each successive competition.

My thanks to Devin Milhem for creating and running this event. For more information on MIODC see the Facebook group.

Here is the link to watch the playlist of YouTube videos. On with the results. I commented on the World Drill Association’s Overall Effect caption (OE; there are three more captions: Movement, Equipment and Composition Analysis). Since I only scored OE, the score is out of a possible max of 200. If I were to score all four captions, there is a formula to give a final score out of a possible 100 points- just like grades in school.

In ech WDA caption there i a further breakdown of scores between the “What” and the “How”. You will notice that, while a Driller’s total score may have placed him higher than another, he may have one of the sub-caption scores lower then other Driller(s) whose score was overall lower.

I am on the road having just finished judging the Romeoville High School Drill Meet yesterday. I apologize that I do not have the time to offer a full four-caption score. I did make some comments though pertaining to the other captions.

Below you will see the soloist’s placement, name and then the scores for Repertoire Effect score (the “What”), Performance Effect (the “How”) score and the total score. Click on the name to download the DrillMaster Audio Performance Critique.

  1. Bisher, 66-57-123
  2. Milhem, 60-53-113
  3. Alejandro, 57-55-112
  4. Gill, 54-51-105
  5. Ansboro ACUs, 49-43-92
  6. Perrault, 46-39-85
  7. Josh, 43-34-77
  8. Jon, 41-35-76
  9. Daniel, 31-26-57
  10. Doyle, 26-25-51
  11. RetributionGM, 27-23-50
  12. Ansboro Class B, 21-19-40

Thank you, Drillers. You all did an outstanding job. My hope is that my critiques benefit you in your growth in exhibition drill.

What is “Flow”?

Flo_from_Progressive_InsuranceThis 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 three 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.

Flow is also most definitely not a style. A style is a manner of doing something and you cannot continue uninterrupted Flow Work (see below) throughout a whole routine. Your style may be fluid or smooth, but “flow” is a descriptor used to describe technique.

See also: Grammar Rules and Exhibition Drill “Rule” EquivalentsThe Seven Parts of an Exhibition Drill Routine, Routine Design Considerations, The Opening StatementProgramming, Programming, ProgrammingWhere’s the Power?How to Write a Military Drill Routine: Routine Mapping ToolsHow 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 from one move to another move.

When using a piece of equipment, flow centers around continuous spinning and the Here is an example:

2. Horizontal Flow. The second definition takes the whole routine into account, flow over time.

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:

3. Flow Work. This is what some confuse as style. Flow Work is a segment of linked moves that creates continuous, joined movement that is a combination of Vertical and Horizontal Flow.

Unarmed exhibition drill Flow Work consists of spinning piece of equipment (rifle or sword/saber) for an extended period without stopping. Basic Flow Work would be a two-handed from spin. To create more advanced flow, spin the rifle and move it in different ways around your body. That is true Flow Work.

Unarmed exhibition drill Flow Work is a little 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. He was just awesome and the team was amazed at his abilities. I wish we would have recorded his performances!

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The Air Force Academy National Invitational Drill Meet 2015!

USAFAThe Air Force Academy‘s (USAFA) Cadet Honor Guard will run the 41st National Invitational Drill Meet (NIDM) this coming April (2015). This has been a big competition in the past, and the USAFA cadets want it to be even bigger from now on!

For 2015, NIDM is open to both JROTC and ROTC drill teams, color guards, small teams and soloists! Download the SOP for more information. If you need further help, join the Facebook group, Military Drill Professionals, to contact the cadet in charge of the competition.

Click here to download the 2015 NIDM SOP PDF.

Angel Solis Spinning with The DrillMaster Bayonet

When I first had the idea for the bayonet in early 2012, I created five prototypes with Angel receiving one.I went through a couple of different titles: The Drillmaster Training Bayonet and The DrillMaster Driller’s bayonet. It’s safer since it does not have a tip or sharp edge and I was thinking that Drillers would want to use it when first attempting bladed drill (since it helps create some confidence that you won’t be slicing body off parts) and then in training. However, it has since been used in competition. So, it’s up to you  how you want to use it and when- as always. I guess I’ll just call it The DrillMaster Bayonet.

Angel now has a DrillMaster Driller’s Bayonet, the one that is available here or wherever you can catch me in person at competitions and training events.

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