This is the reason I am so thrilled to share this new website created by my friend Daniel. I'm very proud of him for putting himself out there so he can bee seen. He told me that he wants to teach everyone how to "meditate at mach one". Now, that is an idea that I can get behind!
Mach One- Whip Artistry has a little bit of everything to do with whips. History, links, a blog and the opportunity to find and take some fun classes from Daniel.
"MACH ONE Whip Artistry provides both informational presentations on whip history, function and artistry, as well as hands-on whip training in the form of one-on-one lessons, ongoing group classes, and intensive one and two day workshops.
While the content of the courses will predominantly follow a unique approach to the whip that we have developed over the years, the structure of any of these courses or presentations can be tailored specifically to the needs of the students."
Beginner/Introductory courses will generally cover the following topics.
- Brief overview Whip history, design, and use
- The Anatomy of an Australian construction bullwhip
- The physics of a cracking whip
- Whip safety for whip performer, audience and fellow performance partners
- The basic "Do's and Don'ts" of whip cracking
- General whip care and maintenance for both nylon and leather whips
- Selecting a good whip: What makes a good whip, How to evaluate a whip, What to look for, what to avoid
Beginner/Introductory courses will teach the following whip handling techniques
- Grip, posture, stance
- Whip curvature and cracking orientation
- "The Box" and "The Railroad Tracks" visualizations, (i.e. "How to not hit yourself")
- The two types of whip cracks, and "The 360 Degree Rule"
- The different planes of motion
- Crack combinations, "changing planes" and building routines
- Cracking with the non-dominant "off" hand
- Introduction to target cutting and wraps
- Basic whip "Tricks"
Congratulations and good luck on this adventure, Dan!