The flow channel is not an LRF invention at all, but it can also be applied to Group Exercise. It is commonly used to define a psychological state based on two competing parameters, i.e. ‘skills‘ and ‘challenge‘. However, in LRF (DanceXtreme and KombatXtreme) courses we define it as the Positive Affirmation (PA) coefficient. This is illustrated in the model below.
- +ve (PA): When one’s skills are just enough to overcome challenges of the same level.
- -ve (PA): When one’s skill is high but the challenge presented is low. RESULT: BORED
- -ve (PA): When one is presented with a challenge that uses all the skills they posses, and they still cannot overcome it. RESULT: ANXIOUS
At LRF courses we teach the techniques used by instructors to gauge the participants skills and apply just enough challenge to ensure +ve PA coefficient, i.e. within the Flow Channel (as per the diagram above). Unlike most other courses, at LRF we invest time and effort to discuss the PA cycles that apply for the whole class (macro) and during the individual tracks/songs (micro). This is particularly supported by the music we use, which is fundamentally based on HiLo freestyle, where the music Highs and Lows are used during our progression and absorption stages.
Progression, as the word suggest defines the stage of learning (i.e. layering), while, absorption is when the moves/choreography are being repeated for memorisation and skill development purposes. Combining Progression, Absorption, Layering Techniques, Music, Structure and Coaching Techniques are the ingredients used by LRF instructors to “nail” the Flow Channel and ensure +ve PA each and every time.