Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Parkour Olympic Challenge - Results

Parkour Olympic Challenge Results
2017 Fall Quarter Parkour Olympic Challenge Winners
Congratulations to everyone who competed!  Our next Challenge will be January 2018.  Stay tuned or ask Coach Corey for details (freeflowacademy@gmail.com).  
  • 5-8 (NA)
  • 9-13 (Matthew Maxim) 1:41.79
  • 14 + (Ryan Robinson)  1:13.72
Olympic Challenges
  • (Teen/Adult) Thief Precision - 3’
  • Kong Precision -
  • (9-13) Standing Precision (Matthew Maxim) 7’
  • (5-8) Standing Precision (Jordan Wall) 4’ 11”
  • (Teen/Adult)Standing Precision - (Brad Langston) 7’ 8”
  • (5-8) Running Precision - (Audric Pail) 4’ 10”
  • (9-13) Running Precision (Matthew Maxim) 8’3”
  • (Teen/Adult) Running Precision - (Brad Langston) 7’ 8”
  • (Teen/Adult) Lache Precision - (Brad Langston) 7’ 3”
  • (Teen/Adult) Lache Cat - (Ryan Robinson) 8’ 2”
  • (5-8) Tac to Precision - (AJ Pail) 5’ 4”
  • (9-13) Tac To Precision - (Matthew Maxim) 6’ 9”
  • (Teen/Adult) Tac to Precision - (Brad Langston) 6’
(Events for Height)
  • Highest Box Jump
  • Dyno
  • (5-8) Wall Run - (Jordan Wall) 5’ 11”
  • (9-13) Wall Run - (Matthew Maxim) 10’ 3”
  • (Teen/Adult) Wall Run - (Ryan Robinson) 11’ 2”
  • Front Flips 
(Events for Reps or for Time)
  • (Teen/Adult) Longest Hang (Brad Langston) 1:04.33
  • (5-8) Longest Hang - (Bruce Langston) 1:19.11
  • (5-8) 5 Cat Climb Ups for Time - (Audric Pail) 23.96
  • (Teen/Adult) 5 Cat Climb Ups for time - (Tyler Pomerance) 49.63
  • Most Muscle ups
  • Most Pull Overs
  • (5-8) Longest Rail Balance - (AJ Pail) 49.27
  • (9-13) Longest Rail Balance - (Matthew Maxim) 29.94
  • (Teen/Adult) Longest Rail Balance - (Brad Langston) 1:30.29
  • Longest Handstand
(Events for Speed)
  • (Teen/Adult) 100m run (Ryan Robinson) 11:45 seconds
  • 400m run
  • 800m run
  • (9-13) 100m Quadrupedal Movement (Matthew Maxim) 48.45
  • (Events for Technique/Landing)
  • Quietest Backflip

Free Flow Academy Class Description - CONTEMPORARY DANCE

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.  Many dancers in the commercial/competition world refer to their contemporary jazz as contemporary. Just like a Picasso is different than a Monet, modern dance is different than ballet. Contemporary Dance is a collaborative style that includes modern, jazz, ballet, and hip hop elements.


Free Flow Academy's Contemporary Dance program is for students looking to achieve proficiency or mastery in basic movement fundamentals - flexibility, strength, poise, rhythm, coordination, spacial awareness, physical confidence, and motor fitness.  Our program is designed to build a strong foundation in movement, while developing skills that can translate to other movement disciplines.  We also prepare students to enter our media program if their goal is to perform in stage, films, and musicals.

Movements are progression based.  Students will learn basic hand and foot positions (ballet), turns, leaps, choreography, and other movements that build a foundation for more advanced techniques.

Jazz shoes are required for this class.  Some dances will be taught barefoot, but shoes will be needed for many types of routines, especially for students looking to do film or musicals.  We also recommend wearing tight fitted clothing, such as leggings and leotards.  We recommend Capezio Jazz Shoes.


Our Dance program follows our 3/7 Core Values - Growth, Integrity, and Friendship.  Free Flow Academy Participants and Staff commit to 3 main core values. Each of these core values have 7 influences that guide and direct the characteristics of each value, and serve as a continual reminder to our own pursuit of excellence. our community is diversified, however we share a common mindset that unifies and establishes an optimal environment for innovation as well as pursuits that serve the hive, and the individual.

All people of goodwill and Genuine spirit are welcome to join our community and adopt our growth mindset. Here you will find we praise effort and talent. As long as you are willing to work and grow, you will find a place here among us.

Click here to view our SKILL SHEETS

Click here to read about our TRAINERS (Ms. Melissa) (Ms. Elle)

Free Flow Academy - Instructor Bio - Ms. Melissa


Education & Instruction

Melissa has 4 years of comprehensive dance training in the disciplines of Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, and Contemporary dance. These disciplines emphasized the technical, theatrical, creative, and fitness components of dance, including daily instruction on technique, dance history, theory, choreography, and artistry.  Melissa has been teaching and choreographing song and dance numbers to children ages 6+ for the past 3 years.  She loves working with children, having 2 of her own.  She has recently taken up Aerial Silks to challenge herself as a dancer and athlete.  Her and her husband also enjoy partner dancing.  She is hungry to grow the dance department at Free Flow Academy, and isn't afraid of a new challenge.  Her pioneering spirit and visionary mind is what makes Ms. Melissa such a valuable addition to the Free Flow Academy team, and we are excited to have her!



CONTEMPORARY DANCE - SKILL SHEETS




Monday, September 18, 2017

Experimentation is the Mother of Creation. Repetition is the Mother of Skill.

Repeating a progression, skill, or conditioning exercise is how athletes and artists get better, more efficient, and eventually, with enough practice and repetition, orchestrate a skill with flawless precision, making it appear "easy" or "without effort."  If you are not willing to practice or repeat a skill, then you will eventually lose it, or it will become less efficient over time.  Which is why it's important to choose activities or skill sets that you really enjoy doing and learning about.  This is how you can stay active in a sustainable fashion.

On the other hand there is another side of developing skill, which is experimentation and exploration. This is the heart of Free Flow Academy.  Allowing an artist or athlete to "flow" is how new things and new ideas are born.  We wouldn't have Parkour, Dance, Martial Arts, Aerial Arts, or even all the movements in Tumbling and gymnastics if it wasn't for people experimenting with new kinds and ideas of movement.  We wouldn't have sports, or the Olympic Games if it wasn't for people willing to put their ideas and strategies to the test, and measure their progress over time.    

So next time you feel the urge to spend time "playing" and just moving around, do it!  "Re-child Yourself."  It's therapeutic, fun, and gives your body additional "movement nutrition."


Friday, September 15, 2017

Free Flow Academy - Instructor Bio - Bob Gagnon

Bob is a 26 year Army veteran with multiple deployments under his belt while serving with the esteemed 7th infantry division.  His passion for martial arts began with the hand to hand combat training he received as an infantryman early in his career.  Over time, the Army’s hand to hand combat fighting style progressed from a few Judo hip tosses into a complete fighting system designed to subdue enemy combatants in the absence of weapons.  This comprehensive fighting system is known as the Modern Army Combatives Program (MACP) and was developed with techniques derived from proven successful fighting styles such as Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Judo, and Krav Maga.

Bob is a certified MACP Instructor who volunteers his time assisting local Army National Guard units with MACP training on a quarterly basis.  He was co-owner of the accomplished Nor Cal MMA Martial Arts School out of Roseville and is a licensed CAMO corner man who has trained local fighters for participation in MMA promotions such as Gladiator Challenge, Rebel Fights, Art of War, Clash of the Titans, Titans Cage, and Ultimate Reno Combat.  He is a family man, married with 3 children, 1 grandchild, and too many pets to list.  Bob enjoys sharing his knowledge and experience with everyone.  Stop by and take in one of his classes.  It’s a fun, safe, self-paced, no-gi grappling style guaranteed to work both the mind and body.



Free Flow Academy - Instructor Bio - Ms. Elle

Elle Beyer is Co-Founder of Free Flow Academy, and Co-Founder of Survival Science self defense program.  She is an artist, athlete, entrepreneur, choreographer, mother of 4, and has a physical fitness background of 15+ years Kung Fu and Martial Arts, 6 years Parkour, and 25+ years of movement arts experience.  She grew up a competitive athlete, and also danced from the age of 7 all the way through college.  She has an entertainment background (under the name Elle Bennett), having traveled the world as a working stunt woman, actress, model, and sports newscaster/journalist.  She believes in creating the holistic athlete/artist and growing specific industries that promote health, longevity, environmental awareness, community, and humanity.

Empowering women and children is her calling.  At 16 years old she escaped kidnapping and rape in a Wal-Mart parking lot.  In her early 20's, she escaped kidnapping and gang rape.  Both of these incidents had a profound impact on her, and she wants to use her knowledge and creativity to help those who feel fear and helplessness.  She is devoted to helping people unlock their "Inner Warrior" whenever they need, whether it be in parenting, business, or anti-bullying.  Martial Arts is a way of life, a way to stay in shape and to stay active for a lifetime, a way to learn important life lessons in a safe setting, while gaining life-protecting survival skills.

Aside from her own companies, she has also worked extensively in the non-profit sector, creating and orchestrating fitness, artistic, and leadership programs for youth, coordinating events, camps, and business models to promote cost effective, and affordable programming.  She has worked for some of the largest Non-Profit Corporations in the world (Girl Scouts of America), as well as one of the largest media corporations in the world (Clear Channel).  She is currently on the board of On Native Ground, an award winning media production company. Elle holds a Bachelor's Degree in Media Communications (Radio + TV + Film) from Cal State Fullerton.

In 2016 she completed a West Coast Tour in which she danced/sang, starred, and choreographed the Native American Rock Opera "Something Inside is Broken."   In 2017 she completed 1 feature film, 1 tv pilot, and over a dozen short films.  She is currently putting a great deal of vested focus in writing for tv and movies, as well as developing talent (Free Flow students) in the Free Flow Academy Stunt & Film Progam/Media Academy.  She enjoys social satire and uses comedy in her writing and teaching.

Connect with Ms. Elle on Facebook

Connect with Ms. Elle on Instagram

IMDB Profile

Check out Ms. Elle's Online Self Defense Program






2016 Photo Credit:  Michael Poole


2016 Photo Credit:  Michael Poole


Mono Lake, CA

Parkour Photo (Survival Science) Photo Credit:  Michael Poole


"Something Inside is Broken" Musical Rock Opera 2016 West Coast Tour - Photo Credit:  Gabe Polansky


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Free Flow Academy - Instructor Bio - Shi Fu Lon Beyer

Lon Beyer is Co-Founder of Free Flow Academy, and Co-Founder of Survival Science Self Defense system.  Lon Beyer has been training in movement arts for 30+ years.  His interest in Kung Fu was first introduced when he was given lessons starting at the age of 7, by his Uncle who was at the time a General and Kung Fu instructor for the Taiwanese military.  His energy for the martial arts expanded to the study of many styles, including Ninjitsu, in which he achieved black belt status, and TKD, in which he achieved a 1st Degree black belt status, in addition to his achievements in Kung Fu, which earned him instructor status.  He has also participated in numerous styles including Kickboxing, Grappling, Weapons, and more.  In his early years, he achieved an Eagle Scout Award, and served and completed a 2 year mission for his church.  He served in Taiwan, is also bilingual, speaking both English and Mandarin Chinese.  He also traveled the world extensively, all throughout Asia and worked as a professional stuntman and actor.  His experience in fitness and youth education started while he was working in Los Angeles, he implemented and orchestrated the physical education programs for dozens of K-8th grade schools in and around Los Angeles County.  He personally served and taught thousands of students in over a dozen school districts.




Photo Credit:  Argun Tekant - Action Photo Workshop 2017

Shifu Lon Beyer teaching the Little Ninjas class at Free Flow Academy
2017 Action On Film Festival - Lon Beyer directed Free Flow Media Production "Immortal Fist" and nominated for an award in best editing - Photo Credit:  Michael Poole


2007 Kung Fu Star Competition - Shengzen TV - Song Shan, China - Lon Beyer was selected to be one of 18 foreigners to train with the Shaolin Warrior Monks.  The requirements to be selected was to be an accomplished martial artist, professional performer in stunts and/or acting, and accomplished in at least 1 other discipline (music being his second discipline), and a college degree. 


2007 Training under Famed Shaolin Warrior Monk - Shi Fu  Wang - Shaolin Monastery, Song Shan, China



2007 Training at Shaolin Monastery - Song Shan, China

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Free Flow Academy Class Description - TRIBE MEMBERSHIP

The tribe membership is our Open Gym and General Fitness membership.  For just $50/month you get unlimited Open Gym and unlimited of the RED classes on our schedule.

Current Tribe Classes:

Flexibility - This class is for anyone wanting to improve their flexibility, mobility, and range of motion, while conditioning the body to be stronger.  This class will help you achieve flexibility skills such as forward and/or side splits, back bends, bridges, and more.  Improving your flexibility helps minimize risk/injury, improves and maintains good postural alignment, and helps develop and maintain motor skills throughout your life.

Free Flow Academy trains athletes of all types.  Whether you are a dancer, soccor player, or parent, we can help you achieve your fitness goals.


Slacklining and Balance - Slacklining and Balance class involves balancing and walking along a tight flat cord.  This is a low impact exercise and sport that helps correct bad posture, enhances focus, concentration, memory, and learning skills.  Slacklining is also known to increase core and lower body strength, as well as enhance functional knee joint stability. This is why many athletes are turning to slackline balance training not only to improve their performance, but also to help prevent injury. Slacklines are also being used by physiotherapists, chiropractors and sports physicians as a novel and effective method for rehabbing injuries. Walking a slackline forces you to use muscles all over your body (even ones you've never heard of), and initiates something called a neuromuscular response, or a connection between mind and body.



Self Defense - Click HERE for full description





Skill Toys - Skill toys are a fantastic way to improve hand eye coordination, improve mental focus, have fun, and stay free of boredom!  In this class we will be learning  basic, to advanced skills, for yoyoing, juggling, poi, and begleri. Students should come prepared to learn, and ideally have some knowledge of these disciplines already. They should also bring their own skill toys to class if possible, as we have limited numbers available. Come join the fun!


Kettlebell Conditioning - Kettlebell training combines cardio and strength training.  From the elite athlete looking for an edge, to the sedentary person looking to discover fitness for the first time. All can benefit. Kettlebell training is similar to a weight training cardio workout.  It produces functional strength without the monotony of isolated reps, it improves flexibility without long poses, and you use only one or two compact, portable kettlebells for your workout.




Risk Assessment Question & Assessment

Are you wondering if Free Flow Academy is the right fit for YOU?  We feel the same way!  Our community is welcoming and warm to all who wish to train, learn and grow with integrity, in the spirit of friendship.  For the most part, we attract GREAT people, but once in awhile, through usually a painful process, there is a realization that there are some relationships that are not meant to be.

One of the traits of our ideal client is someone who can assess risk effectively.  The ideal client adds tremendous value to our community, and we want to be around great people, with great energy, a chill relaxed vibe, but also someone who is watchful, observant, and has a great sense of accountability.  Ultimately, we want Free Flow to be safe place where you can grow and progress with integrity.  But in order for that to happen, you have to have a good balance of common sense, a spirit of adventure (with a calculative approach on risk), and an attitude of gratitude.



Sunday, September 3, 2017

Free Flow Academy Class Description - Self Defense

Our weekly Self Defense classes (available with the Tribe Membership) is a cardio kickboxing and Jiu Jitsu class designed to get you into amazing shape, while teach you essential combat skills and training in stand up and ground fighting.  Each class is 2 hours long, and takes place in a supportive and positive environment.




Every quarter we offer a 4 hour seminar that covers covers Threat Analysis, Martial Combatives, Flight Response Optimization with Parkour Fundamentals, and Live Scenario Training.  This program is a comprehensive series developed by the Free Flow Academy Martial Arts and Parkour Departments.  

It is imperative to build your body to be strong and resilient.  Free Flow Academy teaches that you cannot simply learn techniques that will somehow allow you to defy the laws of physics.  You actually need to train, get in shape, and grow strong in mind and body in order to effectively protect yourself and others.  If you feel afraid for yourself or your loved ones, NOW is the time to train and get into shape, using self defense as your primary modality.  After a few months of training, that fear will dissipate.  You will feel confident, fierce, and know that you will NOT go down without a FIGHT.  And anyone that tries to attack you, will solemnly REGRET it.  









Build Myelin. Build Skill.



Myelin is a fatty white substance (also known as ‘white matter’) in our nervous system. Myelin insulates the nerves and permits the rapid and more efficient transmission of nerve impulses. When we build skills using repetition and mental practice, additional myelin is developed and wraps around these connections, increasing the accuracy and speed of our skills.



Daniel Coyle, author of The Talent Code, talks about three simple facts:

“Every human movement, thought, or feeling is a precisely timed electric signal traveling through a chain of neurons."

"Myelin is the insulation that wraps these nerve fibers and increases signal strength, speed, and accuracy."

"The more we fire a particular circuit, the more myelin optimizes that circuit, and the stronger, faster, and more fluent our movements and thoughts become.”

We generate myelin faster when we are younger, but we keep developing it through our lives. It is never too late to learn anything as long as you practice in the right way and with the necessary motivation.

Coyle traveled around the world studying the different schools and academies that produce the highest number of talented people in the world. From musicians to athletes, including mathematicians, he discovered practically the same patterns of learning in all of these centers. He claims that the best way of learning, of developing myelin, is through “Deep practice."

Coyle's work also brings to light the importance of physical AND mental practice.

Visualization is an often-taught mental rehearsal technique in sports. It is an extremely powerful tool and numerous studies have been done to test this. You may have heard of this basketball study or a different one with similar results.

A study conducted at the University of Chicago was done where people were split into three groups and tested on how many free throws they could make.

The three experimental groups received either mental practice (Group 1), physical practice (Group 2), or a combination of mental and physical practice (Group 3). The fourth group was the control group and they watched a video that was not related to free throw shooting.

Conclusion:  A combination of physical and mental practice produced the greatest amount of improvement with physical practice as second best and mental practice as third best.

Read the Study HERE

Free Flow Academy Class Description - TUMBLING

Tumbling is a form of gymnastics performed without props or equipment. Also referred to as floor gymnastics, common moves performed in tumbling include flips, somersaults, tucks, handstands and handsprings.


Free Flow Academy offers tumbling classes for kids, teens, and adults.  Our philosophy is that all ages are able to train and progress safely in tumbling if training properly - meaning you should have progressions for each movement, and build a strong mechanical and muscular foundation before moving on.  Strengthening the mind/body connection through repetition of movements using proper technique is how we can safely progress you.  It takes time and patience, but if you train in this way, you will be able to tumble for a lifetime, as well as start at ANY AGE.  The human body is designed to survive and adapt, and it will adapt and overcome any challenge as long as you are patient and persistent.  Students should never "push through an injury".  Injuries require rest and rehabilitation.  If you follow these guidelines, we can take an "Average Joe" to an elite athlete within a few years.


Don't think you can do it?  Check out Bryan - he came to Free Flow never having tumbled in his life. He's in his 60's and doing back flips.  So... no excuses.  Can't see the video?  Click HERE to be redirected to YouTube.  Bryan is of course, an amazing person, stays active, and has a great attitude, which is part of the reason he is so successful.  We challenge you to overcome your limiting beliefs and try out tumbling.  It's FUN, and AWESOME.




Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Media Academy - It's not about Fame or Glory, It's about Community

Before opening Free Flow Academy, myself and my husband were artists working in Hollywood as a stunt performers and actors.  I was in magazines, traveled the world shooting movies, television, performing live on stage in a variety of stunt shows as well as making my way into the commercial world, performing in music videos, commercials, and anything else that would help pay the bills.  I even took a stint as a sports newscaster, which eventually segued into sports journalism.  I loved every moment I was working.  But I hated Hollywood (the industry).

There was so much negativity surrounding body image.  I remember thinking how screwed up the culture and industry seemed.  Women were hated for being too fat, too skinny, and/or having "not big enough" or "too big" body parts.  I hated that the fitness side of the industry was warped, and had nothing to do with health, and everything to do with image and fitting people into molds.  The funny thing is that the molds were created by fashion designers simply trying to cut costs.  Obviously, making clothes for more than one body type would not be cost effective.

I hated the blatant racism. Casting agents were set on me being "Eurasian" and I could only play "Eurasian" roles.  Let me ask you something.  WHERE IN THE WORLD IS EURASIA????  ANYONE???  ANYONE???  That's because Eurasia doesn't exist.  Is there any other industry that limits you based on your race or ethnic background?

I hated that having a family was frowned upon.  I hated that being married was frowned upon.  I hated that as a woman, I had a much better chance of climbing the ladder to success if I was single, and willing to expose myself as much as possible.  Dignity isn't for women obviously. Dignity is for selfish prudes, religious fanatics, and body shamers.  So the moral of the story is show everything because that's the industry standard.  Because showing everything shows that you are unashamed and dignified. But of course if you choose to not show everything, then shame on you.  Shame.  Shame. Shame!!!  So ladies (and even gentleman), just do what you're told.

Ultimately I found myself always working with people that I trusted.  And that is what made Hollywood wonderful and interesting.  If I stayed away from shady producers and directors, and put my focus and energy into people and projects that I trusted, then I would have an awesome experience.  So I loved every moment I was working.  Sure I had some bad experiences too, but I learned and moved on, all the more wiser.  We could of stayed in Hollywood, and climbed that ladder.  But something inside me kept saying the same thing.  "Wouldn't it be nice if you could create everything you love about Hollywood minus the traffic and the shady producers and directors?"  Ah yes, that would be soooo nice!!  But I had no idea how that could be done.  It seemed Hollywood was so set in her ways.  How could little ol' me do anything about it?

Then something wonderful happened.  The year I graduated from Film school, was the year DSLR cameras hit the market.  It was also the same year that HD technology was released.  Before digital technology, filmmakers had to spend around $120 per minute of film.  Digital technology erased that cost completely from the equation.  It was an exciting time.  I saw the power of media, was being placed into the hands of the artist.  So I started creating my own content, secretly, with my husband, and over the course of 10 years we created a box of IP (Intellectual Property).  As we were growing our family, and starting our business (Free Flow Academy) we kept creating.  I had a vision of taking our Academy and our students to build "New Hollywood" right here in our own community.  We started talking about this vision, and people started listening, and coming on board.  An old friend, Michael Poole joined our team, and he had his own box of IP.  We partnered with Jack Kohler, a teacher and artist, who also had a box of IP. Our dear friend James Burton, a comic book writer and artist, also a box of IP.  Between all of us, we have about 50-100 years of solid content, all of which have been developed over the course of a decade or more.  And our list of partners, and our list of IP, keeps growing.

Michael, an animation graduate out of Silicon Valley then introduced me to an important essay written by Paul Graham (VC) called "How to be Silicon Valley".  After reading this essay I realized something, "New Hollywood" was already happening, and it wasn't just me and my friends that were creating something special, it was happening on a global scale.  Artists are the media.  We just have to be willing to invest in ourselves.

In January 2017 our Academy launched our Stunt & Film Program (aka Media Academy)  We shot 1 feature film, 1 tv pilot, and 17+ other projects (shorts, tutorials, behind the scenes documentaries, and more).  This is just through our Academy, and doesn't even touch on some of the side projects we are working on.  How are we doing this?  Well, we spent 5 years building up our Academy, and now we are like an oiled machine, ready to churn out content and products to match that of a real production studio.  Our goal is to release up to 10 feature films and/or tv shows per year.  We plan on being titans, and to build an industry.  We plan on creating jobs and opportunities for artists and athletes right here in our backyard.  Don't spend thousands of dollars moving to Hollywood.  Stay right here, and join our vision.  Join a company and a community of artists and creators you can trust.  Invest in yourself.

Red Carpet World Premiere of our film "Immortal Fist" screened at the Action On Film Festival - Palms Casino and Resort, Las Vegas, NV

Students and Staff getting the good seats at our world premiere screening.

One of the reasons I love working with kids, is that they know how to enjoy the journey.  They know what's important, making friends and having fun.

In our environment students and artists are encouraged to follow our 3/7 Core Values, and are never pressured to do something they feel is against their own personal values.  We make family friendly action oriented content, and it's important to us that families feel they can enjoy this experience TOGETHER.
Many of our artists are working professionals, or just getting their career started.  Our Stunt & Film Program accommodates artists from the beginner to professional level.

Whether you are in class, or on set, we have a good time.

The coolest thing about filmmaking, is that there is truly something for everyone.  You may not like being in front of the camera, but perhaps you love creating props, doing makeup and hair, or creating special effects.

Perhaps you're a tech junkie and love making fireballs.  You are only limited by your own imagination, and in the world of filmmaking, you are constantly on the cutting edge of technology and innovation.

Filmmaking is a physical activity.  During the pre-production and production process, you are on your feet and working out sequences.  Actors and Stunt Performers learn choreography, and movie magic tricks.

Check out this Clip from Class
Photo Credit:  Dann Mann

Filmmakers are part storyteller, artist, athlete, pirate, explorer, entrepreneur, magician, techie, musician, general of an army, event planner, social commentator, and community cultivator wrapped into one package.  Filmmakers have to know a lot, about a lot of things, and are often criticized harshly for their work.  Filmmaking is not for the faint of heart.  And one thing is for certain.  Filmmaking is the most influential and powerful artistic medium known to man.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Free Flow Academy Class Description - PERFORMING ARTS...Guitar, Voice, Acting, Art

GROUP GUITAR (September - May)

Sit back, relax and enjoy learning the basics to mastering acoustic guitar in a fun group setting. Each session is 8 weeks long (or two months/8 classes). You will learn chords, chord progressions, and how to play all your favorite songs by using some simple easy to learn techniques. This class is designed for beginners who would like to learn how to play, while singing along to their favorite songs. Music brings peace to the soul, and it's a great way to unwind, connect with others, as well as improve mental clarity, alertness, and memory. Guitar is also highly versatile and allows you to easily create your own style.

Students in Group Guitar with Coach Lon


Quinn Jackson performing in our Student Showcase
GROUP VOICE (September - May)

Voice class is great for people who enjoy singing for their own benefit and/or for the benefit of others. Learn pitch, musicianship, and proper breathing and vocal techniques to increase the quality of your vocal sound. Our classes are kept small and personalized, and emphasize goal setting for each individual. Learning how to sing is a very practical and useful skill in that it can be used in a variety of circumstances, such as general vocal health and speech articulation. Students need to bring a notebook or binder to hold sheet music.


Students performing in our Student Showcase

Students performing in our Student Showcase


ART (Currently on Hiatus)

Free Flow Academy of Hybrid Arts is pleased to offer a full access art class consisting of portrait, comic art, and still life concepts. This class is open to beginner and advanced level artists. Drawing is one of the most relaxing, holistic, and therapeautic classes we offer. Drawing awakens the senses, develops hand-eye coordination, teaches problem solving, and fosters a love of learning and creativity, all while supporting and developing Emotional Intelligence.

DIY art class is for the those looking to develop their craftmanship skills. This class features 3D art such as sculpting, paper making, wood working, sewing, jewelry making, and more. Each week features a new project that students can enjoy. DIY teaches the value of being able to hand craft, and engineer beautiful and functional items, all while being resourceful. Supplies are included (but donations are always welcome).

Students learn to sew, paint, draw, woodwork, and create 3D media



Coach John creating epic decorations for our Annual Haunted Obstacle Course (October of every year)



ACTING (See Media Academy)

The Art of Acting is one of the most neglected disciplines of our society, yet probably one of the most useful, and natural to human kind. Acting fosters a genuine search for truth, and identity, all within the realm of endless possibility and creativity. Acting develops the "researcher" in all of us, and develops the body and the mind in a variety of ways, such as use of body language, poise, understanding viewpoints, teamwork, and conversation skills. Acting class makes us better communicator's, and instills confidence, while teaching public speaking skills along with many other important life skills.

"The Land of Woge" Production Still

"The Land of Woge" Production Still


"Immortal Fist" Production Still


"Immortal Fist" Behind the Scenes