Jhan Hagy, generally referred to as “Hagy,” is Come Play’s FloStaff expert. He’s been a practicing flow artist since his early 20’s when he fell in love with juggling and other flow art forms.
Hagy has devoted the majority of his adult life to studying religion, spirituality, philosophy, and the body in flow.
At 21 he gave away all of his belongings and spent the next 5 years on a vision quest/walkabout with only a backpack, its contents, and occasional instruments to comfort him on his travels. On his journey, he sought out masters of their trade. He studied aikido as a live-in student in a dojo in Hawaii. He was mentored by medicine men and women from various cultures.
In 2013, he became a certified Reiki practitioner.
Staff is Hagy’s preferred flow toy. He started by using a staff, called a jo, in his aikido training. He has been working with the staff for years, more recently moving into the form of “contact staff.”
Since Hagy’s return to Tulsa in 2014, he’s been developing a movement form which integrates all of his experience and knowledge into an integrated theory and physical practice called Floga.
Incorporating a range of flow props, poses, and movements we are able to achieve a state of balance that unifies the internal and external world.
The staff is also a popular motif of the Zen tradition and also represents the archetype of the healer and the spiritual path. This can be found in the hermetic tradition of western mysticism through the symbol of the caduceus.
Usually, it’s seen twirling around a hippie at a festival with both its ends lit on fire.
The flow arts involve a person manipulating a flow toy. These “toys” include, but are not limited to, balls, hoops, staffs, poi, batons, rope darts, fans, whips, swords, and more. Virtually any object can be manipulated.
Many of the toys used within the flow community have origins in the martial arts. There are many similarities between martial art weapons and flow art toys. For instance, the primary design focus of both modalities is the unification of object and manipulator so that the object becomes an extension of the body and mind of the manipulator.
Other similarities include attention to footwork and body mechanics, clarity of mind, discipline, and the development of individual practice and style.