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Gitis (Flamingitis, often incorrectly spelled as Gitus) - one of the most sought after and overused catches in freestyle. The catch was originally called a flamingitis because it was a variation on a flamingo catch. The gitis posture is a cross body flamingo. A right handed gitis involves catching the disc under (or around) the left leg and a left handed gitis is caught under (or around) the right leg. A posted gitis means the restriction leg, i.e. the leg being caught under (or around) is the leg on which the player is standing. An aerial gitis means both legs are in the air with the restriction leg normally leading the leap. This move was created by Krae Van Sickle and originally dubbed "flamingitis" because it is closely related to a flamingo.
Read John Anthony's origin of the gitis.
Read Kevin Givens' article on how some freestyle catches got their names.

Links: Anne Graves' rh, ll gitis off the Paganello stage (Foto: Paul Kenny) - Rechts: Tom Gleason's rh, ll gitis at Palm Park (Foto: Scott Starr)

Gitis puddle (see puddle) - I have only seen crusty Californian John Jewell and Dallasite Tom McNiven do this move. Puddle the disc and sling it through the gitis posture from the outside of your leg in and under to an upside down delay. This move requires considerable skill, ergo JJ.

Gitosis - I have heard this term used to describe a reverse gitis and what I would call a flamingitis (or posted gitis). I use the term "Gitosis" as another name for a reverse gitis, since it is a gitis that has been modified with the "Osis" pirouette. Just remember that some jammers may use the term "Gitosis" to refer to a flamingitis.

Gi-Toss - once you have mastered the aerial gitis, give yourself a challenge by adding a Gi-Toss. Just after you catch the aerial gitis, but before the foot on your leading leg touches the ground, throw the disc out under your leading leg, i.e. from the gitis position. I believe Larry Imperial pioneered this throw, but there are other practitioners: Joey Hudoklin, Joel Rogers, Dave Schiller...Jamie Chantiles indicates he did a Gi-toss to Rick Castiglia at a 1979 Canadian tournament. Perhaps, Larry will contact gitishome and give us more information on the original of this throw.

Gi-Yank - Somewhere between a gitis rim pull and a gi-toss, the gi-yank is performed by hanging the rim of the incoming disc on your finger and yanking the disc out from under your leg while in the gitis position. Unlike a gitis rim pull, the gi-yank is not a rim delay and does not even require contact with the nail. The challenge is to control the disc after you yank it back into the wind. Gi-yanks require smooth, strong, laminar wind. I'm sure this move has another name and I await the contributor submissions.

Godzilla's puke - JamCo notes: in a brief discussion with Skippy at the Manresa campsite (during Manresa Beachshred 2003) I elicited the meaning of this term: One day he was jamming with Tommy Leitner who must have pulled off some hot combo never seen before and never to be seen again...you know the kind...you are not sure what happened but it was magical! Skippy is taken aback by the hot move and yells out---"Geez, what was THAT?" and Tommy shrugs and responds, "I don't know, Godzilla's Puke!"

Grapevine (Crossover) - a one legged posture catch that is comprised of contorting the upper arm under the leg from the inside out at the thigh and the lower arm back over the leg at the calf. Richie Smits does the best grapevine delays and taps that I have witnessed.

Links: Cindy Kruger catching a grapevine (Foto: Jamie Chantiles) - Rechts: Greg Riley's grapevine delay (Foto: Greg Riley)

Links: Sune Wentzel's grapevine delay - Rechts: Richie Smits' taking in a grapevine (Fotos: Jamie Chantiles)

GROS (Gitis Rings of Saturn) - GROS is a rim shoot with the disc in an upside down spin state wherein the shoot comes out from the gitis posture. With a substantial wind, this rim shoot will come back to the player, but normally it is used as a pass to another player. If you want to do a rings rimshoot that will return to you, then the most important aspect is the high Mung angle . As an illustration, imagine throwing an upside down boomerang path with the disc. In order to do this, you must throw the upside down disc with a high Mung angle or the disc will simply drop in front of you. The return rings rimshoot has the same requirement. In the first video attached to this term, the GROS rimshoot was done in 25 mph winds so don't use this video as a reference for the necessary Mung angle. It's a simple inverse relationship: low wind = high Mung.
See a GROS rimshoot return to an airbrush sequence to a Tron catch
See a shorter video clip that shows more of the Mung inducing delay technique

The release point of the GROS

Groundwork - see Downrock

Guide - the technique of "delaying" the disc on the outside edge. You can learn this technique by throwing the disc into the air with high spin and high Mung angle, starting a rim delay with one hand and using the nails on the free hand to contact the outside edge of the disc. Hold the fingers of the guide hand together tightly and allow the disc to slide against the nails of this hand. As you get more adept with the guide aspect, you can remove the other hand from the rim delay support. Refer to the closeup of Arthur Coddington's hand in the above photo to see how to orient your guide delay. It helps to perform this technique in a consistent wind because the wind actually holds the disc against the nails of the guide hand. The "toothbrush" guide, which is shown in photo 3, is a variation done against the front of your teeth instead of your nails. Nine out of ten dentists do not endorse this practice!

1. Arthur Coddington doing a guide - 2. Guide closeup - 3. Dave Murphy doing a toothbrush guide (Fotos: Jamie Chantiles)

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