The Accidental Company

My name is Fred Dawber and I own a small software and electronics manufacturing company in Mississauga Ontario (Cansec Systems Ltd -  I have tried to keep up an exercise routine most of my life and succeeded most of the time.  There is a gym in the same complex where the office is - High Octane Training & Therapy (  I started gong there at lunch a few years and got to know the owner, Andrew Stalteri who is a prince of a fellow!

I have always had a fascination for ropes and knots and Zodiac RIBS (Rigid Inflatable Boats).  This is me and Little Red, a 16 foot Zodiac Pro.

I got my obsession for ropes from my father Eric and my obsession for RIBS from watching Jacques Cousteau as a kid.  My dad had worked as a steeplejack as a young man and unless you were really good with ropes and knots your career would be short lived - literally.

I decided to make a skipping rope using the same high quality yacht lines I was using on Little Red to use at Andrew's gym.  I had forgotten it at the gym on one visit and did not notice it was missing for about a week.  On my next visit I retrieved it from the "skipping rope rack" where it was mixed in with a large variety of commercial skipping ropes.  After a few days, Andrew came to see me and said that the trainers were looking for that "special" which was now GONE!.  Apparently they preferred it to all the other ropes at the gym.  Turns out any rope can be used for skipping but only ropes with special properties are suited to performing "functional movements".

This is where Andrew educated me on the whole concept of "functional movements".  One definition of functional movements is "Is the ability to move the body with proper muscle and joint function for effortless, pain-free movement."  Turns out using ropes in low impact flowing motions allows a huge variety of exercises.  That is when I discovered the rapidly growing global "rope flow" community.  What is Rope Flow? Rope Flow is a form of rotational movement exercise that incorporates balance, timing, endurance, and cardio.  Rope Flow trains the underlying ranges of motion used across all fundamental human movements, and relates similarly to martial arts and dance.  Rope flow training can be a hobby, meditation, a workout, or a competition.  That is when I decided to start Ropeflow Canada Ltd., primarily as a hobby, since running Cansec Systems Ltd. occupies most of my working hours.  I give Andrew the credit for starting me down the rope flow path.

You will note that two different styles of ropes are offered  -  Little Flow ropes and the Big Flow ropes.  The Little Flow ropes are designed specifically for doing rope flow exercises.  The Big Flow ropes are designed specifically for doing functional movement exercises which require a heavier rope.  The Little Flow rope is available in an adult size (LF-102) and a child size (LF-100JR).  The LF-102 uses a 1/2" rope while the LF-100JR uses a slightly thinner and lighter 7/16" rope.

The LF-102 accommodates users from a bit over 6' to a bit under 5'.  The length is easily adjusted by adding a granny knot or figure 8 knot on one or both sides, about 6" below the grip.  There is a great video available here showing how to adjust the length of your rope - 



All ropes are hand made with care per order.  The LF-102 ropes are personalized with your name, nickname, favorite phrase or saying.  Since Ropeflow Canada is a hobby, it can sometimes take a few days to fill an order.

Thank you for visiting - Fred Dawber