Reaching Performance Peaks at Young Ages. World of Gymnastics .

March 31st, 2015 Old gymnast 30 comments
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Reaching Performance Peaks at Young Ages. World of Gymnastics .




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Reaching Performance Peaks at Young Ages. World of Gymnastics .

Many people are confused at exactly why so many gymnasts who are professional are so very young. There are several reasons, however one of the main reasons why most gymnasts especially those who are heavily competing are so young. As young girls especially are concerned, they reach their maximum potential usually around 16 to 17 years of age.

At this point in a girls life she has developed the muscles and strength necessary to perform the routines and tricks and she also has the greatest amount of flexibility possible. The ability have maximum strength as well as maximum flexibility usually factor together and allow most girls to compete actively until they are approximately 20 years old.

However, this is simply a guideline and the past has taught people that it is possible to still complete in Gymnastics even after the age of 20 for females. It is important to realize though that Gymnastics physically takes a lot of energy and effort and once the body starts to really age and mature keeping up with the strains is quite difficult to do.

In contrast to women’s Gymnastics , the men who are involved are spending greater amounts of time focusing on strength. Because of this difference, most men reach their peak in Gymnastics around the age of 20-25. This greater age allows most men to achieve the higher level of strength that is required to actively participate in the elements and events.

As the age of gymnasts continue to stay low, it is important to realize that there are rules limiting the ability of very young athletes from participating in major competitions. The age limits are currently no gymnast younger than 16 is permitted to perform at any international competition including the Olympics and World competitions.

While this may seem unfair the overall goal is to help ensure that the gymnasts are physically and emotionally ready for the rigors of strict competition before participating. In the past gymnasts as young as 14 were allowed to participate however this changed in 1997. In the meantime, the age of maximum ability has remained fairly steady in the 16-17 year old range.

The young age for professional and semi professional gymnasts has also helped to encourage the number of children moving around in the search for the perfect coach. With many children involved in Gymnastics reaching their maximum potential at a very young age parents are often left with the decision about where they can find the coach possible. There are times


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Aikido martial arts. Into the world. Japanese martial arts.

March 30th, 2015 Aikido master 33 comments
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Aikido martial arts. Into the world. Japanese martial arts.




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Aikido martial arts. Into the world. Japanese martial arts.

With the visible convergence of East and West cultures, more and more people are discovering and rediscovering new means self- especially in the field of martial arts. One of these means is called "Aikido," a very popular Japanese martial art.

KNOWING AIKIDO

“Do not fight force with force,” this is the most basic principle of Aikido. Considered as one of the non-aggressive styles in martial arts, Aikido has become popular because it doesn’t instigate or provoke any attack. Instead, the force of the attacker is redirected into throws, locks, and several restraining techniques.

Since aikido uses very few punches and kicks, the size, weight, age, and physical strength of the participants or the opponents only partake only a small role. What’s important is the skilled Aikido practitioner is skilled enough to redirect his or her attacker’s energy while keeping him or her in a constant of unbalance.

The history of Aikido as a martial art can be traced when Morihei Ueshiba discovered and developed its principle of aikido. Known as "O Sensei" or the "Great Teacher," Ueshiba made sure to develop a martial art that is based on a purely physical level using movements like throws, joint locks and techniques derived from another martial arts like "Jujitsu" and "Kenjutsu."

Technically, aikido was stemmed out and developed mainly from "daito-ryu aiki-" while incorporating several training movements similar to the "yari" or "spear, "jo" or a "quarterstaff" and from "juken" or "bayonet". Although these jujitsu movements are prominent while practicing the martial art, many practitioners agree that strongest influences of aikido is that of kenjutsu.

When he finally developed the minor and major principles of Aikido, Ueshiba emphasized that the martial art does not only pertain to self-defense techniques but can also play a major role in the enhancement of the practitioner’s moral and spiritual aspects eventually leading them to place greater weight on the development and achievement of peace and harmony. In fact, because of the great emphasis in the development of harmony and peace, seasoned aikido practitioners say that "the way of harmony of the spirit" is one phrase that could describe or translate the term "aikido" in English.

Just like any other martial art, aikido has various techniques that include ikkyo or the "first technique," "nikyo" or the "second technique," "sankyo," or the "third technique," "yonkyo" or the "fourth technique," the "gokyo" or the "fifth technique," the


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