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Photo suhmitted by Mr. Wang Chia-tung

Prov in ce in th e IH.>rtil edst ildd il1dd eljudt e trainin g spa ce . Tea m s fr o m two oth e r pro vin ces, Gi -Lin Tea m dnd C hian g-S u Tedm vo lunt ee red th eir ow n trainin g sit es . In ano th er exa mpl e, Ya ng M ing Min g o f Shan-H ai Tea m , th e to p all-around gymn ast , . was also tire less in ass istin g oth ers to lea rn hi s skill s. Thi s, d es pit e h av in g to comp ete durin g th e sa m e tim e. It wo uld see m rath e r stran ge to a W es te rn gymn ast , but th ese C hin ese gy mn as ts wo ul d rath er lea rn so m e n ew skill at th eir Na ti o nal Champi o nship s th an take a fir st pl ace. Yo un g gy mn asts lea rn from o ld e r gymn as ts th e pro p er thou ght s and co rrect way to do a skill. Th e o ld er gymna sts see th e trainin g o f yo un ge r gy mn asts as part o f th e ir res po nsib ilit y. Simil arl y, am o ng th e coac hes, th e old e r o nes pass alo n g th eir ex p e ri ence to th e yo un ge r me n, w ho, in turn , show res p ect to th e ir se ni o rs. With all thi s exc hange of info rm ation , it is a littl e w ond e r th at th ey ca re no t w ho w in s fir st pl ace. Th e ave ra ge ag e of th e co mp etitors is low, but th ey w ork hard and are not afr aid of diffic ult y. M an y of th e m have alrea d y ac hi eved a good reput ation. Th e girl s fro m th e Hu- Na n Prov in ce receive d es p ec ial no te. All o f th e six could d o full tw istin g som ersa ult s w hil e three could also do d o ubl e tw ists: W a ng Sun-Chun , 14, Tan Shan Inn , 14, and Hu C hain g-Hu an, 10. In th e few sho rt yea rs th at th ey have train ed , th ey have throw n away tradition al sm all steps and ac hi eved a g reat r eput ati o n . Thirt y-o n e yea r o ld Li a Jun-Ti an, fro m th e A rm y, is an ex p e rt on th e rin gs. In t he 1972 comp etiti o ns, h e is supposed to have c rea ted so m e new moves, ve ry diffi cult , w hi ch earn ed him th e to p m arks o f th e co mp etiti o n . A m emb er 0 1 th e wo m en 's tea m fro m A nHui Prov in ce too k it upo n herse lf to lea rn a new

and ve ry uillicult m ove o n th e ba lan ce bea m . A ft e r injurin g six l inge rs, she fin all y learn ed how to d o th e move. (U nf o rtun ate ly, we are no t to ld w hat thi s mo ve was .) As pr ev io usly m enti o ned , th e to p girl s tea m was th e tea m fr o m Hu-Na n w ho have d epart ed fro m traditi o nal trainin g m ethod s sin ce th e Cultural Revoluti o n . Two o th er g irl s tea m s Li aNee and C hi ang -S u train ed ve ry hard o n th e bas ics and sho wed a ve ry ni ce style. Whil e th e trainin g sys te ms we re no t th e sa m e, th eir ac hi eve m ents we re bo th ve ry hi gh . Th e Chin ese journ al no ted th at new reco rds we re se t, but minimi ze d thi s, say in g th at th ese simpl y m ark ed a new beg innin g po int fo r an o th er stage o f gy mn as ti c grow th. Self- criti cism is ano th e r as pec t o f Chin ese culture. It was no ted th at b ett er tran siti o n is neede d betwee n strength and sw in g ele m e nt s o n th e rin gs . Th e g ir l' s fl oo r exe rcise nee d ed to develo p b ett er d ance m ove m ent s. H ard trainin g to m ee t stri ct requir em ents is th e sloga n b y w hi ch Chin ese gy mn ast s mu st wo rk . By d o in g so, th ey ho p e to raise th e nati o nal stand ard s o f gy mn ast ics hi gh er in a sho rt pe riod o f tim e.

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' BASIC TUMBLING' by Don Tonry, Gymnastic Aides, Box 475, Northbridge, Mass. 12 min. B&W Sound. $60.00 REVIEW by Dick Criley Thi s film is d es igned fo r P.E. m aj o rs in P. E. co ur ses in gy mn asti cs. Bes ides show in g se qu ences and pr og ress io ns in bas ic tumblin g,

th e film d em o nstrates how to o rga ni ze a large gro up fo r cl asses. Th e fi lm o p ens w ith seve ral goo d tumblin g sequ ences in slow m o ti o n . Int erest is add ed b y th e ca m e ra ang le - -ove rh ead--a nd tll e mu sic. Th ese sho ts show w hat a tu m b ler mi ght ho p e to ac hi eve. Th e film tri es to p icture si tu ati o ns in w hi c h a kn ow led ge o f tumblin g, or at leas t, how to fa ll , mi ght be use ful. W hil e th ese are o b vio usl y se t up and eli cit so m e good lau ghs, th e idea th e re is that lea rnin g tum b lin g is good fo r yo u . Fro m he re we are taken int o wa rm-up drill s, fl ex ibilit y exe rcises, and th e bas ic b ody pos iti o ns: tu ck, pik e, and Id yo u \. Th e tum b lin g m oves are th e bas ic roll s, ca rt w hee l, hea d sprin g, and fro nt hand sprin g . Slow m o ti o n se qu e nces all ow th e viewe r to exa min e ar m , hea d , and leg ac ti o ns. Af te r po rtray in g th e i ndi vidu al sk ill s, t he film sh ows ho w th ese mi g ht b e put toge th er int o simpl e se qu e nces. Thro u gho ut th e film an in fo rm ed narrato r gives a lo t of goo d hint s and in stru cti o ns. U n fo rtun ate ly, at路 tim es, th e mu sic co m es o ut a bit str o ng, butth at is m y o nl y cr iti cism. Th e film uses a rea l PE cl ass so it is obv io us to th e viewe r th at a w id e range of abiliti es ca n be taug ht to tumbl e. Stud ent s can id enti fy w ith th e stiff fell ow w ho has a ro ug h tim e w ith th e b ac k brid ge o r th e p ik e sea \. Th e fa ncier tumblin g is d em o nstr ated by m em be rs o f th e Ya le U ni ve rsit y gy mn as ti cs tea m an d by Don To nry, him se lf. A good way to u se thi s film wo uld b e to reshow it a cou p le o f tim es durin g th e se m es t er as stud e nt s m ove alo ng in th eir m as tery o f th e skill s. Repe titi on is a mu st if o n e is to pi c k up all th e visual and ve rba l id eas thi s film o ff ers.

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Profile for USA Gymnastics

Gymnast Magazine - August/September 1973  

Gymnast Magazine - August/September 1973