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Gymnastics, Athletics, Martial Arts, Fencing, Street Dance – what are they all about?

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Gymnastics

Gymnastics is a sport that syndicates both strength and physical skills while being executed in an artistic style; it is now a world renowned sport and features in competitions such as the Olympics. The physical skills consist of talents like coordination, body control, gracefulness and dexterity as well as acrobatic skills. Modern gymnastics often takes place on floors, bars, beams and vaulting horses.

A new type of gymnastics branched off around 1900 called Rhythmic Gymnastics – unlike standard gymnastics which originated 2000 years ago from the Ancient Greeks!

Rhythmic gymnastics has the same foundations as normal gymnastics but incorporates equipment such as ribbons and hoops into routines. Your child may be able to try this at a school sports club if they are lucky enough. shutterstock_118702033

Gymnasts perform many different movements such as tosses, jumps and leaps, safety is of course a priority, although it is unlikely that your child will be doing somersaults in their third week. Gymnastics is performed by both women and men at different levels, from local clubs and schools to elite and international competitions.

Joining a club is an absolutely amazing opportunity as gymnastics is a sport of determination, dedication and athleticism. Children are always eager to learn something new, and gymnastics is great for all children to try.  Visit the British Gymnastics website for even more information!

Athletics

It is almost certain that at some point your child has done Athletics, as it covers a very broad range of activities. Athletics involves competitive jumping, throwing, running and walking. It requires very little equipment and the simplicity of the sport for this reason means that athletics is one of the most widely competed sports in the world.

Athletics is among the oldest of all sports and it dates back to prehistoric times. In the Ancient Egyptian tombs from 2250 BC athletic events were depicted. The only event in the first ever Olympics in 776 BC was a running event, a form of athletics.

Even though some may say athletics is an individual sport, it can bring a club, school and even a community closer together. Professional athletes are some of the most well-known professional sports men and women, Usain Bolt and Jessica Ennis are just to name a couple.

Athletics provides a base for great fitness and a healthier body. It also encourages self-discipline, team work and s a great way for your child to be more active while having fun and learn new skills. See the British Athletics website for more details on athletics!

Fencing

Fencing is a sport that consists of fighting with blades. It has three different blades:

  1. Foil; a light thrusting weapon that targets the torso, back, neck and groin
  2. Epee; much heavier than the foil but still a thrusting weapon targeting the same place
  3. Sabre; which is a light cutting as well as thrusting but targets the upper body excluding the hands

However it is much more likely that your child would begin by using a foam blade!

The aim of fencing is to make contact with your opponent without being hit yourself – all parts of the body are protected so it does not hurt at all when your opponent hits you, scoring themselves a point.

Competitive fencing is one of five activities which has been featured at every one of the modern Olympic Games and fencing is one of the oldest games in history as it comes directly from the duel.

There is of course protective clothing that fencers wear, this covers the whole body and is made from tough cotton or nylon. However your child will only need to wear a helmet as long as they are just using foam blades.

Fencing is fast and athletic, but also takes clever thinking and strategy, played on a 14x2m strip or piste. Fencing is a superb way of keeping your children active, while still getting them to use some brain power. You can find out more at the British Fencing website too!

Martial Arts

Martial Arts refers to various sports which originated in Asian and European countries such as Japan, Korea and Greece. They can be broken down into five distinct groups; weapons based styles, stand up or striking styles, grappling styles, low impact styles and MMA which is a hybrid sport style.shutterstock_150056771 There are many different types, and some are more well-known than others.

  • Judo is good for developing strength, balance and all round fitness as well as stamina and posture
  • Tae Kwon Do emphasises self-defence and self-control

All Martial Arts are amazing and although they may focus on different things primarily, a great outcome and the same sense of achievement is accomplished over all in each and every one.

Martial arts aren’t just about physical progress but also about training the mind and spirit so children learn skills they can take into other areas of their lives too.

Martial arts provide skills such as agility and physical fitness, while also encouraging concentration and self-discipline.

Going to a martial arts club is a great opportunity for your child. They not only take away invaluable skills, but also have a lot of fun and invariably love the experience. Click on the links above for more information on Martial Arts!

Street Dance

Street Dance is the name given to dancing which has evolved outside of a mainstream dance studio, usually in open spaces such as streets, parties, school grounds, raves or otherwise. By its very nature it involves a lot of improvisation, and is social and interactive in nature. Break dancing is one great example, which started on the streets of New York City, while the Melbourne Shuffle started in Melbourne in Australia.

shutterstock_128358128These days Street Dance and Hip Hop Dance have, as is the way of these things, moved into studios – and school clubs are just such a result. However, the essence of Street Dance remains the same: there are no set moves, it relies on innovation and creativity, and each dance evolves as it is developed by the dancers, as your children will find out.

We just LOVE Street Dance, because it connects and inspires kids in a way other activities may not. It can be physically demanding (which of course is just great for kids who have boundless energy), and those who take part invariably love it. To find out more about all dance genres visit the IDTA website!

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