Sunday, May 30, 2010

Rhythmic Gymnastics

I have been doing Rhythmic Gymnastics for about 4 years! It is really fun! You do ribbon, hoop, ball, rope, clubs and freehand! Rhythmic gymnastics is a sport that combines elements of ballet, gymnastics, and apparatus manipulation. The victor is the participant who earns the most points, determined by a panel of judges, for leaps, balances, pirouettes, flexibilities, apparatus handling, execution, and artistic effect.


The technical figures may be made with the rope either taut or loose, with one or both hands, with or without change of hand. The relationchip between the apparatus and the gymnast is more explosive than in the other cases. The rope often appears as a serpent-like attacker seizing and winding around the gymnast. But suppleness and agility, tinged with elegance, always win out in the end.

The hoop defines a space. This space is used to the utmost by the gymnast, who moves within the circle formed. Handling the hoop requires frequent changes of the grip, and the main requirement is good movement coordination. The shape of the hoop favours rolls, passages, rotations and walkovers.

The ball is the only apparatus for which no grip is allowed. This means that a more sensuous relationship between the body and the apparatus is required. The ball moves in perfect harmony with the body. Spectacular throws with control and precision in the catches are dynamic elements.

The gymnast uses the clubs to execute mills, rolls, twists, throws and as many asymetric figures as possible, combining them with the many figures featured in non-apparatus gymnastics. Exercises with the clubs require a highly developed sense of rhythm, maximum psychomotor coordination and precision up to watchmaking standards. The clubs are particulary suited to ambidextrous gymnasts.

The ribbon is long and light and may be thrown in all directions. Its function is to create designs in space. Its flights through the air make images and shapes of every kind. Figures of many different sizes are executed at varying rhythms. Snakes, spirals and throws are the essentials of the ribbon's flight.

This is what may happen to you after a little bit of practise!!!

By Abbey xxx