I’m currently teaching a 9 day gymnastics coaching course in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Do you know it?
Very close to Calcutta, India.
Though Dhaka is a frantic city of millions, we’re housed in the green, tranquil BKSP Multisport Training Centre. That’s 104 acres of lush sporting paradise.
Many foreign coaches have been brought in to Bangladesh. We live in this building.
Right now we have a British Archery coach here for 7 months, two new Judo coaches from Iran, a Canadian gymnastics coach. Coaches from China, Korea, India. All over.
We are treated royally, let me tell you.
Bangladesh is a fast growing economy, devoutly Muslim … but with no security problems. Inside BKSP the religion is SPORT. More than any other place it reminds me of the American Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs.
The gymnastics facility is spacious though the equipment is 22yrs-old from Senoh, Japan. A pit has been “roughed in” but is not yet finished.
I learned of a terrific opportunity this week. If a foreign coach pays their own transportation, BKSP might be able to “host” them. Free meals and board. An Artistic Gymnastics coaches is needed to assist the current coaches. There are boys and girls in this gym.
Kids train 22hrs/wk. Two trainings / day. The school is on site. Most of the gymnasts board at BKSP, as well. It’s an ideal set-up.
If you want to travel … and build your coaching resume at the same time … email me at Rick_McCharles AT hotmail.com for more information.
They are looking for a minimum 3 month commitment.
My old friend Jim Holt has written a memoir about his two decades striving for the international development of gymnastics. I’m certain it will be a great read.
It is an extraordinary saga of inspiring and (often) hilarious efforts to change the world through sport. Jim has transcended venality, corruption, and oft non-sensical institutional and bureaucratic resistance in a manner which ultimately affects the lives of those with whom he comes in contact. In short, it is a manifesto for self-determination, individual achievement, and a refusal to capitulate to the tides of conformity which threaten us all….
… He has coached (to date) in 11 World Championships, including 1991- Bolivia; 1993- Bolivia & Ecuador, 1994-Bolivia, 1996-Iran, 1997 Barbados; 1999-Namibia; 2001-Bolivia; 2002- Bolivia; 2003- Bolivia; 2006-Yemen; 2007- Yemen. He was the National Coach for Zimbabwe at the 1995 All-African Games where he also served as Gymnastics Competition Director, and was Assistant Coach for Nigeria at the 1994 Commonwealth Games. …
James Glader linked to perhaps my favourite dance troupe ever, La La La Human Steps. In a video production of a long performance called Amelia (part 1).
I first saw La La La Human Steps on their 1985 tour, Human Sex. The physicality of lead dancer Louise Lecavalier blew me away. I’ve still never seen any other dancer anything like her. The reckless abandon.
This clip unfortunately doesn’t do the live performance justice. But it will give you an idea of Louise’s work. Watch it on YouTube. (Warning – partial nudity.)
The genius behind La La La Human Steps is choreographer Édouard Lock.
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