Masters Gymnastics competition

A fun montage.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via Rec Gymnastics and Masters Gymnastics)

Gym Clubs in Japan

by site editor Rick McCharles

After Worlds I’ve been traveling Japan using an all-you-can-ride Rail Pass.

I’ve visited 3 clubs, so far:

• Tsukahara Gymnastics Center, Tokyo
• Namba Gymnastics Club, Osaka
Tommy International School and Tomioka Sports Club, Osaka

Tomioko (Tommy) Shinichiro, President

I’d love to visit more as I learn something new at each facility. Email me if you know of more gyms in Japan where I can observe or volunteer guest coach over the next week.

Tommy Gym

One of my former coaches Shiro Tanaka pointed out that Japanese recreational kids have far better discipline (and more line-ups) than kids suffer in Canada.

Montreal should host Gymnastraeda

On my Recreation Gymnastics blog I make the argument that Montreal should be the first North American host of the World Gymnaestrada:

• a bilingual city with easy, inexpensive access for Europeans
• Cirque du Soleil might partner
• Gymnaestrada in Europe is not growing
• the event needs to modernize, North America would help
• Canada has a strong and growing Gymnastraeda base
• Gymnastics Canada strongly supports the event

Lausanne, Switzerland 2011

Click through for the details … especially the part on why it won’t happen any time soon.

RecGymnastics.com – Canada should host World Gymnaestrada

I’m still looking for contributors for RecGymnastics.com.

Frank Sahlein – Gymnastics Careers

At BC Congress last week I was asked to do a presentation on Making a Career Out of Coaching.

Going over my notes the night before, I suddenly realized how little I knew about the topic … though I’d been a full-time coach since 1980.

I emailed Frank Sahlein and (happily) he offered to sit in. In this way we had at least one expert on coaching “careers” in the room.

Click PLAY or watch a brief summary of my presentation on YouTube.

The topic drew only a small group of coaches, resulting in a brainstorming session. I posted the resulting notes on RecGymnastics.com

My main conclusion was that coaches from socialist nations like Canada are mostly ignorant when it comes to business and career planning. The USA has many experts in that field. My strongest advice for coaches is to bring in an expert like Frank Sahlein, Founder and CEO of 3rd Level Consulting.

I’ll be taking my own advice, consulting with Frank this Fall.

Check his gym, the Wing Center, in Boise, Idaho.

And this initiative, too:

Motion Evolution:

Based on the premise that people are made to move, Motion Evolution integrates physical literacy, nutrition education, brain-body science, personal best and play, making the program a complete wellness package.

Frank Sahlein on Facebook.

PlayGymnastics.com

Back to school. Are the kids signed up for gymnastics?

Gymnastics BC has a dedicated website helping parents find a recreational gymnastics club in British Columbia.

it promotes “physical literacy” for the 93%+ of BC gymnasts (36,000 in total) who do not compete. The benefits are spelled out clearly.

sign up for the email newsletter on PlayGymnastics.com

Gymnastics bus for sale

… Built by Tumblebus, the leaders in the area of mobile gym buses, The Discovery Bus is a 1991 International diesel converted school bus, in very good condition. A propane generator runs two air-conditioning units. The Discovery Bus is not affiliated with any franchise and you will own the intellectual property rights for a program that supports both typical and special needs kids

A wonderful business for anyone who loves working with children. The Bus also works exceptionally well in the market for children with special needs. We provide well defined, clear instructions to get you up and running immediately and we will happily share our extensive experience with the new owners.

The Bus is beautifully fitted out to accommodate a wide range of equipment including tumbling mats, climbing wall, zip line, vault, multiple balance beams, monkey bars, swings, rings, slide, trampolines and more. Safety features include padded gymnastic flooring and carpeting on the lower walls. Additional sensory equipment has been added to the Bus to provide a Sensory-oriented preschool motor development program.

Asking price – $24,500. Email Rochelle@achievabilityllc.com or call 407-977-7874 for more information. We are located in Orlando, FL, but the bus can be relocated.

Gymnastics B.C. Congress

by site editor Rick McCharles

I am presenting for the second time ever at this excellent event hosted this year at Phoenix Gymnastics, Vancouver.

Aug. 26-28th, 2011

Four NEW presentations in the Gymnastics for All Stream:

~ Making a Career Out of Coaching
~ Building and Maximizing Adult Rec
~ Class Planning for Recreational Gymnastics
~ Bars and Beam – Making it Fun

Other presenters from away include Business guru Frank Sahlein and Steve Arkell, former US National Team Coach. One of my favourite gymnasts ever is presenting, Kate Richardson. Tumbling specialist Derek Hanson will be a big draw, as well.

I`ll post highlights on this site.

Check the Congress home page for details.