female gymnasts using P Bars

Training Rings is ideal for the female gymnast. Good for swing. GREAT for general upper body strength.

Parallel Bars are good too. But keep them low so if a girl falls — and she will — there’s no chance of injury.

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introducing Press to Handstand

Beginners often train years before making their first straight arm Press to Handstand.

It’s essential they feel SAFE when leaning too far.

Challenge gymnasts to get their hips (Centre of Mass) over the hands before lifting toes off the floor.

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Thanks Bermuda Gymnastics Association.

2018 Japan Supreme Men’s AA Final

1 Kenzo Shirai 85.497
2 Teppei Miwa 84.132
3 Kazuma Kaya 83.765
4 Fuya Maeno 83.265
5 Shogo Nonomura 82.631
6 Kakeru Tanigawa 82.465

… a bunch of the top AA gymnasts all competed against each other, including junior gymnasts Teppei Miwa (17) and Takeru Kitazono (16).

Incredibly, Teppei actually placed 2nd with a score breaking 84, which is a big number for a junior.

The medalists are automatically selected to compete on the AA World Cup Circuit- with first place competing in two, and the 2nd and 3rd place finishers getting to compete in one each. Which means we’ll get to see young Teppei on the World stage very soon!


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Click PLAY or watch his H Bar on Instagram.

Bhasvar Challenge

How many can you do in series? 😀

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World Champs Ri Se Gwang, Zou Jingyuan & EPKE

1. Ri Se Gwang PRK 14.933
2. Dalaloyan Artur RUS 14.883
3. Shirai Kenzo JPN 14.675


Some felt Dom Cunningham who finished 4th could have deserved Bronze. Kenzo was not deducted for stepping over the line on his stuck landing vault 2. There’s no deduction for landing ON the line.

P Bars
1. Zou Jingyuan CHN 16.433
2. Verniaiev Oleg UKR 15.591
3. Dalaloyan Artur RUS 15.366


Zou’s P Bars was the single best routine of the competition. I had him at 9.8 E-score.

Some, including myself, would have been happier if the Bronze had gone to Sam Mikulak 15.233.

H Bar
1. Zonderland Epke NED 15.100 (Exe. 8.300)
2. Uchimura Kohei JPN JPN 14.800 (Exe. 8.400)
3. Mikulak Samuel USA USA 14.533 (Exe. 8.433)

Jon Horton and others point out that the E score panel did not do their job. Though Epke deserved to win, there’s no way his E-score should be close to Kohei or Sam.