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History is made in Alberta

by on Jan.11, 2011, under News

After her visit in November 2010, Cassy started her martialgym class in 2011 in Edmonton Alberta. Hats off to Cassy’s drive and determination! We wish her and her team the best of luck in years to come! Aside from Special O that have reached all the way out to Ontario, this is the first martialgym offering in a generic club outside BC and the second club in Canada! I am looking forward for all kinds of good things to happen between BC and AB in the future – workshops, competitions, traveling, etc!

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Your 2010 fundraising helps!

by on Sep.08, 2010, under Fundraising, News

New season is starting with an extra safety mat. This will help greatly in improving the quality and intensity of training within the same amount of time.

See the new tapes? They are used to redecorate the rings for the advance classes as well as to repair the shared rings damaged in the various classes because of usage.

Clubs, unlike rope, is something that is difficult to make ourselves. We have added a couple of pairs of stick as well as clubs to our apparatus pool

All the fundraising events (clothing drive, chocolate sales and more) and projects of Flying Maple Society aims to help keep training cost affordable while improving the quality of the program. Without your year-to-year support, none of these will be possible. THANK YOU ALL! Looking forward for an awesome season!

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Japanese TV series “Tumbling”

by on Feb.24, 2010, under News

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“Tumbling” is a new TV series in Japan about men’s rhythmic gymnastics. Yamada Kotaro (remember him? he visited us last year April 2009 with Kazuya and his wife) is involved in the series as technical consultant. If any of you see the series on TV, let me know…hoping that it has English subtitle or I have a lot of Japanese to catch up. 😉

MartialGym includes men’s rhythmic gymnastics. However, no sport should be gender based and therefore in Canada, our program is called martialgym and is open to both boys and girls. Our syllabus includes movements and training methods past traditional men’s RG.

For those that want to watch online, you can go to http://www.veoh.com and search for tumbling. You will need download a free player to be able to watch a full episode.

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Calpis Cup – we came 2nd!

by on Oct.22, 2009, under News

The team came 2nd at Calpis Cup! Thanks to everybody for voting and supporting!

Calpis is a soda company from Japan. I believe this is the second year they have this contest. There contest have two categories: 1) Men’s rhythmic gymnastics category 2) Open category where anything goes. All teams submitted their videos in early July. Judging is like “U think you can dance” by popularity. The voting was cut off October 15th. We are the only international submission.

Our team have both boys and girls. None of them have any bodysuit either. So we participated in the open category without any expectations. Team members include: Darryl, Derrick, Tristan, Ethan, Daniel, Gabriel, Kaitlin, Natalie, Precious and James.

Kazuya and me did the coaching and choreography. It was challenging and yet fun. There were concepts and elements that we had experimented long time ago and there were elements that the kids learn over a few classes. The routine itself was done over one Saturday morning. When we try to videotape the routine, my battery ran out. We were lucky that Miyuki had a camcorder in her bag! After the first taping, we wanted to improve on it but her battery again died out in the 2nd try. So what was submitted was all from the first taping.

In case you haven’t yet seen the video, here is it on YouTube!

http://www.youtube.com/user/JGA1930?gl=JP&hl=ja#p/u/3/x_SA5TDs7Iw

Congratulations to all and 2010 will be awesome!

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特別賞 Martial Gym (カナダ)

平均はじけ度:4.39(5.00満点)

◎特別協賛社 カルピス会社 より

カナダからのエントリーには、それだけで非常にうれしい 限 りです。チームの皆さまそれぞれが伸び伸びしたはじけっぷり の演技で、見る人に感動を与えてくれたと思います。国境を越 えての大会へのご参加、本当にありがとうございました。これ からも一緒に新体操を盛り上げていって下さい。

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Unoffficial translation (courtesy of the Milling family)

Special entry Martial Gym (Canada)

Average energy score: 4.39 (5.00 perfect score)

*from sponsor corporation Calpis

It’s delightful to receive an entry from Canada!

This team’s energy bursts forth throughout their performance, and is full of emotion.  Thank you for expanding our borders and for participating in our competition!  Please continue uplifting rhythmic gymnastics!

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Please vote for our team!

by on Sep.30, 2009, under News

This past June during the last practice at Millennium (or Pheonix gymnastics club), Kazuya (a visiting guest Japanese coach) and I choreographed and videotaped a group routine (7 boys and 3 girls) to enter into an Internet RG competition named CALPIS cup in Japan. CALPIS is a soda company based in Japan. The music used for the routine is CAPIS theme song. There are two categories, one is pure Men’s rhythmic gymnastics. The other is General Gymnastics from the grass-root level. We submitted our routines to the General Gymnastics category that are open to all but we are probably the only international team. It was done in one morning – it was both fun and exciting.

The great news is that our team made it to the final 10! Since this is a competition judged by audiences’ voting, we need everyone’s HELP! Please vote for us and do ask your friends, families, and their friends to VOTE FOR US.

Please use the following instructions to vote for us (Normal web translation facilities do not work with flash content):
http://sodacup.tv/#/public

• This is Flash site with videos and will take about a minute or so to fully load up. (There is a percentage complete little animation to show download progressing.)
• There are 10 team videos, please choose [Martial Gym]. As you move your cursor over the Martial Gym bubble, you will see two little arrows pop up inside, on the left means “Play video”, on the right is “About the team”. Please click the left arrow.
• After watching the performance you can vote !!! Score 5 is highest !!
• Put Name ( EVERY family member and friends can vote). Under name is comments (optional and only if you want to say something ) and then click send / submit at the bottom.

Please vote for us for any of the following reasons:
• you support men’s RG
• you support martialgym for both boys and girls
• you support a Canadian RG team,
• you believe in finding fun in RG training,
• you believe in gymnastics as a Foundation sport
• you like our little routine
• you appreciate our guts and effort
• you want to see more routines with mixed teams
• or ……

Anyways, we want to raise awareness of the sport within Canada and anywhere outside Japan and hopefully the sport will gain momentum over time.

Your click(s) and support will be much appreciated! Please get your friends to vote for us!

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