What’s unique about the gymnastics sport is that it requires a colossal amount of flexibility and strategy – invented in the late 1700s by a man named Friedrich Ludwig Jahn in Greece (as well as Germany). Gymnastics became an Olympic sport in the year 1896 whereby both women and men competed. There are six genres within gymnastics, these include: Artistic, Rhythmic, Aesthetic, Aerobic, Trampolining and Tumbling. Men compete in six events – Floor Exercise, Pommel Horse, Still Rings, Vault, Parallel Bars, and High Bar. Women compete in four events – Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, and Floor Exercise.
What’s fascinating is that NASA scientists discovered that jumping trampoline is up to 68% more effective than jogging, reason being that jumping trampoline is burns up to 410 calories per hour. What I find absolutely jaw-dropping is that the first gymnasts both practiced and competed nude. The word “gymnastics” has roots in Latin which is gymnasticus which means fond of or skilled bodily exercise.
Judo, gripping and action packed, is quite a unique sport. Similar to Karate, Judo is all about survival of the quickest and strongest. It is a martial art that was born and bred in Japan and is also recognised as an Olympic Sport. Invented in 1882, this beauty of a sport is a combination of jujitsu and sumo. What I find so enticing is that the inspiration behind this charismatic sport is that from the 12th to the 19th centuries – Japan was ruled by the samurai – a class of professional soldiers. This caused the emergence for heterogeneous martial arts to develop which encompassed fighting with swords, bows and arrows of which hand-to-hand combat was included by the military.
So which sport will you divulge in?