With the beauty of gymnastics in full display during the recently concluded 30th Southeast Asian Games, our attention is captured by the graceful sports, so to speak: ice skating, synchronized swimming, among them.
This December, a Chinese acrobatic show is the main Christmas presentation of the Smart Araneta Coliseum. Called “The All-New Grand China Acrobatic Circus,” it features the multi-awarded performances of the China National Acrobatic Troup (CNAT). The group is the first national performing arts group established by the Central Government of China and founded in 1950.
The troupe honed and perfected its craft in Beijing where it was established. It has become where the troupe honed and perfected their craft to become one of the most decorated acrobatic troupes in Asia with 67 golden awards from local and international award-giving bodies. The group has performed in 132 countries with the Philippines as its 133rd destination.
Which got me thinking. Acrobats must be athletes too, aren’t they? And extraordinary ones at that. Their balance can be described as superhuman. Their motor coordination, superb. Their agility, out of this world.
Acrobatics are gymnasts, but they are more than that. They are dancers, aerialists, sometimes contortionists, tightrope walkers or hand walkers. Do they train as hard for their art as gymnasts, figure skaters and synchronized swimmers train for their sport?
They do. Maybe harder.
Just like Tiger Woods and all other phenomenal athletes…
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