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What's Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics?

Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics (Men's RG) is an artistic sport which is performed to music on a 13 x13m gymnastic spring floor. Once you see competitions of Men's RG, you would understand it's different from Women's RG. It's such an attractive sport, sometimes called synchronized tumbling, combining the dynamism of powerful acrobatics and perfection of synchronous moves. It's getting popular and also attracts increasing attention from the mass media. Some of the outstanding rhythmic gymnasts have made most of their exceptional physical abilities for their second carriers and become performers in the world of entertainment such as the world-renowned circus "Cirque du Soleil".

Men's RG consists of two types of events: group event of 6 people (freehand or no apparatus) and individual event using apparatus (stick, rings, rope and clubs). Group performance includes non-acrobatic movements called "Toshu" (handstands, flexibility exercises, balance, etc.), and rotational movements (tumbling and lifts). Group performance is done without using any apparatus. It is breathtakingly glorious when six gymnasts show perfectly synchronized movements as if they were sextuplets, while executing a series of tumbling in time to music. The permitted time for group events is between 2 minutes 45 seconds to 3 minutes.

As for individual performance, a gymnast manipulates one or two pieces of apparatus (double rings, stick, clubs, rope) to show their nifty apparatus handling, throws, and catches as well as the difficulty of the tumbling. The gymnast must work on the whole floor area whilst showing continuous flowing movement. It is in individual events that gymnasts often fascinate the audience with their dynamic, sometimes sensuous, and original performances. The permitted time for individual events is between 1 minute 15 seconds" to 1 minute 30 seconds.

Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics was born in Japan. There are several national level competitions such as Inter-High School Championships, Inter-College Championships, and All-Japan Gymnastics Championships, in which both men and women participate. In 2000, instructors of MRG were sent to foreign countries, and consequently in 2003, the Men's RG World Championship was held in Japan to boost internationalization of this sport. This first championship drew five countries: Japan, Canada, Korea, Malaysia, and the United States. The 2005 World Championship included Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Korea, Russia, and USA. Unfortunately however, competitions of MRG are currently held only in Japan and no World Championship exists. We sincerely hope that this wonderful sport will develop and go far in the world.

Collaboration between Issei Miyake and Aomori University RG team

(Please note that this is NOT OFFICIAL translation of rules.)

Composition (Difficulty) Score 10.00 + Execution Score 10.00 = Total 20.00 points

Composition (Difficulty) Score: Composition of performance is scored out of a maximum of 10 points, based on technical value (difficulty of tumbling elements, movement elements, etc.), variety (variety of movements, change of formations, etc.), harmony between music and movements, and originality, with deductions for lack of required elements or stepping out, etc.

Execution Score: Execution of Performance is scored out of a maximum of 10 points, based on quality of execution, accuracy of performance and synchronization, with deductions taken for mistakes or lack of movements in unison, etc.

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