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Understanding Martial Arts

Understanding Martial Arts

by Leana Kell

If you're considering taking up a martial art, you might be confused as to which type if martial art is best suited to your needs. The benefits of practising martial arts are endless. Many people take up the sport for many different reasons to include self-defence, physical fitness, entertainment and competition. The term, 'Martial Arts' covers a wide range of arts and techniques, but knowing which one is best suited to you is an art in itself! Below Beemat has picked out eight of the most popular martial arts, to give you a flying start. Judo Judo is a competitive...

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Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics

Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio Olympics

by Leana Kell

The world is gearing up for the 2016 Rio Olympics and with just a few weeks to go, Beemat takes a look at some of the key male and female gymnasts taking part in the Games this August. Three gymnastics disciplines will be contested at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro - Artistic Gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining. All of the gymnastics events will be staged at the Arena Olimpica do Rio (known as the HSBC Arena) from 6-21 August. Since 2012, gymnastics has become a vibrant success story, with its growing presence on media channels prompting waiting...

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Artistic Gymnastics

Artistic Gymnastics

by Leana Kell

Artistic gymnastics is a traditional sport that's featured in the Olympic Games since Athens 1896. Below, Beemat takes a look at the history of Artistic Gymnastics and its role in this year's Rio Olympic Games 2016. What is Artistic Gymnastics? Artistic Gymnastics is a sport whereby athletes perform short routines (ranging from 30 to 90 seconds) on different apparatus in individual and team events. Team events are displayed in groups of eight for men and six for women. Athletes combine strength, balance, flexibility and grace to perform routines on apparatus such as vaults, bars and beams combined with spectacular floor...

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Rhythmic Gymnastics

Rhythmic Gymnastics

by Leana Kell

This year marks the twentieth year that Rhythmic Gymnastics has been included in the Olympic Games. With the Rio Olympic Games 2016 fast approaching, Beemat takes a look below at the role of Rhythmic Gymnastics and its current status in the Olympic programme. What is Rhythmic Gymnastics? Rhythmic gymnastics is a women-only sport in which individual or groups of gymnasts perform on a floor accompanied by music using apparatus to include a hoop, ball, ribbon, rope, clubs and freehand (no apparatus). The sport combines elements of ballet, gymnastics and dance and each movement requires a high level of athletic skill as...

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Benefits of Tumbling Mats

Benefits of Tumbling Mats

by Leana Kell

Finding high quality gym flooring is a necessity for work-outs. Whether you are exercising at home, in school or at a gymnasium, it is essential to purchase the right type of gym mat to ensure maximum safety during work outs. Tumbling mats are a type of gym mat ideal for pre-school and primary school use. The tumbling mats available from Beemat are designed for physical play and gymnastic work and are the perfect addition to school gyms and local sports clubs. Below, Beemat takes a look at the advantages of purchasing tumbling mats for schools, pre-schools and gyms. Hook and...

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