Sports Acrobatics or Acrobatic gymnastics is a competitive sport involving gymnastics and acrobatics that is choreographed and rated by judges. There are five types of events (women's and men's pairs, women's and men's group, involving three and four partners respectively, and mixed pairs). The sport combines dance, tumbling and partnering skills that involves dynamic (aerial) and balance (posed) movements.
The rules for the sport, known as the Code of Points, are governed by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique.
Acrobatic gymnastics events form part of the World Games as well as having a dedicated Acrobatic Gymnastics World Championships (known as World Sports Acrobatics Championships prior to 2006). The first use of acrobatics as a specific sport was in the Soviet Union in the 1930s and the first world championships were in 1974.
In addition to the current five categories, two additional categories for tumbling (men's and women's) were included until the 1999 World Championships, though some groups still involve tumbling events. (Credit: Wikipedia)
Chinese Sports Acrobatics Association
Deputy Director: YANG Dong
Scientif Research Commission
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As a national sports organization of mass character affiliated to the All-China Sports Federation, the Chinese Sports Acrobatics Association came into its own in 1979 and in dependent of the Chinese Gymanstics Association. Its highest organ of power is the CSAA National Congress, the executive organ is the CSAA National Committee, and the secretariat is in charge of the administration work.
With its unique artistic appeal, sports acrobatics has laid a good foundations for development in China. The 1st National Acrosport Demonstration was held in 1956. A year later, it became an offical competitive event. At the 1st Chinese National Games in 1959 the acrobats' performances reached an international level. In 1963, the State Physical Culture and Sports Commission (now State Sport General Administration) issued the Grading Standards for Sports Acrobats, resulting the emergence of a number of Master Sportsmen at the national tournament held in Xi'an in the following year. China joined the International Sports Acrobatics Federation in 1979, and has since then participated in internaitonal tournaments with top honours.
Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG)