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USA Project 20112 -Term 2 - July 20

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

USA Project 2012 - Term 2

Begins July 20thRegister now!

Term 1 of USA Project 2012 has been awesome so far, thank you to everyone who has joined us! Term 2 begins July 20th and there is still space available. Term 2 will feature presentations from Tony Retrosi, Tammy Biggs, Mary Lee Tracy, Russell Warfield, and Mas Watanabe. Coaches will learn cutting edge information from the best clinicians in our country! Sessions include 45 minutes of lecture and 15 minutes of question and answer, using live lecture, video, power point, and of course your questions, all on your computer. Watch it live or watch the recording from anywhere you’d like.

Visit for more information and registration.

Kris Robinson

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

headerkmr.jpg From the computer of Kris Merlo Robinson, “The Posture Lady,” choreographer and physical therapist… while she is receiving medical treatment in Germany:

Kris was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 23rd, 2009.  She had a routine mammogram that looked fine but then two ultrasounds with the second showing a suspect spot.  A biopsy confirmed the cancer and a MRI and a PET scan showed an 8×3 cm mass.  She handled the situation well and researched her disease extensively.  The type of breast cancer was invasive lobular carcinoma, HER2 negative, 89% estrogen receptor positive, grade 2, stage II B.  On January 29th, she had a bilateral mastectomy, with all the lymph nodes in the left armpit removed, 4/14 cancerous.  No other organs have metastases and everything seems clear, but doctors fear the unknown spread.
Instead of 6 months of the recommended American chemo. and 7 weeks of daily radiation, Kris decided instead to seek out immunobiological treatment in Germany at the Hufeland Klinik for 6 weeks. Treatment is gentle and immune system-based and the philosophy is positive and interesting, treating the mind, body and spirit.  The German Klinik physicians are extremely positive and the patients are inspirational. 
The stay and treatment in Germany is expensive and insurance may or may not cover part of it.  The plan also involves ongoing prevention of the spread of cancer by receiving regular fever therapies in Germany (not available in the US) and other immune system builders.  Kris plans on starting gymnastics choreography in mid-June after a restful month of May and one more chest surgery.
Any amount of money that you are able to donate to her family of 9 would be greatly appreciated.  Kris has 5 kids and 2 step-daughters.  Jeff, her husband, still works at Disney as a stuntman and coaches gymnastics after work to try to make ends meet.  They added a “nanny” for their 5 year-old boy and twin 2 year-old boys while Kris had surgery and went through recovery and while she is in Germany for the 6 week stay.Please consider a donation to Kris for direct help with medical expenses by sending a check to the following:
Kris Merlo Robinson
8815 Conroy Windermere Rd      
Orlando, Florida  32835
Kris is very positive about her treatment and recovery and has also set-up a trust named “Treasure Chest for Health” in which gymnasts with mothers going through a life-threatening illness can get help with choreography needs and kids can be educated on posture, muscle balance, healthy lifestyle, breast health and holistic care.  You can also make a donation to “Treasure Chest for Health” at 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd, Orlando, Florida 32835 in order to kick-off her trust fund for others.
Thank you very much for your help and support!

New Jan DVDs

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Welcome to a new decade 2010!


What a year it has been, and 2010 has started off with a BANG!!

Our YouTube views are going off the charts…Thank you for all that have visited, and for those of you that haven’t yet…better get there for your Gymnastics Minutes Tips…all the other coaches are there!!


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Learning the Glide Kip   DVD
by Dan Connelly
Learning the Glide Kip will help you teach you a successful glide kip on uneven bars. The kip is one of the fundamental skills needed for bars, and a complicated skill of timing and strength for the beginner/intermediate gymnast to do correctly. You will learn conditioning drills before learning the kip, some of the fundamentals of the glide, and some of Dan’s favorite kip drills with demonstrations of each in this comprehensive DVD.

(More info). $29.95

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Balance Beam Dismount Basics DVD
by Tammy Biggs

Tammy Biggs, continues her in-depth balance beam skills basics with this Developing Balance Beam Dismount Basics. In detail she breaks down each critical portion of developing dismounts from the beam. From the stretch jump, root skills needed and punching, to single flipping, and beginning double backs, she clearly and succinctly explains basics of each part of the cartwheel, round-offs and back handsprings as they relate to the beam dismount. This DVD is a must for anyone wanting to perform advanced dismounts, and the body positions are clearly performed by the demonstrators from Cincinnati Gymnastics Academy.
(More info). $29.95

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Welcome Wibiya

Friday, January 8th, 2010

WibiyaDo you have a web site that needs updating?  I have some, and I wanted to add social media awareness to the site…enter Wibiya.  Now I have an apps bar that shows my visitors where to find us without them leaving the site, and I get stats!

Search the site, translate it, show my latest on YouTube, Facebook friends, twitter, latest blog entries, let them share the page with friends. Put on a chat, show realtime users.

It took me about 30 minutes to set everything up, and was so simple to add to a blog or website. So as I work on updating my site, I have at least added something new to it.  Check it out at: GymSmarts!

Articles added

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

Took the first quarter of 2007 articles for Members and made them available here for everyone.  They are listed by the date they were originally published.

Articles by Tony Gehman, Mas Watanabe, Kris Robinson, Dan Connelly and George Hery. You can find them by Coach, or by subject.

Will probably get to add some more next month!!