How the Mongolian girls are turned into famous acrobats
Mongolian acrobats are considered one of the best inworld, and this is not an accident. Mongolian acrobatics has centuries-old traditions and originates in Buddhist practices of meditation and postures imitating animals. Acrobatics here is not only an object of national pride, but also an almost guaranteed "trip to life." Therefore, starting from the age of five, the Mongolian girls spend most of their time twisted in incredible positions somewhere on the outskirts of Ulan Bator, far from the family and home.
Acrobatics in Mongolia is an ancient tradition. It has been known since the XIII century as "the art of distortion", it is called the favorite form of entertainment of Genghis Khan and practice, which was encouraged throughout the existence of his empire.
To get into the Mongolian school of acrobatics,girls just have to have natural flexibility. Many young students come from very poor families, so they are forced to leave their home, usually in rural areas, and go after the dream. During the training, girls can only see their families on holidays, at their own expense. Some people manage to go home only a few times a year, and then if you're lucky.
Although many Mongolian girls are giftedthey are all thoroughly trained. Training begins with five years and includes complex exercises and diets to maintain flexibility. Training lasts at least three hours a day, up to five days a week. It is not surprising that the beginning students spend the first couple of months of training in tears, being terrified of strict conditions and heavy physical exertion.
Mongolian acrobatics requires practicallyinhuman level of flexibility that goes beyond the classical ballet or gymnastics, and forces the body to curl in an unnatural and very painful way. Students spend years stretching muscles, joints and ligaments to the limit.
And without that, the difficult situation is complicated by thethe fact that most girls who have entered acrobatics schools spend their childhood one on one with exhausting physical stress and stress from performances, without the help and protection of the family, which often makes young students depressed and lonely. Relatives are extremely proud of their successes, but, as a rule, can not live side by side and provide the necessary moral and emotional support. Sometimes girls manage to find an outlet in friendship, but, unfortunately, they are all still very young and equally inexperienced.
Despite all the difficulties, schools of acrobatics inMongolia is very popular. Achieving financial success here is not so simple, especially for women. The art of acrobatics gives them a chance to act as artists, see the world and earn much needed money to support the family.
However, the growing popularity of the Mongolianacrobatics has the opposite side. Given the incredible complexity and even the danger of the exercises, qualified and knowledgeable mentors are simply vital. And the lack of competent teachers who know their business, can lead to serious injuries to students and the prosperity of corruption in the training system.
Mongolian culture does not see anything wrong withextreme bends from the youngest age, but many doctors do not agree with this. Working on the brink of human body capabilities often causes hyperextension of the neck and back, resulting in pinched nerves, osteoarthritis, problems in the cervical and lumbar spine, joint problems and many other health problems.
But before the students who passed the "fire and water"acrobatic school, many doors and wide horizons open. Mongolian acrobats are considered the best in the world, participate in the most prestigious circus performances, including the famous Cirque du Soleil, and receive outstanding awards. They are always expected in Singapore, Los Angeles or Las Vegas, offering a scene they have always dreamed of, full of charm and prestige.