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Classical PE & Rooftop Restoratives

Posted on by Ron Jones

Here’s another wonderful learning opportunity provided by a classical physical education and fitness photograph. Let’s carefully examine the photo and see what we can learn… The obvious is female boxing. It might be argued this is more of a propaganda photo or glamour shot, but nonetheless, there is a lot of history being expressed if…… More

Football & The US Navy

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The United States Navy “V-Five Association” is legendary. This WWII physical training produced some of the US Navy’s finest pilots and men including former President Gerald Ford and some of NASA’s Apollo astronauts. The V-Five published about a dozen manuals on various physical topics including mass calisthenics, track & field, gymnastics, and many other sports.…… More

History of Football

Posted on by Ron Jones

The United States Navy “V-Five Association” is legendary. This WWII physical training produced some of the US Navy’s finest pilots and men including former President Gerald Ford and some of NASA’s Apollo astronauts. The V-Five published about a dozen manuals on various physical topics including mass calisthenics, track & field, gymnastics, and many other sports.…… More

President’s Day Playgrounds

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President’s Day Playground Post. Children play–even children of presidents. Let’s take a deeper historical look at the actual playground “equipment” installed by and supported by two United States Presidents. Interestingly, both playgrounds modeled classical equipment that involved gravity. In the FDR photo above, we see his grandchildren playing on the slide which is a decent…… More

Mass Calisthenics & Czech Sokol History

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NAZDAR! (Czech Sokol greeting that translates “on to success!”) To the non-physically literate person who does not understand the history of movement and physical education, large mass calisthenic groups appear to be Nazi propaganda. While Hitler bastardized the reputation of large mass group movement, this form of physical training is as pure as it can…… More

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