Gymnastics is among the oldest sports. While it survives into the present in its Greek form, the people of Asia and the Middle East practiced a form of gymnastics. At its core, gymnastics involves running, jumping and tumbling, activities not restricted to the Greeks alone. The first recorded evidence of gymnastics comes from ancient Egypt. During the time of the Pharaohs, acrobats would perform for the nobility. Gymnastics also had its military uses and as early as 800 B.C. it was used as a part of military training in Greece, the Middle East and China.
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