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Are You This Coordinated?

Sports Video Tokyo Greater Tokyo

The annual exhibition showcase by students from Tokyo’s Nippon Sport Science University has become an annual event that people across the country look forward to year after year. Marking its 53rd year in 2015, the exhibition was held on November 11 at Yokohama Arena and featured live performances such as gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, trampoline jumping, as well as the perennial crowd-favorite: synchronized group marching exercises.

The performance features a large number of students marching perfectly in sync to a highly choreographed, fast-paced, 10-minute routine. The students line up in perfectly straight lines, make sharp 90-degree turns, turn their bodies at the exact same step, and effortlessly break into smaller groups, all while swinging their arms and legs in completely harmonized movements.

Perhaps the highlight of the routine is when the smaller, tightly knit groups pass through one another only to stay in perfect formation with not a single crash. To top it off, they perform this feat not just once, but repeatedly, undoubtedly making the rest of us look like nothing more than a bunch of clumsy, bumbling baboons with two left feet.

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