Tumbling is a characterised by the complex, swift and rhythmical succession of acrobatic bounding from hands to feet, feet to hands or even feet directly back onto feet. A tumbling pass may be over in a matter of seconds and is performed on a tumbling track that is 25 meters in length - check out the video below!
In tumbling, a gymnast performs a tumbling pass which sees the gymnast gain speed and power by running along a track and performing a series of somersaults and twists. World-class tumblers perform no less than two double somersaults in one run, the best of them three, with twisting elements in addition.
Internationally, Tumbling (TUM) is part of the trampolining discipline however within the UK it sits within the Acrobatic Gymnastics family.
A typical tumbling competition will include the gymnast completing three tumbling passes. The first is called a straight pass (composed of somersaults), the second is called the twisting pass (twists) with the third and final pass (composed of both somersaults and twists).