Building a sense of unity around the world today seems impossible and challenging. Think about it. The world is divided into people from different races, religions, political beliefs, and cultures. It would not be easy to understand other people who are far from what we are, simply because our minds are close. But in reality, there is this tiny light of hope that can be used as a bridge between these differences and create possibilities for a harmonious world connection in the future. And it would never be late to start today.
Upon discovering the works and life of Vladimir Zaglada, I learned about his human mission, “to help people stay together amidst differences and crisis.” The Culture and Sports Education is one key in creating possibilities for this unity. Coach Zaglada’s almost 50 years of life is devoted to artistic gymnastics’ theory and practice, including coaching and consultant for the senior and junior Soviet women’s and girl’s gymnastics teams, assisting in their preparation for the World and Olympic competition. As a teacher or mentor, you’ll see how he values his former students and proud of where they are now.
“My favorite Circus was and is a Russian Traditional Circus, but modern Cirque Du Soleil completely comes to my heart because… I do have a lot of my former students which working for this amazing “Theatre of the Circus Arts” not just as a gymnast, but as a Coaches as well.” — Coach Vladimir Zaglada.
You will learn more about his mentorship journey through his first book, “One Coach’s Journey from East to West.” The content of the book is based on real experience and thoughts from the author. Ten years ago, the book was published but still the only published book in the sports publishing industry that discusses the roots of Soviet Gymnastics and explains what happened since the Soviet Sports Machine collapsed. Coach Zaglada will always be grateful to the US Government for giving USSR teachers, coaches, and owners of gymnastics clubs to teach American kids – everything is friendly and optimistic. He is mostly teaching the coaches as a pedagogical mentor of BIO Gymnastics &Athletics Unlimited (Cumming, GA).
Meanwhile, his second book “Gymmy the Owl and His Friends,” brings delight to rhymed poetry and gymnastics lovers. It aims to reach young children and parents through an entertaining and amusing poem with implied information about gymnastics. Interestingly, this book’s creativity also showcased the parallel connections of animals’ natural abilities and human skills—the same dynamics of developing hard work and practice to perform gymnastics acts.
Through writing these books, he has this hope to make way for a better world. There are no barriers between nations. Opening festivals and cultural sports exchanges encourage friendly connections and cultural appreciation around the world. This pandemic time must be a calling for change, a beginning of real healing in humanity.