Japanese precision walking competition

Of course synchronized team precision walking is in Japan, where else could such a not-so-normal sport be found? ‘Shuudan Koudou’, which means ‘collective action’, is a competition where teams of men and women outperform each other in a series of complex and unbelievable synchronized walking routines – similar to those of military movement exercises. The tradition dates way back to 1966, and thousands of spectators flock to Japan’s Nippon Sports Science University to see the amazing display of human precision and discipline.

And if you thought walking from your couch to the bathroom was hard, participating students practice three days a week for five months in order to perfect their routines. Average total distance they walk? 1,200 kilometres. Roughly the distance between New York and Chicago.

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