Video Of The Week — The Youngest Member Of This Cheerleading Squad Is 55!

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Photo Credit: Japan Pom Pom

First, there was KBG84, Japan’s hottest “girl” band whose 33 members have an average age of 84. And now, Japan Pom Pom, a unique cheerleading troupe made up of 28 sprightly grandmothers whose ages range from 55 to the late 80s.

The geriatric team, which does not even consider “girls” below the age of 55, was founded 20 years ago by Fumie Takino. The now 84-year-old says that she had always been mesmerized by cheerleading, but never had the confidence to try it in her youth.

Photo Credit: Japan Pom Pom

It was not until she was in her early 60s that Takino rounded up five of her best friends and began to learn the American sport. The group has now grown to 28. The women meet on a weekly basis to learn and practice new cheerleading routines. Takino says while the moves may not be as acrobatic as those performed by their younger counterparts, the members take cheerleading very seriously and even analyze videos of themselves to improve.

Earlier this year, Japan Pom Pom celebrated its 20th anniversary with a guest appearance at the annual United Spirit Association (USA) Nationals competition held in Tokyo. Dressed in gold-trimmed pink miniskirts and white boots, they delighted the audience with their rambunctious cheerleading routine to the song “Dreamgirls.” And in case you are wondering, Takino, who credits the sport for helping her stay in a good physical and mental state, has no plans to hang up her silver pom poms anytime soon.

Resources: japantimes.com, aol.com, odditycentral.com

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  • squirrelflight
    squirrelflightThursday, August 27, 2020 at 8:39 am
    WOW! I can do gymnastics, but I definitely couldn’t do it if I was 84 years old!
    • wolfieland
      wolfielandWednesday, August 26, 2020 at 1:36 pm
      55? wow
      • kiarathequeen
        kiarathequeenFriday, August 7, 2020 at 5:37 pm
        that is so cool👯💃
        • hallo12345
          hallo12345Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:42 am
          OMG. This is Amazing.My grandma will flip.
          • teen_girl
            teen_girlThursday, May 21, 2020 at 10:17 am
            Wow
            • minnemousefan10
              minnemousefan10Friday, April 10, 2020 at 9:10 am
              WOW
              • cutiepie746
                cutiepie746Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 11:50 am
                These old people can do this when I can barely walk. 😂
                • ssullivan5
                  ssullivan5Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 6:47 am
                  omg id would be breaking myself just trying to walk
                  • meFriday, October 18, 2019 at 9:58 am
                    that nothing
                    • emmaTuesday, September 17, 2019 at 10:40 am
                      that is so weierd but amazing at the same time.