Gymnastics World History

Gymnastics World was established in 1983 as Gymnastics Center of Tucson by current owner Yoichi Tomita. The name was changed to Gymnastics World in 1988 after Tomita served as assistant coach to the USA Olympic Men's Gymnastics Team in Seoul, Korea. In 1993, Tomita opened his second location in Tucson: Gymnastics World Northwest (GWNW). At the same time, the original gym was re-named Gymnastics World Central (GWC). Both gyms are currently co-owned by Yoichi Tomita and Don Gutzler.

GWC has served the children and youth of Tucson for over 30 years and also produced 12 Junior Olympic National Champions. At Gymnastics World, we emphasize training and progress, rather than results and competitions. GWC offers all levels of recreational gymnastics, adult classes, and competitive programs for boys and girls. GWC and GWNW have over 1000 students participating in gymnastics programs every week, instructed by dedicated coaches and staff members. From a modest start with 70 students in 1983, Gymnastics World has grown to become one of the finest training facilities in the nation.

Yoichi Tomita

Yoichi Tomita
Owner & Director

Born and raised in Japan, Tomita was the Japanese National High School All-Around Champion in 1973. After graduation from high school, he came to the USA on a gymnastics scholarship to California State University in Long Beach. Tomita was a 4-year Academic All-American and earned the following honors:

In 1978, Tomita graduated with a B.S. in Physical Education and then moved to Tucson in 1979. Since GWC's opening in 1983, Tomita has coached 11 USA Jr. Olympic National All-Around Champions (to date). In 1988 and 2000, he served as an assistant coach for the USA Men's Olympic Team. Tomita has also served as the USA Gymnastics Men's Program Committee Chairman and on the USA Gymnastics Board of Directors. Needless to say, Tomita's extraordinary passion for gymnastics is evidenced in his dedication to promoting the sport for many years.

Jaime Soto

Jaime Soto
Recreational Program

In gymnastics, you must train your body for strength and endurance while training your mind for patience and fearlessness. Every day you will face challenges and learn to overcome your fears. I enjoy guiding and teaching children while watching them grow mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Gymnastics might be challenging, but it gives children an outlet in which they may express themselves physically. I have high expectations for my gymnasts because I know that all children can improve under positive guidance.