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With the grace of an aerial dancer and the fearlessness of a traceur, his rock-solid one-handed handstands look as if it is the world that is upside down. This modern-day acrobat introduces us to a new form of gymnastics, one that was born on the street. Freestyle is to gymnastics what Breakdance is to dance. A culture where the body becomes an object to express itself. It is a way for Ali to break free from established rules and feel free. Freestyle calisthenics, or just “Freestyle” in France, is an undisciplined discipline that uses the body’s natural weight to build muscle and strength. For many, calisthenics is just a form of exercise. For young people like Ali, it is a form of expression that serves both the body and the mind.