Lee Reisig recently posted the second installment of “The Rope Show”. In this episode, Lee shares video of Nick Woodard landing a trick called the “Death Wish”. This is a new trick that Nick let us know about last year when we interviewed him about landing the Money Maker. Lee thought of the trick, and Nick has become the first to land it. It’s a Triple Under AS landing in a Frog. This is a very scary trick. If you snag your rope while your arms are behind your knees, you will be in serious trouble. Your face will be the closest thing to the ground and your arms will be stuck behind your knees and therefore unable to break your fall when you land. Landing on your face is *NOT* part of the trick.
Thanks to Lee for sharing another cool moment in Jump Rope history!
USA Jump Rope has posted the results for the 2008 US Trials. It looks like it was an incredibly tough competition. One stand out accomplishment from the tournament: Tori Boggs swept every event to win the Female Junior Masters division!
Congratulations to all of the jumpers that advanced to Worlds. Good luck in South Africa!
Here’s a treat for those that couldn’t be there: this is video of Nick Woodard’s Single Rope Freestyle at the event. Prepare to be amazed!
On January 19th, 2008 Adam Pang became the first jumper to land a jump rope trick called the 900. This is an amazing achievement. For those that don’t know, a 900 is a trick where you start jumping forward, jump in the air and spin 2 1/2 times before landing backwards. The rope has to pass under your feet backwards before you land. To give you an idea of what an amazing accomplishment this is, go read up on Tony Hawk becoming the first Skateboarder to land a 900. Even though Adam is very humble about it, this is an athletic feat on that level of greatness.
Adam is currently a member of the USA Jump Rope All Star Team and was the grand national champion for single rope freestyle in 2006. He even made a cameo appearance in the Disney movie Jump In! Adam was kind enough to answer a few questions for us about landing this amazing trick.
JRV: When and where was this video taken?
AP: The video was taken at the Tyler elite workshop 08.
JRV: Was this the first time you landed the 900?
JRV: In total, how many times have you landed it?
AP: Just that one time.
JRV: How long had you been working on the 900 before you finally made it?
AP: That was actually the first time i tried the 900. It took me about 6 times to get it though.
JRV: It looks like you and Nick Woodard were having a little friendly competition to see who could do it first. Can you tell us about that?
AP: Yea, we had first started off doing a rope dunk to pass the time. Knowing that Nick could probably do every trick I could do, i had to think of something new no one has done. I ended up trying to do the 900 but didn’t make it in my three attempts. I was close though, so after the rope dunk(Nick won of course), we were both attempting to be the first person to get the trick.
JRV: At one point it looks like you nearly landed it, but Shaun Hamilton waved it off and made you try it again? What happened?
AP: Well, what happened was i landed on the rope but was still able to pull it out. Shaun waved it off because the trick had to be clean in order to say that i was the first to get it.
JRV: What was the secret to landing it? Do you have any pointers for others that are working on it?
AP: There really is no secret. I just jumped as high and spun as fast i could. You easily get disoriented when you do this trick with the rope. If your attempting this trick, practice it without the rope several times keeping your arms close to your body.
JRV: Did anyone else give you any pointers that helped you land the trick? What did they tell you?
AP: No, i just went for it.
JRV: Are you the first person to make it?
AP: From what i know, i am the first person to do this trick.
JRV: Do you know if anyone else has been able to do it since?
AP: I haven’t heard of anyone trying this trick as of yet.
JRV: Do you think this is the hardest trick you’ve ever done? If not, what is the hardest trick you’ve done?
AP: I would say it’s up there with the hardest tricks i’ve tried, but i still think the money maker is the hardest trick.
JRV: Are you working on any tricks that you haven’t been able to do yet? If so, what are they?
AP: I’ve been working on the money maker (kind of close but not really), and a trick i thought up. You basically do a backwards kamikaze and land in a freeze, then pull the freeze.
JRV: What does it feel like to be the first person to land the 900?
AP: It feels great!
The Summerwind Skippers recently visited Hanahau’oli School in Honolulu, Hawaii. This video is of Shane Winsor performing part of his single rope freestyle. Shane is a national chamipon and a former USAJR All Star. He appeared in Lee Reisig’s movie “Welcome to Jump Town.” He was also one of the original turners for the now legendary Grand Central Station. It’s just plain fun to watch this guy jump.
This is 2007 Junior Olympic Gold Medal winner John Schimmelfing from the Skipsations. This is an excellent single rope freestyle routine. He has some very nice rope releases in his routine. Great routine John!
This is a video of the Ropeworks performance troupe at the Seattle Folklife festival 2007. It is a very professional jump rope demonstration. You can definitely see Rene Bibaud’s influence on their jumping style. It feels like this is straight out of one of her Cirque Du Soleil performances which is quite an accomplishment. It’s always great to see a show that successfully blends multiple styles. In this video we get to see single rope, double dutch, traveler, and chinese wheel.
Here is a great performance by the staff of the 2007 Rope Skipping camp in Aarhus, Denmark. They are clearly a high caliber group of jumpers. They attempt a lot of tricks with an extremely high level of difficulty. I like how they mix up the show with a lot of Double Dutch, Chinese Wheel, and Single Rope freestyle.
This is awesome… here is another video of a sextuple under, only this one is in super slow motion. This was filmed with a very high speed camera and slowed down so much that a jump that takes less than 1 second in real time takes nearly 55 seconds in slow motion. This is a great way to study the form of one of the few people who can actually do a sextuple under. Notice how high he jumps and how low he gets to the ground when he lands. I thought it was interesting to see how his feet start out close together for the first four revolutions of the rope. After that his feet begin to separate as he prepares to land and brings his knees closer to his chest. When he lands his knees are basically touching his shoulders. I wish we could film all jump rope tricks in super slow motion like this. It could be a great teaching tool.
Here is a solid routine from the 2007 US National Jump Rope Championship. This is Kelly Fuller and Jamie Delozier from Jumping For Joy. This routine earned them 1st place in the 15-17 age division championship and 3rd in the Grand National championship. Notice how closely they are synchronized when they jump. That takes A LOT of practice. Nice work ladies!
Here is a great video of pro rope skipper Rene Bibaud. Rene is a lot of fun to watch. Her movements are very crisp and graceful. She’s so smooth and quick that it is difficult to tell when she misses. Rene is one of a handful of pros in the world. She is an amazing performer. Rene is a 5-time world champion. She does commentary for the USAJR Nationals on ESPN. She has even coached and performed with Cirque Du Soleil. You can contact Rene through her website at jumpropenet.com.