This is video of USA Jump Rope All Star team member Mike Fry demonstrating how to do a trick called the Toad. As you can see from this video, Mike is an excellent teacher. This August Mike will be returning to Tanzania and Kenya on a fellowship from Oberlin College. You can follow his work at jumpropeinafrica.blogspot.com.
Thanks for all of your hard work and dedication to promoting the sport Mike! Keep up the great work!
Sebastian Deeg is back with a new series of videos. This time he is providing us with a glimpse into the evolution of some the tricks that he has created. I really like the way he has broken down the tricks into some of their basic components. It’s funny that I just used the word “basic” because there is actually nothing basic about these tricks. These are very clearly Masters level tricks. Even seeing them broken down like this, they are going to take me a very long time to land. That’s the great thing about this sport… there’s always a new challenge waiting for you. I’ll post more of Sebastian’s trick evolution videos in the future to help round out the tricks category on JRV.
BTW, if you aren’t familiar with Sebastian’s previous work… do yourself a favor and check out his “Go Hard or Go Home” video. It’s still one of my favorites from the first two years of JRV and I’m sure it will be one of yours too. Sebastian is a great athlete and true innovator in the sport. It’s always fun to see what guys like him will come up with next.
Here is a new video from pro skipper Peter Nestler. This is episode 25 of the Rope Masters videoKast. In this episode Peter invites coach Tommy Hager to help demonstrate a couple of Chinese Wheel tricks. Tommy Hager is a long time jump rope coach, a great jumper, and one of the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. The first skill is the basic inside/outside turn. The second trick is the new and amazingly intricate “reverse marlee mashup”.
Peter also lets us know that his long awaited Double Dutch and Chinese Wheel instructional video is now available. It clocks in at an amazing 7.5 hours worth of instruction spanning 4 DVDs. It is sure to be jam-packed with lots of valuable insights for people of all skill levels. It also features instruction from world famous jumpers Nick Woodard, Kelsy Moe and Mike Fry. You can pick up your copy at jumprm.com
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!
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!
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.
A multiple under is when a jump rope revolves around your body more than once in a single jump. A double under is two revolutions of the rope in one jump. A triple under is three. A quadruple, four. Quintuple is five. And the mother of all multiple unders is the sextuple under. A sextuple, as you might have guessed, passes around your body six times before you land. I don’t know of anyone that has cracked the septuple under without assistance from a trampoline. A double under is considered a very basic trick. Triples are intermediate skill level. Quads are advanced. Quintuples and higher are considered masters level tricks. There are very few people in the world that can do a Sextuple under.
Today I stumbled across this awesome jump rope video from German jumper Sebastian Deeg. Sebastian is an amazing single rope freestyle jumper. Some of these tricks are pretty sick. I really like some of the rope releases he does in combination with other tricks. There are several tricks in this video that I had never seen before, and you know me… I always like to see something new. The rope release, grab foot, jump over leg then catch rope was a nice surprise. I don’t know what it’s called, but it looks sweet. This video is packed with lots of other nice little surprises like that. You have to watch it a few times to catch them all. Keep up the good work Sebastian!
The Grand Central Station may just be the hardest double dutch trick ever invented. Here is a video of it submitted by USA Jump Rope All Star Jeff Mauss. The Grand Central Station is the last trick in this sequence. You’ll know it when you see it. It is an amazing trick.
The jumpers are Jeff Mauss, Nick Woodard, Lee Reisig, Mike Fry, and Billy Jackson. The turners are Shane Winsor and Lisa Brown. Great trick guys!
I’ve seen a lot of crazy jump rope tricks in my day. But this one is insane. B-boy AKI from GM8 does a head slide through the double dutch ropes. At first I thought he tripped and ate it. Then I realized he meant to do this. Like I said… insane.