Double Dutch Holiday Classic 2005 – Japan Dominates

Here’s another jump rope video from the Double Dutch Holiday Classic at the Apollo. These freestyle routines are from a couple of Japanese teams. Kurui won best of show and Kirin took third place. Both teams are amazing. Teams from Japan have dominated the competition for the last several years. In these videos you can see why. They demonstrate excellent control over the ropes, very advanced tricks, great choreography, and great stage presence.

What does the U.S. need to do to catch up? A few years ago some jump rope teams started hiring gymnastics instructors to train their jumpers. It’s not far fetched to believe some teams will hire dance instructors over the next few years to teach some hip-hop inspired moves. With the recent success of the Disney movie “Jump In!” and the good reviews for the new documentary “Doubletime“, this new fusion of styles seems poised to become much more popular.

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Double Dutch at Futbol de Calle

Here are some cool Double Dutch tricks performed by the Dynamic Diplomats of Double Dutch. They were part of the entertainment at Red Bull’s Futbol de Calle, which was a freestyle soccer event.

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Jaw Dropping Double Dutch Trick In Slow Motion

I’ve been around the sport of Jump Rope for a very long time. I’ve seen A LOT of tricks and I’ve even invented a few. But no matter how long I’ve been jumping, people are always showing me something I’ve never seen before.

One of the coolest things about being invited to judge the all star tryouts this year was the chance to watch the candidates perform at the staff show following the workshop. I saw a lot of new things in that show. I know there were several times when I actually felt my jaw drop. One of those times was when they busted out this trick in Double Dutch.

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