Jump Rope

So I’m trying to get into the habit of writing something here every week while I’m still in Korea, and I’m going start with 줄넘기 (jump rope).

I found out that even in a seemingly uncommon sport like jump rope, some people are completely amazing and probably invested their life into it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pMVEIqXw84c&list=PL62B6953481B03452&index=1&feature=plpp_video

Mix of pity and admiration for him right??

I decided that since I haven’t been doing any team sports in Korea, I should start exercising more. And now that I have invested like $4 in a skipping rope, I guess I am committed. I tried four times now, and  its kind of cool because my timing was a lot better today, and I can do that thing where you cross your arms while swinging, and also swing the rope around twice in one jump. Impressed??

My ESL students vehemently told me those tricks are easy and they would like to show me up when they have a chance. Apparently Korean students jump rope all the time at school and at home, and they they can do triple jumps even, although I doubt that.

One 9 year old student excitedly told me: “Me jumprope 100 every morning, because I want to skinny.”

I think I tried to skip to 1000 when I was that age, but then gave up on it…until now.

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About mwitster

Blogged about teaching English and language learning in Korean and the Middle East. Now, as a Speech-Language Pathologist, hope to post some new info and possibly reflections from private practice.
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2 Responses to Jump Rope

  1. Andrea Z says:

    I know a girl from my year in residence at the U of L who still competes in jump rope competitions. The guy in the video was good, but she could do some amazing stuff. She would do a lot of flips while jumping. So cool. I’ve had a hard time finding a video similar to what she would do but the flip near the beginning of this video is close: http://youtu.be/mgoEYrTMKtE
    She would use a rope made of very thin wire so it goes much faster. A friend of hers once accidentally sliced a finger partially off with a rope like that once…

    Good luck with your new sport! I hope your students can teach you some interesting tricks! I used to love skipping! It was my favourite during gym class.

  2. Mark says:

    Crazy. Adding “develop mad jump rope skills” to my bucket list.

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