About the Chinese Jump Rope
The Chinese Jump Rope is fun and versatile and is often used for cross training and in P.E. classes. The main difference between Chinese Jump Roping and standard Jump Roping is that in Chinese Jump Rope games, the rope is a long, stretchy rope that’s held stationary while the player or players move around the rope, performing a series of steps.
It’s great to play Chinese Jump Rope to music, performing the steps in time with the beat, and especially entertaining when two or more players jump together. One of the best things about Chinese Jump Rope is that while there are some specific patterns that you can practice, you can also make up your own moves and tricks.
How to Use the Chinese Jump Rope
You’ll need three players, two people to hold the rope and one to jump. The rope holders stand with their legs about a foot apart, and 5 or so feet away from each other with the jumprope around the outside of their legs at about ankle height. You want the rope taut, but still loose enough that it can stretch. The player starts by standing with both feet inside the two ropes.
Basic Chinese Jump Roping consists the following series of jumps or hops: IN, OUT, SIDE, SIDE, ON, IN OUT.
- IN: both feet inside the ropes (starting position)
- OUT: both feet outside the ropes, one foot on either side
- SIDE: both feet on one side of the ropes. In the side-side steps, the player hops first to one side, then over both ropes to the other side
- ON: the player jumps and places one foot on top of each rope, pushing them down to the ground
The rope holders and other players chant the steps while the player jumps.
For more advanced play you can raise the rope higher. You can also have a designated “chanter”, who chants a random series that the jumper must follow. Some steps also incorporate moves where you use your foot catch one of the ropes and loop it around the other rope. Check out the videos below for some fun variations!
If the jumper gets through the whole series of jumps without missing or landing in the wrong place, s/he moves up to the next level. When the jumper makes a mistake, another player gets a turn.
Helpful Links and Videos
- Basic instructions from the LIVESTRONG® website:
- Eight Count Patterns demonstrated by a group of P.E. teachers:
- Hilarious video of a Dad showing his kids how to use a Chinese jump rope that demonstrates some of the more advanced variations and tricks you can add into your patterns:
- Two teens demonstrate some variations on steps and also show how it’s extra fun to jump together and do the steps to the beat of music:
Important Safety Information
- For kids 6 years of age and older.
- Just Jump It® Jump Ropes are designed for jump roping only. Do not use them to tie up things, people or pets.
- Never stretch your Chinese Jump Rope out and then let go of it — the rope can snap back and injure other players.
- Every time you use your Chinese Jump Rope, double check that the connection where the two ends of the rope are joined is still in good shape, and that the rope isn’t damaged or frayed at any point.
- The Chinese Jump Rope can be used anywhere you have enough space to stretch it out and jump from side to side.
- Proper footwear is essential when jumping rope to prevent injury. Wear closed toed shoes that have shock absorbing qualities. Running shoes or shoes designed for sports where you jump like basketball, work great.
Care and Storage of your Chinese Jump Rope
- When you’re finished with your Chinese Jump Rope, just coil it up and put it away in a dry place.
- To wash it, you can put it in a bucket of warm soapy water and swish it around. Scrub lightly with a scrubby sponge or brush to remove tough stains, or simply throw it in the washing machine inside a mesh washing bag.