Me and my friends used to play Chinese Jump Rope as kids. Just like a lot of you I am trying to remember the rules. It started out with just the regular jumping In, Out, Side, Side, Ropes, In, Out – Then you had to do variations on that theme, like widezies (ropes spread wide), thinzies (ropes the thickness of 1 ankle), twozies (had to double jump), twirlzies (each time you jumped you faced in a different direction) I know there were more, but I can’t remember them. Once you completed all the variations, you went to thighzies and then kneezies. We never made it past the thighs. If anyone remembers all the variations on this kind of Chinese Jump Rope, please let me know. Also, we never did it with the rhymes. If someone could explain how those go, I would love it. Contact me at hrhpem [at] aol [dot] com
This is such a neat site! I got my nieces chinese jumpropes for Christmas and I am trying to find directions for them since they live far away. I played it growing up in Hawaii, but we never sang rhymes to it. We just did 10-20-30…and when we got to 100 we would land on the ropes with both feet. We used to play it during recess at school. Chinese checkers too!
CHINESE JUMPROPE RULES I REMEMBER: Different people have different styles of it, i remember… when i played it we didn’t have any songs or chants going on, but people would chant their traditional order of stepping. The one I knew went: “In, Out, Side to Side, In, Out, On!” In: both feet inside Out: both feet outside Side to Side: both feet on either side of one long side of the jumprope, then on the other On: both feet on the opposite long sides of the jumprope. After passing one level, the setup of the jumprope would switch. If i remember correctly, the order went something like this: (the names might not be the real ones) Rectangle – each holder’s feet shoulder-width apart Two Feet – two feet together One Foot – jumprope only goes around one foot of each holder Pizza – one holder does Rectangle, the other One Foot, creating a triangle shape X’s – like rectangle, but with twisting the rope to make an X shape instead of a box Back and Forth – the holders would move their legs back and forth, making the jumprope move Shakesies – the holders shake their legs so that the jumprope moves randomly After going through those levels (i think there were more but i can’t remember them, although i think most of the names ended in “-ies”), the holders would raise the jumprope to higher levels, such as to the knee. Then you would have to do the whole thing all over again, but double-tapping at each step. If you got through all of that, too, you would get to triple-tapping, etc.
I found a chinese jumprope today at a garage sale. It came with a book. It doesn’t have the chants in it, but I remember this one: Itsy, me, sha,she loco,hotsy yachtcy kill it! When you say the words, “kill it”, that is when you should be stepping on the rope with both feet.
came across this site by accident while looking for hopscotch info. I had forgotten all about chinese ropes and will now be buying a bag of rubberbands as soon as poss so I can show my two young daughters how to play. I don’t recall singing rhymes but I do remember saying jump, split, jump etc as we crossed the ropes. We also used the rope as a simple jump strting at ankle height then ‘kneezies’, thighs, waist, underarm. not many girls got past that.
I bought a chinese jumprope for my kids this weekend at toy r us in WI. The directions on the back said to start with the rope 6 feet off the ground! No, not inches, FEET! I remember playing on the playground at school. The school staff “out-lawed” going beyond the level of thighs because 2 girls went to the nurses office with “goose egg” bruises on their foreheads! Someone in the middle landed on the rope at a high level and the two “enders” smacked heads! Be careful when teaching your youngsters. I don’t remember songs we just chanted what we were doing ahead of the jump so the others could catch us if we were cheating. i.e., If you said “on” you’d better land on, and if not then you messed up.
KlutZ books Puts out a great book on Chinese Jump Rope complete with pictures and several versions. I just bought it for our school and you have now lived until you have seen 100 grade 5/6 kids playing this. I’m now on the quest for the old ball bouncing rhymes that started out with the word Ordinary…. it had clap at the front, clap at the back etc. Help. e mail at d.m.douglas@ lycos.com Thank you