Just wanted to say this is a woderful site. I just got a Chinese Jump Rope for my daughter at Wal-Mart. I saw the price of .97 and could not pass that up. I was playing with her yesterday evening but Wow!!You all have Re-freshed my memory. Looks like I am going out to teach, play and exersice. Thank You everyone.
My husband and I have been discussing how kids don’t play together like we did in the 60’s. In those days without the mobility of two-car families, we played daily in small groups doing jump rope, 4-square, tether ball, Red Rover etc. I remembered a game we girls played with elastic called “Ching Chang”. The spelling might not be correct but it sounds like it was really what others refer to as Chinese Jump Rope with the elastic around two peoples legs and the third doing the jumping. I found this website in search of the words and moves. I remember saying “Ching Chang One… Ching Chang Two…” Does this name ring a bell for anyone? It was fun reminiscing…
I remember some of the levels involved in Chinese Jumprope… Onsies, (regular- in, out, side, by side, on the ropes, in the middle, out. Joggies- same moves as above, but with a little jog step. Twisties-always the same basic moves, but twisting on each jump. Froggies-Jumping the moves in a frog-like position. Diamonds-crossing the ropes with your feet, and completing the moves. Groundies-touching the floor with one hand-with each jump. Blindes-doing the onsies with your eyes closed. Widsies-The ropes are spread really wide apart by the enders, and the jumper does the onsies. Skinnies-the enders use only one foot to hold the rope. Kneesies-the rope is moved up to the knees by the enders. We did the over twenty years ago, but this is what I could piece together for my daughter so she could enjoy the game. Hey, it works for her!
Ah, I remember that game – we called it “Swiss Skip”, and was either made from an elastic chain or a single long piece of sewing elastic. the was one person on each end with the elastic around their ankles. (or, boys called “ever enders -cuz they never played, just stayed on the ends) the elastic would travel from ankles, kness, under-bums, waists, shoulders necks etc the team had to go through the series of steps without missing to move the elastic up. the steps were done to rythms : M I S S I SS I PPI etc. it didnt’ really matter what you did, as long as you ended without being stuck in the elastic so it was all in the timing, you could wrap the elastic – cross it, jump on it etc. but, it you meant to jump on both sides, and missed – you were out! that’s what I remember!
I remember playing this but its a bit fuzzy. You jumped over and back acrossed the rope (elastic cord or what ever it was called ) The cord holders them moved their feet apart and you jumped over each cord and back, while the cords were apart you jumped over both cords and back. the holders then moved their feet together and you jumped over the 2nd cord while catching the 1st with your toes so that you formed a diamond.You then turned around three times and jumped out with a foot on the outside of each cord.(stradling the cords) It seems we moved the cord from the ankle to midcalf and knees ad repeated the moves. I think there was more moves but can’t remember any more, hope this jogs someones memory.