In this episode I talk with jump rope legend Lee Reisig. This was an amazing podcast for me because Lee was one of the first jumpers I looked up to, and I have only increased my respect and admiration over the years for both his technical skills and overall jump rope knowledge. Lee’s been jumping for a total of 28 years—11 years in Montana with Rocky Mountain Ropers, 10 years in Idaho with Summerwind Skippers, then the last 7 years has been with Flight Crew Jump Rope. Flight Crew is a performance jump rope team that Lee founded and currently owns.
Lee’s first introduction to jump rope was a performance by the competitive team Pro-form Airborne. Funny enough, Lee wasn’t very interested in jumping, but this performance inspired his mom to want to start a team. Lee ultimately got hooked on jumping after he saw his first staff show.
Since then, he’s become quite a decorated athlete. He’s an 8-Time FISAC medalist, he holds 9 Grand National Championships, 3 World Jump Rope Titles, he’s a 2-time semi-finalist on America’s Got Talent, he ranked 5th place on America’s Best Dance Crew season 5, and has 10 years of professional performance experience including Cirque Dreams, Cirque du Soleil, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Theme Parks and Sea World.
He’s also the inventor of the Jumphabet, which is the main focus of this episode. In short, the Jumphabet is a dictionary, naming system and sequence builder for every jump rope skill that exists. It’s absolutely incredible, and I would highly recommend checking out the show notes below because I have PDF’s linked there of Lee’s original work that you can download.
2:29 What are the Tricktionary and Jumphabet?
6:30 How Did You Begin Creating the Jumphabet?
10:32 Front Crosses, Back Crosses and Half Crosses
12:38 Upper-Body Crosses, Lower-Body Crosses and Ground Crosses
18:21 Creating the Giant EB Combo
21:00 Backwards Swings Before Quads
24:15 How Many People Have Done Double Under AS Kamikaze
25:43 Top Tips for Height in the Kamikaze Push Up
27:32 What Have You Seen Change and Evolve Over the Years
31:33 Jump Rope Movies
33:26 Why Was Jumptown Created?
35:52 The Jumpropedia
38:23 The Rope Show
41:30 What Are Your Thoughts of Competition Rules?
46:38 Why Are Swings in Their Own Category?
49:12 What Is Jump Rope to You?