Mic Release Tutorial – How to do the the jump rope mic release! – (2020) In today’s video, we’re going to cover how to do one of our most requested jump rope tricks called; The Mic release. The Mic release is an awesome jump rope release drill and really opens up a new dimension of skipping once you manage it to add it to your daily drills. The move is kinda addictive actually haha. It’s a pretty hard move so don’t expect to get it down right away. However, when you understand what’s actually happening you can take a few minutes every session to practice it and sooner or later, you’ll master it!
As of now, my releases aren’t perfect yet. But I have a pretty good understanding of the steps and what needs to be done in order to get the basic mic under control, fast. I will try my best to break it down as simple as possible and hope it helps you get a good understanding of what needs to be done.
Now before we’re going to start throwing around our rope I want to make sure we have the proper gear and surroundings for it. Firstly, as always Rope length. I found that the shorter my rope is the easier my releases are. Simply because of the fact you get more feedback from the rope when its shorter. Therefor try to size your rope to at least nipple level to make the learning curve of the release the shortest.
Handle Type or Ground type – Before starting out make sure to have a durable hard plastic handle that can smash into your surroundings without breaking. 🙂 This will save you a lot of money! If you don’t have one, don’t worry. Just don’t practice your release on concrete ground until you’ve got a pretty decent catching conversion. Up until that point I suggest training on grass to keep your handles whole! 🙂 If you’re still looking for a decent hard plastic handle you can try the elevation freestyle on, found on our website.
2. What is happening Step 1,2,3
When breaking down this move you’ll see that it actually consists out of three main assets being the sideswing, the release and the catch. We’re going to cover them step by step to make sure we don’t miss anything along the way.
3. Step 1 – Sideswings
Let’s start with the side swing. Get a grasp of performing the side swing to both sides. If you didn’t master this one yet I suggest pausing this video and clicking the link on the top right of the video for a full tutorial. On this move. Then when you can do it flawlessly, return to this video to get on with the next step, which will be the release.
Step 2 – The release Rotation
Now we’re going to the biggest step, and probably the hardest one too which is the release rotation.
- First off we’re going to talk about our Hand positioning: The hand that is going to release the rope, is going to be on top of your turning hand
- There’s two different ways you can go about releasing the rope, the first one being the wrist pop and the second is called the wrist throw. With the wrist pop what you’ll want to do is place the top of the handle on top of your wrist and then make the rope pop right off your wrist when performing the move. This is how I started out my releases as it gave me a good feeling of what was actually happening with the rope when releasing it.
The second way is the wrist throw which I use more frequently currently. With the wrist throw, the exact same mechanics are used, but rather than having the rope connect with your turning wrist, you leave a little bit of space between the rope handle and your wrist and when you throw the rope it’s like giving a little flick to the wrist to get the momentum going.
- A good thing to focus on is keeping the rope close to your body in a vertical way when rotating the rope for a clean release.
- Next try to keep your body and hips pointing as forward as possible
- Also try to Keep your “spinning hand” to the side of your body and try to not let the spin go behind you (this will help a TON for tip 3) 🤗
- Don’t use too much force when going for the spin, rather than using brute force to spin the rope around, try to continue the momentum the rope already has from the swing to get it to turn.
- Timing is more important than speed and power
Step 3 – The Catch!
Time for the last part, The catch!
For the catch Get your turning hand back into it’s place before catching the handle, getting your turning hand back into the pocket position will Get the rope back into the basic loop where you want it to catch it and possibly jump over it.
Don’t mind if you catch the rope instead of the handle. To be honest, I catch the rope more often then I catch the handle at my stage still, so don’t worry about it at all. 🙂 When you do so try to use the moment off the rope to let your hand slide down the rope gently until it reaches the handle, and try again. 🙂
Lastly, there’s a few don’t that I want to go over, before you’re ready to drill this move down.
- Do not Release the handle when it’s traveling down , or else it will crash into the ground. 🙂
- Don’t practice with a soft handle rope on a concrete floor
- Don’t use brute force to get the rope going
- Don’t change rope spinning speed
What I try to say with that is that you have to try to keep the same speed for the release as for the sideswing you’re entering the release with. Trying to rapidly speed up at the moment of the release will probably result in the rope either crashing into the ground, or wrapping around your wrist. 🙂
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