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Punk Rope With Janis Choplin And The Buzzcocks

One thing I love about our hometown Los Angeles Derby Dolls (LADD) is their DIY attitude and unique approach to athleticism, which is punctuated by the fact that the Dolls are now hosting Punk Rope every Wednesday, led by Janis Choplin, captain of the Fight Crew.

Punk Rope Coach, Janis Choplin
Janis Choplin, Punk Rope Coach and Captain of LADD's Fight Crew

To clarify, the Dolls did not invent “Punk Rope,” it was originally designed by Tim Haft, who certifies trainers like LADD’s Janis Choplin to teach the class. “Choppy” also coaches a Punk Rope class in Silver Lake on Tuesdays. This week’s Tuesday Punk Rope class was a trip back in time to the 1960’s and Wednesday’s class will be a tribute to the Buzzcocks.

Check out an LA Metblogs EXCLUSIVE interview with Choppy about the class:

MB: What exactly is Punk Rope?

JC: It’s a fun blend of recess and boot camp, combining creative calisthenics, games, group activities and rope jumping. Continue reading Punk Rope With Janis Choplin And The Buzzcocks