Where do I begin, this year has been a year plagued with injuries that continue to set me back. First my ankle in March, my neck in June and my upper back and shoulder in August. This limited me in terms of practice and battling. It is a set back however a set back that has taught me how to prepare better when I am traveling and dancing. Aside from that it has been a busy year traveling around the world and doing so many inspiring projects. Going into Freestyle Session weekend I didn’t know where I was at breaking wise. It’s hard when you take breaks from battling because you are always second guessing what your going to do. The more you practice the more natural your moves should feel and this is a big confidence boost when going into battle. On day 1 of FSS the 1 on 1 was looking pretty serious. On a last minute decision I decided to give it a shot, going into the battle I didn’t know what to expect. I ended up passing through to the top 32 and losing in the first round. I’m not sure what happened in that round. I thought I did enough to win my round. In all honesty my head wasn’t in it 100% as well as not being able to warm up properly. So loosing that round left me thinking what mistakes I made. It definitely lit the fire for me to come harder for day 2 of the 3 on 3s.
Going into day 2 I still felt good physically since I didn’t burn much energy in the 1 on 1. When you battle in a group battle you have to understand where you’re at physically, and mentally. You have to know your position and play it. Knowing when it is your time to go out is a key element to understanding a battle. First you need to understand that you will be loosing some rounds. That is all a part of the strategy, as long you have trust in the guys you are battling with. This is a reason why being confident in what you can do is important. You have to keep your head in the battle. Don’t worry how many screams you get worry about what your going to be dropping next.
Photo By Kien Quan
Every battle was a serious battle, be sure to never over look your opponents. We had the pleasure of battling the likes of so many talented champions, and legends in their own right. As the night started off, I was having bit of trouble thinking of my moves. Having to respond to Kujo’s crazy round pushed me to have to step it up right away. Even if I lost that round to him I definitely enjoyed the energy and level his crew started us off with. As the night went on the I started to find myself in my rounds, which was a relief. Warming up and keeping the blood flowing really made a big difference going into the battles. The 2nd battle was against Beast Coast another heavy hitting crew with some straight raw talent. These guys have been making noise all year long so to go head to head with them was motivating. In this battle I felt my stuff started connecting more. In the top 8 battle we had to battle our own fam and Squadron members. Leaders of The True School, Luigi, Kid David and Keebz. All 3 of them are some of my favorite bboys and also inspire me in different ways. Here, it was all love so it didn’t matter who won. Going into the semi final battle we had to go up against Concrete Docious Effects. These 3 guys we’re killing the battles all night taking out some top level crews. I think they were surprising a lot of people. For me this was real good exchange of rounds. Each guy was coming out and dropping heavy rounds. It really made us step into it and bring our hard stuff as well. At the end of the night we went up against Top 9, one of the illest crews in the world. These guys are all experienced and each guy can take over a battle. So for us it was the same approach taking it one round at a time. It was an evenly matched battle going back and forth, but I think it came down to who had more mistakes. In these moments we can easily get lost. The last round came down to being my turn, the pressure was on and I felt the adrenaline kick in knowing that I had to drop a complete round. I knew what I wanted to do as far as moves but I didn’t know how I was going to pull them off or in what order.
Photo By Kien Quan
In the end we took home the title for the 2nd straight year 2013, 2014 world champions. Personally I want to shout out the whole Squadron fam and also a major, major shout out to El Nino, Viktor and also Nasty Ray for making these back to back wins epic for me. Thank you guys for believing in me!
Freestyle Session has become a pinnacle event and title to claim in our world of breaking. Congrats to Cros and everyone involved in making Freestyle Session happen for all these years. Let’s see what happens next year!
Some photos of my first visit to Montreal. A short but dope trip for Le Centipede 4. Got to judge the event held by Sweet Technique. It was a cold weekend compared to the San Diego weather we’ve been getting blessed with this month. Overall a fun trip with a good workshop and a good event filled with cyphers and good battles. Hope to visit again sooner then later.
Do you ever wonder who would win in a battle between the winner of UK Champs or the winner of Red Bull BC One? Well the time has come and history will be made. For the first time in the history of competitive breaking we will have this become a reality. There will only be 8 competitors who either won UK BBOY Championships, Red Bull BC One, Freestyle Session, Outbreak, Chelles Battle Pro, Notorious I.B.E, Battle of The Year or R16. Now we will get to see who is the champion of champions for the year. This will be going down in London, England on December 14th, 2014. So be sure to check out all the details and information on the website Worldbboy.org
Get ready this is not going to be a one shot deal, the scene is growing and now the organizers of these events have decided to create more for the scene. So good luck to all of the competitors.
So far the line up is already stacked with talent. Let’s take a look at this years line up with only the Red Bull BC One winner missing.
Chelles Battle Pro: Menno (Hustle Kidz)
R16: Issei (Foundnation)
Outbreak: Kleju (Polskee Flavor)
Notorious IBE: Tonioh (France)
Battle of The Year: Alkolil (Russia)
Uk BBoy Championships: Lilou (Pokemon)
Freestyle Session: El Nino (Floor Lords/Squadron)
Red Bull BC One: November 29th we will find out???
Here is the next level to the basic freeze tutorial I released last year. People have been asking about doing a more advanced version. In this tutorial it is important to understand that you need to take your time. It is now time to start playing with the levels in your basic freezes. Don’t get caught up falling into the same freeze. If you do then add levels to it so you can make your freezes look different. Going through different levels of freezes will open up transitions. Which is probably one of the most important elements in breaking. Remember that it is important to play with both sides. The more natural you look on both sides the more understanding you will have of your own body control. Part of being fundamentally strong in breaking is not just doing the basics but having body control. So take your time, get creative and have fun with these basic transitions.
Thanks for watching if you got questions feel free to leave comments!
En Julio Univison firmo este episodio de Alma Extrema cubriendo la forma en la que bailo. Fue una gran oportunidad porque todo fue en español y pude demostrar lo que soy yo cuando bailo. Mucha gente no sabe que español es mi primer lenguaje. Es bueno que el mundo reconozca que pueden comunicarse con migo en español. La experiencia firmando este episodio fue totalmente diferente a otros videos firmados por companias. Me dieron la libertad de utilizar lo que a mi me gusta hacer con me estilo.
Disfruten y gracias!
In July, Univision filmed this episode of Alma Extrema about me breaking. It was a great opportunity because it was all in Spanish and I was able to demonstrate my style. Many people do not know that Spanish is my first language. So this is a good way for you to see that you can reach out to me in Spanish. The experience filming this episode was totally different from other videos filmed by companies. They gave me the freedom to use what I like to do with my style.
Enjoy and thank you!
Aqui esta el episodio y si quieren ver las otras partes conecten a esta a esta pagina de UNIVISION
This weekend will mark the end of a historic venue in San Francisco known as CellSpace. This location was a famous practice spot where locals and foreigners would session at every Monday. Besides practice it held many epic events that helped mold the bay scene. Sucks to hear that this place will be closing its doors. I had the privilege to battle and build my name at this venue through out my years in the Bay. In 2000 I had my first battle there and from then on it was history. Many many great memories from this place. It is sad to hear this! If your in the bay go support this weekend. Peace to Cell Space and thank you for the great memories.
In the first edition of One Shot, One Kill we are taking you through a one take of getting ready to start our day. We spend most of the year on the road traveling, judging, teaching or battling. Here we try to give you the feel of what it feels like to rush out the door while on tour.
The idea behind this is to show a full round of breaking. We can always make ourselves look good by creating cut videos to specifically highlight our best moves. So with so many videos looking a like, I had to try something new. In a battle you would never cut your rounds up to be a highlight. We gotta rock a solid round to win battles. So with this we give ourselves one shot to hit a solid round. Here’s a closer look at what it would feel like to see someone rock a full round in front of you.
Thanks for watching and enjoy!
BBoy Wicket – Mind Control
Paten Locke ft. Lean Rock – The Wolf Foot, The Avenging Foot, The Most Foot
This year it will be my turn to judge the USA national finals of the Red Bull BC One. It is all happening in Las Vegas on August 15th, 2014. Make sure to tune in on Red Bull TV or if your in the Sin City then drop in and show some love.
Just want to say that the list of competitors looks serious. This year I will just be a spectator for the world finals but I would love to see a US bboy bring back the title. The US is filled with talent and some of the best battle bboys in the world. Our scene still preserves a battle essence even if it is in a competitive matter. From west to east the battles take place weekly, small or big it doesn’t matter. The same way you bboys rock battles in cyphers and local events. It’s the same approach you gotta have when hitting this BC One stage. Many cypher battles now a days only last a few rounds anyways so you shouldn’t separate your battle approach. How many times have you seen 3 round battles go down in a cypher? Ive seen quite a few. Even though I never understood why you would battle someone only 3 rounds if there is no judges or round limit. In that environment its about proving your point. So if you can prove your point in a 3 round cypher battle then you can prove the same on a 3 round battle. Of course the vibe around you isn’t the same because your on a stage battling. I would say to keep your focus on your opponent and show the world what your style is about. A battle is a battle 2 round, 3 rounds or 20. The moment you think this is a show is the moment you have lost the battle.
This last March on my first trip of the year. I got the chance to visit France for the first time in 2 years. On this trip I got to hang with fellow Red Bull BC One All Star Lilou. Lilou invited me to take a visit to his city of Lyon and stay at his house for a few days. While there we filmed and walked around the places he grew up and practiced at. Even went to the infamous Opera house where he and Pockemon developed their dance. I even got called out and did a few rounds with some of the guys there. Always good and ready to battle. No big stages or audiences needed, just about respect and dance.
It was dope experience for me getting to hang and step into his world. He still lives in the neighborhood he grew up in, which is the equivalent of what we in america call the projects. Vaux En Velin is the second poorest city in France. Just hanging around him in his neighborhood you can see why, it keeps him grounded in life and close to his roots. We represent where we’re from or where we were raised. So there is always that connection and and inspiration you get from those around you.
Here is a little recap Lilou put together on my journey through his Hood!
On the Red Bull Music channel, they recently featured the story about the song Boogie Down Bronx by Man Parrish. This track was such a rare beat for us. It was not featured on any of the Street Jam cd’s that were released or at least the ones we had. The first time I heard this song was in a battle I had against a local known bboy. Maybe it was the rarity of it, but we all used to love getting down to this song. It is interesting to see the story behind some of the music we used to get down to.
During my first year of breaking, the music we danced to was nothing like the break beats we dance to today. We used to dance to electro funk music that was rereleased on Street Jams cd’s. These cd’s would feature all different 80’s artist and their songs. Songs like Planet Rock and Jam On It were the songs that were always being played when guys would break. This is before I ever saw any bboy videos, or got schooled on break beats. Even when we watched movies like Beat Street, and Breakin’ most of the music they played on the movies we’re on these cd’s. I’ve shared many similar stories with bboys from my generation.