On February 10th, our friends from over seas tore it up in this video shoot for us. We hope you enjoy some of that special Japanese talent. They must have some great Sushi there to be doing these moves.
Organization 13 Crew
Hirakata City, Osaka, Japan
Music: Starry Sky YEAH! Remix - Capsule x Daft Punk x Beastie Boys
Filming and Editing: Sarina Tamura
On Feb 4th,
"It was a beautiful day so I decided to teach M-PACT a short piece. Props for learning it so quickly.
Big shout out to Generation BBOY for the gear.
Music: Get Silly - Ben Westbeech
Choreography: VillN (Underground Flow/Kinjaz/Among B-boys)
Dancer: M-PACT (Underground Flow/Kinjaz/Among B-boys)
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We encourage you to check out Villn's YouTube channel. He puts out a lot of good videos. We noticed this and asked him if he would rep some Generation BBOY gear, and he did!
This was a short video inspired by our love of gaming and bboying. We had a new canon t4i and just finished our regular session. When we realized we all had some sort of Generation BBOY gear on (We love what we sell and of course rep it proudly), we decided to start filming!
This is a fun promo video we put together using footage from our recent Saturday session. http://www.generationbboy.com
Thanks to Amida Crew and friends who helped put this together.
We danced in our local studio http://www.schoolofbreaking.com. Check them out too.
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Maynard set out to shoot some fresh photos with our gear. We are so pleased with the turnout. If you would like to purchase or rep our gear you can find all these bboy products in our store. One of our favorite bboy tshirts yet, "Awaken the Beast" comes in 2 colors and in limited supplies. Peace.
Generation Bboy Promo with Bboy Maynard
Music: Feed Me - Pink Lady
Thanks to Maynard for making this for us. Want to get sponsored by us? Contact us and include your most recent footage/trailer!
All Out 2012 was awesome. We got eliminated in the finals by Kucklehead Zoo! What a good battle. The scene is Utah is awesome. We really appreciate the hospitality and the fresh moves. If you have not traveled to a jam in Utah. DO IT!
This jam was so awesome! We loved the crowd and the energy of the event. Our crew Amida lost in the finals :.(
BUT we lost to a pretty outstanding crew, whose members included: Mig 187, Airsick, Data, Vee, and Ronnie Ruen! Daaaaaaaaamn!
We will share the footage soon. If you bought something from us there... Comment on this post and we'll send you a special discount code!
Do you want to get paid just to show up at a battle? So do we! This post is to start a discussion to make this a reality.
NBL is the world's first Breakin' league with a goal of sharing the intensity, flash, and competitive nature of bboying to the world through a full-fledged professional league. Being crowned the national champion should be the ultimate bragging right, but NBL has lost some steam over the last couple years. While we fully support NBL, the future of NBL was uncertain to us; especially after the size of the event was much smaller than we expected. Why is that? Luckily, we had a chance to speak with Johnny Castro, Chris Couplin aka Ill Skillz, Chris Wright of Freestyle Session and the organizers and owners of NBL.
What we wanted to know was the future of NBL. Will this ever be a professional league on the scale of pro sports? We asked ourselves what it would take to create a National League that professional bboys could compete in and be paid professionally?
To answer that, we need to look at what creates a real professional league in sports and work our way backwards to where bboying is now. First, there is money involved from sponsorship and fans. Sponsorship only comes from having lots of fans and spectators. Whereas bboy events tend to only have bboys, dancers, and a few family at their events. Any national league has thousands of fans and spectators, many of whom do not even compete in the activity they enjoy watching. A fan is someone that is willing to spend their hard earned money on 3 things: 1. Event merchandise (so they have something tangible to take home and share besides just the memory). 2. Tickets to events (obviously). 3. Team or Athlete personalized memerabilia. With this inflow of money NBL can steadily grow. Even the largest events in the world, like Freestyle Sessions, still only attract dancers and the hip hop community.
So, we asked ourselves why is it that bboying has not attracted millions of fans? Here are few obvious differences we came across when looking at the bboy community vs the professional sports community and other large events or shows:
Let's just get things straight. For there to be a pro league, the league will have to host events that are much different than the average jam. We are not eliminating local jams. In fact, the local jam may get 10x as many spectators because people want to get their fill of breakin' and the next league event is not for a few months. Also, because NBL is run by bboys for bboys, the NBL events can help promote the small local events.
If all these things are met a league will be formed. However, isn't there already a league out there that we all know of? We believe that Red Bull BC one is the closest thing to a pro league right now. There are a few key things that Red Bull does that make this event so spectacularly successful. First of all, they do much more than the average bboy event to cater to the spectators. BC1 is run as a show as well as a battle. They follow all the above points mentioned. They run on time. The event is short and to the point, but still epic. And while crews come and go, the same bboys are still there representing his own style and thus can create a fan base year to year. What is also important is for fans to know the line up (competitors) at the event. BC1 announces the bboys early on to create excitement. Red Bull makes sure the competitors are taken care of at the event, just as much as any athlete or star. This ensures the bboys are engaged in the event and not off exploring the city which may lead them to being late to the event. I also wouldn't be surprised if the bboys are paid just to show up to the battle (can anyone confirm this?).
What I have concluded is that it will be difficult to conform bboy crew mentality to the professional level (same uniform, keeping the crew together, etc). So, perhaps a crew vs crew league is not what is needed! Perhaps Red Bull stumbled upon the magic formula, or it was well thought out? I will never know. Perhaps a 1 on 1 league is much more feasible at this time until sponsorship picks up. Perhaps NBL needs to have 1 bboy represent each state. These bboys can be invited or advance to the championships through a local qualifier. This way the championships have 16 states/regions represented, not 8. It is also easier for a single bboy to rep a state jersey (professional gear) as opposed to getting an entire crew to rep the same gear. Not to mention, it is also much less expensive to fly out one bboy and make one custom jersey or outfit.
Just Generation BBOY's two cents. Get down on it,
P.S. Take UFC for example (<<click the link), a once bankrupt brand in the 90s that is now making in hundreds of millions of dollars a year. UFC was originally created by "true" martial artists who wanted to truly determine who was the best fighter. There was no rules and regulations, just an octagon with two fighters (weight class did not matter). Eventually the UFC wanted to grow and they had to do two things: create rules and market so that the general public would come to love the sport. The rules turned away a few of the old school fighters and organizers who believed that the competition lost the "true best fighter" aspect when weight classes were involved. The change in marketing was huge too. UFC was marketed to the general public as a blood sport, which backfired on them and made their life very difficult by conservative groups and politicians. The marketing shifted direction to being more about skill and performance of the fighters and the general public grew to understand the fighters were real people and not monsters. Does any of this sound familiar to bboying?
Bboying has many parallels to UFC. The general public doesn't get what they are going to see, and they don't understand the competition because the rules and judging is vague and not similar from event to event.
Generation BBOY attended the NBL Championship the day after the U Got Skooled Jam! Yes, we flew one way from Denver to Salt Lake City, and then one way from Utah to Phoenix. We set up shop and spread the GB love, receiving great responses from the community in Phoenix.
Amida was also invited to compete in the top 8 championships as a 2nd Colorado Squad! What an honor! Unfortunately Yuta (aka Seed) couldn't make it so Terrific Terry and I recruited Widdle, another Colorado bboy who happened to be at the event.
We still don't have footage from our battle, but here is some footage from the Denver , CO NBL qualifier Finals! So yes, the winning crew with Ruen, Dash, and Task was announced as Colorado Kings; whereas Amida was just announced as Colorado.
Neither of our crews advanced to the top 4. Amida lost to Las Vegas' House of Reps in a tie breaker. CO Kings lost to Florida's team, which was basically Skill Methodz.