For our 10 year anniversary, we’d like to share some things we’ve learned about how breaking makes life seem easier and how life and breaking are similar.
1.) Breaking makes life seam easier
We have all heard that “breaking ain't easy”, and that's because it is not! Not at all! Breaking is the hardest thing I've done. It makes everything else EASY.
I've worked my whole life at it (14 years) and I still wouldn't consider myself a great bboy. It is a life long learning process. I know that if I keep pushing, keep focusing, keep having fun, keep training day after day, keep going to workshops and linking up with great bboys and picking their brain, and continuing to immerse myself in this culture, I'll continue to improve and grow. What's great about this method?
YOU CAN IMPROVE AND GROW AT ANYTHING YOU APPLY THIS METHOD TO AND NOTHING IS AS HARD AS BREAKING.
Do you want to play guitar? Start a business? Speak another language? Talk to more girls? Do good in school?
Well then you've already got it figured out! Apply HOW you've learned breaking, to that other activity and you'll be a superstar at it in to time!
2.) 10 ways breaking and life are similar
Why do we continuously pursue something that seems ridiculous? After all, sometimes it will take a year to see progress. Sometimes you will have an off training day and you cannot make any of your sets work. It gets frustrating. Here at Generation BBoy, each of us train. We know what success and what failure feels like. We push our community to grow though events like the Rocky Mountain Breaking League.
With this in mind, it is a big deal to succeed at a difficult move. It is rewarding to do something so unique and hard. Something that makes people stop walking on the street and gasp in awe. Just like any other hobby, competing (battling), is rewarding within itself. I remember vividly the first time I moved on past preliminaries. While I did not win, I knew that I was not crazy. I knew that this passion of mine was a talent too. I knew that there were other people in the world who found this whole hip-hop scene just as enticing as I do.
Not only is it unique and rewarding but it also gives us a community. The breaking and hip-hop community in Colorado is inclusive, talented, and enthusiastic (among many other things). People come together under something that is so hard to do. That creates a bond almost nothing else can.
There are many reasons we break. There are many reasons besides being unique; rewarding; and having an amazing community. In fact, there are so many reasons it is not possible to fit it all on this blog! Why do you continue to break? Comment below and share your motivation!
1. Decorate your bedroom.
Wherever you spend the most time that you are not bboying, take time to decorate that place with the things that inspire you and set up reminders about the things you want to accomplish. This could be printouts, posters, tshirts, fliers, shoes, anything! Studies have shown that decorated colorful workspaces increase creativity. Now, when you enter your room, you may think twice about PlayStation and instead put in some work.
2. Become an information and bboy workshop junkie.
Go to workshops! How many jams have been in your home town that had workshops that you didn't go to? All that opportunity is lost knowledge, lost experience, and lost wisdom. There’s magazines, interviews, DVD commentary, tutorials, making-ofs, breakdowns and more. Sure you may watch some stuff that you already know, but I can guarantee that there will be at least one nugget of invaluable information you can learn from every book or interview out there.
3. Surround yourself and train with bboys who are better than you.
Train with the best bboys that you can emotionally handle (If they are too good, you may get discouraged from training). It's scary how much of an effect our peers have on our life. Your skills are the statistical average of your 5 closest peers. Always be the least talented bboy, and as long as you practice, you will always get better much faster than if your peer group was all similar skill level.
4. Actually do tutorials, don't just watch.
“Tell me, I'll forget it. Show me, I'll remember. Involve me, I'll understand.” You'll retain the information longer by doing it, but you will also discover and realize how your own style works with the new material. Get in the habit of doing each tutorial you watch, use that pause button!
5. Learn one of your favorite bboy's rounds to "get a feel" for what a great set is like.
Flow is so vague. When you set out to purposefully learn someone's set move for move, you are gaining the intangible knowledge of what proper flow feels like. It should go without saying, that you will never use this knowledge during any cypher, battle, etc, because that's biting. It is for your private experience only. If you cannot do some of the moves in a set, replace them with similar movements (ie if they do an airflare, you could do a cartwheel). You don't have to do this forever, but if you're just starting out, it's essential to understand the vague fundamentals before moving onto more complicated movements. This awareness will be priceless as you critique your own sets.
6. Produce one original finished set each week.
First off we will give the word “set” some guidelines. We use our personal “Rule of 3”; meaning a choreographed piece with at least 3 moves, lasting at least 3 seconds, and transitioning between at least 3 levels. When you pretend you have time to do things tomorrow, you are indefinitely prolonging your right to success. Now is the only time to do things, and deadlines drive us towards finishing things. By forcing yourself to achieve this 1 week goal, you will dramatically stockpile your armory of moves.
7. Enter every battle and cypher possible.
Nothing can replace experience. Art is a form of expression. You have to express yourself to other people. Share your art or you will be all talk. Your experience from every battle will build on your confidence. If battles are rare in your area, do what I did, start promoting your own jams. There are no excuses. Hitch a ride out of state. Call people out in the cyphers.
8. Ask for honest critiques.
Bboys online are no longer looking for critiques, but for compliments and praise. Bboys that do this are putting their fragile emotions before their long term success. Be a B-Man! Ask for honest feedback on the content of your moves. Improving from battle to battle is invaluable if you want to become better at breaking and honest criticism is always better than, “you did good, bro.”
9. Keep your body healthy and functioning.
Focus on longevity and health. Learning the baby steps to power moves during workshops will keep your body healthy. Also focus on a clean diet. But there is more to it. Wear knee pads while breaking. Use headspin beanies, wrist protection, windbreakers, and any gear that will keep your body safe from the hazards of learning breaking. Generation BBOY sells all of the protective gear you could possibly want.
Listen to me. PAIN IS TEMPORARY! It may last for a minute, or an hour, or a day, or even a year. But eventually it will subside and something else will take it's place. If I quit however, it will last forever.
Some of you are spoiled. Just the bottom line, your parents have done everything for you. We're going to keep it real tonight. Some of you are spoiled brats. Every time you ever got in trouble, someone in your house got you out of it! Every time you did something you were not suppose to do, your parents got you out of it.
People say, "Eric your mother is a tyrant." You're right! "She kicked you out." You're right! She's mean, but she developed a man. Because she put me out there and said, "you're going to have to grow up!" And some of you have never learned to grow up. Every time something got hard and you quit, you called momma.
I dare you to take a little pain. I dare you. I dare you not to go home. Somebody said "I feel bad, I'm gonna go home." Go through it. Your not going to die! At the end of pain is success. Your not gonna die because you're feeling a little pain. I'm not eating like I eat at home. That's why you're going to go to the next level, because if you ate like you ate at home, you're going to remain a boy or a girl. Its time to become men and women.
But I’m exactly where I want to be because I got to commit my entire being to this thing. I got to breath it, sleep it, eat it. Until you get there, you'll never be successful in life. But once you get there, I guarantee you the world is yours. So work hard and you can have whatever it is that you want.
This is a GREAT video sharing many inspiring people in this world:
We love Eric The Hip Hop Preacher and hope that you check him out more. We will also continue to share his other videos.
This model is one way of describing the process of evolution happening in bboying. Bboying is no longer just a street dance that keeps kids busy. It is exploding into so many new and mostly wonderful things. Whereas it used to just be be boys from the Bronx who were breaking, now any person around the world can find that their calling is breaking.
How can someone talk about how the new generation is wack or not true to bboying, when it was, is, and always will be about having fun, peace, unity, showing off, and original self expression. The nature of any culture that has originality at its center is to evolve. So why not move in a positive direction even further away from gangs and violence?
The model starts at the bottom in "Foundational Growth". All bboys begin somewhere different. But all bboys can benefit, intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually through this street dance. Most bboys start through a friend. They train together and learn the basic moves. These are all the moves foundational to the scene they are in. Nation to nation the foundational moves vary, but even city to city they can change as well.
The bboy finds "Social Growth". He gains knowledge of the history and culture of the dance while they train and attend hip hop events. He networks with other bboys in the scene who teach him not just moves, but also about health, flexibility, freezes, power, burns, and how to get better. He finds "Personal Growth". While the gangster may like the gun burns, the suburban white kid may like trash talking or other burns.
He may hit road blocks, plateaus, leave the dance for a while. He sees other bboys leave completely He realizes it is the music that motivates him and keeps him creative so he is always on a mission to find new break beats and music to train to.
Over time He becomes accustomed to the basics, but realize that in order to really grow and make a name for himself, he needs to bring something new to the table. He goes to the drawing board. Over time he creates all his very own variations. Most are good, but every once in a while he creates something great. His great moves stand out and coupled with his other unique variations of moves his style is rewarded.
He travels the world and competes and cyphers and meets even more new friends. Time passes. He starts to notice new bboys doing his moves in his home scene and abroad. He is frustrated at first as he cannot use these moves any more as they have become foundational. He quickly finds peace. He realizes that just like the legendary bboys before him, he has contributed something to the scene. He realized while his name may be forgotten, his moves will always remain.
Let me start with two things: 1.) We acknowledge that this article was written a long time ago, but we JUST stumbled upon it recently and we know you will get a kick out of it two! 2.) Lets start with a clip from the begining of the article:
Attention Americans: a grave public health threat looms. Toxic "vaccines," poisoned nuts, exploding roller coasters...none of these threats hold a candle to the devilsport known as "break-dancing."
This lady goes on to explain how breaking is the modern day equivalent of coal mining in terms of its dangers! WOW! We just thought we would share this with you. It's amazing how ignorant some people are. Maybe she just got turned down or dumped by a bboy and wanted revenge... who knows? I was about to ask her, but if you read the comments, someone mentions they already tried and found out she no longer works for NBC.
Here is a funny video of a bboy failing to execute a power move: Bboy ouch video! If you do not have wrist bands, armbands, headspin beanies, or other protective gear get it from us now! Prevent injury and train harder.
We liked the comment on the page by someone that points out:
Instead of looking into sports that ACTUALLY ENCOURAGES violence and injuries for entertainment purposes, such as hockey, football, rugby, etc... she decides to write a page that badly stereotypes a dance that teaches the youth how to respect the self and others, how to build character, and how to promote unity in society.
We agree fellow bboy buddy! Anyways, here is the full article enjoy: