Good head spins, bad head spins, we all see a bit of both sides. I want to address a few points most people will not consider. Most of the time when you see head spins, they are really good. I don’t think I know anyone who will attempt a head spin outside of “practice” unless they were somewhat continuous head spins.
When I first started training head spins I was in my basement on a folding table down on the ground and a helmet. Even with a helmet I still went through some pain and frustration. The key about head spins is that everyone including the bboys with the best head spins has to go through pain, tenderness, flaking of the scalp, soreness and then more pain! there is no bypassing any of it. no pain, no gain is still the model. If you can endure it all? only then will you have a chance to have good head spins.
Lets put it ALL into perspective. Helmet or head spin hat, no matter what. “beginners” once your on a head stand, all your weight and pressure is on your neck and the top of your head. If you begin to tap for your first rotation this will be the most painful part of the learning process. After about a few days and a few attempts, most bboys would have called it quits due to little or no progress for the amount of tenderness. If you can suck it up and let the pain take its course you’ll get past the first few taps within days. I like to look at this point as “hard work paid off”. Now that your in rotation most of the pressure on your neck and the crown of your head is now moving outwards. kinda like spinning on one foot with your arms out to the sides as fast as you can, all the blood pressure is felt in your hands and fingers.
Now for the riders? SOLID is key.. Ive witnessed a lot of people in my days trying to correct there own head spins once they are in a ride by trying to catch there balance. this is a big NO NO!!! My advise is to let the mistake fix itself. as long as you stay firm or SOLID your ride will continue. by trying to catch your balance, your probably doing more harm than good. By locking your body’s position whether it be drills, bicycles, 7’s, mushrooms, etc. Your wobble will correct itself with a little bit of effort once you hit a few rotations.
Another mistake I’ve seen a few people make is learning bicycles (one leg in front and the other in back) before learning what I like to call “chairs” (both legs in front as if your sitting in a chair). The reason behind this is because once your used to doing bikes, its extremely hard to learn any other head spin positions. Most of the other positions besides drills consist of using your neck for counterbalance. 7’s for example consist of reaching for your toes, legs straight and together while your head tilts up as if your sticking out your chin. A position which is nearly impossible to learn without learning chairs first.
I learned taps within 2-3 weeks. took almost a full month to just begin to ride hitting 3-4 spins each time. If i could do it? anyone could.
We wanted to give a mad shout-out to Dance2Live for organizing King of Hearts 6. This 3 day event was incredible. Congrats to Havikoro for taking the 1st place. StrifeTV has put together an awesome trailer, check it out here:
This event was great!
First check out The VocaB's trailer for some dope footwork you've never seen before! This crew, The VocaB, won our sponsorship spot for August. They put together a crew trailer together for us. We love this crew because they are heavily influenced by African culture and focus on unique footwork as they emphasize the rhythm and mood of the music. They shared some stuff about themselves and you can read it here. Thanks Gnaarled for contacting us and sharing your style with the world!
Tell me more about your crew. How did your crew get together? The Vocab is a crew that was created October 2012. Our crew consists of three brothers. We always trained together and we decided we should be a team, so we took the step and made a name for ourselves.
Have you won any battles? We have just created our crew a few months. We participated in one battle together and we lost in the final.
Who are the bboys that have influenced you? We are influenced by African dance culture. But, we watch some of the old bboys in the world like machine, alien ness, ken swift, mr wiggels, lil zip, k mel, frosty freez, aby, trac 2 and some of the old bronx bboys crew.
What work do you do on the side or are you in school? We are all in school. Cj is studying in a local university. Gnarled, myself, is in high School. Sknrock is at Technology Institute and in his free time he work in publiciti impremirie.
What are things you DO NOT like to do? Our crew has three rules: First rule is no biting! Our second rule is don't loose the rhythm. And our third is don't live a lifestyle without music.
How would you describe your style? We totally define our style as a rhythm of any thing or any sound we hear. We are African so, like our country, our style is a rhythmically based.
What are your goals for the next year? We are planing to go out for international battles and develop our style and dance. Also we want to use our knowledge to create a school here in Morocco, North Africa to teach bboys and share our beliefs and also our culture .
Anyone you are grateful for in your scene that you want to acknowledge? We are grateful for any one on the earth in this planet that respects us, our style, culture, beliefs also the way we dance. Also, we are really grateful for Generation BBOY. It was really interesting for our crew to do this trailer and it helps us and can define our crew and style to the world.
peace. love. unity. having fun.
First check out his trailer! Dylan won $40 to the Gen BBOY store by simply sending us a trailer of himself. We Chose Dylan because he has lot of potential, he is an all around developed bboy, and has a good head on his shoulders. He shared with us some information about himself and we'd like to share it with you. Thanks Dylan! We appreciate you sharing your trailer with us.
What work do you do on the side or are you in school?
Yes, our entire crew is still in school! I'm 18, but the rest of the crew ranges from age 13-16, me being the oldest.Tell me more about your crew. How did your crew get together?
Our crew, Monsters On Beat (M.O.B.), got together during the summer of 2012, most of us had just starting breaking at the time, and we got together for the sole interest of representing the northern side of Texas, being from spring, there aren't many big places to break, and our community is small.
Have you won any battles?
...Houston however has a huge community, and we go there often trying to show that we too can compete at their level. Most of the time we lose. LOL.
Many of the battles we've been in are on our youtube page. http://www.youtube.com/user/MOBPRODUX
Who are the bboys that have influenced you?
There have been many bboys that have influenced our crew as a whole, Knuckleheads Cali, Assassin and Atsuki from Japan, Lionz of Zion, Jinjo. But those are just the more common ones that influence people all over the world. The local crews around here in Texas are a huge influence to all of us just starting out, Squirtle Squad, Jungle Brothers, and Hazardous Zombies are just a few that have made huge impacts on my own style.
What are things you DO NOT like to do?
No one in our crew does drugs, so I guess drugs are something we just don't like to do! haha.
How would you describe your style?
If I could, I would say, I like to act... to make the crowd laugh, to put on a story in the sets I throw out!
What are your goals for the next year?
Well our crew goals for next year are to train and enter Bboy City held in Texas, we didn't get to make it the past 2 years due to us not believing in our own abilities. However, we believe that we can go and get our name out there!
Anyone you are grateful for in your scene that you want to acknowledge?
We're grateful to everyone in the Texas scene, ESPECIALLY YA (Youth Advocates)! http://www.youtube.com/user/chasrotramel
They have played an important part in the growth of our group and we would like to keep on growing with their influences.
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)
Share and Subscribe."
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!
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.