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
Being someone that makes headspin beanies, means I've learned a few things about bald spots. One of the most knowledgeable about this was Flexum. Understandably, he has some of the best ideas about what makes a bald spot haha. Here are the things he said that we agree with:
I hope this helps you guys get some girls!
SilvaAll day, every day
This crew name generator is the (hilarious) inspiration for this post (go check it out):
Now that you've had a good laugh. What makes this so funny? Because it's real. I’'ve heard so many crew names that sound just like these. But breaking is about being ORIGINAL. Be yourself. Draw inspiration from other sources. It's what you've been taught in breaking all along.
Here are some common themes to be aware of (and maybe avoid) when it comes to creating your own crew or bboy name:
Alliterations – This is identified by a repeated sound of the first part in a series of words. Here are some examples: Funky Fresh, Solid Soul, Super Sayians! One of my favorite crew names I've heard in the past (other than my own) was an alliteration: Hardwood Heroes. I never did meet this crew. I think a crew that did this well and kept a similar sound ("e") in both words is: Supreme Beings.
Changed Spelling – Other common forms for crew (and bboy names) are exchanging the proper spelling of a word with letters that still match the sound of the original word. For instance we generally know that in English language, you make most nouns plural by adding an “s” at the end of the word. However, we sometimes change “s” for the letter “z”. Other more common forms of this are changing “er” to “a” and “c” to “k”. For example: Killer Kings >>> Killa Kingz. This may be an over used practice, but, if you use it, just try to not be to cliché! If Killa Kingz is who you are, then rep it well. Great crews that use this technique: Soul Mechanics Krew and Skill Methodz.
Acronyms – Another thing crews are doing that I don't get. Lots of times people enter their crew name as an acronym. Acronyms are a form of abbreviation using only the first letter of every word of a proper noun. So, “Super Fresh Krew” would be SFK. I bring this last one up because I personally enjoy and remember hearing a crew's actual name, why not rep it at an event? Just a side thought.
If you want to be original as possible, and you don't have a name yet, think it through. Draw inspiration from outside of breaking. My crew name, Amida, comes from the Japanese name for Amitābha Buddha, also called "The Buddha of Immeasurable Life and Light". The name reminds us of the philosophy behind the crew: our unlimited potential through longevity.
Moral of the story: Think through your name. Don't just follow the basics, switch it up and be yourself. Come up with something dope like: Supreme Beings, Roxrite, etc.
All day, every day
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.