May 09, 2019

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Style is like a Fingerprint

A breaker is great, not because of his moves, but because of his ability to understand various ambiguous and complex concepts, which allow them to move to the music.

The individual's style of a breaking is like a fingerprint, unique to them alone. As a breaker understands the importance of originality, they will constantly see how valuable it is to be creative in all walks of life.

To be a great breaker, one has to understand that it's not about moves, but movement. Movement is everything in between the moves and the complexities of flow of the dance. When a breaking comprehends that they have to have a attention to detail, that sensory acuity can help in all walks of life.

A great breaking expresses himself and that movement is unique to that bboy alone. This is why biting is such a big deal in breaking. You cannot and should not steal someone else's life story, you have your own. Learn how to express your own story, not someone else's. 

 


Generation BBOY is here to help you push past your limits in breaking, life, and thought.

June 12, 2018

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10 Year Anniversary - 10 things about life and breaking

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

  1. It’s doesn’t matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. - Confucius
  2. Grab inspiration from everywhere.
  3. Only stick around with people that lift you.
  4. Find mentors that are doing what you want to do, and learn from them.
  5. Contribute back to the communities that give to you.
  6. Don’t worry about being the best, just be the best you can be by being a little better than you were yesterday.
  7. If you have a solid foundation, everything else will be build built on solid ground.
  8. Practice gratitude and everything will be easier.
  9. Stay healthy, it makes everything easier.
  10. Don’t be afraid to do something different.

    -Silva

    February 10, 2018

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    We ordered a $7 headspin beanie from China...

    We ordered a $7 headspin beanie from China and it was incredible, but not in the way that we hopped. So many things to say. View full article →
    August 20, 2015

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    5 Reasons Bboys Get Bald Spots and Therefore Don't Have Girlfriends

    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:

    1. Spinning on the Wrong Floors – No matter how nice your beanie is or how good your headspins are, there are some floors that you should not headspin on! The most common is carpet. Why are you head spinning on carpet? You will stick.
    2. Not Using Padding or Helmet – Headspins take a lot of work. That means you are spending a lot of time on your head. It is important to first learn headspins with a legit padded headspin beanie or a helmet (don't wear the helmet in battle). We sell the the best non-padded headspin beanie you'll ever own, which is best for when your scalp is used to head spinning and you're more experienced head spinner. 
    3. Using Hair Gel – When battling, Flexum wanted to look sexy and do awesome headspins! So, he wore hair gel and no beanie. However, he said this is probably the main reason for his bald spot. In his opinion, the combination of  hair styling product and headspins without a beanie burnt his hair follicles away forever! This makes sense to us too.
    4. No Headspin Beanie – This should be obvious. Why would any breaker think that they would NOT get a bald spot if they are spinning on their head for hours without any sort of protection. WE WERE NOT MADE TO SPIN ON OUR HEADS. Headspins have not been a great factor in humans’ survival. So, evolution did not leave us with callouses on our heads. If you are NOT using a headspin beanie YOU WILL GO BALD! I have only met 1 person that has not gotten a bald spot over the years who spins without a headspin beanie. He's very well endowed in the hair department.
    5. Using a Useless Headspin Beanie - I see plenty of guys rock old worn out trasy headspin beanies! If you have worn through a layer of your beanie, you need another one!
    6. BONUS - Your hair can grow back - Want to meet pretty girls again? YOU CAN! You just have to grow your hair back. I personally grew in my bald spot after I started doing the opposite of what I've said above:
      1. Only spin on slick floors like hardwood.
      2. Wear a padded headspin beanie for long headspin sessions.
      3. Minimize my use of hair gel while training headspins.
      4. Wear fresh headspin beanies.
      5. Never headspin without protection.

    I hope this helps you guys get some girls! 

    Peace,

    Silva

    All day, every day
    July 04, 2015

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    Need Help Coming Up With a Crew Name?

    This crew name generator is the (hilarious) inspiration for this post (go check it out):

    http://morethanastance.com/features/sf/2008/12/crew-name-generator/


    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. 

    Silvish

    All day, every day

    July 25, 2013

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    9 Simple Tips to Fast Track Your Ability to Express Yourself Through Bboying

    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.