Neguinism on Mars by The Neguinism
Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin truly takes B-Boying to new heights in his video on Mars. Music: "The Genie," by ArKIT3XturE ft. Orko Eloheim.
El Nino | Undisputed World B-Boy Masters by The Legits
Watch El Niño (USA) win the Freestyle Session 2014 World Finals. He will now represent his crews, Squadron, Boogie Brats, and Floorlords, at the first-ever Undisputed masters event in Decemeber, in London.
B-BOY JIBAKU in Hakata, Fukuoka Japan by YAKFilms
Watch some serious strength and accuracy in motion as Japanese B-Boy Jibaku gets down on concrete. Music: "Higher Life," by TheGeekSquad.
Cape Town’s B-Boy Benny is one of the most successful South African B-Boys. The Hand Break Turn crewmember has won Battle of the Year South Africa numerous times and has been competing in the Red Bull BC One since 2005.
At the Red Bull BC One Germany World Final 2005, in Berlin, Benny unfortunately lost to Omar in the first round. In 2007, Benny won the first-ever South African Qualifier, earning a spot in the World Final in Johannesburg that same year. He ended up losing to Red Bull BC One All Star Lilou in the quarterfinals. In 2008, Benny was invited to Paris, where he lost in the first round to eventual champion, Red Bull BC One All Star Wing.
In 2013, Benny was invited to the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final in Amman, Jordan, where he lost to youngster Lil Zoo (Morocco) in the final battle.
This year, Benny received another Wild Card to the Middle East Africa Final, in Algiers, and made first place, beating his fellow countryman Toufeeq in the final battle.
So Benny is one of the B-Boys coming back to Paris this year. Will he have more luck this time? Will he meet his old rivals Wing or Lilou again? Take a trip down memory lane with these pics of Benny.
Airborne during the solo battle at BOTY 2014.
On his way to the Battle Royal! Benny holds his trophy after winning the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2014, in Algiers, Algeria.
In battle with eventual World Champion Wing (South Korea) at the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2008, in Paris.
Despite sustaining a shoulder injury in the semifinals, Benny battles his heart out in the final against LilZoo (Morocco) at the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2013.
The sky's the limit! Benny in the streets of Algiers after winning Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2014.
In practice before the Middle East Africa Final 2013 in Amman, Jordan.
Benny does a hollowback in the solo battle at Battle of the Year 2014, in Braunschweig, Germany.
In battle with Wolf (Morocco) at the Red Bull BC One Middle East Africa Final 2014 in Algiers, Algeria.
Benny beating Twixs (USA) in the first rounds of Red Bull BC One South Africa World Final 2007 in Johannesburg.
Photos by Nika Kramer and Ray Demski/ Red Bull Content Pool
There are different ways to decide the winner of a breaking battle. Usually it takes a judges panel of three, five or sometimes even seven jurors to decide who wins. Such was not the case in 1998; however, when The Family (France) battled the Rock Force Crew (USA) in a thrilling Battle of the Year final. The Family should have won, yet a curious call on the part of the judges decided a different outcome.
It happened that during the traditional judges’ ceremony, when MCs Spax and Crazy awarded B-Boy K-Mel, from Phase 2, as Best Dancer, and Spartanic Japan for winning the Best Show that they didn’t continue on to announce the winning crew. Instead Kai Eikermann, one of the judges, took the mic declared Rock Force Crew as the 1998 BOTY champions.
Go to 1:03.14 to see the battle begin.
Eikermann could have ended his little speech, but he didn’t. Clearly, there was a reason why he was speaking to the audience instead of the MCs. He continued on: "Two years ago," he said, “I was on a stage in a battle (BOTY 1996), and there was a problem when a Berlin crew touched the other crew. We let the Berlin crew go on dancing but we said that there is a rule. Anybody who touches the opponent will lose.”
His historical words, which many of the older B-Boys and B-Girls will still vividly remember, followed: “We (the judges) all feel that the group from Paris were the better dancers, but there was no need for all this, and because of this video going all over the world, we are giving the first prize to Rock Force.”
His words caused disbelief and great upset in the audience. The hundreds of French supporters in the crowd could not accept the outcome that was just presented to them. Today, video screens and live-camera recordings fill the stages of the high-profile events. If this had been the case 16 years ago, the judges could have had a visual backing their controversial decision. During the battle, the French dancers had indeed touched the Americans.
In the end, nobody really won on that day– not the audience, not the Rock Force Crew and certainly not the members of The Family. But B-Boying was demonstrated a great lesson: touching in a battle is strictly forbidden, and with the right judges will follow consequences. Judging is more then just voting left or right in B-Boy battle.
DVD cover photo courtesy of Tyrone van der Meer
The art of breakdancing spans more than 40 years, having originated in New York City borough The Bronx. "Breaking the Beat: In The Bronx" takes us back to the birthplace of this Hip Hop dance movement, to the exact neighborhood where B-Boys used to battle as a distraction from the gang life that ruled the day.
Join Emmanuel Rodriguez, aka E-Man, as he explores the roots of breaking, led by the legendary Alien Ness. President of the Mighty Zulu Kingz. They travel through the blocks where it all began and also to the training spot of the Mighty Zulu Kingz, one of the first-ever Bronx crews.
Cover photo courtesy of alloutwarmovie.com
Each week, Red Bull BC One All Star RoxRite answers your questions from Facebook about breaking and its culture. Watch this week’s edition, as he discusses the balance of real-time life issues with battle-time breaking innovation, what it took for him to become a Red Bull BC One World Finalst for the first time in 2006 and whether or not he thinks you should smile in battle.
Got a question for RoxRite? Visit the Red Bull BC One Facebook page and ask. Answers are posted here on the blog the following week.
Cover photo courtesty of Red Bull Content Pool
Founded early in the summer of 2009, 7 Commandoz is a group of elite B-Boys, which includes three Red Bull BC One World Champions Ronnie, Wing and Hong 10, not to mention heavy-hitters like Dyzee, Differ and Skim. Since their last battle at Break the Floor in 2012, they have since showed their excellence as the new crewbattle champions at last month’s New Taipei BBoy City event. We jumped on the chance to catch up with 7 Commandoz post-win and learn more about the world-famous crew. Read on as Canada’s Dyzee (Supernaturalz), who relocated to Seoul, shares the crew’s news, and philosophy.
What’s new in the 7 Commandoz world?
After leaving the army, B-Boy Differ has been busy with opening his dance studio, T.I.P. Acadamy. Now that it has calmed down a bit, he focuses on creating performances, although he still gets urged by Hong 10 to keep practicing for battles. Hong 10 has been busy with working on his solo career and to represent well at the Red Bull BC One France World Final 2014. For Jinjo members Wing and Skim, it has been a busy period as well, as they focus on the new-generation Jinjo B-Boys, and their studio has expanded.
"Having a futuristic approach to breaking is important– it’s all about having a growth mindset, both on and off the dance floor. With that comes maturity, politeness and business acumen. We leave all conflicts to be settled on the dance floor."
Ronnie is doing the Jabbawockeez show in Las Vegas and traveling with the Red Bull BC One All Stars. He is also working on the studio called Distrct and coordinating many big events in Las Vegas. His company, Footwork Productions, organized qualifiers like R16 North America, BOTY USA, UK B-Boy Championships USA and Freestyle Session Las Vegas. Myself, I’m working with the R16 Global series, Undisputed and next to that also on the OUR judging system, not to mention continually making up plans to make B-Boying into a more united and professional industry.
7 Commandoz currently only has six dancers. Why is that?
A few years ago, B-Boy Menno left because he wanted to be in a tighter crew. Since then, we have been discussing who we could ask to be the seventh member but it really boils down to if that person shares the same perspectives as we do, which is mainly about having an original style as well as being professional and polite. Having a futuristic approach to breaking is important– it’s all about having a growth mindset, both on and off the dance floor. We not only look at the dance from a futuristic point of view, but we also strive to take breaking into the future by being fresh and creative. With that comes maturity, politeness and business acumen. We leave all conflicts to be settled on the dance floor.
That’s a solid mindset. But living on different sides of the world, how often do you guys come together?
Before New Taipei BBoy City, we hadn’t come together for a long time other than just hanging out. But Differ and Hong10 hang out all the time since they’re childhood friends.
The truth is, after Break the Floor, our team thought we won the finals hands down. Event three out of the four B-Boys on the other team thought they lost too. We were just chilling and talking in the back– pretty much thinking we had the victory– and the other team was pretty sure that they lost. When they announced the other team as the winner, it really made us lose faith in B-Boying and competitions.
That’s where I decided to retire from competitions, and Wing and Skim chose to focus on Jinjo’s performances. Differ and Hong 10 laid low while finishing their mandatory army duties. Soon after, maybe because of all the inactivity, Menno decided to leave 7 Commandoz and it was just difficult for Ronnie to stay in close contact with us all the way in Las Vegas.
So it had been a minute since we had battle together at New Taipei BBoy City. We started talking about who would battle, since it this battle was a five-on-five, as soon as we were invited. I told them that I would sit out since I hadn’t battled for two years, but the group really wanted me in it. But I made a promise to God that I wouldn’t enter a competition again unless it is either using a system (any system), or somehow taking a huge step towards being a part of a professional B-Boy industry. So I spoke to my good friend Bojin (organizer of New Taipei BBoy City) and asked him if he would use the OUR system. He liked the idea, so I agreed to come out of retirement for this one battle.
How was it to battle again with the crew?
It was definitely fun. Ronnie and I have been good friends since 2001, and of course Hong 10 and Differ most of their lives. Skim and Wing are actually brothers. We all have a unique connection and similar personality of just being chill, and in our own worlds. The strangest thing is that we are so similar in our way of thinking and acting, yet different in how we express it through our dance. The greatest part was when we are all getting down in the cypher. There was a huge circle just watching us cypher, but it was great.
What are the plans for the future of the crew, like next battle or other plans?
There are always organizers who try to invite us, but it depends on our availability. Our main thing is represent that futuristic B-Boy style and approach, as well as support each other in whatever projects or plans we do. We came together because we are inspire one another. Ronnie and I were inspiring the other four when they were younger, and now they inspired us to keep going.
Photos courtesy of Stife.tv and Red Bull Content Pool
Listen to this funky "Breaking News Vol. 2" mix by Russia's DJ Ureek, and come back each week for a mix curated by Dutchbboy.com.
Cover photo courtesy of DJ Ureek
Dutch powerhouse Menno (Hustle Kidz) already has many of the so-called “Great 8” B-Boy battle titles to his name. He started 2014 out with a bang, snagging the first ticket to Undisputed at Chelles Battle Pro, not to mention a string of top solo titles in 2013.
This year, Menno returns to Paris for another shot at the belt, where his Red Bull BC One career started in 2008. He made it to the quarterfinals his first time, where he eventually lost to Kolobok (Ukraine).
His next attempt at the title was in 2009, at the Red Bull BC One USA World Final, in New York City, where he made it to the quarterfinals again, but ended up losing to Red Bull BC One All Star Neguin (Brazil).
He took the following two years off from Red Bull BC One, but made his comeback when he was invited to the Western European Final 2012 in his hometown Rotterdam. There, he lost to eventual World Champion Mounir (France) in the semifinals.
In 2013, Menno received another Wild Card to the Western European Final, making it to the quarterfinals, where he lost to Focus (Finland). Due to his highly successful year, winning the solo battles at Hip Opsession, UK B-Boy Championships and Battle of the Year, he received a Wild Card to the Red Bull BC One South Korea World Final, where he unfortunately faced Hong 10 (South Korea) in the first round. As we all saw, Hong 10 was unstoppable and eventually took the title.
Menno is not only a creative, inventive B-Boy, but also a talented photographer and an amazing painter, who is starting to get recognition for his art. Will the multitalented Dutch dancer finally snatch the elusive Red Bull BC One belt missing from his impressive collection?
Dutch MC Mario Bee cheers on the happy victor, as Menno celebrates taking the first ticket to Undisputed at Chelles Battle Pro 2014.
Menno in the process of winning the BOTY 2013 solo battle.
Menno in one of his colorful tracksuits, up against eventual World Champion Hong 10 at Jamsil Arena.
Menno poses for a photo before premiere of last year's movie, "Battle of the Year - 3D," in Germany.
Menno versus Reckless-Lee in the quarterfinals at the Red Bull BC One Western Europe Final 2012, in Rotterdam.
Menno flies to Undisputed by winning the Chelles Battle Pro 2014 solo battle.
Menno loses first round at the Red Bull BC One South Korea World Final 2013 to eventual champion Hong 10.
Menno in the semifinals against Mounir at the Red Bull BC One Western Europe Final 2012. Will they meet again in battle in Paris?
Menno (center) with the other competitors before Red Bull BC One USA World Final 2009, in New York City.
Menno in the quarterfinals at the Red Bull BC One Western Europe Final 2013, in Naples, in which he lost to Focus.
Photos by Nika Kramer, Ray Demski/ Red Bull Content Pool and Thijn van der Linden
Soso participated in the Red Bull BC One France Cypher 2014, as well as served as a judge at the Red Bull BC One Morocco Cypher this year. He was a part of the Top 16 at the Red Bull BC One Russia World Final 2011, in Moscow.
Russia’s Cheerito is another Red Bull BC One World Final debutant. He’s not a total newcomer to the Red Bull BC One stage though. He won the Red Bull BC One Russia Cypher 2013, earning a ticket to the Eastern Europe Final in Kiev, Ukraine, where he lost to Israel’s Pick Up in the quarterfinals.
This year, he won the Red Bull BC One Russia Cypher and the Eastern European Final in Croatia, which makes him another candidate for winning the whole series in one year, just like Mounir did in 2012. He also took first place at Hip Opsession in France this year.
Cheerito has a specific, next-level flexible style. Some say he revolutionized the whole genre. His moves are distinct to the point of appearing to be physically impossible. Will Cheerito’s special brand of B-Boying bring him the win in Paris? Check out some examples of his incredible moves!
Cheerito battles France's Tonio at The Notorious IBE 2014 solo battle. Tonio won and is now a fellow World Finalist– will they rematch in Paris?
Cheerito and his crew, Illusion of Exist, at The Notorious IBE 2014 Heerlen, The Netherlands.
Cheerito celebrates his win at the Red Bull BC One Eastern Europe Final 2014.
Taking flexibility to a new level at the Red Bull BC One Russia Cypher 2013.
Cheerito poses for a photo at Vydubychy Art-Factory, the venue for the Red Bull BC One Eastern Europe Final 2013 in Kiev, Ukraine.
Cheerito poses for a winner photo at the Red Bull BC One Russia Cypher 2014.
Cheerito and his crew after winning their ticket to Outbreak in St. Petersburg in 2013.
Cheerito bends reality at World B-Boy Classics 2011 while in battle with Kirill versus Paranoid Android and Magnum.
Photos by Nika Kramer, Dennis Klero and Tomislav Moze/ Red Bull Content Pool