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Your Turn to Judge: Taisuke vs Hong 10

Posted by on Dec. 22, 2016

Two weeks ago, our judges had the final word to crown to the Red Bull BC One 2016 World Champion in Nagoya, Japan. Now it’s your turn to be the judge! This game let’s you decide who makes the next round. Go ahead take the judges' board and make yourself heard! 

Watch again the epic battle in which Taisuke and Hong 10 faced each other and vote below!

 

Photos by Jason Halayko / Red Bull Content Pool

Taisuke's Last World Final Chance

Posted by on Dec. 03, 2016

He was 17 when he first competed in the Red Bull BC One World Final 2007 in South Africa. Nine years later, Taisuke is one of the Red Bull BC One All Stars and has competed in 6 world finals.

Currently in his home country for the 2016 edition, we sat down to chat about what has changed at Red Bull BC One over the last decade, and why he’s decided to retire after Saturday’s show. 

Hey Taisuke. You’re now 26 – how long have you been dancing for exactly?
My sister started dancing first and I joined her when I was six years old. After a year, we got a new teacher. His name was B-Boy Mar and when he showed me some B-Boy moves like swipes and windmills and stuff, I was just blown away. It looked so cool and I was just, “Wow! I need to learn that!”

How has Red Bull BC One changed over the last decade?
The line-up is really young now. Also, the system changed several times in the past. I think we kind of lost the special performers over the years. Like Cico, he’s really specialized in power moves, or Junior who’s a very special style. When they are part of the line-up, you get to see some really special battles, but when it’s all about winning, those B-Boys will not be part of it anymore and I feel we are losing out. There is nothing surprising anymore about the battles. It’s too much about winning today, too much of a tournament. We need to go back to be able to show the variety of this dance!

How about you – how have you changed over the past 10 years?
Many things have changed! I speak English now, I have sponsors and a business, but my mind and my focus have changed, too. My mind really opened up and I have a lot of respect for other dancers and other cultures, especially for young talents.

In one of your latest interviews you mentioned that you were retiring. Can you tell us a bit more on this? 
Well, I will still enter crew battles. But yes, I want to retire from the Red Bull BC One now. Tomorrow will be my last Red Bull BC One battle. I want other people to get a chance at this. I am very grateful that I had the opportunity to represent the Japanese B-Boy scene for so many years.

Being part of the Red Bull BC One opened so many doors for me and gave me the chance to travel all over the world and experience lots and I would love for some young kids to get that same chance now. I don’t want to take that spot away from them.

Japan is an island. To make new experiences, to evolve, in life and in dance, we need to travel. Katsu was the first one to tell me about his trips abroad and he shared his knowledge with me. He also helped me to get out of the country myself. Now it’s my time, I would love to see some younger kids get the opportunities that I had. Katsu brought his experiences back to Japan and so did I, but we need to spread the knowledge and many more kids need to get the chance to learn and travel, so they can bring it back to Japan.

What’s next for you then?
This year, I founded a company. It’s kind of a marketing company, except we are not working with businesses but we are helping cities or rural areas in their development, partly through Hip Hop and dance, but also in other areas.

I stopped teaching this year. There are so many dance studios and dance classes now, so I don’t teach regular classes anymore, just workshops from time to time. I’d rather try to find sponsorship and business opportunities for young talents. I have a good standing right now and sponsors approach me. I try to make the sponsors understand that there are many young talents needing their support.

After being in so many world finals, do you still need to train for the world final? Anything special?
This year, I started going to the gym. Working out and building up muscles. That’s basically it.

How are you approaching your last Red Bull BC One battle?
I just want to enjoy the event! I don’t need to win. My life is good and I am really happy. I’m going to be in the Red Bull BC One World Final. I achieved so much. So on Saturday, I’m just gonna freestyle, have fun and enjoy the moment. And say ‘thank you,’ to the scene, to my fans, to Red Bull BC One and to everybody who supported me. 

Photo by Nika Kramer

Meet the contenders Part IV

Posted by on Nov. 25, 2016

Meet the contenders. The B-Boys who are fighting for ultimate bragging rights on the world’s toughest stage in Breaking. From the home favorite Taisuke (Japan), to outsider Kuzya (Russia) and the multi-dance-talented Neguin (Brazil) expect nothing but fierce competition when 16 of the best B-Boys in the world get down for action. 

Watch and learn about the men behind the moves, and let us know who your favorite is.

Follow the action live from Nagoya, Japan on December 03 at 7pm (Japan time) || 11am (CET) || 2am (PST) on Red Bull TV.

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TAISUKE
Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke from Japan needs no introduction. He is one of the most popular B-Boys in the world and a real dance celebrity in his home country Japan. In the lead up to the Red Bull BC One World Final in Nagoya he is by far the most photographed and interviewed contender of this year’s World Final. As one of two home favorites, next to B-Boy Issei, he will have to deal with outside pressure but after six World Final appearances Taisuke has the experience not to be affected by external factors. Already at the young age of 11 Taisuke made his presence on the world podium in the legendary “Team Oh” show performance at the 2001 Battle of Year in Germany. In the following years Taisuke developed his natural talent for Breaking and made his debut on the Red Bull BC One World Final podium in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2007. The following year in 2008 Taisuke reached the final of the Red Bull BC One World Final in Paris but was defeated by fellow Red Bull BC One All Star Wing from Korea. Ever since Taisuke has been a serious contender in major competitions in the world circuit. He won numerous titles all around the world and kept chasing the Red Bull BC One champions title. In 2010 he lost first round at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Tokyo and in 2013 in Seoul he lost first round to fellow Red Bull BC One All Star Lilou from France. In 2014 in his sixth attempt to win the World Final Taisuke returned to Paris once again determined to take the title home to Japan. He reached the final but was defeated by Red Bull BC One All Star Menno from The Netherlands. Now the Red Bull BC One World Final returns to Japan. On home turf Taisuke once again takes on the challenge. Will the World Final in Nagoya finally be the podium for Taisuke to shine on? 

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KUZYA
Siberian born Kuzya of the Breaknuts crew started his Breaking career in 2006.  At first he competed mainly in competitions around the Eastern European region but from 2011 on he focused on participating in international competitions all over Europe. For years only the insiders of the community seemed to have noticed his talent for Breaking but this all changed when earlier this year Kuzya succeeded in winning two major international competitions. At Unbreakable in Belgium in May and Outbreak Europe in Slovakia in July Kuzya showed the world his full potential by defeating some of the world’s best B-Boys. Shortly after his impressive victories Kuzya also reached the final of the solo battle at The Notorious IBE but 2015 Red Bull BC One World Champion Victor (usa) stood in his way to yet another great victory. In October Kuzya teamed up with B-Boy super talents Sunni (uk) and Pocket (korea) and won the 3 vs 3 Battle at the Silverback Open in Philadelphia. He now travels to the city of Nagoya as one of the most consistent contenders of the year. But will Kuzya be able to continue his all year winning streak in Japan?

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NEGUIN
The return of the Red Bull BC One World Final to Japan inspired Red Bull BC One All Star and 2010 Red Bull BC One World Champion Neguin to once again return to the land of his first Red Bull BC One World Champions' title. Neguin’s World Final timeline started in 2009. After an impressive performance at the World BBoy Classic in The Netherlands he was invited to the Red Bull BC One World Final in New York. As a relatively unknown dancer representing the Brazilian Tsunami All Stars he made it all the way to the semi finals but found a better opponent in B-Boy Cloud from the Skill Methods crew. The following year Neguin stormed the international circuit with victories impressive runner up performances at competitions such as R16, Rock Steady Crew Anniversary and the Ultimate B-Boy Championship. But it was his win at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Tokyo that literally boosted his career in all directions. He joined the Red Bull BC One All Stars, competed in international dance competitions and showcased his one-of-a-kind dance talent in various theatre and music tours. In 2013 Neguin competed at the Red Bull BC One World Final for the fourth time. But his return to the world podium was not a success. Due to sickness days before the World Final in Seoul he was unable to put his mark on the competition. He lost to B-Boy Lil Zoo from Morocco in the first round. Throughout the years Neguin has developed a unique multi-disciplined dance style and perfected his feel for performance and artistic showmanship. He now travels to Nagoya chasing a second world title. A result only achieved by fellow Red Bull BC One All Stars Hong 10 and Lilou.

Photos by Jan Opdekamp, Little Shao & Nika Kramer / Red Bull Content Pool

#breakID, Signatures on the body of the B-Boys. VI: Hong 10 & Taisuke

Posted by on Nov. 23, 2016

B-Boys engrave their signature on their bodies for their dedication on the floor over the years. These scars and marks that appear on their bodies, a once clean canvas, tell the story of their B-Boy life.

We have named these signatures #breakID and we present the #breakID of eleven of the best B-Boys in the world shot by Japanese photographer Keisuke Nagoshi. 

In this sixth and last installment photographer Keisuke Nagoshi brings us the impressive pictures of Hong 10 and Taisuke.

Let’s celebrate B-Boys & B-Girls commitment with your #breakID as well.

Hong 10's #breakID

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Taisuke's #breakID

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All photos ©Kaisuke Nagoshi (Commune Ltd.) / Red Bull

Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya will broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV on December 3. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit redbull.tv/apps. 

Timeline with Taisuke

Posted by on Nov. 18, 2016

Watch the first episode of the Timeline with series in which some of the Red Bull BC One All Stars tell their story with BC One.

In today's installment we talk with Taisuke. Learn more about his beginnings and how the competition changed his career. He has also a big announcement to share with all of us. Watch it now.

Watch it live
The Red Bull BC One World Final 2016 Nagoya will broadcast LIVE on Red Bull TV on December 3. Red Bull TV is available on connected TVs, gaming consoles, mobile devices and more. For a full list of supported devices, visit redbull.tv/apps.