Breakin' is not only about:
- Right Attitude
- Community (Worldwide)
But for me, more important are:
- Self-expression - be yourself, do not imitate anyone:
If you like a certain bboy move, take it and flip it to your own style.
2. Ultimate dedication and desire to become ‘the best Bboy\Bgirl that you can be'.
When teaching Breakin, I compare the overall process to learning how to write:
Letters to form words
Joined up writing
Establish your own handwriting style
It is exactly the same principle for Breakin', making the point easier to understand for the individual when I teach:
Individual Moves (Letters)
Moves to the Beat (Words)
The individual continues to practise towards creating their:
Own Throw down or Run (routine in Breakin') (Joined up writing).
Everyone writes different, just as everyone dances differently, even when writing the same sentence/executing the same move. Therefore, Breakin' is like a blank canvas: your imagination governs what you are able to do, which allows limitless exploration of movement
This prevents every b-boy and b-girl dancing the same way, and gives the freedom of expression and execution. This isn’t helped with the advent of youtube. As Jacob "Kujo" Lyons feels that the Internet inhibits individual style. In a 2012 interview with B-Boy Magazine he expressed his frustration:
... Because everybody watches the same videos online, everybody ends up looking very similar. The differences between individual b-boys, between crews, between cities/states/countries/continents, have largely disappeared. It used to be that you could tell what city a b-boy was from by the way he danced. Not anymore. But I've been saying these things for almost a decade, and most people don't listen, but continue watching the same videos and dancing the same way. It's what I call the "international style" or the Youtube Style".
Anywhere you go to learn Breaking Lessons be it USA, UK, Korea, Japan etc… all good Bboy/Bgirl teaching will talk about ‘Fundamentals’. These fundamental steps and moves is where I began, continue to this day and what I teach new crew members.
Fundamentals are the bedrock of Breakin', once achieved, more complex and dynamic moves are born from them.