Kid Glyde on UDEF

Goodbye 2013 and welcome in the new year!!! Wow, 2014 is going to be fire.

 

I go by the bboy name of Kid Glyde. My father’s bboy name was Glyde and he passed down the legendary crew Dynamic Rockers to me to carry on tradition. In my 18 years within the dance culture of breaking, I have been involved in many ways as a competitor, instructor, promoter, performer, crew leader and an entrepreneur.

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The year 2013 was one of learning for me, both through successes and failures. The Dynamic Rockers traveled a lot nationally, competing in many battles. We also organized a number of events within the New York area, including our 34th year Dynamic Rockers Anniversary. Next year is the big 35 and it is going to be big for us!

 

During 2013, we also started an educational program for kids and adults named the Dynamic Rockers Academy, located in Brooklyn. It is a great feeling to share the knowledge and traditions of our crew, which has now been passed down three generations.

 

Additionally in 2013, several partners and I co-founded a new company named Rep Your Style, which supported numerous community events and charity benefits in our region. The mission of Rep Your Style is to support theurban arts community as leaders, encouraging individuality and creative expression in the arts, dance and education. Lasting memories were made with events at the legendary 5 Pointz. May she rest in paint!

 

And to top it off, I could not have accomplished all of this without my wonderful lady Melanie! I  just turned 30 and am a proud father of a beautiful daughter and a son is on the way. It is not easy being a bboy and maintaining a life to support your family, but I am finding the path and pushing forward with the choice 100 percent. No turning back now.

 

As I step back and reflect, I see that many of the dreams I have had for our community are unfolding one-by-one. I am especially excited to see the development of the $100,000 Pro Breaking Tour organized under the non-profit UDEF. It has been a dream of mine to see a professional bboy tour ever since attending my first prize money events, such as the Miami Pro Am, Breaker’s Delight and Back To Mecca! In those events I first met many of the world’s best bboys, who I have since gotten the chance to know personally and of course, competitively.

 

Now here we are entering 2014 with the launch of a professional bboy tour that can help spark a new era for bboys and bgirls and take it to greater heights. I know this development can be scary for some bboys, but if the Tour is run by the bboys/bgirls and for the bboys/bgirls, which is the case with the UDEF non-profit, then we can be excited about the potential.

 

Just last week the crew and I attended a Pro Breaking Tour-sanctioned tune-up event in Philadelphia named the “Going Away Jam,” held in honor of three bboys who are joining the U.S. Army (Knuckles, Lem and Juan). Let me tell you, there was nothing but cyphers the whole night from the beginning to the very end. Over 40 bboys and bgirls earned prize money,  including ten for the cyphers. Believe me, in the events we are organizing in 2014, which will also be sanctioned by the Pro Breaking Tour, there will be the cyphers! UDEF and the Pro Breaking Tour are here to help bring the bboys and bgirls to the next level, so keep yourself connected.

 

You might wonder, how does a non-profit like UDEF and the Pro Breaking Tour help us as bboy and bgirls? Well first, the competition is the best part. We are going against the best in the U.S. and with $100,000 on the line for two events in 2014, quite possibly the best in the world. Second, we can have a voice in the future of our dance culture. Third, our crews have something to look forward to – they have a reason to train and become great in the dance. Fourth, through good organization under a non-profit, we finally have the chance of attracting corporate sponsorship and TV into bboying, creating not only prize money opportunities for bboys and bgirls, but endorsement opportunities as well.

 

Thanks for reading what I have to say, DYNAMIC OUT!!!

 

Kid Glyde

President of the Dynamic Rockers

Co-founder of Rep Your Style

 

Here are some links to the Dynamic Rockers crew:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GIbvty7J-Xo

 

Kid Glyde teaching:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=asMKxVvhyNc

 

Website for Rep Your Style:

www.repyourstyle.com

 

Dynamic Rockers Anniversary trailer:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jeQfGhBJUjw

Lean Rock on the international BBoy Scene

2013 was a special and amazing year! I had the opportunity to tour the globe spreading my passion for music directly to the people through spinning. This year I feel I learned to channel the energy within and become more spiritual in my craft – we put more love into what we do rather than trying to beat what others do. This connection always brings out the best in us, because it is limitless.

One of the highlights of 2013 for me was spinning at the Red Bull BC One World Finals in Seoul, Korea. The BC One World Finals had been a goal of mine for many years and it definitely felt good to check that one off the list, performing better than I thought I would. While I didn’t get to dance as much this year as in the past due to injuries, in 2014 I will come back strong. I’m also looking forward to spreading music to new places and bringing the vibe to new people. The music is the key to what I do – the music brings us together and allows us to express ourselves. Progression is a daily thing for me – I set goals, always want to get better at my craft, pay dues for our culture, and give back to the community as much as I can. You know, we got to do what we love and spread what we love.

As I look ahead, the Pro Breaking Tour organized by UDEF should definitely help push the U.S. bboy scene forward on the competitive aspect, and it should help create more awareness to take our dance to a higher level. It is always dope and inspiring to see people making moves to turn things up a notch.

Much love to Freestyle Session and Silverback BBoy Events for stepping it up to help create this wonderful opportunity for our community and with our community. It is a blessing to have people give back to the community and try their best to bring us together. I’m excited to see how things work out for the Pro Breaking Tour!

Peace and One Love,
Lean Rock

Check out some Lean Rock mixes here: https://soundcloud.com/dj-lean-rock
Website: www.leanrock.com
twitter: @leanrocker
instagram: @leanrocker

My Thesis on UDEF

2013 was an important year, not only for me, but for many of us bboys. I have seen a lot of effort coming from inside the culture and working for the culture in the past three years, but I feel like 2013 made a strong point on taking things to the next level. In my personal opinion, a lot of eyes were opened to seeing a brighter future for our culture. Not just from events, but from the people themselves, speaking up and sharing ideas. It’s a beautiful thing.

For me, 2013 was uplifting. I got to experience new places and meet new people from invitational trips and those I chose myself. I also got to build more with my main crew (Fresh Descendants) and I became reengaged in that sense. I feel like in my life, spiritually, I grew. I became more aware of what is going on around me and what I wanted for my future.

My inspiration has also grown from the ambition I have felt through the efforts of my crews and my family – Knuckleheads Cali, Massive Monkees, The M Team and Fresh Descendants have been represented through me and our other crew members almost every weekend and we have succeeded in many ways. That right there is absolutely what I live for as a bboy.

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At my age of 22, I am still young, but older in the battle scene, I have been thinking of new roads to conquer. The Pro Breaking Tour will be a new challenge as we are entering 2014 and time is flying… I have plans and of course goals within those plans, both as a bboy and as a person. Growing up as a street kid in Tucson, Arizona, with just enough money to get on the bus and go downtown, I would free my troubles by going to cafes and a place called Skrappy’s to break and write. Every Thursday there were open mic sessions, and always something to do to express the artistry which seemed to be trapped within most of the time. It is this life which has inspired me to give back and create one of my own. I hope to open an Urban Cafe in Seattle for anyone to come in, get their drinks, study, express, and even in a separate room have a full-time DJ for anyone who wants to express their movement on an open floor. This is my next goal, and I believe that with what we can begin to achieve in 2014, this goal can become a reality in my future.

 

Overall, I just want to wish everyone a happy life, happy holidays, and a big thanks to everyone who has supported me and my journey. Peace and respect!

 

Bboy Thesis, Thias Lopez

Silverback – Canh Solo Production: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=royMcnOJZzM

Silverback – Yak Films Solo Clip: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUJ1fJlgLRc

 

BBoy Moy on UDEF

Update 4/18/14: Check out these training drills from Moy and see if they can help motivate you to reach the next level of your training.

Well, what can I say, 2013 was an amazing year! I had the opportunity to travel over 100k miles, visit new places around the world, and meet many people that share the same passion for Bboying as I do.

 

In 2013, I was also able to be a part of a new venture for Monster Energy – we created the Monster Bboy Team. We had the privilege to partner with World of Dance and build with Bboys from every city we participated in. Our involvement included exhibition crew battles, free three-hour workshops for local communities, showcases, and judging of all Bboy battles organized.

 

imageAlthough traveling, teaching, and competing were heavy, I also created programs for my community center in Houston, which is named Break Free. My goal with Break Free is to positively impact the Houston community with a team that sets examples for youth, activating positive programming to help young people grow and mature in many areas of their lives.

 

Looking back, my biggest goals in 2013 were to stay in shape and be creative, not just as a Bboy, but for my family and my business. I’m all about staying ready, healthy, and productive, and I challenged myself more than ever this year. I feel that creative outlets keep us positive and energetic, helping us avoid the trap of laziness and depressed moods. With that being said, I’m really looking forward to 2014. There will be so much happening for Bboying and our community.

 

As for competition, I don’t train for events, but I do train to last in any battle, at any time! I will make sure that no one will get past me easy in any event I participate in this coming year. I don’t simply set goals to win titles – instead my goal with competing is to challenge myself as an artist, athlete, and competitor. On that note, I’m definitely looking forward to the Pro Breaking Tour in 2014! This initiative under the non-profit UDEF will be BIG for our community. The exciting part of this Tour isn’t just the battles – it’s the rise of new and old competitors who will step up to the plate. Something fresh like this is inspiring. It’s great to see what we do being taken to new heights. I’m hype.

 

The upcoming year will be memorable for a lot of people – my main objectives for 2014 are to be a great father and husband, and a leader in my community, while staying healthy, productive, and creative with all of the projects I’m currently involved with.

 

I’m fueled by inspiration and hard-working people! I’m thankful for all the blessings!

 

Catch me in a cypher near you!

 

Peace and God Bless,

Bboy Moy,  Moy Rivas

www.bboymoy.com

www.breakfreehouston.com

@bboymoy

Going Away Jam

To close out the 2013 calendar year, Philadelphia celebrated three of its local bboys as they journey onward in their adult lives. The “Going Away Jam” was created to honor bboys Juan, Knuckles, and Lem as they embark to the United States Army. Each individual has provided major contributions to the scene, such as representing Philadelphia at the North American Red Bull BC One Championships, organizing staple events for Philadelphia and its surrounding scenes, and mentoring the younger generations of bboys and bgirls in the region. It was great to see these three off in an environment where they thrive most, the biggest bboy jam to hit Philadelphia in 2013!

Sponsored by Silverback Bboy Events and sanctioned by the Pro Breaking Tour (www.UDEFtour.org), the “Going Away Jam” offered a prize pool energizing the breaking community. The intentions were to elevate the quality of the event and fashion an environment paying tribute to the three honorees. The bboy community certainly responded with powerhouse names such as Kamel (Boogie Brats), El Nino (Floor Lordz), Gravity (5 Crew Dynasty), Ynot (Rock Steady Crew), and Fenix (Joyeux Loufoux), among many others coming out to catch wreck in the competition and cyphers. There were legends, past and present, in the building and all recognized they were a part of something very special. The air in the room was electric and that energy lit up the cyphers with excitement.

Recap by Ewok Nation – Edited by Mantiis (Repstyles Crew)

With such high stakes, every dancer brought their “A” game. Preliminary throw downs from competitors Toyz (Lionz of Zion), Pete Nasty (Repstyles), and Kid Glyde (Dynamic Rockers) established they had their eyes set on glory. The energy created a lasting vibe as the competition progressed with first round knockouts shocking the audience. In the first battle of the “Top 32,” Bgirl Macca (360 Flava) took out Bboy El Nino (Floor Lordz)! It was a great exchange but Macca’s flava prevailed in the eyes of the judges. This battle set the bar for what would ensue throughout the rest of the brackets.
Going-Away-Jam-Brackets

The turnout was far beyond anyone’s expectations, with 100 competitors from the U.S., Europe, and Asia seeking a piece of the $7,080 prize pool. Everyone who qualified for the “Top 32” in the 1-vs.-1 battle received prize money! Even the four “bubble” competitors and ten best cypher dancers walked away with winnings. Over forty bboys and bgirls earned prize money, with the champion receiving $1,050 in cash and an $850 Movado Bold luxury watch.

The competition narrowed to its final two competitors, Bboy Gravity (5 Crew Dynasty) and Bboy Atlas (True Aggressions). It was a matchup between one of the most recognized bboys worldwide and a long-time veteran with eyes on an upset. The competitors went back and forth for three rounds, with each building in intensity. The judges made decisions after every exchange, with Atlas and Gravity even past the first round. Atlas then took a slight lead through their second exchange bringing the entire room to their feet. The anticipation grew as Gravity came out hard for his final throw down. Atlas responded with an immense burst of energy and a sequence of moves no one had seen from him before! His efforts proved victorious as the judges named Bboy Atlas the champion of the “Going Away Jam.”

The energy throughout the entire event was unprecedented. The community unified under one roof and showered Juan, Knuckles, and Lem with all their respects and thanks. The event was a huge success for a multitude of reasons, most importantly it paying homage to our own. The “Going Away Jam” set the tone for what will follow throughout 2014, and everyone who attended knows it is time to hit the lab. With the $250,000 Pro Breaking Tour on the horizon, they understand 2014 presents a big step for the community where the bboys and bgirls can create hiphop history!
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Recap by Clutchvision

The Gravity of the Tour

My name is Miguel Rosario, aka Bboy Gravity. I grew up in New York first as competitive gymnast, then as a bboy.

For the last 12 months I’ve dedicated nearly all of my time to being a top competitive bboy, training very hard, and competing first in local and regional U.S. events, then working my way up to some of the biggest bboy events in the world, including IBE and BC One, among others. I have traveled the world and have seen many countries, all thanks to this art form. In the process, I have also grown and matured as an individual, and have gained a lot of perspective and knowledge talking to the older generations of breakers.

gravity

 

My Approach to Training

I am a goal-oriented person, setting both short-term and long-terms goals in bboying and in my everyday life. Once I achieve a goal, I add another to my list – though some of my goals are short-term and some are long-term, I am driven to achieve them. And the more I accomplish, the more determined I am to succeed.

 

This discipline has set the stage for my recent competitive success. To become a world class bboy, I have realized that we as individuals need to train our bodies just as if we are professional athletes, because the toll this dance takes on our body is severe, and it is important to think of longevity. Additionally, our eating habits must be adapted for the better and so do our lifestyles. Finally, the more positivity you have in your life, the more drive you have as an individual to succeed.

 

2014 Goals

I have to say I am very excited for 2014 and the following years to come. I have a clear plan as to how to approach the Pro Breaking Tour in the U.S. and other world-class competitions overseas. In order for me to become as successful as I want this coming year, I plan to set a lot of short-term goals and less long-term goals than I did in 2013. In addition to training hard, these goals include reaching a certain weight where my body can move to the best of my ability, reaching a certain flexibility level so that my body can adapt to a new style to catch my opponents off-guard, and reaching a certain level in cardio-fitness so that getting tired is never, ever an issue.

5 Crew Dynasty Headquarters

I have also recently turned my determination to business, opening a training facility in Phoenix, Arizona. The gym is called 5 Crew Dynasty Headquarters. Our mission at 5 Crew Dynasty Headquarters is to provide our students with the opportunity to learn tumbling, bboying (breaking), Parkour, hip-hop and fitness. Through each category, our students will learn the cultural background, self-discipline, respect and confidence to help build a better base and structure for a more successful life. We believe that our bodies are our temple and being physically fit is the key to being happy, healthy and self-motivated. We love to promote fitness and good health because the more healthy we are the longer we live.

And, just as is the case in life, in the bboy art form you don’t just do it on your own, you also have a crew, which is like a family. Your crew are the people who you generally start dancing with, and the people you grow up with in the bboy scene. Family is a very important focus to us at 5 Crew Dynasty Headquarters, and it is very important our young students understand this.

 

Bboying and the Future

As for bboying, some may not understand why we do what we do, but as I see it, bboying is the most athletic and free-spirited art form the world has ever seen. I am excited about the future, and to see a professional tour develop here in the U.S.. Internationally, fans fly from all over the world just to see major competitions, and I hope to see more of this in the U.S. as well. I am excited about the Pro Breaking Tour developing in the U.S., especially with a non-profit organization now in place to plan an annual prize money tour of events, which the general public can look forward to seeing, and which the bboys of the highest level can battle in, competing for a chance to change their lives.

 

Miguel Rosario, Bboy Gravity (5 Crew Dynasty)

Gravity Studio Solo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TguzzutSwg

Bboy Gravity and Tata: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz-p-E594c0

Martial Arts Meets BBoy

I have had a great 2013 between bboying and my other passion, martial arts!  This year I have managed to travel to some new places for judging and competing in the bboy realm with various members of my crews, Lionz of Zion, United Alchemy and Beat Whakz.  I have taken home a few great wins and some good losses as well!  However, for those who do not know, I am also a professional martial artist and am proud to say I own and operate what I believe is one of the top martial arts schools in the United States.  I have traveled and taught martial arts around the United States, and received some great martial arts industry awards this year.  One in particular award was for martial arts “School of the Year” and another for being a “Leader in the Martial Arts,” mainly for taking my business to the next level.  Within the last month, I also tested for 5th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and my 3rd Degree Black Belt in Sin Moo Hapkido.  It has been a busy, challenging and wonderful year.

004An important thought process that I teach to my staff, my students, and I live from day-to-day and year-to-year is never-ending and continuous

growth.  It is something I hope you see in my bboying, and it is something my students see in my martial arts.  It is also something I believe we need to see in all humans in everyday life.  There should be growth and expansion all the time.  Something I know many bboys including myself have been waiting for is an opportunity for us to make a real living off of our hard work, our creativity, and constant effort and love for breaking and the culture of this dance.  The UDEF Pro Breaking Tour is in my view a first big step in that direction.  I look forward to 2014, where I will continue to make myself a better breaker, a better martial artist, and a better business owner.  I also look forward to seeing the growth in our scene,

because there is an organization put together for us andby us under a non-profit in UDEF, specifically designed to give bboys and bgirls a bigger opportunity for all the hard work and effort we put in.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the Pro Breaking Tour and the many warm-up prize money events leading up to it, whether those be prize money events sponsored by Silverback Bboy Events or a part of Cros1’s Freestyle Session series of events.  I hope you are training hard, because this year should be the year with the opportunity that lay in front of us to bring out the best in all of us.

I leave you with a great Zig Ziglar quote, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

Ryan Wagner, Bboy Napalm

Napalm On Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivnApEL-s3A

Website: http://www.martialarts4bensalem.com/

Napalm weighs in on UDEF

I have had a great 2013 between bboying and my other passion, martial arts!  This year I have managed to travel to some new places for judging and competing in the bboy realm with various members of my crews, Lionz of Zion, United Alchemy and Beat Whakz.  I have taken home a few great wins and some good losses as well!  However, for those who do not know, I am also a professional martial artist and am proud to say I own and operate what I believe is one of the top martial arts schools in the United States.  I have traveled and taught martial arts around the United States, and received some great martial arts industry awards this year.  One in particular award was for martial arts “School of the Year” and another for being a “Leader in the Martial Arts,” mainly for taking my business to the next level.  Within the last month, I also tested for 5th Degree Black Belt in Tang Soo Do and my 3rd Degree Black Belt in Sin Moo Hapkido.  It has been a busy, challenging and wonderful year.

An important thought process that I teach to my staff, my students, and I live from day-to-day and year-to-year is never-ending and continuous growth.  It is something I hope you see in my bboying, and it is something my students see in my martial arts.  It is also something I believe we need to see in all humans in everyday life.  There should be growth and expansion all the time.  Something I know many bboys including myself have been waiting for is an opportunity for us to make a real living off of our hard work, our creativity, and constant effort and love for breaking and the culture of this dance.  The UDEF Pro Breaking Tour is in my view a first big step in that direction.  I look forward to 2014, where I will continue to make myself a better breaker, a better martial artist, and a better business owner.  I also look forward to seeing the growth in our scene, because there is an organization put together for us andby us under a non-profit in UDEF, specifically designed to give bboys and bgirls a bigger opportunity for all the hard work and effort we put in.

I look forward to seeing everyone on the Pro Breaking Tour and the many warm-up prize money events leading up to it, whether those be prize money events sponsored by Silverback Bboy Events or a part of Cros1’s Freestyle Session series of events.  I hope you are training hard, because this year should be the year with the opportunity that lay in front of us to bring out the best in all of us.

napalm

I leave you with a great Zig Ziglar quote, “You were born to win, but to be a winner, you must plan to win, prepare to win, and expect to win.”

 

Ryan Wagner, Bboy Napalm

Napalm On Video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ivnApEL-s3A

Website: http://www.martialarts4bensalem.com/

Speedy Legs on UDEF

Been chatting with the Silverback Bboy Events team about collaborating in the USA. I’m very excited about the $100k Pro Breaking Tour being established here to give professional B-Boy’s & B-Girls an opportunity to compete for substantial cash prizes and win a professional title in the US, just as I am re-establishing the Pro-Am and continuing its original traditions of developing Amateurs into Pro’s. Since its inception and humble beginnings in 1996, we have brought solid competitors to the forefront of the B-Boy scene with the Pro-Am, establishing the competitive blueprint that exits today. With over nine dance categories now offered, I am honored to have Silverback teaming up in sponsoring an American B-Boy Team to battle the European B-Boy Team this upcoming year for the Pro-Am World Finals on Miami-Beach, June 5-8 2014!! While there are other great competitions around the world, I envision the UDEF Pro Breaking Tour along with the Pro-Am and other major events and series in the USA re-establishing the American scene as the world’s leader, with strong competitions/workshops/community-outreach and so on. Once we have accomplished that, we will reach out to other world partners to work with us in harmony to continue the uplifting of the B-Boy art-form in competition and in culture.

BBoy Speedy Legs, Ricky Fernandez

www.proamgames.com

www.hiphopelements.com

El Nino on the UDEF storm

The year 2013 was an amazing year for me. I went to about 15 countries in 12 months. I got to visit a few of my favorite cities and countries, like Dubai in the UAE and Australia, and also got to visit countries for the first time, such as Estonia and Indonesia, which were amazing trips as well. This year I had the privilege and honor of judging the BC One 2013 World Finals in Korea and competing in the Freestyle Session World Finals in Tokyo! I entered FSS along with Nasty Ray and Roxrite, members of my other crew “Squadron.” We ended the year right with a victorious weekend in Japan, leaving our 13-day trip in Asia as Freestyle Session World Finals winners.

Now starting up the year 2014, I’m excited and motivated to train for the Pro Breaking Tour in the U.S., and hope to be an important role model and influence on the Tour. Being Freestyle Session World Champions, we also intend to compete and defend our title next year. For the Pro Breaking Tour events in the U.S., the stakes will be high, as there will be $100k in cash and prizes going out to the winners in two events, $50k for the West Coast event (Freestyle Session U.S. Finals) and $50k for the East Coast event (Silverback Open Championships).

I have three major goals for 2014: win the BC One 1-on-1, win one or more Pro Breaking Tour events (either 1-on-1 or 3-on-3 or both), and again win the Freestyle Session World Finals 3-on-3. Freestyle Session has always been supporting our community, and now teamed up with Silverback Bboy Events under the non-profit UDEF, I can see that the vision of creating a well-organized professional tour and a fair opportunity for the bboys is a feat that can be achieved.

I’m excited for 2014 and believe there is a promising future for the bboys and bgirls of my generation and those after my generation. For now I am going to enjoy playing my part. I’m having a great time traveling, meeting new people and making new memories with old friends. Being one of the top competitors from the U.S., I am blessed to be in this position and am ecstatic to see the growth in this community. We struggle, but we are happy with this community and this life. With the creation of the Pro Breaking Tour, I am confident things will continue to get better for our scene!

Bboy El Nino