BC One West Euro – the Way of the Strategy

First of all I want to thank all the people who supported me before, through and after my trip to BC One West Europe. It was a long one since I had to battle my way through a Nordic elimination first. Getting all the way to the final in the West European one created a lot of heat. Online debate is on fire weather the judges were garbage or not. I believe that would happen whatever the outcome today so let’s not pay too much attention to that. My concern is that if a 90’s generation bboy like me has already such a different approach that most of the bboys of today in a major competition, what would happen if an OG would enter one. They’d still be looking for the best bboy right? Would be interesting to follow.

Anyhow, what I believe got me that far, all the way to the final in Naples was strategy. I had to face it, I can not do a lot of the moves most bboys there that day. But my 18 years of experience in this dance told me what to do in each battle to go through. At the end of the day we’re talking about a battle competition, not the competition for the craziest moves. So here’s my night in short.

My first opponent was Dope Kid from Greece. A young, 16 years old gifted fellow. I knew I was battling him the first round already a week before. I never saw him dance so when I arrived to Naples two days before I had my eyes on his every move. I studied the way he walked, spoke, ate his food and drank his coke. The videos I checked from him showed he had incredible moves. But observing him I noticed his experience was not strong enough yet so that was my shot. Walking in to the stage I gave him the stare I learned from watching Mike Tyson and kept my eyes on him the whole battle. I knew I had to bring it strong to make the first impression so I brought fire without holding back. I remembered Busta Rhymes’ words: “To make a show and get energy from the audience you gotta give them 10 times more yourself!” I had to make it a show. Dope kid did good but didn’t look too comfortable on the stage so I got to the next round.

Going to the next round the times got tougher. Next opponent was Menno so the stakes were high. In a competition like this any battle can be your last. Your mind can not be in the semi final or final but everything has to be in the moment. This battle is the most important battle of your life! Going against maybe the strongest battler of the night I had to think what advantage do I have over him. Menno is highly original with what he does and I have a lot of respect for him. My strengths against him in this battle were the beats, hitting rhythms with flow and groove. I did my thing and managed to go through with two ties and one vote for me.


(c) Mauro Puccini, http://www.labrena.it/

Semi final was against another heavy hitter of the night. Lagaet from Momentum has won tons of battles with his dynamic style. So once again I’d thing what advantage do I have against him. I saw I could underline my form and style. His style takes a lot of strength so by the semifinals I could probably tire him out too. So in the battle I didn’t give him a half a second to breath. Once he was up I was already at his face rocking the floor. Keeping my solos tight, full of stuff but not long, I got him to hit most of his freezes the other way. Maybe that was one of the reasons the judges gave it to me again and I moved on to the final.

Heading to the last battle of the night I know they shouldn’t but my legs were tired. Again my mind was says Cus D’Amato’s words “Walk it off, Walk it off!” (what Mike Tyson’s coach Cus would yell to him after he got hit hard). Once my thoughts got clear again I had to think of a strategy for the final. Seeing Froz before I knew I might have more moves than him. So I thought whatever I do in the final, I will not repeat anything I did before. So throughout the battle I brought new concepts that I didn’t rock in the battles before. Froz managed to bring a lot of fire, will and heart in the battle and judges gave it to him. Nice fight with no hard feelings.


(c) Mauro Puccini, http://www.labrena.it/

Whatever the outcome I feel good I did the struggle from the beginning to the end. Big stage competitions emphasize mostly a certain side of this culture. We have to face it, for a majority of people in the world that have ever seen any bboys BC One represents breaking. That’s a fact, they’re the biggest bboy community on the planet. So eventually I got to make a statement by entering and rocking it. There’s more aspects to the dance than dynamics. There’s a whole culture to it and I hope I represented this side with the best I could.

On to the next challenges, the adventures continue!