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went to the World B-Boy Championships last night. Korea took the team battle title again, probably because there's just no other country who can match their athletic ability and enthusiasm. the standard is so high now, however, that it's much harder for the judges to make decisions. the UK crew have improved hugely.

France's Pokemon Crew, and Japan's Mortal Combat went out earlier than expected, but the real surprise was Top 9, the Russian Crew, who made the finals and gave the Korean boys a serious run for their money. Russia smashed it.

the action seemed much more vicious this year, but it's all in good spirits. it's really amazing to see this dance evolve.

any of that make sense? nah, me either.

Dhamaka says:

nice shots
.. vicious?

15th Oct 2007, 11:32

taniwha says:

Look a that guy fly!

15th Oct 2007, 11:47

nige says:

thanks.

i'm referring to their style. the battles were much more close-quarters and in each others faces (uprock), as opposed to the downrock style thats usually seen. lots of violent movements, crotch grabbing and jibes. most of the battles were mainly downrock & crossrock anyway, but there was alot more uprock this year, and lots more co-ordinated crew moves too; an effect of the Beat Battle, i think.

15th Oct 2007, 11:51

Jig along says:

I hope they took their panadol, cause it looks like they could be hurting in the morning.

15th Oct 2007, 12:43

nige says:

i'm constantly amazed at what these boys can do without putting their backs out.

15th Oct 2007, 15:04

SFG NLI says:

Uprock?

Crossrock?

Downrock??

WTF??

What hapened to:
forward side close
forward side close

etc...?

15th Oct 2007, 15:34

nige says:

it's a brave new world, Sir Findo. a brave new world!

15th Oct 2007, 15:39

FilbertFox says:

so B-boy doesn't stand for Baggieboy then? cos he is always a winner. And the prize? ME.........

15th Oct 2007, 15:49

nige says:

foxy, puh-lease!

15th Oct 2007, 16:25

SaharaSB says:

looks wicked ! russians always smash it !

15th Oct 2007, 18:16

DocD says:

Good to see B-boy culture being kept alive - I still remember seeing Crazylegs and co back in da day and mates in Manchester in crews at da end of da 80's.

16th Oct 2007, 00:32

nige says:

it is Doc, and it's amazing just how far it's come too. the top guys are every bit as agile and fit as leading gymnasts & dancers, and they have enormous spirit. strange to think that it is embraced in the UK more than any other country in the world (according to 'legs).

16th Oct 2007, 08:40