B-Boy Xak: Why my moves are useless to others

Three-time winner of the Red Bull BC One Spain Cypher B-Boy Xak, hailing from Spain and representing Arcopom Crew has his own approach of how to educate the next generation.

At the recent BC One Spain Camp he explained why it's not only about moves but also about the movement to know how one can understand and contribute to the culture.

Your workshop doesn't focus on teaching moves, why is that?
I'm bringing a new concept into my workshop where it's not about moves because I think my own moves are useless to others. Each dancer has a different body and different mindset so therefore a different way of how to approach the dance. In my workshop I give them food for the mind. Giving them tools that help moving forward and then adjust it to their own style. This way they understand how I developed my own style and open their mind on how to adapt these creating different variations.

I talk quite a lot in my workshop but it's to give the participants mental tools to work with. For example I explain the concept of biting; Sometimes a dancer can come up with a move and think the idea is a new one. But always ask yourself the following: Did I invent that or copied it? If you can explain the origin of the move and how you came up with your own variation then it's your move. If you can't, then most likely you saw it somewhere else. When inventing new steps, go deep into that because there are so many variations. I show people my variation of a sixstep that doesn't look like a sixstep at all but I know it has that origin and can explain how I evolved it into my movement. So if you think you only have a couple of moves, think again. Adjust the foundation to your own way to have endless possibilities.

How did you develop the idea into the actual workshop?
First of all, I did some self-study on psychology as it was something I was unfamiliar with. That study gave me many tools on how to develop ideas and execute smart training. It showed me how to practice in the most efficient way and to actually make it more productive in less time. The study helped me to focus as well, how to create motivation and determination to never be disappointed on your side.
For example, experiment to have your practice on different locations and with different people. If you manage to reach a level where you can share energy with the other dancers you will gain a lot of experience. Unfortunately I still see a lot of people practice in silence. Change your spot or change the way your spot is.

You studied to become a lawyer, how did you combine your breaking with studying?
Studying Laws taught me a very valuable lesson that strengthened my vision towards Breaking. One of the courses I had to follow was History of Laws. I felt I didn't want to learn this, as I would rather focus on how to actually defend people in court. My teacher told me: You would need to know how Laws evolved over time and the roman codes in order to understand why laws are now the way they are. It's the same in Breaking. If you understand how the pioneers paved the way and how the culture evolved you can create your own history and style. That's why I tell people in my classes to take my knowledge and those of others who are active in the community. If you don't you will end up at the same point as me but if you do you will be able to get greater knowledge and understanding on contribution towards our culture. Know your history!

I think some aspects in life are most important: sacrifice, determination and passion. You need to be real to yourself with what you do and love doing it. Focus to do it from the heart to show yourself how to be happy and enjoy what you're doing. Not to prove somebody else because that will get you tired on the long run and you will lose motivation. You can't be good for everyone, so start with yourself first.