After a thrilling final battle against France's Vagabond crew it was Floorriorz from Japan who claimed the title of the World's biggest crew competition SNIPES Battle Of The Year (BOTY) in Essen, Germany. Over 3.500 people witnessed how the crew, with Red Bull BC One All Star Taisuke as one of the members, became the first-ever to win the title three times in a row.
The night started off with 13 crews coming from all over the world demonstrating their skills in a showcase format set up. It was then up to the Judges Storm (GER), Narumi (JAP), Crazy Legs (USA) and Red Bull BC One All Star members Lilou and Menno to decide which crews would get ranked as best and make their way to to the battle stage. Japan came out strong as both Floorriorz as Mortal Kombat Crew qualified directly for the semi finals. The remaining two spots were decided when Russia's Kienjuice battled Taichung City Hentai from Taiwan and Vagabond crew went up against the young prodigies of the Battle Droids from Belgium.
With groundbreaking routines and top-level solo sets both Vagabond Crew and Floorriorz advanced to the final battle. Both crews gave it all with Red Bull BC One World Finalist 2017 B-Boy Dany on the side of Vagabond Crew aiming at their 4th Championship title. It was Floorriorz however who came out on top. "We're really happy with this as I think we stayed true to ourselves and were able to show a true B-Boy style as we like it", Taisuke said after the crew's victory. Taisuke added that the crew had faith in their own strengths and the belief was there to reclaim the title.
But that was not the only success for Japan at this year's Battle Of The Year. On Friday night October 20th the 2-on-2 B-Girl Battle took off where the Japanese dancers Muji and Yasmin celebrated another victory for Japan. Prior to the B-Girl Battle the Solo B-Boy Battle at BOTY happened as part of the World B-Boy Series. In a round-robin battle set up, 8 B-Boys danced for victory and a spot at the Undisputed World B-Boy Masters taking place in January 2018 in San Diego, USA. It was Red Bull BC One BC One Greece Cypher winner B-Boy Onel who took out the competition and came out on top.
Traditionally the winning crew returns at the next BOTY to defend the title. With this in mind, Floorriorz could be on their way to write history once again and become the first crew to win the Championship four times.
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