Posts Tagged ‘ competition ’

– Healthy Body Healthy Mind –

I’m trying to get back into shape. It’s a shame that my “best shape” was around 6 years ago and has been a steady decline into fattyness.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not obese, but I’m also far from fit!

A few days ago I bought some home gym equipment. I’m looking to develop my triceps, deltoids, pectorals and abs (core) – what I see to be vital muscle groups for popping.

I remember Slick Dogg once discussing the preparation needed before entering a battle. He said you need to limber up; you need to warm up your muscles and stretch those fibres. So when it comes time to dance, your body is well prepared and ready to perform at its best. In essence, you need to treat your body like an athlete would, because dancers are athletes in their own respect.

And I agree. In order to get the most out of your body, you need to know what exactly your body can do. I think sport and exercise is an excellent way of understanding your body’s capabilities. I also agree with what the ancient Romans and Greeks believed: a healthy body is a healthy mind – and I hope that by keeping fit, it will help improve my determination, creativity and co-ordination.

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– Keep on Dancing 7 –


Keep On Dancing (KOD) is a dance competition held in China, and is one of the biggest inside Asia. It is organised by the place I trained at last summer – 舞佳舞/Wujiawu/5+5. One of my teachers is taking part. I’ve yet to hear from him to see how far he went, but I’m sure he did well. There are a few videos up on Youtube from the preliminary rounds. This is one of Popping J.

His legs and arms are long and really help to emphasise his boogaloo movements. I really like his style. Can’t wait to see more footage of him, Kite, Dino and my teacher – 飛龍. I also can’t wait to see the showcases by the judges. One of the popping judges this year is Seen from Japan. I had the pleasure of seeing him dance when I was in Beijing and  he was SICK –  and he was only grooving/messing around!!

KOD is one of my favourite competitions; not only because a lot of my favourite poppers are gathering into one spot to battle, but also because it marks the rise of hiphop culture in China. Just last year China took first place for the Locking division in Juste Debout. I can’t wait to see what the hiphop scene’s going to be like in 5-10 years time. I reckon China will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. 😀