Blood, Sweat, and Years

The name breaking (breakdancing) should be indicative of it all; breaking pounds the body and often leads to many injuries along the way. Although breaking is technically classified as a dance, it borders the edge of an extreme sport.

Breaking is evaluated as being an all around encompassment of the four fundamentals of the art itself: Toprock, Footwork, Freezes, and Power Moves, and thus it requires years of practice to emerge from novice to skilled. Many of the most talented B-Boys still in the scene today can retell a recollection of countless days and nights spent spinning and falling and repetitively practicing redundancy, all necessary habits to pave a pathway to success. And if you were to collect the sweat over the years while they exhausted their bodies as well as their minds, you could likely fill an Olympic pool. That would be pretty disgusting. Speaking of, if you haven't experienced the excruciating pain of lumps on your shins, swelling red wrists, raw scraped shoulders, colorful bruises on top of bruises, and perhaps the occasional visit of faintness, perhaps you haven't trained like a real B-Boy.

B-Boying originated in the streets of New York, when young kids redirected pent up anger, boredom, and confined imaginations onto the concrete and they became artists with their bodies. They practiced diligently to escape the torments of abusive families, quarrelling boroughs, and violence and drugs all around. This type of training necessitated a submerging of the mind and spirit into a focus that disregarded the dirty, uncomfortable practice environment. Today, many young B-Boys don't face the same aggravations at home, as it has spread across the country into all types of cities and suburbs while even New York has matured a bit, so to speak. Without the desperate need for an outlet, picking up breaking as merely a hobby isn't as likely to have the same effect as if allowing breaking to become a sort of obsession. As with any passion, breaking must become an unstopped training that requires the constant diligence and perseverance that allows a B-Boy to fall and get back up, to practice for hours, and to never stop chasing his dream.

There is always a risk of serious injury involved when taking up such an extreme dance. It is unfortunately common to hear of all types of knee injuries, severe sprains, swollen elbows, and dislocated joints and bones, sometimes even painful breaks. Training will undoubtedly strengthen the body, which can also have a positive effect when the muscles can protect the skeletal structure, but it is never a guaranteed prevention. Like they say; .No pain, no gain..

Considering the personal requirements and the harsh toll breaking is bound to take on one's body, it is a wonder there are so many eager teens and young adults who transform their awe of the dance into an eagerness to become a B-Boy. Breaking simply has that affect on people, with its insane creativity, elimination of inhibition, and rhythmic aesthetics. Well, let these words be a warning to all: breaking takes blood, sweat, and years.

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