If you want to learn how to breakdance, here are some tips that will help you on your path, but first let me say…
When you make the move to learn breakdancing, you will be hit with an array of emotions. Enthusiasm will hit as you get excited and you will be anticipating learning the ‘power moves’ such as flairs and headspins. But at the same time you will feel overwhelmed as breakdancing is a tough hobby to take up, and to keep at, so have some compassion toward yourself and some patience.
At the end of the day, only your hardwork and dedication will see you through. Many start out in their mid 20’s, as it takes a real decision to start this art form, so don’t think you need to be a fresh teen to begin, just pace yourself and hit the practice arena – as ‘Tomorrow’s battle is won during today’s practice’, and in no time you will start seeing results.
Ok, so here are 3 key tips to help you along in your new lifestyle, on the path to expressing yourself creatively with your own physical body, the lifestyle of a breaker.
1. Be Creative / Original
This may seem obvious, but some people don’t move outside their comfort zone and try new things. As you develop your strength and flexibility (i’ll get into this in a sec) your body will be able to move in new ways, so you need to really get to understand your own body and push the boundaries. Watch other people and get some inspiration, but always be unique and creative with your own moves. Look to incorporate your own transitions between moves and really develop your own flair.
2. Develop Your Strength
This may also seem obvious, but if you really want to advance you need to put in the time before practice and outside of practice to develop your strength. Use body weight exercises for strength as all you need to do is hold your body weight. Trust me, some of the harder variations on pushups and pull-ups the buff gym junkies wont be able to do, look into these and make them a staple of your lifestyle.
3. Develop Your Flexibility
Make sure you are always working at least 30mins before practice to flex your muscles. Focus on the key areas you will be using and really develop a flexibility that allows your muscles to fully extend, this will help prevent injury and add some freedom to your moves.