Mind Games on the Dance Floor: Can Opponents Hack Your Senses in Breaking Creating a Sensory Warfare Zone ?
Let's Break it Down
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For more than half a century since its inception, now leading into an Olympic bounce, sensory hacking has happened in our dance circles knowingly and unknowingly. Here's the breakdown:
Have you ever experienced the playful mischievous act of Tap and go, Ghost touch, Blindside tap or simply the Opposite shoulder tap? Ever found yourself strangely flinching just before someone taps your shoulder? This act is a physical touch play on your senses. This game or action has evolved into a modern day game, the pointing game or shadow boxing. Direct your seeing in the opposite direction of where your opponent points. If you look where the other player is pointing, you lose. This simple act demands more than just quick reflexes. It involves your visual system, mirror neurons working together, kinesthesia and proprioception.
Well you may be asking yourself what relevancy does this have with Breaking, moreover the Bboy Bgirl Lifestyle? Whether you know this or not, as BGirls and BBoys we are constantly sharpening our vision, mirror neurons, kinesthesia and our proprioception. These often-overlooked senses form the foundation of every Bboy and Bgirl's artistry, dictating our movement, awareness, and ultimately, our success. From the New child practitioner to Female or Male Breakers, or Break Dancers to the Professional BGirls and BBoys, this self awareness is key in our self ranking of how we evolve. What exactly are these terms, and how do they elevate the Bboy and Bgirl to new levels of skill and expression? Today we dive into what our visual system, mirror neurons, kinesthesia , and proprioception is. The pros and cons of developing these sense skills. We will also take a look at ways to protect your energy, and self preservation.
The Symphony of Senses: Our Vison, Mirror Neurons, Kinesthesia and Proprioception
Imagine throwing a perfect strike in bowling without ever setting eyes on the pins. That's the power of kinesthesia, your body's sense of movement and limb position in space. It's a network of sensory receptors in your muscles, tendons, and joints that constantly send signals to your brain, creating a detailed map of your body's position and movement. Whispering to your brain, "Hey, your arm is extended this way, and your fingers are gripping the ball like this." This silent communication allows you to control your body with precision, even with your eyes closed. Think of kinesthesia as your body's internal GPS. It's the sense that tells you where your body parts are in space, even with your eyes closed. It's why you can touch your nose without looking or walk without tripping over your own feet.
Now, picture yourself navigating a crowded Jam making your way to the dance floor without bumping into anyone. That's where proprioception steps in. Proprioception is the awareness of joint position and muscle movement. This sixth sense also acts like an internal GPS, constantly updating your brain on your body's position in space. It links information from your inner ear, skin, and joints, forming a map of your body's relationship to the environment. Proprioception, your body's sense of self-motion and position in space, adds another layer to this map. It's like having an internal gyroscope that tracks your movement, speed, and acceleration. Imagine hitting some smooth windmills; proprioception allows you to feel the momentum, adjust your center of gravity, and glide gracefully. The visual system includes both the eyes and the brain. Our visual system helps us recognize depth perception, aided by binocular vision, eyes facing the same direction to see an image . It is crucial for navigating the dance floor, avoiding collisions, and judging distances for control in top rock, footwork, power moves and freezes. Mirror neurons fire not just when we perform an action, but also when we observe it in others. Mirror neurons, tiny neural mirrors, reflect observed actions, shaping our ability to adapt and learn from the world around us.This allows us to anticipate movements, understand intentions, and even subconsciously imitate. In breaking, this translates to:
All living organisms with a nervous system require some form of sensory stimulation to function and interact with their environment. Sensory information is carried by specialized receptors that convert external stimuli into electrical signals. These signals travel through neurons to the brain where they are processed and interpreted. Perception of sensory information is influenced by numerous factors like individual variations in physiology, prior experiences, and current psychological state. Interpreting and experiencing these stimuli are subjective and highly individual. What might be pleasant or stimulating for one person could be overwhelming or unpleasant for another.
Breaking the Mold: Why Self-Awareness is your Secret Weapon
For Bboys and Bgirls, kinesthesia, proprioception, our vision and mirror neurons fuel our artistry. Imagine attempting a headspin without knowing where your head is in space, or landing a freeze without feeling the tension in your muscles. The very essence of Breaking – power, control, and fluidity – depends on a deep understanding of how your body moves and interacts with the world around you.
Breaking aka breakdancing demands mastery of both senses. Every powermove, from freezes like the chair freeze to spins like the windmill, requires precise kinesthetic understanding of muscle engagement and joint stability. Bboys and Bgirls, we train our "muscle memory" to execute complex movements with fluidity and control. Proprioception allows us to navigate the dance floor, avoid collisions, seamlessly integrate with other dancers, therefore creating captivating cyphers (circles of dancers).
Beyond Technique: The Emotional Connection:
The impact of our dance goes beyond just mechanics. Kinesthesia and proprioception fuel the dancer's emotional connection to the movement. Imagine the exhilaration of landing a complex powermove or the frustration of battling while staying focused to balance in a freeze. This heightened awareness feeds into the emotional expression of the dance, making it more than just technical skill.
With great power comes great responsibility. This heightened awareness can become a double-edged sword. Opponents and even onlookers with keen spatial awareness can exploit a dancer's proprioception.
Sensory manipulation: Experienced breakers can use mirror neurons to their advantage. A fake move, a strategic glance, or even a well-timed vocalization can trigger a subconscious reaction in their opponent, creating an opening for attack. Opponents can exploit visual illusions or misdirection tactics to disrupt a dancer's focus and balance.
See Video Examples of myself battling and inside the cypher capturing individuals manipulating these senses.
A well-timed nudge might throw off our balance, and a subtle shift in seeing could disrupt our focus. This vulnerability adds another layer to the competitive scene, forcing dancers to develop mental fortitude and awareness beyond just their bodies. Manipulating someone's sensory organs (sight, sound, touch) while we are performing dynamic movements can disrupt our kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness, leading to disorientation, loss of balance, and falls.
What can be done ?
The benefits of honed kinesthesia and proprioception for Bboys and Bgirls:
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How can dancers guard their precious flow? Here are some strategies:
The Flip Side of the Coin: Challenges and Risks
Like any powerful tool, heightened self-awareness comes with its own set of challenges:
Ultimately, understanding the dangers and distractions that come with kinesthetic and proprioceptive awareness shouldn't stop you. Instead, view it as an opportunity to sharpen your mental game and elevate your dance to new levels. By mastering both your body and your mind, you become a dancer who not only commands respect but also inspires awe with your unwavering flow and captivating presence.
Safety should always be the top priority in any physical activity. If you feel unsafe or at risk, don't hesitate to stop and communicate your concerns to those involved. If you have concerns about safety or want to explore movement practices that involve sensory manipulation, consult a qualified healthcare professional or movement specialist experienced in breaking aka breakdancing and its potential risks.
Protecting Your Energy and Ensuring Self-Preservation:
Breaking demands both physical and mental fortitude. Embrace the Journey. Kinesthesia and proprioception are more than just fancy terms for a biological phenomena; they're gateways to deeper self-awareness and enhanced artistry in our Breaking. They are the invisible forces that empower Bboys and Bgirls to move with confidence, creativity, and control. By unlocking our potential, we cultivate not just mind-blowing dope moves, but also resilience, focus, and a deeper connection to our body.
Remember, Breaking is a journey, not a destination. From playgrounds to world stages, Breaking thrives on the intricate interplay of kinesthesia and proprioception. By understanding these powerful senses and challenges they present, we BGirls and BBoys can unlock our full potential. We can navigate the dance floor with confidence, and create truly mesmerizing expressions of movement. Embrace the challenges, celebrate the victories, most importantly, harness our inner compass and express it through our captivating art of Breaking, enjoy the dance!
“Be in tune with yourself, that will connect you to the beat that matters.” - Rival
We break on the break.
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Breaking on the Break: The Organic Flow of Bboy and Bgirl Culture
Bboy Bgirl Dance Culture: Preserving and Educating the Next Generation!
Happy New Year! To start the year off we continue the faith of our Hip Hop , Breaking, Bboy Bgirl Lifestyle. Here is a simple message to propel the year.
Hip-hop and breaking aka breakdancing aren't forced; they happen.
We break on the break.
" A Bboy and a Bgirl is an individual who knows when to go off at the break of record. A Breakdancer will dance to anything. BREAKING! Getting Busy, Going off are different street terms used. However using the term Bboying, although we may have got caught in the mix, is like saying peopling. Make sense and talk with sense . - K-WON138
This is a fundamental truth about these art forms that is often misunderstood. Hip-hop and breaking aka breakdancing aren't about putting on a show or trying to be something you're not. They are about expression, and connection . This creates a vibe of a community of like minded individuals.
When people see hip-hop and "breakdancing" on TV or in movies, they often see the most extreme and acrobatic aspects of these art forms. This can give the impression that hip-hop and breakdancing are about being the best or the flashiest. However, this is not the case. Substitute the best for being your authentic self, and flashiness with the freshest you can be and now we have a recipe towards being a bboy /bgirl vs a break dancer.
*Why Hip-Hop and Breaking aka Breakdancing Are Not Forced
Hip-hop and breakdancing embrace competition however Hip Hop & Breaking emphasize freedom . They are about expression, common unity, and connection. They are about finding your own unique voice and sharing it with the world.
In the vibrant world of Hip Hop dance, there's a misconception that needs to be broken. It's the idea that breaking, also known as breakdancing, is about forcing your body into gravity-defying contortions to every beat of the music. But the truth is far funkier and more nuanced. Breaking isn't about brute force or nonstop movement; it's about feeling the music, finding the groove, and **exploding in a symphony of movement on the break**.
**What is the break, you ask?** It's that instrumental interlude in a song, that funky pocket where the rhythm shifts and the DJ lays down a bed of sonic fire. The break usually is some exciting percussions , a drum solo, a guitar solo, or any other instrument, where they go into double time often doing something different from what's been heard in the song. It's the moment the dancers lock in, the energy builds,bursts, and the floor becomes their canvas.
**Think of it like this:** A skilled painter doesn't just slap paint on a canvas willy-nilly. They study the composition, feel the colors, and let their brushstrokes dance/move with intention. Similarly, a b-boy or b-girl doesn't just flail around to every beat. They listen, they feel, they **respond to the music's pulse**. They wait for their moment, the break, to unleash their creativity and athleticism in a whirlwind of movements : top rock, power moves, drops, freezes, and footwork.
**This organic flow is what makes breaking so captivating.** It's a conversation between the dancer and the music, a call and response that transcends mere choreography. It's about feeling the rhythm in your blood & bones, letting it guide your body, and expressing yourself through movement.
**But wait, there's more!** Breaking isn't just about individual expression; it's also about community. It's about cyphers, circles of dancers trading moves and energy, pushing each other to new heights. It's about battles, not of egos but of skill and creativity, where respect and camaraderie reign supreme.
**And that's where the true magic lies.** Breaking isn't just a dance style; it's a culture, a way of life, a lifestyle. It's about passion, dedication, and respect. It's about pushing boundaries, defying expectations, and expressing yourself authentically.
**So, the next time you see a b-boy or b-girl tearing it up on the dance floor, remember:** They're not just showing off moves; they're riding the break, conversing with the music, and sharing their story through the universal language of movement.
**Remember:** Breaking isn't forced, it's felt. It's a conversation with the music, a celebration of community, and an expression of the soul. Let's keep the break alive and share the magic of b-boy and b-girl culture with the world!
I hope this blog article has helped to clarify the misconception that breaking is forced. It's an organic art form that's all about feeling the music and moving on the break. Let's work together to preserve and educate the next generation about this amazing culture!
**In addition to the above, I would also like to add that:**
* Breaking is a great way to stay active and healthy.
* It can help to build confidence and self-esteem.
* It is a fun and rewarding way to express yourself creatively.
If you are interested in learning more about breaking, I encourage you to DM us for some further information as well as find a local class or workshop. There are also many great resources available online. With a little effort, you can learn the basics of this art form and start expressing yourself in a whole new way.
I hope this blog post has inspired you to learn more about breaking and b-boy/b-girl culture!
Mastering the Art of Dance as a United Crew:
Windmills are one of the most iconic bboying, bgirling, breaking moves, and for good reason. They're flashy, they're challenging, and they look amazing when done well. But like any other bgirling, bboying, breaking move, windmills take practice to master.
That's where the saying "repetition is the father of learning" comes in. The more you practice windmills, the better you'll become at them. It's just that simple.
In this video, I share a little bit of my windmill practice with you. I'm not perfect, but I just keep pushing forward to continue developing good windmills. And the only way I'm getting there is by practicing.
Here are a few tips to help you get started:
* Start by learning the basic windmill position. The stab freeze with legs open. This is the position you'll be in when you're spinning around.
* Once you have the basic position down, start practicing the windmill motion. This is the part where you're spinning around on your back.
* Don't worry about going fast at first. Just focus on getting the motion down. Learn the technique of kicking you legs and twisting your waist as your roll onto your back.
* Once you're comfortable with the windmill motion, start practicing doing windmills for longer periods of time.
* Most importantly, have fun!
Bboying, bgirling, breaking also known as breakdancing is challenging but a rewarding art form and windmills are one of the most satisfying moves to learn. So keep practicing, and eventually you'll be windmillin' like a pro.
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