Break-Dancing

The Martial Arts have long employed a variety of complimentary arts, sports and activities to supplement, augment and hence enhance their general skills training and development. Many athletics events owe their origins directly to martial arts and the arts of war, from ´the more obvious Javelin, discus and hammer throwing events to shot put, pole vaulting and even running, for which, the marathon run has the best-known history because of a heroic Greek soldier who ran for miles to warn the main army of an invasion before subsequently dying from exhaustion. 

Parkour, as already explained, makes an obvious and ideal modern complimentary art for martial arts training, just as modern gymnastics has been adopted by many Chinese Kung Fu styles for the same reasons. Break-Dancing however, is less obvious in its benefits. In our experience, however, just like Parkour, it provides a wonderful complimentary training regime which can be practised almost anywhere without causing a disturbance other than an occasional and usually appreciative spectator crowd. 
 

Break Masters at SM Kisat 2016


The activity in itself also provides an outlet for kids and juveniles with too much spare time and energy with nowhere to channel it constructively. Social prevention is the most fundamental tenet of our social security in every-day life and the promotion of it an essential part of any good self-defence training programme. As the 09 Helsinki Human Rights organisation put it, it is 'Sport for Social Change', so why not - be a Difference Maker - through Break-Dancing, Martial Arts or in your own way.

Without a doubt, Break-dancing is fun to both watch and practice, augmented by some good dance music to add to the entertainment.  Break-dancing does, in fact, contain quite a considerable amount of floor gymnastics and even acrobatics to match even the best of the world's conventional gymnasts. 




DM members doing Battle at SM Kisat 2016


The ability developed to move fluently and fast from position to position whilst still on the ground is an excellent martial skill in itself, augmented by the general body control skills, balance, coordination, rhythm and timing that it promotes in addition to the more obvious fitness requirements. 

Break-Dancing has, however, not only borrowed from gymnastics for its repertoire of balance holds, spinning and gyrating tricks at break-neck speed, but, like Parkour has even borrowed ideas from the martial arts. In turn, martial artists can learn and greatly benefit from the practice of break-dancing in the realm of fluid movement for ground fighting and defence from the ground as well as the general footwork, body control skills and fitness aspects. 





SM kisat 2016: Difference Makers Team Battles


Break-dancing also makes an excellent and fun component to any warm-up routine and leads very neatly from break-falling practice to the Parkour training. Either the Break-dancing or Parkour training can be used to lead into various martial arts techniques and skills training exercises.  At the club, everyone is encouraged to learn and practice something of these arts in the warm-ups as part of our general fitness and base skills development programme.  

They can even be integrated with martial techniques for demo purposes reminiscent of the classic movie 'Westside Story', something which we encourage our students to do because of the enhanced learning benefit gained from creating their own combinations and sequences in a story format.  





Making a Difference, the Embus of Break-Dancing

Many traditional systems use kata to frame and provide a living skeleton of their system. But this leads to much wasted time just trying to remember it, let alone decipher long lost meanings and codes with post-mortem deductive reasoning and guess-work. Other systems use patterns such as Filipino arts whilst others still such as Shorinji Kempo, from which Liikan Jitsu and its forebears inherited much, use a system of Embus. Embus are created by the students themselves as a way to learn and develop their skills in a more realistic exchange in terms of power, speed and timing. This is where the true learning is derived and was derived by creators of kata themselves. 

Modern day training in Liikan Jitsu also uses the concept of Embus, but enhances them by combining them with Break-Dancing and music to create short musical stories in the fashion of West Side Story, a ground-breaking music theatre and movie in the mid-20th century. In the Lähiöfestivaali (2017) video, you will see a couple of our boys doing this, but, in reverse, as part of a break-dancing show with their crew 'The Difference makers'. They created the sequence themselves, with a little help from their dance teachers to make it blend more as part of a dance show.

Some of our students do attend specialist break-dancing clubs and practice for its own sake. They are, in turn, encouraged to share their skills and knowledge with the rest of the club members at the appropriate times. We don't need or expect to become Break-dancing world champions, but this constant exchange of ideas and skills helps to keep us and our martial art fresh and vibrantly alive and allows us to practice basic movement and mobility skills (with self-defense techniques in mind), almost anywhere, and anytime, without causing offense to the general plebs.

More videos of events we have participated in can be found in the year by year sub-pages via the links at the bottom of this page.

Enjoy the videos, and, hopefully you too will get inspired ;-)

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