The IBE Focus on Footwork Battle Guidelines // THE KNOWLEDGE DROP | BBOY DOJO

The story behind the IBE Focus on Footwork battle goes as following.
In 2008 I was invited for the first time to rock the footwork battle in IBE festival in the
Netherlands and I did it, happened to go all the way to the final and win the
final battle against Robin from Top Nine I think the same year I was invited to
the UK champs and they had a IBE room and they had a footwork battle by IBE. I did
that one and I won that one as well. The next year I came back to the IBE and I entered
the footwork battle as a returning champion and I managed to go all the way to the
final and beat Tony Rock 2009 in the IBE Festival footwork battle in the final. So
three consecutive for battle titles from the IBE. The main organiser Tyrone called
me on the phone one day after the festival and he was like “hmm, IBE is a big festival
we could of course honor you with some an extra cash prize for the title
because nobody had ever done it something like this before” but he was
like “we want to do something more meaningful than that, we’re gonna give
you the name of the footwork battle so the whole full footwork battle holds your name
and carries your name as an honor for your achievements when it comes to
IBE footwork battles”, so we called it the Focus on Footwork battle on the IBE
festival ever since. Well actually the first year was called Focus Footwork
battle in IBE and we added the focus on footwork battle ever since in order to
explain the concept for the people who are hearing about the title and of
course that was a great honor, one of the biggest honors I’ve received within my
breaking career and since I got the honor I wanted to make it as dope as
possible and work together with IBE festival in order
to make it the illest footwork battle on the planet. At the time the IBE footwork battle
was the biggest footwork battle in the planet and it gathered around
200 people every single year from all around the world to battle in footwork
and since the variety of people was so big of course the variety of
skills and understanding of footwork followed as well so not everybody who
entered the footwork battle really knew what was footwork in the deepest,
purest form. What happened was that we saw people doing swipes we saw
people doing flares air freezes and even an airflare in a
footwork battle and together with the organizations we thought we
had to do something about it. My vision of the concept was that I wanted to add
an educational aspect to the contest as well and if I would have added
straight rules to the game that would have been too limiting because breaking
is also a lot about freedom, so what I wanted to do to make a perfect footwork
battle, I wanted to add some guidelines so that it would educate the people
who entering at the same time as would create some sort of a structure so
that people would understand if they didn’t go through what might have been the
case, why would it be that way So the IBE Focus on Footwork battle
guidelines. We printed them out for people who entered the battle, also
posted it to the event, posted it to the website, so everybody who would enter the
battle would know what is the name of the game. So the guidelines for the
Focus on IBE Footwork battle: what it takes to win and why you might get eliminated.
Master your basic steps, styles, flow direction and form. No freezes, no back
rocks, no dynamics, known for most as power moves, originality is a must,
musicality is a must, no running moves also translate as no repeating moves.
That’s it and after the guideline there was a small explanation of all the
guidelines so everybody understands what they mean, basically what it says: though
footwork is eventually pretty simple, you take away the stuff that doesn’t
belong there, just flow. You master your basics and add your own originality on
top. A lot of people have only one style of footwork while a b-boy with ill
footwork aims to master all the styles which can be found over here we got
14 Styles of Footwork as part of the program as well.
Mastering directions means switching ways, going from side to side, front to
back, up to down, and so on. If you only going around in circles that doesn’t
necessarily get you too far. By judging form we mean the shape of your footwork:
does it look fresh or not. Already your front stance tells a lot about your
footwork. It defines how everything else looks. Form is the most important of
these guidelines on judging footwork battles. No freezes and back rocks,
pretty self-explanatory but we have seen people throw air freezes in a footwork
battle so it had to be put up there. So of course in a footwork battle we look
for the best footwork out there and if you stay your whole solo on your back, on
your back rocks, then we haven’t seen any footwork yet.
Of course I do believe that is two different styles, this can be
negotiated and it’s a controversial topic yet at the same time I do believe
that back rocks and footworks are two separate things. We might throw a
backrock battle one day but until that, a footwork battle is … footwork is
what we’re looking for in a footwork battle like this and of course dynamics
had to be put up there as well. If you keep throwing powermoves throughout the
footwork battle, most likely you’re not gonna make it too far and that’s pretty
self-explanatory as well and that’s one of the key topics, key
conversations, when it comes to judging the footwork battle. Often I get asked
the question can you go on your back in a footwork battle? Do you judge your top
rocks? Can you stay on your butt in a football battle? And of course the judge
has to look for things like this when they’re looking for the best
footwork, best people to understand the concept of footwork and who has it on
the best form and shape and I like to say that if
you spend too much time on your back you’re not gonna make it too far in a
footwork battle. If you manage to break the rules in a way that combines the
understanding of footwork and still pushes the boundaries a bit then that is
fine. Great example about this is Roxrite’s shoulder six step. He does a six
step where he drops on his shoulder on the other side because he’s not using
one of his hands and basically does a small backrock in between of his round
of six step right. I will still let that let that pass in a footwork battle
because it’s not really a backrock step it’s a footwork step, he just switches
the level little bit while doing it, yet he still remains in a footwork
context and makes everything flow in a perfect, in a beautiful way. But if you spend
too much time on your back, you spend too much time on your butt, that doesn’t
really make it footwork and that doesn’t really count so keep that in
mind when entering footwork battles, and why test the judges like that if you want to
make it in a footwork battle. So understand the concepts of styles when
it comes to footwork styles and I would recommend sticking to the footwork styles of
course if you enter in a footwork battle same in a powermove battle, you don’t
want to keep doing your six step in a powermove battle, if you’re entering a powermove
battle and really want to make it but if you don’t care about the results in a
competition, you just want to do you then hey you can do whatever you want, but
we’re looking at this from the judges perspective this time, so if you’re thinking
about entering a footwork battle, study the guidelines below, you can find them
scrolling down below, read them and study them, apply them and understand them and
I’m sure you’re gonna do better next time around, okay that’s it. IBE Focus on
Footwork battle guidelines.

3 thoughts on “The IBE Focus on Footwork Battle Guidelines // THE KNOWLEDGE DROP | BBOY DOJO

  1. The only question that I have is why back rocks aren't allowed in footwork battles. I guess it confuses me as to why they're considered different styles if a back rock seems to be a variation on crazy commander footwork. Obviously staying on your back isn't dynamic or fresh if done in a basic way, but why the discrepancy?

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