Everybody wonders what makes a set dope.
They’re not wrong if they say having bigger or powerful moves are good to have.
But it isn’t just about how big your moves are – size doesn’t matter (says the Asian). It’s how you use what you have… Specifically, how you can enter and exit your moves.
The way your moves connect. It’s the equivalent of sewing up the patches in a quilt.
In other words, one way of becoming better at breaking is to have good transitions!
What are transitions?
When two moves come together, there’s something that connects them. Think of
A → B
The transition is the arrow itself, not A, not B.
And with transitions, there are easy-looking ones, and difficult-looking ones. And difficult isn’t always better (but this is a topic for another day!).
There’s one way to find out whether you should learn a new transition…
Quick test: Any move that makes you uncomfortable and you know you cannot nail it it the first attempt – it’s a new transition to pick up.
Why are transitions so powerful?
If you want to have that 1 big IMPRESSIVE move in breaking, it is gonna take you months, or years. While it’s worthy of respect to train for difficult moves, it isn’t (and shouldn’t!) be the only thing you’re training.
You’re going to need to start piecing up moves and practicing your sets. And transitions are what pieces up the moves.
Here’s why having more transitions will boost your breaking standards:
- It becomes a piece of cake to enter the same move, since you’ve strengthened your understanding AND execution of the move (e.g. having 7 ways to enter a halo helps you learn to execute the halo better)
- Your sets look less repetitive (and your moves may look fresher too!)
- Your overall movement flows better (because YOUR foundation movements have expanded) and you’ll find yourself more creative while thinking on the spot
- Even in emergencies (e.g. your mind blanks out in a cypher/battle), your transitions can double as back-up sets (and you save yourself from looking lost and silly)
- Your muscle memory expands, transforming awkward motions into natural movements (and you can summon them at a snap of the finger)
As a start, I’ve decided to help you expand the way you think about transitions (e.g. enter a baby freeze) with something you can start practicing. You’ll see in the video that you can practice at least
13 DIFFERENT WAYS TO ENTER YOUR BABY FREEZE
REMEMBER. The video below is only useful when you have a decent grasp of the baby freeze. If you can’t hold the freeze, it is better to strengthen your freeze foundation (e.g. be able to hold baby freeze for 20 seconds or 4 counts of 8).