This is Part 2 of a Baby Freeze series. For Part 1, click here to find out how to enter a baby freeze.
As novices, we tend to obsess over entering freezes in dynamic ways.
But there’s a difference between a beginner who knows nothing, and a beginner who struggles to improve. In my experience judging, training, and mentoring, here’s what I observed.
Two types of beginners may enter a freeze properly. And they can hold a freeze relatively well for their level of experience.
But what separates the two beginners?
The beginner who doesn’t really know what’s going on in breaking, or is simply content with what he has… You can tell that after getting used to entering a freeze, he doesn’t know how to come out of it. The first novice bboy looks neat all the way until the part after his freeze.
He struggles to stand up. He ends up looking sloppy.
Whatever he has trained hard for in the set fails to stand out, because he couldn’t present a proper way of transiting out of his set (and typically novice sets ends with freezes).
The beginner who actually knows what is up, he may have taken the same time to nail his entry into a freeze. But he doesn’t just stop there. He thinks ahead for the long term as well. Because in order to have a strong set, he knows that a set consists of beginning, middle, end. And the second novice bboy covers his bases well.
We all know it too well… Often when we focus on a goal, we neglect what comes after:
Yes. The importance of transitions cannot be emphasized enough in breaking. It’s the thing that weaves your moves into a complete quilt.
Funny thing is, transitions consist of both entries AND exits. In, and out. Going down, then back up.
Think about it. When you read Harry Potter, or any story that keeps you flipping to the next page, it usually has a strong beginning, lovable middle, and a satisfying ending.
The strong beginning pulls you in. It’s one way of getting your attention.
The strong ending, on the other hand, makes you feel like you just watched something beautiful from head to toe. It ties up every loose end that you need to know. It brings the climax of the story to a gentle dip.
Same goes for breaking sets.
Entries and Exits: The Shortcut to Your Breaking Process
And it’s a common phenomenon that beginners tend to not know what to do after they enter their most stable freeze. They write decent beginnings with (more often than not) endings that make Stephen Hawking shake his head.
Wanna know how to overcome this problem?
Have strong transitions.
But that’s not very useful advice on its own, Erin!
So let me elaborate how and why transitions can help you.
Breaking transitions into its simplest elements can improve your breaking standards by a couple of levels.
It’s as if you begin to understand and master each component of every movement.
Now, entries and exits are NOT the simplest elements yet.
But they are at a level where it is graspable, yet many people don’t do well. It’s something that anybody, even those with minimal experience can begin to practice.
So by covering this aspect of entries and exits, you’ll be able to pick up your own pace (assuming you practice well of course). Specifically, entries and exits improve both your FLOW and DYNAMISM.
Flow? You look more fluid as you enter in and out of your various moves, sets, combos.
Dynamism? You stop doing things that make you look like everyone else, and because of that… Your stuff has an element of surprise to the audience and judges – you do the unexpected.
And right now I’ll be talking specifically about coming out of freezes. Specifically, I’m taking a freeze that you’re likely to know and expanding your network of transitions out.
So take a quick look at the video below. See for yourself how you can learn
13 DIFFERENT WAYS TO EXIT YOUR BABY FREEZE
Practice (diligently, my young padawan) at least 3 out of the 13 you see below:
How to Train Your Baby Freeze Exits
And as always, I want you to take home some moves. In case you aren’t sure how to go about practicing transitions in this case… Either read the Long-Ass Bboy Guide to Breaking or do
The very simple to-do list:
- Pick a baby freeze exit for the next 2-3 practices.
- Hold your baby freeze for 4 counts of 8 as a warm-up.
- Drill the baby freeze exit for 10 times.
- Repeat step 3 for 3 reps.
At any step which you cannot achieve properly, take note of that step. It is where you probably lack training in and therefore need to focus on getting the move right first.
The best thing about training transitions? You don’t have to keep thinking about having better technique all the time just to step up your game. Technique is essential – no doubt.
Yet what gives you an edge over others? With technique alone, you enter a game where the fastest learner wins. But with transitions, you level the playing field. You play by your own rules developed from your own movements. And that’s where your breaking becomes your own.
I hope this post has not only given you 13 ways to play with your exits, but also deepen your understanding of what it means to truly own transitions, and why they help you achieve better standards.