I’ve been getting a lot of feedback from readers saying they want to see videos of me Bboying.
I’ve heard and listened, so here it is! My first ever video as a Bboy on this blog.
Got to admit…
I was a little shy at first on uploading my videos. I don’t really see myself as a super awesome Bboy. I’ve mentioned before that I don’t win competitions and well, just read on and find out.
Besides, I didn’t really a point in just uploading videos of me Bboying just to make this post look pretty, but a reader emailed me saying he would love to see videos of me and how I relate them to my life, so here I go!
What’s in this video
That’s me busting some Baby windmills, or Munchmills. It’s a powermove. This video was taken in July 2011.
My rocky experience with this move
Baby windmills took me effectively up to 8 years just to learn it!
It went on something like this:
2003– Decided to learn the move and dabbled with it for a bit.
2004-2008- Pretty much abandoned the move cause it felt too hard. Tried it only now and then and deluded myself with a fake sense of progress.
2009– Decided I could try to learn it again, and put in SLIGHTLY more effort.
2010– Put in more effort, but not my best.
2011– Diligently practised the Baby windmill and finally for the first time, around June, did them continuously with confidence. Super happy and shit!
That’s it. 8 friggin’ years to learn this move!
The best part…
I lost the baby windmill a couple of times since last year. That’s right. I lost them.
A month or so after the video was taken, I remember losing the move. I couldn’t do them properly for some reason. It could have been a loss of technique, getting complacent, lack of practice, a mindfuck or all of the above.
Then I got it back after practising and drilling it again.
Then I lost it this year again for a bit.
Then I recently got’em back and I can confidently say now I can do it any time I want.
What a crazy journey!
For just one move!
8 years of feeling frustrated and lots of anger (I got pretty pissed sometimes over it).
What’s more, I actually saw other Bboys learning the Baby Windmill easily in a matter of months, or even days. Do you know HOW DEMORALIZING that felt?
It’s like, “What the fuck man here I’m busting my balls over this thing, working super hard and all and others got it SO easily! Life… is not fair”.
Crazy, amazing journey it is.
A Bboy powermove it may be, but here’s what you can take away and learn from it:
1) Put in your all
I mean 110%. 100% is for half-assers.
I kept dabbling in the move and was like, “Yeah today I made this much progress. Not too bad I guess”. So I dabbled for like 7 and a half years.
Forget that! Go all out until you feel you made a major leap in progress. Putting in your all is going to give you a whole of lot of progress because you put in your all, you KNOW AND RECOGNIZE the progress you make because of the hard work, sweat and everything you put into it. Your mind remembers it. And your body would create muscle memory too, if that something you want to achieve is something physical.
If you dabble like me, you would forget all the things you learn, which is seriously a waste of time.
2) Work hard, but smart too
Sometimes it just takes a little technique adjustment in learning something.
For me, I remember one of the turning points in learning the Baby Windmill was when a friend taught me to swing my shoulders harder in a “scooping” motion. And that made a huge difference. Hell that was the time I did’em continuously at a fast speed.
So, don’t be spamming and working hard like a lost dog.
Analyse, note subtleties, recognize your own progress, find out what works well for you and start doing them.
3) Don’t compare yourself with others… that much
Yes I found it demoralizing that other Bboys could learn the move so quickly while I was struggling so much. Some pointers:
a) Don’t get demoralized, angered, jealous or envious of them. It’s a complete waste of emotional energy and it’s not going to make you feel good at all. It’s definitely going to hinder your progress in whatever you want to do too.
For me back then I was like, “Man, I’m like turning 24 and I can’t even do this shit properly. I’m getting old”.
Pfft, 26 today and still rocking it. What a little bitch I was.
In fact, I’d say if you ever feel any of the negativity above, it’s probably because you feel insecure about something deep down. I know I was. Really, if you can’t feel happy for your fellow friends, then you need to start digging deeper and find the root cause of it all.
Yes that sounds pretty deep, but it’s more worthwhile then constantly complaining.
b) Learn from those you think are better than you.
Just go ahead. Open your mouth and ask. What better way to learn something than from someone who has proven success over it?
c) Your journey is your own
So don’t compare yourself with others!
Because it does not mean you totally suck at that one thing, but that you probably excel in something else.
And that something else could be something others are having trouble with. So, don’t get too demoralized, but instead be awed by the things you’re good at. And take major pride in them.
4) Don’t give up
8 years for me to learn Baby Windmills.
Lost them TWICE.
Felt shitty and frustrated a lot of times.
I didn’t give up. I feel great now.
If I can, you can.
Need I say more of this cliché in life?
Hope you guys enjoy the video and this little guide of life I wrote up. It’s Bboying, and a powermove. But if you apply yourself I’m pretty sure it can be used in other fields or whatever it is you’re aiming for.