[Video] A move which took me 8 years to learn… and lose.

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.


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  1. Jason "J-Ryze" Fonceca - August 12, 2012 5:53 pm


    Alden… thank you.

    Thank you for stepping up. We need more bloggers who show themselves, their hobbies, their heart and soul. I can read about personal development ANYWHERE, but where can I read it from the 8 journey of someone trying to learn something others got in months?

    It’s videos like this that will make history in the blog scene. Good for you for engaging your list.

    Respect bro.

    • alden - August 13, 2012 8:03 am

      Thanks man!

      Haha man, make history huh. That’s deep!

      It’s a start for sure, but expect more of my Bboying soon!


  2. Carolyn - August 13, 2012 10:36 am

    Hi Alden,

    Great video. I wish I could move a fraction as well as you can and I wish had the guts to face up to the camera. It was hard enough just finding a reasonable photo to use to link to my comments etc.

    I wholeheartedly believe in the phrase you used – “don’t compare yourself with others!” Thankfully, we’re all very individual. Half of the buzz of achieving something is the challenge it presents in getting there. If everything we tried was easy, I think we’d lose the value in making an effort.

    • alden - August 13, 2012 5:52 pm

      Thanks for dropping by Carolyn!

      Haha well it took a lot of practice! But hey, I say forget about it! Just go for it! It won’t be as bad as you think.

      That’s true! If it’s easy, we probably wouldn’t value it as much as we think we would.

  3. Christine - August 13, 2012 8:17 pm

    Good job! I can’t do that so, I’ve always had admiration for those who can. Congrats to you for mastering that move!

    • alden - August 14, 2012 9:44 am

      Haha you can too Christine. Just work on it! Don’t give up.

  4. Sam - August 13, 2012 8:18 pm

    Good stuff man!

    Keep the videos coming!

    • alden - August 14, 2012 9:44 am

      Thanks Sam!

  5. gregg - August 14, 2012 5:24 am

    I taught you that! HAHA! Next, elbow airflares? Good article bro!

    • alden - August 14, 2012 9:44 am

      People who learnt this in weeks aren’t allowed to comment!! LOL.

  6. Izzy - August 14, 2012 5:36 am

    Alden that was straight up awesome man.

    I’ll admit, after that video I watched a few more that popped up on the channel. I have never broke dance before but I got so much respect for the level of focus and commitment it requires to do it.

    That’s why I like this post so much. You are taking the principles from the windmill and applying them to life.

    You just showed us a 14 second clip of something that took 8 years to learn. Man, that is such commitment! It makes sense that your blog has blown up the way it has. You are too busy walking the walk to even have time to talk the talk :). Your making shit happen man. I got mad respect for that.

    It is inspirational. But it’s more than that man. Words fall short.

    I could go off on anyone of the bigger lessons you brought up. But I think right now the one that hits me the hardest is “work hard, but smart too”.

    I have spent the last few months working really hard to get where I am at now. I wake up between 5 and 530 am everyday. I write and train. I read a lot of books, I am taking courses online. I’m doing everything within my power to grow and evolve. But lately I have been thinking “working hard is not enough.” The only way to truly differentiate myself is if I am willing to work extremely hard and also extremely intelligently.

    I’m learning every day. And posts like this, and the way you are handling your business is helping me.

    Keep it up.

    • alden - August 14, 2012 9:47 am

      Hey Izzy!

      Thanks for dropping by and the mad love!

      Yes that’s the idea of this post. One simple video, and how it can help others.

      Haha well it took a lot of hard work myself, but I’m still at it. Working every day on my blog and truthfully, sometimes it gets too hard as I get totally lost.

      That’s great man! You’re working real hard yourself and I’m pretty sure the rewards will come soon.


  7. Alejandro Reyes - August 15, 2012 2:51 pm

    Truly awesome, Alden!
    You have mastered a very interesting skill (and look good while doing so). You have also mastered something that takes a long time to understand, to work with intention and really give your best, both in hard work and smart thinking to get a real result.
    This is truly inspiring, I recognize you as fallow and wise warrior. 🙂

    • alden - August 16, 2012 8:23 am

      Thanks Alejandro!

      That’s an hnour! To be a warrior lol.

      Well it definitely took time, and sometimes it was very demoralizing, but all good!

      All the best to you too.

  8. Mike - August 16, 2012 12:00 am

    I’d pull a hammy! Well done!

    • alden - August 16, 2012 8:24 am

      Thanks Mike! Well never know! You can try.

  9. Rami Ovaskainen (AllSynergy) - August 21, 2012 1:30 pm

    I like your style of writing. It’s kind of unique (and I mean in a good way). I’m a little older than you .. by couple of years. But that shouldn’t matter. I’m getting confidence boost from some of your writings. So what I’m kind of saying is… thanks. I’ve been trying to help other people. And it’s kind of hard when you have lost some of the confidence for some stupid reason(s). I had a very hard couple of months… your writings have helped somewhat.

    Hope I can help others as well in some way. I’ve been trying to express myself recently.. just so I could find ways how to help others. Started blogging as well so I could help others in that way as well. Just to forget what other people may think of me was for some fucking reason very hard for me… still can’t get rid of the weakness of thinking what some unknown people think of me… but I’m working on it. Just saying… you are likely helping many people Which is great. So keep doing it.

    • alden - August 23, 2012 3:35 pm

      Thanks Rami!

      Those words mean a lot to me. Glad you like the writing and glad that you’re out to help others too!

      Yo, email me any time if you want to chat and stuff. It’s all good!

      Thinking about what others think is like a blight man. They’re just thoughts, at the end of the day. Yours, and others.

      Work it man.

  10. B-Girl Shortbread - October 21, 2012 1:50 am

    hey! this is great, i mean its motivating… im turning 27 this year and just started working on those munchmills….. i mean its not about the mills per say but i think ive goten much stronger in my bgirl recently, so its good to have another perspective when it comes to motivating urself.

    Thanks loads!

    • alden - October 22, 2012 7:03 am

      Hey Shortbread,

      Awesome. Keep at it! Powermoves take a lot of time and discipline.

      Where’re you from?

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  12. Zames - November 9, 2012 3:32 pm

    I know exactly how you feel hahah! Took 4 years to learn windmills. Damn

    • alden - November 11, 2012 2:21 pm

      So how’s it going now? Learnt anymore? Don’t give up eh.


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