An audience of 3,000 packed into Tokyo’s Yoyogi Stadium to see Brazilian power mover Neguin, from the Tsunami All Stars crew, become Red Bull BC One 2010 champion.
The thrilling finals saw 16 of the world’s best B-boys descend on the Japanese capital to face off in a series of one-on-one battles. After battles in Berlin, Biel, Cape Town, New York, Paris and Sao Paulo, the stage was set in a city of 230-million people for the seventh edition of the international competition.
The evening was filled with dazzling skills and plenty of upsets which began in round one when one of the favourites, Thesis from the US, lost in the to Toshiki much to the delight of the Japanese fans.
But they were soon left reeling after home favourite Taisuke also lost in the first round. The audience was utterly disappointed. Everyone in the stadium knew he could do better – he might have been holding back for the later rounds, but in Red Bull BC One, holding back can be fatal!
'We are all winners. We dance for life!' Neguin
The two Koreans, Kill and Beast, also lost in their first rounds to Just Do It from Holland and Airdit from Germany. Airdit then took on his neighbour, Just Do It, in the quarter finals, but he lost his shoe – and the round.
In the between the battles, there was plenty to keep the audience pumped: the host Rahzel impressed with his beatboxing show, Japanese Drummers and Funk-style dancers provided a feast for ears and eyes and when old-skool rapper Big Daddy Kane brought all the Battle B-Boys onto the stage in a cipher, the whole crowd got to their feet.
After the break, it was an all-South American semi as Lil G from Venezuela took on Neguin in a tight battle with Neguin just shading it 3-2 in the eyes of the five judges, who included two-time champion Lilou. The second semi final battle was between Just Do It and Luigi from LA with the Flying Dutchman winning with flying colours!
But in the final battle, Just Do It couldn’t keep up with the amazing power, attitude and finesse of the Brazilian Neguin – who worked his magic to become Red Bull BC One champion 2010.
It was a historical night for B-Boying culture as it combined its very origin with the hottest acts of today. Charlie Ahearn who in 1983 made the movie Wild Style which, when brought to Japan in 1983 marked the birth of the Japanese Hip Hop scene, attended the event. Ken Swift, a teenager back then and a member of the infamous Rock Steady Crew starred in it and returned now as a judge.
“Neguin is an amazing entertainer and very consistent,” said Swift. Neguin himself put his win down to his versatility and authenticity. “Everything I see, I can dance. If I see a bird flying I can dance it too.
“The Japanese fans were inspiring,” Neguin emphasized also after his victory. Holding his trophy and hugging his final opponent Neguin shouted: “We are all winners. We dance for life!”