Ami and Hong 10 present their trophies from the Red Bull BC One 2023 World Final
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Return of the champs: Ami and Hong 10 win Red Bull BC One 2023 World Final

Ami and Hong 10 reigned victorious at the 20th edition of the Red Bull BC One World Final, which went down in Paris. Find out everything you need to know and enjoy the live stream replay.
By Tracy Kawalik, Emmanuel Adelekun, FraGue Moser-Kindler
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On October 21, 2023, Paris's iconic Stade Roland-Garros set the stage for the 20th Red Bull BC One World Final. In the hallowed tennis arena, 16 b-boys and 16 b-girls clashed for the coveted championship title.
With discerning eyes, judges Babyson, MovieOne, Hill, Flea Rock and Kill singled out the best from a lineup pulsating with youthful vigour, creativity, and style. Guiding spectators through this dance spectacle were hosts MyVerse and Amjad, with DJ One Up laying down beats that pushed the breakers to give their best.
After a thrilling span of four hours and 30 riveting battles, Ami and Hong 10 emerged as the luminous champions of Red Bull BC One 2023.
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Ami victorious for a second time

Ami of Japan celebrates with the winners belt during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris, France, on October 21, 2023.

Ami won her second Red Bull BC One World Final in 2023

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In the b-girl battle, 24-year-old Ami emerged victorious over her competitors. Facing off against China's 671 in a thrilling three-round final, Ami showed she is a complete b-girl with seamless flow, precision footwork and dynamic power moves. This win marks her second world final victory, having previously made history as the inaugural b-girl champion at the Red Bull BC One World Final 2018. Now, she stands as one of only two b-girls to clinch the Red Bull BC One World Final title on two occasions, the other being Kastet.
I’m so happy to win the Red Bull BC One belt a second time. But more than that, I’m happy that I could express myself and have fun on the stage
Asked about how she feels after winning twice, she said: “I’m so happy to win the Red Bull BC One belt a second time. But more than that, I’m happy that I could express myself and have fun on the stage. This time, I tried not to focus on the belt because I knew the Top 16 and every battle was going to be tough. So I tried not to think about winning but instead to enjoy the stage and go back to the original reason I started breaking - to have fun.”
Commenting on the final battle, judge Babyson, said: “For me, Ami shows that she is mature. She doesn’t need to do big moves to show that she has a story to her dance and flavor. She makes it look easy. The final was close, and it was hard to choose for me, but it came down to Ami being more experienced. 671 is so good and amazing, but she’s still young.”
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Hong 10 secures a third title

Hong 10 of Korea celebrates with the winners belt during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris, France on October 21, 2023.

Hong 10 won his third Red Bull BC One World Final in 2023

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Hailing from South Korea, Hong 10 clinched the win in the b-boy battle as he showcased dazzling moves that edged out Canada's Phil Wizard - a dancer who has long regarded Hong 10 as a guiding figure in his journey and battled him for unlimited rounds to test his skill and stamina.
This triumph marks his third Red Bull BC One title, with prior victories in 2006 and 2013. The legendary Hong 10 stunned with countless signature moves and perfect control in complex freezes and combos. Now, only Hong 10 and B-Boy Menno from the Netherlands hold the distinct honour of securing three Red Bull BC One World Final titles.
Hong 10 said after his victory: “My goal was to get to the final stage with Phil Wizard, so I was already happy when I got there. I’ve practiced with Phil loads before; he is next level, but you never know who will win a battle. It ain’t over till it’s over.”
"I don’t think I’ll be going for a fourth Red Bull BC One World Final title. I’ll leave that to the young guns. For now, I plan to focus on working with the community instead of competing in battles.”
My goal was to get to the final stage with Phil Wizard, so I was already happy when I got there
Judge Flea Rock said about his performance: "It was really amazing to see Hong 10. He's the oldest one up there, and for him to win, it shows you that age doesn't matter. Hong 10 has his own style. If you see a silhouette of him, you'll know it's Hong 10. When you watch him break, you notice how many signatures he has and how many different concepts he came up with on his own. Everybody did amazing; it was tough, but I feel overall Hong 10 deserved it."
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Here's what went down at the Red Bull BC One World Final Paris

The Red Bull BC One World Final kicked off with an impressive roster of 32 competitors: 16 b-boys and 16 b-girls. They clashed on the stage, vying for a coveted spot in the quarter-finals, captivating more than 8,000 spectators.
Advancing in the b-boy segment were Kastrito (Mexico), Phil Wizard (Canada), Hong 10 (South Korea), Kid Karam (UK), Khalil (France), Mighty Jake (Venezuela), Dany Dann (France), and Issin (Japan). The next face-off saw Phil Wizard of Canada challenging Japan's Issin, while France's Dany Dann squared off with Korean legend Hong 10. The highlight was the electrifying showdown between the seasoned Hong 10 and Phil Wizard from Toronto, who shares Korean roots.
B-boy Allef of Brazil competes against during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros in Paris, France on October 21, 2023.

Allef represented Brazil in the Top 16

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On the b-girl side, the quarter-finals spotlighted Ami (Japan), India (Netherlands), Nicka (Lithuania), Riko (Japan), 671 (China), Syssy (France), Yasmin (Japan), and Stefani (UK). The Semi-Finals were equally intense, with reigning 2022 champion India locking horns with Japan's Ami, while 671 from China danced off against Lithuania's Nicka, culminating in the gripping final battle between Ami and 671.
Deciding the fates of these exceptional breakers was a panel of five esteemed judges. The panel comprised b-boy luminaries such as Flea Rock, the standout B-Boy Kill, and Latin American hip-hop trailblazer Dr Hill. Joining them were Babyson, a monumental figure in French breaking, and Spain's top-tier b-girl, Movie One.
Firebird in the battle against 671 during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros in Paris, France on October 20, 2023.

Firebird does the head-hollowback in the battle against 671

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Reflecting on the day's energy and prowess, judge Babyson remarked: "The level of talent today was just crazy. In the b-boy bracket, the strongest breakers were more obvious, whereas the b-girl talent was super close. Taking home the title is not just about having the best power moves, but also about story-telling, which often comes from experience."
Taking home the title is not just about having the best power moves, but also about story-telling, which often comes from experience
Judge Babyson
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Ami's winner interview

Following her triumph, we sat down with newly crowned double Red Bull BC One Champion Ami to talk about her experience.

How does it feel to win the belt twice?

I’m so happy to win the Red Bull BC One belt a second time, but more than that, I’m happy that I could express myself and have fun on the stage. This time I tried not to focus on the belt because I knew the Top 16 and every battle was going to be tough. So I tried not to think about winning but instead to enjoy the stage and go back to the original reason I started breaking - to have fun.

In the world final you definitely looked like you were having fun! Have you been focusing on that in training?

For me, when I competed at the world championship at the Asian Games, I was trying to put so much stuff into my moves that I couldn’t enjoy battling. I was constantly thinking, I have to do this and that was so stressful. So after that championships, I changed my mentality. Of course, I still focus on my sets but now I try even more to enjoy myself because I started breaking because it was fun. If I’m not having fun there’s no meaning.

Ami (L) of Japan competes against Toquinha of Brazil during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris, France on October 21, 2023.

Ami in her battle against Brazil's Toquinha

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How did the final feel?

I wasn’t sure if I won or lost but I was already happy that I did my best. Of course, I cared and wanted to win the belt after the final, but I was just enjoying the moment and watching for the decision.

Do you have a good luck charm when you compete?

My mom made these earrings and at every competition, I’m always wearing them. I can’t remember when the first time was but if you look back at battle videos you can see every time that I’m wearing them. Also the necklace I wear, my mentor B-Boy Katsu-One gave it to me so I wear this every battle. The outfits change but these two things always stay the same.

B-Girl Ami of Japan competes against 671 of China during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros in Paris, France, on October 21, 2023.

Ami shows her acrobatic skills in the final battle against 671

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You dedicated your win to your family and friends. How did it feel to have your sister Ayu in the front row cheering you on?

It means a lot to me. Before the Top 16 when I was backstage, I was so nervous. But when I got on the stage and saw my sister in the front row, sitting there in front of me, that made all my nerves go away. She’s always supported me so it means a lot to me that she was there.

How integral is your relationship with your family to your breaking and training?

My sister Ayu and I live in our own places now so we don’t practice together every day. But when we’re at my family home we practice until midnight every day. I really respect her and every time we dance together we really inspire each other.

When I was a kid my mom was always driving me to practices and battles. So when I practice my mom always watches. But she doesn’t watch the competitions because she doesn’t want to get nervous! So she waits until after, when she knows the result, and then she watches the video. I think now that they’ve heard the news my mom and dad are happy.

Ami of Japan at Court Philippe Chatrier in preparation for the Red Bull BC One World Final, at Roland Garros in Paris, France on October 20, 2023.

Ami, in a thoughtful moment ahead of the Red Bull BC One World Final

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You’ve been consistently at the top of your game and breaking at a high level since you made history in 2018. How did you prepare emotionally and physically for tonight?

Sometimes it’s been really tough. There have been so many battles but in some of those competitions, I didn’t feel really good. Not only the result but I mean my performance. Even though I practiced so hard because of the pressure and because of the stress I didn’t enjoy the stage at the battle. Red Bull BC One has always been my dream stage and I really wanted to have fun on the stage. So I just keep focusing on that rather than the result.

Physically everything was okay. Like everyone who is practising hard for the competition, so was I.

You’ve battled 671 a lot recently. Did you have any tactics that you put in place?

I was just trying to focus on myself and what I wanted to do but at the end of the day, it’s still a battle. So before the final rounds I was thinking, 'what is my strategy? What's my stronger skill than her?' I know 671’s technique is crazy amazing, but for me, what’s important, is that my breaking looks super clean and cool so I decided that was my strategy.

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Hong 10's winner interview

We also met newly-crowned triple champion Hong 10 to chat about taking the win at the 20th edition of Red Bull BC One.

How does it feel to take your third Red Bull BC One belt home to South Korea?

Honestly, I feel amazing and it was an amazing day. My goal was just to get to the finals and battle against Phil Wizard, so when I did that I was already happy and after I didn’t care, I just did my best and actually hoped Phil would win, but somehow I won. I wish I could explain more how I feel now but I can’t find the right words, it was just so amazing.

How did you prepare mentally, emotionally and physically for this World Final after suffering an injury that stopped you competing last year at the World Final in New York?

I just kept having hope in my mind. I was thinking about this whole year of 2023 as it was a dramatic year for me. In the beginning, I was still recovering from an injury and then I started to take part in the Olympic qualification battles but then injured my back. I recovered from that and then injured my knee, so that was another thing to recover from. This whole year was an up-and-down drama, it was crazy, but every time I had an injury, or something else happened, I just kept praying to God to please give me the power to stand up again and keep going.

Hong 10 of Korea runs on stage during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris, France on October 21, 2023.

Hong 10 made his entrance to the stage energetic and fun to watch

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Many people considered your semi-final battle against Dany Dann a highlight of the night. Considering he was from France, did you have a specific strategy or approach to that battle?

With Paris being Dany Dann’s home I knew the crowd was going to cheer for him, but I’ve gotten used to that from all the times I’ve battled outside of my country, so I didn’t let it get to me. Plus, I think the crowd just wanted to see a hype battle and see us do our best, so it also gave me power to hear the crowd cheering for Dany.

I didn’t want to start the battle as I knew I couldn’t underestimate him, so I tried to get him to start by saying, 'this is your home country Dany, start, your crowd wants to see you dance', and he understood that and started, so that strategy worked. I was also a bit tired and I think Dany was tired too, but I tried to not show it in that moment on the stage and instead made myself look cool, calm and collected.

Which battle was more intense against Phil Wizard, the unlimited rounds battle you two had in South Korea, or this BC One World final battle?

I would say this World Final battle was more intense because here in Paris it was a big venue with a massive crowd. This made me nervous while at the same time gave me the energy to do the battle. When I challenged Phil to an unlimited rounds battle in South Korea I honestly didn’t know that the battle was going to be so long. I was expecting maybe six or seven rounds and then we’d be done and happy, but I realised when we got to rounds nine and 10 that it was going to be longer.

That battle was a totally different vibe as it happened in my studio with a lot of breakers from all around the world coming to watch. That was because there was a big WDSF championship breaking competition happening in South Korea at that time. So for that battle I didn’t feel nervous.

Hong 10 of Korea competes against Phil Wizard of Canada during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros in Paris, France, on October 21, 2023.

Hong 10 in the final battle against Phil Wizard

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How do you remember all of your moves when doing so many rounds at the World Final?

I found a way which is kind of simple, I just put numbers on each of my moves and then I can remember them easily. So for each battle, I would say this move is number one, this move is number two and then when I think of the number I automatically think of the move. I tried this for the first time when I did the long exhibition battle against B-Boy Harricane. Because it was so many rounds I couldn’t remember all my moves for a battle that long, so I tried this system and it was much easier. From there I kept using this method, but every battle I change things up and keep switching the numbers around.

Did all the exhibition battles you’ve done in the past two years help you this time on the World Final stage?

Yes. From the battle against Harricane to battling 10 people in Vegas, then battling another 10 people for 20 back-to-back rounds in New York, and then going 17 rounds with Phil Wizard, it really made me hit the next level of stamina. At the age I am now, I probably wouldn’t be able to compete as I have been doing if I didn’t have this level of stamina.

Hong 10 of Korea celebrates during the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros, Paris, France on October 21, 2023.

Hong 10 in the moment he found out he won the Red Bull BC One again

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How different were your three winning experiences?

The first one, in 2006, I battled against Ronnie and Roxrite, a generation of breakers who are a little older than me. The win that year felt great because it was my first big solo battle win after I kept getting second place at competitions. When I won in 2006 it felt the same as now as I didn’t have the words to say how amazing it was to achieve that win.

Then I lost in the first round of the 2011 World Final and that kind of affected me. That trauma stayed in the back of my mind and made me nervous to battle. Then, before the 2013 World Final, I was doing my South Korean military service and so I couldn’t go to any battles. For that whole year, I just practised and maybe that’s why I was able to win the World Final for the second time in 2013. That was also in South Korea so I was really happy and proud of myself to win in my home country against returning champions like Mounir and Menno.

This year I went into the World Final with the mindset that I’m just a challenger now, not a returning champion. For me, it was about accepting this mind frame so then whatever result came my way I was ready to simply embrace it.

Now you have three titles, will you try and go for a fourth belt?

I think, for me, it’s enough to have three World Final belts. Maybe in the future one of the young guns will win four, or maybe Menno will do it. I hope someone will, but for me, I am too old for that.

B-girl Ami of Japan and Hong 10 of Korea celebrate their victory in the Red Bull BC One World Final at Court Philippe-Chatrier Roland Garros in Paris, France on October 21, 2023.

The two deserving winners backstage after the event

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So, what's next for you?

I think I’ve done enough battles for now, so maybe it’s time to give back to the community that I'm from.

What words of motivation do you have for young breakers to keep going and working towards winning the Red Bull BC One World Final?

We know our culture, maybe I win today but then I might lose tomorrow. There is no one who is a champion forever, as winning and losing always happens and I’ve lost more times than I’ve won, but the key is to keep trying. I also think that maybe the key to being successful is to humble yourself and to keep challenging yourself, which will make you a better person. Then you will truly deserve what you’ve worked for. I think that’s the motivation for me as winning isn’t what I look for satisfaction in.

Also, all the great breakers give me inspiration when I watch them dancing. Honestly, when I practise with them I actually feel like, I’m nothing in here with these great breakers because they are so great. Then I start to get weak mentally when I watch them practise because my body doesn’t let me do loads of hard stuff anymore, but they are using their bodies to always do something crazy. Because of this, I needed to find something to help me keep pushing. So I started to focus on myself and have a mindset in which I just want to prepare stuff in my breaking and then show what I’ve prepared to the people. With this mindset, I stopped caring or thinking about my opponent. Of course, my opponents have been great but I just think about me, my moves and how I want to show myself when I am breaking.

Watch the replay of the Red Bull BC One 2023 World Final Paris below:

World Final

Watch the world's best b-boys and b-girls battle it out to become the 2023 Red Bull BC One World Champions.

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Red Bull BC One goes to Rio de Janeiro in 2024

Embedded in a beautiful showcase displaying the different flavours of Brazil, we learned that the Red Bull BC One 2024 World Final will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 7, 2024. Tickets are on sale now.
Rio, Brazil Red Bull BC One World Final 2024 announcement showcase at Court Philippe-Chatrier, Roland Garros in Paris, France on October 21, 2023.

The Red Bull BC One 2024 World Final was revealed with a showcase

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Ami is a two-time Red Bull BC One World Champion and a member of the Red Bull BC One All Stars.

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