Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Bejing China Trip 01: The Last Man Standing 2014 (1 of 2)

Just over a year ago I entered my first overseas popping contest, the Last Man Standing in Beijing China. Coming to a scene where I had zero rep was quite a humbling feeling.

Flyer of the event from Wechat
A week before I bumped into two poppers (Aerson and friend which I forget his name) at Yonghegong Lama Temple Station, got their Wechat and headed to the station to catch up with my class mates. Thank goodness one of them knew English because my mandarin is crap.


This video was from the pre party the night before of Tai in a exhibition battle with Crazy Duck. Man that bar was quite hidden but with the help of some locals dancers that I befriended we eventually found it. Because I don't regularly watch popping videos unless they are Australian, I wasn't up to date with the who's who in the Asia scene. I remember asking some local dancers who was that person that everyone was watching, it was Hoan. I also met few other well known Korean poppers Jayone, Dandy, and Z-Box. Tai and Kin I knew because they were in Australia earlier that year, and surprisingly they remember me (ego +2). My rep had a slight boots when some of the local dancers saw me talking to Kin and Tai (ego +5).

It was quite a small venue and the locals weren't really letting loose, more watching
Danced with some of the local female talent (ego +2), chatted with two Russian girls about Putin (ego +15) and jammed/exchanged with a few locals and met a popper called Abobo (that I'll eventually meet at Red Bull Hip Top Top 16 a few weeks later). Got slightly lost when walking back to hotel but got home safe and slightly cold.

Total Ego gained: +24


Recorded this as I was walking to the train station.

3 train changes, black taxi and 2 hours later. Would of been so lost if it weren't for you guys.
This will be illegal in Australia.
Eating before the event with the first poppers I met in Beijing.
Dancers that I met at the pre party the night before.
Kenky is a featured dancer at that studio.... and AKUMA from Street Fighter!!!!!

Free Cigarettes!

A few days ago I was able acquired a blue tooth selfie stick, time to put it to good use. It broke several weeks later.

Kin was the judge for this event and there was around ~120 entrances. 100 Yuan entry fee (~$20 ausd).

Finally able to get the video off yoku. You can see me attempting to stand out and I vaguely remembering getting pins and needles at one stage. Watched the rest of the prelims which took around 2 hours. Overall it was a good fact finding mission. Didn't make it past prelims (ego -30, determination +20).

The music is what I expected, but played a lot more funk compared to top 32 and onward which was mainly consist of instrumental popping beats. Day one finished after the top 32 rounds.

Met an American student who studying Chinese Medicine at the event, unfortunately she was dating one of the organisers. Saw another good local talent, but chickened out.

Post day 1 dinner, I'm not a chilli person.


A quick video recap during the walk back to the hotel.

When looking back at the prelim set, it was an okay but I did too much. Based on my tally scoring system I would give myself 33 likes.

Total Ego gained: -6
Total Determination gained: +20
Total Chicken outs: +2
Total Rep gained: +0.5
Mandarin: +0.5
Selfie Stick Skills: +10

Part 2 hopefully within 2 weeks time.

Cheers Big Ears
Danish Parliament

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Me Judging Score Sheets for Rock the Block 3 (12th April 2015)

Rock the Block (12th April 2015)

The third Rock the Block event at Street Beatz Studio (Wollongong) and my first time judging this event. It was the first time that for popping that we got 3 different judges compared to the previous years where it was only Poppin Jack judging. Jack suggested to get a three person panel as it will bring some variety in terms of judging, and there was some interesting discussions between us  when reviewing some of the battles. My last judging event was during last year's Destructive steps so it has been sometime since.
The music was supplied to the event by DJ Naiki, and he pretty much spun none stop from start to finish. A lot of songs I never heard of during the day which is always awaesome. Much props to him.
Got to thank Brooke and Don for putting this yearly event on, all the particpaints that entered, all the mums, dads, friends and family that came down to support and all those who made the treck down to the gong. No props giving to the crappy weather.

The Running Tally System in Brief

For those who don't know what all these numbers mean, I do a running tally whenever I see something I like. Simply the person with more likes wins. People will notice that I was playing with my phone during the event
With this system contestants can see how they can kind of see how they did compared to other people during the event.
This is my screen and program I use to do the running tally, this score sheet was from the popping finals.
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Kids Battle
There was definetly some interesting battles among the kids this year. Some kids were more groove based and some were more technical which made some exciting matchups. The future is bright!
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Notes: The number on the sides were my top 8 in chronological order

Top 8
Note: Votes for finals were 1 to Macy and Dom and 2 for Jaya and Brenden
Now thinking back I feel that the finals should of been at least 3 rounds for each team.
This year we had 33 entrances, breaking a new record in terms of this event. It was interesting to have each contestant pick a number to decide who they were battling, kind of having them to "choose their fate". I did feel having only 1 set for each battle was a bit short, but given the time it couldn't be done any other way. Perhaps doing the whole popping competition in a separate room or have a 3 hour cypher preliminary.
Overall there was a lot of close contests which could of gone another way if there were different judges.
Top 33/Prelims
C:\Users\Danis Kool\Documents\Scanned Documents\Rock the Block 2015\Image (34).jpgCircles = Winner
Tally = How many votes, middle is tie
Top 16
Top 8

Danis Kool

Destructive Steps 6 (12/7/14) - UTS HHS Recap

A recap that I posted as President of the UTS Hip Hop Society in 2014. Thanks Kai for the editing.
On the 12th of July 2014, UTS Hip Hop Society hosted Destructive Steps 6. With 251 competitors on the day (compared to 122 from the previous year), this year's iteration set a new record and raised expectations for future events to come.

The UTS MPSH was used for the 3v3 Bboy competition, which included competitors from all across Australia as well as international competitors from Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, New Caledonia and South Korea. Seeing the court filled with so many talented dancers was surreal and really showcased the MPHS in a new light.

Of the 62 teams that entered, only 10 teams were able to progress to the top 16. Although, none of the members from UTS Hiphop Soc could pass the extremely challenging preliminary, they clearly demonstrated significant improvement and were able to stay composed even against the most experienced of opponents.

Fun Crew vs United Troll Society (Kazu, Hugh, Sang)

Blank Canvas (Howe) vs ???

The Underground played host to the 1v1 Popping competition. Our society had 5 representatives entering the field of 65 entrants, made up of a mix of interstate dancers from Melbourne, Brisbane, Cairns, Perth and local Sydney dancers. To put things into perspective, it was the largest gathering of Australian poppers in recent history.

Of the five members who entered, two (Miguel and Rhys) made it to the top 16.

Our treasurer of 2014, Miguel's top 16 battle was against veteran Sydney dancer Fatrick Pong (Minds of Mischief crew). Fatrick received two judge votes and the third judge drew, knocking Miguel out of the competition.

Miguel vs Fatrick

Rhys' top 16 match up was against another veteran of the dance, P.J. (Funk Box crew) from Melbourne. It was a tight contest with two judges voting for Rhys and the final judge drawing, putting him through to the quarter finals. He was then matched up in the top 8 against the international battle guest Ta-i (Atomic crew) from Korea. With Ta-i's vast experience and the benefit of coming from a far more developed scene, Rhys was eventually knocked out of the competition in a unanimous decision.

PJ vs Rhys

Rhys vs Tai

Ta-i went on to become the eventual winner of the competition, extending the Korean flawless victory streak to 4 out of 4 events.

UTS Hip Hop Society is proud to have been a part of this historical event that will be talked about for years to come in the Australian street dance/hip hop community. We would like to thank J-One (founder of Destructive Steps), ActivateUTS, the Underground, Teegan, Sebastian (the sound technician), the MPSH staff (Andrew, Belinda and Conor), event staff, event volunteers and all the competitors and spectators that attended the event.