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!!!!!|
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
Selfie Stick Skills: +10
Part 2 hopefully within 2 weeks time.
Cheers Big Ears