A blog by BBoy Hatsolo of Flow-Mo Crew

Time to get busy

August 18th, 2009

Summer holidays are over and it`s time to get back to the grind. Altough whole summer was really hectic and I feel like im ready for dark finnish fall!! It seems also that lot of big things are going to happen soon. I made it to the IBE Europe Team with bgirl AT and the following weekend are Circle Prinz and UkChamps eliminations here in Helsinki. Dj lineup is just crazy: Skeme Richards, Renegade and Timber….quaranteed dope music.

Enjoy the last days of summer and Chase the clouds away!!!!

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Dj Skeme Richards “The 2$ Dollar Soul Show”

August 9th, 2009

“The 2$ Dollar Soul Show”is a podcast show you definately have to check out! 100% quality music to practice, party or chill from Dj Skeme Richards (Rock Steady Crew and Sesion 31). ”The 2$ Dollar Soul Show” has been backbone of my ipod music library during practises and travels past 2 years.

Skeme is also spinning in Tauko Jam and UK Champs Eliminations 21-,22-,23.8. Don`t miss it!

Peace

-hats

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What is Soul?!!?!?

July 30th, 2009

For two and a half weeks, 10-12 hours a day, we have been inside the dark Kiasma theatre with Flow Mo working on our new theater piece “Response”. We started planning and making material last spring and the whole experience has been extremely heavy. I can honestly say that we all had to strech our limits in every aspect of mind, body and soul. It also feels like this the most personal crew show we have ever done.

Today 30.7. is the premiere and tomorrow 31.7. is the second show in Kiasma Theater. Come and check it out!!

One of the topics that came up during the theater process was the meaning of Soul. What does soul represent to you personally and how do you see it in others? For me soul is deeply connected to feelings. As long as I can feel, I feel existence of the soul too, even if I felt happines or misery or anything between. One other thing I noticed was that i’m not feeling good or happy when there is nothing to do. In other words, happy don`t make me happy. I was stuck with trying to figure all this out… Then I accidentaly came across the following quote from Friedrich Nietzsche and found myself in it.
“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge.

I believe the way to find the essence of your own true soulfullnes is to strip down all the pre-meditated gestures, pretence, the effort to express and just to exist in the moment.

-Hatsolo

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Finnish Breaking Jams Summer 2009

June 28th, 2009

I got lot of emails and myspace messages from people abroad asking info about Finnish jams so this post is for you and for everyone who are wondering wich jams to hit or miss this summer.

First one is Oulun Katutanssit wich takes place 2.-5.7.2009 in city called Oulu. This year is third edition of the jam and i have overheard that the afterparties are really dope!
There is 3v3 breaking battle and open showcase battle(allstyles) for maximum of 7people.
Judges are Karim (Actuel Force, France), Sanchez (Sweden), Bboy Ata (Ghost Crew, Finland), Sanaz(Finland, Sharkie (Natural Hype, Sonic Skool Crew, Finland), Syöttökaulus (Young Beat Crew, Finland)

Second we have Paypback Jam 10.-11.7.2009 located in the middle of Finland in the city of Jyväskylä. It`s also my home city although I now live in Helsinki. In the third edition of the jam they have 2vs2 breaking, 2vs2 newstyle and showcase battles.
Judges for the breaking battles are Storm (Battle Squad / Germany), JIMBO (Sticky Ruckus / Finland ), Chino (Fusion Rockers / Spain) and for the newstyle Calle (Sweden), Sanaz (Cooma/Finland) and Sabina(Sweden).
DJs Woo-D (Balkan Mafia / Slovenia), I-Spin (Rancid Rockers / JKL)
In connection with Jyväskylän Kesä festival there is theatre performances from Storm, Flow Mo and Cooma in city theathre.

The Breakerz Trevenge is one of the oldest jams in finland. It was off for many years but thanks to Jimbo(Sticky Ruckus) and M-Flava it`s back!!! Event is held at Tampere 25.7. Quaranteed good vibe with nice venue. Check out highlights videoclip from year 2008.

Last but not least is the multijam weekend in the capital of Finland, Helsinki. We have Circle Prinz Finland and Uk Bboy Championships Eliminations for North Europe 22.-23.8.2009. More info also on taukojalka.com forums.
Circle Prinz
2vs2 Battles
Host: Bboy Amjad (7 Dollars Crew, Main organizer of CIrcle Kingz, SUI)
DJ’s:Skeme Richards (Rock Steady Crew, Sesion 31, Philadelphia USA),Renegade (Extended Players, London UK)
Timber (Horse Power Djs, Mighty Zulu Kingz, Barcelona SPA)
Judges:
Wicket (Footwork Fanatix, Renegades, San Francisco USA),Marre (Ghost Crew SWE),Jesse13 (FIN)

Uk Champs Eliminations
1vs1 Bboy battle, 1vs1 Bgirl battle and Crew Battle
Judges: Bboy Wicket (USA), Bboy Mouse (UK), Just Do It (NED)
Dj’s:Renegade (UK),Timber (UK),Skeme Richards (USA)
Host: Amjad (SUI)
Workshops by Wicket(USA) 19.-20.2009
Few last years have been crazy and I think this year is going to be even more hype!!

Peace
-hats

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Art Of Battle By Alien Ness Mighty Zulu Kingz

June 18th, 2009

“DEDICATED TO ALL THE STUDENTS OF THE DANCE WORLDWIDE”

Finally there is a real book realeased written by bboy for a bboys to use. Art Of Battle is not the first book about breaking but surelu first that studies the key element of our dancing, battle. I´ll write you a rewiew of the book when I get my hands into it.

Synopsis

“The Art of Battle is the first ever manual created specificly with the bboy who enters judged battles in mind within the pages, are the keys to be successful in any situation a competitor might face in a battle. This is a full colleciton of strategies, things to consider, advice for preparation, training, runs, sets, commandos, routines and a study of gestures and burners.

Without battling, bboying itself would not exist. Every aspect of the dance was created for competition, and every move is judged according to its effectiveness as a weapon. Through battle, b-boys and b-girls learn to use humble discipline as a foundation for arrogant creativity. They transform precision and finesse into symbols of raw agression. They attack without mercy, yet still see their opponents as distinct and valuable human beings. Ultimately, battling teaches its disciples how to style to reconcile opposing forces, a skill that may well be at teh heart of Hip-Hop itself. It is certainly the reason why Alien Ness can simultaneously be one of b-boying’s most vicious warriors and also one it’s most respected diplomats. Joe Schloss, author; “Making Beats: The Art of Sample-Based Hip-Hop”

You can order book here Art Of Battle

-hatsolo

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Arsonists, NonPhixion, Bobitto, RockSteady……

June 17th, 2009

I was just surfing on youtube and found this classic video!
Ill Bill, Jise, Coretex and Q-unique killing it with bboys such as Crazy Legs, Frosty Freeze, Smerk, Fever One…
Let me know if you find out more names of the bboys in this video.

It was released in 1999 on a 12″-single called “SKEME TEAM ( Brooklyn Academy ) -Plan A” on 321Records

Q-unique is RockSteady rhymer  and he has put albums out solo and with croup called Arsonists(split up).  You can see him also dancing in Pro-Am 2000 video. All the Pro-Am videos contains lot of golden footage such as Kenny vs. King Uprock, early Skill Methodz, Ground Zero, Zulu Gremlin…….

More about Q-unique at Myspace

Enjoy

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ATCQ Live

June 4th, 2009

One of my all time favourite rap groups A Tribe Called Guest performing Can I Kick It.
Damn this is why i really love rap music, wish i could whitness somehing like this on a spot.
Now we have to settle for youtube version…but its still F*CK*NG dope!!!
Check out also the jerseys and caps.. can i dig it, yes i can!!

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The Soul of a Butterfly by ALI

May 21st, 2009

The Soulf of a Butterfly

The Soulf of a Butterfly

The Soul of a Butterfly written by Muhammad Ali is a dope book and consists lot of history how he became the legendary ALI. Its definately worth of reading and it helped me to listen to my heart more in dancing and everyday life.

“Champions aren`t made in gyms. Champions are made from something deep inside-
a desire, a dream, and a vision. They have to have the skill and the will.

BUT THE WILL MUST BE STRONGER THAN THE SKILL.

When I was boxing I would set a goal for my self to demonstrate to other people what could be done, and to prove to myself that anything was possible when i set a goal then worked to achieve it. We create our own realities according to our thoughts and beliefs. The critics who told me what I could´t do didn´t know as well as I what I was capable of.

Everyone wins and everyone loses every now and again. If we didn´t experience a loss we would never know what we are capable of. The important thing to remember is:
You don´t really lose when you fight for what you believe in. You lose when you fail to fight for what you care about.”
-Muhammed Ali in The Soul Of A Butterfly

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How to Climb Mountains by Paolo Coelho

April 24th, 2009

This is a story I go back to when I feel lost or uninspired in life or  breaking. Many complicated things in life can be explained by using simple examples. Whats your mountain to climb?

Choose the mountain you want to climb
Don’t be influenced by what people say: ‘that one’s prettier’ or ‘that one looks easier’. You are going to put a lot of energy and enthusiasm into achieving your objective, and you are the person responsible for your choice, so be quite sure about what you are doing. 

Find out how to reach the mountain

Often you can see the mountain in the distance - beautiful, interesting, full of challenges. However, when you try to reach it, what happens? It’s surrounded by roads; forests lie between you and your objective; and what seems clear on the map is far more complicated in reality. So you must try all the paths and tracks until, one day, you find yourself before the peak you intend to climb.

Learn from someone who has been there before

However unique you may think you are, there is always someone who has had the same dream before, and who will have left signs behind that will make the climb less ardous: the best place to attach a rope, trodden paths, branches broken off to make it easier to pass. It is your climb and it is your responsibility too, but never forget that other people’s experiences are always helpful.

Dangers, seen from close to, are controllable

When you start to climb the mountain of your dreams, pay attention to what is around you. There are, of course, precipices. There are almost imperceptible cracks. There are stones polished so smooth by rain and wind that they have becomes as slippery as ice. But if you know where you are putting your foot, you will see any traps and be able to avoid them.

The landscape changes, so make the most of it

You must, naturally, always keep in mind your objective-reaching the top. However, as you climb, the view changes, and there is nothing wrong with stopping now and then to enjoy the vista. With each metre you climb, you can see a little further, so take time to discover things you have never noticed before.

Respect your body

You will only manage to climb a mountain if you give your body the care it deserves. You have all the time that life gives you, so do not demand too much from your body. If you walk too quickly, you will grow tired and give up halfway. If you walk too slowly, night might fall and you will get lost. Enjoy the landscape, drink the cool spring water, and eat the fruit that Nature so generously offers you, but keep walking.

Respect your soul

Don’t keep repeating,’I'm not going to do it.’ Your soul knows this already. What it needs to do is to use this long walk in order to grow, to reach out as far as the horizon, to touch the sky. Obsession will not help you in the search for your goal, and will end up spoiling the pleasure of the climb. On the other hand, don’t keep repeating ‘It’s harder than I thought,’ because that will sap your inner strength.

Be prepared to go the extra mile

The distance to the top of the mountain is always greater than you think. Threr is bound to come a moment when what seemed close is still very far away. But since you are prepared to go still further, this should not be a problem.

Be joyful when you reach the top

Cry, clap your hands, shout out loud that you made it; let the wind (because it is always windy up there) purify your mind, cool yout hot, weary feet, open your eyes, blow the dust out of your heart. What was once a dream, a distant vision, is now part of your life. You made it, and that is good.

Make a promise

Now that you have discovered a strength you did not even know you had, tell yourself that you will use it for the rest of your days; promise yourself, too, to discover another mountain and set off on a new adventure.

Tell your story

Yes, tell your story. Be an example to others. Tell everyone that it’s possible, and then others will find the courage to climb their own mountains.”

From “Like the Flowing River” by Paolo Coelho

Peace
-hats

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