B-boy ter­mi­nol­ogy

Not sure b-by­ing is all about? Here's what you need to know.

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For starters, don’t call it “break­danc­ing”. The cor­rect term is b-boy­ing, or break­ing, as it orig­i­nally was back in the 1970s on the streets of Brook­lyn, New York. Break­danc­ing was just a term mis­tak­enly coined by the me­dia, that un­for­tu­nately hap­pened to stick. Fans of hip-hop cul­ture, how­ever, will al­ways re­mem­ber it as b-boy­ing or break­ing.

Now here are some other terms in b-boy­ing you should know:

Cypher

An in­for­mal gath­er­ing where peo­ple gather around a cir­cle while b-boys or b-girls take turns show­ing off their moves in the mid­dle of the cir­cle.

Bit­ing

The act of copy­ing some­one else’s moves. When you catch an op­po­nent bit­ing dur­ing a bat­tle, you can call him on it by do­ing the “bit­ing sign” – clench your fists, put your arms across your chest and bring your fore­arms to­gether in a “bit­ing” mo­tion. It’s con­sid­ered a se­ri­ous ac­cu­sa­tion and in­sult, so you’d bet­ter be sure that per­son is bit­ing be­fore you do the sign.

Lilou do­ing some threads.

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