Zack, the face of collapse, the new Olympic sport



eBreak is a style of dance that grew up in The United States in the 1970s, and more precisely in the borough of New York Bronx. it comes from the culture Hip hop It is based on dance battles. Today, this art is a culture in itself in which thousands of young people from all over the world participate. The International Olympic Committee is no stranger to it and has included it in Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028 Games. Like surfing, skateboarding or rock climbing, station wagons are part of a new group of Olympic disciplines aimed at attracting new audiences.

In Spain, Cordopes Bey Boy zach i just stayed Fifth in the World Cup It was contested in Paris. They reached the quarter-finals against the best candidate, the American Victor. In the competition, all the cutters use his stage name, but apart from the same Xak, 35 Juan de la Torre. The Andalusian dancer is introduced to this art that few people know.

Zach, B Boy is the Spaniard who finished fifth at the last World Cup in Paris.Photos: Nigel Rivero

Debt limit exceeded

“We call it a break. Brick dance is a term that came back to the press in the 80s, and it was popularized and it didn’t bother us, but really the method, the discipline and What we feel is breaking the words. What’s wrong is breaking up the dance, Zack explains.

Olympic sport?

Since its inclusion in the Olympic program, there has been some debate as to whether breaking it should be part of it, as many don’t even recognize it as a sport. “I am very practical. According to the dictionary, sport is a structured activity. In its competitive form, hydraulic fracturing is a sport. We can make a comparison with martial arts, like judo. Its essence is not athletic but artisticLike demolition, but in this competitive context, it has all the characteristics that define it as a sport, whether we like it or not “, he explains, stressing:” We were not surprised when it was announced that he was going to be an Olympic. We’ve been exposed to competition before and it’s a new platform.

Futuro Olimpico del Brecrec

Xak has no doubts about it: “I think I know because it’s something very visible, very easy to see, and eye-catching. There are more frequent sports, and if you don’t like it it’s hard to see everything, but It is very easy for a spectator to sympathize with someone because people dance completely differently. It is very likely that it will continue after these two games because there are already a lot of young people who practice it, who love it, as well as the lifestyle behind it, the appearance, the attitude, the confidence, the presence… “.

Today, Xak devotes himself body and soul to shattering, a method he began to practice at the age of 15 in Lucena (Córdoba). One of his colleagues showed him what this kind of dance was and his reaction was “Love at first sight”. “He put on the music and started dancing. It seems crazy to me. I said, ‘I don’t know what to do, but show me.’ “”

Juan de la Torre began to study both culture and movements, and gradually he was winning competitions. “I went to study law in Granada and then moved to Cordoba to work in a family office. I was doing very well, but both worlds took a lot of time and energy. I chose to take a break and dance because the office might come back, but the bodies are gone, ”Bee Boy recalls.

Xak, who is sponsored by Red Bull and athletic shoe brand Algorishoes, revealed to MARCA that his stage name matched random letters in an internet cafe many years ago, and that drove him over late in his competitive life, where no one would own one. . same.

Where do you know?

The professionalism brought by Olympic sport will perhaps cause the fracture to lose part of its essence. In Xak’s case, it was about his training: “I didn’t go to a school and I wasn’t just a self-taught teacher. You can access information by asking, there is a lot of word of mouth and going back to previous generations. You yourself begin to develop critical judgment, video record yourself, and rely on other people who know you and know where you want to go. This is how we evolve and evolve our style.

Everything is there to know the practice of the break


B-Boy practically lives for his passion, where he has to “water” physical labor after acquaintance, but an ordinary day is like this for an artist and athlete from Cordoba: “I train from Monday to Saturday. Five days I rest and four days I do physical training indoors. For example, I arrive on Monday to train and do activation, mobility and plyometrics, then I move on to the technical part of the breakdown. Eventually you’ll move on to the strength part and some days you’ll end up with cardio. In total, it can be around six hours a day“According to the athlete and the Spanish divide, “Physically, it takes a lot of you. “In fact, it is enough to see it in action to see the difficulty and the material requirements of this art. “It takes a few habits, and if you want to practice it in high competition, you have to be consistent and a lot of dedication. If you want to avoid injury, you need very high physical maintenance.

competitive exercises

“I like to have a balance between prepared workouts and what is improvised, it’s what you are developing right now based on the music and depending on what your competitor is doing. The cycle usually lasts about 45 seconds to a minuteWhile we don’t really have a time limit, we should be able to get you back.

Competition mode

The shape of the Olympics will be similar to that of the last World Cup, so that “all passes can have both male and female contenders, and there is a qualifying round. 32 with the best score are divided into eight groups of four athletes competing against all in battles Dos tours. In these rounds, nobody loses or wins, but the points are accumulated and the one with the most in the group is part of the top 8. The tournament starts here, that is to say, he moves on to the next round. . The greatest number of points. If there is a tie in the round, a third is made.


“The music you find. You have no idea what’s going to play out. You can only investigate the DJ (s) attending the competition. You can find his music again or see if he likes to play more funk, rap or breaks. That way you can practice listening to that music, but you don’t know what will put you in the competition, ”says Xak. Of course, B-Boy stresses that this section is the key: “The most precious thing is music. You can be very technical, very creative, present or attractive, but If you miss the music, it won’t give you a good score“Everyone who starts a fight studies the rhythm as it comes, to start their entry at the right time. DJ Ros and Lady Funk are Xak’s favorite DJs.

Dictionary and basic chapter movements


Xak explains that judges have a schedule for scoring many aspects, although these begin with three general areas, called “Sistema Trivium”. “What the judges refer to, often summing up because it’s so complex, is over A system divided into body, mind and spirit. Basically it refers to the physical part and the performance; The creative and artistic part. Part of assisting and responding to what your opponent is doing. In each of these three blocks, there are sub-sections such as aesthetics, shape, fluidity… what the judges do is give us the two points and then compare them. From there comes a winner, ”explains Juan de la Torre.


In this sense, nothing is constant: Everyone dresses as they want. There are those who like the blanket more and also those who don’t like it because it can bother them. There are those who want narrower pants and wider ones. We have those who wear wider shoes and others who are thinner.

Fifth in the World Cup

“I was happy with my performance because at the start we were a bit misguided about what it would look like. When I discovered it I knew I had time to prepare for the top 8. Once I got to the top it just depends on who I’m going to deal with at the fork in the road. It happened in this fight. Without Victor’s turn, I think I would have had my options.

Is it beatable? “You can beat him, but you have to develop a long-term competitive strategy. In our system when I use a move I can’t repeat it anymore because it will lower your score, I need a strategy to participate in many turns because once I use something I won’t can no longer use it, although some movements can be recycled. I need a multi-round strategy.

collapse forces

“Son United States (California and Florida), Japan, Netherlands and Russia. At the World Cup in Paris, an American won in the boys, a Canadian second and a Russian third. For the girls, the first and second were Japanese.

reduction key

In this sense, Xak warns that to become among the best, everything goes through daily work. “Persistence is the most important thing to practice. “. If I tell you that to be good at this you need at least 10 years, someone would think twice. After 10 years, you can start to develop your style and your personality until they start to take you into account. It is a very technical method and you can spend a year perfecting the movement. If you don’t have perseverance, it doesn’t matter how strong, flexible, musical… You will get bored and let go, ”he warns.



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