The Training Phase: The Step By Step Guide To Master Any Movement
The best way to approach training your break dance moves
Important: The Various Start and End Steps
Before you begin the training phase, It is important to know that every movement can start and finish at any given step. This is a little confusing at first to understand, but once you grasp the concept, your understanding of a move (all movements in general really) will expand far beyond the mere beginner.
Let me demonstrate how this works. Let’s use the 6 step as our example
Let’s talk about the starting step first…
When learning a 6 step, you most likely were taught starting from the frog position and then proceeded to do all 6 steps and ended back in the frog position.
Now if you learned from me, you know that I teach the 6 step starting from the neutral position. That means when you complete all 6 steps you end back in the neutral position.
Is either one wrong? No, because you still completed the pattern of 6 steps and if someone were to watch both ways of starting it would still look the same.
So who is to say you cant’s start your 6 step from a hook or say a crossover step in the back and then complete the pattern and end back where you started? No one of course!
This is super important to understand. Knowing this will open so many possibilities to your training phase because you won’t resort to finding a way to start your 6 step in only one position. You will be able to use different “In” moves (“In” moves will be covered later in this guide) to transition to multiple starting points of a 6 step and then execute your 6 step.
- Option 1: From the frog position, you could hop your legs into a neutral position and then stick out one leg to CC.
- Option 2: (Let’s say you are going counter-clockwise) you could take step one of your 6 step (back crossover with your left leg) and bring your right foot under your butt and then CC to your left
- Option 3: (Again, let’s say you are going counter-clockwise) you could take step one and two of your 6 step (back crossover with your left, bring in your right for the left hook) and then bring out your left leg and CC to your left.
- Option 4: (Again, let’s say you are going counter-clockwise) you could take step one, two, and three of your 6 step (back crossover with your left, bring in your right for the left hook, bring left under butt to neutral position) and now you are in a neutral position and then can stick out one leg and CC like option 1
One Simple Rule
Stage 1: Find Your “In”
The advantage of utilizing this training phase is that you will inevitably be training 3 movements at once.
- The “In” movement
- The “Focus” movement (the movement you are training)
- The “Out” movement
Although you will be giving more attention to the “Focus” movement, you will still get the residual benefit of utilizing the “In” and “Out” moves.
To start, choose a movement to execute before you transition into your “focus” movement. There are 2 ways you can go about choosing this move.
- You can choose the move and then figure out how you can flow/transition into your “focus” movement
- You can choose a start point of your “focus” movement and work backward to figure out what move can get you to this start point
Stage 2: Find Your “Out”
Now that you have a smooth transition from an “In” move to your “Focus” move, it’s time to figure out how to transition out of your “Focus” move. Again, you can go about this in 2 ways
- You can choose an endpoint of your “focus” movement and see what moves you can smoothly transition to
- You can choose the move and then figure out how you can flow/transition out of your “focus” movement
Stage 3: Move In, Move Out
Stage 4: Rinse and Repeat
- Go back to Stage 1 and choose a new “In” move but keep the “Out” move
- Go back to Stage 2 and choose a new “Out” move but keep the “In” move
- Repeat Stage 1 and 2 choosing new moves for both your “In” and “Out” moves
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