Above: Trinity Warriors, last year’s defending champions
Soul Mavericks have clinched a double for the UK breaking scene this year. Having
won the qualifier at Battle of the Year in April they will also be representing the
UK at the UK B-Boy Championships final on October 11th.
What adds to the excitement of last weekend's UK qualifiers isn't just their 'double'
(if breaking were a sport, that's what you'd probably call it), but because both
finalist crews were one and the same.
Fresh 2 Death aka 'Mavericks X', one half of Soul Mavericks, battled their way through
the rounds to find themselves against the other half of their crew in the finals.
Above: Crews listen up: stay behind the lines!
Back at the true home for breaking qualifiers, the Islington Academy, every crew
battled with immense spirit. With the crews from the northern and southern heats
coming from as far as Newcastle, b-boys were pulling out all the stops to display
their best moves to impress the judges, win a place in the world finals, and make
their long train journeys worthwhile. For those that came to see battles it was a
very impressive night.
The battles opened on a high with Trinity Warriors against New Found Motions, with
Trinity using lots of routines to secure a victory despite the incredible efforts
of Motions' jackhammers towards the end.
Above: The jackhammering was a crowd pleaser
Heavy Smokers faced Soul Mavericks, although with less toprocking and Mavericks'
knotting routines they were defeated.
The most intense battle of the night was between Newcastle's BadTasteCru and London's
La Familia. With lots of victories under their belt, as well as representing the
UK at last year's Battle of the Year, it was going to be a difficult task for La
Familia to win. BadTasteCru commandoed the floor for a while, but La Familia's hunger
for victory paid off as the judges voted them through.
Mavericks X defeated Hardknox, leaving four crews for the semi finals.
By this stage it was difficult to tell who was the better crew, which likely came
down to the small decisions made by the the judges and who had fewer crashes. Soul
Mavericks and Mavericks X were both in the semis and they were facing Trinity Warriors
and La Familia respectively. The semis was the round where the latter two crews were
knocked out despite their efforts, leaving Soul Mavericks to face their other half
in the finals.
Above: Soul Mavericks... Or Mavericks X?
It could be disputed over who was the better crew, but by the judge’s decision, Soul
Mavericks had the edge over Mavericks X.
30 poppers also took to the stage to be whittled down to eight by the judges, with
the final two going through to the world championships.
As an act of showmanship, Polskee Hitman and a charged-up Dixon battled each other,
even though they had both qualified.
This year there was no 2-on-2 locking battles due to a “lack of interest.”
Chris Stein vs Rico
Uncle A vs Polskee Hitman
Dixon vs WMP
Crazy Popper vs Ssik Tingz
Chris Stein vs Polskee Hitman
Dixon vs Ssik Tingz
Both Polskee Hitman and Dixon qualify for the world champs.
Above: Polskee Hitman. He didn’t change outfit every round...
NB: Fresh 2 Death = Mavericks X
Trinity Warriors vs New Found Motion
Heavy Smokers vs Soul Mavericks
BadTasteCru vs La Familia
Hardknox vs Fresh 2 Death
Trinity Warriors vs Soul Mavericks
Fresh 2 Death vs La Familia
Soul Mavericks vs Fresh 2 Death
Above: Thread-ing a fine line between crew affiliations, both Soul Mavericks and
Mavericks X were dressed in yellow gear