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Menno Van Gorp - World Champion Breakdancer: How To Create Your Own Unique Style

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If you’ve been watching London Real for a few months or years now you’ll know that I love to breakdance. So I was really excited to talk to Menno Van Gorp, who just won the Red Bull BC One championship.

Also known as B-Boy Menno, he is an All-Star Breakdance champion, painter, entrepreneur and clothing designer from Holland.

Menno has been “breaking” since he was twelve years old, and has spent the last 20 years creating a style that’s earned him a reputation as one of the most unique and original B-Boys in the game.

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3x Red Bull BC One World Champion

He’s competed in events all over the world, winning countless awards, and recently became the first person to win the BC One Championship three times.

I love this dance and sport, and I know you’re going to enjoy this episode. Don’t sleep on breaking as these guys are some of the best athletes in the world.

Join us as we discuss:

  • His brothers, Red Bull, and judo
  • Ido Portal, Crazy Legs, and Storm
  • Mike Tyson, the Olympics, and will power
  • Roger Gracie, Killa Kolya, and Kenyan B-Boys
  • His clothing line, the history of breaking, and the Bronx
  • Sinterklaas, the windmill and headspins

Chapters

00:00 | Trailer.
02:37 | Brian’s thoughts on the episode.
04:00 | Brian’s introduction.
04:38 | What it is like to compete under the pressure of the Red Bull BC One,
08:53 | Finding your own unique style.
10:35 | A battle with no physical contact.
15:43 | How his absolute belief in himself developed.
17:26 | More of an art form than a sport where Menno enjoys having a “conversation” with another B-boy.
28:54 | How he approached the final battle with Killa Kolya in the Red Bull BC One.
36:46 | In competition, he goes from being an artist and a dancer to become an athlete.
45:08 | Menno’s life since he won.
48:30 | The B-boy culture.
51:15 | How Menno became a B-boy.
1:00:39 | Menno’s venture into designing a clothing brand.
1:04:57 | Explanation as to what breaking is.
1:15:56 | Menno’s style.
1:17:22 | What Menno wanted Brian to achieve in their session together.
1:23:43 | How to start break dancing.
1:24:48 | Menno’s opinion of break dancing’s inclusion in the Olympics.
1:29:39 | Storm is a legendary B-boy from Germany.
1:33:34 | Menno’s plans for the next five years.
1:35:46 | What is Menno’s superpower.
1:36:45 | His daily practice.
1:37:16 | The best and worst days of his life.
1:38:50 | Something that foreigners do not generally know about Holland.
1:41:27 | What scares Menno.
1:42:13 | What we would be surprised to learn about Menno.
1:42:43 | Success secrets.
.1:43:36 | Brian’s summing up.

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