Successfully learning how to do Rubber Bands catapults you out of the novice category in breakdancing. It's needless to say, but Rubber Bands are a very difficult B-boying maneuver to pull off. But, as you all know, the more difficulty involved in completing a move usually means the move is totally bad-ass. Especially when someone can pull it off correctly. Rubber Bands are those types of moves. Very difficult to do, but they look great when an accomplished breakdancer can pull them off and link them in a chain of great moves. Let's learn Rubber Bands.
- Prerequisite. As with most complicated breakdancing moves, the Rubber Band was born out of the necessity for modifying and improving an existing move. In order to pull off a good Rubber Band, you need to have experience doing Kick-Ups. A Kick-Up is when you roll on your back from a crouching position. When your upper back reaches the ground, you use your hands and the momentum to push you up onto your feet. If you can't Kick-Up, don't bother moving forward to Rubber Bands because you'll end up hurt.
- Link them up. Once you've figured out how to do a single Kick-Up, you can learn the Rubber Band. In essence, the Rubber Band is nothing more than three or four continuous Kick-Ups. Learning how to fall safely and protecting certain important extremities like you neck and head are imperative for successful Rubber Bands.
- First. Make sure you have enough space to pull the move off. You don't want to hurt yourself or others. Make sure your practice area is clear.
- Getting started. Get in your crouching position. Pull off your first Kick-Up. Try To use more force then you would a normal Kick-Up. The trick is to never allow yourself to gain full balance at the end of the Kick-Up causing you to fall back over again. Remember, you control how much force you use, so when you want to stop simply modify how hard you're pushing at the end of your individual Kick-Up.
- Falling back. After you've pulled of the initial Kick-Up your natural reaction will be to try to stable yourself, but we're doing Rubber Bands not Kick-Ups. So, when you reach the end of the Kick-Up immediately tuck your head and drop into a crouched roll into another Kick-Up. Now, make sure you don't fall wrong, you can severely hurt your back if you do. Practice slowly until you get the technique down. It should be done in one smooth motion. You don't see too many paraplegic breakdancers so be careful.
- Practice. Once you get the hang of the basic motions involved, it's just a matter of practicing to improve. You have to speed up the maneuver enough to link it with other moves in your routine for it to work. No one wants to see a slow Rubber Band. Your moves should fit together like children's building blocks. The more you practice, the better you'll become.
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