2 Sarawak Breakers qualifying for Top 16 National E-Battle Championship 2021

Mike King aka JMike (left) and Rong Jun aka Airz.

KUCHING, Sept 20: Two Sarawak breakers qualify for Top 16 Malaysia National Breaking E-Battle Championship 2021.

Rong Jun aka Airz, 25, and ]Mike Ting aka Jmike, 26, keep the Sarawak flag flying high to qualify for the top 16 E-Battle stage of the Malaysia National to be held on Oct 3, 2021.

Sarawak DanceSport Association Breaking Division Leader, Ho John Cris Panganiban aka JayC Ho disclosed the good news and enthused that the Sarawak duo displayed good skills to impress an international panel of renowned Breaking Judges, Bboy Focus, Bboy Gee One, Bboy Bojin to emerge from a field of 110 participants from throughout Malaysia.

In the new norm as result of this pandemic, the online E-Battle 1×1 format event is organized by MYDF Breaking Division and endorsed by the Malaysia DanceSport Federation to select two Bboys for the coming World Breaking Championship to be held in Paris, France on Dec 4, 2021.

“Breaking is already included in the competition programme for the 2024 Paris Olympics and this is a big boost to all dreaming of making it to the Olympics stage,” JayC said in a statement today.

He added that Breaking is also included in the 2021 Shantou Asian Youth Games and 2022 Hangzhou Asian Games.

Breaking is a style of dance that originated in the US in the 1970s, taking form in the lively block parties in the Bronx, emerging from hip-hop culture, and being characterised by acrobatic movements, stylised footwork and the key role played by the disc jockey (DJ) and the Master of Ceremonies (MC) during battles.

International competitions were first held all over the world in the 1990s, popularising the dance form both among hip-hop communities and the public along the way. Breaking made its Olympic debut at the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires in 2018. Following its outstanding success, breaking has been chosen to be featured on the Paris 2024 Olympic sports programme as a new sport, along with surfing, skateboarding and sport-climbing. — DayakDaily