THE VERY EXCITING RED BULL BC ONE BAHRAIN CYPHER 2017 TOOK PLACE LAST MONTH WITH A ROARING CROWD GATHERING AT THE CENTRAL GALLERIA IN CITY CENTRE BAHRAIN TO WITNESS SOME OF THE BEST B-BOYS IN THE COUNTRY. THESE TALENTED INDIVIDUALS BATTLED IT OUT TO BE CROWNED THE WINNER. IN THE END, IT WAS A FAN FAVOURITE TRIPLE X WHO CAME OUT ON TOP AS A FIRST-TIME WINNER OF THE COMPETITION. NOOR NOORUDDIN GIVES YOU HIS INCREDIBLE STORY…

Year in and year out, fans have cheered B-Boy Triple X through the rounds of the Red Bull BC One Bahrain Cypher, only to have his win snatched away time and again at the very end of the line. At the Red Bull BC One Bahrain Cypher 2017, in the middle Bahrain City Centre Bahrain with three floors of fans, B-Boy Triple X won the cypher crown and a new era was born! After the excitement died down to a happy buzz, I sat with Triple X to finally learn his story.

Unlike most b-boys, Triple X’s entire life has always been about breaking. Before he was the BC One Bahrain Old Ahmed Bucheery following his big brother around Roundabout Eight. He lived in a neighbourhood of b-boys and watched his big brother train every day. That’s where he met B-Boy X, an icon of local breaking history, who’d visit his grandma’s house in Bucheery’s neighbourhood and taught the kid some basic moves before everything came to a halt. “All of a sudden, the entire neighborhood quit, B-Boy X moved to Riffa, and I had to start teaching myself,” Triple X recalls.

At this point, he worked purely from memory. “I had absolutely zero knowledge of the b-boying game. I just remembered the moves they used to practice, I had no names, no internet, and I didn’t even know about combos,” he adds. There were no classes, workshops, competitions, or showcases. He was on his own. But things changed again in 2010 when a big talent showcase emerged that attracted the country’s b-boys to compete properly for the first time. “I met up with a B-Boy named Choco, who was in the same crew with B-Boy Ice, who would become my close friend to this day,” Triple X recalls. Ice is another staple of the BC One Bahrain Cypher top 16 B-Boys known for his entertaining performances and flashy style. Triple X got word of b-boys getting together to practice at a public garden in Riffa, and headed over there to stamp his official entry into Bahrain’s B-Boying scene for good. “I met 40 B-Boys that night, and most of them have left the scene a long time ago.”

In a field that’s known for its frequent shifts and everchanging players, I wondered why Triple X stayed and how he wasn’t disheartened by the constant abandonment of his comrades. “I don’t know,” he admits. “B-Boying is just a part of me – it’s a part of my every day life. Everything I do is B-Boying. My head is just B-Boying.”= He participated in his first battle in Funland in 2011 before making it into the Top 16 of the Red Bull BC One Bahrain Cypher in 2012. He made it into the final battle two years later against B-Boy Twist in 2014, winning the hearts of the entire audience.

“A lot of things changed after that final battle in 2014, my mentality shifted,” he says. “Twist and I came out strong together, and we were the only two ‘young guns’ who blew up the B- Boying scene – all of a sudden, we were in the final!” The two champions made it a point to start getting in touch with the BC One judges directly to ask them for their advice, tips, and gather as much knowledge as they could. “Twist and I started practicing more and more every day.” In 2016, Bucheery faced off against three time cypher winner, B-Boy Huey Flava at the final, and things changed for the veteran B-Boy again. “I started to become more self- conscious,” he explains. “I started noticing every single mistake I’ve made over the years. I kept asking myself, ‘Why did I lose? What’s missing in my footwork?’ and when I headed over to Singapore for the Radical Force Jam, that’s where I met the top B-Boys of the region. “As soon as I got there, I felt incredibly inadequate,” Triple X says. “Everyone was on a completely different level!” This reality check only pushed Triple X to go harder with his training. “When I faced off against Huey, I realised that I lost because I pushed myself too hard at the beginning of the battle. I needed to fix my stamina,” he confesses. The champion-to-be created a schedule of daily training and joined calisthenics workouts, and it paid off. “This year, when I finally won, I wasn’t tired at all!

So now that he’s got the crown, what’s next? Triple X’s everlasting B-Boy battle is far from over. “I’m excited about heading to the Red Bull BC One World Final in Amsterdam, but I’m trying to concentrate on doing everything for Bahrain’s B-Boying scene,” Triple X tells us. “There are so many new players in the game, like B-Boy Trix, Hell, and Ferocious, who I’m trying to push to work harder than ever before. I need to push the younger B-Boys, because the older B- Boys didn’t push me.” The proof of the first-time winner’s efforts is in the pudding; B-Boys Trix, Hell, and Ferocious made it into the Top 16 this year and Hell got into the semi-finals to battle Triple X himself! “When I travel and meet B-Boys, they don’t know Bahrain,” he says. “I want the global B-Boy scene to instantly recognise Bahrain, even if it’s because of one B-Boy who pushed the scene to its limits.”


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