Bboy Podcast Ep. 5 – Training Strategies to Develop Power Moves and Control with SOMAR @somarjafari

Bboy Podcast Ep. 5 – Training Strategies to Develop Power Moves and Control with SOMAR @somarjafari

What’s going on guys, Wolvi here. Just want to say a big big thank you for checking out this episode of the podcast. On this episode we have our featured guest Somar!  Click play above to listen to the episode!

Introduction

Somar started breaking in Jordan, his home country. He started breaking mainly in the studio but continued to practice on his own outside of the studio classes. Eventually after attending additional workshops, training with his crew, and developing and performing shows locally, Somar grew into his own style and won the Redbull BC One Jordan Cypher in 2012 and 2014.

After overcoming issues entering the United States and other various countries, including his home country Jordan, Somar moved to Orange County California 2.5 years ago to pursue breaking as a career.

The Bruce Lee Training Mindset

Bruce Lee did a lot of things people wouldn’t do, like training harder than anyone else and made him special in Somar’s eyes. The way Somar interpreted this into his own dance was trying to do things other bboys wont do and considering what he can do to make him special. For example, if people were training 3 days a week, Somar would do 5 times a week and twice a day. “No Matter how hard it is, if you want something you can get it.” Somar goes hard on himself and truly beleives how you do something is how you do everything.  

Typical Practice

Somar normally warms up jumping rope and does skills with the rope. He does this a long side his toprocks and does this for 30-40 minutes or until sweating. Once warmed up sufficiently, he moves into footwork training. The first hour is mostly hip hop or house music. After warmed up they play breakbeats and with that brings more energy into the practice. Then Somar begins training what his body feels like training, normally it is power moves.

Creative Power Process

Somar says power moves are a game; if you want to play around with power, you need control.

First you must get comfortable with the move. Once you can do 20+ perfect form, you are ready to begin creating.

The next and main thing develop is your control over a move. Somar takes the Alien Ness’ workouts for footwork and uses them in his power training. For example, he goes from A to B with his flares or airflares to improve control. With this. he knows where he is in space at all times. One “Secret Tip” that Somar shared is training in the sand for lower impact but better control.

The third thing is to write down all the transitions from a single power move. For example, windmill to flare, windmill to airflare, etc. Writing down these transitions helps Somar keep track of everything and all the different combinations he is doing. By the end of it Somar would master all types of transitions from various power moves. Somar mainly focused on flares, airflares, and 90’s. This allowed him to start and go to anywhere with these moves and giving him a lot of control and power.

Next Somar would try to change each power move individually and mix them up together. Either you change the move itself or change the transition. Then change the way you get in then the way you get. And that’s how you create unique power combos.

Health and Wellness

Somar used to stretch everyday twice, once in the morning and once in the night for 5-6 years for an hour each. In addition to this. Somar would do guided meditations every night. He believes this keep his body ready. Focused on being healthy not only in terms of nutrition but also in sleep.

Food and Nutrition

As far as nutrition goes, Somar is very well rounded. He drinks a lot of water especially before bed, when you wake up, and during practice. In addition to water, Somar hydrates with aloe vera water and celery juice everyday.

Somar believes that what you eat makes a big difference, so he cuts out oils and sugars in as many areas of his diet as he can. In addition to this, he uses Bee pollen and consumes hemp seeds as a source of B vitamins and protein respectively. Finally, he eats a plant based diet, and explains that even if you eat meats you can still have a plant based diet.

Health and nutrition are two different things.  Focus on your health, not just nutrition

Parting advice

If you want to do something you’ve never done before, you’ve got to get out of your way and start. You need to do something that nobody else does and that’s what makes you outstanding and sets you apart.

Somar also says to not be afraid to go commercial. If you want to be a good representative of breaking and represent it in a good way, you must include the history and the teachings of hip hop. This is how he believes you can do it in a positive way.

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Transcript

What’s going on guys, Wolvi here and welcome to this episode of In The Cypher b-boy podcast. And on this episode we got Somar sharing with us his power training and techniques to help him develop a level of power where he can create his own unique moves and transitions; really really dope interview. He goes into his full training schedule and what his practices looks like, freakin love it. Anyways before we get into the episode just want to say a big big shout-out to b-boy isma for the support, I really appreciate it dude, and everyone else who’s commenting on on Instagram letting me know what b-boys they want to get on the show; so @kevinchen97, @augumon, @bboy_dolphi, @chrisebiya, @thomas.madao, you guys thank you so so much. Alright let’s get into the episode. What’s good guys Wolvi here and welcome to the cypher. On this episode of in the cypher b-boy podcast and every episode I interview b-boys and b-girls from various backgrounds and experience levels and they share their knowledge with you to help you become a better dancer. And on this episode I am excited to announce our featured guest Soumar Aljaafari but you probably know him as b-boy Somar. now Somar age 23 hails from Syria but was born and raised in Jordan. Somar started his breaking career at age 13 and has dedicated his time and passion to perfecting his craft ever since. Somar joined xt crew in 2009 who later on joined forces with some of the members of 962 Street crew or 962nd street crew I couldn’t tell you but this was in 2010. The following year the crew was traveling to Dubai to represent Jordan in the battle of the year 2011 and decided to go as middle beast crew. There they won first place showcase in Middle East. In 2012 Somar took home his first trophy from the Red Bull BC One cypher in Jordan and from that point on Somar found a strong drive to set higher goals in reaching and winning the world finals. In the following year summer started giving back to the community by teaching and sharing his experience in breaking with the students. At age 21 somewhere immigrated to California to pursue his dream of becoming an icon in the world of dance. All right Somar, really excited to hear from you. You ready get into it man? Yes what’s up? Not much man chillin how are you? I’m good just chillin. Awesome man, let’s get started just by telling us a little bit more about your personal life and what you like to do outside of breakin. Basically when I’m not breaking I just go out hang out with friends. We go to like different places try new foods, I’m into the healthy lifestyle and like working out. Basically it does have to do with breaking but it’s kind of different, it’s like working out as an athlete. Yeah definitely we should definitely get like deeper into that as the interview goes on. oh Okay perfect man. You’ve been you’ve been killing it recently I’ve been seeing you in all the LA cyphers recently you just won the Orlando cypher, Congrats on that man. Thank you! Yeah it was huge how are you feeling? I feel good about everything that I’ve been doing lately. Sometimes I’m kind of like harsh on myself it’s like oh I need to do more that’s not enough but then I go back to the mentality where oh okay I have to rest too, it’s not just like action action action. You know like you need rest rest is as important as practice as important as competing as important as like making big moves so I think rest is a big part that everybody should not forget. Dope yeah some it really seems like you’re really in tune with your training in your body but I’m sure it didn’t really start out like that but you want to get into maybe a little bit on how you got started breaking and maybe some of your big influences coming up? Yes okay so basically when I started doing handstands ever since I was a kid so ever since I was like three I used to do handstand I used to try to walk on my hands and then by the age of like six I I got a handle of that or and I used to play games by myself at home. It’s like oh okay I’m a walk from my room to the kitchen and then to my parents room all on my hands and then I would do it and then I would set like a bigger bigger goal to walk even more around the house and then I would do two rounds three rounds and this is all just like for fun and entertainment for myself as a kid. And then as I as I grew up a little bit older when I was like ten eleven I used to see a commercial and it had just a two-second part of someone doing power moves and I used to see oh that’s cool I don’t know what was that because it was like a next-level thing that people do other than handstands it’s like oh this is even harder and looks cooler. So I didn’t know what it was until I saw one guy dancing when I was 13 and that was at like a kids club back in Jordan. And then I went up to that kid and I was like hey that’s very cool like where did you learn and then he told me about this dance studio. And then I didn’t really find that studio and told my friend got injured and he was getting stitches in his head and the hospital he was going through is right next to that studio when they were on the way to the studio they found if I the I mean to the hospital they found the studio and they called me they were like oh Somar I found the studio and that was his brother not the injured kid not my injured friend his brother because he wanted to sign up with me. So we actually ended up signing up together; he did it for just like one month and I kept learning. I used to practice everyday at home, I used to try to go more days to the studio just to practice by myself. And then like as you see older b-boys who used to practice more often, used to session basically not just take classes, so I just tried to session with them more. And then like they would tell me hey come in keep coming keep coming until I became a part of their crew that crew was called XT crew, it’s basically the same members of Middle East right now, but we had a little bit of changes as some people left the crew and then we joined with another crew and then we ended up being Middle East so yeah. Eventually I just kept practicing with these guys until I stopped taking classes and then we just helped each other grow up along with workshops we used to get every year. We would have like people from redbull come come give give us workshops like the All Stars and then we would have like a theater like a company who brings theater shows to Jordan, they used to bring dancers from abroad like choreographers from Europe and the US to just come and practice with us for one month and then create a show together. So that definitely helped as well and for me like one of my biggest influences is watching how other people make it, not just in breaking, like such as Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was a big influence the way he used to practice and train and his mindset, I still learn a lot from that. And then and breaking I would say a lot of bboys influenced me in different ways, some of them is like b-boy Lilou. Bboy Lilou had a really big impact in our community in the Middle East as he’s actually originally Arab, he’s from from Africa, from Algeria, so he even the one who used to come to the Middle East a lot and give workshops and tried to grow the breaking scene in the Middle East. So basically a lot of b-boys in the Middle East respect Lilou a lot like one of the most b-boys because because he’s currently like a pioneer for us. He helped us a lot, he helped us get that knowledge. And then along with that like just seeing other b-boys how they make it along the way, it’s like oh that’s a new b-boy and then next thing you know that bboy wins Red Bull BC One or with something really big and you’d be like who’s that bboy. And then you start reading and getting to know their life and how they made it. That also like gives really it really gives it like motivation. It’s like oh if you can do it then maybe I can do it too you know, and that also like teaches you a lot in your actual life. It’s like oh if I can do a head spin, if I can win that big event, if I can do all those crazy moves, then I can do anything in the world like having my own business, becoming a millionaire, or whatever goals each person has you know. Yes mindset is key, you know once you know it’s possible and it’s possible for someone else, you just have to think if it worked for them then why why wouldn’t it work for me. Yeah definitely cool and then I know you mentioned the Bruce Lee training mindset you wanna what did you what do you mean by that? Let’s get a little specific on that. It’s just that like Bruce Lee has been a really big inspiration like reading through his quotes and watching his training videos. Like he did he did something that not a lot of people would do which is taking the extra mile or like practicing different than everybody else and thats what made him special in my eyes. So like the way I applied it and breaking is like okay so what’s something that other b-boys that doesn’t do, what can I do more than what they do to make me more special. So in my mind like I was like okay maybe I have to just take the extra mile in terms of like okay so if everybody sessions three to four days a week, and that’s like three hour sessions, why don’t i session double that time, why dont I I do morning and night, why don’t I do five days a week, why don’t I do every day, why don’t I practice like everywhere to get adapted to all kinds of scenarios. If I can dance on concrete, on grass, on sand, on parquet floor, in a studio, if I get adapted to all that then I could do it anywhere and anytime. Also like surprising your body is really important so you can be able to do it any time of the day basically because I have I know a lot of b-boys if you ask them hey let’s get down let’s session right now or let’s cypher let’s do anything let’s dance thye’d be like oh man I need to warm up I need an hour to warm up. And I look at them like man come on you do this every day you know? So it’s like you have to surprise your body so they can adapt to any scenario. Totally continuing where everyone else stops I love it that’s so inspirational. And it and the hard work is – excuse me – your hard work is showing like you’re winning jams left and right and you’re you’re making it really far in all these big red bull jams, you’re doing good for yourself man that’s awesome. thank you. And so most of this so far is like out in a in Jordan right? Yes. How’s the how’s the scene like there, where would you say you currently rank amongst like the level of b-boys out there in Jordan. In Jordan I would say I’m definitely one of the top b-boys. Basically I’ve won Red Bull BC One twice in Jordan actually. I won a lot of events like most events I would win back there. I used to teach and then our scene is kind of small but everybody is very passionate and like they understand the concept of a hard hard work like they need to work hard to get to a point where they can travel and compete and do something with their breaking so that’s actually a really good thing over there and I would say they have a really good sense of hip-hop in Jordan. I love that. Yeah so the scene is small but but everybody is friends with each other, actually like he would have like small beefs but that’s everywhere right. Yeah that’s good, the smaller scene you build a tighter community so that’s good and you’ll be able to influence more people that way directly. Yes. And then so you told me earlier that you’re you’re living out in Orange County California, yes how long how long ago was it that you made the move and why? I moved here two years and a half ago the reason why I actually moved here is because I was definitely dedicating my life to breaking. And then I have a Syrian passport so even though I was born and I grew up in Jordan my parents are from Syria and then I was granted a Syrian passport and then that passport had a really big effect on me traveling because of the Syrian crisis that started in 2011. And I would say like 2011 in the first year where I travel for breaking so I went to Dubai that year for battle of the year with my crew, I didn’t have any problems back then because like the crisis was still like clearly new. So I went to Dubai we won the best show in the Middle East for battle of the year and then like that that inspired me a lot and gave me a lot of like motivation and energy to practice for bigger things and whatever comes on the way. And then in 2012 we had Red Bull BC One for the first time in Jordan and I won it that year. It was my first time winning a solo competition by myself and I was really happy because you know it’s Red Bull, Red Bull BC One so yeah it’s like whoa I won Red Bull BC One and that’s my first competition. So that gave me a lot of energy and motivation. So I was supposed to fly out to Egypt, luckily I didn’t  need a visa, but then what happened was they changed it to Morocco. So the event was supposed to happen in Morocco that year and then I wasn’t able to get a visa so they had the second b-boy from Morocco compete instead of me that year. Yeah that was kind of depressing for me, mm-hmm I didn’t know like how to feel about it. Yeah so the morrocan bboy replaced me and then like there was an event for me that everybody made, all the b-boys and that this dance like famous dance studio in Jordan called tempo, they they had event for people to come watch me live stream together and have a barbecue. So yeah I ended up going to that barbecue, I’m watching the Red Bull qualifier with them and as my battle came up I started watching it and was like I don’t know like making moves in my mind. It’s like oh what if that was me who would have went first, oh I would have got this beat you know. And okay yeah or I don’t know like I had a lot of million things in my mind and then some some bboys would joke with me like oh that’s you Somar that’s you. And im like huh man that’s not a funny joke right now. yeah it was kind of sad so I kept practicing for the second year and I made it to the finals in 2013 and I lost. And I was super sad because I didn’t get my chance the year before to go to the qualifier so that kind of made me really sad because I wouldn’t I wouldn’t get a spot at the qualifier if I made it to second place. So eventually the qualifier was in Jordan so I had to watch it live too, like I was there watching my crewmates battle because he won. And then the next year 2014 I won again and I was able to travel but when I when I traveled I went to Algeria, I didn’t need a visa but when I came back from Algeria I got stuck at the airport. I was with the manager the cultural manager from Red Bull, we were travelling together. And then when we got to Jordan they stopped me at the airport for like three to four hours and they didn’t want to let me in they’re like oh you’re Syrian you should go back to Syria. But then I showed them a video of me holding the Jordanian flag at Red Bull and and like I was like look like look I was representing you guys and they still didn’t care they were like “oh man what do you do? you dance yeah and then they were like just ? go back to your country you should go back to Syria. What you’re doing here?” I’m like well I left a week ago you can see my passport that it’s been a week since I’ve left and I live here my parents are here everybody I know is here I grew up here I went to school here you can’t be like that, you know? And they gave me a really hard time untill they let me back into the country. So that was my first experience with the airport and then I traveled two more times for breaking and that was also to Algeria but then I needed a visa the following times because I don’t know why. Like at first syrians didn’t need a visa to go to Algeria but then with the new restrictions and regulations because because of the crisis in Syria, now we need the visa to go everywhere and most countries wouldn’t give us that visa because they would be scared of running away because of their like because of what’s happening in the country you know. Yeah. So yeah the next two times I traveled it was really hard for me to get back into the country again and one of these times I got stuck for like nine hours at the airport and that time after I got in and I was in the car on my way home I was like in my mind I was like next time I travel I’m not coming back here, like apparently I’m not accepted and I’ve been dealing with a lot of problems with like law enforcement and cops, every time they stopped us in the car me and my friends, I would get like I would get like humiliated like that would make me get out of the car just because I’m Syrian, they would ask me really annoying questions, they would basically harass me just because I’m not Jordanian. Okay yeah it was really annoying for a long time like I kept feeling like I’m different like I’m not accepted in that country, along with dancing like dancing it’s not really something that’s accepted in the Middle East either. hmm okay It’s really hard to dance over there like people would look down on you if you’re a dancer like “oh you’re wasting your time like what are you doing? right you’re trying to be like people from America? or what are you  trying to do that’s not your culture?” like they just wants their kids to be lawyers or doctors or whatever you know, yeah even even my parents had like like didn’t really understand what I’m doing and they didn’t really like it at first I don’t even think my dad still understands what I’m doing. So like it’s been tough like doing everything together it’s like dealing with the Syrian situation, and then dancing in Jordan, not being able to go to college because of like many reasons. One of them is financially I wasn’t able to go every semester, so like I would stop for one semester then go back to school then stop again and then it came to a point where like I’m like gonna keep doing this that’s just a waste of time I don’t want to go to college no more you know. yeah So I just focused on breaking and like it was my escape from everything. I would just break more and just waste my time breaking and I just kept getting better until I got the chance to come to America and then as soon as I came here I just applied for asylum in the states and yeah I just stayed in California. That’s awesome and it worked out it seems like right? Yes and like one of the biggest motivations for me to stay here is like one of my dreams is to travel the world and my passport is preventing me from doing so and I’m really passionate about breaking but then my crewmates used to travel more than I did. Every time they traveled to compete or to any event or anything like even together it’s like why can’t I be with them you know, because like all my friends are out together like you feel like you’re missing out, that’s where. And too, you want to be there too like at the jam or at the event they’re going to and you want to see and experience what they experienced or like you know. Yeah. It was kind of hard like every time they travel I would just go straight to practice and practice for like five – six hours non-stop and like I’ll just do my best to get better and just forget you know. So it was currently like it was basically my escape back then. Okay Somar I love this story because it’s such a real real struggle for you in it just shows how you overcame adversity and it seems like there’s so much stuff in your way and so many obstacles to get through and somehow you you push past and you made it through, and I love this story man this is crazy. Thank you yeah so I just like when I came here I was like okay I’m in California now, Hollywood is here, everything is here, a lot of b-boys are here, everything’s big here, like you can make it big in whatever you do, you just have to put the effort for it. It’s not like back home like back home I would put effort I would work hard for something but you would get no results you know. It’s just the culture and society is not really accepting to what we do, they just make it harder. And yeah so I was like okay I was doing good in Jordan I was teaching kids I was performing, I opened my own studio at some point, so when I came here I was like okay it’s time to do all that on a bigger scale at some point because there’s more opportunity basically. 100% and where are you at with that? Right now, right now I’m focusing on on competition mostly. I talked, I’ve talked with different people like I’ve covered people for classes, I taught with a company or two but for me it like when I taught over here kids have to break it, didn’t really serve my purpose and that like I didn’t enjoy it and it doesn’t make good money at the same time so I  was like what’s the point of all this, if I’m if I’m not happy with that what I’m teaching or the purpose I’m teaching for then I don’t really need this. Because like my one of my goals when I used to teach back home is to builds build my students characters in terms of everything in life not just breaking because I believe is what I believe in is how you do something is how you do everything so I used to teach them hard work. I used to make them do workouts like I would make my students who are like seven eight years old do twenty 6 steps on each side and then twenty cc’s. I would give them like a list of footwork and they have to do twenty of each on each side so they can get better really quick. Like handstand and workouts, handstand push-ups. I would play games with them just for  them to get better so they don’t get bored and then they get way better and stronger and they like they’re basically doing a sport not just dance and then it’s also a dance where they can escape from reality. So it’s like a mixture of things in one and that’s what I like to do but then when I taught over here it was different. it was I felt like I was teaching to make money and then I was teaching some other persons formula on how to teach them and going the safe way like teach them in a really safe environment and  safe moves making sure not for them not to get injured, but for me I’m kind of I lived my life on the edge. I’m an extremist and I believe that if you really want something you can get it no matter how or in what way. So I like to go hard with my students too, I like to teach them that, I like to teach them that they can get anything they want no matter how hard it is so like I don’t mind teaching a seven-year-old how to do an airflare because I really believe if I can do it he can do it you know. mm-hmm I love it I love what you said how how you do something is how you do everything, I really love that and I I’m sure it translates into uh you know your hard work outside training, but also your hard work inside the training you know. How was uh how was your training leading up to big competitions? I know you’ve been part of so many, what’s the shift like in your training? Okay so basically I wish I can train the way I used to train back in Jordan. Honestly like back home I didn’t pay rent, I didn’t worry about paying bills. I used to just break or like I would go to school and break and teach classes like like it’s all like it all works out together easily. mm-hmm I had my friends I had my life put together already so like breaking was easier like like it was really easy for me to break I used to go to a dance school and I used to practice from 11:00 till 4:00 over there maybe like till 3:30 and then rest for half an hour and then from 4:00 to 5:00 I would give a class for begin one and then five to six I would give an advanced class for my students and I would like do workouts with them and everything we would cypher we would battle at the end of each class and then I would go straight to session with my crew and that was like a three hour session. So I used to spend a lot of my days just breaking from morning to night. Even sometimes I would I would have so much energy to the point where like after a session with my crew I would walk back home and it would take me like 25 minutes walk and then as soon as I get home I’d be like aware that okay my oldest brother is gonna complain if I break at home he’s like oh you’re making a lot of noises and stuff you know. I used to just stay in the street right in front of my apartment complex and I would just break over there in the street by myself half an hour or an hour and then I would go home. But ever since I moved to the US there’s a lot of competitions I would battle a lo,t I had to work a lot. Like when I first came here I had to do like 12 hour shift every day and it was really hard for me to break, but then I moved here for this so like I would lose a lot of jobs just to break. I would do anything for breaking, like even one time I lost a job just to go to practice because I told my boss hey I need to leave tomorrow at 7:00 because I have practice at 8:00 is that okay… he was like sure just let your coworker cover you and I asked her if she said yes and I told him so he was cool with it. Then the next day, an hour before I was supposed to leave she and she canceled and she was like I can do it and I made plans to go to practice and I had my like my backpack with me at work I was super excited, I was practicing with like big names people I used to look up to when I was a kid and I haven’t practiced in a while so I was like imma make it to that practice no matter what. And then my boss was like hey if she’s not coming then you can’t leave, I was like well I told you and it’s your business you’re the one who should get someone to cover me, and I just did it to be safe…. he was like well you can’t leave it’s your choice if you want to leave but I wouldn’t like it if you leave the next morning he fired me. So I was cool with it I was like okay if that’s how he feels it’s cool at least I went to practice and I’m cool with it I don’t care on a break. Yeah that’s right that’s dedication. yeah that’s one of my experiences. Nice and take us a look inside like one of your practices, what was your typical practice look like for you? Typical practice okay, so I would go into practice and basically I would start off by stretching I would stretch for like about 20 minutes let’s say and then I start like just jumping around, if I had a rope with me I would just jump the rope I like to do some skills with the rope I think it’s fun, and then it’s a good way to warm up and then I would do even top rocks on the rope and then I  would start just warming it up with top rocks by itself. Like I would start top rocking for like half an hour to 40 minutes until I start like feeling a little bit of sweat and then I started working like I start working on footwork. I would just keep dancing because like usually in the first hour when we practice we just listen to hip-hop has different types of music just to like get ready to practice and then as soon as we were warmed up like for top rocks footwork everything, and we started playing like break beats and like faster hip-hop mixes and stuff so we can start practicing. I would just work out on like new stuff whatever my body feels like doing most mostly power because like when I’m practicing with my crew or like around people I get a lot of energy and I need that energy to do power moves. And like I seem to like to enjoy it over the years so I kept going at it I would practice power moves all the time and then I made it really far with power, I took it to the next level and like it feels good to be able to do that so yeah. It looks good too man. thank you. Hey come along come a long way from doing handstands as a kid. Yeah nice so let’s so mostly power. so I’m saying my practice was mostly power moves and then I would just try to create different ways to get into my power, different power sets, and then different transitions, basics, I would try to change each basic to and flip it to my own. Like I’ll do my like three four different types of flares that I would create same thing for windmills, for air flares. Airfares was kind of hard to create my own but I’m getting there I’m still getting there. Yeah so it’s just like I try to just flip everything and like bring my own perspective into each move. Yeah I love that and like watching you watching your break is just like you’re you’re doing things that I don’t expect you to do and I’ve never seen before, like you’re turning in ways that I wouldn’t expect you to turn, or nice directional switches, or you’re landing with a different hand or foot than I thought you’re going to, so always catch me off oh I love it. Oh really yeah and oh it’s so really curious I know you seems like you spent a lot of time creating different transitions and I guess different types of like original power combos and power moves like can you take us into that process? Yes, so for me power moves is is basically a game you need, you need control you need to be able to do like if you want to play around with power you have to be able to do a lot of power. It’s like for me I get tired doing footwork sometimes my stamina goes down and like I wouldn’t be able to hit like like a whole footwork set just any time of the day but if I just woke up right now and you asked me to do like 20 flares, I’m able to do that because I’m really comfortable with power. For me power is all about breathing. That’s one, two it’s all about control and technique so if you’re able to do 20 flares or like 20 air flares 20 windmills 20 of each move then you’re comfortable enough to play with it. You know, so that that’s that’s one of my approaches to power moves so I would actually go to the like to the beach and do like 20 flares 20 air flares handstand balance workouts on the sand because it has like a better impact on the joints that that’s 1, & 2 it’s harder to control on the sand so that that actually makes your hands stronger and your grip stronger so you get better control on that. Another thing I would do like the Alien Ness workout but for power like instead of doing six steps and going from point A to point B, I would actually do it with flares and then with air flares so the this way I have really good control when I’m doing flares and their flares in a in a cypher or in a battle. Like I know where I’m at I know how to have to move if I’m about to hit someone while I’m doing power so that that’s another approach. And then one more thing I like to work on is I used to write down moves like I would write down windmill and then I would do windmill flare and then windmill halos windmill 90’s, windmill 2000’s windmill head spin windmill shoulder halos and I would get all the transitions from windmill and then I would change the move. I would do flare and then I would do flare to halos flare to head spin flare to 90’s flare to 2000’s flare to munchmills. flare to everything. Same thing with 90s, so basically these are the three moves I focused on the most flare, airflare and 90’s and I learned to do to do these moves from anywhere and to I would go to anywhere from it to so that gave me a lot of control and power too. Another thing is I would try to change each power move by itself like flares I’ll try to do something different with it, then I’ll try to do something even more. I would do like three, four different types of flares and then I would try to mix them up together too, do them in the same round or mix two moves in one to make it look completely different, find new transitions and new ways to do. Like let’s say I want to do flare, flare to airflare, why can’t I do it in a different way than everybody else you know? Transitions like transition in a different way to get to it like those many perspectives to make your own power, it’s either you change the move itself or you change the transition, or both and then you make a throw down to power and then a way to get out of your power so, it’s it’s everything together. Wow okay that is a lot to digest. So crazy okay so it seems like you focus a lot on on building that foundation you know the move inside and out you have full  control and move you mentioned a couple of strategies of doing that and then you’ll start to create the variations of the move your own original variations from there. Yes so variations my own variations my own transitions my own go downs and my own get out of each move so that’s that’s basically what makes me feel like I’m different. I love it man this is dope. And and I know uh you’re you’re extremely dynamic like and high energy is is this just it seems like this is just the way you are. Yes yeah like I’m I move a lot at home, even like my parents would would complain about it like well my mom is cooking in the kitchen and I would be walking around the kitchen like hey you’re making me dizzy just get out of the kitchen, and then when my dad is  watching TV at home sitting on his couch if I walk around a lot is like like every time I walk in front of him he would make like I know is that he shows me with that is annoyed you know? it’s like yeah so I used to move a lot. I love it and that’s hilarious yeah I’ve got to ask is you also mention you focus on health and conditioning and I’m sure that these help keep you energy up as well would you want to just go go over some of the things you you do as part of your breaking training but not specifically within like your practices? yes yes so basically I used to stretch every day for like around five six years of my breaking career I stretch every day twice morning and night I would do one hour in the morning one hour in the night just because like I didn’t know I was doing yoga basically but I guess after I grew up and learned what yoga is and what meditation is and like getting deep through your spirit like getting on a spiritual level and all that I didn’t really know much about that but I figured that that that’s exactly what I was doing as I was growing up so I stretch every day as to meditate and do guided meditations on YouTube every night before I sleep and then that’s that’s something I used to do all the time to keep my body ready and conditioned I would also stretch using handstands like I would do a handstand and like just stretch my legs and stuff which also gave me control and power too and then I just focus on being healthy in terms of food and sleep because like even if you even if you’re healthy with the way you eat a lot of people don’t even know that the way you sleep and when do you sleep and all that makes a difference in your life and the way you get up out of bed also makes a big difference in your daily life okay so let’s say let’s say for example you you wake up at 9:00 a.m. and then you open your eyes and you’re like laying down on your bed and you stay in your bed for like half an hour or an hour I know for a fact if I do that that my day is gonna be lazy but then if I wake up and I get up right away after I open my eyes I know for a fact that I’m gonna have energy and make like do a lot of little tasks that will lead to bigger tasks throughout the day like for example if you wake up every day and you make your bed the big difference in your life then if you don’t because if you make your bed then you actually made the first move of the day so that that will give you a really good feeling like like a small like it’s really small but it gives you a good feeling from the inside it’s like oh I did this and then it will motivate you to do something else for yourself and then slowly you keep doing little tasks and then throughout the day you would have been like really productive you know rather than being lazy and then in terms of food and nutrition I try to stay hydrated drink a lot of water before I sleep before I practice when I first wake up I think water is a like pretty big part like most of your body is filled with water so you have to take care of your body in that aspect too so that’s one and then another thing is what you eat makes a big difference like cutting down oils sugars and stuff that you don’t really need in your body makes a big difference and your and your breaking as well perfect and I honestly I completely agree with you is what you do in the morning really sets up the tone for the rest of your day and yes you if you focus like an hour getting the good morning routine getting the things that you want to get done in the morning being productive in the morning you’ll have much more productive day much more active day loving man yes you basically said it in in short don’t man that makes you perfect for the show and we’re getting close to wrapping up here somewhere I know you mentioned there’s a you had a bunch of like really actionable tips was there anything specific you want to to get out there before we wrap up yes I just want to say that I want to like mention a couple of stuff in terms of nutrition and food that will help people with their daily life like it will even make them live longer you know like some of the stuff that I do is I drink aloe vera every day that’s one and then other than that celery celery I drink celery juices every day I would use bee pollen which has all the B vitamins that’s the only thing in the world that has all the me vitamins so it’s very beneficial I use it every day as well another thing is hemp seeds it’s the best source of protein that you can get and I would recommend that for everybody and then usually like I do eat meat but a plant-based diet is the best option for your heart for your inner health not for nutrition for your health health and nutrition is two different things and it’s really important to know the difference between these two because you could be harming your health but focusing on your nutrition and a lot of body builders do that and dancing helps keeps you young but there’s other ways too to keep you young and which is taking care of your health and that goes really well along with breaking so that’s something I recommend to everybody to do focus on a plant-based diet even if you eat meat it doesn’t matter just you know just try to cut down a few stuff sugars and stuff and just focus on your health not just a nutrition another thing is in my opinion if you want to do something that you’ve  never done before you have to get out of your way and do do something for it like you have to work hard for it and do something that nobody else did that would make you special or out stand them like if all the b-boys in my city practices five hours a day imma go I’m practice seven hours a day that would set the difference between me and them and yeah that’s it hope you listen guys be different do the things that other b-boys won’t do that’s the only way you’ll be able to stand out from the crowd and go above and beyond you know set new levels yes and don’t be afraid to go commercial prevent that it’s like oh you gotta stay real yeah you gotta stick to the roots break you started in the streets like no man like okay it did it’s cool I like it for sure but it’s good to make money through your craft – you know it’s really important because this way you like if you wanna be a good representative or breaking then when you go commercial presented in a good way and teach the actual teachings of breaking of the benefits of it and everything and the history of it and then you’re good you don’t need to be real and stay in the streets you know and stay in that mentality because you will not go anywhere with that basically cool wet well said bro it’s it’s shifting for sure and if you want to be able to do this for a living you have to stay open-minded yes no that’s that’s a dream for many people is if you could break for a living the dream yes and this is awesome and thanks so much for for opening up and sharing with us like your your stories and your struggles like over these past what seven eight years really showing us how how to push through in the face of adversity and you’ve come so far and so I’m so excited to see where you’re gonna go next thank you thank you so much for having me oh for sure I would love to definitely need to get you back in the show I want I would really want to pick your brain on your battle mentality you’ve you’ve been a part of like so many big jams like nobley of the all the redbull jams previously and recently I’d love to to pick your brain on some battle strategy sure ok cool men and I’ll just finish up by a guess work people can find you online I know you’re on your own Instagram yes for the most part I’m mostly on Instagram yes for me yeah sorry no yeah yeah no hit us with your Instagram handle yeah so my Instagram is so marred Safari its som är j.a f RI Beauty eyes yet hit so more up on Instagram so more jafari and is it cool if they hit you up maybe if they’re in the Orange County area if they want to practice with you or if people want to find some lessons or classes that that you don’t got a good good place of course yes like I actually have a lot of space at home even like in in my living room or like let’s say the kitchen area I have a lot of space and it’s wood parquet flooring so it’s perfect for breaking and then it’s a big space with big mirrors on the wall – so it’s like a studio it’s like I have a small studio at home I do give private and yeah like whoever needs classes or help tips with power moves with breaking in general acrobatics all these stuff I would definitely help them out that’s awesome and I really wish I was out in Orange County right now as I would totally take you up on that offer hahaha thank you guys this is just the tip of the iceberg like clearly Schwimmer has so much to share and is really knowledgeable it seems especially on your training regimen and also your health regimen too and I love that man I really love that thank you alright guys you’ve been hanging out with so more and your host Wolvie head over to in decipher comm search so mar in the search bar and as show notes page will come up with everything we’ve been talking about from his training regimen to the things he’s eating on a daily basis so I just want to say thank you so much so mar for for sharing your story and a lot of really actionable tips on the dance these it’s things like this that’ll will go a really long way to help so many b-boys and b-girls around the world and I really appreciate a man hope to have you back on the show but you know then we’ll cat to decipher man haha for sure thank you thank you so much for having me and sharing is caring so I love to share and inspire others because I had a lot of inspirations in my life so it’s really cool to have other people be inspired by my story you know perfect and well I am inspired myself I’ll tell you that thank you okay perfect man we’ll get on the show again scene all right thank you so much there you have it guys b-boy Samar Samar thank you so much for being on this episode of the show and thank you so much for sharing your techniques for developing power transitions and your own original moves anyways guys please check out some more in Instagram and while 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What’s going on guys, Wolvi here and welcome to this episode of In The Cypher b-boy podcast. And on this episode we got Somar sharing with us his power training and techniques to help him develop a level of power where he can create his own unique moves and transitions; really really dope interview. He goes into his full training schedule and what his practices looks like, freakin love it. Anyways before we get into the episode just want to say a big big shout-out to b-boy isma for the support, I really appreciate it dude, and everyone else who’s commenting on on Instagram letting me know what b-boys they want to get on the show; so @kevinchen97, @augumon, @bboy_dolphi, @chrisebiya, @thomas.madao, you guys thank you so so much. Alright let’s get into the episode. What’s good guys Wolvi here and welcome to the cypher. On this episode of in the cypher b-boy podcast and every episode I interview b-boys and b-girls from various backgrounds and experience levels and they share their knowledge with you to help you become a better dancer. And on this episode I am excited to announce our featured guest Soumar Aljaafari but you probably know him as b-boy Somar. now Somar age 23 hails from Syria but was born and raised in Jordan. Somar started his breaking career at age 13 and has dedicated his time and passion to perfecting his craft ever since. Somar joined xt crew in 2009 who later on joined forces with some of the members of 962 Street crew or 962nd street crew I couldn’t tell you but this was in 2010. The following year the crew was traveling to Dubai to represent Jordan in the battle of the year 2011 and decided to go as middle beast crew. There they won first place showcase in Middle East. In 2012 Somar took home his first trophy from the Red Bull BC One cypher in Jordan and from that point on Somar found a strong drive to set higher goals in reaching and winning the world finals. In the following year summer started giving back to the community by teaching and sharing his experience in breaking with the students. At age 21 somewhere immigrated to California to pursue his dream of becoming an icon in the world of dance. All right Somar, really excited to hear from you. You ready get into it man? Yes what’s up? Not much man chillin how are you? I’m good just chillin. Awesome man, let’s get started just by telling us a little bit more about your personal life and what you like to do outside of breakin. Basically when I’m not breaking I just go out hang out with friends. We go to like different places try new foods, I’m into the healthy lifestyle and like working out. Basically it does have to do with breaking but it’s kind of different, it’s like working out as an athlete. Yeah definitely we should definitely get like deeper into that as the interview goes on. oh Okay perfect man. You’ve been you’ve been killing it recently I’ve been seeing you in all the LA cyphers recently you just won the Orlando cypher, Congrats on that man. Thank you! Yeah it was huge how are you feeling? I feel good about everything that I’ve been doing lately. Sometimes I’m kind of like harsh on myself it’s like oh I need to do more that’s not enough but then I go back to the mentality where oh okay I have to rest too, it’s not just like action action action. You know like you need rest rest is as important as practice as important as competing as important as like making big moves so I think rest is a big part that everybody should not forget. Dope yeah some it really seems like you’re really in tune with your training in your body but I’m sure it didn’t really start out like that but you want to get into maybe a little bit on how you got started breaking and maybe some of your big influences coming up? Yes okay so basically when I started doing handstands ever since I was a kid so ever since I was like three I used to do handstand I used to try to walk on my hands and then by the age of like six I I got a handle of that or and I used to play games by myself at home. It’s like oh okay I’m a walk from my room to the kitchen and then to my parents room all on my hands and then I would do it and then I would set like a bigger bigger goal to walk even more around the house and then I would do two rounds three rounds and this is all just like for fun and entertainment for myself as a kid. And then as I as I grew up a little bit older when I was like ten eleven I used to see a commercial and it had just a two-second part of someone doing power moves and I used to see oh that’s cool I don’t know what was that because it was like a next-level thing that people do other than handstands it’s like oh this is even harder and looks cooler. So I didn’t know what it was until I saw one guy dancing when I was 13 and that was at like a kids club back in Jordan. And then I went up to that kid and I was like hey that’s very cool like where did you learn and then he told me about this dance studio. And then I didn’t really find that studio and told my friend got injured and he was getting stitches in his head and the hospital he was going through is right next to that studio when they were on the way to the studio they found if I the I mean to the hospital they found the studio and they called me they were like oh Somar I found the studio and that was his brother not the injured kid not my injured friend his brother because he wanted to sign up with me. So we actually ended up signing up together; he did it for just like one month and I kept learning. I used to practice everyday at home, I used to try to go more days to the studio just to practice by myself. And then like as you see older b-boys who used to practice more often, used to session basically not just take classes, so I just tried to session with them more. And then like they would tell me hey come in keep coming keep coming until I became a part of their crew that crew was called XT crew, it’s basically the same members of Middle East right now, but we had a little bit of changes as some people left the crew and then we joined with another crew and then we ended up being Middle East so yeah. Eventually I just kept practicing with these guys until I stopped taking classes and then we just helped each other grow up along with workshops we used to get every year. We would have like people from redbull come come give give us workshops like the All Stars and then we would have like a theater like a company who brings theater shows to Jordan, they used to bring dancers from abroad like choreographers from Europe and the US to just come and practice with us for one month and then create a show together. So that definitely helped as well and for me like one of my biggest influences is watching how other people make it, not just in breaking, like such as Bruce Lee. Bruce Lee was a big influence the way he used to practice and train and his mindset, I still learn a lot from that. And then and breaking I would say a lot of bboys influenced me in different ways, some of them is like b-boy Lilou. Bboy Lilou had a really big impact in our community in the Middle East as he’s actually originally Arab, he’s from from Africa, from Algeria, so he even the one who used to come to the Middle East a lot and give workshops and tried to grow the breaking scene in the Middle East. So basically a lot of b-boys in the Middle East respect Lilou a lot like one of the most b-boys because because he’s currently like a pioneer for us. He helped us a lot, he helped us get that knowledge. And then along with that like just seeing other b-boys how they make it along the way, it’s like oh that’s a new b-boy and then next thing you know that bboy wins Red Bull BC One or with something really big and you’d be like who’s that bboy. And then you start reading and getting to know their life and how they made it. That also like gives really it really gives it like motivation. It’s like oh if you can do it then maybe I can do it too you know, and that also like teaches you a lot in your actual life. It’s like oh if I can do a head spin, if I can win that big event, if I can do all those crazy moves, then I can do anything in the world like having my own business, becoming a millionaire, or whatever goals each person has you know. Yes mindset is key, you know once you know it’s possible and it’s possible for someone else, you just have to think if it worked for them then why why wouldn’t it work for me. Yeah definitely cool and then I know you mentioned the Bruce Lee training mindset you wanna what did you what do you mean by that? Let’s get a little specific on that. It’s just that like Bruce Lee has been a really big inspiration like reading through his quotes and watching his training videos. Like he did he did something that not a lot of people would do which is taking the extra mile or like practicing different than everybody else and thats what made him special in my eyes. So like the way I applied it and breaking is like okay so what’s something that other b-boys that doesn’t do, what can I do more than what they do to make me more special. So in my mind like I was like okay maybe I have to just take the extra mile in terms of like okay so if everybody sessions three to four days a week, and that’s like three hour sessions, why don’t i session double that time, why dont I I do morning and night, why don’t I do five days a week, why don’t I do every day, why don’t I practice like everywhere to get adapted to all kinds of scenarios. If I can dance on concrete, on grass, on sand, on parquet floor, in a studio, if I get adapted to all that then I could do it anywhere and anytime. Also like surprising your body is really important so you can be able to do it any time of the day basically because I have I know a lot of b-boys if you ask them hey let’s get down let’s session right now or let’s cypher let’s do anything let’s dance thye’d be like oh man I need to warm up I need an hour to warm up. And I look at them like man come on you do this every day you know? So it’s like you have to surprise your body so they can adapt to any scenario. Totally continuing where everyone else stops I love it that’s so inspirational. And it and the hard work is – excuse me – your hard work is showing like you’re winning jams left and right and you’re you’re making it really far in all these big red bull jams, you’re doing good for yourself man that’s awesome. thank you. And so most of this so far is like out in a in Jordan right? Yes. How’s the how’s the scene like there, where would you say you currently rank amongst like the level of b-boys out there in Jordan. In Jordan I would say I’m definitely one of the top b-boys. Basically I’ve won Red Bull BC One twice in Jordan actually. I won a lot of events like most events I would win back there. I used to teach and then our scene is kind of small but everybody is very passionate and like they understand the concept of a hard hard work like they need to work hard to get to a point where they can travel and compete and do something with their breaking so that’s actually a really good thing over there and I would say they have a really good sense of hip-hop in Jordan. I love that. Yeah so the scene is small but but everybody is friends with each other, actually like he would have like small beefs but that’s everywhere right. Yeah that’s good, the smaller scene you build a tighter community so that’s good and you’ll be able to influence more people that way directly. Yes. And then so you told me earlier that you’re you’re living out in Orange County California, yes how long how long ago was it that you made the move and why? I moved here two years and a half ago the reason why I actually moved here is because I was definitely dedicating my life to breaking. And then I have a Syrian passport so even though I was born and I grew up in Jordan my parents are from Syria and then I was granted a Syrian passport and then that passport had a really big effect on me traveling because of the Syrian crisis that started in 2011. And I would say like 2011 in the first year where I travel for breaking so I went to Dubai that year for battle of the year with my crew, I didn’t have any problems back then because like the crisis was still like clearly new. So I went to Dubai we won the best show in the Middle East for battle of the year and then like that that inspired me a lot and gave me a lot of like motivation and energy to practice for bigger things and whatever comes on the way. And then in 2012 we had Red Bull BC One for the first time in Jordan and I won it that year. It was my first time winning a solo competition by myself and I was really happy because you know it’s Red Bull, Red Bull BC One so yeah it’s like whoa I won Red Bull BC One and that’s my first competition. So that gave me a lot of energy and motivation. So I was supposed to fly out to Egypt, luckily I didn’t  need a visa, but then what happened was they changed it to Morocco. So the event was supposed to happen in Morocco that year and then I wasn’t able to get a visa so they had the second b-boy from Morocco compete instead of me that year. Yeah that was kind of depressing for me, mm-hmm I didn’t know like how to feel about it. Yeah so the morrocan bboy replaced me and then like there was an event for me that everybody made, all the b-boys and that this dance like famous dance studio in Jordan called tempo, they they had event for people to come watch me live stream together and have a barbecue. So yeah I ended up going to that barbecue, I’m watching the Red Bull qualifier with them and as my battle came up I started watching it and was like I don’t know like making moves in my mind. It’s like oh what if that was me who would have went first, oh I would have got this beat you know. And okay yeah or I don’t know like I had a lot of million things in my mind and then some some bboys would joke with me like oh that’s you Somar that’s you. And im like huh man that’s not a funny joke right now. yeah it was kind of sad so I kept practicing for the second year and I made it to the finals in 2013 and I lost. And I was super sad because I didn’t get my chance the year before to go to the qualifier so that kind of made me really sad because I wouldn’t I wouldn’t get a spot at the qualifier if I made it to second place. So eventually the qualifier was in Jordan so I had to watch it live too, like I was there watching my crewmates battle because he won. And then the next year 2014 I won again and I was able to travel but when I when I traveled I went to Algeria, I didn’t need a visa but when I came back from Algeria I got stuck at the airport. I was with the manager the cultural manager from Red Bull, we were travelling together. And then when we got to Jordan they stopped me at the airport for like three to four hours and they didn’t want to let me in they’re like oh you’re Syrian you should go back to Syria. But then I showed them a video of me holding the Jordanian flag at Red Bull and and like I was like look like look I was representing you guys and they still didn’t care they were like “oh man what do you do? you dance yeah and then they were like just ? go back to your country you should go back to Syria. What you’re doing here?” I’m like well I left a week ago you can see my passport that it’s been a week since I’ve left and I live here my parents are here everybody I know is here I grew up here I went to school here you can’t be like that, you know? And they gave me a really hard time untill they let me back into the country. So that was my first experience with the airport and then I traveled two more times for breaking and that was also to Algeria but then I needed a visa the following times because I don’t know why. Like at first syrians didn’t need a visa to go to Algeria but then with the new restrictions and regulations because because of the crisis in Syria, now we need the visa to go everywhere and most countries wouldn’t give us that visa because they would be scared of running away because of their like because of what’s happening in the country you know. Yeah. So yeah the next two times I traveled it was really hard for me to get back into the country again and one of these times I got stuck for like nine hours at the airport and that time after I got in and I was in the car on my way home I was like in my mind I was like next time I travel I’m not coming back here, like apparently I’m not accepted and I’ve been dealing with a lot of problems with like law enforcement and cops, every time they stopped us in the car me and my friends, I would get like I would get like humiliated like that would make me get out of the car just because I’m Syrian, they would ask me really annoying questions, they would basically harass me just because I’m not Jordanian. Okay yeah it was really annoying for a long time like I kept feeling like I’m different like I’m not accepted in that country, along with dancing like dancing it’s not really something that’s accepted in the Middle East either. hmm okay It’s really hard to dance over there like people would look down on you if you’re a dancer like “oh you’re wasting your time like what are you doing? right you’re trying to be like people from America? or what are you  trying to do that’s not your culture?” like they just wants their kids to be lawyers or doctors or whatever you know, yeah even even my parents had like like didn’t really understand what I’m doing and they didn’t really like it at first I don’t even think my dad still understands what I’m doing. So like it’s been tough like doing everything together it’s like dealing with the Syrian situation, and then dancing in Jordan, not being able to go to college because of like many reasons. One of them is financially I wasn’t able to go every semester, so like I would stop for one semester then go back to school then stop again and then it came to a point where like I’m like gonna keep doing this that’s just a waste of time I don’t want to go to college no more you know. yeah So I just focused on breaking and like it was my escape from everything. I would just break more and just waste my time breaking and I just kept getting better until I got the chance to come to America and then as soon as I came here I just applied for asylum in the states and yeah I just stayed in California. That’s awesome and it worked out it seems like right? Yes and like one of the biggest motivations for me to stay here is like one of my dreams is to travel the world and my passport is preventing me from doing so and I’m really passionate about breaking but then my crewmates used to travel more than I did. Every time they traveled to compete or to any event or anything like even together it’s like why can’t I be with them you know, because like all my friends are out together like you feel like you’re missing out, that’s where. And too, you want to be there too like at the jam or at the event they’re going to and you want to see and experience what they experienced or like you know. Yeah. It was kind of hard like every time they travel I would just go straight to practice and practice for like five – six hours non-stop and like I’ll just do my best to get better and just forget you know. So it was currently like it was basically my escape back then. Okay Somar I love this story because it’s such a real real struggle for you in it just shows how you overcame adversity and it seems like there’s so much stuff in your way and so many obstacles to get through and somehow you you push past and you made it through, and I love this story man this is crazy. Thank you yeah so I just like when I came here I was like okay I’m in California now, Hollywood is here, everything is here, a lot of b-boys are here, everything’s big here, like you can make it big in whatever you do, you just have to put the effort for it. It’s not like back home like back home I would put effort I would work hard for something but you would get no results you know. It’s just the culture and society is not really accepting to what we do, they just make it harder. And yeah so I was like okay I was doing good in Jordan I was teaching kids I was performing, I opened my own studio at some point, so when I came here I was like okay it’s time to do all that on a bigger scale at some point because there’s more opportunity basically. 100% and where are you at with that? Right now, right now I’m focusing on on competition mostly. I talked, I’ve talked with different people like I’ve covered people for classes, I taught with a company or two but for me it like when I taught over here kids have to break it, didn’t really serve my purpose and that like I didn’t enjoy it and it doesn’t make good money at the same time so I  was like what’s the point of all this, if I’m if I’m not happy with that what I’m teaching or the purpose I’m teaching for then I don’t really need this. Because like my one of my goals when I used to teach back home is to builds build my students characters in terms of everything in life not just breaking because I believe is what I believe in is how you do something is how you do everything so I used to teach them hard work. I used to make them do workouts like I would make my students who are like seven eight years old do twenty 6 steps on each side and then twenty cc’s. I would give them like a list of footwork and they have to do twenty of each on each side so they can get better really quick. Like handstand and workouts, handstand push-ups. I would play games with them just for  them to get better so they don’t get bored and then they get way better and stronger and they like they’re basically doing a sport not just dance and then it’s also a dance where they can escape from reality. So it’s like a mixture of things in one and that’s what I like to do but then when I taught over here it was different. it was I felt like I was teaching to make money and then I was teaching some other persons formula on how to teach them and going the safe way like teach them in a really safe environment and  safe moves making sure not for them not to get injured, but for me I’m kind of I lived my life on the edge. I’m an extremist and I believe that if you really want something you can get it no matter how or in what way. So I like to go hard with my students too, I like to teach them that, I like to teach them that they can get anything they want no matter how hard it is so like I don’t mind teaching a seven-year-old how to do an airflare because I really believe if I can do it he can do it you know. mm-hmm I love it I love what you said how how you do something is how you do everything, I really love that and I I’m sure it translates into uh you know your hard work outside training, but also your hard work inside the training you know. How was uh how was your training leading up to big competitions? I know you’ve been part of so many, what’s the shift like in your training? Okay so basically I wish I can train the way I used to train back in Jordan. Honestly like back home I didn’t pay rent, I didn’t worry about paying bills. I used to just break or like I would go to school and break and teach classes like like it’s all like it all works out together easily. mm-hmm I had my friends I had my life put together already so like breaking was easier like like it was really easy for me to break I used to go to a dance school and I used to practice from 11:00 till 4:00 over there maybe like till 3:30 and then rest for half an hour and then from 4:00 to 5:00 I would give a class for begin one and then five to six I would give an advanced class for my students and I would like do workouts with them and everything we would cypher we would battle at the end of each class and then I would go straight to session with my crew and that was like a three hour session. So I used to spend a lot of my days just breaking from morning to night. Even sometimes I would I would have so much energy to the point where like after a session with my crew I would walk back home and it would take me like 25 minutes walk and then as soon as I get home I’d be like aware that okay my oldest brother is gonna complain if I break at home he’s like oh you’re making a lot of noises and stuff you know. I used to just stay in the street right in front of my apartment complex and I would just break over there in the street by myself half an hour or an hour and then I would go home. But ever since I moved to the US there’s a lot of competitions I would battle a lo,t I had to work a lot. Like when I first came here I had to do like 12 hour shift every day and it was really hard for me to break, but then I moved here for this so like I would lose a lot of jobs just to break. I would do anything for breaking, like even one time I lost a job just to go to practice because I told my boss hey I need to leave tomorrow at 7:00 because I have practice at 8:00 is that okay… he was like sure just let your coworker cover you and I asked her if she said yes and I told him so he was cool with it. Then the next day, an hour before I was supposed to leave she and she canceled and she was like I can do it and I made plans to go to practice and I had my like my backpack with me at work I was super excited, I was practicing with like big names people I used to look up to when I was a kid and I haven’t practiced in a while so I was like imma make it to that practice no matter what. And then my boss was like hey if she’s not coming then you can’t leave, I was like well I told you and it’s your business you’re the one who should get someone to cover me, and I just did it to be safe…. he was like well you can’t leave it’s your choice if you want to leave but I wouldn’t like it if you leave the next morning he fired me. So I was cool with it I was like okay if that’s how he feels it’s cool at least I went to practice and I’m cool with it I don’t care on a break. Yeah that’s right that’s dedication. yeah that’s one of my experiences. Nice and take us a look inside like one of your practices, what was your typical practice look like for you? Typical practice okay, so I would go into practice and basically I would start off by stretching I would stretch for like about 20 minutes let’s say and then I start like just jumping around, if I had a rope with me I would just jump the rope I like to do some skills with the rope I think it’s fun, and then it’s a good way to warm up and then I would do even top rocks on the rope and then I  would start just warming it up with top rocks by itself. Like I would start top rocking for like half an hour to 40 minutes until I start like feeling a little bit of sweat and then I started working like I start working on footwork. I would just keep dancing because like usually in the first hour when we practice we just listen to hip-hop has different types of music just to like get ready to practice and then as soon as we were warmed up like for top rocks footwork everything, and we started playing like break beats and like faster hip-hop mixes and stuff so we can start practicing. I would just work out on like new stuff whatever my body feels like doing most mostly power because like when I’m practicing with my crew or like around people I get a lot of energy and I need that energy to do power moves. And like I seem to like to enjoy it over the years so I kept going at it I would practice power moves all the time and then I made it really far with power, I took it to the next level and like it feels good to be able to do that so yeah. It looks good too man. thank you. Hey come along come a long way from doing handstands as a kid. Yeah nice so let’s so mostly power. so I’m saying my practice was mostly power moves and then I would just try to create different ways to get into my power, different power sets, and then different transitions, basics, I would try to change each basic to and flip it to my own. Like I’ll do my like three four different types of flares that I would create same thing for windmills, for air flares. Airfares was kind of hard to create my own but I’m getting there I’m still getting there. Yeah so it’s just like I try to just flip everything and like bring my own perspective into each move. Yeah I love that and like watching you watching your break is just like you’re you’re doing things that I don’t expect you to do and I’ve never seen before, like you’re turning in ways that I wouldn’t expect you to turn, or nice directional switches, or you’re landing with a different hand or foot than I thought you’re going to, so always catch me off oh I love it. Oh really yeah and oh it’s so really curious I know you seems like you spent a lot of time creating different transitions and I guess different types of like original power combos and power moves like can you take us into that process? Yes, so for me power moves is is basically a game you need, you need control you need to be able to do like if you want to play around with power you have to be able to do a lot of power. It’s like for me I get tired doing footwork sometimes my stamina goes down and like I wouldn’t be able to hit like like a whole footwork set just any time of the day but if I just woke up right now and you asked me to do like 20 flares, I’m able to do that because I’m really comfortable with power. For me power is all about breathing. That’s one, two it’s all about control and technique so if you’re able to do 20 flares or like 20 air flares 20 windmills 20 of each move then you’re comfortable enough to play with it. You know, so that that’s that’s one of my approaches to power moves so I would actually go to the like to the beach and do like 20 flares 20 air flares handstand balance workouts on the sand because it has like a better impact on the joints that that’s 1, & 2 it’s harder to control on the sand so that that actually makes your hands stronger and your grip stronger so you get better control on that. Another thing I would do like the Alien Ness workout but for power like instead of doing six steps and going from point A to point B, I would actually do it with flares and then with air flares so the this way I have really good control when I’m doing flares and their flares in a in a cypher or in a battle. Like I know where I’m at I know how to have to move if I’m about to hit someone while I’m doing power so that that’s another approach. And then one more thing I like to work on is I used to write down moves like I would write down windmill and then I would do windmill flare and then windmill halos windmill 90’s, windmill 2000’s windmill head spin windmill shoulder halos and I would get all the transitions from windmill and then I would change the move. I would do flare and then I would do flare to halos flare to head spin flare to 90’s flare to 2000’s flare to munchmills. flare to everything. Same thing with 90s, so basically these are the three moves I focused on the most flare, airflare and 90’s and I learned to do to do these moves from anywhere and to I would go to anywhere from it to so that gave me a lot of control and power too. Another thing is I would try to change each power move by itself like flares I’ll try to do something different with it, then I’ll try to do something even more. I would do like three, four different types of flares and then I would try to mix them up together too, do them in the same round or mix two moves in one to make it look completely different, find new transitions and new ways to do. Like let’s say I want to do flare, flare to airflare, why can’t I do it in a different way than everybody else you know? Transitions like transition in a different way to get to it like those many perspectives to make your own power, it’s either you change the move itself or you change the transition, or both and then you make a throw down to power and then a way to get out of your power so, it’s it’s everything together. Wow okay that is a lot to digest. So crazy okay so it seems like you focus a lot on on building that foundation you know the move inside and out you have full  control and move you mentioned a couple of strategies of doing that and then you’ll start to create the variations of the move your own original variations from there. Yes so variations my own variations my own transitions my own go downs and my own get out of each move so that’s that’s basically what makes me feel like I’m different. I love it man this is dope. And and I know uh you’re you’re extremely dynamic like and high energy is is this just it seems like this is just the way you are. Yes yeah like I’m I move a lot at home, even like my parents would would complain about it like well my mom is cooking in the kitchen and I would be walking around the kitchen like hey you’re making me dizzy just get out of the kitchen, and then when my dad is  watching TV at home sitting on his couch if I walk around a lot is like like every time I walk in front of him he would make like I know is that he shows me with that is annoyed you know? it’s like yeah so I used to move a lot. I love it and that’s hilarious yeah I’ve got to ask is you also mention you focus on health and conditioning and I’m sure that these help keep you energy up as well would you want to just go go over some of the things you you do as part of your breaking training but not specifically within like your practices? yes yes so basically I used to stretch every day for like around five six years of my breaking career I stretch every day twice morning and night I would do one hour in the morning one hour in the night just because like I didn’t know I was doing yoga basically but I guess after I grew up and learned what yoga is and what meditation is and like getting deep through your spirit like getting on a spiritual level and all that I didn’t really know much about that but I figured that that that’s exactly what I was doing as I was growing up so I stretch every day as to meditate and do guided meditations on YouTube every night before I sleep and then that’s that’s something I used to do all the time to keep my body ready and conditioned I would also stretch using handstands like I would do a handstand and like just stretch my legs and stuff which also gave me control and power too and then I just focus on being healthy in terms of food and sleep because like even if you even if you’re healthy with the way you eat a lot of people don’t even know that the way you sleep and when do you sleep and all that makes a difference in your life and the way you get up out of bed also makes a big difference in your daily life okay so let’s say let’s say for example you you wake up at 9:00 a.m. and then you open your eyes and you’re like laying down on your bed and you stay in your bed for like half an hour or an hour I know for a fact if I do that that my day is gonna be lazy but then if I wake up and I get up right away after I open my eyes I know for a fact that I’m gonna have energy and make like do a lot of little tasks that will lead to bigger tasks throughout the day like for example if you wake up every day and you make your bed the big difference in your life then if you don’t because if you make your bed then you actually made the first move of the day so that that will give you a really good feeling like like a small like it’s really small but it gives you a good feeling from the inside it’s like oh I did this and then it will motivate you to do something else for yourself and then slowly you keep doing little tasks and then throughout the day you would have been like really productive you know rather than being lazy and then in terms of food and nutrition I try to stay hydrated drink a lot of water before I sleep before I practice when I first wake up I think water is a like pretty big part like most of your body is filled with water so you have to take care of your body in that aspect too so that’s one and then another thing is what you eat makes a big difference like cutting down oils sugars and stuff that you don’t really need in your body makes a big difference and your and your breaking as well perfect and I honestly I completely agree with you is what you do in the morning really sets up the tone for the rest of your day and yes you if you focus like an hour getting the good morning routine getting the things that you want to get done in the morning being productive in the morning you’ll have much more productive day much more active day loving man yes you basically said it in in short don’t man that makes you perfect for the show and we’re getting close to wrapping up here somewhere I know you mentioned there’s a you had a bunch of like really actionable tips was there anything specific you want to to get out there before we wrap up yes I just want to say that I want to like mention a couple of stuff in terms of nutrition and food that will help people with their daily life like it will even make them live longer you know like some of the stuff that I do is I drink aloe vera every day that’s one and then other than that celery celery I drink celery juices every day I would use bee pollen which has all the B vitamins that’s the only thing in the world that has all the me vitamins so it’s very beneficial I use it every day as well another thing is hemp seeds it’s the best source of protein that you can get and I would recommend that for everybody and then usually like I do eat meat but a plant-based diet is the best option for your heart for your inner health not for nutrition for your health health and nutrition is two different things and it’s really important to know the difference between these two because you could be harming your health but focusing on your nutrition and a lot of body builders do that and dancing helps keeps you young but there’s other ways too to keep you young and which is taking care of your health and that goes really well along with breaking so that’s something I recommend to everybody to do focus on a plant-based diet even if you eat meat it doesn’t matter just you know just try to cut down a few stuff sugars and stuff and just focus on your health not just a nutrition another thing is in my opinion if you want to do something that you’ve  never done before you have to get out of your way and do do something for it like you have to work hard for it and do something that nobody else did that would make you special or out stand them like if all the b-boys in my city practices five hours a day imma go I’m practice seven hours a day that would set the difference between me and them and yeah that’s it hope you listen guys be different do the things that other b-boys won’t do that’s the only way you’ll be able to stand out from the crowd and go above and beyond you know set new levels yes and don’t be afraid to go commercial prevent that it’s like oh you gotta stay real yeah you gotta stick to the roots break you started in the streets like no man like okay it did it’s cool I like it for sure but it’s good to make money through your craft – you know it’s really important because this way you like if you wanna be a good representative or breaking then when you go commercial presented in a good way and teach the actual teachings of breaking of the benefits of it and everything and the history of it and then you’re good you don’t need to be real and stay in the streets you know and stay in that mentality because you will not go anywhere with that basically cool wet well said bro it’s it’s shifting for sure and if you want to be able to do this for a living you have to stay open-minded yes no that’s that’s a dream for many people is if you could break for a living the dream yes and this is awesome and thanks so much for for opening up and sharing with us like your your stories and your struggles like over these past what seven eight years really showing us how how to push through in the face of adversity and you’ve come so far and so I’m so excited to see where you’re gonna go next thank you thank you so much for having me oh for sure I would love to definitely need to get you back in the show I want I would really want to pick your brain on your battle mentality you’ve you’ve been a part of like so many big jams like nobley of the all the redbull jams previously and recently I’d love to to pick your brain on some battle strategy sure ok cool men and I’ll just finish up by a guess work people can find you online I know you’re on your own Instagram yes for the most part I’m mostly on Instagram yes for me yeah sorry no yeah yeah no hit us with your Instagram handle yeah so my Instagram is so marred Safari its som är j.a f RI Beauty eyes yet hit so more up on Instagram so more jafari and is it cool if they hit you up maybe if they’re in the Orange County area if they want to practice with you or if people want to find some lessons or classes that that you don’t got a good good place of course yes like I actually have a lot of space at home even like in in my living room or like let’s say the kitchen area I have a lot of space and it’s wood parquet flooring so it’s perfect for breaking and then it’s a big space with big mirrors on the wall – so it’s like a studio it’s like I have a small studio at home I do give private and yeah like whoever needs classes or help tips with power moves with breaking in general acrobatics all these stuff I would definitely help them out that’s awesome and I really wish I was out in Orange County right now as I would totally take you up on that offer hahaha thank you guys this is just the tip of the iceberg like clearly Schwimmer has so much to share and is really knowledgeable it seems especially on your training regimen and also your health regimen too and I love that man I really love that thank you alright guys you’ve been hanging out with so more and your host Wolvie head over to in decipher comm search so mar in the search bar and as show notes page will come up with everything we’ve been talking about from his training regimen to the things he’s eating on a daily basis so I just want to say thank you so much so mar for for sharing your story and a lot of really actionable tips on the dance these it’s things like this that’ll will go a really long way to help so many b-boys and b-girls around the world and I really appreciate a man hope to have you back on the show but you know then we’ll cat to decipher man haha for sure thank you thank you so much for having me and sharing is caring so I love to share and inspire others because I had a lot of inspirations in my life so it’s really cool to have other people be inspired by my story you know perfect and well I am inspired myself I’ll tell you that thank you okay perfect man we’ll get on the show again scene all right thank you so much there you have it guys b-boy Samar Samar thank you so much for being on this episode of the show and thank you so much for sharing your techniques for developing power transitions and your own original moves anyways guys please check out some more in Instagram and while 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