Hong 10

Hong 10 is one of the most famous B-Boys on the planet, always at the top of his game and known as one of the most creative and strong dancers in the scene, recognized for his extremely complex and intricate style.

In Korea a great Hip Hop scene evolved within a few years. B-Boying is everywhere—on TV, in the papers, and in many theatrical shows. At the tourist office in Seoul, you will find a flyer about a B-Boy show right next to one about a classical Korean dance performance. Korean B-Boys are known to be among the best in the world because they are extremely dedicated, possibly a result of the compulsory two year military service for all male citizens. So every Korean B-Boy tries to get to the top of his game before he gets drafted.

Hong 10 & Roxrite at the Edinburg Film Festival

Hong 10 is known for his exceptional endurance and strength and he’s an organized battle strategist. He sorts out his body and his mind and then calmly calculates what he must do to win. He has a big repertoire and makes sure he has his weapons ready and knows when to drop which move.

The fact that Korean B-Boys are known to be the most dedicated dancers is not the only reason why Hong 10 is struggling with the high expectations of his fans in the battle in South Africa. He won 2nd place in 2005’s Red Bull BC One and 1st place in 2006. He is the title holder in 2007 and wants to be the first one to ever win the title for a second time.

Q & A with Hong 10 in 2010

Describe how you feel in a battle.
I’m always nervous in battles, but at the same time I have butterflies of joy is in my chest! When I am flying through the air or throw a complicated move, I am totally focused. Life becomes crisp, the music sounds louder, and my surroundings become more real.

Are you overambitious?

I wouldn’t say overambitious, but I will always give my best and always try to improve. I have to work very hard and to give up on many things to be as good as I am. You win some you loose some I guess. Winning is like math, there’s a lot of preparation to do win a battle. I would have to break it down to practice hours, concepts and strategy and if everything equals out then winning follows.

You were defending your title. Was that putting extra pressure on you?
Defending the title was a big thing for me. Back then, no one had ever won two years in a row and I really wanted to be the first B-Boy to overcome that, but my plan didn’t work out. Right after the battle I honestly thought I had won, but I was wrong. It all comes down to the judges right? I thought, “Shit I came this far and it all comes down to this? I wish I could have another chance, go another round…”

How did it feel to be followed by a camera crew?

It was a little weird, but also pretty cool! It didn’t really feel like I was participating in a movie. It just felt the same like always when they are filming the event with me being part of it. When I saw the movie I was surprised at how big my part actually was. It felt geat!

What do you think about the movie?
I think Alastair did an excellent job, not only with filming the event, but especially with how deep he got into each character. I really opened up to him and definitely consider him family now.
Turn it loose will be a very important document for every B-Boy, present and future, but also for other people, because they will really get a sense of the life style of a B-Boy and what breaking is all about. I think no other film has accomplished that before.

Q & A

Describe how you feel in a battle.

I’m always nervous in battles, but at the same time I have butterflies of joy is in my chest! When I am flying through the air or throw a complicated move, I am totally focused. Life becomes crisp, the music sounds louder, and my surrounding becomes more real.

Are you overambitious?

I wouldn’t say overambitious, but I will always give my best and always try to improve. I have to work very hard and to give up on many things to be as good as I am. So, you win some you loose some. Winning is like math, there’s a lot of preparation to do win a battle. I would have to break it down to practice hours, concepts and strategy and if everything equals out then winning follows.

Defending the title was a big thing for me, back then no one had ever won two years in a row and I really wanted to be the first B-Boy to overcome that but I guess my plan didn’t work out. Right after the battle I honestly thought I had won, but I was wrong. It all comes down to the judges right? Shit I came this far and it all comes down to this??? I wish I could have another chance!

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- Do you think you are a role model?

I’m currently injured, I need to get better. And then I’ll do what I always do, enter competitions, travel, and judge, what ever I can to contribute to the scene.

My role model would be Storm from Germany, because of his current lifestyle he has at his age, travelling around the globe doing shows, participating in all dance related projects.

How did it feel to be followed by a camera crew?

It was a little weird, but also pretty cool! It didn’t really feel like I was participating in a movie. It just felt the same like always when they are filming the event with me being part of it. When I saw the movie I was surprised at how big my part actually was. It felt geat!

What do you think about the movie?

I think Alastair did an excellent job, not only with filming the event, but especially with how deep he got into each character. I really opened up to him and definitely consider him family now.

Turn it loose will be a very important document for every B-Boy, present and future, but also for other people, because they will really get a sense of the life style of a B-Boy and what breaking is all about. I think no other film has accomplished that before.

17 Comments

11. May 2010, 9:47 H
from: nika

Hong 10 is cooooool!

19. May 2010, 11:23 H
from: mohamad

i love hong 10 and his dancing i also dance but i love to be like him

20. May 2010, 17:08 H
from: glitch

He’s dope!

07. June 2010, 11:25 H

[...] it loose” is an amazing documentary about 6 of the worlds best B-boys (Hong 10, Lilou, Ronnie, Roxrite, Taisuke & Ben J), and their life leading up to the 2007 Red Bull BC [...]

07. June 2010, 12:50 H
from: kevin

우리가 hong10 사랑 해요!

24. June 2010, 10:40 H
from: Bboy cooldeep

Bro all d best 4 coming yrs redbull bc one………….

26. June 2010, 19:05 H
from: SonnicK

Why this film will not be shown in Russia? It is very bad, many very much want it to look(((((((((

06. August 2010, 6:31 H
from: Rikki

wow love your style! mad respect! i really want to battle you in the future.. thats my dreams :/

25. August 2010, 13:47 H
from: tedi b boy

grande hong 10

26. August 2010, 20:07 H
from: abd

im love hong 10

19. September 2010, 18:21 H
from: Otniel hanesta

How can to become b-boy like u? I b-boy too but…i think my skill still low..

01. October 2010, 2:47 H
from: Ajay

Hong10…,U r my god.
I look upto U, I follow U!!!

18. October 2010, 15:21 H
from: sean

i love hong 10 he is so good his style his freeze i love him man he is cool

29. December 2010, 17:41 H
from: bboylucas

hong 10, uma lenda viva

30. December 2010, 12:34 H
from: bboy leon kasuma

the king of the halo….. the best bboy corea… o mejor decir, la legenda!! ^^

18. January 2011, 21:48 H
from: jose

hong 10 y lilou son los mejores del mundo.
ellos siempre cambian su estilo y van mejorando cada ves mas en susu movimientos.
tambien son creativos y es chido verlos bailar porque siempre tienen algun movimiento nuevo y sorprendente.
quisiera que estuvieran en el proximo bc one.

ellos son los maximos idolos

26. February 2011, 2:42 H
from: ash

i like hong 10′s style. freeze em hong10! all the best…

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