World Bboy Battle (WBB) founder Frankie “Sirswift” Hernandez was 13 years old when he turned to breakdancing to escape crime, violence, drugs and gangs in Washington Heights. Today, breakdancing continues to help poverty-stricken youth.
Thanks to the resiliency of the b-boy, breaking is now a sport. In 2024, millions will watch the amazing skills of the b-boy at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games. Unfortunately, despite global recognition as highly skilled athletes, b-boys continue to be exploited by organizers who profit from their talent.
Having fallen victim to b-boy exploitation, Frankie knows the pain all too well. His love and passion for breaking compelled him to find a solution that would provide Breakers an opportunity to succeed in life as a professional athletes.
In 2014, he created the first professional sport for b-boying called the Bboy Sport. The sport tests the skills of the world’s elite athletes through style rounds in Footwork, Powermove and Burner. Its judging and scoring system, based on 10 elements fundamental to b-boying, accurately quantify an athlete’s performance. Hosts, sports announcers and sports commentators educate audiences through move-calling, analysis and insight.
In 2015, he organized the first professional sports competition for b-boying called World Bboy Battle #1 at the Queens Theatre in NYC. Since then, he continues to grow the Bboy Sport by producing WBB events for live audiences and television viewers. To date, WBB events have paid and awarded its players over $50,000.