On December 9th, 2014, sports journalist Eli Rosenberg wrote about Hernandez’ vision in New York Daily News article “Bring home the breakin’! Former Run-DMC dancer wants breakdancing to be a major league sport.” Seven years later, Hernandez’ vision is on the verge of becoming a reality.
The first pro Bboy sports event was called World Bboy Battle #1 and took place at the Queens Theatre in NYC on January 25 of 2015. This historic event organized by Bboy pioneer Frankie “Sirswift” Hernandez, a former pro Bboy who danced with Magnificent Force and toured with Run DMC and Afrika Bambaattaa in the early 80’s, received massive media attention from NBC, NY1, NY Daily News and Telemundo among others.
Hernandez founded World Bboy Battle to compensate their athletes and provide Bboys the opportunity to make a living from this pro sports league. Since 2015, WBB has been providing NYC residents with pro Bboy sports events at venerable performing arts centers, with the last two events taking place at the Tribeca PAC in Manhattan. With plans for national and international expansion, WBB will be able to launch the world’s first major league Breaking sport and open opportunities for Bboys to make Breaking a career.
“We’re excited to bring our events to fans through live events at major sports arenas and through television and digital media on a major sports network. The positive impact this league will have among youth and our communities in the US and around the world is going to amazing.”
— Frankie Sirswift Hernandez, Founder of World Bboy Battle
World Bboy Battle is regarded “the big leagues of Breaking”, a pro Bboy sport that compensates its competitors for their performances and awards them shares of prize pool money according to their rankings in each tournament. Fair play, transparency, compensation, and a thrilling Bboy sports for spectators sets World Bboy Battle apart from everyone else.