B-Boy Shigekix and B-Girl Kastet triumph at the Red Bull BC One World Final 2020
Reigning 2019 World Champion Kastet from Russia held on to her crown and is the first competitor in history to hold a back-to-back Red Bull BC One World Champion title.
B-Boy Shigekix from Japan and B-Girl Kastet from Russia sealed the titles at the 17th edition of Red Bull BC One, the biggest one-on-one breaking competition. Sixteen breakers represented 11 countries at the Hangar-7 in Salzburg, inspiring their local breaking communities and celebrating a cultural phenomenon rooted in the early 1970s hip-hop and New York City street culture.
Reigning 2019 World Champion Kastet from Russia held on to her crown and is the first competitor in history to hold a back-to-back Red Bull BC One World Champion title. B-Boy Shigekix competed at the World Final in 2017, but this is the first time the Japanese B-Boy has won the competition. He is also the youngest competitor ever to take the title.
B-Boy Shigekix took on B-Boy Alkolil, a Russian B-Boy known for his combination of power, footwork and tricks. B-Girl Kastet went head-to-head with B-Girl Madmax from Belgium, who was the Red Bull BC One E-Battle 2020 winner. Shigekix scored because of his musicality and variety, whilst Kastet bested Madmax in terms of execution.
Check out all the action here: Red Bull BC One World Final 2020
B-Boy Shigekix, representing Japan, said: “I’m super happy and I still can’t believe it’s real. I worked so hard for this competition. Not only this year, I have been working hard to win this.”
B-Girl Kastet, representing Russia, added: “My secret is that I am not afraid to lose. I am just in the moment and want to represent myself in the best way, the true way. That is my secret.”
This year, the World Final featured no spectators. Breaking fans and the competitors’ crews attended the competition along the stage on LED screens in a virtual experience during the event. They cheered for their favorites in real-time, bringing them into the heart of the competition.
The competition was live-streamed across seven languages: English, Brazilian Portuguese, French, German, Japanese, Polish and Russian. A commentary-free stream was also available exclusively on Red Bull TV.
MEET THE WORLD CHAMPIONS:
B-Boy Shigekix (Japan)
B-Boy Shigekix (Nakarai Shigeyuki) is a member of K.A.K.B. crew and discovered breaking at the age of seven through his older sister, B-Girl Ayane. With a unique style of breaking, he is known for his fast and controlled power moves, mixed with unexpected, on-beat freezes.
A defining moment in Shigekix's young career was winning the Under 12 Baby Battle in 2014 at the Chelles Battle Pro in France. Since then, Shigekix has gone on to win the 2016 1on1 Nothing2Looz World Final Kids battle, the 2016 Hustle and Freeze solo battle and the 2016 Marseille Battle Pro 1on1 Kids battle. At the age of 15, Shigekix became the youngest b-boy in history to enter the Red Bull BC One World Final in 2018, where he was eliminated in the semi-finals by Menno.
He also became one of the first breakers to win an Olympic medal when he took home bronze at the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires.
B-Girl Kastet (Russia)
From Krasnodar, Russia, B-Girl Kastet, whose name means “brass knuckles” in English, is a member of 3:16 Crew and started breaking in 2010 at the age of 12. Going from Latin dances to judo, before finally discovering breaking, Kastet learned the dance from her crew, especially members B-Boy Marvel, and, her husband, B-Boy Jerry Metal.
Inspired by breakers such as Kmel, Machine, Remind and Rockadile, when Kastet dances she tries to use her whole body, and believes that it's very important to allow soul to shine through her dance.
Not only is she the 2019 Red Bull BC One World Champion, she is also a two-time Red Bull Russia National Cypher Champion. Additional accolades include the 2018 Russia B-Girl BOTY Qualifier and the Combonathion 9 Solo B-Girl Competition.
Catch the replay of the Red Bull BC One World Final 2020 on Red Bull TV and the Red Bull BC One YouTube and Facebook channels. The newscut will also be available on Red Bull Content Pool.
For more information, visit www.redbullbcone.com.
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