said "Every kung fu movie was like styles, people got they ass whipped, and they went back and got revenge, and it was cool, and that was like something maybe we saw this as kids in the hood, as something we dealt with every day in our lives, you know what I'm saying, dealing with the way we had to live, in school and at home
explains, "42nd St. was like 'wow!', these are subtitled, they're putting these English voices over, these movies aren't even made in the States, that's even more like 'wow!,' you feel like you're really a part of something."
One thing that Ken
, Trac, and Lep all brought up when asked how the films influenced them was routines.
The elaborate choreography of Hong Kong martial arts movies inspired the B-Boys to choreograph their own routines with two or more dancers.
In kung fu movies and B-Boy routines, creativity and constant practice is what makes the choreography.
I asked Lep about the choreography he
was involved with in the New York City Breakers
talked about going to Japan to promote Wildstyle on the Wildstyle tour in 1982,"We took Japan by storm, I think they were shook, that movie Wildstyle, was like hard, rugged, rough Bronx.
They show burnt buildings, the whole shit, and I think these people were just blown away by this shit that came from those conditions."
was amazed that in Japan , American culture had already impressed the Japanese in a big way.
saw 20 Japanese Elvis impersonators where they were previewing the movie.
saw Japanese rock groups including a Japanese Kiss.
While the Japanese were emulating American culture, American youth was appropriating from Asian culture, and showing the result to an Asian audience for the first time.
, "We had to really show the influence of kung fu, martial arts, of kung fu movies in a dance piece, when we went to the Akasaka blitz, in Tokyo , and be in front of Asians, that was strange.
Shaolin Temple Hip-Hop was a piece that Ghettoriginal put together not to educate people, but as Ken Swift
said "It was a bug out skit, lets have fun with our inspiration, one of our favorite inspirations, as B-Boys, that meant so much to us coming up.
Ken Swift formed his own chapter of Rock Steady in 1996, RSC Seven Grandmasters, based on the Joseph Kuo movie 7 Grandmasters.
RSC Seven Grandmasters was a battle clique.
, "And that was the elite unit of Rock Steady
that was all about win, lose, or draw, battling anybody, going out there to war, and it had the same concept as Seven Grandmasters
, going all over the country, doing different styles, fighting and challenging, that's a little what the movie was about."
RSC Seven Grandmasters were Ken Swift
, Honey Rockwell, Mr. Wiggles, Flo-Master, Gizmo, Orko, and Katsu.
The movie 7 Grandmasters also inspired Ken Swift
to create a new move.