Real Name is Henry Vijande, aka “Rival”. He was born on October 9, 1981. He started breaking around 1996 -1997. Currently Resides in Jersey City, New Jersey. He represents NBK Crew which stands for Natural Born Killahz and Nothing but Knowledge that formed more than a decade ago. Founder and Organized the event called “Cypher in the Hood” and other numerous events.
The video interview below was conducted on June 27, 2011. He talks about his lifestyle, his views on the current situation with our community, and the uphills, downhills with b-boying. He also gave some very good advice for people starting out in the scene.
Please visit the NBK site for information regarding the Crew, Events, Studio, classes, etc.
Thursday Nite Throwdown is a bboy battle thrown every other month in Wayne, New Jersey. It consists of a 3v3 competition w 1 substitute+ 2 LifeLines (basically double-elimination). Bboys battle it out until only 1 crew remains! Winner gets a custom banner printed for their crew presented @ the next TNT. Also, there is an exhibition battle every jam for the winner of each TNT vs. the current TNT Title holder. This TNT 5 we have Souljerz(defending Champs) vs. MYNDZINMOTION (TNT 3 winners). The winner of that battle, then defends their title against the TNT 4 winners, True Aggressions Crew (winners of last TNT 4).
TNT was created to bring together the local bboy community together and test their skills! Also, it was designed so that the younger generation can come and get inspired by bboys from their local scene (not only YouTube and DVDs) and gain battle experience at an earlier age. There arent a lot of jams being thrown in New Jersey that often so we try to bring the consistency, and the old vibe of just gettin down and havin fun.
The Venue is not open on Saturday or Friday,so we have decided on Thursday instead of Sunday. Thought it be a early start to the weekend and a good substitute for a regular Thursday practice, once every other month, to keep everybody on their toes. People are improving and the competition is getting more fierce. Its a good thing, because its not all about winning but getting stronger as a community. There are bigger and stronger opponents that await us so we must be ready when that time comes. The only way to train for that is to train with each other through constant competition as CREWS so we can learn to work as a team, that is why we do “crew vs crew” battles as opposed to “1v1 ” battle.
I hope people enjoy the jam and keep supporting. Its only possible because of the PEOPLE that come. Without the bboys, there is no jam. Hopefully, it will grow and grow as our skills do as well, so we just gotta train hard and stay focused dont get influenced by all the things that try to hold us down. Rise above and everything is easier to see.