Break Dancer Victor Montalvo is already thinking (and talking) the Olympics

Victor Montalvo, 28, of Orlando, FL, is arguably one of many world’s most gifted breakers (that is breakdancer for you, Pappa) and lately received the highest prize within the 2022 Crimson Bull BC One World Ultimate, a contest often called essentially the most prestigious breaking competitors on the planet. To outscore his opponents for practically a decade, “Supa” Montalvo likes to remain continually lively so he can work on his energy, flexibility and endurance. And whereas breakdancing is actually thought of a distinct segment sport proper now, it is also a self-discipline on the rise. With breakdancing poised to be included within the 2024 Olympic Video games, M&F caught up with B-Boy to learn the way he received began, honed his craft and have become some of the progressive movers on the scene.

Congratulations on successful the 2022 Crimson Bull BC One World Ultimate. How was that have for you?

I celebrated with my spouse and my closet buddies. I used to be actually nervous! Even per week earlier than the occasion I used to be ready for it to be over. I truly did not get to coach as laborious as I wished. I solely had about three weeks they usually have been tremendous intense. I did a whole lot of interval operating and interval breaks, which contain a 30-minute all-out set adopted by a 20- to 30-second relaxation. I additionally integrated a whole lot of calisthenics. I went to Vegas afterwards to have a giant get together. I nonetheless really feel like I am having fun with that win, truly, as a result of I went to Vegas, spent a while at house in Los Angeles, the place I reside now, after which vacationed in Japan for a bit, adopted by Hawaii. Now it is again to LA to coach!

When did you first fall in love with wrestling?

Once I was 9 or 10, I bear in mind my cousin invited me over and there was music enjoying in his room. He taught me a couple of strikes and I bear in mind it was actually laborious, however I beloved how difficult it was. The subsequent day I used to be too shy to return, so I stood outdoors his door and listened to the music. It was one thing in regards to the type of music that made me need to transfer and dance. And at that age it clicked routinely. Wrestling rapidly grew to become one thing I beloved to do and it got here so naturally to me that it will definitely grew to become a profession.

Breakdancing is certainly a household affair for you, is not it?

I wished to apply with my cousin. He put cardboard on the carpet and we simply danced. My uncle is Hector Bermudez and my father is Victor Bermudez. They’re twins that began breaking apart when it received actually well-known within the late Nineteen Eighties. They fashioned a workforce with their different siblings, and 5 out of the ten have been breakouts. From what they informed me, again then, they needed to hitchhike to all these occasions to satisfy up with completely different breakouts and crews to battle round their city, Puebla, Mexico. They stopped once they left Mexico to come back to the US round 18 or 19 years outdated to start out a brand new life as a result of again in Mexico life was actually laborious and it was tremendous harmful.

You have been solely 14 years outdated once you received your first breaking competitors. Do you may have any recollections of that first win?

I bear in mind it was one of many happiest moments for me. I used to be shocked however I labored so laborious for it. I bear in mind buddies coming over and wanting to hang around earlier than the competitors, however I turned them down so I may proceed coaching. I needed to win this occasion. All that coaching was value it for the win although!

Does breakdancing have a routine the place you give you sure strikes or is it extra freestyle the place you determine what to do as you go? What processes and ideas undergo your thoughts once you dance?

For me, it is extra feeling and freestyling at first, and that is how I uncover new strikes, like my signature strikes (the ‘Tremendous Montalvo’, which is a one-handed spin and a back-flip-into-flare combo). However on the identical time, you want construction relating to competing in greater occasions and competitions, reminiscent of a Crimson Bull BC One or an Olympic qualifier. So it is half freestyle and half structured. Once I’m dancing or preventing, I am actually nervous. A lot goes by means of my head and I can get fairly pressured. Typically I actually cannot anticipate the occasion to finish. However on the identical time, as I battle, I inform myself optimistic issues like “you bought this, don’t be concerned” and I at all times have Plan B, C and D, simply in case!

Wrestling should be fairly powerful from a bodily standpoint?

I as soon as had a very unhealthy again spasm that prompted a whole lot of ache in my decrease again. I could not sit or sleep and it damage fairly a bit to do something. However fortunately one among my uncles is a chiropractor so he mounted me up and I used to be good to go in two weeks. One other time I had a nasty shoulder damage. I attempted to do a transfer the place I throw myself within the air and I spin, however I by accident landed on my shoulder and it received actually swollen. I had a contest quickly after and needed to compete with a swollen shoulder. I additionally had water in my knees as soon as and I could not actually dance. However once I have to, I nonetheless work round my accidents. If I get damage, I do know which elements of my physique I can not use after which I discover other ways to bounce and land.

The older I get, the more durable it will get to interrupt, so I’ve to maintain myself maintained. This implies I have to eat higher, stretch extra and be extra bodily lively, constantly.

I bear in mind once I was youthful I may get together all day and get up the subsequent day to compete and carry out amazingly, however I can not do this anymore. I’ve to go to mattress early and put together. It is a whole lot of preparation, stretching and food regimen.

Victor Montalvo

What does your train routine appear to be?

In relation to breaking, I practice on daily basis for 2 to 4 hours, relying on how I really feel. However I’m additionally bodily lively all day. I am at all times doing one thing. I like operating to the seashore or biking. Outdoors of interval coaching, I do not actually have a set schedule for coaching because it’s simply an all-day factor the place I like to remain lively. I’ve intense coaching periods on the Crimson Bull Athletic Efficiency Heart (APC) the place the Crimson Bull athletes practice. Then on different days I like to coach in my buddies storage.

Breakdancing requires energy, velocity, flexibility, stability and endurance. What are among the strategies or workout routines you utilize to work with every facet?

Calisthenics has helped me lots as a result of it helped with stability and energy. I’ve additionally integrated boxing and Muay Thai to maintain issues enjoyable. The psychological facet can be necessary. Wrestling could be very bodily, however for me it is nearly extra psychological. There’s a kind to be taught, which is what number of breakers are caught on the bodily facet, missing coaching. You have to be taught in regards to the dance and nail down your technique as you battle to change into the most effective.

Do you want to watch your weight as a dancer?

I attempt to eat three meals a day, my first is a lightweight breakfast, however actually, most of my mornings I do not eat. I’m going straight to coaching and eat a giant meal afterwards. I additionally drink a whole lot of water. Eating regimen is admittedly necessary to me earlier than a giant occasion. I steer clear of salty or sugary snacks reminiscent of chips, sweets and cake. I at all times inform my spouse to not carry snacks into the home as a result of I need to eat all of them! For protein, I eat a whole lot of hen and fish; like salmon. I attempt to keep away from beef as a result of it makes me really feel heavy. And naturally I eat numerous greens and drink numerous water.

Do you may have a very good help system?

I’ve a couple of crews that I am concerned with, however I apply principally with the squadron in Los Angeles. However more often than not once I work out, I am alone or with my spouse, who can be a breaker. Once I’m in full coaching mode for a giant occasion, it is simply me pushing myself to the restrict. It’s a privilege to be sponsored by Crimson Bull. Not many breakaways get sponsorship alternatives. It is nice and there are a whole lot of advantages that Crimson Bull provides their athletes. I’m able to battle at any occasion on the earth by means of Crimson Bull and I’ve met so many wonderful folks by means of Crimson Bull.

How excited are you for breakdancing to be part of the 2024 Olympics?

For me, I am simply within the second and so the one factor I am nervous about proper now could be the qualification. I simply hope to qualify and make it to the Olympics. However it’s an ideal factor that breaking goes to be a part of the Olympics, and hopefully I am going to symbolize america. I feel after the Olympics, and even earlier than, there can be many extra alternatives for breakers and extra huge firms will begin sponsoring breakers. I sit up for making much more cash over the break as a profession to help my household sooner or later!

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