Japanese breakdancer wins regional competition

Participants of the R16 South East Asia Funk style and Breakdance Battle finals, which took place at the Far East Plaza Atrium on 23 June 2013. The winners, The Future Crew from Taiwan, will be representing South-east Asia at the R16 finals in Korea in July 2013.

FUKUOKA, Japan - A Japanese breakdancer has spun and somersaulted his way into the sport's global finals to be staged in South Korea next month after winning a regional competition on home soil.

Noritoshi "Nori" Kikuchi showed off a series of downrocks, power moves and freezes to emerge victorious at the "Red Bull BC One" contest held inside a historic Shinto shrine in the southern city of Fukuoka on Saturday.

The knockout tournament featured 16-elite dancers from several countries, including Japan and South Korea, squaring-off on a circular stage as dance music blared out and 1,000 spectators cheered on.

"This is a boxing ring and I came here to win," Nori said after his victory, sporting a black t-shirt and flat-brimmed baseball cap in a trademark hiphop style.

"When it comes to competitions, I fight. I gave it all I had today," he said.

The world finals will take place on November 30 in Seoul, according to organisers.

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