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Omar "RoxRite" Delgado Macias on B-Boy Culture's Positive Impact Worldwide

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The first season of Break'n Reality featured an episode covering your quest to land 100 victories. Where are you at with that? I'm at 85 now, but I've been teaching and judging a lot in the last year so I haven't been able to compete as much, and I also got hurt this year, one of my ankles, so I had to take a little bit of a break from that. But I'm about to probably compete towards the end of the year and I'll try to get to 100 by next year.

How did you fare at last year's Red Bull MC One is Seoul? Last year, I was ready, I did very well, but I ended up getting sick three days before the conference. I got a flu virus and ended up having a fever, throwing up, and it wound up throwing me off. So the day I went to battle, I felt like my legs weighed like 20 pounds each. So, I wasn't able to do my best or give it my 100 percent. I made top eight, though.

So how do you think you'll fare this year? This year, I don't think I'm doing it. I'm taking a break, because the year I won in 2011, I did it for a few years after that. Sometimes you need to step back a little, kind of get re-inspired, get new ideas, and then bring that back to the stage and try to get another one.

Are there any b-boy competitions in the near future that you'll compete in? Yeah, there's a bunch coming up. There's always events happening. They're going to have some big ones towards the end of the year. But right now, I've just got to start retraining again to get ready for these big events coming up. Honestly, I would rather be ready for next year's event because they're gonna get bigger and bigger. I've got to start preparing. So, honestly, I just got to start preparing now. So definitely my goal is to do a lot of U.S. event and international ones.

You started dancing in junior high. Do you think that all kids should learn b-boyism at an early age? Yeah. Anything within the hip-hop culture is a good outlet for kids to do something positive with their life. Because I think, a lot of people that get involved, they come from what people call the lower class, and when people live in the lower class, they live in a little bit of rougher environments where opportunities are not as easy for them to do something like I do, traveling around the world and doing something that I really love.

I think that hip-hop, within any of the elements -- the art, the music, the DJing, the rapping, or the breaking -- they'll give you somewhere to put your energy and to be creative with it while doing something positive. It definitely gives you an outlook on life and your environment and makes you more aware of what you can do with yourself in your life.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.