‘BREAKTHRU’ Bidyadanga Pt 2

In September school holidays we found ourselves back in Bidgy to build on what we started in the first visit.
It was great to see that the kids had stuck with it. There is so much that goes on in the community that you can never capture in photos or on video.. Mainly because you need to be in the moment with the kids and the camera gets in the way.
Like one night we were walking around the community to check what was going on. To our surprise there were a group of kids battling on the dirt in front of the shop because it had a light. They were organising it all by themselves! That was something I wish I had caught on film.

This is what Hip Hop does to a child, it gives them initiative, it teaches them that everything is up to the individual. We all have choices.
What a blessing my life is. To be able to share my passion with youth who need it the most.
Peace

‘BREAKTHRU’ Hip Hop 4 Health – Bidyadanga

Last school holidays me and my crew homie Lamaroc had the opportunity and privilege to visit WA’s biggest Aboriginal community, Bidyadanga.

Bidyadanga Aboriginal Community (La Grange) is located on the Kimberley coast in Western Australia, 1590 kilometres from the capital city of Perth and 180 kilometres from Broome.

The recognised traditional owners of the land are the Karajarri people.

Bidyadanga is the largest remote Aboriginal community in Western Australia with a population of approximately 750 residents and is home to the Karajarri, Juwalinny, Mangala, Nyungamarta and Yulpartja language groups.

Here are some of the kids we chilled with while we were there.

We would like to thank the people of Bidyadanga for allowing us to come on to their land, as well as the Youth Co-ordinator Adrian Sibert for working along side us up there! And we can’t forget our sponsor on this trip, BRAMS and their anti smoking campaign ‘Nuff of the Puff’.

Much Love!

Photographer: Michael Jalaru Torres
Website – www.jalaru.com
Insta – @jalarufotodesign

CAN Hip Hop Camp – Kellerberrin

This was a camp that Me and Pepito taught at about a year ago. Check it out!
Thank you CAN WA.

CAN Hip Hop Camp

Rush Wepiha – ‘Bboy/Calisthenics Coach/Youth Mentor’

 

 
Whats up everybody! I will be in New Zealand April 12th – 23rd and will be teaching workshops at the ‘Delightful Festival of Body and Sound’ in Tauranga on the 22nd and 23rd.
If anyone else in NZ would like to book me for workshops while I’m there(Groups or Private) please hit me up by email: rushwepiha@gmail.com.
Hope you guys enjoy the vid. Just a little glimpse into my world.
Shoutout to Imaginasion Art studio for the amazing footage and for always being there to catch the memories.. Also to everybody else who’s footage I jacked.. I appreciate you!
Looking forward to RADIKAL FORZE JAM 2016 in Singapore next week. I’ll be Judging alongside some amazing Bboys.

Much Love

Hawaii – January 2016

Recently I had the pleasure of shooting in Hawaii with the man Mason Rose. Very grateful for that!
Here are a few of my favourite.

‘BREAKTHRU’ Hip Hop 4 Health – Tjuntjuntjara

Last year in December me and fellow crew mate Lamaroc were blessed with the opportunity to work with the Anangu youth of Tjuntjuntjara.

It was an experience I’ll never forget.

Tjuntjuntjara is a remote Community approximately an 8 hour drive from Kalgoorlie and has a population of around 150 people. On that drive we saw Eagles, Camels, Lizards and lots of harsh outback terrain. 2 hours from the community we bumped in to a van full of the local kids who gave us a warm welcome 🙂

Over the course of 10 days we ran one of our newest programmes, ‘BREAKTHRU – Hip Hop 4 Health’. This programme aims to engage the youth through Hip Hop culture, with a huge emphasis on Health/Fitness and adapting your local culture in to the way you express yourself through Dance, Art, Rapping and DJing.

At the end of the 10 days we had shot enough footage to put together a documented account of the programme as well as a little video clip production of the kids performing for the camera. The Video was then shown to the whole Community on our last night. We basically aimed a projector at the side of a shed while we all sat on the ground and watched the movie under the stars. Amazing experience! I’ll have those movies up soon on my site real soon.

In the meantime here are a few pics.

One of their heritage sites. The Anangu people were removed from their original homeland in the 50’s and 60’s and relocated to Tjuntjuntjara on this Truck. Notice the bullet holes in the door.

Left to Right: Jarrad, Brayden, Shawn, Phillip, Waylan.

 

Hongi – An Indigenous exchange.

Peace

Premillume Photo Shoot (Perth)

A few snaps from a shoot I just did last month with Premillume Photography.

The photographer Naeem is also a Bboy which is always good when doing Bboy shots. Thanks homie!

Peace

Beat Walkers Workshop – Midland/WA

 

Every time I kick it with this group its always an awesome experience. Beat Walkers are a group of kids from Midland inspiring the youth in their community through dance!

This workshop happened last month in the school holidays. Thank you to Fleur Hockey from Home-Grown Theatre for getting us in there and for providing the youth out there with something positive.

Peace

CanTeen Australia

 

Back in April I had the privilege of hanging out with some cool people at the CanTeen Autumn Camp.

For those that don’t know, CanTeen is the national support organisation for young people living with or effected by Cancer; including patience and/or family members.

It was a great experience. Thank you CanTeen for inviting me!

Peace

WA Junior Breaking Champs 2015

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This year I made a brave decision to run the very first ‘WA Junior Breaking Champs’. To be honest I was really nervous and wasn’t sure how it was going to be, but I knew it was something that needed to happen. I contacted a good friend of mine by the name of Airrico and we partnered up to do it!

I’ve run events in the past. One of which was a huge scale event sponsored by Red Bull which attracted Hip Hoppers from all over the planet. But this one was different. This one had no crazy cameras, smoke or lights. It was a real grass roots community event.

This was an event purely to help cultivate the youth in WA that love Breaking and Hip Hop culture. We had competitors from as far as the Pilbara taking part, who had driven 16 hours to be there.

It was an incredible feeling to see kids I’d been teaching for the past 3 years, finally get a chance to showcase their skills at a real deal event, in front of a crowd including their family and friends. Fellow judge Pepito also had many students entered in the event, one of which ended up taking out the 10-12 year old section.

Thank you to ‘Premillume’ for the awesome shots. To see more visit their website: http://premillume.com.au/

Peace

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