Compete in a world final, one-on-one, with thousands of viewers in a packed arena and countless others watching virtual.
Result? A unanimous win of course – meet Logan ‘Logistx’ Edra, the youngest ever winner at Red Bull’s BC One World Finals.
With BC One now in its 18th edition, perhaps fate has given Edra – given her age – Edra will win the 2021 event, to be held in the Polish port city of Gdansk early this month.
However, the path to the pinnacle of Filipino-Americans has been nothing but linear. Far from the romances of many athletes’ ‘lightning love’, a young and shy Edra – born and raised in California – has no intention of breaking when her father suggests the last time. head.
A childhood introvert, Edra dismissed the idea of breaking – a competitive form of breakout – despite her father’s suggestion. Her dad clearly has talent spotting skills, as well as some crafty parenting skills.
One day, he took his eight-year-old daughter to what she thought would be an after-school art class, and the rest is history.
Despite her young age, Edra spoke with the confidence and insight of a performer much older than her. She’s also a student of the industry – raised on a rich and varied roster of hip-hop artists and full of admiration for the legends that broke before her.
Under the tutelage of her father – who broke up “just for fun” at a young age – A tribe known as the Missions, Tupac, Nas, Lauryn Hill and other legendary names of the genre took shape. formed the backbone of Edra’s musical upbringing as she began her fledgling dance career at a studio in San Diego.
Role models ranged from personal mentor to her first crew, Underground Flow – such as b-girl Val Pal – to Ken Swift’s legendary “OG” and breakout pioneer broken New York Richard “Crazy Legs” Colon.
Just don’t ask her to pick out the all-time greats. Edra exasperatedly said, “There are too many GOATs.
As a professional beater, she’s neither an athlete nor an artist: Edra is a combination of the two – an “artlete.”
Then the rating and subsequent GOAT tag is simply a matter of subjective preference. Edra explains: “Where did you come from, how did you grow up and what did you learn.
What’s in a name?
The Logistx nickname is a nod to her love of structure and organization
Since the age of 4, she’s been regularly creating her own schedule – after her father’s naming scheme, with a little tweak to the spelling “just to make it cooler!” Edra laughs.
Confidence, swagger and bigotry are things that are inherent to breaking like kicks are to football, but Edra is candid about the bouts of anxiety – amplified by the isolation restrictions of the pandemic – that she She copes and finds relief with her therapist on a weekly basis.
Even so, after a decade of competing, Edra admits that she is “still nervous to this day”, which is why she had begun to mentally prepare for the trip to Poland earlier. many months.
Three months ago, she attended a local coffee shop in Orlando, where the mere sight of the Red Bull logo on the dance floor sent a throbbing nerve. Edra conceded and then bluntly pointed to the reaction, staring at the logo until any negative connotations dissipated.
When she arrived in Gdansk, the jitters – unusual – disappeared, and the sense of calm and focus made all the more dramatic when she sustained a painful knee injury just days before the competition.
From turning up the heat in her hotel room to turning that small space into her “mecca” away from home to using visualization techniques, Edra used a range of methods to ensure she entered the stage with a state of intense concentration: “Game Time .”
“It was probably the first time I didn’t get jittery and like super, super nervous for a really big fight like that,” Edra said.
“I knew I was going to win. I had that in my heart. It was probably the most confidence I’ve ever had in any battle in my life, it’s crazy.”
Beautiful girls to the finish line
As she said, after winning the first two fights, the semi-final victory over Japanese b girl Ayumi – “one of the best” – started her final match. Russian girl Vavi.
As a relatively new viewer to the art, it’s impossible not to be struck by the similarities to boxing – not just the physical demands, the one-on-one format and the ‘ring walking. -walk’- in addition to, but also in the behavior and values of those who perform the sport.
The swagger and bragging of posterity, always underpinned by genuine mutual respect – it was an event that had all the elements of a typical fight night.
Edra and Vavi clashed before the start of their battle, and the fact that the BC One World Final winner was presented with a massive WWE-style belt for victory only reinforced the comparison.
Raised to be “too nice” in a number of breakout battles, Edra has worked hard to incorporate the ferocity and belligerence of Miami intruders into her on-stage persona – to become into “a completely different person, really not nice”. ”
“It has to be because you not only have to convince yourself that you beat them, but you also have to convince the crowd and the judges that you’re better,” explains Edra. “So in my mind, I thought, ‘Damn, I can smoke yours’ on stage during battle.
“But once we shake hands, once we hug after the fight, like ‘Okay, I’m cool with this person,’ you just let it go… I don’t take it personally. Some people do, but I don’t. I think respect is one of the most important parts of hip-hop.”
With three votes in a row, Edra was crowned BC One champion without a fourth judge judgement, then fell to her knees in tears as she was congratulated by her teammates.
Her success – BC One’s first US women’s winner, first Filipino-American winner and youngest winner – has only recently begun to sink in. “Well,” is the word she uses to describe her accomplishments.
Age is a particularly important point for Edra as it is a double-edged sword. It comes with the promise of even greater potential and the pride of inspiring other young people, but at the same time, the risk of settling down is less.
“If I just limited myself to being good for my age, I don’t think I would win,” Edra said.
“In the sense that you can always push more and be the youngest to win something isn’t that important, but it’s important in the sense that it feels really empowering and I hope I’ll pass it on.” inspiration for young girls or other young artists.’ Hey, I can get this done even though I haven’t been on this Earth as long as the others – still can.'”
Inspiring the next generation of b-girls has been a major driving force for Edra, especially since it’s a scene in history dominated by men.
She considers American b-girl Beta Rawkuz – one of this year’s BC One judges – to be one of her childhood idols. Edra’s admiration was born from Rawkuz’s persistence in breaking down the gender barrier of art by constantly battling b-boys.
Now carrying the torch for the next generation, Edra is excited by the prospect of a new wave of “still rare” female presence that is likely to sweep across hip-hop culture – in both break and rap genres – and what they can add to the scene.
“Go for it, really go for it” is Edra’s advice to young girls who are just breaking the bank and “keep that passion”.
“Don’t be afraid because there’s a lot of things that can make you want to back down. Of course, we’re women so we can be emotionally sensitive, we can lean towards the more feminine side. very manly, it’s a very aggressive dance.
“So we can’t be afraid to be rude or be too rigid with our approach and that will teach us a lot because I think, innately, like women can be more emotional, but that That’s what we bring to the dance.
“We bring a lot of creativity to the dance. We bring flexibility to the dance, so don’t be afraid to be yourself in the dance. Don’t be afraid to learn.”
After departing for another event in Los Angeles just a week after Gdansk, well-earned rest and relaxation are the only items on Edra’s upcoming agenda.
It must be said that she has her eye on Paris 2024, where the break will make her Olympic debut.
Edra believes sport and the physical demands make it more worthy of the Olympic title and was initially excited by the announcement, although she had no idea her beloved art would be staged. like at the biggest sporting event in the world.
According to Edra, dialogue is key, as is the need for “non-egotistical leadership.” As in her profession, “mutual respect” is paramount.
As for her aspirations for games, you already know the answer.
“My plan is to win.”