Grit City Podcast

So much more than two drunks with a microphone....

Welcome to the home of the Grit City Podcast! A couple of guys exploring different aspects of small businessentertainment, and the meaning of "Grit".

We host from "The Grit City", (located in the beautiful Pacific NorthwestTacoma, Washington.  

We cover everything from lifestyle and small businesses to events, musicians, bands and interesting characters we find along the way.  Things that we feel personify the meaning of "Grit": Fortitude, Perseverance, Strength of Character, Determination. Tenacity, Resolve, etc.

We hope you enjoy the show and would love to hear your personal meaning of "Grit".  Leave a comment, reach out on social media, or send us an email: info@gritcitypodcast.com

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Grit City Podcast 100: BBoy Fishy

Episode 100: BBoy Fishy

This week the guys are celebrating their 100th episode!!! Special thanks to all of the guests and fans that listen each week!!

This week the guys sit down with, local B-Boy, Bryan Nguyen, aka Fishy. Fishy grew up in the Seattle area and has been breaking since junior high. He holds the Guinness World Record for the highest number of Jack Hammer Hop’s in one minute. He was also in the most recent Macklemore Video, Dance Off.

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The show kicks off with Fishy talking about getting into breaking at the age of 11 and practicing with his B-Boy friends at Jefferson Center, where breaking in Washington started. He talks about being in foster care since 2006 and Hip-Hop break dancing saving him during his junior and high school years.

Talk then turns to the impact dancing has had on people across the world, from Europe, to Africa, and Asia. He explains inspiration coming from the movie Battle of the Year aka Planet B-Boy. He also talks about the great friends he has connected with through dancing, including people from California to Oregon and the different moves in break dancing, including Wind Mills, Hand Cuffs, and Teddy Bears.

Fishy then dives into working for Extra Ordinary Features, ran by Massive Monkees, a non-profit organization teamed with Drugs Enforcement Academy that helps teach kids about dancing and why not to do drugs. He explains the importance of outside people understand the meaning of breaking and the why people are doing it.

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At the half way point, Fishy tells the guys about breaking the Guinness Book of World Records Jack Hammer Hop’s record. He describes the drama added by the show and then explains where the nickname Fishy came from. Fishy then dives into North West Suite 16, one of the biggest jams in Washington, held once a year, where 16 b-boys and b-girls compete. He explains that it happens here in March and also talks about the four elements of Hip Hop: Djing, McIng, Graffiti, and Breaking.

The show winds down with conversation around Fishy clubbing, and him learning how to groove without breaking at the club. He talks about the strict rules around breaking in clubs, where the guys drop the suggestion to break in clubs in Tacoma with the probability of the amount of free drinks Fishy would receive after dropping the break.

The show comes to and end with talk about the pain Fishy feels while doing the moves. He also talks about being in the Macklemore Video Dance Off, where he is featured in the gym scene, minute 2:14, the one doing jack hammers with a weight. He also describes the process of trying out for the video. Fishy then talks about the places locally he performs at, including Bar Mitzvah’s in the area and where to find him online.

Thanks Fishy for joining the guys on this episode and schooling them on breaking and what it takes to be a B-Boy!!

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