R16 Korea is an annual international b-boy tournament and urban arts cultural festival sponsored primarily by the Korea Tourism Organization and the South Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.[1] The main event features sixteen B-Boy crews representing fifteen countries competing in a two-day tournament for world championship titles in two categories: best crew performance and best crew battle. The B-Boy tournament is notable for employing its own unique judging system that uses criteria and scoring to decide a winner, and to provide a transparent and fair competition.[2]

R16 Korea
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R16 Korea logo.
Awarded forB-boy tournament + Hip-hop and Street Art festival
Country South Korea
Presented byCartel Creative, Korea Tourism Organization, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism
First awardedMay 31, 2007
Websitehttp://www.r16korea.com/en/ Edit this on Wikidata

The festival features graffiti artists, street wear designers, musical performers and dancers who specialize in hip-hop, popping, locking and other urban arts subcultures from South Korea and other countries.

HistoryEdit

Created and Organized by Korea Tourism Organization produced by Cartel Creative Inc., R16 is a celebration of the creative energy behind urban youth culture. Based on a theme of "Respect" (which is what the "R" in R16 refers to), the tournament and festivals were first held in 2007 in the city of Seoul.

The 2008 event took place in the city of Suwon The 2009 event host is the Metropolitan City of Incheon and the 2010 event was brought back to Seoul City. The event will continue annually, as the Hip Hop culture has recognized South Korean b-boys as a special part of its history. Korean-American b-boy, singer, and rapper, Jay Park, has been the official ambassador of R16 from 2011 until 2013. Since 2014, R-16 Korea partnered up with the World BBoy Series and helped create Undisputed, an event to crown the solo world b-boy champion.

In 2016, the funding from the Korean government was cancelled and the competition was not held in 2017 and 2018.[3]

WinnersEdit

Year Location 1st Place 2nd Place Best Showcase Solo Winner
2019 Taipei, Taiwan   Mortal Combat   Manila Soul not held   Shade
2018 Competition was not held
2017 Competition was not held
2016 Taipei, Taiwan   Dream Runnerz   Boyz in the Hood not held   Issei
2015 Seoul, South Korea   Russia   USA   Korea   Menno
2014 Seoul, South Korea   Gamblerz   Predatorz   Predatorz   Issei
2013 Seoul, South Korea   Morning of Owl   Body Carnival   Body Carnival   Issei
2012 Seoul, South Korea   Massive Monkees   Simple System   Jinjo Crew   Issei
2011 Seoul, South Korea   Jinjo Crew   Vagabonds   Jinjo Crew   Taisuke
2010 Seoul, South Korea   Jinjo Crew   Phase-T   Jinjo Crew   Niek
2009 Incheon, South Korea   All Area Crew   Top 9 Crew   All Area Crew   Roxrite
2008 Suwon, South Korea   Gamblerz   Top 9 Crew   Top 9 Crew
2007 Seoul, South Korea   Rivers Crew   Flow Mo Crew   Mortal Combat

2019Edit

In 2019 edition, Korean-sport brand FILA bought the naming rights for the competition, and the competition has therefore been named the 2019 FILA Respect Culture for sponsorship reasons.

2019 Crew Battle ResultsEdit

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Date: September 14, 2019

Judges:

  •   Viruz (TIP)
  •   Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
  •   Mouse (Mighty Zulu Kingz/Floorgangz)
  •   Eagle1 (Hoody Homies/Artistreet)
  •   Raigo (Ariya/MB Crew/Mighty Zulu Kingz)

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Reformerz L
 
 
 
  Mortal Combat W
 
  Mortal Combat W
 
 
 
  Team Australia L
 
  Saigon L
 
 
 
  Team Australia W
 
  Mortal Combat W
 
 
 
  Manila Soul L
 
  Boyz in the Hood L
 
 
 
  Manila Soul W
 
  Manila Soul W
 
 
 
  Ariya L
 
  Ariya W
 
 
  Asia Flavor L
 

2019 Solo B-Boy Battle ResultsEdit

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Date: September 14, 2019

Judges:

  •   Viruz (TIP)
  •   Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
  •   Mouse (Mighty Zulu Kingz/Floorgangz)
  •   Eagle1 (Hoody Homies/Artistreet)
  •   Raigo (Ariya/MB Crew/Mighty Zulu Kingz)

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Zukki L
 
 
 
  Ares W
 
  Ares L
 
 
 
  Cassavaz W
 
  Black Mamba L
 
 
 
  Cassavaz W
 
  Cassavaz L
 
 
 
  Hayato1 W
 
  Dosu W
 
 
 
  Cosmic L
 
  Dosu L
 
 
 
  Hayato1 W
 
  Hayato1 W
 
 
 
  Think L
 
  Hayato1 L
 
 
 
  Shade W
 
  Roflow L
 
 
 
  Ginger W
 
  Ginger L
 
 
 
  Shade W
 
  Ryuichi L
 
 
 
  Shade W
 
  Shade W
 
 
 
  Too Short L Third place
 
  Vertigo L
 
  
 
  Mole W
 
  Mole L  
 
 
 
  Too Short W  
 
  Too Short W
 
 
  Raw02 L
 

2016Edit

In 2016, R16 changed the name to be Respect Culture due to particular things toward Korean government funding. Instead of held in South Korea as usual, Respect Culture will be held in Taipei, Taiwan along with Challenge Cup.

2016 Crew Battle ResultsEdit

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Date: December 11, 2016

Judges:

  •   The End (Gamblerz)
  •   Wing Zero (Foundnation)
  •   Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
  •   Bojin (Bboy World Asia)
  •   Wing (Jinjo, 7 Commandoz, Red Bull BC One All-Stars)

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Band of Brothers L
 
 
 
  Fresh Star Crew W
 
  Fresh Star Crew L
 
 
 
  Boyz in the Hood W
 
  Ghost Rockz Crew L
 
 
 
  Boyz in the Hood W
 
  Boyz in the Hood L
 
 
 
  Dream Runnerz W
 
  Team Cream L
 
 
 
  French Touch W
 
  French Touch L
 
 
 
  Dream Runnerz W
 
  Dream Runnerz W
 
 
  Holliganz L
 

2016 Solo B-Boy Battle ResultsEdit

Location: Taipei, Taiwan

Date: December 11, 2016

Judges:

  •   The End (Gamblerz)
  •   Danny (Caster Crew, Mighty Zulu Kingz)
  •   Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
  •   Chen Chen (HRC)
  •   Wing (Jinjo, 7 Commandoz, Red Bull BC One All-Stars)

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Apache L
 
 
 
  Johnny W
 
  Johnny L
 
 
 
  Leon W
 
  Tomi L
 
 
 
  Leon W
 
  Leon L
 
 
 
  Issei W
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Exaggerate L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Fenix L
 
  Fenix W
 
 
 
  Flurry L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Differ L
 
  Karma L
 
 
 
  Differ W
 
  Differ W
 
 
 
  Tepo L
 
  Sour L
 
 
 
  Tepo W
 
  Differ W
 
 
 
  Sky L Third place
 
  Jhao L
 
  
 
  Sky W
 
  Sky W  
 
 
 
  Dosu L  
 
  Dosu W
 
 
  Xiang L
 

2015Edit

2015 Crew Battle resultsEdit

In 2015, R16 changed its format for their crew battles. Each country will now have the best possible team to represent the entire nation. Two wildcard members will join the one-on-one b-boy winner and the 4-member crew winner to form a 7-member national team to represent their country at the World Finals. R16 was held in Seoul, South Korea on September 12–13 at Junggu Jangchung Gymnasium.

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Russia W
 
 
 
  China L
 
  Russia W
 
 
 
  Netherlands L
 
  Netherlands W
 
 
 
  Kazakhstan L
 
  Russia W
 
 
 
  USA L
 
  Taiwan L
 
 
 
  USA W
 
  USA W
 
 
 
  Korea L
 
  Australia L
 
 
  Korea W
 

2015 Solo B-Boy Battle ResultsEdit

Location: Seoul, Korea

Date: September 12, 2015

Judges:

  • Bootuz (Predatorz Crew / Russia)
  • Ducky (Drifterz / South Korea)
  • Flo Master (Footwork Fanatix, 7 Gems / USA)
  • Katsu (Flooriorz, MZK / Japan)
  • Kujo (Soul Control, ILL-Abilities Crew / USA)

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Allen L
 
 
 
  Shoma W
 
  Shoma L
 
 
 
  Vero W
 
  Killer Wave L
 
 
 
  Vero W
 
  Vero W
 
 
 
  Issei L
 
  Tonio L
 
 
 
  Victor W
 
  Victor L
 
 
 
  Issei W
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Stepper L
 
  Menno W
 
 
 
  Vero L
 
  Yogi L
 
 
 
  Noodle W
 
  Noodle L
 
 
 
  Menno W
 
  Beggin Bin L
 
 
 
  Menno W
 
  Menno W
 
 
 
  Octopus L Third place
 
  Checho L
 
  
 
  Supermihanizm W
 
  Supermihanizm L  
 
 
 
  Octopus W  
 
  Octopus W
 
 
  Sa-Ewl L
 

Menno ( ) earned the fourth bid to the Undisputed World BBoy Series at the end of the 2015 year by winning R16 Korea.

2014Edit

2014 Crew Battle ResultsEdit

For 2014, R16 Seoul, South Korea on July 6–7 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Jokester Crew W
 
 
 
  Super Cr3w L
 
  Jokester Crew L
 
 
 
  Gamblerz W
 
  SKB L
 
 
 
  Gamblerz W
 
  Gamblerz W
 
 
 
  Predatorz L
 
  Double Kill L
 
 
 
  Body Carnival W
 
  Body Carnival L
 
 
 
  Predatorz W
 
  KFM L
 
 
  Predatorz W
 

2014 Solo B-Boy Battle ResultsEdit

Issei ( ) earned the second bid to the Undisputed at the end of the 2014 year by winning R16 Korea.

Location: Seoul, Korea

Date: July 6, 2014

Judges:

  • Lil G (Speedy Angels Family / Venezuela)
  • Benji (France)
  • Differ (T.I.P., 7 Commandoz / South Korea)
  • Storm (Battle Squad / Germany)
  • Asia One (USA)

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Tata L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Boris L
 
  Boris W
 
 
 
  Twizter L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Wing L
 
  Wing W
 
 
 
  Spin L
 
  Wing W
 
 
 
  Gravity L
 
  Gravity W
 
 
 
  Ayumi L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Lil Zoo L
 
  Vision W
 
 
 
  C-Lil L
 
  Octopus W
 
 
 
  Vision L
 
  Octopus W
 
 
 
  Blond L
 
  Octopus L
 
 
 
  Lil Zoo W Third place
 
  Lancer L
 
  
 
  Vados W
 
  Vados W  
 
 
 
  Lil Zoo W  
 
  Lil Zoo W
 
 
  Roxy L
 

Issei ( ) earned the second bid to the Undisputed World BBoy Series at the end of the 2014 year by winning R16 Korea.

2013Edit

For 2013, R16 Seoul, South Korea on July 13–14 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

2013 Main Event Competition ResultsEdit

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: Body Carnival (Japan)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Morning of Owl (Korea)
  • Second Place: Body Carnival (Japan)

Solo Bboy Battle Results:

  • First Place:Issei (Japan)
  • Second Place:Blond (Australia)

2013 Crew Battle ResultsEdit

Crews in bold won their respective battles.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Morning of Owl W
 
 
 
  Melting Force L
 
  Morning of Owl W
 
 
 
  Slavic United L
 
  Battle Born L
 
 
 
  Slavic United W
 
  Morning of Owl W
 
 
 
  Body Carnival L
 
  SKB W
 
 
 
  Mental Fusion L
 
  SKB L
 
 
 
  Body Carnival W
 
  The Future Crew L
 
 
  Body Carnival W
 

2013 Solo B-Boy Battle ResultsEdit

Location: Seoul, Korea

Individuals in bold won their respective battles.

 
Round of 16Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
              
 
 
 
 
  Reflex L
 
 
 
  Roo W
 
  Roo L
 
 
 
  Issei W
 
  Differ L
 
 
 
  Issei W
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Slav L
 
  Vero W
 
 
 
  Franklin L
 
  Vero L
 
 
 
  Slav W
 
  Slav W
 
 
 
  Niek L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Blond L
 
  Dialtone L
 
 
 
  Soso W
 
  Soso L
 
 
 
  Morris W
 
  Morris W
 
 
 
  Mounir L
 
  Morris L
 
 
 
  Blond W Third place
 
  Blond W
 
  
 
  Astro L
 
  Blond W  
 
 
 
  Kareem L  
 
  Lil G L
 
 
  Kareem W
 

2012Edit

2012 Crew Battle ResultsEdit

For 2012, R16 Seoul, South Korea at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

Crews in bold won their respective battles.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Jinjo Crew W
 
 
 
  Mental Fusion L
 
  Jinjo Crew L
 
 
 
  Massive Monkeys W
 
  FoundNation L
 
 
 
  Massive Monkeys W
 
  Massive Monkees W
 
 
 
  Simple Systems L
 
  Flow Mo W
 
 
 
  KGB L
 
  Flow Mo L
 
 
 
  Simple Systems W
 
  Team Shmetta L
 
 
  Simple Systems W
 

2012 Solo B-Boy Battle ResultsEdit

Bboys in bold won their respective battles.

 
Quarter-finalsSemi-finalsFinal
 
          
 
 
 
 
  Roxrite W
 
 
 
  Uzee Rock L
 
  Roxrite W
 
 
 
  Saewl L
 
  Killa Kolya L
 
 
 
  Saewl W
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Roxrite L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Hong 10 L
 
  Issei W
 
 
 
  Blue L
 
  Step Egg L
 
 
  Blue W
 

2011Edit

For 2011, R16 Seoul, South Korea on July 2–03 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy (Korea) MC Go (Korea)

DJs:

  • DJ Skeme Richards (USA)
  • DJ Batsu (Japan)
  • DJ Light (Japan)
  • DJ Wreckx (Korea)

Judges:

  • Ken Swift (USA)
  • Alieness (USA)
  • Roxrite (USA)
  • Focus (Finland)
  • Physicx (Korea)
  • Popin Pete (USA) FunkStyle
  • Tony GoGo (USA) FunkStyle
  • Bruce(France) FunkStyle
  • P-Lock (France) FunkStyle
  • Woong (Korea) FunkStyle
  • Crazy Kyo (Korea) FunkStyle

2011 Main Event Competition ResultsEdit

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: JinJo Crew (Korea)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Jinjo Crew (Korea)
  • Second Place: Vagabonds (France)

Solo Bboy Battle Results:

  • First Place:Taisuke (Japan)
  • Second Place:Lil G (Venezuela)

2011 Main Event Competitor ListEdit

Crew

  • Vagabonds: France
  • Top 9: Russia
  • STO Crew: China
  • Formosa Crew: Taiwan
  • Simple System: Kazakhstan
  • Killafornia: USA
  • All Area Crew: Japan
  • South Korea: JinJo Crew

Solo Bboys

  • Trickx: Korea
  • Pocket: Korea
  • Mounir: France
  • Lil G: Venezuela
  • Lil Amok: Germany
  • C-Lil: Laos
  • Thesis: USA
  • Taisuke: Japan

Showcase & Performing Artists

2010Edit

For 2010, R16 was brought back to Seoul, South Korea on July 3–04 at Olympic Hall, Seoul Olympic Park.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy (Korea) MC Go (Korea) Dumbfoundead (USA)

DJs:

  • DJ Timber (Ireland)
  • DJ Ben (France)
  • DJ Light (Japan)
  • DJ Wreckx (Korea)

Judges:

  • Easy Rock (USA)
  • Flo Master (USA)
  • Kwikstep (USA)
  • Brahim (France)
  • Hong 10 (Korea)
  • Legend (USA) FunkStyle
  • Walid (France) FunkStyle
  • Junior (France) FunkStyle
  • Khan (Korea) FunkStyle
  • Zero (Korea) FunkStyle

2010 Main Event Competition ResultsEdit

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: JinJo Crew (Korea)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Jinjo Crew (Korea)
  • Second Place: Phase T (France)

Solo Bboy Battle Results:

  • First Place: Niek (The Netherlands)
  • Second Place:Neguin (Brazil)

2010 Main Event Competitor ListEdit

Crew

  • Phase T: France
  • Terror Bunch: Germany
  • Caster Revolution: China
  • Big Toe Crew: Vietnam
  • Project P-Noise: Philippines
  • Puerto Rican All Stars: Puerto Rico
  • Fusion Rockers: Spain
  • Jinjo Crew: South Korea

Solo Bboys Neguin: Brazil Wing: Korea Lil Kev: France Lil G: Venezuela El Nino: Dominican Republic Just Do It: The Netherlands Palmer: USA Linh 3T: Vietnam

2009Edit

For 2009, R16 was held in Metropolitan City of Incheon, South Korea on Sept 25 ~ 27 at Main Stage.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy Make One

DJs:

  • DJ Skeme Richards (USA)
  • DJ Renegade (UK)
  • DJ Light (Japan)
  • DJ Wreckx (Korea)
  • DJ Tee (Japan)

Judges:

2009 Main Event Competition ResultsEdit

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • Best Show: All Area Crew (Japan)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: All Area Crew (Japan)
  • Second Place: Top 9 Crew (Russia)

2009 Main Event Competitor ListEdit

  • Canada: Super Naturalz Crew
  • China: STO Crew
  • Finland: Sticky Ruckus Crew
  • France: Silent Trix Crew
  • Poland: Polskee Flavour Crew
  • Netherlands: Hustle Kidz
  • Portugal: Momentum Crew
  • Spain: Arcopom Crew
  • Japan: All Area Crew
  • Ukraine: East Side Bboyz
  • Singapore: Radikal Forze
  • Russia: Top 9 Crew
  • Taiwan: Formosa
  • USA: Renegade Rockers
  • South Korea: Rivers Crew
  • South Korea: Gamblerz Crew

2008Edit

For 2008, R16 was held in Suwon City, South Korea on May 31 and June 1 at Suwon Olympic Hall.

MCs: Jazzy Ivy Ivan

DJs:

  • DJ Renegade
  • DJ Light
  • DJ Wreckx
  • DJ Jus Jones
  • DJ Cut Nice

Judges:

2008 Main Event Competition ResultsEdit

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • First Place: Top 9 Crew (Russia)
  • Second Place: Gamblerz Crew (South Korea)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Gamblerz Crew (South Korea)
  • Second Place: Top 9 Crew (Russia)
  • Third Place: Brazil All-Star Crew (Brazil)
  • Fourth Place: Rivers Crew (South Korea)

2008 Main Event Competitor ListEdit

  • Belgium: Hoochen Crew
  • Brazil: Brazil All-Star Crew
  • Denmark: Natural Effects Crew
  • France: Pockemon Crew
  • Germany: Funk Fellaz Crew
  • Netherlands: Funky Dope Manouvres
  • Israel: Unstoppable Lions
  • Italy: Rapid Soul Moves
  • Japan: Turn Phrase Crew
  • China: Pioneer Crew
  • Norway: Ghost Crew
  • Russia: Top 9 Crew
  • Republic of South Africa: Immortal Style
  • USA: Super Crew
  • South Korea: Rivers Crew
  • South Korea: Gamblerz Crew

2007Edit

The 2007 was held in downtown Seoul, South Korea on June 1 and 2 at the Jamsil Olympic Stadium.

MCs:

  • Jazzy Ivy
  • Ivan

DJs:

  • DJ Element
  • DJ Renegade
  • DJ Wreckx
  • DJ Light
  • DJ Jinmoo
  • DJ Dust
  • DJ Jun

Judges:

  • Ken Swift
  • Lil'Caesar
  • Poe One
  • Crazy
  • Swift Rock

2007 Main Event Competition ResultsEdit

Crew Performance Competition Results:

  • First Place: Mortal Combat (Japan)
  • Second Place: Drifterz Crew (South Korea)
  • Cyon Award: Tsunami All Stars (Brazil)

Crew Battle Results:

  • First Place: Rivers Crew (South Korea)
  • Second Place: Flow Mo Crew (Finland)
  • Third Place: Massive Monkees (USA)
  • Fourth Place: Tsunami All Stars (Brazil)
  • Fresh Award: Style Crax (Germany)

2007 Main Event Competitor ListEdit

  • Addstars
  • Flow Mo Crew
  • Ground Scatter
  • Sto Crew
  • Style Crax
  • Formosa
  • Knuckle Head Zoo
  • Massive Monkees
  • Mortal Combat
  • No Half Stepping
  • Figure 2 Style
  • Soul Mavericks
  • Tsunami All Stars
  • Super Naturalz
  • Drifterz Crew
  • Rivers Crew

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Salon.com article on Korean Hip Hop, Retrieved June 26, 2009
  2. ^ "R16 Score System | R16 KOREA". www.r16korea.com. Retrieved 2017-02-11.
  3. ^ "Respect In Peace (The Sad State of R16 Korea) - by Dyzee Supernaturalz | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2020-01-26.

External linksEdit