Bboy Samuka has risen through the breakdancing ranks to become a viral video star and wow the crowd at the Red Bull BC One Camp Zurich, all with just one leg to stand on after his right leg was amputated in his teens.
The Brazilian, otherwise known as #samuelhenrique da Silveira Lima, is part of the groundbreaking ILL-Abilitiescrew who tour the world empowering audiences.
Samuka’s dad passed away in a car accident when the Bboy was seven. His siblings, his mother and him carried on after that, helping each other to never give up. Some years later, another terrible episode crushed Samuka’s life: he was diagnosed with a femurcancerat 10.
The boy was treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy, but it wasn’t enough. When I was 14, he had his leg amputated. The person who supported the athlete the most was his mother. She showed Samuka that he didn’t have to give up and quit because of his situation.
Samuka is just one of the eight dancers that compose ILL-Abilities, an international breakdance crew whose goal is to compete in the breakdance competition circuit, showing the world that anything is possible.
Lazylegz (Canada), Guns (USA), Kujo (USA), Redo (Netherlands), Checho (Chile), Krops (South Korea), and Perninha (Brazil) are the other crew members. Created in the summer of 2007, the crew got its name from the standard in hip-hop culture of using a negative term to refer to something positive.
The “ill” in ILL-Abilities does not refer to “sick” or “unwell” but rather to incredible, amazing, intricate, talent. Rather than seeing the negative limitations of “disability”, this crew focuses on their positive, or “ill”, abilities.