Born and raised in Santurce, Puerto Rico until the age of 13 Joel "Teknyc" Martinez credits an early interest in bboying to his older brother Willy, who in the mid 80's was one of the top bboys in Puerto Rico. In 1995 Teknyc joined a bboy crew from Tampa Florida. Today the Skill Methodz Crew is one of the most influential crews in the world. With their unique approach to the dance heavily rooted in its fundamental form, staying true to their motto "Foundation is the key to creativity."
Teknyc and Skill Methodz have participated in events across the U.S, Europe, South America and Asia. In 2003 and 2009 Skill Methodz went on to win the U.K. Bboy Champs, they also hold the 2010 tittle in Rome's Fluido Jam. Teknyc has appeared in the feature film Step Up 3D and performed with the likes of Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Nas and The Blacked Eyed Peas.
This year Teknyc received the coveted Spy Award. An award given every year by the legendary Rock Steady Crew. The award is given to bboys/bgirls who Rock Steady Crew feel uphold the dance and culture to its highest degree of integrity.
Teknyc hopes to preserve the essence of bboying by keepin the art form true to its essence while still innovating within the context of this defined art form.