The helicopter entered breaking in the early-to-mid 1970s. The Zulus1 and Mike G were doing helicopters by 1975 . Beaver confirms that he was taught the move by older Zulus . Aby may have developed the helicopter independently . The move may have been influenced by kung fu movies . It is mentioned in the first news article on breaking in 1981 . A sweep counterclockwise with the right leg (or clockwise with the left) is the standard helicopter, while the opposite direction can be considered a variation.