Category: Philosophy

Jan 24 2012

In search of the perfect capoeira group…

Source: Portal Capoeira One day, a mother who used to play capoeira went to look for the perfect capoeira group for her son. On the first corner she saw a gym with a big poster advertising capoeira classes. When she went in, there was a stairway up to the second floor, where the capoeira classes …

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Dec 02 2011

Mestre Moraes: Capoeira without prejudice

Mestre Moraes President and founder of GCAP – Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho Masters’ in Social History, Federal University of Bahia I’d like to try to pass on to you all of my concerns about the theme I’m bringing to the table regarding the issue of “bullying” in capoeira. We know that, in the various …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira and Social Inclusion

Written by Gladson de Oliveira Silva Vinicius Heine Capoeira was born of an oppressed people’s struggle for freedom. Inclusion is at the very core of capoeira, since it originated among socially excluded groups. Throughout its history, capoeira has always been associated with people excluded from the mainstream, yet who never ceased their struggle to affirm …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira: Metaphors in Motion

Written by Eliane Dantas dos Anjos  …To win your love I tried mandinga Learning capoeira ginga Till I swept you off your feet And faster set your heart to beat… (After Verdade: By Nelson Rufino & Carlinhos Santana) The words ginga and rasteira conjure up images of capoeira. They are the basic pattern and most …

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Oct 26 2011

Mythical-Religious Aspects of Capoeira

Written by Pedro Rodolpho Jungers Abib  Capoeira is one of the most powerful and meaningful expressions of Afro-Brazilian culture, an expression so multifaceted that it is understood as a martial style or styel of dance, as sport or pastime, with equal plausibility. How, then, are we to define such a thing? Among the myriad features …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira Community Institutions, Society, and Individuals

Written by Mestre Cobra Mansa Source: ICAF-CT website  Most capoeiristas in Brazil and all over the world are construction workers, teachers, students, wives, husbands, doctors, lawyers, bums, bankers, administrators, unemployed, musician, artists etc. In brief, most capoeiristas, if not all, are part of that thing we call Society. Most capoeiristas live within that society and …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira is…

Compiled from various sources and translated into English by Shayna McHugh Capoeira is a fight of dancers. It is a dance of gladiators. It is a duel of comrades. It is game, it is dance, it is combat – a perfect synthesis of force and rhythm, poetry and agility. – Dias Gomes Capoeira is the …

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Oct 26 2011

What does it take to be a mestre?

Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Source: Revista Capoeira Mestre Mão Branca: “The word ‘Mestre’ is very strong. The Mestre is a symbol, a guide. It’s not just the great capoeirista or one who is untouchable in the roda, but someone who works for the benefit of capoeira and its place in society. To be Mestre is …

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Oct 26 2011

“Street roda” vs. “Roda in the street”

Written by Miltinho Astronauta Translation into English by Shayna McHugh Source: Jornal do Capoeira, May 2005 It’s common for interviews in capoeira magazines to ask if the interviewee frequents Street Rodas. The funniest thing is that the response, without thinking twice, is unanimous: “Of course… all the time… in every city that I visit I …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira for Exportation

Written by Ana Carolina Araújo    Source: Correio da Bahia, 03/08/2006 Translation into English: Shayna McHugh [important]I found this article in the local Bahian newspaper, and I thought it’d be interesting to share. It offers a glimpse into a very different reality for capoeiristas from the one most of us experience.[/important] Whoever passes through tourist areas …

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