Category Archive: regional

Jan 24 2012

“I challenged all the tough guys” – Mestre Bimba, 1973

Interview with Mestre Bimba Originally published in the Goiânia Gazette, in 1973 Source: Campo de Mandinga blog Mestre Bimba, tell us where you came from, your full name, and your story. My father was named Luis Pereira Machado, my mother was Maria Martinha do Bonfim, and my name is Manoel Reis Machado. Many people ask …

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Oct 27 2011

The movie “Mestre Bimba: A Capoeira Iluminada”

Quotes from the movie: Mestre Bimba had a street capoeira phase. It even reached the point that, having been imprisoned various times, the police chief called him over and wanted to make him the police inspector of the neighborhood where he lived, because that way he would behave and not fight since he was the …

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Oct 27 2011

Interview with Mestre Preguiça

Source: Revista Capoeira Translated into English by Shayna McHugh Waldenkolk Oliveira, known as mestre Preguiça, was born in Sítio do Mato in Bahia, Brazil. It was June of 1947. His mother died when he was only seven years old, and he was left alone to face the world about which he knew so little. Three …

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Oct 27 2011

Mestre Bimba, Capoeira Champion, Challenges All Bahian Fighters (1936)

This article appeared in the newspaper A Tarde on March 16, 1936. It was reprinted in Mestre Damião’s article “The True History of the Creation of Bimba’s Luta Regional Bahiana.” Translation into English by Shayna McHugh “Capoeira,” an exotic but interesting sport – rather old-fashioned, yet shrewd and clever, with feline blows – is being …

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Oct 27 2011

The Maximum Title of Bahian Capoeira (1936)

This article appeared in the newspaper Diário da Bahia on March 13, 1936. It was reprinted in Mestre Damião’s article “The True History of the Creation of Bimba’s Luta Regional Bahiana.” Translation into English by Shayna McHugh Bimba Refutes Samuel de Souza’s Allegations and Prepares to Fight for the Coveted Belt  The well-known Bahian capoeirista Manoel dos …

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Oct 27 2011

Interview with Mestre Burguês

Source: Mestre Burguês website Translated into English by Shayna McHugh Tell us about the work of Grupo Muzenza inside and outside Brazil. Grupo Muzenza has grown, especially in poor schools and communities. We’re working to support the true mestres. We’ve also grown a lot outside Brazil, aiming to integrate capoeira into schools in Portugual, Spain, and …

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Oct 27 2011

Interview with Mestre Squisito

Source: InfoCapoeira Translated into English by Shayna McHugh  Mestre Squisito was born in Montes Claros, Minas Gerais on March 11, 1953. His first contact with capoeira occurred around 1968 in a suburb of Rio de Janeiro, where he met a capoeirista at school. He really established himself in capoeira in Brasília in 1974, in the Academia …

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Oct 27 2011

Mestre Bimba’s academy regulations

Source: Praticando Capoeira Magazine Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Stop smoking. It’s forbidden to smoke during training Stop drinking. The use of alcohol damages one’s metabolism. Avoid demonstrating your progress to your friends outside the capoeira roda. Remember that surprise is your best ally in a fight. Avoid conversation during the training. You’re paying for …

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Oct 27 2011

Q & A with Mestres Nenel and Burguês

Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Source: Praticando Capoeira What were the main discharacterizations suffered by capoeira regional with the passage of time? Should the capoeira practiced today be called “regional”? Mestre Nenel: Since the term “capoeira regional” is understood to mean Mestre Bimba’s teaching methods and traditions, it’s possible to say that capoeira regional became extinct …

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Oct 27 2011

Lecture on Mestre Bimba and Capoeira Regional

These are my notes from a lecture given by Mestre Itapoan at the Brazilian Capoeira Angola Association in Salvador, on October 25th, 2006. Mestre Itapoan began by saying that no one ever spread lies or rumors about Bimba and Pastinha while they were alive – since they were present to respond; all the talking and …

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