Tag: bimba

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

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

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

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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Oct 27 2011

Nicknames in capoeira regional

Written by Mestre Cafuné Translated into English by Shayna McHugh, 2007 Source: Praticando Capoeira In the Centro de Cultura Física Regional – Mestre Bimba’s Academy – the ritual of the nickname was one of the most important and beautiful traditions for us. Several days after the new student’s enrollment, when we had already learned the …

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Oct 27 2011

Mestre Bimba’s life and work

Translation by Shayna McHugh Source: http://ibahia.globo.com/sosevenabahia/bimba.asp (01/06/2004) Did you know that the Capoeira so often seen on Salvador’s street corners was once a crime prohibited by the Penal Code of the Republic? This occurred between the years of 1890 and 1937, when any capoeira exercises whatsoever in the street could be punished with up to …

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Oct 27 2011

Ethics in Mestre Bimba’s academy

Written by Mestre Decânio Translation into English by Shayna McHugh Source: Capoeira da Bahia The ethical component of Mestre Bimba’s teachings in his “academy” was implicit in his pedagogy and exemplified by his behavior. Later, in the 1950s, I made these ethics explicit in the “regulations” published in a frame on the wall opposite the door. …

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Oct 27 2011

Was Mestre Bimba an angoleiro?

Written by Mestre Decânio Source: Capoeira da Bahia Translation into English by Shayna McHugh Look at this close-up from the photograph of Mestre Bimba “playing” capoeira with Asclépios Ferrer in the beginning of the 1930s, found on page 19 of the book Mestre Bimba, a crônica da capoeiragem by Jair Moura (Salvador, 1991). Observe his relaxation, his …

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