Tag Archive: fun

Oct 26 2011

Jogo de Dentro Animation

This animated short tells the story of a couple playing a game of Capoeira in the park. The technique of rotoscoping (tracing video frame by frame) is used to give the movements an extra dimension.

Oct 26 2011

Capoeira Quiz

Test your knowledge of capoeira with this quiz… 1. Mestre Pastinha had his students wear yellow and black because: a. They were the colors of his patron saint/orixá b. They were the colors of the Angolan flag c. They were the colors of Bahia’s state flag d. They were the colors of his favorite soccer …

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Oct 26 2011

The Ten Types of Capoeira Beginners

The shy, underconfident beginner: Not sure if they can do capoeira, too timid/delicate with movements, backs away from partner during exercises, afraid to enter the roda. Everyone else in the group encourages them to have more confidence. The overconfident, know-it-all beginner: They think they’re capoeira experts after the first week of classes; they jump right …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira Joys & Annoyances

10 Things That Bring Me Joy in Capoeira Clever singing. When a song fits perfectly with the game – especially when it’s improvised! – whether it be commenting on the game/players or giving them instructions. This element is a little bit lost if you don’t yet speak Portuguese… but for me, when I learned the …

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Oct 25 2011

Capoeira Anti-Advice: What NOT to do

Note: The key word in the title is “NOT.” I am not responsible for any deaths, navalha slashings, berimbau beatings, tailbone-breaking rasteiras, rib-breaking martelos, or face-breaking cabeçadas that you bring upon yourself if you think it’d be funny to try out everything on this list! Everyone in the group will respect you more if you …

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Oct 25 2011

Capoeira Gone Wrong

Ever wonder what a bench-clearing brawl would look like in capoeira? Check out the footage from this out-of-control roda… duck and cover!