Tag Archive: movement

Oct 28 2011

Capoeira Angola Keywords

While in Salvador, I made a list of the “key words” that Mestre Valmir and his students emphasized with frequency in the trainings. Here they are, as well as an explanation of more or less what they mean: Awareness – Visualization Being conscious of the position of your body and the position of the other …

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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 helps integrate street children into society

Source: Praticando Capoeira ano 01, n.05 Translated into English by Shayna McHugh Wagner Assis Fonseca Ruas, known as Contra-Mestre Aberrê, has practiced capoeira for over 20 years and is a member of Grupo Capoeira Gerais, of Mestre Mão Branca. In 1998, Aberrê began the Projeto Meninos de Pé no Chão (Project Children with Feet on …

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Oct 26 2011

Women in capoeira: Express yourself and be strong!

Written by Monique Mizrahi Source: Soul Brasil Magazine Capoeira is freedom, expression, creation, improvisation. It’s a song, a dance, a martial art, a philosophy for survival. It embodies respect, dignity, and grace as a conversation, a ritual, a tradition, and a savior. “Zum zum zum, capoeira salva um” (Zum zum zum, capoeira saves). Women from all …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira without limits

Source: PortalCapoeira Translated into English by Shayna McHugh Whoever knows Capoeira, knows what it is capable of. Capoeira is a game, a fight, a dance, a plaything, and philosophy. According to Mestre Paulo, “Capoeira is the only sport that has its own music. It’s the only fight in which men battle women and adults battle …

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Oct 26 2011

Importance of the rasteira

Written by Lucia Palmares Translation into English by Shayna McHugh Source: Capoeira da Bahia Lately, in capoeira in São Paulo and still more in Europe, I lament the almost-disappearance of the rasteira. The rasteira used to be a symbol of the capoeirista’s expertise. It was trained for hours and hours in the academy. Capoeiristas worked in …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira and Break-Dancing: At the Roots of Resistance

By Julie Delgado Source: AlterNet “A community that doesn’t have a ritual cannot exist.” — Malidoma Patrice Some Hollow back to a head spin into a leg sweep, followed by some old, next-type floor work. Slick’s fast moves all seem like a routine he choreographed with his boy who moves in perfect sync with him. …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira and the ground

Written by Mestre Cafuné, student of Mestre Bimba Translated into English by Shayna McHugh Source: Praticando Capoeira Magazine When I was a boy, I used to go to the street festivals and watch the angoleiros doing their maneuvers so close to the ground. Their bodies interlacing, legs seeking the adversary’s vulnerable points, many rolês, aús, quedas de rins, …

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Oct 26 2011

Disfigurations of capoeira

Source: Capoeira do Brasil Translation by Shayna McHugh To discuss the proposed theme – the disfigurations of capoeira – we will begin by making it very clear that we agree with the statements of the mestres Suassuna and Acordeon, according to whom “Capoeira’s strength and beauty are in its diversity, as a dynamic art that assumed …

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Oct 26 2011

Ginga with a short step

Written by Mestre Damião Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Source: http://planeta.terra.com.br/esporte/capoeiradabahia/ The other day, I was gazing at a photo of the extraordinary Mestre Bimba found in the inside cover of the disc ‘Capoeira Regional,’ in which he is thought to be teaching a student to ginga. I was also thinking about Mestre Decânio’s book …

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