Tag Archive: 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 28 2011

Capoeira Angola Ritual Circle Performance

Written by Rosa Maria Araujo Simões We generally observe, in the discourse and teachings of angola mestres, some emphasis on the preservation of tradition and the fundamentals of Angola-style capoeira. Among these we would highlight, as examples, respect, justice, humility and patience. All of these virtues can be seen in full bloom in the organization …

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Oct 28 2011

Quotes from Mestre Curió

Source: Jornal Capoeira Translation into English: Shayna McHugh  Mestre Curió (Jaime Martins dos Santos) was born in 1939. He was a student of Pastinha, and he continues to teach and spread capoeira angola. “Capoeira is art, dance, malícia, philosophy, trickery, theater, music, and choreography, but not violence. It only becomes dangerous at the necessary moment.” …

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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 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

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 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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