Tag Archive: social inclusion

Jan 24 2012

Leetal Besouros: Empowering India’s street children with capoeira

Leetal Besouros is an initiative by the students of Centre for Capoeira India to empower street children with the wonderful art of Capoeira. Currently the project is being run at a children’s shelter called, Vatsalya, in Mumbai. Enjoy this interview with Parikshit, the founder of the project! You can connect with Leetal Besouros on their …

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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 26 2011

2009 – Capoeira of Peace: Project Organized by Brazilians in Jerusalem Continues Even During War

Written by Ana Paula Pontes Source: Revista Crescer – Globo Translation into English by Shayna McHugh While the world watches yet another conflict unfold between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza strip, a project for peace manages to survive in Jerusalem. Created in 2003 by the Brazilian anthropologist Michel Gherman during a moment of turbulence in …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira takes a “rasteira” in Carnaval 2008

Homage to capoeira takes a rasteira Carnaval 2008 – Correio da Bahia Newspaper Source: PortalCapoeira Capoeira mestres complain of lack of recognition Excerpts from an article by Flávio Costa, Correio da Bahia newspaper. Source: PortalCapoeira The theme of “capoeira and its culture” got little exposure at Carnaval 2008, which sparked complaints from mestres and practitioners. Despite being …

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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 Community Institutions, Society, and Individuals

Written by Mestre Cobra Mansa Source: ICAF-CT website  Most capoeiristas in Brazil and all over the world are construction workers, teachers, students, wives, husbands, doctors, lawyers, bums, bankers, administrators, unemployed, musician, artists etc. In brief, most capoeiristas, if not all, are part of that thing we call Society. Most capoeiristas live within that society and …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira for Exportation

Written by Ana Carolina Araújo    Source: Correio da Bahia, 03/08/2006 Translation into English: Shayna McHugh [important]I found this article in the local Bahian newspaper, and I thought it’d be interesting to share. It offers a glimpse into a very different reality for capoeiristas from the one most of us experience.[/important] Whoever passes through tourist areas …

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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

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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