Tag: women

Oct 26 2011

Women in Capoeira: Interview with Mestra Janja

Written by Lilia Benvenuti de Menezes Rosangela Costa Araujo, known as Mestra Janja, is one of the most recognizable figures in the world of capoeira. With a degree in History at the Federal University of Bahia and a doctorate in Education at the University of Sao Paulo, she has dedicated over twenty years of her …

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Oct 26 2011

Memories of Lúcia Palmares

Translated by Shayna McHugh Source: http://www.capoeira-palmares.fr/lucia_cv.htm Lúcia Querino was born in Salvador, Bahia on May 15, 1955. She has been a student of Mestre Nô since 1971, in the academy Orixás da Bahia in the neighborhood of Massaranduba, where she was the mestre’s first female student. She received the professor corda in 1979 and taught capoeira in Salvador until …

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Oct 26 2011

Interview with Mestra Cigana

Source: Praticando Capoeira, ano 01, n.04 Translated into English by Shayna McHugh The first woman to become a capoeira mestre in Brazil, and the current president of the Rio de Janeiro Capoeira Federation, speaks about the difficulties she had to overcome to reach her goals. Fatima Colombiana (43) was born in Rio de Janeiro and …

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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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