What is Capoeira?
Capoeira: is an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance and music. It was created in Brazil mainly by descendants of African slaves with Brazilian native influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for leg sweeps.
My Capoeira Journey:
My journey into the world of Capoeira began in August of 2011, when I was invited by a friend to a workshop. The culture and history of the martial art instantly grabbed my attention, not to mention the dance aspect of it was directly in sync with one of my number one passions….DANCE! Once I found the time in my schedule to attend regular classes for training in December of 2011, I was instantly hooked!
My Capoeira Journey is on-going and never-ending, to me it’s only just begun! For the love of the game! Dance-Fight-Play! Muito Axe!
“A good capoeirista of course likes everything of capoeira: the beats, the berimbau, the game; everything else is secondary. Today a lot of capoeiristas are very arrogant, vain and these are negative aspects. A good capoeirista is humble, polite and he/she knows that all the other capoeiristas are brothers/sisters and human beings.”
– Mestre Suassuna
It’s hard to imagine I am one year “young” in Capoeira. Last spring I participated in my very first Batizado and Troco de Cordes ceremony. This a special and very pivotal event in the life of a dedicated Capoeirista. It symbolizes milestones in your journey and your growth and understanding of the art. This year we are preparing for our 3rd annual event. I am super excited about the dance performances especially, as I will for the first time be participating in the Maculele dance performance. I will post more about this dance in a latter post. All in all I love being a Capoeirista. I love the history and culture of this beautiful art. However challenging, its fun to learn.
Capoeira : The art of fighting with a smile!
~ Eu Sou Capoeira ~ Amo Minha Capoeira ~
“The flame of this beautiful art is now in your hands. You can dampen it, you can burn yourself or your brothers and sisters, or, afraid of its heat, you can let go of it. I hope that you take good care of your Capoeira and kindle this fire alive and powerful, enlightening your life.”
– Mestre Accordeon
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My beau plays capoeira as well!! I tried it twice and it was so difficult! Seeing that it’s a big part of his life, I know I will get back into it eventually!