Most groups use a title for someone who is on the path of becoming a mestre, but hasn’t formally been recognized as one yet. Titles commonly used are Contramestre and Mestrando. What is the difference? And how do you spell Contramestre?
If one book can be regarded as the capoeira bible, it is Waldeloir Rego’s work from 1968 titled Capoeira Angola: Ensaio Sócio-Etnográfico. And I found a free downloadable PDF!
I decided to create a list of capoeira song lyrics which every capoeira should know. It’s far from a complete catalog but rather a starting point to help you get started in the music of capoeira.
We now have a capoeira server on Discord! It’s a great place to discuss everything that’s related to capoeira. Keep reading for an invite link and join us!
Since the lockdowns started a new trend has emerged on social media: doing your own bateria!
Paraná Ê is the most recognizable capoeira song, and we’ve all sung it hundreds of times. But where does it come from and who wrote it? Even though we’ll never know for sure, there are some possibilities.
With all the COVID-19 craziness, a lot of public activities are being cancelled, including sports classes. So instead of just sitting at home, offer your students some remote classes.
Encontros Femininos or women’s events have been popular for some years in capoeira. There are several formulas that exist and each has its up- and downsides
Don’t you hate how capoeira t-shirts are mostly either of inferior quality or just aren’t pretty? Well, then you should check out the Capoeira Pop-up Shop.
One of the hardest things in a (Benguela) roda for beginning students is to keep moving. A lot of people don’t know what to do and as a result, they only ginga with a few movements here and there.
A while ago I worked on some classes to help my students overcome this very problem. Now I’d like to share my ideas with more people, hence this post!
A charanga is a bateria in the traditional Capoeira Regional style, consisting of 2 pandeiros and a berimbau.
So I got married recently and had a really cool accessory I wanted share with you! I opted for a tailored suit (never owned one before) and chose a shirt with cufflinks instead of buttons. I wanted something original and personal but couldn’t figure what, until I thought of cufflinks in the shape of a… Continue reading Berimbau cufflinks
… and I am talking to you, teachers! At the start of each new capoeira season (that’s September for us, after the summer break), my co-trainer and I have a meeting where we discuss our plans for the upcoming season. Topics are: when are we starting, do we need policy changes, are we going to… Continue reading There’s always something to improve
I want to share this awesome Facebook page with you. The page is called “Batizado and Capoeira Memes” and it’s just incredibly hilarious! I literally almost fell of my chair laughing!
This is the last post in the book collection series, previously I shared a comprehensive list of English books related to capoeira. In the second part, I created a list of Portuguese books on capoeira. Now in this final article I am listing all other written material I have collected over the years.
A while ago I posted an extensive list of English books about capoeira. Now that I’ve found the time I also listed all Portuguese books on capoeira. References are hard to find and buying one online is even harder. I assume there are still a lot of books missing from the list, but this should get you a long way.
The sound quality of your berimbau depends heavily on the quality of the materials and the way you arm the berimbau. I wrote down some tips which will help you get a better sound out of your berimbau.
Playing the berimbau in capoeira is all about knowing the right rhythms, which are also known as toques. Here you can find a comprehensive list of toques, along with common and less common variations (also known as repiques or viradas) and contra-toques.
I am introducing a new challenge: #capoeirawardrobe! Post a picture of your complete wardrobe and your favorite piece. Tag 3 friends to do the same!
Teaching capoeira isn’t about showing of what you can. It is about preparation and making sure your students come in contact with all the necessary aspects of capoeira. Preparing a class takes time, even more for novice teachers. I’d like to share my method as a guide to help other teachers out there.