One of the main frustrations I’ve had with capoeira for years is the lack of a proper evaluation system. So I decided to develop my own framework to use in our school.
After teaching a kids’ class for five months, I am taking the time to reflect on what I’ve learned in the process. I’ve always taught adults only, so it has been a real challenge.
Quadras are used in several forms of Brazilian music. There are thousands of quadras filled with beautiful metaphors and life lessons which you can use in capoeira. For this article I compiled a list of my favourite quadras and verses.
On June 1st, a Pública (a Brazilian non-profit investigative news agency) published an article detailing how several high ranking members of Cordão de Ouro had been accused of sex crimes. The news article blew the lid off the whole thing and now more and more stories are surfacing.
Dear readers, I’m writing this update to let you know I’m taking a very short break on writing for the blog. At the moment my priorities have shifted a bit since there’s a lot going on in my private life and we are finally able to organize physical classes again (albeit with just 4 people,… Continue reading A quick update and a short break
We all know the dobrão is an essential part of the berimbau, but do you know what a dobrão actually is? Let’s take a closer look at the origin of the dobrão and its alternatives.
The best way to learn the berimbau is to play while listening to some form of feedback. Here’s a playlist with berimbau backing tracks to play along to.
Four years ago today I released my blog. Time to celebrate!
This is the last post in a mini series of 3. I already reviewed Mestre Nenel’s private berimbau classes and Mestre Negoativo’s study group. Today I’d like to talk about the Músicapoeira course by Mestre Ferradura.
This is the second post in a mini series of 3. Today I am going to talk about the study group of Mestre Negoativo. In the first article I reviewed Mestre Nenel’s private berimbau classes.
During the summer I followed 3 different online music classes. In this mini series I’m sharing my experiences with all three courses. In this article, I’m reviewing Mestre Nenel’s classes.
I just discovered DrumAp, a mobile app which allows anyone to create percussion rhythms on the fly, without having to know how to write music.
That has been my philosophy in capoeira for a long time. In other words, I believe that to be able to successfully practice capoeira for decades you shouldn’t give yourself 100% all the time.
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.