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.
Today I am sharing a list of podcasts and vlogs which are maintained by capoeiristas. There are some interesting streams out there, where both students and mestres share their thoughts and experiences. It’s a great way to stay connected with the community.
I decided to create a list of books that discuss capoeira is some way or are related to capoeira. In this first post I am listing all books written in English. The list is ordered alphabetically. For every book I added an indication of the minimum level of experience that is required to fully understand a book.
A few years ago I wrote a quadra, it was also the first song I wrote. I stumbled upon it when browsing through my notes and decided to share it with you.
Yesterday I got my copy of “Era Eu Era Meu Mano, Era Meu Mano Mais Eu” in the mail. It’s an album recorded by Mestre Pernalonga and Contramestre Rafael De Lembá and was released at the end of December in Brazil. Since they are not planning any online sales, I am very happy to be… Continue reading Song Lyric: Um Par De Asas
In my previous post I concluded that I had to think about where I’m going in capoeira. Today I’d like to share what has been going around in my head. I know I am not the only one dealing with this problem, so I hope some of you can relate to my thoughts as they are difficult to put into words.
I’ve always been a very lucky capoeirista: until about a year ago I’d only had 1 major injury due to capoeira. Back in 2009 the ligaments around my ankle got torn, but I recovered completely and never had any problems with my ankle after it healed. A little over a year ago I got a… Continue reading Do I have an expiration date?
CapoeiraGens is a website where you can browse the lineage of hundreds of capoeira Mestres to learn about their mentors and students.
What is the secret to learn a lot of capoeira songs? Improvisation and creativity! And quadras populares can help you with that. Keep reading for some tips!
I found a rhythmic notation system for capoeira instruments and it’s awesome. The Só Ritmo system allows you to invent your own rhythms and share them.
I found a new song yesterday which I wanted to share with you. The song is called “Tamos junto e misturado” and the author is Professor Sinistro of Capoeira Brasil. Read on to learn the lyrics!
Mestre Pulmão of Grupo Senzala has an interesting channel on YouTube. He discusses various topics and ideas relating to capoeira. I especially like his videos because he talks about things most people can relate to.
Back in 2015 I had the opportunity to finally meet Mestre Acordeon, twice! He was the main guest of two events I visited and I got the chance to follow his classes. The workshops of both events were almost identical: they were based on the original sequences of movements which Mestre Bimba invented back in… Continue reading The philosophy behind the sequences of Mestre Bimba
Today I would like to share a song that caught my attention earlier this week. It’s called Galho da Limeira (or Roseira) and it is mostly sung in Capoeira Angola, although you can use it in different styles as long as the tempo matches. I found 2 completely different versions of this song online and I like them both. Here are the different lyrics with some examples.
We’ve all been there: you hear a cool capoeira song somewhere and you want to learn it yourself so you can sing it during the next class or roda. The only problem is, you don’t understand everything the singer is singing (because he mumbles, the audio quality is terrible, there is a lot of background noise, …). How do you go about getting the complete lyric for that song? It is a problem that I encounter quite often.
There comes a time in every capoeira’s career when he or she realizes that he/she wants to do more than just training (movements, music, reading, …). I have been an active capoeira for almost fifteen years now. And during my “career” I came to that conclusion several times.