What is capoeira? Part 2

I will start this article clarifying that Capoeira is not and never will be KARATE!!! Often americans defined capoeira as KARATE, or even worst people is trying to teach capoeira following karate schools. NO, stop it!!! I got tired to get upset seeing it happen over and over, so I decide to create this blog to see if I can help spreading what is real capoeira!

Be ready to learn something new!!!

What is capoeira for you? Is it a game or a fight or a dance? Some people define capoeira as a combination of dance, fight and game. For me, all these options are considered capoeira and that is what makes it so complex, so surprising, so special and so rich. The best definition of capoeira that I found during my study to write this article was:

“Capoeira is a fight, one of the most violent and treacherous, disguised as a game of physical ability, beauty and lots of malice”(capoeirabrasil.com.br)

Capoeira is a manifestation of the Popular Brazilian culture that has very peculiar characeristics, such as:

  • It is a mix of dance, fight and play (through the game);
  • The sound of the berimbau (the most important instrument in capoeira) drives the rhythm and characteristics of the game;
  • Songs (following by clapping) also have an important role in determining the type of game;
  • It is an exceptional system of self-defense and physical training, standing out among other sports because it is the only one originally Brazilian and based on our cultural traditions.

The history of capoeira begins in the 16th century, when Brazil was a colony of Portugal. African slaves came to Brazil to work in sugarcane farms. Many of these slaves came from Angola (portuguese colony), their way to be happy was through dance to the sound of music. Upon arriving in Brazil, the slaves realized that they need to develop forms of protection against the violence and repression of the slaves Master. They were constantly target of violent practices and punishments from the slaves Masters. When they scape form the farms, they were pursued by the slaves marters who had one of the most violent way to captured them.

The slaves masters prohibit the slaves to practicing any kids of fight, so the slaves used the rhythm and movements of their African dance and adapted them to a type of fight called capoeira. Capoeira is a martial arts disguised as a dance and it became the most important instrument of the cultural and physical resistance from the slaves.

Roda (circle) is a space where capoeira is practiced, at the entrance of the roda are the instruments (3 berimbaus, one pandeiro, one atabaque and one agogo). The berimbaus will always drives the games. Normally, all participants (called capoeiristas – person who plays capoeira) should be able to play instruments so they can switch and everyone will be able to play in the roda. Capoeiristas will be around the circle clapping and singing together with the instruments.

There are three types of capoeira: Angola, Regional and contemporaneous. Angola is the oldest one and it came from African slaves , it is characterized by slow game, kicks close to the floor and lots of malice. Capoeira Regional was created by Mestre BIMBA (This man deserve one article just about him) and it is characterized by fast games and lots of kicks. The last one, capoeri conemporaneous is a connection of these two styles (angola and regional).

Today, there are several capoeira groups around the world (I will be writing an special article about them). A capoeira group has their own characteristic but every single one MUST to have roots in BRAZIL. If you come across a capoeira group without roots in Brazil (Mestre from Brazil, name of the group in portuguese, foundation in Brazil, history and years of experience, cord system and …) be aware!!! Unfortunately, there are several people trying to change capoeira!!! Sadly, they are loosing the main point of this amazing martial arts which is the cultural aspect.

 

I hope you enjoyed it!!!

Monitora Mel – FICAG Gainesville, Florida

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This picture is from our first graduation ceremony called Batizado (Instrutor Samurai and Mestre Ze com fome) FICAG Brazil, MIAMI and Gainesville

 

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What is CAPOEIRA?

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian Martial Art which includes elements of physical and mental strength, beauty and power. It encompasses a vast spectrum of movement and culture; it incorporates kicks, ground movements, self-defense, acrobatics, music and tradition. It is played in a circle with two members engaging in various attacks and defenses while maintaining a melodic fluidity. These movements are driven by the rhythms emanating from the roda’s instruments and vocal song. Capoeira was created by African slaves in Brazil over 500 years ago through Mestre Bimba and others, has since become a recognized art form. Capoeira can be learned and practiced by anyone regardless of gender, age or physical limitations and its benefits are evident in all who take up its practice. It is a beautiful expression, which is best understood through active experience.
We offer regularly scheduled classes, flexible payment options, private classes, Portuguese classes and even afterschool child care. We are committed to helping people attain their fitness goals while at the same time exposing them to Capoeira’s attendant Afro-Brazilian culture.

For more information please email us: capoeiraacademyofgainesville@gmail.com3P3A1541

Third Batizado and Troca de Cordas – FICAG Gainesville

The Capoeira Academy of Gainesville is excited to announce our Third Annual Batizado and Troca de Cordas! Come join us for a weekend chock full of capoeira hosted by the entire FICAG USA family. Featuring Music Workshops, Special Guest Workshops, Capoeira Masterclass, and of course, LOTS OF RODA! Don’t miss this event!

THURSDAY (March 31) at the academy: 606 N.Main Street
4pm- Kids test
5:30pm- kids, teens and adults Street roda at Plaza das Americas – UF
7pm- Adults test

FRIDAY (April 1st) at the academy: 606 N.Main Street
4pm- Kids workshop with Mestre Ze com Fome
5:30pm – Kids workshop with Mestre Coreba
7:00pm- Teens and Adults workshop with Mestre Coreba
8:30pm – Teens and adults Street Roda at Downtown

SATURDAY (April 2nd)
MORNING at the academy: 606 N.Main Street
9am – Teens and Adults workshop with Mestre Ze com Fome – ANGOLA workshop
10am- Teens and Adults workshop with CM. Leitao
11am – Kids workshop with Professora Canela
12pm – Kids workshop with Mestre George

SATURDAY
AFTERNOON at Thelma Boltin Center – 516 NE 2nd Avenue, Gainesville, 32601
2pm – kids and Teens Capoeira Tournament
4 pm- Batizado
8pm – Batizado Dinner TBA
CONFIRMED GUESTS – Mestre Ze com Fome
Mestre Coreba
Mestre George Palmares
CM Leitao
Professora Canela
Professor Cobra
Instrutor Cantador
Instrutora Suelem
Instrutor Ginga

More guest to be confirmed….

Prices:
Friday and Saturday (workshops+tournament+Batizado and shirt): $105
Only Friday (workshops and roda): $55
Saturday (Workshop+Batizado and shirt): $75
Saturday (Workshop+tournament+Batizado and shirt): $90
Saturday only batizado and tournament: $60

Teachers that bring 3 students or more participate for FREE
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FUN FAMILY CLASS

The Capoeira Academy of Gainesville is proud to announce our new FUN FAMILY CLASSES. Yes, now you can work out with your kids for FREE. We know how busy are our lives so we want to provide a nice way for you and your child learn this amazing art together.  Our classes will be every Friday from 4:30 to 5:15pm and Saturdays from 10 to 11am. Come be a part of our capoeira family! Family who work together stay together.

FUN FAMILY CLASS

The Capoeira Academy of Gainesville is proud to announce our new FUN FAMILY CLASSES. Yes, now you can work out with your kids for FREE. We know how busy are our lives so we want to provide a nice way for you and your child learn this amazing art together.  Our classes will be every Friday from 4:30 to 5:15pm and Saturdays from 10 to 11am. Come be a part of our capoeira family! Family who work together stay together.

NEW Schedule beginning on August 1st

We are proud to announce our new schedule beginning tomorrow (August 1st). More classes and several options for you and your child! Come check it out, your first class is FREE

Kids classes:

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays (6 to 9 years): 3:30 to 4:15pm

Tuesdays and Thursdays (3 -5 years): 4:30 to 5:15pm

Saturdays Combined class: 10 to 11am

Music and Instruments (3 to9 years) – Fridays: 4:30 to 5:15pm

Teens classes (10 to 17 years)

Mondays and Wednesdays: 5 to 6:30pm

Tuesdays: 5:30 to 7pm

Music and Instruments – Fridays: 5:30 to 7pm

Adults (17 up) – Beginners

Mondays: 6:30 to 8pm

Tuesdays: 7 to 8:30pm

Thursdays: 5:30 to 7pm

Music and Instruments – Fridays: 5:30 to 7pm

Saturdays combined class: 11:30 to 1pm

Adults Intermediate

Thursdays: 7 to 8:30pm

Fridays: 7 to 8:30pm

Capoeira classes at University of Florida: Every Wednesdays from 5:30 to 6:30pm and Saturdays from 10 to 11am.