Thursday, April 2, 2009

April 2nd's Class

Another Thursday's Class recap.
Moves we learnt today:
1) Au Chibata (some call it Meia lua Solta)
2) Giro (another version)

Chibata means whip... so i guess Au Chibata means "Whipping Au" ?
For starters, we go into a cadera position. Stretch our right hand over to the left side or vice versa. If we are going to the left, the right leg should be bent while left leg is kept straight. End it with a nice hop into an esquiva position.
Anyway here's a video of a tutorial about it (although more complex and starts from esquiva)

and one more from our very own Alif :)

Anything else? Feel free to comment (or else I'll hear crickets)
Signing out
As in Roda, as in Life

Wednesday, April 1, 2009


could any of you guys make tues the 14th free? Ratna our senior from headquarters are asking if we could do a performance for the ITE fair.(he teaches at ITE). It wouldn't be a whole day thing, but just a short performance. He's trying to introduce capoeira into the ITE community as a CCA.

post a comment on this post if you can. please do take part if you could, cause if you haven't realise it yet, performing like street basking is a tradition in capoeira. and it help introduce it to more people. doesn't matter if you think you're not good enough, cause thats rubbish talk...if you don't feel comfortable playing for a audience yet, you could help by being part of the bataria or by singing. the more capoeiristas we have around playing, clapping and singing, the better the axe; the better the axe, the better the impression of capoeira we leave for the audience. get the point??=]

hope as many of you can make it as possible.

Searching for yourself?

Hi guys,

The advise for us last thursday was "go youtube "Zambiacongo" and observe". So i did just that :)

So many have come and gone through the doors of a capoeira school and left thinking that they have "experienced" Capoeira. ...Ok, so you can ginga and throw some fancy kicks; Wow - you can even do the complex acrobatics. But can you really claim to being a "capoeirista" when you haven't found that spot for yourself in the roda?

As we heard last Thursday, every grupo has its own style. And with that style comes a certain direction that we would want to hone our bodies to meeting. We are studying under Zambiacongo, whose style stems from grace and feints:

"Now i understand why we're going through those particular feint sequences on Thursdays!"

However remember that this is just a general guideline to which you can follow. Must i be a "feint-addict" just because i am from Zambiacongo or a an awesome acrobatic because i hail from Cordao de Ouro Capoeira?

"In times of adversity, one's true nature comes out". Not that im linking the being in a roda and getting surrounded by a boisterous presence of Axe an adversity, but it is in that environment that hopefully you can find for yourself a certain form which you can best relate your personality with. As a dear friend once told me,

"There's always a place for you in capoeira: you can't do the moves? you can sing; You can't sing? Go play the instrumets; You can't play the instruments? Clap your hands; You can't clap? Go rope in friends who can; No Friends!? Capoeira will be your friend."

Many a times i have entered the roda with a "game plan" in mind so as not to appear 'blur' of un-glam in front of my friends. But then again, my most enjoyable games happens when i compra into the roda with nothing but the rythm of the bateria spurring me on. Hah whatever happened to "music can soothe the savage beast?" Apparently the "beast" hasn't heard the beat of the atabaque yet :p

The message im hoping to get across meu camaradas is: "try". You never know till you try.

Quoting Cantor who quoted Mestre Luinzho:

"Try and you may fail; Don't try and you'll never succeed."

Finally, let's see if you can spot anyone familiar here:

ps: haha could be our publicity vid since it gives a good intro for Capoeira. Yes, that's a girl at 0:55 :)

meu camaradas