Friday, October 23, 2009

Wikipedia has everything!

The Chingay Parade (Chinese: 妆艺大游行; pinyin: Zhuāngyì Dàyóuxíng) is an annual street parade held in Singapore as part of Chinese New Year festivities. The term Chingay itself originated in Southeast Asia, particularly in Penang, Malaysia, which is a phonetic equivalent of the Chinese words "妆艺", which means "a decorated miniature stage" or float. Today, the parade has evolved into a massive multi-cultural and international event telecast live on television every year.

And guess who's invited to perform once again for this big-scale event :)

Some memories of the club from last year, can you spot anyone(s) familiar? ;p

And from a different perspective!

"As in the Roda, as in life!" or rather
"Life's a stage and we are but characters in a script!"


Saturday, October 17, 2009

What is a batizado?

Hey guys,

Batizado's around the corner and most of us that have been doing Capoeira for a while are really anticipating and bringing up our game for this event. So let's use good ole wiki to re-intro the idea of Batizado for us:
A Batizado (literally baptism in Portuguese, and borrowed from the religious tradition) is normally an annual event for a Capoeira group in a region or country. The practice of Capoeira Batizados originates from Capoeira Regional, but has been extended to other styles.

Batizados are large events and are very important for the group organizing it. It is the point in the year where the new members will be baptized officially into the group and receive their first cords and where the other members depending on their progress will get a new one. A typical batizado will take several days and consist of workshops, the actual Batizado itself and a Troca das Cordas. Often many groups from more than one region will attend a Batizado for other groups. This allows for development of the game by contact with other players, teachers and styles.

In many schools, students are baptized by the floor -- that is, they play against higher level capoeiristas and are subsequently taken down by a rasteira. This is meant to signify a continual process of humility and improvement in the game.

To the newer Capoeiristas, I hope you'll be able to attend and be blown away when our Zambiacongo Gold Coast come down along with our Mestre... its gonna be quite an exchange and a great experience!


Sunday, October 11, 2009

What is a "Flash Mob"?

"A flash mob (or flashmob) is a large group of people who assemble suddenly in a public place, perform an unusual action for a brief time, then quickly disperse." -Wikipedia


The first flash mob was created in Manhattan in May 2003, by Bill Wasik, senior editor of Harper's Magazine. The origins of the flash mobs were unknown until Wasik published an article about his creation in the March 2006 edition of Harper's. The first attempt was unsuccessful after the targeted retail store was tipped off about the plan for people to gather. Wasik avoided such problems during the second flash mob, which occurred on June 3, 2003 at Macy's department store, by sending participants to preliminary staging areas—in four prearranged Manhattan bars—where they received further instructions about the ultimate event and location just before the event began.

More than 100 people converged upon the ninth floor rug department of the store, gathering around an expensive rug. Anyone approached by a sales assistant was advised to say that the gatherers lived together in a warehouse on the outskirts of New York, that they were shopping for a "love rug", and that they made all their purchase decisions as a group.

Subsequently, 200 people flooded the lobby and mezzanine of the Hyatt hotel in synchronized applause for about 15 seconds, and a shoe boutique in SoHo was invaded by participants pretending to be tourists on a bus trip.

Wasik claimed that he created flash mobs as a social experiment designed to poke fun at hipsters and to highlight the cultural atmosphere of conformity and of wanting to be an insider or part of "the next big thing". The Vancouver Sun wrote, "It may have backfired on him... [Wasik] may instead have ended up giving conformity a vehicle that allowed it to appear nonconforming."

Flash mobs began as a form of performance art. While they started as an apolitical act, flash mobs may share superficial similarities to political demonstrations. Flash mobs can be seen as a specialized form of smart mob, which is a term and concept forwarded by author Howard Rheingold in his 2002 book Smart Mobs: The Next Social Revolution.


Now, a flash mob from start to finish:

See you guys at Central Forum, 14 Oct, 1.30pm...

Anonymous ;)

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Besouro, da capoeira nasce um heroi - New Capoeira Movie

"Besouro, da capoeira nasce um heroi"

"Beetle of the capoeira, a hero is born"

Quote from web site:
"After 3 months of filming in Chapada Diamantina and the Bahian Reconcavo, this film by director João Daniel Tikhomiroff about Besouro, the legendary hero of capoeira, is now in the post-production phase."

kEN - Sapo

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Familiar floor movements... Seen it somewhere?

Haha... My 1st post! Enjo~y

Oh yah, it's Capoeira...! Of course...

kEN -Sapo

Thursday, October 1, 2009

New portuguese words learnt!

Yo guys,

congratulation for those that have been given apalidos by Jaguar. Those who have yet to receive one - haha it'll be coming sooner or later. So some new words we've learnt were:

Flor = Flower
Pink/Rose = Rosa
Frog = Sapo
Bat = Morcego
shark = tubarão
Teak = *Teca
gata mimosa = delicate cat

*don't think thats what i recall hearing yesterday...will follow up on that.

There is no E-Learning week for Capoeira! Cya guys next Monday!


Oh ya! I forgot one more word:

Sagat = Dude who kicks butts in Street Fighter 4...imba!