Monday, October 25, 2010

Newsflash!! much so I can't resist blogging about it in the middle of studio haha.. For those who have not yet known about it, Faizal a.k.a our Bom Garoto got the first position in the beginner category, and Sanny a.k.a Cantor got the third position in the advanced category for the Zambiacongo Asia-Pacific capoeira tournament.

Congraaaaaaaaatz!!! We are so DAMN PROUD of both of u!

Special edition pics of our winners:

and because I think it's not complete without putting another pic of our female ambassador:

Oh and, welcome back home!

P.S I think we should all try pestering Bom Garoto to treat us the next supper =D

Honored to convey the glad tidings,

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Additional workshop info

Hi all!
For those who wants to know the workshop fee if you cannot attend for all 3 days, here's the new info:

Single day workshop:
Friday - working adult $16, student $10
Saturday, working adult $32, student $20
Sunday - working adult $32, student $20

An additional $5 administrative fee will be levied on payments for package deal (the full 3 days package) made on workshop day itself.
So quick find Sapo and give him the dough! ><


Friday, October 15, 2010

Bits of Inspiration

..because we all need them =)

Just want to quote what was said to us during training last Tuesday (Loosely quoted, since my memory of it has faded a bit, but correct me if I'm wrong) :

"You want capoeira. You come here for capoeira. The first thing that you must change is your attitude towards training. Not thinking that 'Wah training so shiong, don't want to come ah..' If you think like that, you fail. You fail to understand that the human body is so tough. It can take a lot of things."

Since long ago, I wholeheartedly believe that the human body is tough, but that belief was only manifested in eating whatever roadside food I desire when I go back to Indonesia.. Time to apply it to a different matter..

Well, to encourage all of us to stick t the training regime when the going gets tough, here's a video just to remind ourselves just how beautiful capoeira is, just how worth it are those physically and mentally demanding sessions when we bit by bit gain power, control and balance..

Training gives us an outlet for suppressed energies created by stress and thus tones the spirit just as exercise conditions the body."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger

"If you train hard, you'll not only be hard - you'll be hard to beat."
- Herschel Walker

"Pain is temporary. It may last a minute, or an hour, or a day, or a year, but eventually it will subside and something else will take its place. If I quit, however, it will last forever."
- Lance Armstrong


Milo of Crotona

Sometime ago, Alif talked about Milo of Crotona in relation to strength training. Basically, he was a wrestler who lived in Athens, 6th century BC, renowned because he was 5 times wrestling champion of the ancient Olympiad. On top of that, he was also a mathematician, a philosopher, and a military leader! Talk about well-rounded.. Haha.. (You can read more about him: )

Anyway, this Milo of Crotona apparently trained by hoisting a calf onto his shoulders everyday since young, and as the calf grew into a bull, he became strong enough to lift up the bull.

Lucky bull must be enjoying the daily ride...

Progressive strength training at its most impressive. When I was reading around about him, I came across an interesting blog about fitness and strength training, and the author, for fun, wrote an imaginary training log for dear Milo: (click to enlarge)

Ok, by now you might be laughing and dismissing it as mere myth... Wait till you check out this guy:

Damn right, people.. Modern day Milo! With a very macho name like H.E Mann, to boot..

Well, hope you enjoyed that bit of trivia, and... anyone importing a calf from Indonesia soon? ;p


Tuesday, October 5, 2010


Well, well.. Some of us have been missing trainings here and there (yours truly guilty as charged..), and at least for me capoeira is a happy activity I wouldn't miss if I could, so to skip training usually signifies that you have a less-happy affair that demands your attention.. ><

Mid-terms, for one.. Hope everyone's okay? No body parts missing? For those who feels like the stress and expectations from mid-terms are killing them.. jia you! Then again, I'm sure there are those who wish that their worst problems is something as trivial as the mid-terms..

Whatever it is, one thing I love about capoeira and the club is that you don't need to tell people blatantly about your problems to feel a sense of camaraderie and having people around who sincerely cares.. That has helped me a lot these two semesters each time I take a 'mental beating' from studio =) So, in the family spirit, let me try to bring a bit of cheer... (btw ppl, CLICK TO ENLARGE yeah ;p )

P.S. Was talking to another 'older' member that we're very lucky the new members this time are very enthusiastic, because that really helps to carry the dynamics of the club. I cannot agree more =)

Hugs all 'round,

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Monthly Roda!!

Hi NUS Capoeiristas,

First of all, Happy Childrens Day to everyone~!

It's October now which means that it's time once again for that special monthly event that we've all been waiting for :)

Here are the details for October's monthly roda:
Time: 4pm
Venue: *Scape sky terrace lvl 3

We'll meet at 3:15 at Somerset MRT and head down together as a club. Those going there directly, please be there by 3.30pm so that we can all warm-up and start on time.

Here's some pics from the last one held at SMU:

As you can see, it was intense and fun. The roda this Sunday shouldn't be any different - it's gonna be full of intense fun just like the previous one.

Those of you who have completed your midterms, you have no reason to miss this. Those of you who are still having midterms but feel tired/ burnt out from all the mugging, this is the perfect outlet to destress ;)

Salve Capoeira!
-Bom Garoto