Wednesday, December 7, 2011

It's December holidays!

What a great way to end the exams and semester and start the December holidays with a 5-day workshop! Mestre Luizinho came down from Australia and imparted some knowledge to us during the workshop.

Highlights of the workshop included a visit to Bantus Capoeira. Sequences were taught, we learned some acrobatic moves, and did maculele as well as a music session to know more about the different instruments of capoeira. After our 5-day workshop, many of us are pumped and just yearning for more capoeira! So look out for the holiday training details on the right side of the blog!


Having been with us for 3 months and being our most active exchange student, we decided to bring Yulia around for some durian session and gave her a farewell roda too. All the best Yulia and continue to learn Capoeira wherever you are! Thanks for the Russian souvenirs.


To all our beginners, it’s been a great semester having all of you with us. Good luck to the exchange students who are going back or have already gone back! Hope NUS Capoeira has been a great family and capoeira is a passion that you want to pursue in life! Continue to stay hungry for more capoeira!

PS: Christmas roda will be on 18 December, Sunday, at Helix Bridge. Details to be confirmed.

AXE Capoeira! 

Rosa (Angeline)

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Boa Sorte!

Hey guys,

Hope you're not stressed out from your FYPs, final papers, and of course, preparations for the dreaded exams! We know how it can be especially after a long semester like this! It will be over soon - think of the upcoming workshop to look forward to once you're done!

In light of the exam period, a couple of us made a video to wish all of you the best (Read the description of the video on youtube)! Just to remind you to take it lightly.



Smiling yet? You'll do fine, don't worry! (:

Axeeeee and see you soon, camaras!

Rosinha

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Mugging period. But not forgetting Capoeira.

Notes..library..sleepless nights..what do all these have in common? Haha.. It’s exam time! Thanks for turning up on Thursday for the last official training of the semester. Hope everyone enjoyed the 9 kicks that Morcego taught. Quick recap:
  • Meia lua de frente (mei-ya-lua-de-french)
  • Armada (ar-ma-da)
  • Quexada (kay-sha-da)
  •  Martelo (mar-tel-lo)
  •  Bencao (ben-sao)
  •  Compasso (com-pa-so)
  • Chapa (sha-pa)
  • Chapa de costa (sha-pa-de-cos-ta)
  •  Gancho (ganch)

Need help recalling any of the moves? Youtube is your bestfriend.

In the meantime, if you’re craving for some capoeira, you can always search for some vids online or visit central library level 5. You’ll find some of the seniors there. To find out how much you’ve improve over the past 12 weeks, tune it to our NUScapoeira YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/NUScapoeira).

As for the end-November Capoeira Encounter, you guys can pay me the full $120 (early bird price for those who registered with KY) anytime from now till the workshop itself. I will usually be in the library 6 floor/school. Just drop me an SMS!  

In the meantime, study hard and good luck for the exams! See everyONE next semester.

PS: may have ‘secret’ training from now till exams. Check the blog for updates or we’ll sms u!

*FIGHTING*
Rosa (Angeline)

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Song Letras: Capoeira E Defesa Ataque

In line with learning to grasp how capoeira can be so diverse, here's a song you might like to sing! The chorus is a mouthful, but the meanings might help you remember.

We will be singing this in the next roda!

Capoeira E Defesa Ataque



Coro:
Capoeira, é defesa, ataque (Capoeira is a defense, an attack)
a ginga de corpo e a malandragem, (the sway of the body, and the malandragem)


São Fransisco Nunes (St. Fransiscus Nunes)
Preto Velho meu avô (Old black man, my grandfather)
Ensinou para o meu pai (He taught my father)
Mas meu pai não me ensinou (but my father did not teach me)

Coro

O Maculelê (The maculele)
é a dança do pau (is a dance with woods)
Na roda de Capoeira (In the roda of Capoeira)
é no toque do berimbau (it's in the rhythm of the berimbau)

Coro

Eu já tive em Moçambique (I have been to Mozambique)
Eu já tive em Guinè (I have been to Guine)
Tô voltando de Angola (I'm coming back from Angola)
Com o jogo de Malè (with the game of Malè)

Coro

Se você quer aprender (If you want to learn)
Vai ter que praticar (go practice it )
Mas na roda de Capoeira (But in the roda of Capoeira)
É gostoso de jogar (it's a delight to play)



Coro

Jogo galore!

For the past two weeks we have moved away from the usual benguela roda that we are so accustomed to. Aside from some crazy conditioning by a certain crazy capoeirista (don't worry, this will tone down next week), we have since been exposed to a little of regionalangola, maculele and samba! Now isn't that a chunk!

As you have noticed (and for most of you, this being the reason you love this art), capoeira is an amalgamation of so many things, such as music, history, language, philosophy, and martial arts. Because of this, the game doesn't revolve around some ass-kicking self-defense skills, as the letras go, "Isso jogo capoeira, nao e karate". It becomes complicated when all these different aspects interweave to generate different styles and ways of moving the bodies along with music. This means you have more excitingly diverse games in capoeira to express yourselves in!

To veeeerrrryyyyyy briefly recap what you've learnt:
angola - challenging as it involves more mandinga or trickeries,
regional - also demanding and sweat-inducing as it requires quick-thinking and high-intensity kicks,
maculele - the fun stick-dance you learnt last Thursday. Remember the V-shape!
samba - that petrifying hip-moving dance... for some it's more hardwork than angola, though evidently most of you can really move to the yummy beats of samba (not to be confused with sambal)!

These are only but a few out of the great treasure chest of capoeira styles. We will hopefully learn more about them as we train, but the important thing is that you enjoy yourselves.

We apologise that we can't write as much on the blog due to towering amount of assignments. But we will try our best to post more on these different games here when we are liberated from the unforgiving essays!

For now ginga along and it will all be muito beleza!

Rosinha

Want More, Need More!

Hey you capoeira-geek!

Don't need to role away. This refers to you, the one reading this while loading multiple capoeira videos on youtube. ;P

Do you find yourself

  • thirsting for more capoeira? 
  • wanting to improve that au for ages? 
  • wishing you played more in the roda
  • needing to channel more axe into that pandeiro? 

We know, trainings just aren't enough! (That's partly why you keep checking capoeira blogs and youtube... we know, we do the same).

To cure this insanity, a couple of us seniors have decided to have some additional trainings aside from our normal classes.

This is entirely optional. It might involve capoeira conditioning, but it will mostly be free and easy - that is, everyone will be free to choose to focus on whichever aspect/moves of capoeira they wish to improve on. Best thing is, you will have seniors present to support and assist should you face any difficulties. We could also jogar together and play some music.

If you are interested, please contact us via the numbers on the right sidebar of this blog.

In the meantime, (being also a capoeira geek) I'd like to share with you this video! Comment on what you think of this roda!



Have a good weekend!

Rosinha

Friday, October 21, 2011

World Beats! 2011

Hey guys,

I thought you might be interested in an event this November called, "The World Beats". There will be music, dance and visual arts workshops and performances. This includes Javanese gamelan, Indian dance, and Capoeira!

Grupo Bantus Capoeira in Singapore will be giving the workshop and performance on the 17th of November, so if you'd like to see more capoeira, do head down! Performances are free, but you will have to fork-out a bit of $$$ for the workshops.

For more details visit: www.worldbeats.asia.

Rosinha

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Tricks AND Treats: Halloween Monthly Roda!

It's that time of the month again to ginga and jogar with other schools - the Monthly Roda!

Because we are approaching Halloween, it will be themed as such, so do come down dressed up in your best Halloween outfits and be ready for some bloodcurdling but exciting roda! 

Details are as follows:

Date: 30th Oct 2011 (Sun)
Time: 4-6pm
Venue: Orchard Central (the open space before Goldheart)
Meeting Place (before 4pm): Recognise Studios, Level 5, Orchard Central

To those interested, we could meet at 3.15pm at the Somerset MRT ticketing counter before going. Let us know! 

Also, do note that you will be doing capoeira in your costumes, so please dress to kill play!

See you there!

Rosinha

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Capoeira Encounter with Mestre Luizinho!

What's that? Need more capoeira, you say?

Then you will be pleased to hear that Mestre Luizinho from Grupo Xango (NUS' official grupo) will be in Singapore to share his knowledge this November/December! He will be coming down from Australia for a five-day workshop and this will be a great opportunity for you to learn more about the game from an experienced teacher in capoeira.

Once your exams are over, do head down! The workshop is open for all!

Details are in the poster below.
Should you have any queries, please email us at capoeira.nus@gmail.com

Meanwhile, all the best with school!

Song Letras: A Mare 'ta Cheia & Eu Vim Pra Vadiar


A Mare 'ta Cheia



 A maré 'tá cheia, ioio (The tide is high)
A maré 'tá cheia, iaia!
Coro: 
A maré 'tá cheia, ioio,
A maré 'tá cheia, iaia!

A maré subiu (The tide rose)
Corosobe maré (You see the tide rise)


A maré desceu (The tide went down)
Corodesce maré (You see the tide drop)
Ô maré com maré (The tide with the tide)
Corovou pra Ilha de Maré! (I am going to the island of Maré!)





Eu vim Pra Vadiar No Berimbau


Eu vim pra vadiar no berimbau (I came to linger on the berimbau)
eu vim pra vadiar no jogo (I came to linger in the game)
eu vim pra vadiar no canto e na palma (I came to linger in the music and in the clappings)
eu vim ver capoeira vadiar! (I came to see capoeira linger!)

Coro:
Eu vim pra vadiar no berimbau,
eu vim pra vadiar no jogo,
eu vim pra vadiar no canto e na palma,
eu vim ver capoeira vadiar!


Vadeia berimbau me da o som (Wading the sound of the berimbau)
transmita toda sua energia (I transmit all your energy)
ao seu comando a roda vai começar (at your command the roda will start)
pois hoje dia de alegria ! (it is the day of joy for today!)

Coro

E o capoeira sai para a vadiação (And the capoeira leaves for vagrancy)
e um bom jogo nos arrepia (and a good game in chills)
Martelo, cabeçada, rasteira e pisão  (Martelo, cabecada, rasteira and pisao)
mais sem atropelo e na harmonia! (no more hustle and harmony!)

Coro

E o canto embala o coração (And the song rocks the heart)
e historia e lamento e poesia (and history and sadness and poetry)
e a voz de um guerreiro soltar no ar (and the voice of a warrior in the air)
e a palma animando a bateria! (and the animated clapping and bateria!)

Coro


Divirta-se!

Sing sing, meu camara, sing!

It has been three good days since the last training, and you find yourself humming some infectious capoeira songs you've heard in the roda while studying. You vaguely know the words, so they come out as a confusing combination of Portuguese words, like "berimbau" and "eu vou", but you really can't help yourself.



Hey, that's alright, it happens to even the more experienced capoeiristas! It can be difficult to remember ALL the new songs and lyrics, but hopefully with time and practise you will be able to mouth them all as you go about singing in the roda. We apologise that we cannot teach every single song here on the blog or during training, but part of the fun is also in discovering them for yourself from youtube or tracking down and demanding a senior to teach you the lyrics before/after class (to coerce with sweaty after-training t-shirt..!).

Singing in capoeira as we have stressed is extremely important. Music provides the rhythm of the game, but singing extends this in that it invokes the mood of the game. It depends on the songs you choose and the way you sing them.

There is something enchanting about the sound of unified voices of people (what's more, capoeiristas who have similar passion for capoeira as you!) singing and clapping as though to motivate the two players in the middle. It is vital for the whole circle because you feel a particular connection when you sing and clap together with everyone, infusing sometimes some impromptu sounds to make the music and spirit merrier. It is as though your singing encourages the capoeira players in the circle to play and to play beautifully.


That is why it is so very necessary that everyone sings loudly and energetically because it has an affect on the players and the closeness of the grupo. It makes the roda lively, and it really influences how everyone feels about each other and about Capoeira as a whole, even after the roda has long ended.

Of course there is so much more to dwell upon under this aspect of capoeira, such as the philosophy of the songs itself, but we shall leave that for another post! For now, I hope everyone will start singing the songs more and with much gusto so that we can better enjoy the roda!

Keeping that in mind, does everyone remember the three songs we practised on Thursday, i.e. "Pisao Cabloco", "Amare 'ta Cheia", and "Eu Vim Pra Vadiar"? Take a look at the lyrics, meanings and videos in the next post. Hopefully we will get to hear some of the juniors lead the singing next week! ;)


Axe!
Rosinha (getting used to and liking blogging here)

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Grupo Senzala Penang Workshop with Professor Parabolica

Early this month, a few of us capoeira junkies headed down to Penang for an invaluable workshop weekend with an experienced teacher in capoeira, Professor Parabolica from Grupo Senzala.

While we admittedly stuffed ourselves with some irresistable Penang delicacies and the much-talked about Penang laksa (can you blame us, really?), the workshop was what satisfied our hunger for good yummy capoeira!



We would like to extend our deep gratitude to our fellow capoeiristas in Penang and especially to Professor Parabolica for the fantastic workshop as well as Instrutor Pixote! It is always good to learn from experienced teachers like them while also sharing our interests and passion with other capoeiristas irregardless of grupo, age, race, and so on. It certainly fueled our interest in capoeira!



I would like to also personally thank the NUS capoeira seniors for being insane and therefore cool enough to take a 10-hour drive to attend my grupo's (Grupo Senzala) workshop. It means a lot, and you are always welcomed to train with the grupo in Penang!

Muito obrigada!

Rosinha

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Training Venues

Hey guys!

Please note that our training venue is back at MPSH 2!

Ah, bigger space for bigger rounds of warm-ups! Hehe.

Rosinha

This Saturday's Capoeira Retreat

Hey sexy capoeiristas!

Itching to destress with capoeira from the intense school work? We are scratching too!

That is why this Saturday we are planning a mini-retreat at Sentosa beach, and you are invited to come!

*Lunch*Games*Chillout*Capoeira*Dinner*Fun!*
Be prepared to be sun-kissed and consumed by axe as we will most certainly inject some capoeira in the evening. For those who are up for it, we could do some tricking and practise some flips!

Meeting Time:
1pm

Meeting Place:
Harbourfront MRT ticketing counter

Things to Bring:
- Change of clothes & towel
- Suntan lotion
- Money
- Volleyball, Frisbee, anything you'd like for playing at the beach
- Snacks if you may,
- Homework if you can't help yourself,
- Axe if you must (oh and you must!)

Do confirm your attendance with us personally or via email at capoeira.nus@gmail.com. You may also access the Facebook Events page at here.

Also, contact Angeline (9835-4060) or KY (84444-319) for further information!

See you there!
Axe!

Step It Up!

Ola camaras!

Since our return from Recess Week, we hope all of you have been enjoying our trainings so far! 

We'd like to thank Instrutor Pixote from Grupo Senzala for visiting us last Thursday and for providing us with a wealth of capoeira wisdom and knowledge, even if we've only met for such a short time. It was certainly an invaluable encounter and we hope we will be able to meet again in another roda. 

Muito obrigada, Instrutor! 





If you remember (or feel from the lingering axe of last Thursday's roda), Instrutor Pixote introduced a song in the roda called, "Pisa Cabloco". Let's try to sing it in the roda next! For the benefit of those who would like to learn the song, here's a short clip and the lyrics:


Letra (lyrics)

Pisa caboclo 
quero ver você pisar (I want to see you step)
pisa la que eu piso ca (I step on the floor)
quero ver você pisar (I want to see you step)

Coro:
Pisa caboclo
quero ver você pisar

Na brida do meu samba (in the bridle of my samba)
quero ver você dançar (I want to see you dance)

Coro
Pisa la que eu piso ca (I step on the floor)
quero ver quem vai pular (I want to see who will jump)

Coro
Na batida do meu gunga (In the beat of my gunga)
quero ver você pular (I want to see you jump)

Coro



This song has an upbeat tempo and is pretty fun to sing when the energy in the roda is beginning to build up. I like it because it highlights the importance of being responsive and aware in the roda. When "I" am "stepping" or "dancing" on the floor, "I" want "you" to respond too. 


Thus, this song to me is a way of encouraging the other person to react and not merely play an individual game - part of the point in a jogo de capoeira! I like simple songs like this where you can draw so many interpretations out. 


But what do you think? Feel free to comment here how this song means to *you*! (:

As for our regular trainings, let's hope we can level up our game and always remember the lessons we've learnt from all our teachers in capoeira, such as Instrutor Pixote.





Axe everyone!

Rosinha (my first post!)

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Training for Next 2 weeks

Hi guys,

As you know these 2 weeks involve the mid term exams, so the MPSH will not be available as a training venue for us. So instead we will train at YIH.

On Tuesdays we will train at YIH until 8 pm before we head over to the Dance Studio.


On Thursdays we will be training at YIH.

Training time is as usual at 7 p.m after which we will head off for supper to fill our hungry stomachs.

~Axe 
Kelvin

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

It's back to outside MPSH

Guys sorry for the mix up but for this semester we'll be training at MPSH 2. The dance studio arrangements only take effect in December. MPSH 2 is also closed off for mid-terms these 2 weeks so look training will be held outside. Sorry again for the mix up!

Brian

Monday, September 26, 2011

NUS Capoeira AY 2011/2012 Semester 1 Retreat

Hey guys keep yourselves free on the 15th of October Saturday 2011. We are gonna have our 1st retreat!

The plan is - Sentosa (If it does not rain) , if not don't worry we will have our wet weather programme. So please come down and bond with us as a family and a club. :D



~Axe 
Kelvin

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Change of venue..again???

Hey guys what's up? Hope recess week's been good for everyone!

Anyway just a quick update. Tuesday's trainings will be conducted at e dance studio in SRC with immediate effect. If u're not too sure of e place, it's actually right next to e rock-climbing gym on e second floor.

Even more reason to come down for Tuesday's trainings. In addition to e solid sound system, there are also mirrors for u to check your form, e floor's WAY cleaner, there's air-conditioning n...e acoustics r pretty damn awesome when it comes to singing during roda.

Look forward to seeing everyone there next tuesday! There's also a monthly roda this Sunday at *scape behind cineleisure at 4pm. Do come down to take a look if u're free. Contact me for more details at 9431 0313.

Axe!
Brian

Friday, September 16, 2011

Holiday Training & Change of Venue!

Hey guys!

Hope everyone's still doing fine from the massive pre-recess week workload. Anyway take comfort in the fact that recess week's finally here. Just to update everyone, training is still on as usual. Tuesday and Thursday. However this week's Tuesday training will be slightly different.

This Tuesday, 20/9/11, we'll be heading down to SMU for training instead of holding it at NUS. Please come in your usual work-out attire. Training starts at 7:30pm at the CCA room. Some of us will be there ard 7 to just chill out n do some warming-up.

Ok here's e impt bit on how to get there. For those travelling by public transport please get yourselves to Bras Basah MRT which is on e circle line. From there, come out of e station n turn right. Walk all e way till u see e POSB atm. If u look above u at this point u shld see a signboard tt says 'CCA ROOM'. Take note tt we can't get in w/o an SMU access card so if u're there n e door's closed please go to e window n wave. If no one sees u just give me a ring at 9431 0313. If u're driving, I think u can park at e sch of biz which is closer to e city hall side of SMU.

Thursday's training is on as usual at NUS. Look forward to seeing u guys at SMU next Tuesday! A few reasons y u shld come: 1. E training venue is air-conditioned 2. There're mirrors for u to look at your form n e most impt reason 3. Get to know e other capoeiristas from our sister school!!!

K peeps tt's all from me. Enjoy your recess week!

~B

Monday, September 12, 2011

Week 6 training


Hey hey!

Hope e past few weeks of training have been great for you guys! To help us improve further, we’ll be taking videos of e roda and you’ll then be able to view it on youtube. Subscribe to us on youtube. http://www.youtube.com/user/NUScapoeira?feature=mhee 

For this Tuesday's training, we’ll also be celebrating mid-autumn festival so there’ll be mooncakes! It will be a great chance for exchange students to try this Singaporean treat. Do come down for training! (n e mooncakes =P)

Recess week is also coming and to help us get to know each other better there will be a retreat during that week. More details will be announced this Tuesday!

PS: For those who have yet to pay your fees, please kindly do so by this week. Thank you =)

Axe~
Angeline (Rosa)

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Thursday. Training.

Hey all!

Hope everyone's enjoyed the Hari Raya holidays. Be it celebrating, for our Muslim friends, or going out or even simply using e spare day to catch up on some sch work, one thing's definitely been sorely missed. Tuesday's training!!!

Anyway to satisfy that itch (which most of us are having) please be warned that Thursday's training will be intense. That being said, everyone's encouraged to come down pumped up and ready to learn because even though it's gonna be intense, no one ever said it was gonna be physically intense so don't let that stop u budding capoeiristas. Morcego will be coming down this Thursday and sharing his recent inspirations with us. Do come down and absorb e axe!

See ya'll at 7 sharp.

~Grey Singlet Guy

Friday, August 26, 2011

Upcoming Events

Hi fellow capoeristas!

Welcome to the NUS capoeira family! For those who came for training today, you may have known of some of the club's upcoming activities.


Events

1. Museum night festival
Saturday, 27 aug, 6.30pm at National museum of Singapore
a gathering for all the capoeristas with our sister schools..good time to get to know more people!

2. Monthly roda
Sunday, 28 aug, 4pm at *scape
a monthly event where everyone from our sister schools will come together to jogo (play)!u don't have to play if you're not confident or comfortable..just drop by to take a look!you'll feel e axé (pronounced as ah-shay, which means positive energy)
- if you're keen on going for e roda please inform us!

Fees

We'll be collecting our fees from next week onwards. It will be $60 for the entire semester. Just pass me the money at any of our trainings.
We will also be selling the club shirt in 2 weeks time so by then, everyone will be wearing the same shirt for training.

~Axe

Kelvin Kwek

Friday, August 12, 2011

NUS Capoeira Welcome Tea 2011/2012 Sem 1

Its the time of the year again! Old faces meet new faces and new faces meet new faces. All yearning for one thing - Capoeira! Axe!

There will be 2 sessions of Welcome Tea/Open Class, just in case you guys can't make it to either one.
Details are as follows:
Date : 16th & 18th August 2011 (Tues and Thu respectively)
Time: 7.00pm - 9.30pm
Venue: MPSH 2

The time and venue is the same for both days.
Please come down with your sports attire (preferably long & comfortable sports pants & T-shirt) as we will be sharing some Capoeira basics with you. 
Here's some questions that you might want answered:-
Q: I do not have any experience in Capoeira or any other martial art, can I still join?
A: Why not? We do not hold auditions or anything of such nature to 'filter' you out. Capoeira is for everyone!
Q: I can't make it for the Welcome Tea/Open Class. Can I still join you guys for training?
A: Yup, our pleasure =)
Q: I'm only in NUS for exchange for a semester or two, will it be okay for me to join you guys?
A: Sure! We have had many people joining us though they're on exchange or internship.
Q: Capoeira looks scary. I doubt if I can do those movements.
A: The Welcome Tea/Open Class session will be focusing on the basics in Capoeira. Do not worry too much. All you need is an open mind. We'll learn and progress together, like a family ;)
For more info, please contact Brian or Kelvin. You may also email us at capoeira.nus@gmail.com

To NUS Capoeira familia! Hope to see you guys during the Welcome Tea.

p.s. note the change of time from 7.30pm to 7pm.
Cheers,
KY

Friday, August 5, 2011

Potluck @ Shiela's

Hi everyone,

I'm sure you guys heard of Mcdonald's and Nando's. Have you heard of Shiela's?
We'll be having dinner, potluck style this Saturday night, instead of the usual 'tapao' and eating w/o company XD
Details are as follows:-

Date: 6th August 201
Time: 6pm - *who knows when*
Venue: Shiela's house @ Toa Payoh

Its potluck, don't forget to bring something to share =)

See you guys there.

Cheers,
KY

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Just like our Thursdays before...

Heya fellas,

We'll be having training as usual tomorrow (4 Aug 2011) at MPSH 2. We'll start at 7.30pm.

Those who have already returned from overseas, free after work or find your Thursdays during the holidays boring, come down and pump some Axe ;)

Looking forward to see you there.


Cheers,
KY

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Matric Fair 2011

Woohoo..
4 days of matrix fair is finally over. A big thank you to everyone (Shiela, Gabriel, KY, Arnold, Mumia, Kelvin, Brian) who came down to help man the booth. Here’s a snapshot of what happened at e matric fair.

For freshies who missed the matric fair and would like to join us, our welcome tea will be held on the 2nd week of school, probably on 16 (Tues) and 18 (Thurs) August. More details will be posted on the blog soon!

In the meantime, most of our members are currently busy with the Combined Martial Arts Display (CMAD). If you are interested in other martial arts as well, do come down and watch the performance on 11 Aug (Thurs). Our very own Faizal and Cindy will be the lead actor and actress in the performance! Details at http://cmad2011.wordpress.com/

that's all fr now! tata
Axe!
Rosa

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The Au is so easy, if I had a third side I'd do it there too!

This series of posts is gonna be about Au variations.

Most of us who have been doing capoeira for at least 1 semester are familiar with the basic Au ("cartwheel").

So... if you've mastered the Au on both sides what else is there to do?

Well, unfortunately, there isn't a third side for you to Au but if you are looking for a challenge, do not fret - there are a couple of Au variations that you can try.

This week's Au is the Au Helicopteiro.


I've included 3 tutorials because some of you may find a particular tutorial easier to follow (hands up those who prefer the one in Portuguese! :P)










Once you guys get good let's go to Sentosa and do this:



Train hard and enjoy the last few weeks of your holidays!

Axe~!
-Bom Garoto

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Holiday Training!

It's been a week since we last had our fill of capoeira. For all those hungry capoeiristas out there, I understand the lack of training may be causing some of us to 'itch' which could lead to accidents due to the uncontrollable urge to try 'flying' and other crazy things. In order to prevent this we will be resuming training again this coming week!

Tuesdays, 7.30pm/ 1930 hours (for the army boy in you) - SMU, CCA Room.

Thursdays, 7.30pm/ 1930 hours - NUS, MPSH 2

Please feel free to drop by (that's just saying it nicely, haha what I meant to say was please get your a** down to) either one of these 2 days or both if you can so that we can get some capoeira loving a.k.a axe into our lives.

In the meantime if you're interested in 'flying' please contact Faizal, Ken/ Toshi/ Sapo (they're the same person) or me directly. Secret training. Insurance not included.

Alrighto. Train hard peeps. Hope to see everyone soon!


~Guy who didn't wash his abadas for the entire batizado

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Batizado 2011

Once again the Batizado/grading is over! The 4-day event is certainly bigger than the previous year! And this is also the first Xango grading in Singapore.

Note: for those who want to know the difference b/w Zambiacongo and Xango pls approach anyone who attended the workshop!


The workshop wouldn’t be possible w/o the following ppl:

Mestre Luizuinho Barravento and Formado James

The HQ for all the planning work

And EveryONE for the fabulous AXE..


I always look forward to the big rodas because of the high enthusiasm of everyone singing, clapping, playing the instruments and jogo-ing. No doubt it looks intimidating (when I see some of them ‘flying’), the axe from the roda was really overwhelming.


A short summary of what we did at the workshop:

Sequences at the start of the workshop daily. Followed by either roda, some story telling by the Mestre or maculele. On top of that, we went for a HDB performance at Fajar Shopping Mall on the 3rd day of batizado and also to the KTM railway station before it closes down at the end of this month! (refer to the pics to see how much the GUYS enjoyed themselves tt night!)

There’s so much to write and share with everyone but I don’t know where to start! Haha..just approach any of us if you want to find out more about the workshop. And we’ll try to share what we’ve learnt with everyone too (the moves, songs etc)


Lastly……

7 of us leveled up! The new corda (belt) system has changed so please refer to the FB group for the new color system..

Current raw + light green belt: Toshi, Shiela, Arnold, Kelvin, Brian and ME (Angeline)

Light green: Faizal Bom Garoto

Congrats to everyone for the hard work and Faizal for being the most senior among us now!

And unfortunately, because Syaz wasn’t feeling well, she came to have a feeeeel of the axe but did not take part in the grading. Next year Syaz!


And……Toshi got an apelido! No points for guessing correctly. It’s SAPO! YES! Haha..he’s the only one among us to get an apelido. Guess he can’t escape from that name!


Have a good rest everyone and for those who sustained injury, rest more and recover soon! Look forward to the next grading! In the meantime, train hard!

PS: there will be no NUS training this Thursday (16June). See you guys next week.


Salve capoeira,

Angeline (Rosa) [my first blog entry]