How to Start Doing Capoeira

Dear those with doubts… This post is coming off the heels of Red Bull Paranauê, a Capoeira competition held in Salvador, Bahia, a place many people feel is the holy grounds of Capoeira. Check the link to see a summary of the event. If you’re like most people, when you see Capoeira, you think, “Oh […]

Mestre Cobra Mansa on Red Bull (English Translation)

photo credit: FICA Reflections on Red Bull Paranaue 2018 by Mestre Cobra Mansa   “When education isn’t liberating, the dream of the oppressed is to be the oppressor” (Paulo Freire).   We could easily exchange the word “education” for “Capoeira”, by aiming to occupy the position of the oppressor, unconsciously the individual desires to maintain […]

SUMMARY: RED BULL PARANAUÊ 2018

OUR CHAMPIONS!! photo credit: Red Bull At last, after many months of waiting the finals have arrived for Red Bull Paranauê 2018. RULES OF THE EVENT Here are the rules of the event. Competitors will play through a typical tournament structure where two people will face off, one man against one man and one woman […]

COME EARLY TO EVENTS. THE NEW META

This past weekend, I had the pleasures of going to Charlotte, North Carolina for an awesome Capoeira event. Contra Mestre Zumbi of Cordão de Ouro hosted an even called the Winter Games. What drew me to his event was the fact that I went to the Charlotte Batizado a few years back. Mestre Esquilo was […]

MIND OF A MESTRE

EATS AXÉ FOR BREAKFAST Back around 2007 I remember watching pixelated videos of Mestre Poncianinho moving in ways I didn’t know were possible. To me, and many other capoeiristas, he was near the top of what a Capoeirista was physically was capable of. The floreios and the flow was inspirational. Here’s a video of him […]

RED BULL PARANAUE GOOD FOR CAPOEIRA?

photo credit: Red Bull On March 3rd, the 2018 iteration of Red Bull paranaue is coming to Bahia once more! In 2017 this competition garnered a lot of controversy in the Capoeira community. For those unfamiliar, this event is a competition between Capoeiristas to see who is the most physically complete practitioner. The competition has […]