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    kwokfist Guest


    Capoeira Article Confirmed... and Questions...

    Today we had an Editors' meeting. For those who did not read my last post on the subject, I am the Arts and Media Editor of a local newspaper in Washington and I have decided to pursue an article on Capoeira.

    Anyways, I am wondering if anyone knows any credible informational sites/pages on Capoeira.

    Also, I am still wondering if anyone who has experience in Capoeira would like to have any of their pictures in action to be used in the article (you will get credit etc. etc. i will scan the page for you to see when it comes out etc. etc.)

    Timely answers would be appreciated. My deadline for a skeleton draft is this Friday.

    Thanks :)

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    Kung Lek Guest
    Go to my site, located in the link below my sig, go to the portal and check out the Capoiera Link which leads to the Capoirea page listed there, it's the only one I have but it is pretty good info.

    Lot's of pics and listings of schools in the US and internationally.


    Kung Lek

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    Gigante Guest

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    Taoist Disciple Guest
    fantastic site:

    Seek naturalness. Act without forcing.

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    apoweyn Guest
    Hey Kwokfist,

    No info to add. I just wanted to congratulate you. This is going to be great.

    Stuart B.

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    DrunkenMonkey Guest
    Good deal! I am sure you will produce a great article.

    "****ed be the day that befalls us in a most hostile manner that shall compromise our Country, and ****ed be the great lengths at which are required of to stir our Patriotism." - Anonymous

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    kwokfist Guest

    Anyone have an Au Batido picture or some other Capoeira acrobatic-movement?

    same as above o_O.

    I am planning to meet with a capoeira stylist this week, but i am still wondering if anyone here would be willing to contribute a picture of themselves performing an au batido, 540, sweep or outer crescent or something of the like that has even the faintest hint of capoeira.

    you will get credit.

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    apoweyn Guest
    Not my page, but you might try asking this guy:

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    Taoist Disciple Guest
    I would do it for you, but I dont have web cam capability. There are diagrams and animations here though:

    Seek naturalness. Act without forcing.

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    zen_celt Guest

    Capoeira (but this time it has a twist)

    Hello hello!
    It is once again official booty shakin time at my school(this means the dance concert/recital is coming up). My dance teacher has asked me to come up with a different type of dance than the ones that most other performers are doing(hip hop, Britney Spears etc.) Now, I figured I'd put my experience in KF to work for me and try to teach myself capoeira from the oh so wonderful movie, "Only the Strong". Before I go outside and tear something, though, I would like to ask anyone here who has had experience with this art, how difficult it is to teach oneself( I would like to truly learn and not just for the concert). As much as I would like to sign up at an official school, I'm afriad I'm a bit poor and busy. So... anyone have an idea as to how difficult this might be?

    "The thorn *****s only those who would harm the rose."

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    Stranger Guest
    Ask Tvebak. He hangs out a lot on the OTHER ARTS forum.

    I don't get mad.
    I get stabby.

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    grifter721 Guest

    Learning Cap by yourself

    Honestly Zen my bro did Cap for a while and he said it was hard to learn, keeping in mind he is already a good breakdancer.......
    His Maestre said you have to PRACTICE one or two moves for the whole class. And the people who dont get it just dont get it!
    If you can breakdance a lil you will be able to do it, but if you have no previous experience...there is no way you will be able to learn it.....
    Kung fu wont help you on this one , you need A lot more coordination for this one.
    But hey I might be wrong you may breakdance or take it up pretty easily so try it out! But my advice would be, I hope you have a lot of time for practice.

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    wooha Guest
    You can teach yourself a few moves I'm sure. But you're never really going to experience the flavour, the music and the game of Capoeira unless you have a teacher and a group.

    There's a lot more to it than dancing and doing flashy moves.

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    Shaolindynasty Guest
    I think a teacher would help in this one, capoeria is so different from any other MA out there. Since your funds are limited you said you couldn't go to a school but at least get a better tape you can't get it from "Only the Strong"

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    There are a lot of loose Capoeira threads

    I was just searching for a random one to post this:
    Musical martial arts classes from Brazil catch on
    Wed, Oct 06, 2010
    China Daily/Asia News Network

    Martial arts are nothing new in China, but Brazil's capoeira (ca-po-ei-ra) is a recent introduction. The sport blends music, singing and dance to create an innovative form of self-defence.

    Andre Cao, a former fitness instructor in charge of a capoeira program in Beijing, learned capoeira in Canada. Last year, he brought some practitioners to the capital, where they staged a show in Sanlitun.

    "It was amazing. After the show, many people inquired about the sport and asked whether we had classes in China. That gave me the idea of starting the program," Cao says.

    Capoeira has a rich history of about 500 years. Cao says African slaves invented it in Brazil during the colonial period. In order to rise up against their masters, they secretly developed a form of combat, adding singing and dancing to disguise it from their masters while they practiced. Eventually it became the national sport of Brazil.

    There are two styles: capoeira Angola and capoeira regional.

    The former, a traditional style of capoeira, is performed with slow and smooth motions, close to the ground.

    Capoeira regional has more acrobatic moves and is faster and more aggressive. It is often seen during performances because the jumping and spinning are eye-catching.

    Cao says many people appreciate capoeira for its beauty, but are intimidated because it looks difficult. People don't have to excel at the sport to benefit, Cao says.

    "With practice, anyone can get there eventually," he says. Cao taught his 55-year-old mother for two weeks, after which she could do a side flip.

    As a martial art, capoeira uses a ranking system that is expressed by the belts that are worn. The rankings are based on the colors of the Brazilian flag. The beginning level is student, followed by graduate, formed, then professor, and the top level is master.

    "Ranking is not only based on the performance of that day. Each student's work in the classes and the efforts they make to overcome personal challenges are all taken into account," he says.

    Capoeira is beginning to catch on in China. When he first started the program, Cao had six students, most of whom were his friends. Now there are 35 students. They have only one Brazilian teacher at the moment, but are looking to add another by the end of the year.

    What really sets capoeira apart from other martial arts is the use of music.

    There are five main percussion instruments: berimbau, pandeiro, atabaque, agogo, and reco-reco. Different styles of capoeira use different instruments.

    Classes normally end with a circle, in which the instructor plays instruments and students sing and clap.

    "Chinese people are shyer in class compared to people from other countries, especially for the first few classes. I try my best to get them involved," says the Brazilian coach named Tamandua.

    He adds that it's helpful for students to have a basic understanding of the Portuguese language, like counting numbers from one to 10, which is often used in the singing.

    "Capoeira is a fun workout, no matter how fit or unfit you are. It improves strength, flexibility and stamina," he says.

    Yang Jiale was one of the first students to begin training late last year. Besides making new friends, Yang says he learned about Brazilian culture and picked up a little Portuguese.

    "I learned self-defence skills and at the same time I am having so much fun," Yang says.

    Cao has been promoting capoeira by offering free courses at 47 fitness centres in the country.

    "Not only does capoeira improve your total well-being, it creates positive energy. I have a great belief that it will do well in China," Cao says.

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