The Aotearoa New Zealand Capoeira Community

The Capoeira Community in Aotearoa New Zealand is a great example of how the art’s historic and philosophical (intercultural and interdisciplinary) principles are inspiring people world over to overcome exclusionary and market oriented attitudes in Capoeira. Skillful and dedicated capoeiras are forging cross-group and cross-style cooperation, and benefiting from the diverse result in Rodas, events, and workshops. The 1st Aruandê Festival in Wellington promoted by Professor Pererê and his students was a great example of this. The event counted with Brazilians and non-Brazilian Mestres, Instructors, and students; all attending each others workshops and playing awesome games in the event’s many Rodas and exhibitions. Continue reading

Lessons Learnt Along The Capoeira Way, by Mestre Fantasma

Folks, please find Mestre Fanstama’s post below. He is the founder of the Urban Ritual, a monthly Roda that happens in London with a very interesting proposal. For now, I’ll leave you to figure part of his proposal from his own post, but soon I’ll writing about it too.

Thanks for sharing your experience with this wonderful movement Mestre!

Sourced from Urban Ritual on 15/09/10

LESSONS LEARNT ALONG THE CAPOEIRA WAY

Today in London we have many opportunities to learn capoeira. We can choose the group that takes our fancy as the main styles of contemporary, angola and regional are all being taught here. Capoeira masters, teachers and instructors across the board are passionate about passing on what they know so that their students become great players. Can they teach you everything? Students have to do a lot of learning in capoeira before they feel comfortable entering a roda. It is difficult to pass through many phases of learning that can contradict what we had already believed. And it is often at regular practice that we learn the moves, pair work, sequences and songs that makes our group different from another.

Mestre Acordeon writes “ learning techniques, physical conditioning and the acquisition of rituals, manners, and musical knowledge should not be considered capoeira, but only a training.”

So is capoeira only what we do in a roda? If it is and the roda is something that brings together people from different groups – friends and rivals alike – should one important lesson be visiting other groups and rodas? Last week I was at a street roda and a master turned up with two students; the roda continued for about 3 hours and everyone got the chance to play quite a lot. At the end I spoke with the master and he said “I’m taking them to another roda now as they are very keen and the most important thing for them is visiting and gaining expeirence”

Going to another roda can confront us with situations that aren’t what we are used to, songs we don’t know, games that are trickier or not tricky at all than those at home, rhythms that are slower or faster than normal, people that cant play on the floor or people that cant play standing up and many other differences from our way of doing things. I believe in taking any keen, loyal student to visit other groups for the roda; it can be a little confusing for a novice but I have seen it be very confusing for the older student that has never visited and seen the capoeira world that is out there.

Capoeira workshops and talk in Wellington NZ

Camaradas, I’m Wellington (NZ) for Professor Pererê’s event – Aruandê Capoeira Festival – and for a talk on Capoeira and social inclusion at the Brazilian Embassy. If you happen to be somewhere close, please, check the link for the event and come along. Continue reading