Västerås Capoeira – 2nd Jogada MessageBoard

The event in Västerås is over and I’m quite sad about it. It’s not easy to let go of all these wonderful people, old and new friends. It was a very special weekend of classes, Rodas, bate-papos and movie screening. The ‘social Capoeira’ family is growing fast. Continue reading

Meninos de Ouro – Kids Capoeira in Stockholm, Sweden

In the beginning of this month I started a trip to pay students and friends a visit in different European countries. As usual within our own schools is time to catch up with our instructors and programs and to balance aims and achievements. My first stop was in Stockholm for workshops with children and adults, in addition to a kids’ Batizado party with awesome cultural performances.

We had Prof. Kleyton from Cordão de Ouro Oslo along with myself as special guests, and it was very nice to catch up with him and get to know more about his work with kids. It was also very nice to see friends from other groups and styles showing up to support both our work with kids and adults. I’ll write a separate post on the workshop for adults, as in this one we also screened the Jogo Aberto movie and got into a really nice discussion.

Ingela, who’s in charge of our kids program in Stockholm, did a really nice work this time. I had my camera with me and seeing all that I decided to interview a couple of parents about their view on how Capoeira impacts the lives of their children. I believe our open-minded attitude towards other groups and styles in Capoeira as well as our take on Capoeira as an educational tool plays a big role in our kids experience. Both parents interviewed confirmed this opinion. Ingela is about to write an article on her experience with ‘Meninos de Ouro’ and as soon as she does this I’ll post it here to share with you.

I really would like to thank all parents for their trust and support. A special thanks goes to Anne and Lars for their statements and cooperation.

London Capoeira Scene – By Mestre Fantasma

Least year I paid Mestre Fantasma a visit and learn a lot from his experience in London. He runs the Urban Ritual with students and friends gathering every month a diverse range of capoeiristas from London, its sorroundings and else where. Among other things he believe we should work to get Capoeira back to streets, the place where it came from. In the following post Mestre Fantasma shares a bit of his experience with us. Axé Mestre, muito obrigado. Continue reading