Welcome to 4 Capoeira Thoughts Blog!
The 4 Capoeira Thoughts Blog is a not-for-profit initiative, set as part of the data collection for my PhD programme at the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas, Griffith University (AU). My research topic is “Capoeira and Social Inclusion in non-Brazilian Multicultural Centres”.
My name is Eurico Vianna. With nearly 20 years of practice I have a solid background as a practitioner. For the last 10 years I have been working as a Capoeira teacher holding regular classes, workshops, lectures and promoting events in several countries. In 2002 I started a non-profit organisation in Brazil through which I have been running Capoeira programmes fostering the social inclusion of youth in ‘at risk’ situation living in shelters. For more details on my professional background please visit the ‘About Me’ page on this blog.
My goal in setting the 4 Capoeira Thoughts Blog is to build an online network of social active capoeiras collaborating on issues of education, social inclusion, intercultural learning, and Capoeira philosophy. I also aim to gather collaborators to co-edit an online Journal open to submissions on the above mentioned matters.
The 4 Capoeira Thoughts is open to guest-authors approaching the social role of Capoeira. I aim to publish their posts; to interview people with similar initiatives; and promote community based endeavours using Capoeira as a tool.
There are two main advantages in partly basing my research on matters raised over the Internet. First, there will be no geographical barriers preventing multinational participation and the sharing of local experiences in diverse communities around the world. Second, practitioners’ posts and comments will be directly influencing the matters approached in my research, collaborating to discussions on education and social inclusion not only in different cities, but also within the Capoeira community.
The overall aim is to discuss the worldwide spreading of Capoeira; the global forces acting upon it; how practitioners are locally responding to these forces; and the art’s purpose as a potential educative and inclusive cultural practice. In addition, the Blog aims to give voice to the concerns of non-Brazilian practitioners about both their role in the spreading of Capoeira, and their roles as cultural agents within their local communities.
Please, check the Blog and feel free to drop some lines sharing your thoughts. I would also appreciate if you could spread the word out about my research to other capoeiras, related blogs and websites.
Welcome to our network of practitioners interested in learning and sharing more about Capoeira as a social inclusive and educative tool.