Archive for July, 2008

Ab workout on your own time

Posted in Capoeira Exercises on July 31, 2008 by testcapo

I really love pilates as a way to get fit and strengthen your core. Most of the ab work that we do in class is all pilates. It’s great because you only have to do a few repetitions before you really feel it burn. I have a pilates video that I use at home that does a series of ab workouts that is so hard (and effective) that I have a hard time completing the workout. I found this video online and it is pretty much the same workout. Challenge yourself to do it 3 times a week.

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Maculelê Songs

Posted in Capoeira Songs with tags , , , , , on July 31, 2008 by testcapo

Here are the lyrics to the songs that we will be using for our upcoming performance. Make sure to practice!

Sou Eu Maculelê

Sou eu, sou eu, sou eu maculelê sou eu
Sou eu, sou eu, sou eu maculelê sou eu
Sou eu, sou eu, sou eu maculelê sou eu
Sou eu, sou eu, sou eu maculelê sou

Audio: Sou Eu

Boa Noite

Boa noite pra quem é de boa noite
Bom dia pra quem é de bom dia
A benção meu papai a benção
Maculêlê é o rei da valentia
Boa noite pra quem é de boa noite
Bom dia pra quem é de bom dia
A benção meu papai a benção
Maculêlê é o rei da valentia

Audio: Boa Noite (Maculele)

Rodas Gone Wild!!!! (only $9.99)

Posted in Capoeira nuggets on July 30, 2008 by testcapo

I have been hearing some CRAZY capoeira stories lately. None of the stories took place in the Bay Area and none of which involved any schools in the Bay Area (thank God). These stories were about games and capoeira events that were completely out of hand. They were about students playing dirty capoeira and disrespecting mestres. These are Rodas Gone Wild. When I hear stories like that, my skin crawls. I feel that these fights are all about ego and have nothing to do with capoeira. I know there is fighting in capoeira and have seen many bloody battles in my time. Most advanced students can sit around half of the evening talking of fights and scuffles that they have been part of in the past. Fights will always happen in this game but what counts is the energy behind these fights. In fact, in the past, capoeira in the Bay Area has had quite the reputation but I feel that the things have been changing around here.

I feel like capoeira in the Bay Area has gone through several changes in the few decades that it has been here. In the past, open rodas would get pretty crazy. Games would turn into fist fights and instructors and mestres would openly not get along. It really came to a point where most groups just kept to themselves. There would be occasional visitors but to have someone from another group visit your class was a special occurrence. It was hard to visit other schools because there was not a whole lot of trust and games would just get out of hand.

I feel that things are changing. The students that have started a decade ago are now Instructors and Professores and for the most part, these students have maintained a camaraderie with other students from other schools that were coming up with them. How we interact with each other has changed. There is less value in ‘kicking someones ass’ and more value in having challenging and constructive game. We want to have games that involve placing kicks and marking rasteiras and tesoras but we no longer take these interactions personally. We play hard games, fast games but no longer have a hit out on each other. We play with a smile (and really mean it). I wouldn’t say that the schools in the Bay Area are about to exchange BFF necklaces but the energy is much more tolerant and the games are a lot more interesting to watch and to play.

Now for some classic ‘roda’s gone wild’ videos…..

New songs from brunch and berimbaus

Posted in Capoeira Songs on July 25, 2008 by testcapo

Thanks Trevor for not only hosting Brunch and Berimbaus but also teaching the group some great songs. It is now up to us to practice this song so we have it perfected by the time he comes back from Montana. Here are the lyrics once again.

Solo
Chorus

O pe bateu, meia lua passo
pra entrar nessa roda, menino ligero
tem que ter valor

O pe bateu, meia lua passo
pra entrar nessa roda, menino ligero
tem que ter valor

Toca berimbau
le le
Devo ensinar
ya ya
Solta meia lua fique bem perna pro ar

Toca berimbau
le le
Devo ensinar
ya ya
Solta meia lua fique bem perna pro ar

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Quem e voce que vem de la
Quem e voce que vem de la
Eu vim da Bahia, me apresenta
Eu vim da Bahia, me apresenta
Um arame, uma moeda, uma cabaca pedaco de pau
Meu berimbau toque assim

Meu berimbau toque assim
Chicka ding dong dong chicka dong ding ding
Meu berimbau toque assim
Meu berimbau, meu berimbau
Meu berimbau toque assim

We’re Baaaaack!!!

Posted in Updates! with tags , on July 25, 2008 by testcapo

YESSSS!!! We are back from a month long journey throughout Guatemala. It was really a fabulous trip. We traveled all throughout the country and it must be the greenest and most beautiful country I have been to.

BUT, all good things must come to an end. This means that we are back to training and back to blogging.