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What a Week!!

Posted in Photos, Updates! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by testcapo


We just had 4 full days of incredible workshops and batizado. What a week! Mestre Di Mola, Prof. Baiano and Prof. Indio came in for the event and added amazing energy to the event. Prof. Baiano conducted incredible music classes, we had an open roda on 24th and Mission and played a ton of capoeira!

But they weren’t the only ones to come visit us in SF! We had students from every single one of our chapters in the US and Canada join us. Chicago, NYC, LA, Seattle, Madison, Amherst, Minnesota, Winnipeg, and even Sweden. It was such a great event. But let the pics tell the story….

Here are photos from the batizado.


The (soon to be) annual RODATHON!

Posted in Photos, Updates! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 11, 2009 by testcapo

Yesterday we hosted our first annual RODATHON.  This open roda was a fundraiser for our batizado that is coming up in two weeks. The roda was held at Dolores Park in San Francisco on an unusually sunny day.  What can I say? It was a huge success! We had an amazing number of capoeirstas that came from all over the Bay Area to support. The energy was solid, music on point and, yes, we raised a lot of money!  Berimbaus were given out to the capoeiristas that raised the most money. In the beginning we were only going to give out one to the top student but we had three students that did such an amazing job that we had to give out 3 berimbaus!

Congratulations to our top fundraisers!

First Place: Rebecca Calisi  Second Place: Todor Tzolov  Third Place: Laurette Garcia

A big thanks to everyone in coming together in this fundraising effort. This is proof that grassroots fundraising is as strong as ever!

If you are interested in participating or watching Omulu Capoeira Guanabara’s batizado go to for more info.

Music Class and Open Roda This Sunday

Posted in Updates! with tags , , , , , on October 2, 2008 by testcapo

Aceituno Arts Cooperative will be hosting different events every first Sunday of the month. We felt that there was no better way to start things off than having a capoeira music class and open roda.  Everyone is invited and all we ask is that you bring good energy.

The event will be this Sunday from 2:00-4:00. The music class will be from 2:00-3:00 and the roda will go from 3:00-4:00. We will be charging $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to the space.

Aceituno Arts is located at 2141 Mission street (b/w 17th and 18th st.), Suite 200, San Francisco, 94110. For more information you can go to

Hope to see everyone there!

Capoeira Ettiquette (Part 1)

Posted in Capoeira Etiquette with tags , , , , on March 15, 2008 by testcapo

Have you ever been in a roda where everything appears to be going well. The energy seems good, everyone is having a good time, and then……BAM! someone is getting slapped up. What just happened? Why is that poor guy getting worked out there? Well, chances are that guy probably broke some sort of capoeira code.

The code that I talk about is the code that we caporeirstas use when we go to open rodas or visit another school’s roda. There are a lot of unspoken rules to the game. Sometimes mestres/instructors are so kind to share those rules with their students, but there are a lot of rules and many of these rules go untaught. To make things more complicated, these rules tend to vary depending on what region you are in. So with that said, this will be part 1 of a multiple part series on capoeira ettiquette. These are the things we have been taught by our mestres and what we have observed over the many years of playing in different rodas in Brazil, Europe and throughout the US.

Andorinha visiting a roda in NYC

Tip #1

How to visit an open roda….

Visiting rodas is a simple thing however we have witnessed so many students get themselves in trouble because they were oblivious to the ettiqutte. When visiting the roda you MUST ALWAYS identify the mestre or instructor leading the roda and find a way to awkknowlege them and ask permission to enter the roda. If you can’t figure out who this person is, ask. Once this person is identified, find a way to get permission to play. If they are playing the berimbau, often times this comes in the form of the visiting student giving them a nod and the leader will give them a nod of approval.

OK. You got the go ahead to play. Cool, but not so fast. There are a couple more rules that you need to follow before you get too comfortable.
Now that you got the in it is time for you to observe what is happening in the roda! What is the energy like, who is playing and what is the atmosphere of this roda? Is it really aggressive with only the big dogs playing or does it seem more relaxed with a mixed group of levels. If you are a beginner or even an intermediate student think twice about entering the roda if only really advanced students are playing. Even if you think you can hang, chances are you will kill the energy and folks will be thinking that you may be a little too confident.

Despite the energy, your next step is to offer to jump on the instruments. If you are not so good with the berimbau, stay away but offer to play the other instruments. Often times than not, the students will tell you to go play in the roda. Don’t take offense, you are the visitor and they want to see you play. You are merely offering to play instruments to show that you want to add to the energy of the roda and that your intentions are not to take advantage.

So you got permission to play, you checked out the energy and have decided that this roda is appropriate for you and you offer up your assistance to play instruments. You are now ready to play a little capoeira. I will leave you with the final rule, if they are buying the roda be careful where you buy from. Some schools buy at the berimbau and some buy from anywhere within the roda. Make sure to do whatever that school does. If they buy at the berimbau, then so are you. I have witnessed mestres stopping rodas because a visiting student bought wrong. You definitely don’t want that person to be you.