Archive | December, 2007

Capoeira Regional Rhythms- Banguela

The Berimbau Rhythm-Banguela In capoeira Regional, they traditionally used this rhythm to slow down the capoeira game for practice purposes. This game was almost like a pseudo-capoeira angola game. [...more]

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Berimbau Regional Rhythms- Idalinha

The berimbau Rhythm- Idalinha I am sorry, but I have not heard any kind of explanation for this rhythm other than it was just a rhythm that people liked to play, it was not used for any kind of purpose or intention. VERBAL ANNOTATION: TICH TICH DOM DOM DIM DOM DOM TICH TICH DIM TICH […] [...more]

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Berimbau Regional Rhythms- Amazonas

The Berimbau rhythm of Amazonas some people say that bimba developed it from when he went to the amazon and heard it from the native indians.  However, Mestre Bimba never went to the Amazon.   [...more]

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Berimbau Regional Rhythms- Cavalaria

The Berimbau Rhythm of Cavalaria This is one of the seven toques of Capoeira regional. The Rhythm of cavalaria was thought to be traditionally played to warn the capoeiristas that the cavalry were coming. This was because of the banning of capoeira practice, they would thus warn the capoeiras so they could escape persecution. However, […] [...more]

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Berimbau Regional Rhythms- Sao Bento Grande

Sao Bento Grande (Regional) The Rhythm of Sao bento grande is usually played in most traditional Capoeira Regional Rodas. Many groups and people have either suppressed or misunderstood where and when to use this toque.   [...more]

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Vingativa Counters- Capoeira basics

Here are some basic vingativa exercises that will help you work basic reactions and awareness when you are set up for a vingativa. They are only basic and are to help you gain a better understanding of some of the more common ways that people counter vingativas. [...more]

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Mestre Bimba’s first three sequences as taught by Mestre Bamba from the Associacao De Capoeira Mestre Bimba, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. For a more indepth look into the meaning and explanation of these sequences I will be writing an article in the near future.  [...more]

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General Capoeira History

When the Portuguese arrived in brazil on April the 22nd, 1500, they could not possibly have dreamt the magnitude of what they had found. From that day, triggered the beginning of a country and a moulding of a culture [...more]

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Capoeira in a Brazilian Forest

Everywhere I walk, beautiful butterflies to guide me.   Peace and energy glows from this place, sourrounded by mountains and beatiful vistas.  Birds chirp vigorously, crickets click rhythmically and the serenity of the wind cools troubled thoughts.   [...more]

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An Interview with Mestre Bamba Translated by Chan Griffin. 1.What does Capoeira Mean to you? Today, Capoeira is a part of my life. I do not know how to live without teaching Capoeira, but at the same time I feel that I have a very strong mission which is to show our afro-brazillian culture to […] [...more]

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