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ADAPTING THE GAME OF CAPOEIRA

Posted on 12 February 2008 by chan

boa gente

One of the most beautiful attributes of capoeira is its ability to adapt. It is in the non-committing, loosely phrased, sneaky way of the brazilian culture that glues the game together.

“Tira de la bota ca, Tira daqui bota li”
Take it from there and put it here, take it from here and put it there…

Capoeira is many things at once

Within its movements interchanging, merging, constantly becoming; capoeira seems to expand and contract, give and receive, question and answer.

Capoeira is who we are

Capoeira is a way I express myself. With all my faults, with all my attributes. Capoeira helps me to be human.

RODA AT MESTRE BOA GENTE”S ACADEMY

This footage is a game I saw in Boa Gente’s Academy in Salvador, Bahia Brazil in 2004.
I love this game so much, because it really epitomises the game of adaptation. I find it so beautiful because they keep the flow and communicate with each other without ever really committing to any one movement. I find adapting is one of the hardest aspects of capoeira to master, but it is one of the most important to try and maintain. If you can learn to adapt, it will resonate into every aspect of your life.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Ramsay Says:

    Chan,

    How do you reconcile the lack of committal with adaptation? How do you execute anything fully and completely if you aren’t willing to commit to it?

    Rambo

  2. chan Says:

    Hey ramsay.
    This question has many layers. But to answer it simply, there is usually one focus. But to get to where you want you must be flexible with how you get there. You mustn’t get to the point in where you lose all structure, or sacrifice all morale, but you must be able to accept and open your heart to be able to get to where you want to be.
    hope this helps.

    Chan.

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