Posted on 12 January 2008 by chan
BAHIA vs. RIO
In 1982, Capoeira’s reputation between Bahia and Rio was at its peak. A master in Rio commissioned 20 of the best Capoeiristas of Rio to train relentlessly so that they could prove to Bahians that Capoeira from Rio, ‘Capoeira Carioca’ was better. They trained and went over to Salvador, going from club to club challenging and smashing everything they could in their path.
They went to an academy of a famous mestre named King-Kong, he played with them all because he was the only one in his academy at the time, apart from a few of his beginner students. King Kong tried to hold them, (which I am sure that he did), after they were finished they all hopped in a car and went on their way straight to Mestre Bamba’s academy. Mestre King Kong, battered and bruised rang up all the famous mestres of Bahia, and they went over to Mestre bamba’s academy for the showdown.
As soon as they got to Mestre Bamba’s academy he saw them and went to the kitchen. He found some olive oil and rubbed it all over his body and came out and played them all. Because the Capoeira carioca guys would also use jiujitsu, they were finding the upperhand on some of the other masters. However when they went to grab Mestre Bamba they couldn’t because of the oil. That day they held their own and gained the respect from the group they called the ‘circo voador’.