Archive | Chan’s Blog

Dias Gomes- Capoeira the artist, the athlete, the poet

This is a quote that was pinned up in Mestre Moraes’s Academy when I was visiting Bahia in 2001-2002. I thought it was particularly beautiful. [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (2)

AWARENESS and MALANDRAGEM

Awareness is something that needs constant maintenance. Sometimes I feel myself stopping in the middle of the day, ‘waking up’ and asking myself, what have I been doing today? and I find it really hard to remember. I never seem to be able to catch up with the world. Regardless of how much I try […] [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (2)

A CAPOEIRA CLASS WITH MESTRE BAMBA

monday 9th/2/04 Today I survived one of the scarest classes of my life. Without a doubt, just one of the many to come. [...more]

BLOG, Chan's Blog Comments (1)

CAPOEIRA IN LONDON

MY FIRST CAPOEIRA CLASS IN LONDON 2004 Walking down the street to buy a coffee I was trying to think of how to introduce myself to mestre carlos. I walked up this dirty street of london, filled with run down shops and small delis. It was a beautiful day as the sun was shining few […] [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (5)

ADAPTING THE GAME OF CAPOEIRA

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. [...more]

ACMB, BLOG, Chan's Blog Comments (2)

TOPAZIO

A RODA AT TOPAZIO We walked down the cobbled stoned streets of the pelourinho, luminecent and glowing with energy. our fate however, lied within the darkness of the night sky and the spiradic glints of twinkly stars. Our destiny lay within the mystery, for better or worse. We were off again to visit some more […] [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (2)

MESTRE MORAES

WATCHING A MASTER His Berimbau cried. As his voice roared. Music vibrating from his body. Capoeira seeping from his skin. This, is how I remember Mestre Moraes. [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (1)

GROW YOUR GARDEN

CAPOEIRA FEAR I once asked my Martial arts instructor, Sifu Nino Pilla, how can I overcome fear? As his quietly calm words flowed from his experience and wisdom, little did either of us know how much I would use this advice in all aspects of my life’s challenges. [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (3)

Brazilian Capoeira vs. Foreigners

Capoeira estrangeira meu irmao, e mato, capoeira brasileiro meu compadre, e de matar… Capoeira to foreigners my brother, is just grass, capoeira to the brazilians my friend, is to kill… [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (2)

How to be a better student

When I was training the Jeet Kune Do Concepts with Guro Dan Inosanto, in Los Angeles. (Who was the prodigy student of the late Bruce Lee). I remember a story that brought me to help have a deeper appreciation for all teachers and teachings. He would say that sometimes some people when they are [...more]

Chan's Blog Comments (1)

Photos

TYRE WIRECUTTING THE TYRECUTTING THE TYREMAKING THE CAXIXIdinner after a hard dayP1030793CAXIXI THREADINGP1030791ELOISE'S CAXIXICAXIXI'S