Posted on 13 January 2008 by chan
THE SCHOOL OF MESTRE BIMBA
The associacao de capoeira mestre bimba, at No 1 Rua das Laranjeiras, is the last place Mestre Bimba taught in Bahia.Mestre Vermelho 27 was given the honour to take on the responsibility of running the school when Mestre Bimba left for Goiania.Mestre Bamba, Rubens Costa Silva was honoured with the responsibility to look after the school when Mestre Vermelho passed away.
Mestre Bamba began capoeira at the age of 12, in 1977. He originally was introduced to capoeira by seeing classes of capoeira being taught by Mestre Gato da Bahia in the pelourinho. After he saw this, he went to the terreiro de Jesus and was brought into the capoeira world by Mestre Vermelho Boxel (who is a different person from Vermelho 27). In the same year, Mestre Bamba was introduced to Vermelho 27 who was Mestre Vermelho Boxel’s master and from then on trained at the Associacao de Capoeira Mestre Bimba.
Mestre Bamba learnt the most he could, and learnt a lot about the real history and society of the bahian people. He came to see all of the difficulties that masters of the past had experienced and after Mestre Vermelho 27 passed away in 1996, Mestre Bamba has tried to help preserve the Traditional Capoeira Regional methodology with an open mind, accepting suggestions and counsel from other mestres of capoeira.
Mestre Bamba always says that he is not the father or owner of Capoeira Regional, he is just helping transmit the teachings and instruction that have been passed onto him.The school is open to everyone from anywhere, it is almost like a museum with old photos hanging everywhere. The stench of sweat on a hot day from trainings linger in and out. At night, the drumming from the streets can be heard and seen from the training space above. The space feels sacred, with so much history, with so much blood sweat and tears soaked into the rough floor. It is definately a place everyone should see at least once in their lifetime.
There are demonstrations almost every night. With traditional Regional being demonstrated, some of the toques of the berimbau’s, and also a contemporary roda and sometimes some maculele.
Mestre Bamba’s wife, Dalva Silva is the administrator, so if you would like to do some classes you best look for her. From the many different styles and groups of capoeira I have trained in, Mestre Bamba’s school has a certain way of translating capoeira that I have not seen anywhere else.
There style is strong and they seem to know the mechanics of the game inside out. There are always many visitors from diverse backgrounds, and Mestre Bamba’s students always get to test their skills on many other capoeiristas. Maybe that is why I have never seen the students ever shy away from a challenge.