Capoeira


Early capoeira.

Early capoeira.

Capoeira is a combination of African and Brazilian martial arts and it is said that it cannot exist without black men but its birthplace is Brazil.  It was first born in the Brazilian sugar cane plantations in the early 16th century, when slaves shipped from West Africa started to practice fighting and self defense. It has a dark history including slavery, oppression and war.

I was watching a video on YouTube and it seemed like a peaceful ritual of some sort, people were playing drums and singing, and in the middle of the circle there are people dancing softly but swiftly. What if behind those soft movements, which look like peaceful ritual dancing, lays a lethal form of martial art?

Two students praticing at the Brazilian Embassy here in Guyana. o um one more thing this pic was stolen (i know ..i know ).

Two students praticing at the Brazilian Embassy here in Guyana. o um one more thing this pic was stolen (i know ..i know ).

 

 

Nevertheless, it is becoming popular in Guyana, a few months ago I saw three guys rehearsing in the Botanical Gardens and despite the fact that it was banned in Brazil, not long ago I found out that it is being thought at the Brazilian Embassy here and that Guyanese youths are learning the peaceful way of fighting (contemporary capoeira).

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  • Ian  On February 23, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    It is catching on in Guyana. Not fast enough for any real recognition but it is non the less getting attention. I’m the guy in the grey vest doing an “Armada” to which Jeff is skillfully evading.
    As you can see the class was pretty sparse back then…but in the months since it has grown to quite a number. Anyone interested in checking the class out can pass by the embassy between 5:30 and 7:00 in the evening on Monday, Wednesday or Friday.

  • raptus8  On February 24, 2009 at 8:11 am

    Welcom Ian, thank you for your contribution i think that i might pass by and check it out but be sure to have an ambulance nearby because i can be so clumsy sometimes it scares me.

    oh one more thing my apologies for stealing the pic.

  • nelly avila moreno  On February 28, 2009 at 12:42 pm

    capoeira came to Brazil from Angola brought by the slaves the Portugese brought to their new world colony
    it is not banned in Brazil
    it was prohibited in the late 1890s but has been legal in Brasil since the 1930s…how else would the Brazillian embassy be offering it at an overseas location? 🙂

  • raptus8  On March 2, 2009 at 8:25 am

    Welcome Nelly Avila Moreno,

    As mentioned in the post i clearly stated that Capeoira was banned and thank you for the additional information.

    However, with the absence of tangible facts on the origin of capoeira, many different versions are still debated nowadays. The most common supposition is that Capoeira originated in colonial Brazil in the midst of the African slave’s fight for freedom.

  • nelly avila moreno  On March 10, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    any ideas as to where those “African” slaves in Brazil came from?

  • raptus8  On March 13, 2009 at 10:49 am

    Dear Ms Moreno,
    Do you think that it is worth the sweat?
    Do you think that knowing the origin of Capoeira is going to do well or make the world a better place?
    My reason for posting this is not to debate the origin of capoeira but rather to enlighten my readers that we in Guyana have an option to try something that is new to this society.

    Now for lets examine my statements….

    “With the absence of tangible facts on the origin of capoeira, many different versions are still debated nowadays.”
    …No one really knows the truth Ms Moreno; it is like arguing whether Jesus was black or white instead of trying to be a better person in the sight of god.

    “The most common supposition is that Capoeira originated in colonial Brazil in the midst of the African slave’s fight for freedom.”
    Isn’t it possible that these African slaves invented the knack when they were in Brazil Ms Moreno?

  • nelly avila moreno  On March 13, 2009 at 1:40 pm

    suuure, just as East Indians invented curry powder, roti and aloo naan after catching the fresh Caribbean breeze
    the readers would be even better enlightened if statements jibe with reality

  • raptus8  On March 16, 2009 at 8:47 am

    O boy!
    You won’t quit will you? Alright….alright.. My Capoeira post is deficient, I hereby invite you Ms. Moreno (if you wish) to “guest post” on my blog an efficient and pragmatic Capoeira post or maybe you can do it on the blog you belong.

  • raptus8  On March 16, 2009 at 8:48 am

    My contact raptus8@gmail.com..:D

  • Jeff  On March 20, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    Yes …plz tell me Ms. Moreno ..where did capoeira come from…. Im not lookin for any debate but u seem as if u wish to enlighten everyone. Im all ears

    … and Raptus…class is always open … without the ambulance on call of course…. no one is gonna let u get injured.

  • Jeff  On March 20, 2009 at 3:40 pm

    … and one more thing … class has moved to the the top floor of the GCC Pavilion …. 5:30 – 7:00 pm …. if u dont find us there were also in the botanical gardens (Sunday too!… 4:00pm at the banstand)

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