Capoeira

Thursday 19th of September, today we will go to a different location of the Instituto. The have 3 now, a smaller one, in the City of Uberlandia, a second one, in the outskirts of Uberlandia, in the region called Murumbi. Again, an area that is really bad. During daytime, it’s kind of OK, but one should not wonder around after the sun has set.

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But today we will visit the Murumbi location as there will be interviews of a local television channel during Capoeira lessons.

Capoeira; Portuguese pronunciation: [kapuˈejɾɐ]) is a Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics and music, and is sometimes referred to as a game. It was developed in Brazil mainly by African descendants with native Brazilian influences, probably beginning in the 16th century. It is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for a wide variety of kicks, spins, and highly mobile techniques; at heart is the ginga, the back-and-forth, foot-to-foot movement that serves as the starting point for such leverage. Capoeira used in genuine self-defense situations incorporates many sweeps and low moves, whereas when played as a game there is more emphasis on high moves, demonstrations of acrobatics, full cartwheels (called au) for evasion, and flips or other exotic techniques by mestres (masters), and performing an entertaining match for the audience.

The word capoeira probably comes from the Tupi language, referring to the areas of low vegetation in the Brazilian interior where the game was played. It was invented by slaves and disguised as a dance in order to prevent its capoeiristas from punishment or execution for learning how to fight and defend themselves, which was forbidden to those who were legally defined as property. It is nearly always practiced to traditional Brazilian berimbau music.

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Capoeira classes, boys and girls alike.

So we set off and go there. Once we’re there, we’re greeted by the kids and they already know us. Lessons start and from the beginning, It’s very, very contagious and soon we are all dancing with the kids. I do not know whether this local TV station has caught us also on television, but I hope they’ve cut me from their footage. Seems like the Brazilians are all made of rubber and we are made of steel. Unbelievable! #ibmcsc brazil

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Capoeira classes, from young kids to older ones. Everybody participates

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