Pisei na pedraA pedra balanceouLevanta meu povoCativeiro se acabou Ponto de Jongo Jongo (also known as caxambu or tabu), like Capoeira, is an Afro-Brazilian folkloric tradition that originated in the coffee plantations in the Paraíba Valley, between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It's roots can be traced even further back to the Bantu people of the … Continue reading Meet Jongo – Capoeira’s Party Loving Cousin…
Mestre Bimba created eight training sequences, which he considered covered the basic fundamental moves of capoeira. These sequences served as a didactic tool, and thus help new capoeiristas to enter the roda and learn the art of the game. This contribution was revolutionary, so much so that nowadays capoeiristas from all over the world still … Continue reading The 8 Training Sequences of Mestre Bimba
The Capoeira Antigua that Mestre Bimba learned from Mestre Bentinho was a folkloric capoeira that had lost much of its effectiveness in combat. At that time capoeira was heavily persecuted, considered a practice of criminals and rogues. Capoeira was not formerly taught, it was just played in the street, and people would learn in the … Continue reading An Intro to Mestre Bimba Part 2: The Foundation of Capoeira Regional
Agora sim, que mataram meu Besouro Depois de morto, Besourinho cordão de ouro Image from WikiHow If you've trained Capoeira for any length of time, you will have heard the name "Besouro" (Beetle), "Besouro Preto" (Black Beetle) or "Besouro Mangangá" (Magic Beetle - very loose translation, more later!). His name crops up in many songs, … Continue reading Who was Besouro Preto de Mangangá?
Mestre Bimba was born Manuel dos Reis Machado on November 23, 1900 in Salvador, Bahia. (Though some historians claim it may have been 1899). The youngest of 25 siblings, he grew up in Engenho Velho, a humble neighbourhood in the city of Salvador, where he lived with his parents Luiz Cândido Machado and María Martinha … Continue reading An Intro to Mestre Bimba Part 1: His Early Life and Introduction to Capoeira