New here?

Welcome to Angoleiro’s Blog!

This Blog started in February 2008 as an idea on a boring afternoon and did soon develop into a regular updated webpage. As every two or three weeks something new is added to this blog, I guess people who just discovered this blog will be a bit confused. So let me take you to a small tour around the blog.

What’s this Blog about?

There are a lot of sites out there from practitioners of the art Capoeira. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form, a form, which is a game, a dance, but also a martial art. And as this art is only starting to spread around the world and be a significant part of the worldwide art, entertainment and sports scenes, more and more people come up and start telling you, what this art is. Especially the more modernistic forms of Capoeira, known as Capoeira Regional and Capoeira Contemporeana, are highly abundant worldwide and are being practised by thousands of people. And when you look into the blogosphere, the picture is the same. There are a lot of blogs about Capoeira, and most of them about the modern forms. But there is the other Capoeira, the traditional form, involving much more than just music and kicks. We call this form Capoeira Angola. And Capoeira Angola is not that flashy and mass-media suitable as the modern forms. That’s why only a part of all people practising Capoeira know what Capoeira Angola is about, and only a fraction of these do call themselves Angoleiros. Being an Angoleiro is more than just playing a different Capoeira. People who call themselves Angoleiros do want to distinguish themselves from the common Capoeira. Do want to say “here am I, and I want to keep the traditions of Capoeira Angola.” But there is, due to Angoleiros being relatively rare, only few good information about Capoeira Angola on the web, and less few blogs about Capoeira Angola. Angoleiro’s Blog want to fill this gap (or at least make it smaller).

Tour through the Blog

Let me take you on a tour through this blog. In the beginning there was no specific topic or category I was writing about. So I just wrote things which came into my mind (and that is still quite often the case). But after a while some main topics did form. I call these topics Chapters. These chapters, which you will find on the right side of the main page, make it easier to browse through the posts.

One of the first things which were important for me was that people understand what the Game of Capoeira Angola is about.  As the Game has so many facettes, this chapter does include the most posts on this blog.

Surviving a Capoeira Angola Roda
Lessons in self control – the Roda
U can’t touch this
A Chamada – the Game in the Game
 Jogo de Dentro, Jogo de Fora – the Beauty of an Angola game
Express Yourself! 
Revenge in Capoeira 
The Joy of the Unknown
Is Your Corpo Fechado?

Surviving a Capoeira Angola Roda II: Space

Other than the jogo itself Capoeira Angola has also a lot to do with philosophy. Although you might not see the philosophy part showing up in the Roda (well, if you look close enough you do) it is there, taught in little conversations between master and student. I tried to cover some parts of the Capoeira philosophy, though I already see that I have a lot to learn about it, and thus, that there will be a lot of opportunity to post new things.

Modern Malandragem – or should we take lessons from thugs?
What is Mandinga?
Spot the mistake
Respect Your Berimbau

Capoeiras philosopy did develop under the pressure of slavery and being persecuted by law for a big part of its history. And as Angoleiro I not only focus on the Brazilian history of Capoeira, but also on its African Roots. This topic is not completely exploited yet, so expect some more about it.

A small lesson in history: Mandinga
African Roots – series at Angoleiro’s Blog
African Roots I – Ancestors
African Roots II – Faith
African Roots III – Rhythm
African Roots IV – Fight

Capoeira and Capoeira Angola today is different from its past and we are living in an exciting time, where Capoeira on a worldwide scale and thus, changing. That all happened because Capoeira came with teachers from Brazil and their academies they built up here. All the changes which came along this worldwide spread of Capoeira are the subjects of the posts under the Chapter “Capoeira Today”

Hello World!
Capoeira Culture in the ‘diaspora’
The ups and downs of Capoeira Life
How can I become an Angoleiro?
My favourite Youtube clips
Bring Capoeira back to the streets!
Intermezzo: while waiting for the series
Are Angoleiros Snobs?
Today is Carybé Day
Mixing styles: Can you train both Angola and Regional?
Angoleiro in Action

One last important part of Capoeira Angola are actually its mestres, the teachers of this artform. Knowing about them and what they are standing for is an integral part of being an Angoleiro.

O menino quem foi seu Mestre?
Os velhos Angoleiros
O Gaviao e o Cobra Mansa
Mestre Moraes

You can find these and other topics on this Blog. The best way to find out is just to roam it and dive into the different posts and different topics. And when you are not saturated at the end, check out the Blogroll section and the links given there. Here you will find first hand information about Capoeira history, about Capoeira Angola activities today, but also the information for Regionalistas on Capoeira, their viewpoints about life, Capoeira and Feminism, or their daily experiences and thoughts. And others which are just not mentioned here, because I have difficulties to put them into a floating text😉

And when you finished reading, comment, enrich our knowledge with your own and dont be shy or scared. Every comment is welcome, even if it doesnt fit into mainstream philosophy or mainstream view on Capoeira. Especially when it’s not fit into mainstream thoughts, because, well, that’s one of the things Capoeira is about, right?

Axé and see you around!

Angoleiro…

3 responses to “New here?

  1. Marcelo

    Nice work on Blog !

  2. Hi Angoleiro,

    (We have been chating before through some comments, but here it goes a formal introduction and the reason why I’m contacting you today)

    My name is Eurico Vianna. I am a PhD student at the Centre for Public Culture and Ideas at Griffith University (AU). My research topic is Capoeira and social inclusion, and I am currently the 4 Capoeira Thoughts Blog, a not-for-profit initiative, as part of my field research.

    I have a solid background as a practitioner and for the last 10 years I have been working as a Capoeira teacher holding regular classes, workshops, lectures and promoting events in several countries. In 2002 I started a non-profit organisation in Brazil through which I have been running Capoeira programmes fostering the social inclusion of youth in ‘at risk’ situation living in shelters. More details about my professional background as a practitioner can be found here (add link).

    My goal in setting the 4 Capoeira Thoughts Blog is to build an online network of social active capoeiras collaborating on issues of Capoeira philosophy, intercultural learning, social inclusion and education. I also aim to gather collaborators to co-edit and co-author the an online Journal open to submissions on the above mentioned matters.

    The 4 Capoeira Thoughts is open to guest-authors approaching the social role of Capoeira. I hope to publish their posts; interview people with similar initiatives; and promote community based endeavours related to Capoeira.

    There are two main advantages in partly basing my research on matters raised over the Internet. First, there will be no geographical barriers preventing multinational participation. Second, practitioners’ posts and comments will be directly influencing the research matters.
    The overall aim is to discuss the worldwide spreading of Capoeira; the global forces acting upon it; how practitioners locally respond to these forces; and the art’s local purpose as a potential educative and inclusive cultural practice.

    Please, check the blog out and feel free to drop me a few lines sharing your thoughts. I would also appreciate if you could spread the word out about my research. Here is the link for the 4 Capoeira Thoughts’ Blog .

    I am looking forward in setting a network of practitioners interested in learning and sharing more about Capoeira as a social inclusive and educative tool.

    Axé!
    Eurico

  3. I used to study in Cordao De Ouro before the school in my are closed down. Your statements are very accurate and in touch with the traditional mindet of the capoeirista

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