Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Portuguese of the Week!

Hola! Here's a simple lesson for today! Counting!

Um      = 1
Dois     = 2
Tres     = 3
Quatro = 4
Cinco   = 5
Seis      = 6
Seite     = 7
Oito      = 8
Novo    = 9
Diez      = 10

Don't worry, next week will be more advance! Mwahahahahhaha!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Video of the Week

Hello Hello! We seem to be stuck in Israel, because here's more of Instructor Simba. Its a compilation of a lot of his popular you tube videos. Prepare to be Wowed, Razzled, Dazzled, and Entertained!

Friday, March 8, 2013

Song of the Week!

Hello hello and welcome to the song of the week! Today we're featuring the song Corvo was trying to sing on Tuesday. This proves he isn't crazy and didn't just make it up! You should learn it too and show him how its done!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Vocab of the Week!

This week's word is cabeca. What's that you say? Cabeca, the sphere - like piece of the mystical capoeira instrument, the berimbau. Its actually what resonates the sounds from the instrument. Cabecas are made from a type of brazillian squash that's hollowed out, dried, and the glossed and sometimes its even designed. There are three main types of cabecas used in capoeira: Gunga, Medio, and Viola. The gunga is the largest and deepest sounding cabeca. The gunga tends to be held by the mestre, or the leader of the roda. Mostly the gunga maintains the torque and the variations are the most basic. The Medio is the 2nd biggest and used to maintain the torque, but is open to play more variations. The viola is the smallest and highest pitch of the three. This is where the majority of the variations come from in the bateria. Also, remember to always be careful with cabecas because they are the most delicate part of the berimbau.

Video of the Week!

Welcome! This week's video shows some capoeira from around the world! Here we're in Israel and checking out Instructor Simba from CDO Israel! Enjoy!

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Song of the Week!

Welcome! Welcome to this week's Song. This song is really meant for Corvo, Boemio and Piaba, but I'm sure everyone can enjoy and finally know sing this wonderful maculele song.

Portuguese of the Week!

What's going on guys? Its time for the language portion of our dailies, Portuguese of the Week! Today we featured a list of descriptive words that you might here Professor say from time to time, especially when he's explaining movements. Atras - behind, diante (adiante) - ahead, in front, em frente - ahead, in front, em baixo - below, ao lado - beside, dentro - inside, fora - outside, and longe - far.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Video of the Week!

Hello, Hello! Welcome to the Video of the Week! Today's video takes us across the pond to visit Groupo Senzala Paris. Here's a look at their workout regime. 

Saturday, February 23, 2013

Song of the Week

It's time for the Song of the Week! Here's a song from Contra Mestre Marquinho Coreba, who trains in Boston, MA.

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Vocab of the Week!

Welcome to the Vocab of the Week! Today's word is Quilombos. The history of capoeira starts with the slavery of Africans who were brought over by the Portuguese to work in the sugarcane fields. Under this oppression, the slaves defended themselves by learning capoeira. The quilombos were the destination of the newly freed slaves. These villages would often would repel Portuguese soldiers and this was done by their unification within their multi-ethic communities and the practice of capoeira. Due to the importance of Quilombos within the lore of capoeira, it is featured in many songs.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Video of the Week!

Aw...Yeah folks, its time for the Video of the Week! This month I've been focused on our future, and what's a better focus to our future than children. Check it out.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Song of the Week!

Here we are with the Song of the Week! Here's a song Professor used to sing often, so let's bring it back.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Portuguese of the Week!

 Time of the Portuguese of the Week! Of course Portuguese is the language of the deeply culturally rooted martial art we all partake in, so let's get familiar with it. Let's warm up with something small. "Tudo bom?" is a common opening to a conversation as well as a response. Roughly translated, it means "Everything good?" with the response meaning, "All's well." We're starting small, but every little bit is important!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Video of the Week!

It's time for the Video of the Week! This is a special shout out to Frankie Huang, who is our field capoeirista located in Chicago, IL. She came down for the Eat Sleep Capoeira event in January, so let's check her game. Don't worry, we'll see more of her in April.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Song of the Week

Welcome back to the Capo dailies! Here is the Song of the Week. Actually, songs. I've found a recording of a music class. They sing about 9 different songs with the lyrics for all of them, and they also play them in real time. Enjoy!

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Vocab. of the Week!

Welcome back to the Capo Dailies! Here's the Vocab of the Week! The word is...Esquiva! The most important move in Capoeira. No one could stand playing many capo games if you were constantly getting kicked. Luckily, you don't have to! The most important aspect of the esquiva is the timing. Without, you either go too early or too late, which ends with a kick, unfortunately, to the face. Timing is hard to train for, and requires a lot of patience. A lot of confidence is required, but know that the fear will betray. Hesitation and uncertain is dangerous in efforts to protect yourself; however, keeping your esuivas (dodges or escapes) strong will keep you safe in any roda, against any strike. Also keep your esquivas low, because no matter your height, you have to be willing go under anything. Safety is the most important priority in any game.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Video of the Week! (Its back y'all!)

Welcome back to the Capo Dailies! Here's the Video of the Week! This week features Capoeria Morro Verde, who had their first capoeira sleep over event. Hosted by Monitora Gata Brava, they hosted a all kid workshop and stimulated the future of capoeira.