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Once you’ve caught the capoeira bug, it seems impossible to cure. There’s something about capoeira–whether it’s the awesome acrobatics, or the mysterious history, or the playfulness of the game–that begs you to learn more about it.
And if you know where to look, it’s not really hard to do.
1. Talk to a capoeirista. This is kind of a no-brainer, but I’m going to point it out anyway. If you know someone who does capoeira, or if you know someone who’s brother’s cousin’s wife does capoeira, ask them questions! There is no better way to learn about anything than from first hand knowledge.
An experienced capoeirista will be able to tell you about the history, movements, culture, mestres, language, music, you get the hint. He may even be able to point you towards a group you can join (most likely the one he belongs to).
2. Read capoeira books. Back in the old days when people wanted to learn something, they’d go to a library. I don’t think libraries exist anymore. But I know books still do! (I’m joking of course, libraries are wonderful things.)
I could go on and make a list of some good capoeira books to get you started, but, wait… I already did! So go out and Buy Some Capoeira Books.
3. Read capoeira blogs and websites. The internet is a wonderful resource. Why don’t I get you started on your journey down the information highway of capoeira?
Depart from Planet Capoeira, take a right at the Capoeira.com Forums, left at the lights near Capoeira Espaco, go around the rotary near Capoeira Connection, stop and take some time to shop at Virtual Capoeira, go straight down Capoeira Blog lane, and then end back here at The Capoeira Blog. As with any trip, feel free to meander and let the road take you wherever it may go.
4. Browse articles on Wikipedia. It’s widely known that Wikipedia is not the most reliable source of information on the internet. But that doesn’t stop it from being wicked awesome and a great place to start on any search for information.
Actually, a lot of the capoeira articles on Wikipedia are quite good. You’ll find links to websites and other sources of information as well. Just be careful that you don’t get sucked in for hours.
5. Search for videos on YouTube. Type in “capoeira” on YouTube and you’ll find about 21,600 videos. Not all of them are great, but many of them are.
You’ll actually be able to see capoeira in action (much better than reading a description) and listen to the music that is such an integral part of the game. YouTube videos are a great way to learn new movements and techniques, and also to get a feel for new styles.
This is part of of my guide beginner’s guide to capoeira. If you like what you read here, head over to Capoeira For Beginners for the entire series!
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