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Thoughts on Playing Women in the Roda
December 10, 2007, 11:46 am
Filed under: Capoeira Life

I recently discovered a new capoeira blog called Mandingueira. At Mandigueira, Joaninha writes about capoeira from a woman’s perspective, and though she’s just getting started, she has some really great stuff so far.

She wrote a post about playing women in the roda that I wanted to share with you.

People who buy into the Chauvinist Theory seem to suffer from the same mental lapse: if you accidentally hit a man in the roda, it’s because he wasn’t paying attention or wasn’t quick enough or just basically needs to improve his capoeira skills; if you accidentally hit a woman in the roda, however, it’s because she’s a woman and therefore you should go easy on every woman you play from now on.

It’s a really good read, and will hopefully make you think differently if you do subscribe to the “Chauvinist Theory.”

I know from experience that women are not to be underestimated in the roda. There’s a girl who I used to train with who was downright scary to play in the roda sometimes because her kicks were so hard and she was so good at capoeira. Anyone who underestimates her (and many other female-capoeiristas out there) will find themselves hurting pretty quickly, I can tell you that.

So go check out what she has to say, and tell her Faisca sent you. Joaninha has offered to write a guest post for The Capoeira Blog sometime in the near future, so I’m definitely looking forward to that!

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Hey Faisca, I checked out Joanihna’s blog. Great thoughts in there. Thanks for the recommendation. Check back at her blog if you are interested in my comments, and keep the posts coming. It feels great to be a part of the Capoeira Community, especially since I am far from the nearest Roda. 😉

Comment by Mike

hey, in my eyes it doesnt matter what set of genitalia you have, either your doin what it do in the roda, or your doin what it dont, ya dig?

Comment by Relampago




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