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Don’t Forget: Enter Our Contest To Win One Month’s Free Subscription To Learn Capoeira
June 5, 2008, 3:18 pm
Filed under: Blog

Only 8 people have entered the contest so far.

Don’t you want to take a chance at winning one month free from Learn Capoeira?

All you have to do is leave a comment on the announcement post, and you’ll be automatically entered to win! The contest ends Monday June 9th (4 days left!), and the winner will be announced on Tuesday. I purposely tried to make this contest as easy as I could! Luckily I didn’t go with the “write me a two-page double-spaced essay on what capoeira means to you” idea. 😉

Even if you train with a capoeira group, it couldn’t hurt to check out Learn Capoeira for a month. You might learn a new combination, or notice something that was wrong with one of your movements, or learn a new berimbau toque.

Well, what are you waiting for?

P.S. Leaving a comment on this post won’t do anything. It needs to be left on the Contest Post.


The Capoeira Blog’s One Year Anniversary Contest!
June 2, 2008, 9:06 am
Filed under: Blog

One year ago this month I sat down at my computer and decided to start a blog about capoeira. If you had told me then, that a year later, my words would have been read by thousands of people around the world, I would have laughed at you.

I didn’t set out to become any kind of authority on capoeira–and I’m still nothing of the sort–but I can’t deny that people have and will continue to come here to The Capoeira Blog to read my posts, and I really couldn’t be prouder of what I’ve accomplished.

So, what have I accomplished?

57,000 hits. Almost 1,000 fans on Facebook. An average of 300 page views a day (for the past couple of months). Over 100 posts (though, I wouldn’t mind if this were more). And I’ve met some great people.

Here are some of the top posts from the past year:

How To Get Better At Capoeira

Building Strength, Flexibility, and Balance For Capoeira

Capoeira For Beginners

How To Do An Au Batido

Common Capoeira Injury: How To Treat An Ankle Sprain

The 5 Best Strength Training Exercises For Over The Holidays (And Anytime!)

8 Ways To Be A Better Capoeira Instructor

Capoeira Is A Conversation

Why Is Capoeira an Art Form And Not a Martial Art?

Is Capoeira Viable as Self Defense?

The Ways We Describe Capoeira

And, the fact of the matter is, that I wouldn’t be anywhere if it weren’t for you guys, my wonderful readers, who have supported me, dealt with my breaks, spread the word, and have been willing to actually read what I have to say.

So, to celebrate this milestone,

I’m going to give away one month’s subscription to Learn Capoeira.

How can you get in on this action? It’s easy. All you have to do is leave a comment on this post. And when I say comment, I don’t mean just dropping in to say “hi” or something; I’d appreciate it if you took the time to write at least one sentence.

The contest closes on June 9th, and I’ll announce the lucky capoeirista on the 10th. The winner will be chosen by a random winner generator so that all is fair.

So, there you have it. I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride as much as I have, and I hope you’ll stay with me for the next 12 months!

Thank you!

Do You Want To Write For The Capoeira Blog?
May 16, 2008, 1:01 pm
Filed under: Blog

Photo by chrismaverick (Flickr)

I’m sure I’ve gained a few more readers since the last time I put out a call for guest posts, so I want to offer the opportunity again.  It’s always open, but perhaps not everyone is aware that they can submit guest posts. 

I want you to share your stories, tips, ideas, whatever as long as it connects with capoeira.  Ideally, I’d like it to be legible and something that will add value to the Capoeira Blog.

You can send your articles to faisca2 @ gmail dot com (take out the spaces and put a period in there).  I reserve the right to edit and format the submissions for grammar, spelling, clarity, etc.  But I won’t change the original meaning of the piece.  I’m a writer by trade, so I’m good at this.

I would like these to be meaningful articles.  Not just 100 word blurbs.  Put some thought into it!

Please include your name (as you would like it to be displayed) and maybe even a little sentence or two about yourself (capoeira experience, group, website, etc).

This isn’t a paid gig or anything, so don’t get too excited.  But if any of you are aspiring writers this could be a good way to get a few more writing samples for your portfolio.  Even if you don’t want to become the next Hemmingway, I urge you to still feel free to submit your articles.

Check out some past submissions:

In Life, Like Capoeira, We Must Go With The Rhythm
6 Keys To Building Upper-Body Strength (This post has become one of the most popular posts on the entire blog!)

I can’t wait to see what you have to offer!

Are You Aware of RSS?
May 1, 2008, 9:07 am
Filed under: Blog, Misc

Today, around what they call the “blogosphere,” is RSS Awareness Day.

What is RSS, you say? Well, I’m glad you asked. (If you’re reading this in an RSS reader already, I applaud you, and you really don’t have to read the rest of the post. But maybe you’ll want to anyway, in which case, thanks!)

RSS stands for “really simple syndication,” and it’s an easy way to stay up to date with all of your favorite blogs. All blogs have RSS feeds, and these feeds can be collected in an RSS reader (yours truly prefers Google Reader, but there are plenty of other ones out there).

So, instead of clicking on dozens of favorites every day (which can get pretty darn time consuming if you enjoy reading a multitude of blogs), you can click on one favorite and see all of your favorite blogs’ latest updates.

If you want a more in-depth explanation, here’s the Wikipedia article on RSS.

Now, what does that mean for y’all here on The Capoeira Blog? Well, if you haven’t noticed before, I hope you will notice now, that there is a Subscribe section in the sidebar to the left. And in the Subscribe section, there is an orange box with what looks like a radar, or soundwaves, or… something (I really have no idea what it’s supposed to be), which is the web-standard icon for RSS.

If you click the icon, or click here to go to the Subscribe page, you can subscribe to The Capoeira Blog’s RSS feed. The benefit to subscribing to our feed is that you’ll never miss a new post (well, you might if you never check your feed reader, but I’m sure you can find time to do that between Facebooking and chatting with friends on Capoeira Espaco).

Click here to subscribe to The Capoeira Blog

So, have you subscribed to our feed yet? Are there any other blogs to which you subscribe and think would benefit everyone here? Feel free to share with us in the comments!

P.S. I have to give a shout out to Joaninha from Mandingueira, from whom I stole the great big RSS icon. Thanks, Joaninha!

An Update on Where I’ve Been and Where We’re Going
March 24, 2008, 2:08 pm
Filed under: Blog, Faisca

So, it’s no secret that I haven’t been posting much at all lately.  There is a reason for that, it’s not because I’m shutting down the Capoeira Blog or I’m getting bored of posting or anything else, don’t worry.

It’s because I recently started a new job, and I just got a new apartment, so big changes are afoot in the life of this 23 year old blogger/capoeirista. 

Because I have this real life stuff to deal with, blogging really hasn’t been on the top of my list of priorities.  Getting a new place, packing, moving, etc, all while dealing with the stresses of a new job, is making my life pretty nutty right now.  Not to mention the toll that it’s taking on my capoeira time (I haven’t been going to class much at all lately).

So, this has clearly had a tangible impact here at The Capoeira Blog.  I have a bunch of half-written posts in draft state sitting around, but I just don’t have the time (or the mental capacity at this point) to get them ready to be viewed by you fine readers.  I want to deliver quality posts, not constant fluffy filler.

I’ve also been thinking about totally overhauling The Capoeira Blog. 

I really want to start self-hosting, because there is so much more that I could do with it if there were no free restrictions. 

However, this will require me to purchase my own domain name and server space, set up a blog by myself and import all of the posts and comments (that’s a scary thought; I don’t want to lose anything!), and I’ll end up losing all of my site statistics (hits, Google page rank, etc) and probably some of my readers.  It’s a pretty big, daunting undertaking.

On the awesome side though, it will allow me far greater customization of the site’s design and layout (the free templates are OK, but I want to be able to customize it to the way I really want it) , and I’ll be able to do a lot more with plug-ins and other blog tools (I might look into getting a forum, for example).

So, clearly this is a big deal, and it hasn’t been weighing lightly on my shoulders.  I’m worried about losing readers and links when I make the switch, etc. 

So, that’s what has been up, and what is coming up. I hope you all understand.  And like I said, I don’t plan on going anywhere.  I just wanted to let you know why I’ve been posting so sporadically. 

I promise that we will return to our regularly scheduled programming when my life returns normal.

P.S. I just noticed that my last 4 posts have all been a week from each other.  Kinda interesting, but it’s not ideal, which illustrates why I’m letting you know what’s up.

Eight Random (Non-Capoeira) Things About Faisca
March 3, 2008, 1:23 pm
Filed under: Blog, Faisca
This internet meme has been circulating around the “blogosphere” for a while.  I was tagged a few months ago on my personal blog, and I just rediscovered it while looking through my archives.  So I thought, “well Faisca, what better place to repost this and spread it around, than on your new capoeira blog!?” 
And thus, Eight random (non-capoeira) things about Faisca:
  1. My top right incisor is chipped.  Well, more like broken; I look like Jim Carrey (think Dumb and Dumber) if the bonding isn’t there. It broke when my brother threw a bag of quarters at my face in 6th grade.
  2. When I was a wee lad I wanted to be a herpetologist or a paleontologist. Funny how things change (I’m now a technical writer).
  3. I was the first male cheerleader at my high school. Surprisingly, I never ended up in a fight because of the insults (came close a few times, not gonna lie).
  4. The thing that annoys me most in the world is listening to other people chew. I can’t even imagine it without getting all weirded out.
  5. One of my favorite snacks is a bowl of cucumbers with vinegar, salt, and dill. Not pickling them mind you (though pickles are yummy), but just like some kind of weird cucumber soup. Mmmm.
  6. The place I want to visit most in the world (besides Brazil, this is “non-capoeira”) is Australia. G’day mate!
  7. I own a silver 1998 Acura Integra with 145,000 miles on it and aftermarket taillights. She still drives purrty.
  8. If I could have the powers of any comic book character, I would want Wolverine’s (not just the healing/enhanced senses/strength, but the adamantium skeleton and claws as well). Snikt!  Spiderman is a close runner up (and he would be #1 if I lived in NYC or some other city with skyscrapers).

Well there you have it folks, a little look into the non-capoeira life of yours truly.

In the spirit of passing on internet memes, I’m going to tag some of my fellow internet capoeiristas so they can join in on the fun.  Repost this in your blogs, y’all!

And for those who I didn’t mention by name (if you have a blog, or even a Capoeira Espaco page), consider yourself tagged as well.  Post it on a forum, on Capoeira Espaco, on Facebook, or wherever.

Be sure to come back here and leave a link so we learn more about you!

And in other non-capoeira related news:

  • The Capoeira Blog has passed 30,000 page hits!  I was going to do a separate post for this news, but I think I’m gonna wait until 50,000 (if we get there!).  Still cool nonetheless.
  • I’m posting this entry from my first day at my new job!  I’m now a Jr. Technical Writer/Course Developer for a company that develops talent management software.  Not sure what their policies are on using the internet for personal stuff, so I’m not sure how much I’ll be posting during the day.  But don’t worry, I’m not going to drop off the face of the planet.  Unless, of course, I literally do drop off the face of the planet, which will be some feat of phsyics.  Newton will be impressed.
  • I’m going to be moving soon.  Will be getting my first place after college (I’ve been living at home for a while, saving money, etc, but it’s about time I get my own apartment).  Gonna be living with my best friend/roommate from college, so it’ll be awesome.

The Capoeira Blog is on Facebook
February 28, 2008, 2:44 pm
Filed under: Blog

Greetings to all of you Facebookers out there.  I’m sure some of you know this already, but some of you may not.  The Capoeira Blog is now on Facebook!

I created a Facebook page that is basically just a place for fans of The Capoeira Blog to get together, meet each other, share thoughts on the wall, post pictures, and waste more time!

Don’t forget, if you want to keep up to date with all the latest that The Capoeira Blog has to offer, please subscribe to our RSS Feed or e-mail updates!

See you on The Book!