The Capoeira Blog

We Interrupt This Series To Bring You An Urgent Message
July 1, 2008, 4:24 pm
Filed under: Misc

That message being that Faisca is a busy dude (and the summer season is certainly taking a toll on my motivation) and as such, hasn’t had time to finish the last two parts of the Intro To Capoeira Music series.

I apologize.

I could just take a few minutes and whip something up, but I want to make it worth all of our time, so that just wouldn’t be right.

I hope you understand that I’m not a pro-blogger, and I do feel genuinely bad for not completing what I set out to do.  I’ve learned an important lesson here though, if I ever do take my blogging to the “pro” level.  From now on if I set out to write any more series posts, I’m going to do them in advance.  Because I feel like a buffoon for starting something that is taking a while to finish (in a perfect world it would have been 5 Wednesdays and 5 posts).

I do plan to have the series finished for next week.  But for now, I will leave you with this totally awesome yet totally unrelated video:

Oh, and to those of you in the states: have a great 4th of July weekend!


Capoeira Video: Capoeira: Fight or Dance?
June 13, 2008, 9:41 am
Filed under: Misc

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video, so here’s one for you. Johanna from Vancouver I AM forwarded this video to me on Facebook, and I wanted to share it with you all.

Click here to see the video. For some reason, I can’t figure out how to embed it in the post.

I’m glad she passed it on when she did, because it ties in well with the music series we’re running at the moment. Unlike other “what is capoeira” or “capoeira is awesome” videos I’ve seen, this one spends a lot of time going over how important music is to capoeira, and doesn’t just focus on backflips and kicks.

At around the 1:00 mark Mestre Eclilson de Jesus starts talking about the music in capoeira, and he goes over each of the instruments and their role, which is great. At 2:40 he goes into how important it is for capoeiristas to learn Portuguese, and gives a great explanation of the way songs are used to comment on the game (I really liked this part).

So, check it out. I hope you enjoy!

Announcing The Winner of The Capoeira Blog’s Anniversary Contest
June 10, 2008, 4:38 pm
Filed under: Misc

Let’s have three cheers for Highlander aka Shane!

He is the lucky winner of one month’s subscription to

Shane, if you’re reading this, I sent you an email with some more information and followup stuff.

Congratulations, Shane.  And a big thanks to everyone who participated in the contest.  I hope y’all had fun, and I can’t wait until I can do something like this again in the future.

Reminder: The LearnCapoeira Contest Ends Today
June 9, 2008, 12:03 pm
Filed under: Misc

The Capoeira Blog’s first contest ends tonight at 12 Midnight Eastern Time.

Don’t wait if you want to get your free month’s subscription to

The lucky winner will be announced tomorrow!

Hey, anyone notice anything different today?
May 23, 2008, 9:05 am
Filed under: Misc

I’ll give you a hint… Look up at the address bar!


If you still can’t figure it out, go back to the address bar and type in…


Some British Guy To Get a Castrated Rooster Tatoo in Honor of Capoeira
May 1, 2008, 12:19 pm
Filed under: Misc


That face you’re making?  That’s pretty much the same response I had to this story from the UK’s Now Magazine.

Russell Brand has reportedly become so hooked on the Brazilian non-contact martial art capoeira that he’s planning to get a tattoo of a castrated rooster on his back.

The Portuguese word capoeira derives from capon, which means a castrated rooster.

So Russ, 32, hopes the design will show the world his dedication to the sport.

He wouldn’t want to get a berimbau or something actually capoeira related?? 

Incidentally, to mestres of old the idea of getting a capoeira tattoo is totally contrary to what capoeira stands for, i.e., you weren’t supposed to announce to the world that you were a capoeirista.  (Update: I now know where I read about this; it was over at Mandingueira!).

There is no agreement that the word “capoeira” comes from the Portuguese word for chicken.  The chicken idea is only one of many theories.

I’ve never even heard of Russell Brand before in my life, but this was too good to pass up, really.  Apparently he’s a comedian.  Do I have any British readers who can share some insight about this guy?

This is Russell Brand
This is Russell Brand (image from The Sun)

While we’re on the subject… 

Do any of you have capoeira tattoos?  If so, let us know in the comments.  Or, better yet, if you have pictures on Flickr or other photo-sharing sights, either post a link or send me an email.  I’d love to do a post showcasing cool capoeira tattoos!

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!