This is an unexpected followup to my last post.
The folks at LearnCapoeira are asking for your input about their services. If you complete this survey, you will receive 50% off your first month’s subscription (should you decide to subscribe).
It’s a pretty good deal if you want to supplement your current capoeira training, you’re an instructor looking for new ideas, or if you’ve been struggling to find a group to train with in your area.
As always, I must express how important it is to do your best to train with an actual capoeira group. But if you’re unlucky for some reason, LearnCapoeira is much better than trying to teach yourself from YouTube videos.
So, if this is the sort of thing you’d be interested in, head on over and fill out a quick survey!
In the interest of full disclosure, I want to let you all know about about a project that I’ve taken on recently.
I was approached by the founders of VirtualCapoeira.com and LearnCapoeira.com a little over a month ago, and they asked if I could help them spread the word about their products and services. I gladly agreed because it’s a great professional opportunity and experience for me. And it doesn’t hurt that I’ve ordered all of my capoeira gear from VirtualCapoeira pretty much since they started, so I jumped at the opportunity to work with a great company and a great group of people dedicated to spreading their love for capoeira around the world.
Basically, I signed on to give them a “web presence” on social networking sites in order to promote interest in their products.
What does this mean for The Capoeira Blog? Aside from this post and an ad in the sidebar, practically nothing.
The Capoeira Blog is not entering into a partnership with VirtualCapoeira; Faisca is entering into a partnership with VirtualCapoeira.
You don’t have to worry that The Capoeira Blog will become a non-stop promotional tool for VirtualCapoeira and LearnCapoeira, because that’s just not going to happen.
Though, I said practically nothing, because you may be able to reap a few benefits from my partnership, but you’ll just have to stay tuned for the next couple of weeks to find out what I mean 😉 (Aren’t I just a cruel sonofagun?).
With all that said, I’m going to give you a bit of an update on what I’ve been doing for them so far.
Here’s a list of the social networking sites with VC and LC profiles. If you’re a member of any of these sites, do yourself (and me) a favor and add them as a friend!
LearnCapoeira on YouTube
And here is a free training video from LearnCapoeira; just a sample of the high quality material you’ll find on their site:
So, there you have it. The VirtualCapoeira team have put together some great products and services, and I’m proud to be working with them. If you ever decide to buy some gear from VirtualCapoeira, be sure to use the promo code faisca2 and tell them Faisca sent you!
Frequent visitor and commenter, D-cal, who blogs at d-liberate (great blog name, btw), has been kind enough to nominate The Capoeira Blog for a 2007 Performancing Blog Award in the sports blog category.
It’s an honor to know that people think so highly of this blog that they’re willing to nominate it for an award. Here’s what D-cal had to say about The Capoeira Blog and why he nominated it:
Managed by “Faisca”, the blog has several posts that are useful to both the person who is unfamiliar with the Brazilian Martial Art and to the person has been practicing it for years. It has a simple clean design and is very easy to navigate through. It also provides regular links to relevant Capoeira sources.
I think that’s a pretty good description, don’tcha think?
Again I must give a big thank you to D-cal for the nomination; even if I don’t win any awards, I’m fine with knowing that you guys appreciate the work that I’ve put into The Capoeira Blog.
And I’m not sure if it’s gonna be a great addition to the list…
This is a description of the game according to a press release from Twelve Interactive:
Martial Arts: Capoeira is the most exciting and original fighting game ever created! Sport and RPG elements have been combined with traditional fighting game mechanics for the very first time, to offer unrivalled realism and challenging brutal gameplay. Train until you sweat blood to increase skills such as endurance, speed, leg and arm strength. Then when you think you’re ready, take part in underground street fights for cold, hard cash. Become one with your gamepad or Wiimote and strive to earn the right to call yourself the most powerful Capoeira fighter in the World!
So, from reading this description it’s unclear how true to actual capoeira this game will be, but I don’t think I’ll get my hopes up. Granted, we don’t have much more than a short press release and a few pictures.
Hey, at least the pictures show them doing the ginga.
Train until you sweat blood? Bet against other fighters in outlawed Street Fights or ‘Rodas’? KO your opponent with killer attacks?
I sent an email to a PR rep for more information, so I’ll be sure to give an update if she answers my questions.
I guess we’ll find out what it’s all about in a year or so (if this game is actually widely distributed).
Do you have any thoughts?
Here is some big Capoeira Blog news…
I’ve been toying with the idea of starting up a CafePress store for a while now, but today I had some free time and decided to give it a shot.
I only have two designs in the store right now, but there are a wide variety of products to choose from.
T-Shirts and other apparel!
One design is the blog’s logo (which I think is a pretty cool and iconic capoeira design, which is why I chose it) with the words “Got Game?” underneath. If you’re ever walking down the street whilst wearing one of these shirts and someone says “hell yeah!” or “let’s play!” you’ll know they’re not some kind of psycho.
The other design is something unique and awesome. Show everyone that you’re down with the real gangsta of capoeira with this “Bimba Is My Homeboy” t-shirt (and sweatshirt).
Christmas is coming, and if you want to play Santa and get a gift for everyone in your group, why not buy a 10 pack of Magnets or Buttons?
This is my first time ever setting up a CafePress store, and I’ve realized that there are a few limitations. Basically you can only have one product of each style in a free store, which means there can only be one “White T-Shirt” or “Hooded Sweatshirt” at a time. Ergo, there can’t be a white t-shirt with Got Game and a white t-shirt with Bimba Is My Homeboy at the same time. You dig?
This kinda sucks, because it’d be great to have a wide selection of different designs available on different products, but it’s what I have to deal with for now. If things start to take off I will think about going for the Premium store, which allows you to have as many products as you want.
Now here’s where you come in!
Please let me know what you think of these designs, and the selection of products that I’ve unveiled. I purposefully started off slow (with only a few designs) to just get a feel for how the store works and for what people are interested in.
If you love or hate what I have to offer, tell me! If you have suggestions of other designs you’d like to see (I wanted to do a Pastinha Is My Homeboy shirt too, but I can’t with the product limits) let me know.
Most important of all, buy some gear! I’m sure we all need to buy something for the special capoeira someone in our lives, so why not buy from someone you know and love (that’d be me, btw)? 🙂 There is a pretty good selection of products you can buy (it’s not just t-shirts; check out the Messenger Bag, Mug, and Mousepad which are pretty awesome) so look around.
And if anyone ever asks you where you got that awesome shirt, just point them to The Capoeira Blog!
Thank you so much, enjoy, and Merry Christmas!
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Capoeira lost one of it’s greatest and most beloved mestres yesterday; Mestre Leopoldina passed away at 74 years young.
Mestre Leopoldina grew up on the tough streets of Rio de Janeiro, selling sweets at train stations (he said that his nickname came from a certain locomotive he fancied and imitated) and living a hard life.
Capoeira first entered his life at 19, when he witnessed a local malandro practicing capoeira. Leopoldina was eventually able to convince this capoeirista (a dangerous scoundrel called Quinzinho) to accept him into his group.
Quinzinho was eventually murdered, and Leopoldina went on to create his own capoeira group and become one of the most beloved and well respected mestres in the capoeira world. The great capoeira mestre and historian, Nestor Capoeira, was trained and initiated by Leopoldina.
You can read more about Leopoldina’s life and passing at Planet Capoeira.
RIP Mestre Leopoldina. He will surely be missed by all capoeiristas.