The Capoeira Blog

Off Topic: Bald Faisca or Hirsute Faisca?
May 20, 2008, 7:35 pm
Filed under: Faisca, Off Topic

Yeah, this post really doesn’t have anything at all to do with capoeira. But this is my blog, and I can do stuff like this every now and then! ūüôā

The title of this post gets straight to the question:

Should I…

Shave the head? (Excuse my roommate’s huge mug, this is one of the only bald pics I could find)


Or keep the hair?

I’m going to be very open with you here.

The reason I ask, and the problem I have in general, is because I’m going bald.

Yep, I’m 23 years old, and the top of my head is thinning like I’m 40. It’s not very fun. 20 years from now I’m definitely gonna have the full around the sides, bald on top, monk-hair.

You can definitely tell from the front that my temples and hairline are thinning (or maybe only I can). And, when my hair is short (like buzzed, or even just trimmed short) you can see the thinning line in the back of my head, which really sucks. Right now, I keep the top kinda long so it covers up the thinning (it’s not like a comb over, I’m not that bad yet), and I try to keep the “bangs” trimmed somewhat manageable (I don’t really like the “parted in the middle” or “parted on the side” look I’ve been getting lately with the long front).

I’m at the point, where I’m thinking that if I shave my head, it’s gonna stay that way for a long time. Because I don’t enjoy knowing the back of my head looks like this as it grows out:

Now, a lot of people are like “Faisca, who cares if you’re thinning, you’re the only one who notices, you’re the only one who cares” etc. It’s all true, but anyone who knows me personally knows that I’ve always been a big fan of my hair. And any guys out there will probably agree; going bald can be kinda traumatic. Especially when we’re inundated with images in the media of celebrities and models with full heads of awesome hair who are supposed to be the pinnacle of male attractiveness. (Note to women: guys feel the pressure of media stereotypes just as much as gals do.)

So, I ask you my dear readers and friends. Do you think I should shave my head and accept my baldness like a younger Bruce Willis? Or do you think I should keep the hair, cut it a bit shorter, and just suck up the thinness?


Clearly, Yesterday Was April Fool’s Day
April 2, 2008, 12:03 pm
Filed under: Off Topic

And I apologize for the terrible prank. 

I totally forgot about April Fool’s Day, and during a break in my training class I scrambled for an idea.¬† It was a pretty bad idea, I’ll admit.¬† After¬†I made the post, I thought of like 400 better jokes I could have pulled, but all was lost at that point.

I hope you had a good April Fool’s Day and that nobody got you too bad.¬† I had half of my friends thinking I already got kicked out of my new apartment.

The Greatest Non-Capoeira Song In The History Of The Universe
March 17, 2008, 10:39 pm
Filed under: Off Topic

I totally apologize for how ridiculously non-capoeira related this post is, but there’s no way I can hold back from sharing this with you.

I present to you, my dear friends, the greatest song in the history of the universe and everything (Though, while the song is Awesome x 1,000,000, the video is extremely terrible, and I apologize for it):

Kudos if you can name me any of the 90’s movies this song is in (don’t cheat and look at the YouTube comments).

I promise there’ll be actual capoeira stuff soon, but I just had to post this.

What Capoeiristas Can Learn From Super Bowl 42
February 4, 2008, 10:34 am
Filed under: Capoeira Life, Off Topic


If you’re an American sports fan, you may have witnessed what was perhaps the greatest upset in football (nay, all of sports) history yesterday.¬† The underdog¬† New York Giants surprised the world and defeated the almost perfect New England Patriots 17-14.

Whether you’re filled to the brim with glee, or trapped in a pit of sullen despair, I think there are a few things that every capoeirista can learn from this latest Super Bowl.

  1. Even though you may be small, you still have the ability to topple a giant.
  2. Protection is very important; don’t drop your arms or do weak esquivas or you’ll end up getting beat up like Brady (where was his protection!?).
  3. Each game is a new one, so forget about what happened in previous rodas, and focus on the moment.
  4. No matter how good you think you are, there’s always someone out there who can land¬† a rasteria that knocks you right on your keister.
  5. Perfection isn’t everything; so don’t worry about always being the best, just worry about doing your best.

I could probably think of a few more, but I’m still in shock.

Off Topic: Free Money!
January 24, 2008, 12:40 pm
Filed under: Off Topic

Image by Tracy O (Flickr)

I rarely (if ever) post about non-capoeira stuff on here, but this is my blog and I can do what I want here!

A deal has just been reached for a sweet little kickback to all the hard workin’ folk in America (sorry if you don’t live in the states, this doesn’t apply to you).¬† I figured I’d toss this out there and ask you guys what you might plan on doing with the “free money” ($600).
Will you buy a new berimbau or two?  Perhaps an article of clothing from your favorite blog?  Or will you be one of those responsible types and put it away into savings?

Personally, I’m gonna buy an iPhone (drool).

Happy 2008!
January 3, 2008, 11:45 am
Filed under: Capoeira Life, Off Topic

I hope you all had a great holiday season. I know I did.

Did you get any good capoeira gear from Santa (or any other thoughtful gift-giver)?

I got a pandeiro (two actually, but one needs a bit of repair so they sent my mom a brand new one for no extra charge, so now I have two!), a couple shirts, and a DVD to add to the collection.

What about capoeira-related resolutions for the new year?

Mine is pretty general, but I need to improve my overall game. I’ve been hitting a brick wall for a while now, and I need to come out of the slump.

I don’t want to set any specific goals (like, learn an armada dupla or mariposa) because I feel it’s better to have a general overview and then be able to come up with smaller goals as the time goes on. If I learn an armada dupla tomorrow, then what do I have to look forward to the rest of the year? Know what I mean?

I think 2008 will bring some new stuff to The Capoeira Blog as well.

I know that things have been slow here due to the holidays and stuff, but I’m going to try to pick up the pace ASAP.

Something that has always bugged me is that I really should have started this blog by hosting it myself with my own domain name. I want to try to remedy that this year.

The problem is that it will end up messing with my subscriptions, links, images, and other things that are already connected to the account. I’ll figure it out somehow. If anyone has any suggestions about the best way to move a blog I’m all ears!

I also have a pretty sweet capoeira-related project that I’ve been working on, and I think it’ll pick up some speed here in the new year. I’ll be sure to let you know when I have more concrete information about it.

For now, leave a comment and let us know how your holidays went!

Thanksgiving Is Almost Here, What Are You Thankful For?
November 20, 2007, 4:22 pm
Filed under: Off Topic, Questions

Photo by pKolari (Flickr)

Depending on where you live there may be a dusting of snow outside, people are preparing for a nice little vacation, and you can almost smell the turkey in the air already; well, in the United States anyway.

That’s right, Thanksgiving is upon us.

Thanksgiving is a time when we’re supposed to reflect on the things for which we’re thankful, when we should give thanks to the people and experiences that have touched our lives in some way during the past year.

My question to you in preparation of this time of thanks is:

What are you thankful for?

I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again (because I can’t say it enough), I owe a huge thank you to all of you out there in internet-land who have supported me while The Capoeira Blog takes its first baby steps.

I’m also thankful for my friends in the capoeira world, both in my group and otherwise, who have helped me to learn new movements (macaco, martelo rodado) and who have given me new insight into capoeira that I seen before.

Lastly, I’m thankful that by the time I finish this post I’ll be able to stop typing the word thankful over and over again.

Is there a certain person, perhaps an instructor or fellow student, who has helped you grow as a capoeirista? Do you owe a thank you to your ankle for healing and allowing you to keep practicing? Or maybe you want to say thanks to the pioneers of capoeira for giving us such a great gift.

So again, what are you thankful for? Leave a comment and let us know! This is a capoeira blog after all, so it would be cool if you could tailor your answer to a general capoeira theme. But please feel free to share anything you want.

I know there’s one thing that we can all be thankful about: capoeira provides us with an excellent way to work off that huge Thanksgiving dinner! Eat as much turkey and stuffing as you want, just make sure to add some extra armadas to your next workout!