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Capoeira is a unique Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial arts, dance, music and acrobatics. In capoeira classes students develop physically, emotionally, and mentally as they train Capoeira’s challenging movements, learn to play traditional instruments, sing music in Portuguese, and apply their training in an exciting improvised “game” that helps students develop their personal strength, response time, creativity, courage, and self-expression.
These expressions and movements were given birth more than 400 years ago during a time of difficult oppression and slavery. The fearless energy that dwelt in the first Capoeiristas still lives today into the 21st century. Capoeira is characterized by deceptive kicks, escapes, acrobatics, and gymnastic movements. Capoeira is considered a “jogo” or game. The game or jogo is played inside a circle of participants known as a ‘roda’ (hoda). Most movements flow out of the ‘ginga’, a basic dance pattern that disguises its power to attack. The emphasis is to catch your partner off guard. As you challenge your partner to respond to your movements, he does the same. The roda is led by musicians, fellow Capoeira players, who play instruments specific to the art.
At Austin Capoeira Ginga Brasil-CDO classes build:
Reinaldo Ramos Suassuna also known as Mestre Suassuna, was born in Ilhéus, Bahia, Brazil in 1938 and raised in Itabuna.
Due to a physical handicap in his legs, the doctor recommended that he involve himself in a sport that was not soccer. Under the influence of two friends that had begun Capoeira and his medications, Suassuna started to practice this Brazilian art.
At the beginning of the 1960s, Suassuna shone in Bahia with his Capoeira presentations and consequently many invitations from other states and from abroad were offered. In 1965, after two of his friends kept on insisting for him to come to São Paulo, he left Bahia and went to the land of the rain with the intention of opening an academy and succeeding in life with Capoeira. His mission was to develop Capoeira as folklore and as a sport. At the beginning it was very hard; he was far from his friends, he worked at various jobs, went through financial difficulties. After a lot of struggle, he met some people from Itabuna that took him to Ze Freita’s Academy, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. That is where he met Brasilia.
In 1967, together with Mestre Brasilia, he founded the “Associacao de Capoeira Cordão de Ouro”. Today, Suassuna is dearly liked and respected. He is proud to see that his group’s work is well structured and full of creativity, with members found all over the world.
Lucio Flavio de Campos Torres, also known as “Mestre Quebrinha”, was born in Guaratingueta – SP in 1960. He began studying Capoeira in 1976 under the guidance of Mestre Gilberto in Taubate, and also trained with Mestre Lobao in Sao Jose dos Campos. In 1980 he earned the Professor graduation from Mestre Suassuna. Mestre Quebrinha earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the Taubate Univeristy (UNITAU) and a Masters in sports. In 1979 he served the Airforce (CTA), where he had the pleasure and opportunity to work under Mr. Esdras Magalhaes dos Santos, also known Mestre Damiao (Mestre Bimba’s students in 40’s) and also founded Capoeira Ginga Brasil – Cordão de Ouro.
Mestre Damiao, a very noble man and also full of knowledge that he acquired while studying under Mestre Bimba, was always observing Mestre Quebrinha’s steps and supporting his work. But, most importantly, he gave him all the incentive to create a program and add Capoeira in the Physical Education curriculum at the University of Taubate.
In 1995 and1997, Mestre Quebrinha was invited to be a special guest of the II & III International Capoeira Encouter in Sao Francisco – CA, where he taught Capoeira and berimbau. Lastly, Mestre Quebrinha has graduated a number of students including Mestre Pinga Fogo who teaches capoeira classes in Austin, TX and Professor Bom Menino (Madrid).
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