Do you know “Capoeira”? Have you ever seen or heard of it?
For those who have no idea what it’s like, here’s a video link just to show you an example.
It’s often described as Brazilian martial art or a sport, but it’s actually difficult to categorize just into one gener.
As the description below the video says,
“For most people, capoeira -- an art which mixes combat, dance and music -- is associated with Brazilian culture."
Here’s another example.
And for a quick overview:
To sum up, Capoeira can be explained as a unique Brazilian martial art/dance form that involves self-defense, fluid body movement (sometimes acrobatic), music, culture awareness and community while learning/celebrating Afro-Brazilian history and tradition. There are several different styles and so many different groups of Capoeira in the world. But one thing in common among most (or at least “many”) Capoeira groups is they value respect and friendship, as well as harmony rather than seeing it as fighting.
There are all different level of players of all ages. If you find it interesting, you can start practicing Capoeira any time if you are a boy/man or a girl/woman, athletic or not.
I myself belong to a Capoeira group called “GUETO”, which’s considered one of the biggest (and the best!) groups in Japan. The group is based in Bahia, Brazil, and has some branches in the world. And the Japan head office is in Kanazawa. (for more information, go to the group official site:http://gueto-japao.com/)
Unfortunately, there’s no branch in Nagoya though, we have a capoeira self-practice-circle with a handful of members (GUETO NAGOYAサークル). We practice once (or twice) a week in a community center, and sometimes we invite teachers from other branches or we go there to join workshops or events. We definitely go to Kanazawa for Batizado, the most important annual event held in every August. Here’s a video from the last year, which you must not miss.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfbSbA6kj-sIf
-want to be healthier, need more exercise,
-love music and would like to try new musical instruments, or just simply love singing,
-love traveling, love to meet interesting people,
-are interested in different cultures and learning foreign languages, etc.
For whatever reason, why don’t you come and join us?!
For a free trial, please drop a line with your name and contact to:firstname.lastname@example.org
Either in English or Japanese (to Nori).
Hope to see you in the Roda!!(“Roda” means “Circle” in Portuguese, and it’s where capoeira games take place.)