Tuesday, June 06, 2006

My expereince towards playing Capoeira...

Capoeira is basically a very unique martial-art form. It's an Afro-Brazilian martial-art whereby consists of martial-art, dance, songs, music, fitness training, rituals, games, history, language, culture and etc.

I joined Capoeira is all after the movie called 'ONLY THE STRONG' acted by Mark Dacascos. That time I'm still very young about 13yrs old maybe.
I can say that I'm quite fortunate enough to join the group named, Grupo Bantus Capoeira Malaysia. Basically this is my 1st martial-art background after 20yrs.

From the day I started playing or training Capoeira until today is nearly 10 months. I can say that, there are still a long way to go in order to know and to feel more about Capoeira spirits. The basic movements plays a very important role in Capoeira and it builds the inner strength out from our individual body. Capoeira is not only about how to fight or do any acrobatics moves...

It's also about Brazilian culture,history and customs. At least now I can only count from 1-10 in Brazilian Portuguese.

1st of all, I don't really like histories but I just don't know how I can remember about the history of Capoeira. The beginning of the training will be tough, but after when your body get used to the strecthes and the control of your body and soul. You will enjoy the game and the martial-art.
Other than only doing 'ginga','negativa','meia lua','armada','compasso',queixada', and etc.

I get to learn how to play the very unique instrument called Berimbau.
It represent Capoeira and it is the main instrument compared to the Atabaque(floor drum/Conga) and Pandeiro (tamarind).

Other than that, I learn how to sing the Capoeira songs. It will be in my head like for the whole week o even worse. That is the good thing, but I can't lead in the roda because I'm still struggling to sing out from my throat. Everything takes time to learn and to adapt. Practice makes improvement not perfect. At the starting point, I felt pressured and wanted to acheive a certain level in the whole training and game. Until I talk to my seniors and my instructor, I realise that Capoeira is an on-going training and we can't give ourselves pressure. We have to enjoy the game and the training. Train without pressure can really make a differnce.

Now, I can see my progression in the whole game of Capoeira. Basically the comments are from my instructor and my seniors who train with me and trying their best to mould and drill me. They spill out whereever is my mistakes and weakness. Then they will correct me and support me. In this whole Capoeira game is all about supporting and cheering for your friends in the game. But fortunately I have a group of training mates that train with me and we have fun together.

The pictures which are in this blog are basically the activities and the happy moments of me and the rest of the Capoeiristas from Grupo Bantus Capoeira Malaysia. As well as the Grupo Taylor's Bantus Capoeira Club, they are still very fresh and they enjoy themselves during training and they really communicate well to each other. Basically, Capoeira is a very big family and Bantus is not small as well. We will try our very best to grow this Bantus family.