Capoeira as Theory – by Mariano Silva

22 04 2009

New students to capoeira often wonder exactly what they are getting into. Here is a brief explanation from Contra Mestre Mariano….

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Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form and dance that involves music, ritual and movement. Capoeira was created by African slaves, in Brazil, approximately 400 years ago. Music was an integral part of the discipline because it taught rhythm. Played in a ritual roda (circle), the prehistoric berimbau stringed bow instrument sets the pace and swing of the capoeira jogo (game). Today Capoeira is Brazil’s second national sport and is gaining popularity throughout the world. It can be done by anyone of any age or size.

There are three main aspects of capoeira music, movement and discipline. Without these three things the art form is not complete. The significance of music to capoeira is that it creates the atmosphere to play the game. Through learning about the different instruments and songs people gain emotional discipline, mental acuity and become unified as a group. This unification increases a sense of acceptance and understanding with the world around you.

While the music sets the tone for the game the movement is what brings it alive. Through structured movements and sequences, students learn coordination, balance and gain strength. Along with structure there is also an aspect of self-expression where each player develops their own style of play. During each class students will be challenged both physically and mentally. After overcoming each obstacle they will increase their self-esteem with a sense of accomplishment.

As in any sport discipline plays a major role by attributing to the conduct of the game. With discipline players learn to respect their teacher and other players. In capoeira, discipline is very important to learn patience, control the movements and follow the rules of the game.

The music, movements and discipline learned through capoeira will be carried by students into other aspects of their lives. Challenges, language skills, courage, self-esteem, and friendships are all parts of life, and must be integrated when learning capoeira. Capoeira can be a life changing experience and the benefits will be noticed long in to the future.

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Capoeira Batuque 20th Anniversary Batizado

8 04 2009

Oi Batuqueiros,

This year Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara is proud to take part in the Capoeira Batuque 20th Anniversary Batizado down in Los Angeles with Mestre Amen and his great students. The guest list is too long to name, but it is guaranteed to be a great event!

Friday June 26th – Sunday June 28th
Location: Brasil Brasil Cultural Center
4325 Sepulveda Blv
Culver City, CA 90230
For the latest updates and information please visit

Some Roots and Tradition from last years great event.

Here’s a Quick History Lesson

6 04 2009

If you don’t know you better ask somebody.

Capoeira Batuque Santa Barbara – Encounter & Solstice Parade Updates

5 04 2009

Oi Batuqueiros!

We just had another great practice for the Santa Barbara’s Annual Summer Solstice Parade. It should be another amazing event. Anyone who would like to participate should come out and join us – it’s open to everybody! If you want to be in the parade this year instead of just watch, be a part of our traditional carnaval-style Bloco! You can play an instrument or just come out and support. For more info on class times or updates e-mail at

Here is the most current Schedule of Events:

Friday, June 19th

Capoeira and Dance Workshops
Location: Dance Unlimted
5370 Hollister Ave. Suite #1
Goleta, CA 93117
Time: 6:00pm-10:00pm
Price: $50.00 (includes Parade Costume, WorkShop, and Saturday Dinner)
Featuring Guests: Mestre Amen, Mestre Urubu, Mestre Curisco, Mestre Batata, Contra Mestre Jamaica, Contra Mestre Reco, Contra Mestre Gui, and Contra Mestre Paulo Batuta

Saturday, June 20th

Location: Cota & State Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm

Check in for more information about Capoeira Batuque’s upcoming Batizado in Los Angeles!

Capoeira Batuque – Santa Barbara

2nd Annual Post Carnaval Show at the Stateside

5 04 2009

Oi Batuqeiros and Friends.

Come check out our fundraiser show at the Stateside Restaurant and Lounge. We will be putting on a show with Capoeira, Afro-Brazilian Dance, Afro-Brazilian Percussion, Brazilian DJ, and a live performance by Prakantar. We’ve also heard there may be a few guest appearances from professional musicians from Los Angeles, including the number one Batuqueiro himself, Mestre Amen Santo.

We are raising funds for our Batizado and to help spread Brazilian Art and Culture to the great cities of Santa Barbara and Los Angeles.

It should be a great time and tickets are only $10.
StateSide Restaurant and Lounge
1114 State Street
Santa Barbara, Ca 93101

Capoeira Batuque – Santa Barbara