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I never thought that my kids will be able to join capoeira, a Brazilian martial arts which looks like dancing And accompanied by Brazilian singing and music. Last year we watched the amazing international festival in a nearby mall attended by people from different parts of the world.
Last week, my dear Tom and Jim particated in the festival. I was surprised that they can perform great movements in front of a lot of mall visitors confidently. The festival for kids was opened by Professor Caca with some Brazilian chant or poem. At first, I didn't have any idea why the kids should repeat those chants. I tried to figure out what they meant. In my interpretation, they were chants about the philosophy of capoeira. Some of them said that capoeira doesn't classify people by their skin colours and religion. There was also things related with discipline.
We enjoyed the festival very much. First of all, kids could perform so they can build their confidence. Indirectly, it give them nore spirit to practice more seriously and to attend the class regularly. Next, kids could socialise with both people they already known and new acquaintance. They could learnt new tradition or culture and respect it as well. Capoeira teaches them to be sportive and fair with others. They fight but they have to respect their opposition. When they finished fighting, they were friends again. Another thing is that capoeira which looks so relaxing teaches them to use the chance to perform soft but sharp attack.
Here are some shots of the festival. I am sorry for the poctureswhich are not good as I took them with just my iPhone
This is how the kids acted after the batisado. The received special rope as a symbol of achievement. They were very proud of it.