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Yesterday was the third time for Tom to get higher rank in his Capoeira. It was not as great as last year festival. This time Batizado (baptism) is not as wonderful as last year. It is held in the training center which was super hot. A lot of audience who were the children’s parents made the building more crowded and hot. However, we still can enjoy the Roda (performance).
Capoeira is a Brazilian martial arts which combines fight, music (song and instruments), dance, and acrobatics. Therefore, capoeira is not merely a martial arts, but it is also an entertainment and game. The background of this martial arts is slavery. It has been the third year for Tom joining capoeira. Everyone in the family supports him a lot in his participation.
- We love the movement. Capoeira movements are soft but strong. We even cannot see when a good capoeirista (capoeira player) is attacking his or her opponent. A harsh movement is avoided in capoeira, but slower and strong movement is encouraged. It is in contrast with wushu movement. A wushu athlete usually shows fast movement when they do a cartwheel movement. It is hard to get them slow down. When they got slow down, their power will decrease. A capoeirista will try to focus on power and trick in doing so. he or she should be able to control their movement calmly and smartly.
- We love the music. It’s not a real capoeira when there isn’t any music around the performance. The music trains participants to follow the beat, get relax, and focus toward the performance. It also makes the performance for energetic, alive, and entertaining. Some musical instruments used in capoeira are berimbau, pendeiro, and atabaque.
- We love learning some Brazilian cultures. When the master, Professor Caca from Brazil visited us, there are always some new songs learnt. All songs accompanying the capoeira performance are Brazilian. Sometimes trainees learn Samba and basic Brazilian numbers, greetings, colors, etc.
- We love the friendship in our center especially and the whole capoeira community that we have met. In the community, a purposeful attacking movement is absolutely forbidden as here capoeira is really an arts. Unfriendly attitudes are strictly not acceptable. Even after a harsh performance, both player will shake hands, embrace, and smile. Tom has a lot of friends and always makes new friends in his capoeira activities. The range of friendship will go across cultures, ages, and ranks.
- We love the creativity. Creativity in martial arts is important and it will get the performers or player to think out of the box. Most Performers or players required to modify the basic movements to make them more interesting, tricky, and satisfying. I really like to see Tom’s happy face when he just modifies the movements he learnt previously. I think being creative in modifying and using movements are another satisfaction for all capoeirista.
- We love how to see all the benefits of capoeira during the training:
- Capoeirista learn to train their reflex
- Capoeirista learn to balance their body
- Capoeirista learn flexibility and stretching so that they can move their body better
- Capoeirista learn concentration in movement
- Capoeirista learn to control their emotion
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