Saturday, November 15, 2008

Capoeira

Last week I had the pleasure of accidentally witnessing a Capoeira performance by some international students at Jaya One. Capoeira is "is an Afro-Brazilian art form that ritualizes movement from martial arts, games and dance." - Quoted from Wikipedia.

To me, it looked like break dance mixed with martial arts with graceful but powerful flips, head stands, hand stands, cartwheels with fluid body movements. Even the girls had built biceps. Guess that is a given since they have to do so many upper body lifts.

The performance at Jaya One was sort of like a graduation class where each student received a coloured belt (indicating their level very much like karate). Some were kids who looked like they were just 2 years old and they were extremely cute to watch. Alas, my 4G SD card was full so I only managed to capture just a few seconds.
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The song they were chanting was quite catchy and I found myself so engrossed with the whole performance,I stood there for over an hour watching them.

The fascinating thing was watching the adults. Man! They were really good! Since they were performing against the kids, you could see they were holding themselves back. (Sorry, this one had another instructor blocking my view but you can still somewhat see what's going on at the back)
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Anyway, here's what it's supposed to look like, I think. Wonder if Capoeira is featured in any movie yet.


1 comment:

Grace said...

Yeah some performers from Brazil came to our school to do a demo but none of the students paid any attention and just talked loudly over them. How rude! I was so embarrassed!