Author's archive: Chupa Teta
DIEGO: My name is Diego Pappalardo. I’m from Italy, I live in Shanghai, work for a European Bank and teach capoeira.
TE: Can you describe capoeira for us?
DIEGO: Originating in Brazil in the 1600s, Capoeira is the only indigenous American martial art, it was developed by African slaves in Brazil. Capoeira began to take form amongst the community of slaves that worked on the sugar cane plantations. It became a strong weapon in the life and death struggle against their oppressors. Capoeiristas learned to camouflage the forbidden fight with singing and clapping as though it were simply entertainment.The fight was disguised behind the dance – a dance that could be as graceful as a panther and as treacherous as a snake.Capoeira is an art form and self-defense; with strong aerobic and dance elements. It is a harmony of forces that gives you power, flexibilty, endurance and self-discovery. Capoeira balances the body, soul and mind. It is a graceful, exciting art form that teaches you to be alert.
TE: In China, how would you compare capoeira to other martial arts?
DIEGO: Capoeira is less martial, more creative. It involves music and history. It is a great workout and is demanding, even though the environment is friendly and students have fun during the training.
TE: Capoeira is often seen performed without much physical contact. Is that by design?
DIEGO: As some Capoeira Master said, “There is no physical contact if you’re fast enough to avoid the kick.” The first thing that a capoeira student learns is to escape from kicks. The second thing is to kick with control. Our goal is not to hurt the opponent but to challenge him and to dialogue with him. We say “to play capoeira”, even though there is a challenge and there can be contact.
TE: How long have you been in China and what’s it been like there for you as a foreigner?
DIEGO: I have been in Shanghai since 2005, while I had also been in Beijing as student in 2004. I have now a full time job and a full time commitment to teach capoeira: I love my life here and as a foreigner who can speak mandarin I find the life in Shanghai pretty easy and convenient.
TE: If you had one tip for someone visiting China, what would it be?
DIEGO: If you’re visiting, be Chinese: eat Chinese food, visit the parks, the narrow streets, go to Beijing and have just a quick look at Shanghai. If you’re moving here for long term, then take this opportunity to realize your projects: China is the right place to do that.
Original article: “Travel Explotion“
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Maybe you already know about cheap berimbau bags in Shanghai, and here is updated information about it from our camara Birdie.
The address is 56 Lanxi Lu, not 55 Lanxi Lu, and the vendor number is 50.
There’s actually a better and faster way to get to the vendor: get out at FengQiaoLu (枫桥路) station on line 11, exit 3. Once outside, walk a few meters to the right on CaoYangLu and the market will be on your right hand side (takes 1-2 minutes). The #50 vendor will be on the right-hand side column and is one of the first vendors to appear from this entrance.
The ayi’s surname is Yu 俞, so call her “Yu Ayi” The phone number listed on the webpage is her home phone but it’s missing a “6″, it should be: 62160696. She has a cell phone now: 13564973872. She doesn’t speak any English so if someone wants to order a bag in English, they can e-mail her friend (who knows some English) at: zhanlin_Cindy@hotmail.com
Her vendor opens around 9am and closes at 5pm.
Oh, and the bag’s price is increased to 30 rmb. Depending on the type of material and layers, the cost could be more. I asked for many layers and various fabrics, so mine was 55 rmb.
Capoeira is great for kids. It combines martial arts, gymnastics, music and dance and provides a fun challenging workout. Capoeira is also a great tool to develop coordination, since its movements involve the entire body. Thanks to its music component, children also learn to sing in Portuguese and play the traditional Capoeira instruments. Introducing fun kids games where the elements of capoeira are incorporated, children learn many important skills including discipline, self confidence and respect.
Kids classes every Saturday from 3:15pm-4:30pm on Yan’An Xi lu n.358, 3rd floor (near Nanjing Xi Lu)
Contact email: firstname.lastname@example.org