How to practice for Mortal

Oi Everybody,

I’d like to share a video for those interesting in practicing back-flips and other mortals…

Don’t practice by yourself: ask the help of other capoeiristas who know the technic and can help you. As said in the video, use a “trained” person to help you! Please watch the video until the end since they are some interesting stuff about common mistakes.



Ke Center Performance

2 Videos from the show of the students of Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai at the Ke Center theatre:

First the Roda
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Then the Batucada
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Video of the week: More than berimbau

Did you hear something about “berimbau blues”? No?! Just watch.

Berimbau Blues live in PercPan 2007, Brazil

And what about electric berimbau

or more cyber-punk things?

via capoeira forums

New Brazilian action movie “Besouro” (Beetle)


“Beetle” tells the “true story” of Besouro, a Capoeira master living in 1920s Brazil. The film’s title comes from the name Besouro Manganga, which is a large and dark species of maybug.

According to legends surrounding the historical figure, Besouro was known to vanish whenever he was faced with an uneven fight. This grew into the myth that Besouro had supernatural powers and could dodge bullets and even turn himself into a beetle to scare his opponents.

More grounded details on Besouro suggest he was a rebellious migrant worker who frequently used his Capoeira skills to get into physical conflicts with landowners and police. He died in 1924 at the age of 27 after suffering stab wounds from a knife.

Ku Huan-chiu serves as action director. His credits include stunt doubling for Jet Li in “The Tai-Chi Master” and “Once upon a time in China and America”, as well as recent AD work on CJ7 and “THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR”, and also “Kill Bill”.

“Beetle”, a co-production between Buena Vista and Brazil’s Mixer and Globo Filmes is currently shooting.

For more details on Besouro Manganga visit Capoeira Sul Da Bahia San Francisco.

via kungfucinema and

Al Jazeera: Brazlian Bahia’s legacy of Capoeira


The Capoeira was created in Bahia by African slaves as a way to defend themselves from abuse, a skill disguised as a pseudo-dance ritual to fool their masters.

Today there are Capoeira schools all over Brazil and the world, but especially in Bahia, where slaves were first brought to America, as a way of expressing black pride and keeping their history and culture alive.

Lucia Newman reports.