June 12th – 19th with CM Carcará

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Contra Mestre Carcará will be in Shanghai giving classes from the 11th until the 20th of June (classes with him from the 12th until the 19th), it’s going to be a massive 8 days capoeira week!


Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai Interview with Bolacha and Biscoito

Instrutora BolachaInstructora Bolacha (23):

I have been practicing capoeira for over 10 years now, since I was 11-years-old. I remember picturing myself doing everything that these people were doing with their bodies during an assembly demonstration at my elementary school and signed up for the program right away. I began training capoeira as an after school activity and fell in love with the art. I was quiet and shy growing up; capoeira has given me self-confidence and helped me overcome so many obstacles.

Everyone has a different story and journey in life. I have come to realize that my place on earth is to help others not only to teach others, but to also learn from anyone and everyone. To have a positive outlook and to dream big is my personal philosophy in life and this is only the beginning of what capoeira has offered me so far. All it takes is imaging your self doing something and that first step can make a huge difference. I cannot imagine where I would be if I did not sign up for this after school program to take capoeira. I believe this is faith and my calling in life to continue benefiting and growing from this beautiful art.

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New teachers!

Oi camaras!

Two amazing capoeiristas from Capoeira Mandinga Oakland, Instrutora Bolacha and her brother Biscoito, will be in Shanghai until the 30th of September!

It’s a great opportunity for all of us to improve our Mandinga style and learn new moves.


Capoeira trip to Brazil has been canceled

Unfortunately we have to announce the cancellation of the Brazil trip we were planning to have for July of this year. Due to this international crisis we are starting to notice a very low number of enrolment of people in all kinds of capoeira event. The capoeirando in Ilheus which normaly holds around 500 people this year had only 60! Considering that many of the participants of our event would be coming from USA, Europe and Asia (which are the most financially affected areas) and based on the response we have had up until now we think that canceling it is the best to to at the moment.

I apologise for the people that were already commited and want to tell you that if you are still planning to go ahead with your trip plans I will help you to connect with other events that will be happening in Brazil around that time.

On the other hand I am seriousely studing the possibility doing a small encounter at the California Brazil Camp in Cazadero this year and am already announcing an event that will take place in Ubatuba Brazil next year the weekend after carnival of 2010. That will be a music, dance and capoeira master camp. More info. Will be posted here in time.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Mestre Marcelo

“Capoeira Shanghai” lyrics

Shanghai tambem tem
Tem Capoeira
E o grupo qual e
E Capoeira Mandinga
(Solo sings then chorus repeats)

Capoeira globalizada
Nasceu como uma flor
No meio da China
E Capoeira de valor

Ohhhhh no parque Zhong-shang
Nao esquece de mandar
Um abraco pro Guerreiro
E o povo que esta la

Shanghai tambem tem
Entra pra jogar
Toca, canta e bate palma
Pra a roda animar

Written by Contra Mestre Batatinha

New photos: In the classroom

Class in Yang Lord Gardens (Shanghai) New photo gallery has been added — In the classroom.

You can find in the Media section all our photos and videos. As you can see in this album, capoeira training is not only playing the roda, we also sing, practice instruments, and learn a lot about the capoeira culture.

Contents: Contra Mestre Batatinha, Instrutor Marcão, Birthday Rodas, etc.

Photographer: Nico “Virtual”