“Tuddddoooo bem galera” (everything good people…)

"Tuddddoooo bem galera" (everything good people...) / Capoeira Mandinga ShanghaiThis was how the Brazilian Band greeted the around 500 guests in Latina Restaurant on Saturday 20.03.2010 for the Brazilian Carnival in Shanghai.

The atmosphere was like in Brazil: Traditional Brazilian carnival music, people dancing to pagode, forro and axe music, caipirinhas (the Brazilian national drink) being served in huge quantities and Brazilian samba girls dancing on stage in their beautiful sexy costumes…

It showed the international carnival crowd another tradition of Brazilian life and culture. Amidst all these traditional elements and presentations, there is certainly one cultural aspect which should not be omitted, and that is CAPOEIRA – the cultural heritage of Brazil, a sport which shows a great deal of Brazilian culture and history, a mixture of martial art, dance and music.

The performance was presented by Grupo Capoeira Mandinga, the only capoeira group in Shanghai. The space was limited, the “roda (playing circle)” small and tight, but with the berimbau (traditional one-string music instrument) leading the rhythm and songs for 20 capoeiristas, and a cheering international crowd, the atmosphere was energetic and it was the perfect time to show this beautiful Brazilian art form.

The capoeiristas played and showed all the art’s acrobatic “movimentos”, beautiful “golpes” and rhythmic “gingas”. The mixtures make the beauty of the game, and so it was exciting to see the different styles of the capoeiristas. Some impressed the crowd with radical acrobatic maneuvers, some played a smooth and stylish slow game, and some performed with many kicks and fighting movements, always controlled in order not to harm the opponent but forcing him/her to defend or launch a counterattack.

The show lasted for about 15 minutes and impressed upon everyone just how much this Brazilian cultural heritage has spread all over the world – even to Shanghai.

Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai gingas to grow trees in the dessert

Capoeira exhibition for the opening of Greenlife NPO’s new office

Capoeira exhibition for the opening of Greenlife NPO’s new officeOn the 18th of March 2010, after years of managing their activities from their home, the non-profit-organisation for environmental protection Greenlife NPO celebrated the opening ceremony of their new office in Luwan District, Shanghai. Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai took part in the set of performances to entertain the guests, which included Chinese traditional dancing, contemporary dancing, a comedian show, and a couple of music performances.

Over ten capoeristas displayed their kicking, singing and percussion abilities for a crowd of more than 250 people. Most of the audience −mainly Chinese and Japanese− wasn’t familiar with the art, but after a couple of minutes of uncertainty on their faces, they soon grasped the fun of the game and the rhythm of the music, then the clapping and cheering spread in the hall. The climax of the show came when Guerreiro went upside down in a solid bananera, that provoked a wave of excited gasping. The acrobatic position and his upper body −lush with masculinity and suddenly unveiled by the fall of his T-shirt− were equally compelling. Sushi delighted us with a flash come back from Japan appearing just before the show to treat us with his neat technique. The audience didn’t notice, but Pombinha could not overlook his change in shape since he left the group.

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Capoeira show: Brazilian Carnival at Latina next Saturday 20 of March!


Next Saturday 20th of March there will be a Brazilian Carnival Party at Latina in Xujiahui, with live music, samba, caipirinha. They have asked us to do a capoeira presentation there! So EVERYONE is invited to come to give energy and to play capoeira.

The party starts at 22:00 (Free entrance).

We can go there earlier for dinner (they can give us a discount on the buffet).

Please let me know if you can come for dinner, or just for the show. I need to inform the organizer.
It’s going to be massive!


Capoeira Show for NGO Event

Dear Capoeristas,

We are trying to get together a possible Capoeira performance next week, on Thursday the 18th. The whole event will run between 17:00 and 20:00 but we would perform after 7, probably around 19:15 (flexible time). We would like to know who could make it. Please answer as soon as you can if you can make it and at what time, so I can give a definite proposal to the organiser.

The show would be within an event organised by Greenlife NPO – an ecologist NGO (www.npo-greenlife.org) to celebrate the opening of their new office and to put some art donations for sale.

The task of Greenlife NPO is fighting desertification and its consequences in China. During the last 6 years they have already planted more than half a million trees in the Hure banner, in Tongliao Prefecture in Inner Mongolia. This year they expect to raise the number up to more than one million trees and complete the project. After that, they will move to other areas suffering severe desertification in Sichuan and Yunnan. The personal story of the founder of the NPO is quite exceptional, I recommend you to check out the web page and find out.


上海市户湾区局门路436号7101-A. (436, Jumen Road. Luwan District. )
Metro line 9 (Madang Rd. Station)
Metro line 8 (Xizang Nan Rd. Station)
Metro line 4 (Luban Rd St or Xizang Nan Rd. Station)

Expect around 20 min. walk from the metro stations.

Entering the compound from Luwan Road on your right there is the office, and the following building is a big hall they will use for that event.


See you soon!

This Saturday Sport Fair at O’Malley

O'Maleys's sport fair Shanghai 2009


Just to remind everyone that this Saturday (17th of October) we are participating at the Sport Fair at O’Malley.

It’s from 11am to 4pm, we need a couple of people to be there at 11:00am. At 3:00pm there will be a capoeira roda so everyone should try to be there on time ok? After we will move to our gym for regular class.

Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai Batizado Programme

Download programme as PDF (100 kb)

Friday 11th of September
Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai

Workshop at Stargym Wuyi Lu n.777, 2F, by Zhongshan Xi Lu 武夷路777号, 2楼

After class, dinner at “El Mojito” in Dagu Lu, 80rmb All you can eat

Saturday 12th of September

Workshop at Stargym Wuyi Lu n.777, 2F, by Zhongshan Xi Lu 武夷路777号, 2楼


Lunch Break

Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai

Batizado and Troca de Cordao


Party at Latina Restaurant
Special price RMB160 all you can eat + 2 Caipirinhas
Xujiahui, Grand Gateway Square, 1 Hongqiao Rd.

Sunday 13th of September
Il Panino

Brunch at “Il Panino”
1690 Beijing Xi Lu, near Jiaozhou Lu 北京西路1690号 近胶州路
Metro line 2, Jing’An Temple


Capoeira, Maculele Show, Music Workshop at Latina in Jinqiao, n.633 Bi Yun Lu by Yun Shan Lu (taxi from Century Park station, Line 2)


Dinner at Japanese Restaurant Shirokiya, 白木屋,
138RMB all you can eat, Donghu Lu n.30 by Huaihai Lu. 东湖路靠近淮海路.

Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th of September
Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai

Workshops at Stargym Wuyi Lu n.777, 2F, by Zhongshan Xi Lu武夷路777号, 2楼

After the workshops, dinner somewhere

Download programme as PDF (100 kb)

Capoeira Trip to Brazil in 2010 / Ubatuba Brasil Camp 2010

Capoeira Trip to Brazil 2010 / Ubatuba Brasil Camp 2010An Event with some of the Greatest capoeira teachers in the world (mestres/contra-mestres Brasilia, Cabello, Kibe and others). In the middle of Ubatuba paradize (Brazilian Hawaii) in colaboration with a music and dance camp with some of the most famous musitians (Hermeto Pascoal, Jovino dos Santos, Jorge Alabê and others).

This will be a combination of permaculture learning and practice event where students will have the opportunity to practice environmentally correct building and living situations in the middle of a training facility built in the jungle of Ubatuba. Walking distance to beautiful waterfall, river and beaches.

E-mail: mpcapoeira@hotmail.com

More info on Facebook.

SPACE LIMITED!!! Price includes all classes room and board for all the 9 days at a nice hotel and ground transportation from and to the São Paulo airport: http://www.aguadocepraiahotel.com.br/

Price: USD$750 (if paid before Dec. 1st) after USD$950

Mail checks or money order to:

Capoeira Mandinga Brazil Camp
4096 Piedmont Ave # 612
Oakland, CA 94611-5221

Soon you will be able to sign up on line at our Mandinga website at: http://www.mandinga.org

Note: Space for this event is limited. Sign up ASAP.

See some of Ubatuba: http://www.ubatuba.com.br/ or http://www.litoralvirtual.com.br/ubatuba/index_i.html

Other related activities that we will do there are:

Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai Second Annual Batizado

Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai Batizado 2009 Flyer
CMS Batizado Flyer

Dear all,

Our Batizado Event will take place on Friday 11th, Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th of September.

NEW: Batizado Programme

In order to participate to CMS II Batizado please fill on-line registration form.

Our confirmed guests for this year are:

  • Our Mestre, Mestre Marcelo, founder of Capoeira Mandinga.
  • Mestre Cabello, Capoeira Angola center of Ouroverde Cultural farm
  • Contra Mestra Jô from Equipe Jô Capoeira
  • Contra Mestre Carcara, Capoeira Mandinga Rochester
  • Instrutora Bolacha, Capoeira Mandinga Oakland
  • Biscoito, Capoeira Mandinga Oakland
Schedule of the event is the following:
  • Friday 20:00-22:00, Star Gym in Wuyi Lu
  • Satuday 11:00-18:00 Star Gym in Wuyi Lu
    Workshops and Troca de cordao
  • Saturday 20:00 – late
    Party at Latina in Xujiahui (160 RMB all you can eat)
  • Sunday 11:30
    Brunch at Il Panino in Beijingxi Lu (50 RMB set menu)
  • Sunday 15:00
    Capoeira, Maculele, Batucada show at Latina Jinqiao
  • Monday 20:00 – 22:00 Star Gym in Wuyi Lu
  • Tuesday 20:00-22:00 Star Gym in Wuyi Lu
  • Capoeira Mandinga Students: RMB1,000 (900 if paid within the 31st of August)
  • Visitors capoeiristas: RMB500 (400 only the weekend)

Please invite your friends to come to see our batizado on Saturday 12th from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at Stargym in Wuyi Lu. It will be free of charge.

Once again, this is going to be bigger than last year: more guests, more students, more Axé!

Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai Batizado 2009 Registration

Sponsorship for Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai – Batizado September 2009


Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai’s second annual Batizado and Troca de Corda will take place on Saturday, September 12th. Following our massive success and vibrant performances at 2008’s inaugural Batizado at Lakeville Regency, Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai will be holding another visual and fun-filled event for 2009’s 2nd Annual Batizado and Troca de Corda.

Batizado 2009 Sponsorship Handout (in PDF format)