Capoeira interview ‚Äď Formada Baixinha

Formada Baixinha is a black rope in the Grupo Capoeira Brazil and has been training since 1981. She is a psychologist and since 1993 she has been teaching capoeira.

What is your name in the capoeira?

Baixinha

What is your capoeira group? And what is your graduation (corda)?

Grupo Capoeira Brasil. Corda Preta (black rope).

How long are you training capoeira?

I started in 1981, I’ve been training for 38 years now.

How and why did you start to train capoeira?

I was living in Petr√≥polis, Mountain Region in the state of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). I watched a capoeira roda in a square in that city and fell in love instantly. 

For you, what is capoeira? What capoeira means?

Capoeira is the minority struggle, the fight for freedom against the oppressor, the fight of a subjugated people. And nowadays, symbolically, it is a power that keep us women in the fight, to acquire, in a world that still is too much male.

Would you indicate capoeira for someone else? Why?

I¬īve been teaching capoeira since 1993, that way I contribute to people that love the capoeira.

Tell us about a capoeirista who you admire and that is an inspiration for you. And why?

My mestre Paulinho Sabi√°. I am with him since the beginning. When I started, he was still in the Senzala capoeira group, afterwards they (mestres Paulinho Sabi√°, Paul√£o do Cear√° and Boneco) created Grupo Capoeira Brasil in 1989. I am the oldest student of the group. All teachings and formation in my capoeira¬īs life came through him.

Which capoeira song do you like best? And why?

Between 1989 and 1991 I was departing from the capoeira, because of personal problems. It was very hard for me deal with the lack of capoeira. Then I made a song that digests what I was feeling. This are the lyrics:

Da capoeira meu senhor, 
eu tentei me afastar, 
mas dentro do cora√ß√£o, 
sempre um berimbau a tocar, 
e embalando os meu sonhos, 
uma roda, um cantar, 
e falei comigo mesmo, 
pra capoeira eu vou voltar, 
o berimbau, a roda e o jogar vieram ent√£o, 
preencher a minha vida e o meu coração.

Eh! Capoeira √© paix√£o, √© amor, √© alegria   (2x)

A capoeira meu senhor √© igual a o amor, 
se voc√™ lhe fecha os olhos vem no peito uma dor, 
que vai matando a gente, 
com sofrimento e ardor.

Eh! Capoeira √© paix√£o, √© amor, √© alegria   (2x)

From the capoeira my God
I tried to be apart
but inside my heart
it is always a berimbau playing
and dandling my dreams
a roda, a song
and I told myself
to capoeira I will come back
then, the berimbau, the roda and the game come
fill my life and my heart
 
Eh! Capoeira is passion, is love, is happiness (2x)
 
The capoeira, my God, is same as love
If you close your eyes, a strong pain come to your heart
That kills you
with suffering and burning
 
Eh! Capoeira is passion, is love, is happiness (2x

Which capoeira move do you like best? And why?

I have not a preference. I think one motion complements another one and so on.

Capoeira is martial art, is dance, is music, is acrobatics. In your opinion what (of this) is most important? And why?

As I said above, I think one complements the other one. That¬īs why the capoeira is so fascinating.

Do you want to add some comment or remark?

Congratulations for the initiative of make the capoeira, and the capoeiristas, more visible. 

Capoeira entrevista ‚Äď Formada Baixinha

Formada Baixinha √© corda preta no Grupo Capoeira Brasil e treina desde 1981. Tem forma√ß√£o em psicologia e desde 1993 dedica-se a ensinar capoeira. 

Apelido na capoeira?

Baixinha

Qual o seu grupo e sua graduação?

Grupo Capoeira Brasil. Graduação: Corda Preta.

Quanto tempo você treina capoeira?

Comecei em 1981, treino h√° 38 anos.

Como foi que você se interessou pela capoeira?

Morava na cidade de Petrópolis, região serrana do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, vi uma roda em uma praça da cidade, me apaixonei instantaneamente.

O que é capoeira para você? Qual o significado da capoeira?

Capoeira representa a luta das minorias, a luta pela liberdade contra seu opressor, a luta de um povo subjugado. E hoje, simbolicamente, vem com uma força para continuarmos em alerta na luta, para conquistarmos, nós mulheres, espaços onde o universo ainda é altamente masculino.

Você indicaria a capoeira para outras pessoas? Por quê?

Dou aulas de capoeira desde 1993, contribuindo assim, para q as pessoas se apaixonem pela capoeira.

Cite algum/alguma capoeirista que você admira/que te inspira. Por quê?

Meu Mestre Paulinho Sabiá, estou com ele desde o começo. Quando iniciei ele ainda era do grupo Senzala, depois nasceu o Grupo Capoeira Brasil em 1989. Sou a aluna mais antiga do grupo,todos os ensinamentos e formação na minha vida de capoeirista foram passados por ele.

Qual m√ļsica de capoeira √© mais marcante/importante para voc√™? Por qu√™?

Por problemas pessoais me afastei da capoeira entre 1989 e 1991, foi muito dificil ter q lidar com essa falta que a capoeira me fez. Fiz uma m√ļsica q sintetizou o q estava sentindo, segue a letra: 

Da capoeira meu senhor, 
eu tentei me afastar, 
mas dentro do cora√ß√£o, 
sempre um berimbau a tocar, 
e embalando os meu sonhos, 
uma roda, um cantar, 
e falei comigo mesmo, 
pra capoeira eu vou voltar, 
o berimbau, a roda e o jogar vieram ent√£o, 
preencher a minha vida e o meu coração.

Eh! Capoeira √© paix√£o, √© amor, √© alegria   (2x)

A capoeira meu senhor √© igual a o amor, 
se voc√™ lhe fecha os olhos vem no peito uma dor, 
que vai matando a gente, 
com sofrimento e ardor.

Eh! Capoeira √© paix√£o, √© amor, √© alegria   (2x)

Qual movimento na capoeira você mais gosta de fazer? Por quê?

Não tenho nenhum específico, acho que um complementa o outro.

Capoeira √© arte marcial, √© dan√ßa, √© m√ļsica, √© acrobacia. Para voc√™, o que √© mais importante e por qu√™?

Como disse acima, acho que um complemente o outro, por isso a capoeira é tão fascinante.

Você quer acrescentar algum comentário?

Parabéns pela iniciativa em tornar visíveis a capoeira e consequentemente os capoeiristas.

Capoeira interview – professor Marinheiro

What is your name in the capoeira?

Marinheiro.

What is your capoeira group? And what is your graduation (corda)?

Grupo Capoeira Brasil ‚Äď Corda Roxa (Purple rope).

How long are you training capoeira?

For 21 years.

How and why did you start to train capoeira?

Throught a school friend, Ramon (Trov√£o).

For you, what is capoeira? What capoeira means?

Capoeira is everything you breathe, experience and do in your daily life, every ‚Äúmandinga‚ÄĚ, every smartness and the skillness we need to live the life… the capoeira is there somehow helping us… it gives you joy, happiness and many moments that becomes uniques in your memory and heart. Without the capoeira, I honestly don‚Äôt know what would my life be.

Would you indicate capoeira for someone else? Why?

Yes. Always. Nowadays mainly as a way to keep you healthy and as a regular physical activity.

Tell us a capoeirista who you admire and that is an inspiration for you. Why?

Mestre Paulinho Sabi√°, because of all his capoeira trajectory, dedication and mainly because of his capoeira organization.

Which capoeira song do you like best? Why?

Every capoeira song, when it is well and emotional sung, brings a unique feeling. All capoeira songs are beautiful.

Which capoeira move do you like best? Why?

The ‚Äúginga‚ÄĚ. When it is well performed it imposes on itself and shows the truly ‚Äúcapoeiragem‚ÄĚ technique. 

Capoeira is martial art, is dance, is music, is acrobatics. In your opinion what (of this) is most important? Why?

All the above is very important and there are many other important characteristics. If I would recite all of them this interview wouldn’t be enough (hahaha).

Do you want to add some comment or remark?

I appreciate all affection for me. And I wish you guys success with the capoeira in The Netherlands. I hope someday to go to visit you guys.

Capoeira entrevista – professor Marinheiro

Apelido na capoeira? 

Marinheiro.

Qual o seu grupo e sua graduação?

Grupo Capoeira Brasil ‚Äď Corda Roxa.

Quanto tempo você treina capoeira?

21 anos.

Como foi que você se interessou pela capoeira?

Atrav√©s de uma amigo na escola ‚Äď Ramon (Trov√£o).

O que é capoeira para você? Qual o significado da capoeira?

Capoeira √© tudo o que voc√™ respira, presencia e vive no seu dia a dia. √Č toda a mandinga, a mal√≠cia e a malandragem da vida que precisamos para viver… a Capoeira est√° ali de alguma forma nos ajudando… ela te d√° alegria, felicidade e muitos momentos que ficam marcados na mem√≥ria e no cora√ß√£o. Sem a capoeira eu n√£o sei sinceramente o que seria da minha vida.

Você indicaria a capoeira para outras pessoas? Por quê?

Sim. Sempre. Hoje principalmente como forma de manuten√ß√£o da sa√ļde e pr√°tica regular de atividade f√≠sica.

Cite algum/alguma capoeirista que você admira/que te inspira. Por quê?

Mestre Paulinho Sabiá. Por toda sua trajetória, dedicação e principalmente pela sua organização com a nossa arte.

Qual m√ļsica de capoeira √© mais marcante/importante para voc√™? Por qu√™?

Todas as m√ļsicas de capoeira, quando bem cantadas e transmitidas com emo√ß√£o, trazem um sentimento √ļnico. Todas s√£o lindas.

Qual movimento na capoeira você mais gosta de fazer? Por quê?

A ginga. Quando bem feita j√° se imp√Ķe e mostra a verdadeira t√©cnica da capoeiragem.

Capoeira √© arte marcial, √© dan√ßa, √© m√ļsica, √© acrobacia. Para voc√™, o que √© mais importante e por qu√™?

Todas (caracter√≠sticas) citadas acima e muitas outras que se eu fosse enumerar n√£o caberiam nesse texto… (rsrsrs)

Você quer acrescentar algum comentário?

Quero agradecer o carinho e por esse trabalho. E desejar a vocês sucesso com a capoeira aí na Holanda. Espero de coração um dia poder visitá-los. Meu muito obrigado!


Capoeira interview – instrutora Cigana

What is your name in the capoeira?
Cigana.
What is your capoeira group? And what is your graduation (corda)?
Grupo Capoeira Brasil (Holanda). Green cord / Instrutora.
How long are you training capoeira?
First week of September 20 years.
How and why did you start to train capoeira?
I practiced dance (modern and classical ballet) and at my school there was a yearly end of season show. I gave 2 shows, but there also was a capoeira demo. I was immediately struck by the spectacular kicks and acrobatics, the culture mix and beautiful people. Next week I signed up for classes with Mestre Paul√£o do Cear√° and Professor Bram.
For you, what is capoeira? What capoeira means?
It is my life. A beautiful way to express myself… regardless how I feel. I can enjoy my passion for dance, music, Brazilian culture and the use of space in the circle (roda). I love to PLAY and have challenges and challenge others. Some words that I associate with capoeira are: liberty, harmony and unity.
Would you indicate capoeira for someone else? Why?
Yes. If you look at most capoeiristas you will notice that they are healthy, strong, beautiful, playful and happy people. It is good for anybody and any soul. Often everybody is respected for their individual character and capabilities. My master always says ‚ÄúCapoeira is a medicine for everything‚ÄĚ… And I discovered he is right‚Ķ If you are tired from work? Go play capoeira! Are you feeling down? Go play capoeira! a.s.o.
Tell us a capoeirista who you admire and that is an inspiration for you. Why?
Only one??? In the 1st place my own master Mestre Paul√£o do Cear√°. He is world famous in the capoeira community. I admire his devotion, hard work and love for capoeira. As my master??? He is a perfectionist… but I also get a lot of support from him.
I also respect my first master in capoeira Mestre Tayson, he was great teacher for me, valued the basics, continuity and believed in me.
Which capoeira song do you like best? Why?
‚ÄúLeva Eu‚ÄĚ of Mestre Barr√£o and Mestre Toni Vargas. I love their voices, musicality and the production of that song. A song for me is good when it creates energy, when it makes you want to play.
Which capoeira move do you like best? Why?
The meia lua de compasso, that technique is so interesting and there are so many styles and ways of executing it. If performed well it can be very dangerous and effective.
Capoeira is martial art, is dance, is music, is acrobatics. In your opinion what (of this) is most important? Why?
Capoeira needs the first three elements for an interesting game for me. Acrobatics are less important, nice but extra, as a cherries on the pie.
Do you want to add some comment or remark?
One of the nice things of capoeira is that people play with everyone. For example I have played with:
– adult people;
– sport athletes;
– 80 year old people;
– disabled people;
– small children of 3 years old;
– mentally challenged people.

Den Haag open

Sunday the 10th of march Killian and Karol fought the Den Haag Open BJJ. Both fighters had very goods fights. Little mistakes. Killian made it to the quarter finals. Karol took silver. Proud trainer today! And the MDFA-crew thanks for the support!

Graduatie Kids!

18 Januari 2019 was het eindelijk zover! De eerste echte kids graduatie training. De spanning was te snijden maar voor het ontvangen van de felbegeerde strepen en banden moest er eerst gewerkt worden! Met een groot publiek en ook een aantal volwassen teamgenoten op de mat moest er eerst geknokt worden om te laten zien wat iedereen waard was. Na afloop hiervan werd iedereen naar voren geroepen.

Na het ontvangen van de strepen en banden en de bijbehorende certificaten moesten alle kids met een nieuwe band nog even de kids “sharktank” door om het laatste zweet eruit te persen. Gefeliciteerd allemaal en tot op de mat op weg naar de volgende stap. Osu!!

(Nieuwsgierig wat iedereen gehad heeft: https://mdfa-bjj.nl/kids-team/)