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Capoeira Workshop February 2012 by Professor Parabolica

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Acrobatics in Capoeira

Some of the acrobatic moves in Capoeira

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Saturday, May 26, 2012

Capoeira Songs: A Hora é Essa, Oi Sim Sim Sim, Dona Maria Como Vai Você


As promised, here are the lyrics to the 3 songs we've been focusing on recently in our extra trainings. For those who couldn't make it, this is the time to learn some of the regular songs we sing in the roda. The three songs are: "A Hora é Essa", "Oi Sim Sim Sim, Oi Não Não Não" and "Dona Maria Como Vai Você".

Music is an integral part of capoeira and it is one of the many elements that move and influence the axe (positive energy) and roda. It is understandable that sometimes it is difficult to catch some of the lyrics and rhythm of the songs. 

But the important thing is that you try, and sing to contribute to the spirit and energy of the roda as much as you can. With practise and effort (and this can happen in the car after school, or in the shower if your neighbours can't hear you!), you will be leading the singing in no time!

So here are the three songs with translations and videos to guide! Some of you have your 'homeworks' to learn the lyrics, so no excuses in the next roda, right? ;) Please note Men, Alvin, Palito, Confuso and Destraido. And don't forget to have fun!

A Hora é Essa
 Letras (Lyrics):
A hora é essa, a hora é essa (The time is now, the time is now)
Coro: A hora é essa, a hora é essa (The time is now, the time is now)
Berimbau tocou na capoeira (The berimbau plays in capoeira)
Berimbau tocou eu vou Jogar (Berimbau plays, I play)
Coro:  Berimbau tocou na capoeira (The berimbau plays in capoeira)
Berimbau tocou eu vou Jogar (Berimbau plays, I play)

Oi Sim Sim Sim, Oi Não Não Não
 Letras (Lyrics):
Oi sim sim sim, Oi não não não (Oh yes yes yes, Oh no no no)
Coro: Oi sim sim sim, Oi não não não 

Oi não não não, Oi sim sim sim (Oh no no no, Oh yes yes yes)

Mas hoje tem amanhã não, Mas hoje tem amanhã não (What you have today may be gone tomorrow)

 Mas hoje tem amanhã não, Olha pisada de Lampião (But today is not tomorrow, look at the footprints of Lampião)

Dona Maria Como Vai Voce 
 Letras (Lyrics):
Vai você, Vai você
Coro: Dona Maria, como vai você  (Lady Maria, how are you?)

Como vai você, como vai você (How are you, how are you?)

Joga bonito que eu quero ver (Play beautiful because I like to watch)

Joga com calma que eu quero aprender (Play carefully because I like to learn)

Esse jogo é Capoeira, não é karate (This game is Capoeira, not karate)


Don't stop the Axe!

Hey camaras,

We're really happy to see everyone train hard and thirsting to learn all things capoeira everyday - from the movements to the acrobatics, kicks, history, dances, and of course, the music and singing. As we say, 'training' happens through the various ways you put your soul into this beautiful art, even if it means watching a capoeira roda in a youtube video! Train smart and love what you do!

I'd like to share here 2 videos for this week to motivate you in your game! Comment here what you think of the two videos!

This one is from a grupo in Germany, and I first saw it when I first started capoeira. The music is energetic and it's a fun introduction to the various movements of capoeira. The first part of the video is an angola-style of capoeira, which is thought to be the more traditional form of capoeira, while the video progresses to regional-style of games and fast acrobatic kicks. Enjoy!

And here's a video of our mestre, Mestre Elias (Grupo Senzala), as he sings, "O vaqueiro de verdade" (The real cowboy):

The letras (lyrics):

O vaqueiro de verdade
O vaqueiro de verdade
Não teme a morte e a fome
Na foge de emboscada
E não treme diante de homem
O vaqueiro de verdade
Não larga o seu laço de mão
Ele não se abaranha em espinho
A mulher ele não nega carinho
Ao bom Deus ele não nega oração

Oi ponha lá vaqueiro
Ponha jaleco de couro
ponha lá vaqueiro
Oi na porteira do curral
ponha lá vaqueiro
Oi ponha jaleco de couro
Na porteira do curral
ponha lá vaqueiro

The Real Cowboy
Does not fear death and hunger
He escapes ambush
And do not tremble before man
The Real Cowboy
Does not tie his large hand
He was not abaranha in thorn
The woman he does not deny love
The good Lord he does not deny prayer

Put there cowboy
Put the leather jacket
At the gate of the corral 
Put there cowboy

Hope you like the videos and songs. (:

Keep the energy going and don't stop the ginga, Senzaleiros! See you next training!



Monday, May 21, 2012

Professor Pitbull's Training Class May 2012

Hi everyone,

Thank you for coming for last weekend's classes with Professor Pitbull!

It was great to have everyone participate and contribute all the positive energy (axe)! I am sure everyone had fun and learnt a lot from the two classes about maculele, songs, different types of roda, berimbau toques and more! Nice to see everyone playing in the roda a lot.

Thank you especially to Professor Pitbull and Kasia for coming to teach and guide us again. It means a lot to the grupo here that you have both made time to come down from Singapore to share with us what you know about capoeira. We can't wait to have you both back here with us again ! (:

Below are some photos taken during the Saturday class. We will post more photos soon once we have compiled from everyone!

Have a great week and see you this weekend! Let's continue to train and expand our knowledge and passion in capoeira together!

Axe sempre sempre!

Warming up to maculele. Some members of the public danced along too!

Professor Pitbull talking about the grupo, roda and music

Some of the guys

Listening intently to Professor Pitbull

Kasia flashing her gorgeous smile, ready to start the roda

The roda fun begins!

Teaching a kid the beats of the atabaque

Palhaco taking a breather

Another roda

And more roda fun

Mariposa giving a fast meia lua de compasso as Acrobata dodges


Para o Mestre Peixinho


It has been a year since Mestre Peixinho (Marcelo Azevedo Guimarães) has passed on from cancer. But his teachings, passion and contributions to Grupo Senzala and the capoeira world have clearly not been forgotten.

Mestre Peixinho was a teacher of Professor Pitbull and one of the founding members of Grupo Senzala in the 1960s. He headed the Centro Cultural Senzala de Capoeira that has now spread to many parts of the world.


Mestre Tony Vargas describes him as a man who "took with him an exemplary and sophisticated simplicity, his art of speaking in a few words, his ever present quiet and positive energy, his teachings, friendship, and all the great qualities that he held as a human being, a mestre, and a capoeirista".

Ie Mestre Peixinho! 

In one of the rodas last Saturday, Professor Pitbull sang a song in dedication to Mestre Peixinho. This is a ladainha (litany) first written and sung by Mestre Tony Vargas, describing the kind of game Mestre Peixinho plays. 

Here's a video of Mestre Tony Vargas singing the ladainha (see the lyrics below, too!).

Letras (Lyrics):

Meu mestre é pequenininho
Quando quer fica menor
Pode ser seixo miúdo
Ou ter o brilho do sol
Que te cega
Tu procura, procura não acha
Se tu vem por baixo ele voa
Se tu vem voando ele abaixa
Meu mestre é pequenininho
Cuidado tu pode nem vê
Que quando ele abre a ginga
Derrama na roda mandinga
E fica maior que você camará
Ie o mestre é bom

Ie Mestre Peixinho

My master is tiny
When he gets smaller
He can be a pebble
Or take the sunshine
What you blind
You demand, demand does not think
If you come underneath he flies
If you come flying he lowers
My master is tiny
Be careful, you can not see
That when he opens the ginga
In the roda, mandinga
He gets bigger, camara
Ie the master is good

Ie Mestre Peixinho



Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This Weekend: Prof Pitbull's Classes!

Hi all,

Thanks for coming for the Sunday training! It was a good training led by Cavalo (Cj) with everyone and we hope you enjoyed yourselves as well as got to play in the roda. Thank you also to the new students as well as our capoeira friends, Liso (KY), Mika and family for joining us! You are always welcomed at our home. 

As mentioned in class and on facebook, Prof Pitbull and Kasia will be returning to Penang this weekend from Grupo Senzala Singapore to teach and share with us more capoeira knowledge - movimentos, music and more! So guys, get ready for a weekend of capoeira and fun!

Details of the classes this weekend are as follows:

Saturday (19th May):: 5pm-7pm
Sunday (20th May):: 9.30am-11.30am
Venue: Stage Area. If it rains, let's meet at the Old Archery Site.

We'll most probably have dinner/lunch together after trainings, so remember to make your Saturday evening/Sunday morning free! (:

Also, don't forget to practise the neck exercises, handstands, and ponte (bridge) that we have done in classes to prepare for this weekend! 

See you soon, camaras! Have a great week!